Tsum Valley

Tsum valley, the valley surrounded by the great Himalayas like Ganesh, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal is an extremely beautiful destination of Nepal. The meaning of the name Tsum really justifies itself as the term Tsum means the vivid, the clear image or we can say the powerful feeling. Starting a trek through Arughat and passing through the Budhi Gandaki we will experience and discover a new ethic group of People, their traditional, culture with typical Nepalese dishes.

From the highest altitude of this trip, we can get a scenic beauty of the different mountains and largest monastery of this region, Mu Gumpa. To climb the mountain and being on the top is the great experience ever but Tsum Valley provides you a chance to experience not the top of the mountain, it provides you a chance to experience the world behind the mountain. Although Tsum valley is the remote place it’s sure that it fulfills our desires and meets the expectations. Tsum Valley is a totally different experience trip which we cannot easily take out from our head.
Trip Code: TV51
Starts: Arughat
Finishes: Arughat
Duration: 20 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 3700m/ 12139.1ft
Trip Views: 481
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 18
Dinner: 18
Car
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Jeep
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 15 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north.
  • The main attractive views of this valley are Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli (7,879m), Sringi Himal and other mountains
  • The valley is rich in wildlife especially the Himalaya Thar and Blue Sheep.
  • Celebration of numerous festivals like Dhachyang (The horse festival) which is celebrated at the time of Dec/Jan.
  • The Valley is still far from the modernity.
  • Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practices.

Why this Trip

  • Tsum Valley, the name itself is so unique that you can experience there the untouched history, Culture, and natural Himalayan landscapes. You can find yourself due to the trek and also discover a new experience of traveling another valley surrounded by the great Himalayas.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    High above from the sky you will land in the city of art. One of our representatives will be eagerly waiting for you to escort to our office first for briefing of the itinerary. Right after that you will check-in at the hotel for refreshment. We will know a lot about each other at the dinner table.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Bhaktapur tour
    • Delicious Momo
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    As for sightseeing day, we will visit one of the famous UNESCO world heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanumandhoka Durbar square first and then continue our tour according to your comfort. This is the day we will prepare all the necessary documents for the tour.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Delicious Momo
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO ARUGHAT (600M, 7-8HRS)
    At morning we gear up for adventure waiting for us. We take Jeep and drive all the way to Arughat. Arughat is a major town in the region which is divided in two parts by the Budhi Gandaki River. For today we take a rest at Arughat.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private Vehicle
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO SOTI KHOLA (700M, 5-6HRS)
    From Arughat we pass through Hydroelectricity project, we’ll cultivated –rice/millet fields until maltar. Budhi Gandaki valley now appears narrow and steep; trail crosses through Arkhet Khola and finally reaches Sotikhola.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO MACHA KHOLA (870M, 6-7HRS)
    Leaving Sotikhola behind we start our trek. On the way we reach Gurung village Labubesi (880m). For a moment we take a rest there and again we further trek to MacchaKhola(900m),from where we can have access to the area of Ganesh Himal.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO JAGAT (2340, 6-7HRS)
    Leaving Macha Khola and passing through Khorlabesi, we reach a hot spring called Tatopani. Here we can relax for some time but we need to continue our trek to Jagat (1410m) following forest, then reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO CHISOPANI (1660M, 4-5HRS)
    From Jagat we climb over the ridge to Salleri (1440m) that has wonderful views of ShringiHimal (7187). We descend through Sirdibas and again climb up to Philim(1590m) surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. Crossing a Philim valley through a forest with amazing views observing we reach our today destination Chisopani.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO CHUMLING (2386M, 6-7HRS)
    Today we transverse from pretty forest with views up the narrowing valley. We climb up for a short time before we reach Ekle Bhatti (1600m) then meander high above a spectacular gorge, entering woods of pine trees. Later we go down to a junction that has two ways to Ghap and Tsum. We take right and head towards Tsum valley. We walk for decent amount of time and finally reach Chumling from where we can view Shringi Himal. In Chumling, we can aslo visit the old Chumling Gompa and the stone streets of the village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO CHOKHANGPARO (3010M, 4-5HRS)
    Cross the suspension bridge from the east of the hotel and pass through well cultivated farming land of maize and potatoes. We can find Traditional Tibetan houses on the way. Up the valley to the east are superb views of several of the 7000-7400m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). We cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2hrs to upper Tsum and the joined villages of Chhokang-Paro (3010m).

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO NILE (3361M, 5-6HRS)
    We depart from Chhokanparo to Nile. We head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of Chhortens and Past Lamagaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3240m). This Gompa is only allows women to enter. Cross the Shiar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate (kani). The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3361m; Nyile).

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO MU GUMBA (3700M, 3HRS)
    We leave Nile at dawn enjoying sunrise on the narrowing valley walls, yaks being put to pasture and a day with just a light Pack. The final climb up to the large Mu Gompa (3700m; Mu gumba) is through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortensand widening mountain vistas. We pass through Kalung, Chhule, Phurbe, Rachen Gompa.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : EXPLORE MU GUMBA
    A lie at the highest point of the Tsum Valley, Mu Gomba is the largest monastery in the region. During the exploration we can also visit the base of Pika Himal at height 4865m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO BURGI VILLAGE (3245M, 5HRS)
    Today after having breakfast we trek back through Chhule and Phurbe. After crossing it we climbs up to the Milarepa’s Cave and finally reach at Burgi Village. Burgi is a small beautiful village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO CHUMLING (2386M, 5-6HRS)
    Continuing the trek today we start our trek after having breakfast at Burgi and leave for the next destination Chumling. Passing through a gorge, Pine and rhododendron forest we reach there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO PHILIM (1570M, 6-7HRS)
    Heading towards the Philim is our today destination. After breakfast passing through the Lokpa, Samba falls we reach there. Philim village also leads you towards the Ganesh Base Camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO KHORLABESI (970M, 6-7HRS)
    Following the banks of Budhi Gandaki River today we move towards the Khorlabesi. On the way we also cross the Jagat and Tatopani. In Tatopani there is a hot spring so we can enjoy there for a moment. After there we continue our trek and reach Khorlabesi.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO SOTI KHOLA (700M, 6-7HRS)
    Descending down through the Khorlabesi we come towards the Macha Khola. Again from there walking through the Budhi Gandaki and passing the Gurung Village (Labubesi) we will reach Khursane. From there also we head towards the Sotikhola for tonight stay.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO ARUGHAT, DRIVE TO KATHMANDU (4HRS WALK, 7-8HRS DRIVE)
    Today is our last day trek so after having breakfast we start our trek towards the Arughat. 4 hrs walk from Sotikhola we reach at Arughat and without delay we take a drive towards Kathmandu valley.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Vehicle
  • placeDAY 19 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Today you can soothe the pain and discomfort receiving an amazing herbal massage and even please the soul joining the evening prayer in Pashupatinath. Those eager to shop for their loved ones can explore the city shopping centers. We can even dine together if time allows.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Herbal Massage
    • Evening prayer in Pashupatinath
    • Shopping
    • yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 20 : DEPARTURE
    From strangers to lifelong friends who knows what we can be and therefore goodbyes are always heartbreaking. To soothe the heart we will have a friendly lunch or even a cup of coffee, just an excuse to show the gratitude. We will then escort you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe room in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Manaslu region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Trekking Massage (at the end of the trek)
    • Optional: If time allows, we can go for ‘Balthali village Resort’ for relaxation or farewell friendly drinks at the bar
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

     

     

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Tsum Valley Trek is a restricted area and requires special permit. It is little bit hard to do this trek so you must be fit, strong and healthy while doing this trek and also Manaslu circuit trek is restricted which required special permit.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Tsum Valley Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Tsum Valley Trek is trekking region and mostly we spend our night at Guesthouse. In Guesthouse, you can get Dal, Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher it’s better to avoid meat because non-vegetarian is heavy meals which may cause food poisoning so we avoid it.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Arughat we will use jeep. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking in Tsum Valley Trek ?
    Spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it is difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking in Tsum Valley is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on clients' speed. So it is really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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