Tsum Valley Trek - 19 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 19 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,030m/13,223ft. Walking Per Day: 6hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-15
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Mixed Culture

Tsum Valley Trek takes you to one of the most isolated regions of Nepal. Tsum is a hidden valley, surrounded by gigantic mountains and hills so it is an incredible experience of exploring such a valley that is unseen and unexplored. The name Tsum is inspired by the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which refers to bright or vivid.

Major Attractions | Unity in Diversity

The major attractions of Tsum Valley Trek include the unity in diversity among people, the sacred history of the region, the peacefulness in there, and the astounding sceneries of Ganesh Himal ranges, Siringi Himal ranges and several other peaks. Various ethnic groups like Gurung, Sherpa, Bhotia, Brahmins and Kshetris are resident in there and their mutual harmony influences to reside with unity. Despite being identical in terms of ethos, foods, uniforms, and festival celebrations, the synchronization among them really teaches a lesson to the world about unity.

Tsum Valley : Restricted Area

Tsum Valley is such a nonviolent place on earth where it is not allowed to carry any weapons, even the military and soldiers don’t carry arms. As well as, it is strictly prohibited to kill any animals in the name of slaughter for religions. Thus, Tsum Valley is still a restricted area that is not allowed for trekking unless you are certified with a valid permit. Generally, the special permit for Tsum Valley is valid for seven days. Since Tsum Valley Trek routes are inbounded within Manaslu Conservation Area, one should have Manaslu Conservation Area Permit along with a TIMS card and Tsum Valley Special Permit in order to embark on this trek.

Lifestyle and Culture

Linked with the Tibetan border, the lifestyle and culture of Tsum Valley are highly influenced by Tibetan culture. Buddhism is the major religion of the region and hence Buddhist monuments are arts such as Monasteries, Chortens, Mani Walls and Prayer Flags are also appreciable during the trek. While on the other hand, there is a cave which is dedicated to the highly incarnated “Lama” and it is really amazing to explore such a mystical fact during Tsum Valley Trek.

Things to Explore

Most of our hikes will be uphill and downhill thru the river banks of Budi Gandaki River and the lush bushes. Crossing suspension bridges and passing by the small settlements and exploring the ancient trading center such as “Philim” is also adorable during the journey. Himalayan Wildlife such as Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, Snow-leopard, Himalayan Marmot, Yaks, Mountain Pika, Tibetan Snow Cock, and alpine vegetations including Rhododendron, oaks, Yarchagumba, pine, juniper, and so on dwells along the trail to cheer up the trekkers.

Role of Tourism in Society and Environment

Trekking in Tsum Valley not just enlightens the trekkers with achievement, lifetime experience, and soulfulness but also allows them to contribute to social and environmental awaking. The cost from the permit is utilized in developing manpower and spreading awareness in order to develop and upgrade the lifestyle of the indigenous people.  Whereas, the locals are directly benefited by the trek since the local products are promoted as well as they get income-generating opportunities. In this way, Tsum Valley Trek is very helpful in civilization with the help of tourism in Nepal.

Difficulty of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek is a B-grade difficulty trek which means it is a quite arduous trekking experience. One should be physically fit and prepared enough to tackle the challenges and difficulties during the trek. Walking through the off-the-beaten trail for hours on narrow and two-footed paths which are really risky. Along with that, there are several rock-falling sites and landslide-prone areas along the trail which is really challenging if you don’t have proper knowledge of trekking and an experienced instructor along with you.

Best Time for Tsum Valley Trek

Time-frame should be planned very wisely in order to achieve the successful Tsum Valley Trekking experience. Since the winter is snowy and pathways get blocked as well as difficult due to heavy snowfall and during summer there are more probability of floods and landslides and also the leeches, it is not recommended. Nepal Mountain Trekkers recommends you to plan the trip during the months of autumn or spring in order to gain a complete Tsum Valley Trekking experience. Including the jaw-dropping sceneries, blossoming of flora and fauna and the travellers’ safety.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Kathmandu Durbar Square

      » Boudhanath

      » Pashupatinath

    • Highlights :

      » Sightseeing at Kathmandu

      » UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu – Baseri(1,400m/4,593ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs Drive(150Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Dhading

      » Arughat

      » Baseri

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Off-road Drive

      » Typical Nepali Lifestyle

      » Terraced Field

      » Mountainous Area Sceneries

     

  • Day 4 Baseri – Machha Khola(900m/2,952ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :500m/1,642ft
    • Location :

      » Baseri

      » Manbu

      » Majha Gaun

      » Chhote Khola

      » Lapu Besi

      » Khani Besi

      » Machha Khola

    • Highlights :

      » Lifestyle and Culture

      » Combination of Gurung and Ghale Culture

      » Mountain Scenery

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Waterfalls

      » Hydro-Power(W-I-P)

     

  • Day 5 Machha Khola – Jagat(1,410m/4,625ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :830m/2,725ft
    • Location :

      » Machha Khola

      » Khorla Besi

      » Tatopani-Hotspring

      » Dovan

      » Syauli

      » Yaru Bagar

      » Jagat

    • Highlights :

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Waterfalls

      » Natural Hotspring-Tatopani

      » Lifestyle and Culture (Bhingi/Gurung Culture)

      » Cantilever Bridge

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Manasalu Tsum Valley Special Permit Check-In Point

     

  • Day 6 Jagat – Lokpa(2,240m/7,350ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :510m/1,675ft
    • Location :

      » Jagat, Salleri

      » Ghattey Khola

      » Philim

      » Ekle Bhatti

      » Lokpa Phedi

      » Lokpa

    • Highlights :

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags

      » Mesmerizing Waterfall

      » Tibetan Culture

      » Buddhism

      » Pine Forest

     

  • Day 7 Lokpa – Chumling(2,386m/7,830ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :350m/1,150ft
    • Ascend :500m/1,640ft
    • Location :

      » Lokpa

      » Syauli

      » Chumling

    • Highlights :

      » Cantilever Bridge

      » Jungle Walk

      » Budi Gandaki River View

      » Waterfalls

      » Rhododendron Forests

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Monasteries and Chortens

      » Gorgeous Landscapes

     

  • Day 8 Chumling – Gumba Lungdang(3,200m/10,500) via Domje(2,460m/8,072ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Gumba
    • Ascend :814m/2,672ft
    • Location :

      » Chumling

      » Domje

      » Gumbu Lungdang

    • Highlights :

      » Chortens

      » Prayer Flags

      » Pine Forests

      » Suspension Bridges

      » One of the rare and unexplored trail

      » Walk through wide pathway observing the Panoramic View of Ganesh Himal I, II, III

      » Overnight at Gumba run by nuns

     

  • Day 9 Gumbu Lungtang – Chokhangparo(3,031m/9,945ft) via Ganesh Himal Base Camp(4,000m/13,125ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :1,540m/5,053t
    • Ascend :570m/1,870ft
    • Location :

      » Gumbu Lungtang

      » Landan Kharka

      » Kharka 1

      » Torogonno Kharka 2

      » Ganesh Himal Base Camp

      » Domje

      » Chokhangparo

    • Highlights :

      » Chortens

      » Prayer Flags

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » Waterfalls

      » Rock-Falling Area

      » Tibetan Culture

      » Hike up to feel and live the vibes on Ganesh Himal and climb down towards Chumling

      » Glacier Walk

      » Unexplored trails

      » Blissful Nature

     

  • Day 10 Chokhangparo – Nile(3,361m/11,058ft) vial Milarepa Cave(Piren Phu)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :330m/1,085ft
    • Location :

      » Chokhangparo

      » Lama Gaun

      » Milarepa Cave

      » Chhule

      » Nile

    • Highlights :

      » Rich History

      » Buddhist Culture

      » Spiritual Place

      » Scenic Mountain View all around

      » Amazing Feeling

      » Caves

      » Lifestyle and Culture

     

  • Day 11 Nile – Mu Gompa(3,700m/12,140ft)
    • Duration :4-5hrs walk(8Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Gumba
    • Ascend :340m/1,116ft
    • Location :

      » Nile

      » Chhosyang

      » Mu Gompa

    • Highlights :

      » Kali Gandaki River Valley

      » Panoramic View of Ganesh Himal

      » Astonishing View of Paldor Peak

      » Salt-Trade Route

      » Ancient Monastery Visit

      » Prayer

      » Myths and Legends

      » School Nuns and Monks

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 12 Exlpore Day at Mu Gompa | Day Hike to Bhajyo(4,030m/13,223ft)
    • Duration :6hrs walk(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Gumba
    • Ascend :330m/1,083ft
    • Descend :330m/1,083ft
    • Location :

      » Mu Gompa

      » Dupchet

      » Bhajyo

    • Highlights :

      » Kali Gandaki River Valley

      » Panoramic View of Ganesh Himal

      » Astonishing View of Paldor Peak

      » Salt-Trade Route from Tibet

      » Ancient Monastery Visit

      » Prayer

      » Myths and Legends

      » School for Nuns and Monks

      » Wildlife

      » Herbs and Vegetations

      » Musk Deer

      » Himalayan Thar

      » Mountains Situated at Tibetan Border

      » Astonishing Landscapes and Multicolor Dry Lands

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 13 Mu Gompa – Chokhangparo via Rachen Gompa(3,240m/10,627ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :670m/2,200ft
    • Location :

      » Mu Gompa

      » Nile

      » Chule

      » Lar

      » Rachen Gompa

      » Lama Gaun

      » Chokhangparo

    • Highlights :

      » Chorten

      » Mani Stones

      » Waterfalls

      » Rachen Gompa(Especially for Nuns)

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags

      » Buddhist Culture

      » Herbs and Vegetations including Yarchagumba(Caterpillar Fossil)

     

  • Day 14 Chokhangparo – Lokpa
    • Duration :6hrs walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :1,000m/3,282ft
    • Location :

      » Chokhangparo

      » Chumling

      » Lokpa

    • Highlights :

      » Downhill

      » Bushes

      » Waterfalls

      » Re-sight of all the sceneries (Observed during Climbing Up)

     

  • Day 15 Lokpa – Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :830m/2,725ft
    • Location :

      » Lokpa

      » Ekle Bhatti

      » Philim

      » Sirdibas

      » Salleri

      » Jagat

    • Highlights :

      » Cosy Pathway

      » Pine Forests

      » River Valleys

      » Chortens

      » Small Monasteries

      » Donkeys

      » Blissful Nature

      » The ViewPoint of Siringi Himal

      » Mani Wall

      » Gurung Village

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags

     

  • Day 16 Jagat – Machha Khola
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :830m/2,725ft
    • Location :

      » Jagat

      » Yaru Bagar

      » Syauli

      » Dovan

      » Tatopani-Hotspring

      » Khorla Besi

      » Machha Khola

    • Highlights :

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Waterfalls

      » Natural Hotspring-Tatopani

      » Lifestyle and Culture (Bhingi/Gurung Culture)

      » Cantilever Bridge

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Manasalu Tsum Valley Special Permit Exit Point

     

  • Day 17 Machha Khola – Kathmandu
    • Duration :6-7hrs Drive(130Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Machha Khola

      » Lapubesi

      » Soti Khola

      » Arkhet Bazar

      » Arughat Bazar

      » Dhading Besi

      » Malekhu

      » Kathmandu

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Off-Drive

      » Pushpalal Highway

      » Prithivi Highway

      » Budi Gandaki River View

     

  • Day 18 Kathmandu Shopping and Exploration
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

    • Highlights :

      » Shopping

      » Relax

      » Farewell Dinner

     

  • Day 19 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected. 
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group. 
  • Transportation costs: Comfortable Drive from Kathmandu to Trek Start Point(Gorkha/Barpak) and Jeep Drive from Tal to Besisahar and Private Vehicle from Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff. 
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region. 
  • Trekking permits: Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (Seven Days Only), Tsum Valley Special Permit (Eight Days Only), Annapurna Conservation Permit, and TIMS card
  • First aid medical box
  • All required trekking gear like Sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with company logo
  • Rescue Management Service
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected. 
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Comfortable Drive from Kathmandu to Trek Start Point(Gorkha/Barpak) and Jeep Drive from Tal to Besisahar and Private Vehicle from Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff. 
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region. 
  • Trekking permits: Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (Seven Days Only), Tsum Valley Special Permit (Eight Days Only), Annapurna Conservation Permit, and TIMS card
  • First aid medical box
  • All required trekking gear like Sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with company logo
  • Rescue Management Service
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (laundry, electronic device charging cost, all alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks, etc)
  • Tip for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (laundry, electronic device charging cost, all alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks, etc)
  • Tip for guide and porters

Route Map

map of Tsum Valley Trek

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 19 days Tsum Valley Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket 

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

DIE top Agentur

Marlies
Marlies
Source:Trip Advisor

Obwohl die Agentur noch relativ "jung" ist, so kann ich sie nur bestens und von Herzen empfehlen!
Dies nicht nur, weil Ramesh und all seine Guides sehr zuvorkommende, hilfsbereite, einfach liebe und tolle Leute sind und einen guten Job machen. Sondern auch, weil das Wissen und Können, dass mit den Leuten in diese junge Agentur hineingekommen ist, "riiiesig" ist! 
Ich kenne Ramesh seit 13 Jahren, war mit ihm, oder über seine Agenturen bereits über sieben mal auf diversen Trekks. Immer war alles ausgezeichnet organisiert. Dass heisst nicht, dass immer alles so lief wie geplant, aber dank der jeweiligen Begleitungen konnte immer alles umorganisiert, alle und jegliche Probleme gelöst werden. 
Ramesh kennt sein Land sehr gut, war bereits als Porter unterwegs auf den Trekkinrouten. Diese Erfahrungen kommen seinen Gästen zu gute und fast alle Wünsche und Anliegen können erfüllt werden und auch Trekkinrouten abseits der grossen Touristenrouten sind dank seiner Planung machbar. 
Und auch ich kann nur empfehlen, immer einen Guide auf Trkking mitzunehmen. Den nicht nur Kenntnisse über Land und Leute werden vermitttelt, auch der Zugang zu vielen Familien und Orten ist viel rascher und intensiver möglich, wenn einheimische Begleitung dabei ist.
Diesen März waren wir ins Tsum-Valley unterwegs. Ein weiteres, schönes Tal, dass einem die Tibetische Kultur nahe bringt und die Herzlichkeit der Bewohner einem unvergessliche Erinnerungen bescheren.

Amazing family trek with very caring, professional guides.

Andrew
Andrew
Source:Trip Advisor

Our family came to Nepal and found Ramesh while we were staying at Hotel Horizon. He was incredibly helpful in arranging a trek that we could do with our 6 month old daughter. We did an 11-day trek to Tsum Valley with Suman, Daljit and Ammar, who all took amazing care of us and our friend who trekked with us. The trek was ideal for us, since we wanted to go someplace with less tourists, and where we could learn about local culture as much as possible. We stayed in comfortable guesthouses and one monastery, and had wonderful interactions with our hosts along the way. Suman even helped us arrange a blessing with a local Lama in the Tsum Valley to pray for our family. The views the whole way were incredible, the people won our hearts, and it was truly a lifetime highlight. Thank you so much Ramesh, Suman, Daljit, and Ammar! Hope to see you again

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