What to Expect

  • High altitude trek to Mu Gompa (3700 mt.).
  • Off the beaten path with verdant forest.
  • Deep gorges and colorful ancient monasteries along the way.
  • Magnificent view of the Himalayas including Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt Manaslu (8163 mt.).
  • Animals and vegetation : from tropical to subtropical to Temperate to sub-alpine to alpine beyond the tree-line with forests, home of many animals including the black-face-white-fur Langoors, white-on-the-tail but brown-overall deer as well as the kalij pheasant
  • Passes through numerous villages the ones that are found in the Hilly and Mountainous areas of Nepal

About Tsum Valley Trek

 

The remote Tsum Valley Trek is the perfect choice for people looking for an adventure in a hidden corner of the Himalaya. The residents of this highland valley follow a traditional lifestyle with a Buddhist culture. The first section of this Tsum Valley Trekking journey follows the Manaslu Circuit Trail before branching off to a remote valley with a unique lifestyle and spectacular, mountainous scenery.

Tsum Valley Trekking was opened to tourists in 2008. This journey takes trekkers off the beaten path and offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The Tsum valley Trekking path travels through a beautiful landscape that will be unforgettable. Tsum Valley is ideal for adventure seekers looking for something unique and is usually combined with the Manaslu Circuit Trek or it can be done on its own.

The gradual rise from a fertile river valley through lush hills allows for proper acclimatization to altitude on the way up to the highlands. Eventually, the scenic trails arrive at majestic mountain surroundings with up-close views of the surrounding Himalaya.

The highland Tsum valley is surrounded by the snowy Himalayan peaks including Sringi, Baudha, Him Chuli, and the Ganesh Himal Range and more. To the north of the valley is the border of Tibet. The residents in this Tsum Valley Trekking area have cultural ties Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the tranquil hills. Along the trails are exquisite monasteries, mani prayer walls, and prayer flags and other icons of Buddhist faith.

The journey to Tsum Valley begins with a ride through a picturesque landscape. We then hike north up Buddi Gandaki River to Lokpa village where we branch to follow the Shyar River. We ascend to Mu monastery in a breathtaking setting and beyond to Rachen nunnery and much more.

The Tsum Valley Trek is ideal for trekkers looking for a thrilling adventure in a relatively unexplored area of the Himalaya with much of the same benefits of natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural richness as the more popular areas but with fewer of the crowds.

There is a lot to explore in the Tsum Valley area and it can be easily combined with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the adventurous Ganesh Himal Trek, and the Ruby Valley Trek as well as the classic Annapurna Circuit and more including Nar and Phu villages and beyond. Please let us know if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey to this region and beyond. We look forward to guiding you to all of its highlights.

Please Note: Our Tsum Valley Trek has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.  We can arrange a trek that combines with the Tsum Valley Trek with the Manaslu Circuit for people with more time and interest.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Trip preparation day (Sightseeing optional ) . Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570 mt.) and further drive to Sotikhola. Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 4Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 5Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 6Jagat to Lokpa (2,240 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 7Lokpa to Chumling (2,386 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 8Chumling to Chhokang Paro ( 3,030 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9Chhokang Paro to Chhule/Nile (3,360 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 10Chhule/Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 mt.) or Nunnery Gompa. Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 11Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 12Chhokang Paro to Lokpa. Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 13Lokpa to Jagat . Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 14Jagat to Machha Khola. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 15Machha Khola to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat. Walking Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 17Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport,insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Tsum Valley Trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that ismore suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Tsum Valley Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Tsum Valley Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view.  You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.