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NEPAL TSUM VALLEY TREK

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Destination

Manaslu Tsum Valley

Region

Manaslu Region

Max.Altitude

3,700 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

19 Days

Route

Arughat - Mu Gompa - Rachen Gompa

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Arughat / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

NEPAL TSUM VALLEY TREK - HIKE TO THE HIDDEN VALLEY  OF HAPPINESS

Trek the Tsum Valley of Nepal is also called the hidden valley of happiness. This is a side valley of the Manaslu region. Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means lively. In the past, the Tsum Valley was geographically and culturally a separate area. This valley is so untouched that it still has many intact religious and archaeological remains. That is why you will find many ancient Buddhist monasteries, chörtens, and stupas.

Rich in natural and cultural heritage, the Tsum Valley Trek is a less frequented and wonderful set of mixed cultures and mountains. Close to the Tibetan border, Tsum Valley is influenced by Tibetan culture. The Valley of Himalayan pilgrimage, Tsum Valley takes us to the northern part of Nepal. The trail heads up the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River through the wild and unexplored country. Most part of this region’s settlement is by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. A good cup of locally cultivated natural coffee gives you the pleasure of Himalayan coffee. Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial.

 

The Upper Tsum valley trek (part of the Inner Himalaya) is open from Chhokangparo. Hospitable local people will welcome you with traditional Chiya (butter tea). The Tsum Valley trek is rich in cultural assets. The valley is full of gompas (Buddhist monasteries), Chortens, and mani walls. The valley preserves the steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa. This trek in the remote area of the Manaslu region is full of mountains on its all side. Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal Base Camp, and the Tsumba people are purely an exciting cultural and exploratory trek to the south and Springi Himal to the North.

People in Tsum Valley still practice the polyandry system. They have their own unique culture, tradition, & dialect. Compared to many other destinations, residents of this valley reported that they have seen or found the signs of Mehta. Mehta can also be referred to as the Yeti or ‘Abominable Snowman’.

If you are planning to do a trek in the Manaslu region, you should not miss doing the Tsum Valley. Compared to other regions this region is an absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people. Living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

02
Sightseeing and Permits preparation

Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works.

03
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (6,000m / 125 km / 8 hrs)

From Kathmandu, we take a drive to the Western Himalayas of Nepal. We will reach Arughat via Dhadingbesi also a headquarter of Dhading District. Arughat is a major town in the region and has two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them.

04
Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (710 m / 6 hrs)

We begin our trek from the stone-paved street north of the bazaar. Today we will reach Mangaltar and Shanti Bazaar following the trail of the forest. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult. We cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here, the trail descends to Soti Khola.

05
Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900 m / 7 hrs)

We trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. Later we climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.

06
Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat ( 1410 m / 7 hrs)

Today we walk on a narrow trail with minor ups and cross Tharo Khola. Later we will reach the natural hot spring area of Tatopani. After crossing Tatopani we climb the ridge of Dovhan after crossing a suspension bridge. At the end we cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge.  and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.

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Trek from Jagat to Chisopani (1660 m / 5 hrs)

After completing the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri. Later we 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. Philim valley is well known for its Japanese-made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.

08
Trek from Chisopani to Chumling ( 2386 m / 7 hrs)

Today trail will descend us going to Tsum Valley. We will take a climb through pine and rhododendron forests. On the way we can also enjoy the views of Himalchuli 7893 m Boudha Himal from Lokpa. We pass through Lokpa towards Lungwa Khola to reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village.

09
Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010 m / 5 hrs)

On today's trail, we can enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. We will walk past Rinjam 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. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 m and Ganesh Himal at 7140 m.

10
Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3361 m / 6 hrs)

Today we will walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa. It is also known as Nunnery Gompa too. We continue walking through the well-managed villages. It includes Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe, and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule. We Climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at the Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule.

11
Trek from the Nile to Mu Gompa ( 3700 m / 3 hrs)

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.

12
Trek from Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).

13
Trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi Village via Milarepa cave (3245 m / 5 hrs)

We trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village.  On the way, we climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (Piren Phu). It is well known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.

14
Trek from Burgi village -Chumling (2385 m / 6 hrs)

On today's trail, we walk through the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.

15
Trek from Chumling to Philim (1590 m / 7 hrs)

The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail, we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

16
Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (875 m / 7 hrs)

Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani.  Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. We continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.

17
Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (710 m / 7 hrs)

The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.

18
Soti Khola to Arughat ( 4hrs) to Kathmandu ( 1350 m / 8 hrs)

Today we climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrives at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar.  Later we take a bust back to Kathmandu

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Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure.

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • All necessary permits; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Guide airfare if the clients are flying to the destination
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service in case required (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • All land Transport Charge for Clients, guide, Porter by tourist bus or locally available
  • Daily wages with food allowances and accommodation for all trekking staff
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.


For Camping and climbing accommodation as per the booking

  • 2 man tents for clients accommodation including mattress
  • Support of Dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, table, chairs as per the requirement.
  • Extra porter to carry the camping equipment
  • Necessary kitchen utensils
  • Climbing permits fees
  • Insurance of Climbing guide and other climbing staff
  • Camping sites cost as per the rules of government

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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