Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 19 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: minimum 1 pax
  • Max Altitude: 3,700m/12,136ft

Tsum Valley Trek will allow you to explore the hidden Tibetan Buddhist land located at the edge of extremely isolated Himalayan Valley. As this region is extremely secluded only handful of travelers visit this here every year, which make trekking to this region perfect for someone looking for a solitary and peaceful trail.

 

The trail will include several ascends & descends, lovely small villages, beautiful rivers, rhododendron & pine forest, thrilling suspension bridges, and stunning snow-capped mountains. You will get to witness panoramic views of mountains like  Himalchuli (7,893 m), Ganesh Himal (7,140 m), Shringi Himal, Pika Himal (4865m), Churke himal (6,224 m), and a mesmerizing glimpse of Poshyop Glacier.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and picked up by one of our team representatives. He will take you to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to rest. Later, in the evening, you will meet with the rest of the crew members and have a delicious welcome dinner. You will stay overnight in the hotel.

    We will wake up early in the morning and have our breakfast. After that, we will go on the guided sightseeing tour where we will see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath Temple, and then move to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa of Nepal. We will also visit Swayambhunath, popularly known as the Monkey Temple. Further, our tour also includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Later in the evening, we will prepare for our trek and do the last minute shopping if needed.

      Today, we will wake up early and have our breakfast. After that, we will leave for a long drive toward Arughat via Dhading Besi, headquarter of the Dhading district. The drive will be scenic and present us beautiful views of lush green hills along with small settlements. Upon reaching Arughat, we will check-in our guesthouse where we will be staying for the night. Arughat is one of the main towns of this region, and it is also divided into two parts. 

        After having breakfast, we will begin our trekking towards Soti Khola. Crossing a bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we will continue our trek following a stone-paved path through the bazaar. On the way, we will pass through a hydroelectric power plant and fields of rice & millet and reach Mangaltar. From here, the trail goes through a forest and take us to Shanti Bazaar. Further, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging as we cross Arkhet Khola. Crossing Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, we will descend towards a high cascading waterfall and then ascend steeply to Kuerepani. We will then descend to Soti Khola where we are going to stay overnight. 

          We will begin trekking after crossing a bridge. Walking through a beautiful sal forest, we will ascend towards a ridge. The trail will include a few ascends & descends, and lovely waterfalls. After reaching the top of the ridge, we will descend through a few rice terraces and reach Labu Besi. Further, we will ascend and then descend to reach a sandy river bed. From here, we will again ascend to a ridge and descend down to a river. The trail from here will take us to Machha Khol our last stop for the top.

            We will begin trekking on a narrow trail and cross Tharo Khola. From here, we will trek following a rocky ravine and reach Khorla Besi. After a few ascends and descends, we will pass by a hot spring and reach Tatopani. Further, we will ascend and cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. We will then walk on a staircase, cross a landslide area and reach Dobhan. From here, we will cross a suspension bridge over Dobhan Khola and ascend to the Budhi Gandaki. Crossing a few more bridges, we will ascend all the way up to the Jagat where we will stay overnight.

              We will complete the ACAP procedure and begin ascending on a rocky ridge towards Salleri. From here, we descend to Sirdibas and as we trek the valley widens up to Ghatte Khola. We will then ascend to a large Gurung village, Philim, and further, trek north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley as we reach Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.

                We will cross a gorge, and further after a half an hour trek, we will get to see a beautiful waterfall on the right side and enter in the pine forests. From here, the trail descends and then ascend through the dense forest of pine & rhododendron forests. On the way, we will get to see gorgeous views of Mt. Himalchuli (7,893 m) and Boudha Himal. Passing Lokpa village, we will descend and ascend to reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can see Shringi Himal. We will visit an old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village.

                  We will cross a suspension bridge and trek along with the enchanting views of Ganesh Himal. Further, we will cross Serpu Khola on an old bridge and reach Gho village. From here, we will ascend for around two hours and reach Chhokangparo where we will get to see wonderful views of Mt. Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. 

                    We will ascend and reach Lamagaon and further, cross a thrilling rope suspension bridge to reach Rachen Gompa. After visiting this gompa, we will cross the Shiar Khola and continue walking through lovely villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun, and Chhule. From Chhule, we will ascend upstream and cross a bridge to finally reach Nile where we will stay for the night.

                      We will begin trekking along the west bank of the valley admiring the gorgeous Tibetan landscapes. After that, we will ascend to the Mu Gompa where we will stay overnight.

                        Today, we will explore Mu Gompa. It is also like our acclimatization day. After having breakfast, we will visit the largest monastery of this region, Mu Gompa. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, we can also hike to the base of Pika Himal (4,865 m).

                          We will trek back and cross Chhule and Phurbe villages. Further, the trail takes us to a small beautiful village Burgi village where we will be stopping for the night. We will hike up to the Milarepa Cave from where we will get to witness mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.

                            We will trek along with the beautiful sceneries and descend down to Chhokang Paro. From here, we will continue descending down to Gho and arrive at a bridge. Crossing a bridge over the Sarpu Khola, we will trek along the lower Tsum Valley trail and reach Chumling.

                              We will trek and reach Lokpa where we will take a short break to have lunch. After having lunch, we will trek on an even path along with enjoying the gorgeous Samba Falls. We will reach Philim after long 6-7 hours of walk.

                                Trek begins today from Philim to Khorla Besi via Jagat and Tatopani. We will descend down to Sirdibas and reach Jagat. We will again descend to Yaruphant, and from here onwards, the arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. We will continue trekking and reach Tatopani crossing Dobhan. We will take a short break here at Tatopani and relax in the natural hot spring. Further, the trail ascends and descends to reach Khorla Besi.

                                  The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. We will descend and traverse to Machha Khola village. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River, we will reach Labubesi. From here, we will pass by two amazing waterfalls and trek on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We will then reach Khursane and further going through sal forest, we will cross a bridge to reach Soti Khola.

                                    We will ascend to the ridge of Kyorpani and further, descend towards a cascading waterfall. The trail will then take us to Arkhet, and we will cross Arkhet Khola. From here, we will reach Sante Bazaar, and further pass by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets to reach the Arughat Bazar.

                                    From Arughat, we will drive along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road and reach Kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner for the successful completion of our journey.

                                      Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! After having breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel. One of our representatives will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back to your home.

                                        Cost Details

                                        • Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
                                        • Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast as per itinerary
                                        • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
                                        • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per teahouse menu
                                        • All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
                                        • Welcome and farewell dinners
                                        • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
                                        • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
                                        • An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
                                        • Porter service
                                        • Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
                                        • Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
                                        • Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
                                        • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits 
                                        • Medical kit
                                        • All government and local taxes
                                        • Other official expenses
                                        • Nepalese visa fee
                                        • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                        • Excess baggage charges
                                        • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
                                        • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
                                        • Travel and rescue insurance
                                        • Personal trekking gears
                                        • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
                                        • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
                                        • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part

                                        Useful Info

                                        Tradition & Culture in Tsum Valley

                                        Tsum Valley is mostly influenced by Tibetan Buddhists culture. The isolation of this region has preserved the tradition and culture of this region. People still live the same as they used to do hundreds of years back. People residing here have there own dialect, culture, art, and religion.  They follow a completely different lifestyle than us. All the brothers in a family get married to a single girl, which is known as polyandry. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis.

                                        Accommodations

                                        We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the Tsum Valley Trek, we will stay in the guesthouse. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations. Please understand that the services in the guesthouse will be very basic and also all the teahouse does not come with attached washrooms.

                                        Meals & Drinking Water during Tsum Valley Trek

                                        In Tsum Valley Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the guesthouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu, you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.

                                        Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the guesthouse and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.

                                        Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness

                                        Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-7 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great but, it's not mandatory to go on Tsum Valley Trek.

                                        Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.

                                        Best Season to go on Tsum Valley Trek

                                        Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to go the Tsum Valley Trek. In Monsoon the trail becomes slippery and region also gets affected by landslides where, during the winter, the climate become harsher and heavy snow blocks the trail.

                                        Tsum Valley Trek Permit

                                        Tsum Valley is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. Moreover, you will also need to get Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

                                        Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).

                                        Following is the list of permits for the Tsum Valley Trek:

                                        From September to November: USD 35 for the first 8 days

                                        From December to August: USD 25 for the first 8 days

                                        ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)

                                        ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)

                                        MCAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)

                                        TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)

                                        TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)

                                        *If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.

                                        *These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.

                                        Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on the Tsum Valley Trek?

                                        Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Tsum Valley Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed this package to give you all of the Tsum Valley Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.