Tsum Valley Trek 20 Days

$1695 USD
- 20 Days
- Modorate
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

March-May & October to December

Private car & Public bus

Hotel & Lodge

Tea house

4060m

Breakfast in Kathmandu and full meals during the trek

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Tsum Valley Trek Overview

Tsum valley is the most remote Himalayan valley,and was a restricted area that only recently opened to visitors. This is an area that was once a part of Tibet, so the inhabitants are Tibetan origin, with their own language and unique ways of life. This trail used to be a trade route between Tibet and Nepal. To get to Tsum valley, we have to enter from the Manaslu Conversation Area, which was opened to travelers in 2008.This is why this region has less tourist facilities and is more off the beaten path compared to other treks in Nepal. Tsum valley trek begins from Arughat after a long bus ride from Kathmandu. After a night at Arughat, the route ascends up through the Budi Gandaki valley. The trail then continues up to the main route of Manaslu until Jagat, and then turns towards Tsum valley. On this trip, you can explore Tibetan villages with their unique cultures, and the many different ancient Gombas that were unseeable before this trail was opened to the public. This is a unique option for travelers who want to visit rarely seen places and cultures that have been largely untouched.

Tsum Valley is a remote Himalayan trek where you will have basic tea house accommodations and basic food to eat. The cultural and natural beauty will give you a perfect glimpse of high Himalayan life.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: City tour and trek preparation day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (570m/1,870ft)

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2,395ft)

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)

Day 06: Trek to Doban (1,070m/3,510ft) 6-7 hours

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,216ft) 6 hours

Day 08: Trek to Chumling (1,670m/5,479ft) 7 hours

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,030m/9,940ft) 5-6 hours

Day 10: Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft)

Day 11: Trek to Mu Gumba (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

Day 12: Explore day (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

Day 13: Trek to Rachen Gomba (3,240m/10,660ft): 5 hours

Day 14: Trek to Dumje (2,440m/8,028ft)

Day 15: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,215ft): 7-8 hours

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani: (990m/3,248ft) 6-7 hours

Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola (710m/2,328ft): 6-7 hours

Day 18: Trek to Arughat (600m/1,968ft): 6-7 hours

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 20: Departure day

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the Hotel.  We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. Here, we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. 

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m/1,870ft)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will board a local bus departing for Arughat in morning. This is an interesting drive along the scenic Highway. The bus makes two stops, breakfast and lunch. After a seven hour drive you will arrive in Arughat. After a brief rest at the lodge in Arughat, you can walk around the town and explore the surrounding areas.  Overnight at lodge.
 

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2,395ft)

After hot breakfast at the lodge, the stone paved trail leads towards north of the valley which is along the bank of the river. There are rice farm on the way and also small forest where you can see monkeys. You will enjoy your walk through Magar and Gurung village along the way and also few waterfalls pass through. Stay overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)

Today, your day starts with a few up and downs from Soti Khola towards north of the valley. There are few farm terraces along the way and also passing through the Sal forest. After short sandy walk on the bank of the river, the rocky trail leads few up and downs to Machha khola for overnight.
 

Day 06: Trek to Doban(1,070m/3,510ft) 6-7 hours

The trail to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents passing by few villages and forest. We climb a well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban means confluence of the rivers. There are side trips to explore this evening. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,216ft) 6 hours

Today, we climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees.

Day 08: Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (1,670m/5,479ft) 7 hours

We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night in Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (3,030m/9,940ft) 5-6 hours

Today we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west.

Day 10: Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) via Milarepa cave: 6-7 hours

Climb Chokhangparo. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa's Cave.  Then we cross cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile.
 

Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the lu Gompa. Visit the monastery, then visit Dhephyudoma Gompa.
 

Day 12: Explore day (3,700m/12,174ft)

Today is a sightseeing day of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,660ft): 5 hours

Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Rachen Gompa again. The Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley.  The nunnery is one of largest in the region.

Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,440m/8,028ft): 6-7 hours

Continue trekking and cross a bridge to descend down to Chhokangparo again. From Chhokangparo. Continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Shiar Khola. Cross the bridge to Dhumje.
 

Day 15: Dumje to Philim (1,590m/5,215ft): 7-8 hours

From Dumje, trek along the lower Tsum Valley. The trail continues to Lokpa then south on a flat trail. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
 

Day 16: Philim to Tatopani:(990m/3,248ft) 6-7 hours

Trek to Jagat from Tatopni.  Descend down to Yaru. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.

Day 17: Tatopani to Soti Khola (710m/2,328ft): 6-7 hours

Trek up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge finally to arrive at Soti Khola.

Day 18: Trek to Arughat (600m/1,968ft): 6-7 hours

Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazar, pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast at the lodge, proceed to Kathmandu by public bus which is approximate 8 hours driving. It is interesting drive through the countryside. Driving to Gorkha is pretty much dusty road and well paved road to Kathmandu through Prithivi highway after Khaireni. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 20: Departure day

Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time.

Tsum Valley Trek Cost :- US$1695

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Manaslu trekking permits and Tims permits
-Tsum valley special permit and Manaslu special permit
-Bus transportation to Arughat and return by public bus
-All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking route Map
-Official T-shirt

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner

-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.

Tsum Valley Trek Information

Travel Insurance
You must have a  travel insurance. A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it.

Health and Fitness
We strongly recommend you to consult the doctor before planning your holidays. 
Foods and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use tourist standard hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share – depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered up on your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. For breakfast you expect to have porridge, toast or chapattis, omelet and local bread. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses or Lodges which are basic with shared facilities. Some lodges offers shower and mostly offers bucket hot water up on request. During the trip you can expect 2 hot showers.

Our effort while you are on a trek
We will try to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, the health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. If you are delayed longer than the itinerary date we can help reschedule your international flights but prepare to pay some extra charge if required.
 
Our legal documents
We are a government authorized and certified company. We have special authorization from the government of Nepal to operate trekking tours, expeditions, Tibetan tours, Bhutan tours and many other tourism related services. We are also proud to be members of different professional organizations:
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation PAN No. 304585539
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd. No. 79438/067/068
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry License No. 1288/067
Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rasta Bank Foreign Exchange Department License No. 1159/1/068
Nepal Tourism Board
Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Travel season
we do have two best seasons to visit our beautiful country. We suggest you to come at the right time of the year if possible. The best time is spring and autumn.

Spring :-( March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. 
Autumn: -(Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter : -(December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: -Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

What to bring- pack list: 

Equipments:
Head:
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun Hat
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket (Included)
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters only for winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (Included)
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is easy to obtain. You may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You must have 2 passport size photographs, visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries, India and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.


Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)


Tourist Visa Fees
3 days transit visa - Free of cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, and
Tel: 00977-1 4433935 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868 Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np