Tsum Valley Trek - 16 Days

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US$ 2080/pp  

Tsum Valley Trek - 16 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 2080
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Manaslu
  • Seson:
    NA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    3,700 m

Highlight

  • Enticing view of Mount Manaslu 8,163m, Ganesh Himal 7,429m and Himal Chuli 7,893m.
  • Explore Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.
  • Visit Piren Phu, the ancient meditation cave of Buddhist master Milarepa
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Tibetan community.
  • Cross Nepal’s first Cantilever Bridge.
  • Possibility of spotting Himalayan wildlife - Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, and Blue Sheep.

Overview

An alternative to Manaslu Circuit Trek leading you to a more barren, unexposed, echt experience to the barely touched landscape of Tsum valley located in the northernmost area of Gorkha district. The Tsum Valley trek offers an exclusive and remote journey through the restricted region of Gorkha district. 

 

Tsum Valley stands as a hidden Himalayan gem, where ancient art, culture, and spirituality have been lovingly preserved by its people, whose origins can be traced back to the realms of Tibet. With a dialect uniquely their own called Tsumba , the locals have safeguarded the pristine beauty of this remote valley, making every step of the journey a feast for the senses. Until as recently as 2008, treks to the Tsum Valley were restricted, adding an air of exclusivity to this spiritual haven. 

 

The trek showcases the stunning Tsum valley, along with its caves, beautiful gorges, cascading waterfalls and suspension bridges. However, the real heart of this place is the deep spirituality that fills every part of life, shown in the monasteries scattered across the area. The Rachen and Mu Gompas, revered places of Buddhist teaching, stand as lasting signs of the strong faith that has formed the unique character of the Tsum Valley. You’ll further encounter Buddhist villages, monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags, evoking the sense of traversing the Tibetan region

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : Drive - 8 to 9 hours
Max Altitude : 850 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin your scenic drive towards Machhakhola, the gateway to the Manaslu Circuit.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you leave the bustling city behind and head towards the tranquil landscapes of rural Nepal.
  • Your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Machha Khola, where you can unwind and relax after a long day of travel.
  • We are going on a long trek to Jagat tomorrow so taking adequate rest is essential.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 1340 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Today our journey continues from Machhakhola, trekking alongside the Budi Gandaki river we reach the village of Jagat 
  • Before reaching Jagat we come across small Gurung and Magar settlements scattered as we start to ascend from Machhakhola. 
  • After approximately two more hours of trekking on an easy trail, arrive at Jagat, situated at an altitude of 1340 meters.
  • Check into your accommodation and retire to your cozy room.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2240 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We start today’s trek after breakfast by descending to Dudh Pokhari.
  • Continue the trek passing by the acreage of Salleri enjoying views of the Himalayas in distance.
  • Crossing numerous suspension bridges and a steep uphill trail, our trek takes us to the village of Philim, where the MCAP checkpoint is located.
  • Just before we reach Lokpa village, the trail splits towards Tsum Valley Trek towards the North-East and Larkya La Pass to the North-West.
  • We take the North-East trail from the junction and arrive at Lakpa Village in about half an hour.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2386 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Brace yourself for a challenging day of trekking as the altitude increases and the trail is predominantly an uphill ascent.
  • Descend through the beautiful villages of Lungwa Khola, catching panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Cross the Siyar Khola stream before finally arriving at our destination - Chumling in the lower Tsum Valley region.
  • Explore Chumling, famous for its ancient Chumling Gompa and traditional stone-paved village streets.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 3031 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Start your day early in the morning from Chumling, trekking along the Siyar Khola.
  • After trekking a while we reach Domje, the largest village in the Tsum Valley.
  • From Domje, the trail is an uphill climb until we reach Chhokangparo which rewards us with stunning views of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli.
  • Finally, arrive at the entrance to the upper Tsum Valley at the village of Chhokangparo.
  • Get ready for some local love! Enjoy Po Cha (Butter Tea) and soak up the warm hospitality.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3361 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Chhokangparo, cross a suspension bridge and pass through Lamagaon towards Rachen Gompa, also known as Nunnery Gompa, where we'll take a fascinating peek into its spiritual significance.
  • Take in the sights of various Buddhist monasteries dotting the landscape as we ascend.
  • Along the way, stop at the sacred Piren Phu Cave, also called Pigeon Cave, where it is believed the Tibetan Buddhist master Milarepa meditated.
  • Cross a final suspension bridge over the Siyar Khola to arrive at the sunny Nile village on the western side of the river.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3700 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After an early breakfast, depart from Nile Village and begin trekking on an ascending trail. The destination today is Mu Gompa - the largest monastery in Tsum Valley.
  • Around 2 hours into the trek from Nile, we’ll first arrive at Dephyudonma Gumba, one of the oldest monasteries here signifying the origins of Buddhism in the valley.
  • Pass through several yak pastures and arid Trans-Himalayan terrain as we make your way up to Mu Gompa, established in 1895.
  • This remote monastery contains many Buddhist relics including religious books like the Kangyur, a life-size statue of Avalokiteshvara, and portraits of Buddhist masters Padmasambhava and Tara.
  • The northernmost accessible point of Tsum Valley; Mu Gompa makes for a scenic final destination after trekking through this remote region.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 3031 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After exploring Mu Gompa, we'll backtrack to Chhokang Paro. Once we’re there, we’ll gear up for an exciting day tomorrow, heading southeast and venturing off the usual Tsum Valley path.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3200 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After a light breakfast in Chhokangparo, we set out on the trail leading towards Chumling.
  • In about 2 hours after heading out from Chhokangparo, we will arrive at a small settlement of Gho, from here we will descend on a path that leads to a wooden bridge crossing over Siyar Khola.
  • After crossing the bridge, we will arrive at the village of Tumje. Now we head southeast veering off the typical Tsum Valley trail.
  • Trek through lush forests of pine, juniper and rhododendron, passing by several mani walls and prayer flags until we reach Gumba Lungdang.
  • Gumba Lungdang, home to over 50 nuns, sits at 3200m amidst a dense forest with panoramic vistas of Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu and other snow capped peaks is our destination for the day.

Time : 4200 m
Max Altitude : 8 to 9 hours
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin trekking with an ascent towards Ganesh Himal Base Camp, which rewards us with incredible views throughout our trek today.
  • The trail takes us through smaller valleys, away from the typical route where very few dare to venture. As the trails may not be obvious at times, rely on your expert guides to lead the way.
  • After approximately 4 hours of trekking, arrive at Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m).
  • Take some pictures, fill your heart with breathtaking views, then when you've had your fill of the scenery, return back along the same route to Gumba Lungdang.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2240 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart Gumba Lundang and trek back towards Tumje, taking the upper track that crosses the Lungdang Khola.
  • From Tumje, head south passing through beautiful dense forests, crossing a series of suspension bridges along the way till we reach the village of Ripchet.
  • After Ripchet, descend further into the Sardi Gorge, then from the gorge, make one final ascent to arrive at our destination of Lokpa.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 1340 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart Lokpa and begin the descent towards Jagat, where we'll rejoin the Budhi Gandaki river valley.
  • Today's downhill hike through forests and terrain should be a pleasant, easier trek for the legs.
  • Pass through Philim and Sirdibas Bazar before finally arriving in Jagat.
  • Enjoy the change of scenery from the remote upper regions back towards the river valley below.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 850 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Jagat, pick up the trail leading towards Machha Khola, our final destination before heading to Kathmandu.
  • The trail hugs the side of the mountain, with the roaring Budhi Gandaki river flowing below.
  • Soak in the last views of this mountain valley as you descend.
  • After 4-5 hours of trekking, we will arrive at the village of Machha Khola, marking the end point of our trek to Tsum Valley.

Time : 8 to 9 hours
Max Altitude : 1400 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Brace yourself for a bit of a bumpy ride on our drive back to Kathmandu from Machhakhola. 
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Max Altitude : NA
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Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Manaslu region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 16-day trek to Tsum Valley. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
27.12 °C
Feels Like
30.24 °C
Humidity
69%
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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 13-night trek in the Manaslu Region and Tsum Valley.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals.
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map, and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides, and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • The Tsum Valley trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Manaslu Circuit are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit - From September to November per week per person is USD 70 and after 7 days, per day per person is USD 10.
    From December to August per week per person is USD 50 and after 7 days, per day per person is USD 7 or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 
  • Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit - From September to November per week per person is USD 100 and after 7 days, per day per person is USD 15.
    From December to August per week per person USD 75 and after 7 days, per day per person USD 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of the international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

Tsum Valley Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 13 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations
 

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek. Altitudes exceeding 3,000m on most of the trek are dizzying for most people. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent in the Tsum Valley trek is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 400-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas

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Equipments

For the Manaslu Circuit trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to -10°C (50°F). We additionally provide a 75-liter Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Manaslu region.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Tsum Valley Trek is a trekking activity done in the trail of Manaslu Circuit and into Tsum Valley, which takes us through some of the most lush Himalayan vegetation as well as arid landscapes that Nepal offers.

The most common way to start the Tsum Valley Trek is by driving to Machhakhola from Kathmandu. From there on you can begin trekking through the Manaslu Region. The trek typically takes around 13 days.

The best time to trek the Tsum Valley is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two permits: MCAP Permit and Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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