Tsum Valley Trek

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September 16, 2017

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Tsum Valley Trek, winds through lush vegetation, Budi Gandaki rivers banks, and gorges, cascading waterfalls and incredible suspension and wooden bridges, through fascinating and exotic villages and to several Tibetan gompas, monasteries, mani walls, and stupas. In addition friendly people and sensational mountain vistas Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier on horizon rewards this trip.

Tour Details

Highlights of Trip

Sacred and seclude Tsum Valley

Sensational mountain vistas

Century old Tibetan Buddhism monasteries

 Unique Tibetan culture, exotic villages and people

 Trip Facts

Trek Grade: Moderate

Number of Trekking Days: 19 days

Accommodation Type: Hotel and tea house

Maximum Altitude:  4420m

Transportation: Bus/Private Jeep

Trip Type: Trekking

 Trip Introduction

Tsum Valley Trek is an exploration and discovering of sacred and seclude Himalayan valley ‘Tsum’ which is situated in northern Ghorkha Nepal. Literally, the meaning of Tsum is standing for ‘vivid’. As it’s name ‘Tsum’, the valley is really vivid naturally and culturally.

Tsum Valley trek sinks you in the remote and completely isolated from rest of Nepal, Tsum valley is flanked in between Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Singri Himalayan range. It is the home of Tibetan origins and supposed to be living antique of Tibetan art, culture and religion. Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage, where the footprints of Tibetan Yogi ‘Milerepa’ and ‘Guru Rimpoche’ blessed the valley as Beyul.

The harsh geographic setting on this Highland, despite the hard life people, looks happy and quite devoted towards the Buddhist religion. The Valley reserves many Buddhist monasteries and makes you a feeling of trekking around Tsum valley is like sinking in the Buddhist world.

Tsum valley trek, after a bus drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and following the left side of Budi Gandaki River, was also an old trading route to Tibet. The beautiful rural valleys of Budi Gandaki and scenic views of Ganesh Himal reward your beginning part of the journey.

Approaching through the several ups and down within few days we enter to the awaited awesome Tusm valley. The beauty of nature and unique culture found during Tsum valley trek etched lifetime memory. We further sinking into the northern Upper Tsum of Tsum valley Chumling, Chhokang Paro, Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa, we take a day hike up to Bhajyo and return back to Mu Gompa. On returning we follow the same route descend to Jagat and drive back to Kathmandu.

Cost Include following services;

  • All airport pick up and drop/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Hotel Moonlight) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Does Not Include

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

 

Practical Information

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and during trek there will be very basic tea house facilities.

Meals

Three-time meals during trek on the fallboard basis and only breakfast will be served in Kathmandu. Each day on trek dinner and lunch are taken in where we stay the night and lunch will be taken in a tea house on the way. Food will be basic meal Dal Bhat and Tibetan bread and potatoes, for breakfast Tsampa, porridge and simple basic local food.

Physical Condition & Level of participant

You will be trek 5-6 hours usually but some days even up to 8 to 10 hours especially while crossing the Larke pass, and the trek is not so far technical. A good physically fit is an utmost requires for this trip.

When to Travel

The best month to Manaslu Circuit Trek is March to May in spring and September to mid-December during the autumn season.

Acclimatization

 Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is designed in such way that, every trekker gets acclimatized properly and it is planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Gaining altitude too fast causes the serious medical condition even leads to dead. Higher the altitude lesser the oxygen, the amount of Oxygen varies on the level of altitude, for instance at an altitude above 5000m to sea level is differing up to 50%. Based on this fact, our itineraries are designed with sufficient time for acclimatization.

Trekking Gear and Equipment

This is a guideline equipment list to help you pack for your adventure. The item listed here below may vary according to destination, season and the trek duration. The basic list of gear and equipment is as below;

Clothing

Other Essential Items

Trekking boot and spare laces

Light shoes/trainers

Down jacket

Fleece and sweaters

Shirts x 3

Trekking trousers x 2

Rain/wind jacket

Sun hat

Woolen hat/balaclava

Gloves

Uderwears incl. thermals

Socks x 3 pairs

Kitbag and padlock

Small rucksack/backpack

4to 5 season sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Water bottle x 2 – 1 ltr. Capacity

Torch, batteries and bulbs

Medical kit/First aid kit

Small knife and sunglass/goggles

Suncream, lip guard

Towel and washing kit

Toilet paper and lighter

Passport and trek permit

Optional

Camara and binoculars

Books, notes and pen

altimeter

Gaiters

Trekking pole/walking sticks

For more detail, you can go through Trek Gear Info.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu TIA and transfer to Hotel

Day 2 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 10 hours

Day 3 Sotikhola to Machhakhola 930m 6 hours

Day 4 Machhakhola to Jagat 1340m 7 hours

Day 5 Jagat to Lokpa 2240m 5-6 hours

Day 6 Lokpa to Chumling 2386m 6 hours

Day 7 Chumling to Chekampar 3031m 5-6 hours

Day 8 Chekampar to Nile 3361m 7 hours

Day 9 Day trip to Mu Gompa 3361m 5-6 hours

Day 10 Nile to Chekampar 3031m 6 hours

Day 11 Chekampar to Gumba Lundang 3200m 6 hours

Day 13 Day trip to Ganesh Himal Base camp 3200m 8-9 hours

Day 14 Gumba Laundang to Lokpa 2240m 5-6 hours

Day 14 Lokpa to Jagat 1340m 6 hours

Day 15 Jagat to Machhakhola 930m 6 hours

Day 16 Machhakhola to Soti Khola 700m 6 hours

Day 17 Soti Khola to Kathmandu 1380m (Drive) 10 hours

Day 18 Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 19 Depart from Kathmandu

Map

Tsum Valley Trek Map

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