Tsum Valley Trekking

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,093m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End kathmandu
  • Trip Area Manaslu Region
  • Nature of Trip Trekking
  • Best Season Spring To Automn

Highlights

  • Untouched and raw trekking adventure
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
  • Lots ofcaves ,wate,rfalls and river along the route
  • Easy trek with no fear of altitude sickness
  • majestic views of Ganesh and Himal Chuli mountains
  • Lush forest of pine juniper and different species of rhododendron 

If you are fond of mountains and want to get away from the crowd, then you will love to trek into the northernmost part of Nepal. There are a lot of options and it is very hard to choose from but the specification of the Northernmost remote part is its off-beaten trails, unadulterated villages, and nature. One such unadulterated gem is the Tsum valley, located in the Northernmost part of Nepal. Isolated from vague and modern vistas, the region offers a soulful experience to trekkers trekking in this region.

Tsum Valley Trekking is a magnificent journey into a remote and isolated country beyond Nepal's North Mid-West Himalayas. Sandwiched between a great range of mountains of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, Tsum is known as the valley of Happiness in the local native language of Tibetan origin. This is a  fascinating adventure that leads you into hidden areas and Shangri-la of Himalaya away from the maddening crowd of modern civilization into the pristine wilderness of mountains-windswept beautiful country with the impressive local culture of Tsum valley. A perfect adventure destination for people who are bored walking on mainstream trekking trails on popular routes, this trip allows you to be in complete tranquility in the harmony of interesting colorful culture and ancient traditions as it was past hundreds of centuries.

Tsum Valley Trekking commences with an interesting overland journey into Nepal's Mid-Western areas of Gorkha district, where the trail at first leads on the same tracks of the Manaslu route and then to unknown and hidden areas at Tsum valley after leaving the raging Buri-Gandaki River. 

With a population of 1800, most of the people residing here are local indigenous 'Tsumba' people. Most people follow Bon shamanism and Buddhist traditions. Tsum Valley is a hidden treasure. Tsum is a Tibetan word derived from 'Tsombo " which means vivid and people residing in Tsum Valley are called 'Tsumba'. Along with the beautiful mountain view of Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal, and Boudha Himal Ranges, this hidden and tranquil valley is full of ancient art, cultures, traditions, and religion. The altitude of the trekking trail varies from 1903 m at Lhokpa to over 5095 m at Nagula Dojyan pass at the Tibetan border.

Tsum Valley is known as a hidden gem of Nepal consisting of 33 villages with 500 households so it is worth the money to trek this valley in Tsum valley and discover the Manaslu trekking trails.  As per Government restrictions, a minimum of two trekkers are needed along with a guide and porter to obtain a special Tsum Valley Trekking Permit. You need to obtain 4 permits from the government to trek into this region namely, a special Tsum Balley Trekking permit, Manaslu Conservation Area permit, an Annapurna Conservation Area permit and a Trekkers Information Management System permit. 

Itinerary
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  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

On reaching Kathmandu via various respective airlines, walk to the airport terminal exit, here our guide and staff receive you with a warm greeting and then transfer you into car or coach (depending upon group size) for the short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

Morning activities start after breakfast, where our city guide will accompany you to interesting World Heritage Sites in our wonderful sightseeing tour, which helps you to gain knowledge regarding local culture and traditional life of Nepalese people as it was for many past centuries.
Tour leads around Kathmandu Durbar Square teemed with local life around historical sites and monuments, then heading due west at Swayambhunath Stupa (popularly known as Monkey Temple where large numbers of monkeys are found around).

One of the oldest monuments of Nepal dates back more than 2,500 years old overlooking views of Kathmandu valley and the city from this hillock Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa.

After lunch in a local restaurant as the tour continues to the holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath towards the east of the city, one of the holiest Hindu sites, where a great festival takes place in February known as Shiva Ratri.  

From here visit Bouddhanath's huge Stupa, a Buddhist landmark in the area that is also known as 'Little Tibet' due to its strong Tibetan influence on the religion-culture and traditional way of life.

Our marvelous tour completes and then back into your hotel, afternoon free at leisure with preparation for Tsum Valley Trekking the next morning.  

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time845 m

Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where a drive leads on interesting and exciting Kathmandu & Pokhara highway to reach Arughat town and beyond to Soti-Khola village.

On the drive views of mountains and scenic landscapes as the journey leads a past number of farm villages and towns and then ends the drive at Soti Khola small farm village for the first overnight stop within the Nepal Mid West region.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time930m

The first day's walks from Soti- Khola lead to a short climb for a while with the rest of the walk on a gradual winding uphill trail through terraced farm fields and villages.
As our route enters into the cool forested area in a gorge following torrential glacial Buri-Gandaki River upstream, the path follows with a climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after a good walk of near six hours reaching a moderate size village at Maccha-Khola for an overnight stop. (Name of the village means a fish stream)

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,410m

After a pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, a morning walk follows the Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on a winding path to reach Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. 

After a pleasant stop, walk to Dovan and Yaruphant villages and then to Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat is a moderate size farm village with shops and stores

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,2400m

From Jagat, the morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with a short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farmhouses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,386 m

After Lakuwa village and leaving Buri-Gandaki River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters a narrow gorge then with a short descent and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,010 m

From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes look similar to the Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-Paro village for an overnight stop. 

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,361m

After Chokan-paro heading closer towards the upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto an open valley within the windswept country exists only a few small trees that survive around this arid terrain. 

The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal after a pleasant walk reaches Nele on the way with a visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular Buddhist poet, singer, tantric guru his folk tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike. 

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,700 m

The morning walk starts on reaching our highest point at Mu Gompa of the adventure, as the walk continues with a climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,700 m

est and free day at Mu Gompa to explore the village with the visit of old Mu Gompa enriched with ancient antique scrolls, statues, and relics this is one of the most important monasteries in the Tsum and Manaslu area.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,240 m

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on the nice path with a few short climbs and downhill passing a few small villages of cattle herders to reach Rachen Gompa for an overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,386 m

Today is our last day around Tsum valley, as morning leads to a long descent to reach Chumling village pastg farm areas and then back into tree lines after a long downhill walks reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop within Tsum areas.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,590 m

From Chumling village, morning walk downhill the following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for an overnight stop. 
This is a nice farm village with a school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1, 240 m

From here onwards into the warmer area of paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River past small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. 
Walk further descends to Yaruphant, then he towards the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending our long day walk at Tatopani for overnight stop, a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water, afternoon enjoy in the hot springs and relax. The local believes warm spring water has a natural power to cure various diseases.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time730 m

After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, a morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further past terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola. 

  • Accommodation3*
  • Mealsbreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

Morning drive back to Kathmandu on the same interesting highway with exciting time as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six hours journey reaching in Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1400 m

On a free and relaxing day in Kathmandu, relax and enjoy individual activities shopping for souvenirs or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour.

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Last day in amazing Nepal the country of the Himalayas wonders, depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, and our staff transfers you with a farewell.

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Cost Details
What's Included

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfasonin twin sharing basis 
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing 
  • Teahouse accommodation during trekking
  • Three meals (breakfas,t, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation (Kathmandu-Sotikhola, Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, ,English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and their all expenses
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and his all expenses
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek)
  • Necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit
What's Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Wi-Fi charge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping
Useful Info

Why choose Tsum Valey Trek?

There is a lot of reason to choose the Tsum Valley trek over other trekking regions in Nepal. Being the most untouched northernmost part of Nepal bordering Tibet, the valley offers a great trekking experience. Relatively new to trekkers, the trails are off-beaten and adventurous full of marvels of nature. The number of trekkers trekking in this region is very less so you can avoid human traffic and immerse yourself in the calmness of nature, and the hospitality of local people and get a chance to learn about the local Bon and Buddhist traditions. A trek that provides full-scale adventure from geography to traditions, from lush green valleys to no man's land, from crowded lower regions to remote and untouched valleys, so why end up trekking in other areas while you can have a completely new experience? 

The natural aura and history are as authentic as they can get. The Buddhist settlement in the valley looks completely different than elsewhere. The people here are of Tibetan origin and they possess unique dialects, cultures, and practices. The geographic location of this land in the northern nook of Manaslu is a boon when it comes to witnessing Majestic Mountain. Decorated by Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Buddha ranges, and Himchuli, the backdrop of Tsum Valley Trek is a trekker’s dream come true. Stand anywhere in the middle of your walk and the backdrop is a picture-perfect frame!

Tsum Valley trekking difficulty :

Tsum valley trekking is graded as a moderately difficult trek as the trail passes through multiple ascends and descends. Since the trekking region is relatively new, most of this region remains remote giving trekkers an experience of authentic rural trekking with limited services and resources. 

Altitude Sickness at Tsum Valley Trek :

The probability of suffering from High altitude sickness while trekking in the Upper Himalayan region is always high if you are not well prepared and are not careful enough. The highest point attained while trekking is at 5095 m above sea level so there is always a risk of altitude sickness. The level of oxygen concentration in the atmosphere in the upper Himalayan region is low. There are certain steps to avoid the risk of altitude sickness while trekking. 

- avoid rapid pace while ascending, take time, rest at certain intervals of time to catch breathe

- drink water frequently to avoid dehydration. Don't drink lots of water at once but take a sip or two at a frequent interval of time. 

- avoid heavy backpacks as you spend more energy carrying them. 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

     -Early symptoms of Altitude Sickness include:

  • loss of breathing even while resting
  • muscle cramp, early tiredness, and fatigue 
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • sleep disturbances, loss of appetite
  • If you do not take care in your early stages, the symptoms may worsen. The further symptoms include 
  • vomiting, severe headache
  • Ataxia ( uncontrolled walking behavior) 
  • Increased pulse rate 
  • Severe dry cough
  • Fingertips and lips turn to blue color which indicated the low amount of oxygen in the body
  • Altered mental status/mental confusion
  • Unconsciousness leading to Coma
  • Prevention: 
  • Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
  • Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast or too high.
  • No alcohol, sleeping pills, or smoking.
  • Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled, or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice, etc.
  • Do not carry heavy packs.
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
  • Do not travel alone.
  • Permits and Restrictions in Tsum Valley Trek 

Nepal Government has imposed some restrictions on the safety of trekkers. As a completely new trail and with minimum human interactions along the trail, one can get easily lost in the vast forest of the Manaslu region. The minimum number of people to trek in this region must be two along with a licensed and experienced guide from a local trekking agency. This means solo trekking or trekking without guides is completely restricted in this region. Only a registered guide from a local trekking agency can obtain the special Tsum valley trekking permit so like it or not, this region cannot be done without a licensed guide from a local trek agency. A total number of 4 permits are required to trek into this region:

Special Tsum Valley Trek Permit: September to November, 35 US$ per person for the first 8 days and an additional US$ for each additional day. December to August, 25 US$ per person for the first 8 days and US$ for each additional day after that.

  • Manaslu Conservation Area permit : 3000 NPR
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit :
  • Trekkers Information Management System permits: 
  • Best time to do Tsum Valley Trek 

When speaking about trekking in the high Himalayas in Nepal, there are mainly two seasons. However, with enough preparation, trekking can be done anytime.

Spring Season ( April - May ): Starting from April, the wildlands of the mid-hilly region of the Tsum Valley trek are fully colored with vibrant wildflowers. The colorful rhododendron species provides a different calmness to the tired soul. The lush green forests and clear skies provide you with beautiful views of varied landscapes. Mid or late afternoon may get overcast sometimes with little drizzle and thunder. Snow can be expected at altitudes above 2500 m. The mornings and nights are moderately cold but the afternoon is warm. The lower part of the region is agricultural land with traditional terraced farming. 

Autumn Season ( September - November ): The best time to do any treks in Nepal is between September to November. The clean, blue sky with far visibility, less to no hazes and fogs, and cool temperature make this time the best time to trek Tsum Valley. However, the days are shorter and nights and mornings are colder compared to the Spring season. The temperature may fall below 0 degrees in shady areas, morning and night. Occasional light snowfall can be expected during this time of year

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