Remote Tsum valley trek lies in 100 Km northwest from Kathmandu in lap of Manaslu Himal. Trek to Tsum valley is a revered pilgrimage destination, especially for Buddhists.
Since the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Ranges are backdrop beauties of this serene valley, Tsum valley creates the world’s one of the few untouched and isolated natural beauties.
Moreover, Tsum valley trek offers an opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains such as Shringi (7,187m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli (7,893m), Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, rich in biodiversity and flora and fauna as well as ancient art – culture. During the journey, mu Gomba, Gumba lungdang are top famous places for side trips.
Furthermore, trek to Tsum traverses the through Manaslu Region has rock-strewn trails with artistic chortens and the long line of Buddhist mani walls carved with paintings of deities and inscribed with prayers in their myriads of stone slabs. As the Tsum valley trek has tough geographical conditions, there has been very little development so you can still explore the unique cultures centuries old. This trek is possible to do at any time throughout the year.
Tsum valley trek itinerary detail
Hike to Tsum valley is a classical trek with 13 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in this trek with relaxing manner itinerary however if you are planning with limited time wise than take a look this special itinerary on Around Manaslu short trek – 13 Days.Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as Little Tibet. We visit Pashupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. Return to hotel.
Your trek staff will come to your hotel at early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up; from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat Bazaar (640m/2,093 feet). From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi for 3.30 hours is a comfortable drive but from there to Soti khola for another 6 hours, we drive following the source of Budi Gandaki river through the dirt road. We pass the villages of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River and finally to soti Khola.
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River.
Afeeter crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked.
From Jagat, after descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river, we then climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hillside to the small hamlet of Saguleri and Sirdibas, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal (7187m). We pass through the charming, villages during the day. Our route continues upstream, and again a steep climb to reach Philim. Philim is a nice place to take lunch. Then there are two trails where one crosses a bridge and heads for Manaslu and the trail for Tsum valley heads right and then ascends for a couple of hours to Lokpa.
Today, the trek is easy. Our lunch and stay place is the same place. We take the trail heads down for half an hour before it then ascends steeply up. Hike 30 minutes with a descent to the riverside and cross the beautiful wooden bridge, before the final ascent of up to an hour to Chumling. They have a primary level school, a small clinic, with great views of the Ganesh Himal range. We are in the area where they import goods from Tibet.
This is a tough and long day of walking but the scenic views of the valley amply compensates for the long walk. Chhokangparo is located at an altitude of 9873 feet above sea level is situated on flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chhokang and Paro. From here you can get superb views of the Ganesh Himal range. Some households practice polyandry down here. This area is prominent for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage.
Nile located at an altitude of 3361m above sea level is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. This village is situated on the banks of the Shiar Khola and it consists of a large number of households. Mu Gompa is home to a very old monastery and there are no village establishments here. It is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages.
Today we can take excursions to the many snow-covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views of this trek. Take a half-day walk to the Nunnery and to a small pond a bit further up to Nunnery. Or day a full day hike to Vajyo with your packed lunch as there are no places to buy our lunch. Stay overnight in the guest house in Mu. Gumpa.
On an entirely descending path. This day you can enjoy glimpses of the Punchen Himal that is unique in shape. This day you continue your descent by retracing the path from your ascent.
On the way you can enjoy views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Gomba Lungdang is home to a beautiful and large monastery that houses monks (all females). Men are not authorized in some areas of this monastery., the most spectacular sunrise through Ganesh Himal range is a magic moment.
Afeeter Breakfast at Gumpa, we take downhill keep our unforgettable and very close views of Ganesh Himal range to Rainjam and then gradual up and downhill to Ripchet, Ripchet is a big village where there are about 70 families living, it’s one of the most easygoing village.
Trail heads all the way down to Chumling village and then onto Lokpa. You will feel great here having been to higher altitude. Lokpa a small place where there is just one lodge, but they also have nice camping places.
Afeeter a short walk from Lokpa, we meet the trail of the Manaslu circuit trekking. We trek down to Ekle Bhatti and hike along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Beside the trail, you can see the green fields and subtropical vegetation. After check out from the MCAP counter, you reach Philim, then to Sridibas and Salleri. The trail is stone-paved and wide. We cross Jagat and again cross the suspension bridge to reach Yaruphant. If you feel tired and want to rest, you can stay around here or still walk to Dobhan and take a rest.
Right at the beginning, we cross the suspension bridge and follow the rocky ravine. An interesting fact, today is the natural hot spring. It is also a great cure for various skin diseases. Then we trek down to Khorlabesi and Machha Khola. The northeast view of the Ganesh Himal can be seen. The greenery of the fields and forests beside the Budhi Gandaki River is outstanding. We have a long walk today to reach the Soti Khola, which is the last day of our trek.
A long day drive to reach Kathmandu. During the Bus/jeep drive, you can pass Dhading Bensi (District headquarters of Dhading). The road completely blacktopped, join the Prithvi Highway. Along the drive, you can see numerous mountains and beautiful villages. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and rest.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does the Tsum valley trek cost?
This tsum valley hikes is available now on USD 1,250 per person is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size.
For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with attached bathroom while trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Exploring Tsum valley trek cost includes:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Guest hose basis accommodation while you are on trekking days
- Around Tsum valley special trekking permits USD 35 per person per week
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
- World heritage sites seeing transfer by private vehicle.
- Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Arughat bazzar and return from Sotikhola to Kathmandu
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Remote Tsum valley trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trek.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Tsum valley trek or tsum valley trekking – hiking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your Kathmandu airport landing flight details. We come to pick you up at TIA international airport.
Question: Do I need experience to do Tsum valley trek?
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tsum valley trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. But the rooms in tsum valley are very basic. Each room they fixed bed with mattress and blankets. However, we recommend you, take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in tsum valley trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Tsum valley trek?
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on lodge Tsum valley trek?
Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Tsum valley trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tsum valley trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Tsum valley trek Highlights
- Manaslu Tsum valley offers picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
- This valley has unique cultural blend of Tibetan, less tourist, Nepali people, and their life styles.
- Tibetan Buddhism culture, Diversified unspoiled Eco systems
- Fantastic views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others, Larkya la pass (5153m).
Tsum valley trek Note !
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be broadly altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Tsum valley trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
The Annapurna luxury trekking is great!
This time we made the Manaslu with Tsum valley, we have booked the necessary guide and porters at Gokyo Treks and Expedition. From the beginning there was an excellent communication with Ammar, the director, and everything was set up within a few days.
Arriving in Nepal we stayed two days at Ammar`s homestay. Then we were introduced to our guide Kamal, who is a very reliable and funny person, he made our trip to one of our best experiences and we did complete Tsum valley without any problems. The whole trek is fantastic, the scenery and nature couldn`t be more beautiful. I can recommend Gokyo Treks and Expeditions without any doubt and I am sure we would like to have Kamal as our guide the next time we trek in Nepal !!! – Markus Gangeurwurger, Germany
Trip Price : USD 1,250 Per Person
- Duration of trip: 18 Days
- Altitude: 4,460m/14,584 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-20 People
- Best Time: Oct -May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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