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Tsum Valley trekking is one of the newest trekking trails located in Gorkha district under the shadow of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. This is a journey into a remote part of the Himalayan region, which remained isolated and closed off from trekkers until its opening in 2008.
Blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and ascetic Milarepa, Tsum Valley evokes a hidden Shangri La where old knowledge of Buddhism is still practiced and preserved. Much of the focus of Tsum Valley trek is to reach Tsum village where people of Tibetan ancestry have been living for centuries. Their culture, custom and lifestyle very much revolve around Tibetan Buddhism and values. Mu Gompa (3700m) and Rachen Gompa (3500m) are two most important monasteries you will visit on this trek. Rachen gompa is a nunnery where female monks are taught Tibetan and Buddhist philosophy and practice peaceful coexistence.
Impressive and stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himchuli, Sringi, Boudha, Churke and Kipu Himal can be easily captured on the trail. You will find yourself amidst pristine wilderness, surrounded by pine, juniper and rhododendron forests that are home to many prized species such as Blue sheep, Griffon, Black bear and Himalayan thar.
Special permits are required for trekkers to enter Tsum Valley. Both camping and teahouse trek are feasible here and an experienced guide will be necessary for a safe and rewarding journey.
● Explore remote and sacred Tsum Valley
● Observe the culture and custom of Tibetan people
● Visit Rachen nunnery, Lungdong and Mu Gompa and learn Tibetan Buddhism
● Catch spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himchuli, Sringi peaks etc Enjoy trekking through forests and experience rare wildlife
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All Ground Transportation
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and take to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
After early breakfast, you will start the 7-8 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Soktihola. The initial journey will follow Prithivi Highway, winding through rivers, green hills and villages before turning off towards Arughat in Dhading district. The rest of the road is not in good condition. Enjoy views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal peaks along the way. Stay overnight in Sotikhola.
Today your trekking starts after a warm breakfast. The trail passes scenic terraces and villages and follows a suspension bridge hanging on to a cliff. Cross a forested path and then a suspension bridge before following Buri Gandaki river. Stay overnight in Maccha khola.
The trek leaves Maccha Khola and shadows a local stream. Khorlabesi is the first Gurung village you will encounter before arriving at a natural hot spring. The trail then crosses Buri Gandaki River and climbs to
Dobhan. Trace the Buri Gandaki river bank up to Jagat where there is a checkpost of Manaslu Area
Conservation Project. Stay overnight in Jagat.
The trail ahead of Jagat goes uphill through a forest of rhododendron. Then the trail descends all the way to
Buri Gandaki River. Briefly stop at Phillim village which is inhabited by Gurung people, then head towards Lokpa which is a distance of 2 hr. Stay overnight in Lokpa.
The journey from Lokpa to Chumling is pretty tough. The trail is full of ups and downs but the scenery around will mesmerize you. The trail initially passes through quiet forest on a rocky trail. Afterwards the views of Sringi and Ganesh Himal towers above. This becomes even more pronounced when you reach the village Chumling.
Stay overnight in Chumling.
As we move higher on the trail, the valley widens and the views become even more stunning. Leaving Chumling, the trail till Gho village is a mix of cliffs, river bank and forest paths. Watch out for beautiful views of Boudha, Ganesh and Himal chuli. The trail eventually climbs to the villages of Chhokang and Paro where
Tibetan hospitality of butter tea awaits you.
Prepare yourself for some long and hard treks today. As you can feel we are already in the upper Tsum valley. The trail crosses a stream and then passes through Piren Phu cave where ascetic Milarepa is believed to have meditated. Continue walking past the terraced field and you will encounter another cave which features
Buddhist mural painting. Nele lies on the bank of the stream. Stay overnight in Nele.
Today we will visit Mu Gompa, a 3 hrs walk from Nele. The trail follows the ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Explore Mu Gompa which houses statues of Padmasambhava, Tara and Avalokiteswara. Stay at Mu Gompa.
This is an acclimatization day in Mu Gompa. You can spend your day exploring the local village, observing the local lifestyle. Stay at Mu Gompa.
It will take about 5 hrs to reach Rachen Gompa from Mu Gompa. Enjoy the scenic view of mountain, villages and yak kharkas as the trail crisscrosses Shiar stream. The gompa is close to Tibet border. Rachen gompa is a nunnery which hosts female monks. Stay overnight in Rachen Gompa.
The trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumling is fairly easy as you make a gradual descent. Chumling is a small village and is out of Tsum Valley. Stay overnight in Chumling.
After breakfast get back on the trekking trail. Descend down and follow a small stream all the way to Phillim. Phillim is where Japanese expeditions in 1956 put up during their successful ascent of Mt.Manaslu. Stay overnight in Philim.
Today you will return on the trail you came by. After breakfast, stay on the bank of Gandaki River and pass through Sirdibas and Jagat villages before stopping at a natural hot spring or Tatopani. Enjoy a warm bath in the natural hot spring. Stay overnight in Tatopani.
The trail from Soti Khola follows Buri Gandaki River and passes via terraced fields and villages before arriving at Soti Khola. Stay overnight in Soti Khola.
Following breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive back to Kathmandu. Take a private vehicle at Syange and follow Prithivi Highway winding through rivers and green hills. By late afternoon you will arrive in Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.
Located in northwestern region of Nepal close to Tibet, Tsum Valley is a restricted area. You will experience trekking in the dry arid Tibet-like region. This a high mountainous region where facility of hotels and lodges are limited. Mobile and internet communication might not be available in higher region, especially in proper TsumValley.
Tsum Valley is a journey to Tsum valley close to Tibet. It is a remote Buddhist land featuring arid valleys and high mountain, meadows. Graded moderate in terms of difficulty, this trek spans over two weeks and will include long hours of walking.
It is a prerequisite for trekkers to have excellent physical stamina and endurance. Experience trekking for long hours, navigating through some of roughest mountain path. It is great if you have previous trekking experience in Himalaya otherwise prepare yourself at least 2-3 months in advance by developing your endurance skills.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.