Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley Trekking

Duration 20 Days Difficulty3700 m m

Only opened to trekkers in 2008, Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most remote treks of Nepal. It is a sacred valley located in northern Gorkha with the magnificent backdrop of Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal.

A Sacred Site

People of Tibetan origin mostly inhabit Tsum Valley. They speak a unique dialect and follow Buddhism as their dominant religion. The valley is filled with monasteries and chortens, reflecting their centuries-old culture. Also, it is believed that the Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the caves nearby the valley. Hence, the valley also serves as a holy site for Buddhist pilgrims.

Due to its less popularity, only a few trekkers tread on this trail. Besides, lack of modernization has contributed to the preservation of its culture and tradition. However, trekkers will have the necessary facilities of food and lodging during the Tsum Valley Trek. In many scenarios, hikers will be spending the nights in homestays. But that will only help them to explore the local culture and cuisines.

Exploring a Hidden Civilization

Shear Khola, originating from the Glacier of Ganesh Himal and streams from glaciers of Sringi Himal, irrigate the valley. The valley also inhabits animals like the Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar. Historic monasteries like Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba are located in the valley along with Lungdang Gumba, which sits at the base of a hill.

Tsum Valley Trek takes you through pine forests, rigorous rivers, beautiful waterfalls, stunning villages, gompas, and monasteries. Furthermore, it also provides some incredible views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Manaslu.

You can do this trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot or too cold. We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout Tsum Valley Trek.

You can combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek for the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek. You will find the detailed itinerary of Manaslu Trek here.

 


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Kathmandu
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 3700 m m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges.

After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up in a car and take you to your hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a briefing program about the trek.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We begin early as we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and then enter a branch road at Malekhu. Then, we travel across colorful villages and farmlands for a total of 7 hours to reach Arughat Bazaar.

After having breakfast, we begin our trek along a flat path on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail mostly consists of villages and farmlands as you walk for about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola.

We start our trek in the morning after breakfast. We hike through more verdant forests and vibrant villages. We will reach Lapu Besi, which is a village inhabited by Gurungs. From there, we walk further along the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola after 6 hours.

We begin early and start hiking upstream towards the small village of Khola Besi and then to the hot springs at Tatopani. We then cross a suspension bridge to the other side and walk through a forest. After crossing Doban and reaching Lauri, we will cross another bridge and start climbing uphill. Finally, we will reach Jagat after 7 hours of hike.

We now enter the Annapurna Conservation Area as we climb along a ridge to Salleri, and hike downhill to Sirdibas. We further walk across a hanging bridge and ascend to Philim. We walk northwards from the Gurung village to reach Chisopani.

We cross a canyon, pass a gorgeous waterfall, and enter a beautiful pine forest.  Enjoying the views of Boudha Himal and Himalchuli mountains, we climb through the pine and rhododendron forests. After about 7 hours of ascending and descending, we finally arrive at Chumling. The village of Chumling is famous for the Chumling Gompa and the view of Shringi Himal.

After crossing a suspension bridge, we will walk to Serpu Khola and cross yet another bridge to reach Gho village. From there, we will ascend for another 2 hours to reach Chokhangparo.

Climbing further, we hike past Lamagaon and cross a suspension bridge to reach the Rachen Gompa. We will visit the Gompa and then walk through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. We further cross the village of Chhule to finally arrive at Nile.

We have now arrived quite close to the Tibetan border. We will only hike for 3 hours on this day as we trek through the valley and ascend to Mu Gompa.

We will spend this day exploring the Mu Gompa Region. The largest monastery in the Gompa Region holds quite a significance among Buddhists. We can also visit the base of Pika Himal, which stands at 4865 meters.

We trek back along Chuule and Phurbe as we finally arrive at Burgi village. We will climb to the sacred Milarepa’s Cave and witness some fantastic views of Kipu Himal, Churke Himal, and Poshyop Glacier.

Descending to Chhokang Paro, we will enjoy watching the verdant hills. We reach the village of Gho and cross the bridge over Sarpu Khola. We finally reach Chumling after hiking along the Tsum Valley.

We continue the trail to Lokpa and tread along a flat path. We arrive at Philim after 6 to 7 hours.

We begin from Philim as we trace back our steps through Jagat and Tatopani. We can also try the hot spring in Tatopani to relax our muscles. After about 7 hours of hiking, we finally reach Khorlabesi.

We cross the Tharo Khola and reach the Machha Khola village. Walking along the Budhi Gandaki for about 7 hours, we will then arrive at Soti Khola.

We leave the Budhi Gandaki Valley as we cross the Arkhet Khola and pass by the hydroelectric plant. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Arughat.

After breakfast, we take the 7-hour bus drive from Arughat to Kathmandu.

Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport picks up & drops by Private Vehicle.
  • 3 night’s standard accommodation in Kathmandu on BB base.
  • All permits such as MCAP and Tsum Valley special permit.
  • Sleeping Bag, Trekking Sticks (refundable).
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc.
  • One porter between two people.
  • All nights lodge accommodations while you are on a trek.
  • 3 times meals a day such as Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trekking.
  • 4×4 wheel private Jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and after Completing trek drive back to Kathmandu .
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare, travel insurance & Nepal visa.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, donation, shopping, hot shower, Tips etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

Besides the Ganesh Himal towering above the valley, other snow mountains stand close by. The valley is a pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists where locals speak their own dialect. Viewpoints and passes along the trail offer amazing views of the mountains above and the valleys below.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get a free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’ cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.
Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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