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Destination: Tsum Valley Trek
Group Size: 2-14 pax
Arrival on: Kathmandu
Depature From: Kathmandu
Max-Altitude: 4030 meters
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accomodations: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

Trip Indroduction

Tsum Valley Trek is always a good idea for your vacation in Nepal because it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Tsum valley is a hidden treasure of Nepal located to the northern part of Gorkha district, to the east of Manasalu and along the border of Tibet and falls in Manaslu Region. The valley is an ancient one surrounded by Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Himal Chuli and Boudha Himal. It has been only ten years since permits have been granted to foreigners to explore this area, yet the region has not been fully explored. The foot trails are much raw when compared to other popular trekking in the same region.  This might be a perfect sacred destination to become insightful in desolation as the place has not been tainted by the modern world. Tsum Valley Trek could also be an extension to its sister trekking trail in Nepal, Manaslu Trekking.

The Tsum valley is formed by draining the Shear Khola that originated from the glaciers of Ganesh Himal in the east and from Sringi Himal in the south that ultimately forms Budhi Gandaki River. The valley is also filled with exotic wildlife like the Himalayan Thar and the Blue sheep found in herds of more than 50 to about 200. There are also fishes in the rivers but fishing is not permitted.

The word “Tsum” is derived from people known as “Tsumbas”, who are originally the descendants of Tibetan people. The Tsum valley culture and lifestyle is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and people here speak in a different dialect than that of Tibetans. There are many mesmerizing historic monasteries around the Tsum valley. The tradition of polyandry, i.e. all the brothers of the same family marrying a single girl, is still practiced here and may astonish outsiders. The valley is said to be a combination of 13 provinces ruled as a single kingdom. You can even visit the ancient remains of the kingdom of the old Tsum during your Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.

The trekking to the Tsum valley begins at Gorkha and ends at Arughat. The trail is covered with dense alpine forest with pristine Himalayan Mountain views from the edges. Beneath the mountains, you will find valleys with hard-working farmers on the terraced fields plowing the land or grazing their cattle. The valley looks spectacular enclosed by the gigantic snow-capped mountains around the area. The Tsum valley area is completely different from the rest of the treks due to variation in the terrain and culture of people. The trail to the villages during tsum trek is welcomed by chortens and revolving peace wheels over the short walls, all artistically decorated with paintings of deities and inscribed prayers, which also denotes arrival to a particular village or community. People here are very friendly and of hospitable nature. After resting at the local lodge and acclimatizing, you can visit the astonishing glacier rivers and then the ancient monasteries of the valley such as Rachen Gompa and Ma Gompa.

Remember Himalayan Monk Travels & Treks for further information on booking, cost, days, itinerary and payments of Trekking Tsum Valley.

Included in the Cost

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel on B/B

  • Trek on full board in the lodge

  • English speaking guide, Sherpa during trekking period

  • 1 Porter for 2 people, carrying baggage up to 13 kg/person during the trek

  • National park fees MCAP

  • Staffs’ insurance

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: A free day in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Travel from Kathmandu to Dhogteni (7 hrs)

Day 4: Trek to Dhorandi Khola (5 hrs)

Day 5: Trek to Barpak (1800m; 6 hrs)

Day 6: Trek to Laprak (2200m; 7 hrs)

Day 7: Trek to Khorla Bensi (970m; 6 hrs)

Day 8: Trek to Jagat (1370m; 7 hrs)

Day 9: Trek to Gnyak (2340m; 8 hrs)

Day 10: Trek to Chumling (2363m; 6-7 hrs)

Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m; 6-7 hrs)

Day 12: Trek to ma Gompa (3240m; 4 hrs)

Day 13: Return to Rachen Gompa

Day 14: Trek to Renstam (2400m; 5 hrs)

Day 15: Trek to Lokpa (2000m; 6 hrs)

Day 16: Trek to Jagat (1300m, 7 hrs)

Day 17: Trek to Maccha Khola (950m; 6 hrs)

Day 18: Trek to Arughat (600m; 7 hrs)

Day 19: Travel to Kathmandu (6 hrs)

Day 20: Departure at airport

Accomodation

You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu as per B/B, probably in Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu. The rooms are clean, spacious and simple with comfortable beds, along with attached bathrooms with hot water supply. The rooms are usually double bedrooms, but it can be supplemented with single rooms with additional fees. Most of our suggested hotels are located in peaceful inner parts of Thamel, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The hotels have in-house restaurant, bar as well as a spa. The restaurants provide popular courses over the world and also delicious local cuisines. However, you have many choices for accommodation in the cities.

Accommodation during the Tsum valley trek includes lodging in guest houses or tea houses with basic furnished rooms and attached bathroom. Many lodges have the modern type sitting toilets attached with the room, but as we get further in the secluded parts of the trek, the lodges get more basic with the only bed and a side table in the room and squat-type toilets, mostly common toilets, located outside the room. Hot water supply also depends on the location of the lodge/guest house. We would discourage the use of hot water boiled over fire woods as it could cause some environmental concerns.

Meals

Meals, while you are in Kathmandu, include only breakfast. Other meals depend on you, whether you want to eat in the hotel or outside the hotel at your own cost; you choose where to eat and what to eat. Food in the city is not much to worry about as you will find every type of cuisine, form authentic Nepali to international dishes (continental, Italian, Tibetan, Indian, etc) around every corner of the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be on the basis of B/B in the city while it is included in the package during the trek.

A traditional meal during the trek is favorite Dal-Bhat, a dish of cooked rice with lentil soup, along with freshly cooked vegetables and pickles.  You can have other dishes as per the menu of the hotel or lodge. Every tea house along the trek route serve you with refreshing Nepali milk tea, that you can alternate it with black tea, lemon tea or a more traditional type of tea made with ghee and salt along with snacks.

Travel season

Tsum Valley Trek is best during spring and autumn season. The spring (March-May) is a warm period of the year with blossoming flowers, and more birds and animals available to spot during the trek. This is the season to view the glorious rhododendron forest in its full bloom. Autumn (September to mid-December) is also a good season as the weather is neither hot nor cold. There is a chill in the air with the clear view of Himalayan mountain ranges that make the trek a pleasant and a mesmerizing walk through the mountains.

It is reasonable not to trek in the Himalayas during winter seasons as Himalayan Mountains experience heavy snowfalls with extreme temperature drop in the cold seasons. It is also not advisable to trek during summer and monsoon seasons.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

A Himalayan monk representative will pick you up at the Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to a hotel on B/B basis. After some refreshment in the hotel, you can visit the Himalayan Monk office to discuss the tour and trekking itinerary, required items and equipment and any further queries you have. You will also meet the team members and your guide for the trek. In the evening, we provide you a welcome dinner with a delicious Nepali cuisine. You can experiment with the Nepali delicacies that you will have more in the coming days.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu

It is a free day in Kathmandu.  You can use this day for sightseeing around Kathmandu. There is the number of world heritage sites around the Kathmandu valley like the Durbar square (old palaces and temples), Pashupatinath (a sacred Hindu temple), Swyambhunath (a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop) and Boudhanath (a mandala style Buddhist stupa). In the mid-afternoon, we have a meeting, a pre-trek group discussion to prepare the members for the trek. In the evening, you can walk around Thamel to gather any other necessary types of equipment and essential items required during trekking.  You pack your bags for the next day and rest in the same hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Dogteni (7 hrs)

We travel from Kathmandu to Gorkha in the morning. You can view many interesting landscapes while driving along the highway to Gorkha. The elegant rivers with green fields on the other side are the most amazing sight of the travel.  Gorkha is a very ancient town with its own historical significance. We move through the Gorkha market and start an easy 2 hours trek to Dogteni. We stay the night in a guest house in Dogteni.

Day 4: Dogteni to Dhorandi Khola/Baluwa (5 hrs)

We start the trek from Dhogteni passing through mountains and villages of Gorkha. We trail along with many smaller streams that make up the Daraudi Khola also known as Baluwa. Stay the night at the hotel in Baluwa.

Day 5: Dhorandi Khola to Barpak (6 hrs)

We trek from Baluwa with steep climbs through the mountains, encountering many smaller villages on the way. The Barpak village has the picturesque view of the snow-peak mountains along with the towering Boudha Himal. Barpak has been reconstructed completely after the earthquake of 2015 and has been welcoming tourists as before. Stay the night at a guest house in Barpak.

Day 6:  Barpak to Laprak (1800; 7 hrs)

We ascend through a narrow ridge providing a spectacular view of the scenic Barpak with Boudha Himal in the back-drop. We cross a small pass of Busu Dada at an altitude of 2950m that separates Barpak and Laprak. The view from the mountaintop includes a chain of mountains including Boudha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal range. There are herders and herds of sheep grazing on the grassy land. We trek through the forest with colorful rhododendron flowers blooming vibrantly in many colors.  Another trek through a steep hill downward leads us to Laprak, a Gurung village on a mountain ridge overlooking the vast valley below. We explore the village and culture and stay the night in a guest house.

Day 7: Laprak to Khorla Bensi (970m; 6 hrs)

We descend from Laprak village towards the river to get to the other side through a suspension bridge. We climb the other side and trek through hills and terraced rice fields. Trek from Singla is easy with the mesmerizing view of Manasalu, Kutang Himal, and Sringi Hima. Further ahead through the terraced fields, papaya trees, and suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River, we reach Khorla Bensi. We explore the village in the evening and probably enjoy a cultural performance by the locals. We stay the night at a guest house.

Day 8: Khorla Bensi to Jagat (1370m; 7 hrs)

 We continue to trek from Khorla Bensi through the rhododendron forest, cross Buddhi Gandaki and many other small rivers. We also come across a hot water spring, Tatopani along the path. We climb the forest with waterfalls and beaten track with old wooden bridges as we reach Dovan. Finally, we climb the stone steps to reach Jagat which is the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation nation Park. Stay the night at a lodge.

Day 9: Jagat to Gnyak (2340m; 8 hrs)

As we descend from the beautifully paved Jagat village, we step down back to cross the wonderful river and again ascend to Saguleri that provide you with a view the magnificent Shringi Himal. Gnyak is another beautifully stone-paved village waiting to awe visitors near the Lokpal village. We stay the night at a guest house in Gnyak.

Day 10: Gnyak to Chumling (2363m; 6-7 hrs)

It is a long day of the trek, walking uphill and downhill through many mountains. We through mysterious forests, cross many streams and waterfalls. We climb the stone steps that open to the hidden valley of Tsum. We descend to meet the river and then climb the steep to reach Ripchet at 2470m height. In about an hour, we reach Chumling and visit the old monastery and tour the ancient looking village and beautiful gardens and farms by the stone paved path and walls. There are many chortens and mani walls decorating the village, and also thousands of stone slabs carved with prayer scripts and images of deities. You stay the night in a guest house in the village.

Day 11: Chumling to Rachen Gompa (3240m; 6-7 hrs)

 It is another long day and we trek gradually as the starting of the day is easier. This day also we explore the rich landscape of the Tsum valley. We traverse through rivers over the bridges, pass farmlands. We can view the spectacular mount of Ganesh Himal to the east. We cross more rivers and climb a rocky track to reach the upper Tsum and reach Chhokangparo at an altitude of 3010m. We trek another hour from this point and reach the Rachen Gompa. Thre is also the Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu) which is a historical site where ancient Buddhist preachers from Tibet is said to have meditated.

Day 12: Rachen Gompa to Mu Gompa (3700m; 4 hrs)

We pass many hamlets and an extraordinary stupa around the Chhule village at an altitude of 3347m. you can observe the villages wearing their traditional gowns known as Chubas. You can also see villagers domesticate yaks which is convenient for many reasons in the Himalayas. We head the stream to reach to Nile village and further trek to another brilliant monastery, the Ma Gompa. You can discover the beauty of the place, have a cultural experience and rest up at a guest house.

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m; 4 hrs)

We return to Rachen Gompa on this day. We explore more of Rachen Gompa, which is the largest nunnery in the Tsum valley. The monastery is said to be established around 1905 AD housing nuns from the Ngak-pa sect.  There is beautiful clay molded statues along the grand statue of Avalokiteshwara at the end of the brightly decorated pillar hall and a large prayer wheel. Every inch of the monastery building is inspiringly painted with murals showcasing the history of Buddhism. 

Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Renstam (2400m; 5 hrs)

We descend along the Shiar Khola and cross the bridge to Dhumje where we can find a Tibetan herbal-medicine clinic and a school. Ahead of the trail we cross the rhododendron forest and traverse through the rough and narrow trail with prayer flags and mani wall. We also trek through beautiful monasteries before we reach Renstam. We stay the night in a guest house in the village.

Day 15: Renstam to Lokpa (2000m; 6 hrs)

 You can have a great view of the Ganesh Himal in the morning. We start the trek early as the trails back Lokpa is equally difficult as coming from there. We trek along the Shiar Khola, climb deep gorges and cross some old shaky but sturdy bridges. The picturesque view of the valley and vegetable farms along with the clear Shringi Himal above the Tsum, yet again mesmerize us. A final climb through the forest leads us to Lokpa and we enjoy the stay here once more.

Day 16: Lokpa to Jagat (1300m; 7 hrs)

We leave Lokpa and the Tsum valley to descend to Jagat. We cross bridges over the rivers and pass through forests. We trek downhill from Philim to reach the Ghata Khola. We also pass the beautiful Sirdibas village with an impressive view of the Sringi Himal, and then we pass Salleri to descend through the stone steps to reach Jagat.

Day 17: Jagat to Maccha Khola (950m; 6 hrs)

We move from Jagat and cross the long suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki. We reach Dovan and then cross the forest to once again cross a river over a wooden bridge. We also pass by glorious waterfalls and a decent trek down the hill leads to the Tatopani. We further pass through the terraced fields and villages of the valley to finally reach Machha Khola past Khorlabeshi, where we rest for the night.

Day 18: Maccha Khola to Arughat (600m; 7 hrs)

We pass through more terraced fields along the villages and soaring waterfalls from the tall cliffs. Rivers viciously flow down as we follow it. We pass by the beautiful Soti Khola village inhabited by Gurung people. We follow the Budhi Gandaki River through many villages, lush forests, and streams to finally reach Arughat. We rest in a lodge in Arughat.

Day 19: Arughat to Kathmandu (6 hrs)

We have our breakfast and then drive by jeep to return to Kathmandu. A road trip through the rice fields and never-ending rivers and mountain are very relaxing.  You can rest in the hotel or take a stroll around Thamel in the evening to buy some souvenirs.  Later, we have a farewell Nepali dinner with traditional performance.

Day 20: Departure at the airport

 We bid you farewell on your final day in Nepal. A Himalayan monk representative will drop you at the airport and you depart from Nepal. We hope you have enjoyed your stay and will come soon to visit other interesting places as well.

Dates and Cost

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Included in the cost:

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel on B/B
  • Trek on full board in lodge
  • English speaking guide, Sherpa during trekking period
  • 1 Porter for 2 person, carrying baggage up to 13 kg / person during the trek
  • National park fees & TIMS
  • Staffs’ insurance

Excluded in the cost

  • Clients’ insurance
  •  Visa for Nepal (Visa fee for 30 days: $ 40)
  • Visits and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses (tips, hot shower, sleeping bag, drinks, recharging of batteries, etc)
  • Rescue if needed

Supplement

  • Special permit to Tsum Valley
  • Single room if needed

 

 

Accomodation

You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu as per B/B, probably in Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu. The rooms are clean, spacious and simple with comfortable beds, along with attached bathrooms with hot water supply. The rooms are usually double bedrooms, but it can be supplemented with single rooms with additional fees. Most of our suggested hotels are located in peaceful inner parts of Thamel, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The hotels have in-house restaurant, bar as well as a spa. The restaurants provide popular courses over the world and also delicious local cuisines. However, you have many choices for accommodation in the cities.

Accommodation during the Tsum valley trek includes lodging in guest houses or tea houses with basic furnished rooms and attached bathroom. Many lodges have the modern type sitting toilets attached with the room, but as we get further in the secluded parts of the trek, the lodges get more basic with the only bed and a side table in the room and squat-type toilets, mostly common toilets, located outside the room. Hot water supply also depends on the location of the lodge/guest house. We would discourage the use of hot water boiled over fire woods as it could cause some environmental concerns.

Meals

Meals, while you are in Kathmandu, include only breakfast. Other meals depend on you, whether you want to eat in the hotel or outside the hotel at your own cost; you choose where to eat and what to eat. Food in the city is not much to worry about as you will find every type of cuisine, form authentic Nepali to international dishes (continental, Italian, Tibetan, Indian, etc) around every corner of the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be on the basis of B/B in the city while it is included in the package during the trek.

A traditional meal during the trek is favorite Dal-Bhat, a dish of cooked rice with lentil soup, along with freshly cooked vegetables and pickles.  You can have other dishes as per the menu of the hotel or lodge. Every tea house along the trek route serve you with refreshing Nepali milk tea, that you can alternate it with black tea, lemon tea or a more traditional type of tea made with ghee and salt along with snacks.

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