Tsum Valley Trek - 19 Days

Trekking, Hiking, Mountaineering, Expedition, Cultural Insight, Foods and Culinary, Photography, Meditation, Sightseeing, Festivals Celebration, National Parks Exploration, and so on
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-15
Duration
19 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
4,030m/13,223ft
Daily Walking
6hrs
Grade
3
Culture
Mixed Culture
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

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 which is unseen and unexplored. The name Tsum is inspired by the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which refers to bright or vivid.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • 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

3. Kathmandu – Baseri(1,400m/4,593ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs Drive(150Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Dhading
  • Arughat
  • Baseri

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Off-road Drive
  • Typical Nepali Lifestyle
  • Terraced Field
  • Mountainous Area Sceneries

4. Baseri – Machha Khola(900m/2,952ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:500m/1,642ft

  • 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)

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

  • 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

6. Jagat – Lokpa(2,240m/7,350ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Descend:510m/1,675ft

  • Jagat, Salleri
  • Ghattey Khola
  • Philim
  • Ekle Bhatti
  • Lokpa Phedi
  • Lokpa

Highlights:

  • Suspension Bridges
  • Prayer Flags
  • Mesmerizing Waterfall
  • Tibetan Culture
  • Buddhism
  • Pine Forest

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

  • Lokpa
  • Syauli
  • Chumling

Highlights:

  • Cantilever Bridge
  • Jungle Walk
  • Budi Gandaki River View
  • Waterfalls
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Monasteries and Chortens
  • Gorgeous Landscapes

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

11. Nile – Mu Gompa(3,700m/12,140ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs walk(8Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Gumba
  • Ascend:340m/1,116ft

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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)

14. Chokhangparo – Lokpa

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

  • Chokhangparo
  • Chumling
  • Lokpa

Highlights:

  • Downhill
  • Bushes
  • Waterfalls
  • Re-sight of all the sceneries (Observed during Climbing Up)

15. Lokpa – Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Descend:830m/2,725ft

  • 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

16. Jagat – Machha Khola

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

  • 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

17. Machha Khola – Kathmandu

  • Duration:6-7hrs Drive(130Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • 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

18. Kathmandu Shopping and Exploration

  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge

  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Shopping
  • Relax
  • Farewell Dinner

19. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All food and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • 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
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and a porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • 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 gears like Sleeping bags and down jacket 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

COST EXCLUDE

  • 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

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Tsum Valley Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Tsum Valley Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Tsum Valley Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Tsum Valley Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

The Tsum Valley Trekking region lies to the east of the Annapurna region, the culture, traditions and lifestyle of local inhabitants are particularly Tamangs, Gurungs and people of Tibetan origin at higher elevations. 

Yes, since you would be passing by Annapurna Conservation Area and because the Tsum Valley Trekking trail comes under two restricted areas i.e. Manaslu and Tsum Valley, you would be requiring  Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Tsum Valley Special Permit (Eight Days Only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card.

The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. As well as, the restricted area is not allowed to trek solo without a certified person with you so it is not possible to go for solo trekking in Tsum Valley.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
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
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower 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

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Tsum Valley Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat. 

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

The best time to go for Tsum Valley Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate graded and somehow physically demanding due to high altitude walks and off-the-beaten trail. You ought to walk 6-7 hours every day and you must be physically fit as well as well prepared before you embark on this trek.

Tsum valley is special for being able to enchant the visitors with its diversity in topography and richness in Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions.

Reviews
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.

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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