Price From TBC
Trip Facts
Activity Level
Moderate
Maximum Elevation
3750 M
Trip Length
18 Days
Trip Mode
Tea House
Minimum Pax
+2

Overview

Tsum-valley Trek

Tsum valley trek is perfect for those who keen to discover this little crowded secret valley on home stay! or basic Tea House trek. Tsum valley borders with Tibet and used to be one of the important trade connections between Tibet and Nepal. Tsum valley is not far from Millarepa village. Where Millarepa, one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, meditated sometime during the 7th to 9th century.

The valley has been open for trekking since 2008 and only very few trekkers have been to this remote and widely beautiful unknown valley. It offers an exceptional cultural and natural experience, since the valley was under Tibetan control; it looks entirely different in terms of culture and people than the other parts of Nepal. The valley people, originally from Tibet, have their own very special skills, culture, religion and dialect. The Tsum-valley people still practice fraternal polyandry (a woman taking two or more husbands who are brothers and brothers).

Tsum valley trek offers incredibly many genuine Buddhist cultural landmarks. Set against the background of the peaceful Himalayan views of Buddha Himal, Siringi and Ganesh Himal. The valley is scattered with Chortens, Buddhist monasteries and Mani walls made of thousands of hand-carved stone blocks and divinities, upon which wishes can be made.
The trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat. Then trail leads up to the Budhi Gandaki River through some thick forest, rice fields and original, well-hidden villages with their warm hospitality. Visiting monasteries and caves in different places like Chekamparo, Rachhen, Ripchet and Mu-Gumpa will give you cheerful memories and the extraordinary knowledge of these seldom-visited places.

 

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel
    O/ N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 02: Half day city Tour/ trek briefing and preparation and welcome dinner
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 03: KTM – SotiKhola via Arughat – Drive (700m) 7-8 hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 04: Sotikhola – Machakhola (870m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Machakhola – Jagat (1,340m) 7-8hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Jagat – Lokpa (2,240m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Lokpa – Chumling (2,390m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Chumling – Chhokam Paro (3,031m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Chhokamparo – Phurbe (3,251m) or Chuille (3347m) 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Phurbe / Chuille – Mu–Gumpa (3,750m) day hike and back to same place 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Chuille – Dumje via Chekamparo (2,460m) 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 12: Dumje –Eklevatti (1,600) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Eklevatti – Khorlabesi (970m) 7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Khorlabesi – Sottikhola (700m) 8hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Sottikhola –Kathmandu via Arughat Drive back (9hrs)
    O/N Hotel – (BLB)
  • Day 16: Free day in KTM and farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel (BB/D)
  • Day 17: Departure to international airport by privet vehicle back to home and share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Tsum Valley trek

Important Note

The above itinerary is a guidelines and a standard outline we advise to help you to plan your trip, we can be modified and offer Tailor–Made trips according to your requirements and availability of the time frame, before trip booked. But when trip starts your Leader or guide only legally responsibly to change itineraries foremost group interest.

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up.

Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a Half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. After city tour you will visit our office, there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC.   In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

Earley in the morning after breakfast start the trek towards Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast, trek through the beautiful Sal forests, and then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast, we cross Tharo Khola towards Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After having breakfast and completing with the ACAP procedure we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lokpa.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

From Lokpa the trail descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling lower Tsum, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After having breakfast we pass the Lamagaon crossing suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is well known as nunnery Gompa too. We will visit for short time and then we cross the Shiar Khola. We continue to walk through the well managed village Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun. We finally arrive at Chhuli.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

We ascend to Mu Gompa passing through the largest monastery of Tsum Valley. Actually, Mu Gompa is located at the highest point of Tsum Valley. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages. We can hike around this village exploring Kalung and visit Dhephyudonma Gompa.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

We return on our trek back through Yak grazing centre and cross the Phuchun Khola and following Shiar Khola to Chuille, we trek passing through Chhortens, past crops fields then left to Rachen Gompa. We head across the river to Lamagaon and walk down to Chekamparo. Following the narrow trail to the left through the village and drop to a wooden bridge over the Shiar Khola, cross the bridge to Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and some adjoining cattle sheds.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After having breakfast the trek climbs up some deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to picturesque Ripchet village, the perched fertile valley of potatoes, barley and buckwheat with evocative chortens in the field backed by pine forest. After that ups and down again climb up a hill through pine and rhododendron forest to Lokpa After tgat we return the same way when we climbed up to Tsum. On the way down passing through grassland and pine forest to Ekle Bhatti.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Eklevatti – Khorlabesi (970m) 7hrs

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Khorlabesi – Sottikhola (700m) 8hrs

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

From Soti Khola we will drive to Arughat. We travel along the mishmash and twisted mounatinous highways of Nepal. Upon reaching Arughat we drive to Kathmandu. The drive to Kathmandu is 5-6 hours of road journey. On our arrival to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel – (BLB)

You are free to spend the day at your leisure to relax, refresh, and perhaps take a trip to explore more of the city, before the group’s final evening celebrating huge achievement with a special dinner. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel (BB/D)

One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Tsum Valley Trek.

Dates & Cost

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation 2-3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2 cups of tea or coffee in breakfast
    and every meals a cup of while on the trekking
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House – lodge during the trek
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites
  • All private transportation starting & ending points of the trek
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guides – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal
    government licensed holder as well as First Aid –Eco trained
  • Along the trek basic complete First Aid Kit
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed
  • Manaslu Trekking map
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, Cook, porters and Accommodations, food and reasonable salary
    during the treks
  • All necessary officials pepper work
  • Tsum valley & Manalsu special permit, TIMS, Manaslu & Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek
  • Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or manmade hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost

Fitness

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.