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.
2 - 14
3700 m/ 12139.1ft
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.
•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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.