Tsum valley Trek - 17 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Cost start: US$ 890 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
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About Trip:

Tsum Valley was only opened to trekking in recent years and it’s become highly regarded both in its own right and as a popular addition to the classic Manaslu trek. While the landscapes, mountain scenery and wildlife make the journey more than worthwhile, the truly outstanding feature of Tsum Valley is the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture that lies at its heart, making it one of Nepal’s truly magical experiences.

A holy and hidden sanctuary known in the distant past as Beyul Kyimolung, Tsum Valley has long had strong associations with Buddhism and is considered sacred to its followers, so much so that the killing of animals is completely prohibited within the valley. Home to a string of monasteries and nunneries, every blade of grass and every stone seem to radiate with the profound faith that has been the cornerstone to the lives of the local people for centuries.

Existing on a mixture of subsistence agriculture, yak herding, and historical trading ties to nearby Tibet via Nglua pass to the north, the local culture has remained largely intact and vibrant behind its long held anonymity, and exists today as a touchstone to a distant era. The countless chortens and mani walls dotting the rugged and beautiful landscape serve as a constant reminder of the gentle and welcoming people who call the remote area their home, with the serene vistas, forests of rhododendron, bamboo and pine, and dramatic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal range only adding to Tsum valley's reputation as one of Nepal’s unforgettable destinations.

Starting from Arughat and following the riverbanks of the Budhi Gandaki northward through semitropical ranges of countless cascades and dense foliage, the trail reaches the village of Jagat and branches away northeast towards Tsum Valley and the restricted status of the region that has largely shielded it from the outside world. Beyond Chhokang Paro lies the famous nunnery of Rachen, while further afield at the valley’s head lie the legendary monasteries of Mu Gumba and Dhephu Doma — the panoramic views from Chhokang Paro and Mu Gumba have to be seen to be believed. Further north lies the mystical Tibetan plateau, accessible since ancient times by the route over the high pass of Nglua (5093m) to the border.

The return journey provides a further highlight by virtue of the incomparable views on show at Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4900m), a one day excursion from the village of Gumba Lundang — a breath-snatching  hike with breathtaking views.

Given our staff’s background as natives of the Manaslu region, Tsum Valley falls within the scope of our intimate knowledge of the area and is thus one of our favorite treks to recommend to clients — it really is that beautiful and memorable an experience, even more so if you happen to visit the valley during one of its major festivals. Let our staff be the ones to arrange your trip to this entrancing destination — no one knows it better.

Trip Highlights

  • Widely diverse landscapes, from tropical forests through to snow-covered peaks and high 5000 meter high passes
  • Extraordinary Tibetan culture with deeply rooted Buddhist beliefs
  • A range of monasteries, nunneries, and other Buddhist structures
  • Trekking to the legendary border with Tibet
  • Visiting Ganesh Himal base Camp and taking in its spectacular views

 

Permits

Manaslu and Tsum Valley are restricted areas and requires appropriate permits, a government registered trekking agency, and a licensed guide to accompany each party. A minimum of two people are required in order to obtain the trekking permit through the area. The special permit costs $70 from September to November for the first seven days plus $10 for each additional day, and $50 from December to August for the first seven days plus $7 per additional day. The costs are per person. Trekkers are also required to have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permits from the Nepal Tourism Board at a cost of 3000 Nepali Rupees per person including 13% vat of each different region. For further details please contact us.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at Airport and transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat/Soti Khola (700m,7-8 hrs).

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machhekhola (869m, 5 hrs).

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m, 7 hrs)

Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa( 2260m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 07: Lokpa to Chumling(2386m, 4-5 hrs).

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo(3031m, 4-5 hrs).

Day 09: Chhokang Paro to Mu Gumpa(3700m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 10: Tibet border (Ngula Dhojyang, 5093m) then return to Mu Gumpa (8-9 hrs)

Day 11: Mu Gumpa to Gumba Lungdang(3200m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 12: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp(4900m) and back to Gumpa Lungdang(8 hrs).

Day 13: Gumpa Lungdang to Lokpa(6hrs)

Day 14: Lokpa to Dovan.(1340m,7hrs)

Day 15: Dovan to Soti Khola (700m, 7 hrs)

Day 16: Soti Khola to Kathmandu by drive (7 hrs)

Day 17: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such as Tsum Valley permit, Manaslu conservation area ,TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return bus transportation between Kathmandu and Arughat
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance,  personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Tip to staff  

Note:- Above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at Airport and transfer to your Hotel.

Welcome at Tribhuwan International Airport, then transfer to your hotel.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03Drive Kathmandu to Arughat/Soti Khola (700m,7-8 hrs).

Day 04Soti Khola to Machhekhola (869m, 5 hrs).

Day 05Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m, 7 hrs)

Day 06Jagat to Lokpa( 2260m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 07Lokpa to Chumling(2386m, 4-5 hrs).

Day 08Chumling to Chhokangparo(3031m, 4-5 hrs).

Day 09Chhokang Paro to Mu Gumpa(3700m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 10Tibet border (Ngula Dhojyang, 5093m) then return to Mu Gumpa (8-9 hrs)

Day 11Mu Gumpa to Gumba Lungdang(3200m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 12Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp(4900m) and back to Gumpa Lungdang(8 hrs).

Day 13Gumpa Lungdang to Lokpa(6hrs)

Day 14Lokpa to Dovan.(1340m,7hrs)

Day 15Dovan to Soti Khola (700m, 7 hrs)

Day 16Soti Khola to Kathmandu by drive (7 hrs)

Day 17Departure

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
24 July, 2019 09 August, 2019 US $890 Available
30 July, 2019 15 August, 2019 US $890 Available
06 August, 2019 22 August, 2019 US $890 Available
13 August, 2019 29 August, 2019 US $890 Available
19 August, 2019 04 September, 2019 US $890 Available
23 August, 2019 08 September, 2019 US $890 Available
28 August, 2019 13 September, 2019 US $890 Guaranteed
05 September, 2019 21 September, 2019 US $890 Guaranteed
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Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews

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Fantastic Tsum Valley Experience

Rating:  

This was my third trip to Nepal, having done multi day organized treks in Patagonia, Peru and Europe. I have never experience a level of professionalism and a quality of service like the one from Trekking Nepal Experts. We have just returned from a 15 day trek in the Tsum Valley and Manaslu region organized by this company and we could not be happier. It exceeded our expectations by a hundred times. Last year, in 2016 my husband and I trekked the Manaslu Circut with another company (one of the top rated by Trip Advisor). Midway we intersected with a group led by Raj, the owner of the Nepal Trekking Experts . We hiked along with his group for a few days and the contrast, on every level, was striking. So when we decided to return it was an easy choice who to work with. Raj is a native to Manaslu region and hires local guides and porters. As a result you are guided by someone who REALLY knows the area. We did many 'off the beaten path' side trips on our trek. Our guide was really flexible and we modified our itinerary multiple times. The highlight of our trip was hiking up to Ganesh Himal base camp and spending two nights at a nunnery. We did not see another tourist during those three days. treking out we used less popular route to avoid repeating a part of the trek (owners sugestion) we did the year before. Although this was logistically much harder to organize the cost of the trip didn't change, Raj just wanted us to have a better experience, and I think that it captures what this company is all about: making sure that you have the best possible time on your trek! The whole experience was unreal. The owner, Raj manages to blend genuine warmth and friendliness with constant awareness and attention to every detail.

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Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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