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Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek

The Tsum Valley Trek with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures allows you to explore a newly opened trail in the northern Gorkha district. The valley is surrounded by Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the West, Ganesha Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the North. Thanks to these nearby impressive mountain ranges, the villages in the valley were able to preserve their traditions and minimize external influence on their culture. This makes it a great destination for trekkers looking for authentic cultural experiences.

The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrim's circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya is well known for its centers of learning and meditation. The region derives its importance within the Buddhist community from the believe that the saint Milarepa has meditated in the caves of the surrounding mountains. Well sheltered from other areas, the region has an interesting history distinct from other parts of Nepal and the ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Apart from the cultural aspects, the valley is also rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregate in herds of 50 to 200.

The Tsum Valley Trekking is of particular interest for those who want to venture off the main tourist routes. At Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures, we’d love to introduce you to this remarkable region and create your unique adventure. We organize the logistics of the trip, as well as the required special permit. You can relax and simply enjoy the trek.

Highlights:

  • Sacred Hidden Himalayan (Happiest valley)
  • Religion Tolerance (Unity within different clans of Tibetan Buddhism)
  • Nonviolence to animals (Animals killing for the sake of meat is strictly banned since 96 ago)

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 days

Altitude: 4000m

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Accommodation: Teahouse

Season: Spring/Fall/Winter

Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

Day 03: Taking a scenic drive to Soti Khola (700m), 7-8hr drive

Himalayan trek commences with scenic drive to reach Soti Khola following the Prithivi highway that lead to Pokhara till Dhading, after turn off the road and take the road which is decreasing in width and comfort. We will enjoy the beautiful sight of typical Nepalese houses, Buri Gandaki River, valleys and so on. By leaving the main settlement like Arughat, Arkhet Bazar and Khyorpani, finally we reach to Soti Khola. [Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at teahouse.

Day 04: Dropping down to Lyabrubesi and follow the trail aside the

Buri Gandaki to reach Machha Khola (870m), 7-8hr walk The initial day of the Manaslu Circuit trek begin with gentle walk through the mule track, after climb on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face before dropping down to Lyabrubesi. We continue our trek to Nauli Khola and cross the suspension bridge. From there we follow the Buri Gandaki and reach at Machha Khola.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at teahouse.

Day 05: Walking by the hot spring of Tatopani, slowly enter to the

Gateway to MCA at Jagat (1410m), 6-8hr walk We follow the original route which goes through the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani. From here we follow the route lead from eastern bank of Buri Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar. The trail lead back and forth across the river and reach a  suspension bridge. Finally enter the gateway to the Manaslu Conservation Area at Jagat. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at teahouse.

Day 06: Descend to Dudh Pokhari Khola and pass the villages to reach Lokpa (2240m), 6-7hr walk

Trek begin with descend to Dudh Pokhari Khola and then pass through Salleri, Sridibas and Philim. After 2hr of walk before we reach to the suspension bridge on Budhi Gandaki, the trail separate from the Manaslu Circuit trek. We follow the trail that lead to steady uphill of pines and finally reach to Lokpa.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 07:Some steep descend and ascend with river cross to reach Chumling (2385m), 6-7hr walk

Walk start with descend to the forest to the Sordi Khola. Following the often exposed route which lead us to the point that brings us to the steep and relentless climb upwards in the dense forest. No sooner as we reach on the summit then the path descends steeply further to the bridge across the Siyar Khola. Finally, we climb up to reach the Chumling. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Tantalising views of Ganesh Himal I, II, IV and unrelenting uphill to Chhokang Paro (3030m), 5-6hr walk

Initial walk begins through the lush forest to Tanju. Further an hour of walk brings us to Domje and the route cross the suspension bridge over the Sarphu Khola. Trek offer us spectacular views of glacier-draped peaks of Ganesh II (7118m), Ganesh IV (7052m), and the rocky face of Ganesh I (7429m). We continue on steep climb to Gho, passes some big Chorten and finally reach at Chhokang Paro.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: No substantial climb which enter to the Upper Tsum Valley to reach Nile (3360m), 3-4hr walk

The route ease from here as we are entering to Upper Tsum Valley. when Journey take us through the maze of Chortens which leads the trail to Kaye & then to the long ancient Mani wall. On the way, we pass Chi Phu monastery (one of the oldest in the region), Phurbe village, Pangdun, Chhule stupa and Gonhgye Monastery. Our trail goes through three-tiered kani gate & descend to Chhule. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we reach at Nile. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Fantastic and short trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), 3-4hr walk


We have dramatic landscape view with short breathless climb up trek. We across the river from Nile and climb gently through the pastures. The trek offers us enticing view of Ganesh II to the south. Following the trail lead to the stiffer climb which lead to the wooden bridge over the side stream and final steep path lead to the Mu Gompa. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: A pleasant amble down the main valley to Rachen Gompa (3240m), 3-4hr walk

A pleasant amble down the main valley to Rachen Gompa (3240m), 3-4hr walk

Trek begin with ascend to the left side trail which later follow almost level all the way to Ranchen Gompa. The whole trail lead to a gentle walk.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Spectacular view of Boudha and Himalhculi to reach Chumling (2385m), 6-7hr walk

Spectacular view of Boudha and Himalhculi to reach Chumling (2385m), 6-7hr walk

We retrace our steps Chumling. We visit Jhong Gompa and follow narrow path via Domje and Ticso Tsechen Chholing Gompa etc. Further shot gentle walk bring us to Chumling. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Descending down through the loose freefalling stone and cross some bridges to reach Philim (1570m), 7-8hr walk

Descending down through the loose freefalling stone and cross some bridges to reach Philim (1570m), 7-8hr walk

We will cross the Sardi Khola Gorge Bridge and skip back to Lokpa to have some tea. From here, we follow the route down to cross the Budhi Gandaki Bridge and pass the Deng on a way to reach Philim.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 14: Side trip to Lungdang & Genesh Himal Base

Side trip to Lungdang & Genesh Himal Base

From here we visit to Lungdang Gompa, highlight for retreat centre. And hike to Ganesh Himal base camp (4000m), incredible view point centre of Ganesh Himal and Shrigi Himal. [Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Retracing the same route from Sirdibas, Salleri, Jagat and reach to Machha Khola (870m), 7-8hr walk

Retracing the same route from Sirdibas, Salleri, Jagat and reach to Machha Khola (870m), 7-8hr walk

We retrace our steps through Sirdibas, Salleri, Jagat and reach at Machha Khola
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 16: Few hours of walk and then drive to Kathmandu (1350m), 3-4hr walk+6-7hr drive

Few hours of walk and then drive to Kathmandu (1350m), 3-4hr walk+6-7hr drive

Finally retrace our steps to Soti Khola route and drive to Kathmandu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

Departure from Kathmandu

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included meals: Breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in KTM [upgrade possible]

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Private trek with an English speaking trekking guide

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sharing(Public) vehicle from KTM to Soti Khola & return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses

+ All trekking permits and TIMS card

+ First Aid kit

+ Guides’ and porters’ medical and accidental insurance

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides and Porters

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

 

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

 

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Additional Options:

+Additional porter: 192 USD [16 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.

Money and Tipping

Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Tipping; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
17 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Manaslu
Grade
Medium
Altitude
4000m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house
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