Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 18 DAYS

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Tsum Valley Trek

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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) 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 to Arughat Bazar.
  • Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 18 : Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight

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)

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

You will be picked up at the airport by our staff and transferred to a hotel for check in. Our airport representative will explain you the further details of the program upon the arrival. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02 - Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

Today, we start our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritages in Kathmandu valley i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal. Overnight at hotel (breakfast included).

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

You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel, at around 8 a.m. in the morning. We drive for 8 hours to Arughat. Four hours journey from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi (The district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) is a comfortable drive but the rest four hours, from Dhading Besi to Arughat, we will be driving on a rough road. We further drive for 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola in a public jeep. Overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

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

Today, we follow a trail with constant ups and downs. We walk through the forest and continue upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. Then, we descend to a wide, sandy riverbed and continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

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

After crossing Machha Khola and Khrola besi, we pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forest until we cross Dovan Khola. Then, we make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. We can see white sandy beaches at the riverside. Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

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

There are hot springs at Tatopani where you can enjoy a quick wash. After Tatopani, we cross a suspension bridge at the left bank of the Budi Gandaki. Then we ascend through the forest and reach a village of Doban. At this point, the Budi Gandaki descends with an impressive series of rapids. Further up the valley, the river opens up and meanders across a broad gravel bed. The check point to enter Tsum Valley is at Phidim where our permits will be reviewed. Today is our first night in Tsum. Overnight lodge (BLD).

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

Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley (2386m) Duration: 4 to 5 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 08 - Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley

Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley (3031m ) Duration: 5 to 6 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

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

Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley (3360m) Duration: 4 to 5 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 10 - Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley

Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley (3700m) Duration: 3 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 11 - Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley

Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley (3240m) Duration: 4 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 12 - Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley

Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley (2386m) Duration: 6 to 7 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 13 - Trek to Lokpa (2240m)

Trek to Lokpa (2240m) Duration: 5-6 hrs. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 14 - Trek back to Jagat.

Trek back to Jagat. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 15 - Trek back to Lapubesi (884m)

Trek back to Lapubesi (884m) Duration: 6-7 hrs. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 16 - Trek to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat Bazar.

Trek to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat Bazar. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

Day 17 - Drive back to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast and lunch included.

Day 18 - Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport

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