Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Duration
18 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    3700 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 

Trip Overview

Tsum valley is a beautiful valley that lies in the backdrop of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Buddha ranges and Himchuli. It is one of the best valleys known for the mystic beauty it possesses. The word “Tsum” in itself means vivid which resembles the vibrancy in culture, history and natural beauty that the place beholds. The wild nature, lush forests, hills and the unique Buddhism culture prevalent in this region in the shade of mountains is a treasure that makes this valley a hidden gem in Manaslu region of Nepal. The Tsum valley trek was opened recently in 2008 and it is still untouched by any kind of adulteration and modernization in its natural glory or cultural richness.

As per Buddhist mythology, Tsum valley is believed to be the same place where a Buddhist saint named Guru Milarepa had mediated during his travel to let the world know about the preachings of Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Owning to its history and belief of the people, the place is considered holy and many artistic monasteries are built in this valley. The prevalence of Buddhism can be seen in the prayer flags, Mani walls, monasteries and stupas that we come across during our journey. We pay our visit to monasteries like Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa and Lungdang Gompa during our trek.

Situated in northern Gorkha, the people residing in this area are mostly of Tibetan origin who possess and speak in their own unique dialect. The drawings of deities carved on the stones are found on the way which are unique in its own way. Kyimu Lung is a famous pilgrimage circuit in the Trans Himalaya region in that area. This pilgrimage circuit is a centre for learning and meditation. Apart from the cultural and natural splendour, the richness in diversity of flora and faunas cannot be overshadowed. The valley is popular for Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. You may encounter one of them if lucky. The area is restricted for any kind of hunting, fishing or slaughtering of animals and is a home to many other endangered species of birds and animals. Tsum valley is a very well preserved destination that will make your vacation worth it.

Join Nepal Hiking Team to live to liveliness in natural and cultural splendour in the hidden valley of Tsum.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Lokpa in Tsum Valley (2,240m)- 6 hours walking

Day 07: Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley (2386m)

Day 08: Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley

Day 09: Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley (3360m)

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley

Day 11: Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley

Day 12: Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley

Day 13: Trek to Lokpa (2240m)

Day 14: Trek back to Jagat.

Day 15: Trek back to Lapubesi (884m)

Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 17: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by private jeep and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep and return back to Kathmandu
  • Tsum valley trekking permits (Tsum valley is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • Manaslu conservation fees
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic Inc. water, coke, fanta etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.