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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

19 Nights 20 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

3790 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Experience of walking through the Buddhist villages and soak up the local culture. 
  • Witness the stunning beauty of Mt.Ganesh Himal.
  • Explore the less trodden remote trail of Tsum valley.
  • The exceptional experience of enjoy the beauty of hills, valleys and waterfalls.
  • The majestic beauty of Himalayan peaks.

Tsum valley trek offers you the best experience of walking through the typical Nepali villages. You will be passing through number of villages where people still live traditional lifestyle. Mostly these villages are populated by Gurung and Tibetian community. ‘Gurung’ is one of the Mongolian tribes in Nepal and they mostly follow Buddhist religion. You will be visiting number of gompas and monasteries during the trek and they are good reflection of Buddhist religion and religious practices. The people living in these villages are involved in cultivation and rearing animals, but majority of people here run hotels, lodges, teahouses and homestays. These are the sources of income for these people. You will mostly be staying at these lodges which will give a wonderful chance to know the people and their culture from close.

Walking through the villages, you will have the exceptional experience of enjoying the beauty of hills, valleys, landscapes, cultivation areas, rhododendron forests and many more. The occasional waterfalls and numerous rivers you will come across during the trek will add beauty to the trip. In addition, the majestic Himalayan beauty greets you all along the way. You get the better view of Ganesh Himal during the trek. This trek provides you with the best combination of lifetime experience filled with fun.

 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipments ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We take an early drive from Kathmandu and head west along the highway. The drive will give you a pleasant feeling as the hills and greenery make you feel refreshed. We pass through hills, forests, river, and many villages on our way. After seven hour long drive we finally reach Arughat. We take rest for some time and take a walk around the village. We will spend our night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private jeep

The trek on foot begins today. We walk through stone paved trail and head ahead towards northern side and from there walk along the bank of a river. The walk ahead will be accompanied by the beauty of green forests and fields. We also come across few villages on our way. Finally we reach Soti Khola and prepare for our night’s stay at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We head further north today and the trail will have few ups and downs. We will pass though forest area and some farmland on our way. The view of green farm and beautiful landscapes fill our day. We enjoy the beauty around and move ahead. After the walk through the bank of a river and passing the stony trail, we finally reach Machha Khola. We stay for the night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start with the walk through the narrow trail that takes us the bank of a river. We continue the walk and after some walking we catch the trail along the bank of Budi Gadaki river. From there trail leads us to a beautiful countryside village. We walk further ahead and head towards Jagat. Upon reaching Jagat we prepare for our night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will start with check in formalities at MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office at Jagat. From there we will head ahead alongside the river and towards Salleri. We continue our walk further and cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki river and walk uphill. The climb will take us to the village called Philim. The village has huge Gurung population and we can also see vast cultivation area around the village. From there we walk ahead through the forest area and finally reach Chisopani. We will spend the night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the day by walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki river and then through the forest area after passing by the beautiful waterfall on the way. We then come across the cross where the trail separates towards Gap and Tsum valley. We catch the trail to Tsum valley and head ahead. We will pass through few villages and cross the bridges over the rivers. We will then finally reach Chumling. The village is also known as Lower Tsum. We will visit Chumling Gompa there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek by walking through vast cultivation area near the village. The walk is accompanied by the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal. We also come across few gompas on our way ahead. The trail then passes through village area and passing the river. We then take the uphill walk towards Gho village. We continue walking until we reach the village of Chhokang and Paro. The view is beautiful to look at. We will spend our night in the village.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek continues with the walk through the village areas. We will pass through number of gompas and chortens along the way. The walk ahead will take us to a village called Lama Gaon. We will also be visiting the famous gompa there. Further, we come across the river and cross the bridge over it. Then, the walk continues ahead through small village areas. We then reach the village named Chhule. From there after a short uphill walk and after crossing the river, we finally reach Nile. We will be spending our night at homestay there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave the village area and continue our trek by walking through the rugged trail. We come across the river and crossing the bridge we climb uphill. On the walk ahead we pass through number of chortens. There are number of gompas around the region. We then shortly reach Mu Gompa. From there we take a short hike to Dhepu Gompa. We then return back to Mu Gompa. Night at the Gompa.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will spend our day exploring around Mu Gompa. This is one of the largest gompa in this region. We observe the art and design, meet the monks living there and try to observe their lifestyle and cultural practices from close. We will also go on a short walk around the gompa area. From there the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal can be viewed. We will spend the day in a relaxed manner. We will then return to Mu Gompa for the night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Mu Gompa and continue with our trek. We will be walking alongside the river area. We pass through few village areas on our way. The trail ahead will take downhill turn and will bring us to Burgi village. We will explore around the village area and enjoy the appealing view of mountain range. We will then prepare for our night stay at one of the lodges there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Burgi village early in the morning and head towards Chumling as the destination for today. We will follow the same trail we took before. The walk ahead will take us to Chhokang Paro and from there further ahead, we walk through the downhill head until finally reaching Chumling. Night at a lodge in Chumling.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We continue our trek as usual. First, we cross the bridge over the river, and head ahead by walking through the forest area. We will be passing through beautiful waterfall on our way ahead. Further ahead, we will walk alongside the river and continue the walk until we finally reach Philim village. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave the village area and walk ahead taking the downhill trail. We will then be walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail will take us to Jagat. Further ahead we will be climbing uphill and then the trail turns downhill. We pass through Doban on the way and then reach Tatopani. We might as well take dips at the natural hot water springs there. We will then reach Khorlabesi after a short walk from Tatopani. Night at Khorlabesi.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek with downhill walk. We pass through Machhakhola and other few village areas on the way. We will then be walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail then passes through the forest area. Then we will cross the bridge over the river and finally reach Soti Khola (river). Night at one of the lodges there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Soti Khola we head ahead by walking through the downhill trail. The trail passes through some small villages on the way. It further descends through the cultivation areas and then through the lush green forests. We will then finally reach Arught. Our trek on foot comes to an end here. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will take an early drive from Arughat to Kathmandu. The bus will head towards Dhading Besi. From here the drive follows through Prithvi Highway alongside the Trishuli river. After few hours’ drive we will finally reach Kathmandu. You will then be driven to the hotel where you can take rest and get good night’s sleep.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private Jeep

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Transportation in private vehicle.

Permits & Paperworks

  • Tsum valley and Manaslu special permit
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Local sim card

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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