Tsum Valley Trek
Trekking duration: 19 days
Starts from: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Grade: Moderate grade trek
Maximum altitude: Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m)
Culture: Gurung, Chhetri and Tibetan Culture
Mode of Trip: Camping Trekking or Tea House.
Himalayan sights: Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna Himalaya range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli & Lamjung Himal.
Tsum Valley Trekking is a new adventurous trekking route that lies northwest of Kathmandu on the base of Mount Manaslu. Tsum valley meaning bright and glowing is enriched with Buddhist cultural and heritage aspect.
Tsum valley is an unexplored valley inhabited by Gurung Community that mostly follows the Tibetan Buddhism. Tsum valley comes under the restricted area of Nepal being bordered with China. So, trekking in Tsum valley requires special trekking permit which we will provide to all our clients. The major attraction of the Tsum valley trek is the upper part of the Tsum valley which is wilderness and rich in own customs and cultures. The sacred valley has high religious important as it consists of age old monasteries, Mani wheels, flyers and Chorterns. The welcome drink Tibetan tea and local meal give you the amazing taste of a remote area of the Himalayas along the hospitality of local people.
Tsum valley trekking is getting popularity day by day. The trekking routes are developing and tea houses are built on the major places thus it is more comfortable and easy to trek in Tsum valley than earlier.
Trekking Group Size
Trekking Group is termed for the group of people with every individuals who go for a trip. A minimum of 2 people and maximum number of 12 is highly recommended as the size of the group. This planning ensures complete safety of the trekkers and convenience as well. However, with conditions applied, the group size can be customized as per the request of our clients.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the initial and the final stages of the trip, you will be residing at a 4 star hotel. The meal facilities in our Cost Includessection takes account of only breakfast facilities at this particular hotel. During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served including varieties of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate especially during the mountain part.
As mentioned above, accommodation will be facilitated at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, during the trek, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges and camps, on twin sharing basis, that is determined by the viability of accommodation facilities at overnight stops.
As a general idea, health condition in a good state is highly recommended for any kind of tour. As, Tsum Valley Trek is categorized under Moderate Level, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 4,060m/13,320ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Tsum Valley Trek is between October and May. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip.
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
From Sep – Nov: US$35 for first 8 days
From Dec – Aug: US$25 for first 8 days [per day after this unknown!]
The permit fee goes to the Ministry of Immigration. Additionally, you must have both the MCAP and ACAP permits which are contributions to the Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation which manage both of these areas. If you are only visiting Tsum, and not crossing the Larkya La, then you’ll not need the ACAP permit.
Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit – Rs. 2000 (~US$ 27)
Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit – Rs. 2000
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu airport, you will greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel, overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Drive 8 to 9 hours from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and stay in a guest house.
Day 3: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola, takes about 6-7 Hrs
Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Doban, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Trek from Doban to Philim, takes about 6 hrs
Day 7: Trek from Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum), takes about 7 hrs
Day 8: Trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum), takes about 5-6 hrs
Day 9: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Trek from Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) , takes about 4 hrs
Day 11: Extra day for excursion
Day 12: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) (5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje, takes about 6-7 hrs walking
Day 14: Trek from Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet), takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Trek from Philim to Tatopani, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Soti Khola, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Drive from Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu, takes about 8-9 hrs. In the evening fairewell dinner in Nepali restaurant
Day 19: Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.
Note: [The suggested itinerary is just a guideline and standard pattern. If the itinerary couldn’t meet your needs and not suitable for your time; you can customize it. Please let us know about your requirements, we will provide you detail information and plan according to your interest.The trip cost depends on the services you choose - Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size.]
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- Tsum Valley special permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters
Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek March – April 2015
My brother and I completed the Manaslu / Tsum Valley Trek with Hari Bhatta in April. We found Life Dream Adventure a Kathmandu based Adventure Trekking Agency in the internet and took a gamble as we knew nothing about this trekking company. Hari, Founder Manager and also a trekking guide answered all our questions for the trek we required. It was a great gamble! Hari was very well organized, knowledgeable about the area and a lot of fun to trek with. I can’t recommend him highly enough. The trek itself is phenomenal. The scenery is beautiful and the area is still relatively less crowded, particularly in the Tsum Valley. I am generally not a big fan of being guided (I like to figure things out on my own) but Hari added a great deal to the trip by serving as a translator and introducing us to people and cultural experiences that would not have been available otherwise. We liked Hari so much that we hired him to guide us for two weeks in the Everest Base Camp trek as well!