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Best Season March - May, September-November and June-August

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Trek Route Soti Khola- Chekhang Paro- Mu Gompa- Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Trip Highlights

  • At least explored the beautiful Tsum Valley
  • Tsum people and their unique ancient culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries Gumba Lungdang, Dhephyu domna Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and Mu Gompa
  • Surrounded by snow-covered mountains including Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Shringi Himal, and Himalchuli
  • Explore Ganesh Himal Base camp (4200m)
Private Group Discount Cost
Person(s) Price per Person
2 Paxes USD 900
3 Paxes USD 885
4 - 6 Paxes USD 870
7 - 12 Paxes USD 850
13 - 20 Paxes USD 830

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley Trek is a sacred Himalayan valley located in the northern Manaslu region of Nepal, part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The region is known for its original natural beauty, well-preserved ancient culture, and spiritual history.

The valley is named after the Tsum people, who have lived in the region for centuries and have their unique language, culture, and traditions. The Tsum is surrounded by towering peaks of snow-covered mountains, including Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Shringi Himal, and Himalchuli.

The Manaslu Conservation Area is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. The region is popular with trekkers, who come to experience the valley’s unique culture and natural beauty. Another highlight of this Tsum Valley is people here follow Tibetan Buddhism and believes in protecting animals. Hence, animal killing is strictly prohibited here. Tsum Valley Trek package price range starts from USD$ 830 to USD 930.

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 01

Drive from Kathmandu(1350m/4429ft) to Soti Khola (700m/2297ft))

8 hrs drive L.D Lodge/Tea house 1350m/4429ft,700m/2297ft

The Tsum Valley Trek journey begins from Kathmandu to Soti Khola along with a guide. It takes approx. 7-8 hours to reach Soti Khola. We take a scenic local bus ride appreciating the beauty of green hills, terraced fields, snowy mountains, and small villages. Enjoy a smooth ride till halfway and experience the bumpy ride on the rough road to arrive at Soti Khola. Overnight stay.

Day 02

Trek from Soti Khola(700m/2,297ft) to Machha Khola (930m/3018ft))

4-5 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 700m/2,297ft, 930m/3018ft

The trek begins from Soti Khola traversing the bridge and walking through the forested trails of Sal trees. Walk on the rocky trail that includes many ascends and descends and pass beautiful waterfalls. Pass the beautiful settlements of Liding, and Lapu Besi, and cross Nauli Khola to reach Machha Khola. Overnight stay.

Day 03

Trek from Machha Khola(920m/3018ft) to Jagat (1340m/4396ft))

6-7 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 920m/3018ft, 1340m/4396ft

Walk on a narrow path trail climbing and walking down and traversing Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. Pass through the settlements of Tatopani, Dobhan, and Tharo Bharyang walking on ascending and descending trails and traversing the rivers. From here, ascend for a few hours to reach Jagat. Overnight stay.

Day 04

Trek from Jagat(1,340m/4,396ft) to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft)

6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 1,340m/4,396ft, 2,240m/7,349ft

Walk down to Sirdibas and pass the longest suspension bridge and ascend to the beautiful village of Philim. Ascend on the steep trail and pass Ekle Bhatti and walk through the forested trail to reach Lokpa. Overnight stay.

Day 05

Trek from Lokpa(2,240m/7,349ft) to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft)

4 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 2,240m/7,349ft, 2,386m/7,828ft

Ascend uphill through the steep forested trail of pine and rhododendron trees and pass Ripchet village. Cross Shiar Khola and ascend further to reach Chumling. Visit the nearby traditional old Gompa. Overnight stay.

Day 06

Trek from Chumling(2,386m/7,828ft) to Chekhang Paro (3,031m/9,944ft)

4 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 2,386m/7,828ft, 3,031m/9,944ft

Enjoy the stunning views of Ganesh Himal in the background and cross the bridge to reach Gho. Keep on walking on an ascending trail for a few hours and arrive at Chokhang Paro. Overnight stay.

Day 07

Trek from Chekhang Paro(3,031m/9,944ft) to the Nile (3,361m/11,027ft))

4 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,031m/9,944ft, 3,361m/11,027ft

Ascend uphill and cross a suspension bridge and pass through Phurbe and Pangdun villages. Walk slowly as the altitude is rising and pass the Chhule. One last walk over the bridge and a few minute’s walk to reach the Nile. Overnight stay.

Day 08

Trek from Nile( 3,361m/11,027ft)to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,139ft))

3 hrs B.L.D Monastery 3,361m/11,027ft, 3,700m/12,139ft

Walk on an ascending trail that takes us to the largest monastery in the region called Mu Gompa. An ancient monastery that holds and preserves religious relics, and books and has great significance. Visit the Gompa which has a huge statue of Avalokiteswara, images of the Guru Padmasambhava, and Goddess Tara. Also, explore the oldest Dhephyu Domna Gompa whose history is associated directly with Buddhism. Overnight stay.

Day 09

Trek from Mu Gompa(3,700m/12,139ft) to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,630ft))

4 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,700m/12,139ft, 3,240m/10,630ft

Walk downhill adoring the surroundings and en route visit the Milarepa Cave. The main highlight of this cave is the Milarepa’s footprint on the rock. From here, walk towards Rachen Gompa. This Gompa is the largest nunnery Gompa in the Tsum Valley. Visit the nunnery houses, paintings, and murals related to Buddhism, and get a sight of the Avalokiteswara statue. Overnight stay.

Day 10

Trek from Rachen Gompa(3,240m/10,630ft) to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/10,498ft)

6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,240m/10,630ft, 3,200m/10,498ft

An easy trail that mostly consists of downhill walks and passes Chokhang Paro and crosses a bridge to arrive at Dhumje. From here, walk on a steep ascend trail through the forested trail on a rough and curvy trail. Arrive at Gumba Lungdang and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains in the backdrop. The nuns live in this Gumba and attend the night prayer. Overnight stay.

Day 11

Trek from Gumba Lungdang(3,200m/10,499ft) to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m/13,780ft) & Trek back to Gumba Lungdang

7-8 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,200m/10,499ft, 4,200m/13,780ft

The trail is rough and full of crisscrosses which is quite tricky. The altitude also slowly rises so ascend slowly. Pass through the forest of pine and rhododendron trees, and reach the grassy trails. It takes about 4 hours to reach the base camp. Upon reaching, enjoy the awesome views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himal, and other peaks. Spend some time there and back to Gumba Lungdang for an overnight stay. Overnight stay.

Day 12

Trek from Gumba Lungdang(3,200m/10,499ft) to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft)

5-6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 3,200m/10,499ft, 2,240m/7,349ft

Walk on the ascending and descending trails, and traverse several rivers and Ripchet village to reach Lokpa. Overnight stay.

Day 13

Trek from Lokpa(2,240m/7,349ft) to Jagat (1340m/4396ft))

5-6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 2,240m/7,349ft, 1340m/4396ft

Walk downhill enjoying the surroundings and pass Philim, Sirdibas, and Gatte Khola to reach Jagat. Overnight stay.

Day 14

Trek from Jagat(1,340m/4,396ft) to Lapu Besi (900m/2,952ft))

7-8 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 1,340m/4,396ft, 900m/2,952ft

Walk on a descending trail traversing a suspension bridge and through the forested trail. Traverse several rivers and Machha Khola and descend to arrive at Lapu Besi. Overnight stay.

Day 15

Trek from Lapu Besi(900m/2,952ft)to Arughat (535m/1,755ft)

5-6 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 900m/2,952ft, 535m/1,755ft

A short trek commences from Lapu Besi walking mostly downhill passing Liding, and Soti Khola to reach Arughat. Take a rest for a while and stroll around nearby places. Overnight stay.

Day 16

Drive from Arughat(535m/1755ft) to Kathmandu(1,350m/4,429ft) by Public bus

6-7 hrs B.L.D Lodge/Tea house 535m/1755ft, 1,350m/4,429ft

The amazing Tsum Valley trek ends. We return to Kathmandu from Arughat via public bus. Overnight stay.

Cost Inclusion

Accommodation

  • Accommodations during the trek (Generally twin Sharing room)-15 Nights

 

Meals

  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek

 

Transportation

  • Both-way transportation: Kathmandu and Arughat by local bus

 

Extras

  • Government licensed English Speaking experienced trek leader (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guides and porters’ salaries, meals, Insurance, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Tsum Valley special permit and Conservation Area Permit fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

Not Included

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal Visa fee at Tribhuvan International Airport ( 15 Days=USD 30, 30 Days= USD 50 & 90 Days=USD 125)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery recharge fee, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trekking Information

Accommodation in Tsum Valley Trek

Accommodations in the Tsum Valley Trek are mostly teahouses or lodges operated and owned by local natives. The teahouses in the mountains are basic and comfortable. Additional facilities like Wi-Fi, laundry, hot water, and attached bathrooms at the lower altitudes with additional charges. Mostly the rooms are twin-sharing. During winter, a facility of heaters, blankets, and a bucket full of hot water for a shower. There is a fire in the commonplace on winter nights to keep the room warm. Confirm the availability of working electrical outlets, and Wi-Fi before booking a room. Learn about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the locals if one wishes to by interacting with them. Be kind and respect the customs during the stays in the Tsum Valley Trek.

Meals in Tsum valley trek

Meals during the Tsum Valley Trek are basic but appropriate and healthy for the trekkers. Carbohydrate, nutrition, and protein-based foods are required for trekkers in the mountains. It helps to keep them energized throughout the trek. Enjoy the authentic Nepali staple diet: Dal Bhat along with vegetable curry and fresh salads. The 3-course meal (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is provided at the destined stopovers. Also, carry some chocolate bars and light snacks, or can buy them at nearby small shops to have them during the trek. One thing to keep in mind is that meal prices rise as the altitude rises. Since the Tsum valley native follows Buddhism, animal killing is strictly prohibited. So, getting meat products is very less.

Drinking water in Tsum valley trek

Drinking water is abundant throughout the Tsum valley trek. Freshwater streaming from the mountains, or taps can be consumed directly or by performing water treatment using purifying tablets or drops. For quick water treatment, one can carry a portable water filter. Else, one can fill the boiled water at teahouses paying an extra charge in case of any doubt or to be safe. Keep on drinking water to prevent altitude sickness in the mountains.

Phone Network & Internet Facility

The phone network and internet facility in the Tsum Valley Trek are stable at lower altitudes. As you go higher, a high chance of an unstable network or no network at all. Use Wi-Fi at teahouses paying an additional cost. Or purchase a local Sim for calling and using data to use the internet. But, at high altitudes, there is poor or no availability of the signals. For emergencies, a satellite phone facility is there.

Reaching the starting point of the Tsum Valley Trek

The starting point of the Tsum Valley Trek is from Soti Khola. This 16-day trek commences from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. A long 7-8 hour drive on a public bus from Kathmandu to reach Soti Khola. You can also book a private jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.

Essential Permits for the Tsum Valley Trek

Trekkers require the following essential permits:

Tsum Valley Special Permit

  • USD 40/week per person + USD 7/person (each day after a week) [Sep-Nov]
  • USD 30/week per person + USD 7/person (each day after a week) [Dec-Aug]

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

  • Foreigners- USD 30/person
  • SAARC- NPR 1000/person

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance safeguards trekkers from the risk of unexpected events. It works as a protective shield against medical and other travel-related expenses. An essential tool to make a comfortable traveling experience. Get proper travel insurance that covers all medical extremities, luggage loss, theft, flight cancellations, emergency evacuations, and high altitude.

How tough is Tsum Valley Trek for trekkers having various experience levels?

Tsum Valley Trek is moderate but a little bit challenging to trek to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp at an elevation of 4200m. The trails are off-beat, rough, and least developed and include steep ascends, steep descends, and flat roads. It is very good for trekkers to hike for months including such features before starting the real Tsum Valley Trek. Trekkers who have normal physical fitness and good health condition under the proper guidance and planning can easily complete the trek. First-time trekkers can enjoy more during the peak seasons as trekkers’ flow is more compared to the off-season. A guide and a porter to companion you give delightful and great learning experiences about the Annapurna region.

Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization at Tsum Valley Trek

Altitude sickness is popularly termed mountain sickness. It is common for trekkers who trek over 3000 m at the mountains/high altitudes. Trekkers have to ascend and descend several times during the trek and the altitude also rises. Therefore, acclimatization rest is essential to prevent altitude sickness. So, we advise you to properly acclimatize at the stopover destination for resting your body and adjusting to the surroundings.

Altitude Sickness Primary symptoms:

Headache, Hangover, Nausea, Breathlessness, Vomiting, Fatigue, Dizziness, Loss of Appetite, And Sleep

Altitude Sickness Extreme cases:

Hallucinations, Unconsciousness, and a rise in primary symptoms

Only a few trekkers suffer from altitude sickness below 3000 m but with proper guidelines and medications, it can be well-treated. If anyone has a symptom of altitude sickness immediately inform the guide and necessary actions are taken.

Some points to prevent altitude sickness:

  • Do warm-up hikes and stretching before starting the journey for the day.
  • Drink an adequate amount of water. Keep rehydrating at regular intervals. It is best to drink a liter every hour you’ve walked then. Set yourself to urinate further throughout the day and night.
  • Get plenty of rest & sleep. Don’t push yourself too much while walking. The key is to ascend slowly and gradually.
  • You need to have an applicable balanced diet throughout the journey. Avoid too-much salty food, cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol throughout the trek.
  • If necessary take the capsules for Altitude sickness by consulting with your guide. If you feel too uncomfortable descend immediately.

When is Best time to visit Tsum Valley Trek?

The best time to do the Tsum Valley Trek depends on your personal preferences and the type of experience you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the different seasons in Nepal and what you can expect during each one:

Spring (March-May)

Spring is considered the best season for trekking in the Tsum Valley. The days are warmer and more comfortable, with clear skies and good visibility. Rhododendron flowers are in bloom, adding beauty to this region. Expect a number of crowds as this is the peak season but less compared to the other popular trek routes.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn is the second-best season for trekking in the Tsum Valley. The weather is generally clear and dry, with warm days and cool nights. The trails are in good condition, and the visibility is excellent, making it an ideal time to enjoy the stunning mountain views.

Winter (December-February)

Winter is the dry and cold season in Nepal. The temperatures are cold and may drop below freezing point. A high chance of snowfall at higher elevations. So, it may be hard to find proper accommodation and meals during winter. From mid-Feb onwards, you can trek. The trails are generally less crowded during this time, so you may have a more peaceful and private trekking experience. However, it can be very cold at night, so you need to pack warm clothing and equipment.

Rainy (June-August)

Rainy/monsoon season in Nepal is from June to August. Hence, trekking in the Tsum Valley can be tough during this time due to heavy rainfall and muddy & slippery trails. The continuous rainfall makes it uncomfortable for trekking. However, if you don’t mind the rain and are prepared for the challenging conditions, you may be able to find some good deals on trekking packages during the off-season. We recommend you plan carefully.

Luggage limitation for Porter

Porters make the trekking journey comfortable. They perform an admirable job by carrying heavy luggage on their back with the help of a strap band. They climb uphill and downhill on the rough, slippery, and zigzag trails. Porters carry the luggage of two trekkers. So, considering their health, and difficulty level the maximum luggage limitation for a porter is 9-10 kg for each trekker.

Trip Safety

HST guides and porters are professional experts, well-trained, and skilled with over one decade of experience. For us, the safety of the trekkers is the topmost priority. The guides always carry personal protective equipment and first-aid kits with them. They are technically skilled, friendly, have spotless judgment, and have proven safety acts with no fatalities. The guides and porters accompany you to make the trekking journey memorable, safe, and easy. HST is always concerned about the trip safety of international clients. We are readily available to fulfill various needs and provide better service for our clients to have a safe, satisfying, and unforgettable experience.

Trip extension during Tsum Valley Trek

Yes, you can extend your trip to Tsum Valley by adding on other trekking routes or visiting nearby attractions. You can discuss trip extension options with your tour operator or travel agency, or plan the extensions independently. Some popular options for trip extensions include the trek to the Manaslu Circuit or Manaslu Rupina La Pass trek.

Responsible travel

Responsible Travel is slowly gaining popularity. It is now highly practiced which is a good initiation to preserve or minimize the negative impact of tourism on the environment, culture, and communities of the destination. As a trekker, we must be aware of it, and at least from our side, we can do a little effort on our part. So, while planning a trip to Tsum Valley, it is important to choose a tour operator or travel agency that follows responsible tourism practices. This may include supporting local businesses, respecting local cultures and customs, and minimizing waste for a clean environment.

Last minute booking

Yes, we suggest you book at least 2 weeks prior to the date you’ve planned to arrive here. It will give us enough time to plan and prepare everything. Since the Tsum valley is remote, logistics can be challenging. All proper arrangements in advance will ensure a smooth and pleasurable trip. Last-minute booking doesn’t cost extra but the cancellation policy might differ and less chance of getting proper accommodation and other basic facilities.

Extra Personal Expenses

Trekking in the higher regions and unexplored regions of Nepal is adventurous but full of unpredictability at the same time. It is sensible to carry extra cash as there is no availability of banks and ATMs at higher altitudes. For the following purposes, one needs to carry extra cash:

  • For your Travel Insurance
  • Extra or personal porter
  • Gears and Equipment
  • Hot showers, internet access, battery charging, laundry, and other extra services in the mountains
  • Emergency evacuation cost
  • Souvenirs from the Himalayas, such as medicinal herbs, paintings, and other things
  • Flight cancellation/Extra stay
  • Any kind of drinks, energy bars throughout the trek, tips to the guides and porters at the end of the trek

Tipping in Nepal

Tipping in Nepal is a good culture and is widely accepted. Based on the services provided by the guides and porters one can tip them. It is completely your choice to tip them but a general rule is to tip about 10% of your trekking cost.

Equipment checklist for Tsum Valley Trek

The essential equipment checklist for Tsum Valley Trek is listed below:

·A pair of hiking boots, Rubber sandals

·A windcheater jacket, Thermals, Down Jacket

·Fleece, Long sleeve shirts, Gloves, Towels, Inner garments

·Trekking pants, Trousers, Shorts, Socks

·Sunglasses, Hats/Caps, Sunscreen, Lip Balm

·Warm Sleeping bags, Map, Trekking poles

·Duffel bag and a day pack

·First-Aid Kit, Medicines for preventing Altitude sickness

·Heat/Leak proof water bottles, Water Purifying solution (Iodine based)

·Waterproof clothing items and boots, Raincoat, Anti-leech socks ( For Monsoon Trek)

·Lightweight Woolen clothing items and socks (For Winter Trek)

Note: The above list can be customized as per the seasons and necessities of the trekkers. You can also purchase or rent in Kathmandu.

Benefits of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)

  • Our experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in Tsum Valley Trek and other treks too.
  • Our guides are fluent in English, and Nepali dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Annapurna region through & through.
  • HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
  • Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
  • We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
  • Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
  • We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.

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Trip Review

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Travel Year : 2022
Roche Steven
Australian

Wonderful Trip of Tsum Valley Trek

5 stars
Thank you guys for making our trip memorial. Our guides Hari and Porter Ram were very good people. The guide knows everything about the route and frankly, always takes us best lodges in the area and very knowledgeable Person. They provide us best services and they teach us Nepali words, we had a lot of fun singing and dancing. The valley is very beautiful with local culture and Mountain View. Thank you, boys, we will be back soon for another trek. And Highly Recommend Hillary Step Treks and Boys.
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