Tsum Valley trek

18 Days
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Tsum Valley Trek Info

  • Hotels & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 5220 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-20

Tsum Valley trek Overview

Tsum Valley Trek– Nestled within the Manaslu region of Nepal, the Tsum Valley offers a unique trekking experience, combining stunning Himalayan landscapes. Experience rich cultural heritage and authentic village life. 

This trek is for those who seek a more secluded adventure compared to the classic Manaslu Circuit Trek. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the valley, dotted with ancient monasteries, waterfalls, and prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Imagine yourself hiking in the majestic peak of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain. Immerse yourself in the lush forests and verdant valleys of the Tsum Valley, where ancient Gompas whisper tales of Buddhist tradition. Cross the challenging Larkya La pass, witnessing breathtaking panoramas that will leave you speechless. Embark on this unforgettable journey with us and discover the raw beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.

The major Tsum Valley trek difficulty is altitude and evaluation gain. The highest point reached on the trek is Mu Gompa at 3,700m (12,139ft). While this doesn’t fall into the “high altitude” category requiring special acclimatization, it’s still high enough to cause altitude sickness if you ascend too quickly. Gradual ascent helps with acclimatization but be prepared for potential symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. The typical Tsum Valley trek itinerary ranges from 16 to 17 days, covering anywhere from 40 to 180 kilometers depending on the chosen route and variations. 

The best time to trek Tsum Valley is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) when the weather is generally pleasant and stable. However, sudden rain or snowfall can occur, requiring proper clothing and rain gear.

Nestled near the Tibetan border, the Tsum Valley offers a unique adventure. Until 2008, this populated land, inhabited by Tibetan descendants remained hidden. Now, experience its ancient Buddhist caves, monasteries, and untouched landscapes on the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek. Discover untouched beauty, off-the-beaten-path trails, and the serene aura of Buddhism in this remote valley.

Tsum valley trek difficulty

Distance, Duration, and altitude are the major factors determining the Tsum Valley trek difficulties. This means you’ll be walking for several hours each day, carrying your backpack and acclimatizing to higher altitudes. The highest point on the trek is Larkya La Pass, at 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Properly acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness. It’s crucial to ascend gradually and take rest days when needed. The section involves steep ascents and descents on rocky trails, uneven paths, and some river crossings. Good physical fitness and strong legs are essential. 

The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, with rain, snow, and wind possible at any time. Be prepared for challenging weather conditions and pack accordingly. This significant elevation gain can lead to altitude sickness, characterized by headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Pack versatile layers of clothing suitable for various temperatures and weather conditions. Bringing rain gear and sturdy waterproof boots is highly recommended.

Tsum valley homestay and teahouses

The Tsum Valley, located in northern Nepal, is a hidden gem known for its stunning and unique homestay experiences. Due to its remoteness and limited development, the Tsum Valley offers a

Glimpse into a way of life untouched by the modern world. Homestays are typically simple but comfortable, with rooms furnished with traditional beds and bedding. Some homestays may also have attached bathrooms, while others may have shared facilities. Meals are included in your homestay stay and are prepared by the host family. Expect to enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine, made with fresh, local ingredients. Tsum Valley Home Stay provides culturally authentic homestay experiences. They offer a variety of homestays in different villages, as well as camping treks.

Tsum Valley Trek Permit 

Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP):

RAP is mandatory for foreigners entering the Tsum Valley, a restricted region within Nepal. Every trekker must obtain this trek as it is an entry card in the Valley. Trekkers can obtain these permits through registered trekking agencies in Nepal. They handle the application process and collect the permit on your behalf.

Cost for Restricted Area Permits

USD 40 per person for the first week (September-November)

USD 30 per person for the first week (December-August)

Additional USD 7 per person per day beyond the first week throughout the year.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit:

To gain grants access to the wider Manaslu region, including the Manaslu Circuit Trek MCAP permits are necessary. Trekkers can obtain MCAP permits in the Kathmandu Department of Immigration and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) office or the Pokhara-Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) office.

Cost for Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit:

USD 30 per person, regardless of nationality or duration of stay.

Additional notes:

  • Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Carry photocopies of your permits while trekking.
  • Show your permits at checkpoints as required by officials.

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Witness Mt. Manaslu, the world's 8th highest pe Manaslu circuit trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the Tsum Valley's untouched beauty, steeped in Tibetan culture and ancient heritage.
  • Explore charming villages like Jagat, Chisapani, and Chumling.
  • Discover hidden caves, and monasteries like Milarepa's Cave, Mu Gompa, and Rachen Gompa.
  • Conquer the challenging Larkya La Pass (5160m) with breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Unforgettable Himalayan adventure for those seeking a challenge.
  • Immerse yourself in unique culture and stunning natural beauty.
  • Achieve a sense of accomplishment conquering the past.

Itinerary

Upon arrival, our team will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will be notified with all the detailed plans and itinerary for your holiday package. Get rest and enjoy your meals for the night.

Highest altitude: (730m/2896ft)
Estimated hours: 6-8
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Early breakfast, then a scenic bus ride west of Kathmandu along the Trishuli River in the morning. The trail winds through Dhading Bensi town, follows the Budhi Gandaki River with Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal views, and reaches Arughat Bazaar on the river. A final two-hour drive from Arughat will take you to your final stop, Soti Khola, the gateway to your Manaslu Circuit adventure.

Highest altitude: (890m / 2,965ft)
Estimated hours: 6-8 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Experience today's journey of Soti Khola with charming waterfalls and hike through a beautiful Sal forest. Trek leads you to a ridge for amazing Budhi Gandaki views. Descend along terraced farmlands to a Gurung settlement pass through Liding and Khursane villages. Walk through farmlands and follow the riverbank to Nauli Khola till you reach Machha Khola.

Highest altitude: (1,400m / 4,593ft)
Estimated hours: 7-8 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Trek to Jagat follows a fertile land with ups & downs. Continue the trail crossing Tharo Khola to Khorlabesi. Upon reaching Tatopani, enjoy its hot spring in the
Peaceful surroundings. Explore Valley narrows Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge, and Climb stone stairs with
Prayer flags at Tharo Bharyang. Finally, rest your legs in Jagat town after hiking for several hours.

Highest altitude: (2,040m / 6,692ft)
Estimated hours: 6-7 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

We need to register our permits for Manaslu and Tsum Valley at the Jagat entry crossing before moving on to Lokpa. After crossing a challenging steep slope, we will climb to Salleri. Here we will take a few minutes to enjoy the views of Mount Sringi before making our way down to Sirdibas. We hike on, arriving at Ekle Bhatti and then Lokpa, the entrance to Tsum Valley, after crossing the largest suspension bridge in Nepal at Sirdibas. The stunning Manaslu range is seen from this town, which is the first in the Tsum Valley

Highest altitude: (2,386m / 7,828ft)
Estimated hours: 5-6 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Today’s trek starts with a warm breakfast at Lokpa Village, near the entrance to the Tsum Valley. This trek offers stunning panorama views of Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal. Trek to Reach Lungwa river valley and trek through a dense forest with rhododendrons, juniper, and pine. Passing by Gumling village and Syar Khola we finally reach Chumling village.

Highest altitude: (3,031m / 9,944ft)
Estimated hours: 5-6 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Your day begins with an early departure from Chumling village, leaving behind the monasteries and vibrant culture. Your path follows the narrow valley, gradually opening up to reveal the breathtaking vistas of the upper Tsum Valley. Following the gentle flow of Shair Khola, you'll reach Domje, the largest town in the Tsum Valley. Take a moment to soak in the local atmosphere. As you reach Chhokangparo, immerse yourself in the warmth of local hospitality. The breathtaking scenery surrounding you, dominated by the snow-capped mountains, will remain etched in your memory long after your journey ends.

Highest altitude: (3361m/11026ft)
Estimated hours: 5-6 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included.

Your journey takes you to the remote Nile village, nestled on the western side of
the Tsum Valley. A 20-minute walk from Chhule brings you past the sacred Phiren Phu Cave, known to be a meditation spot for the Buddhist master. Lush meadows and narrow farms unfold as you ascend, leading to two colorful gumbas adorned with murals and ancient scripts. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Shair Khola finally delivers you to Nile, the last village in the upper Tsum Valley, promising cultural immersion and breathtaking scenery.

Highest altitude: (4,060m/13,320ft)
Estimated hours: 4-5 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Your adventure begins with a hearty breakfast in Nile Village, followed by a gradual ascent along a trail leading to the majestic Mu Gompa, the region's largest monastery. After 2-3 hours of trekking, you'll encounter Dephyudonma Gumba. Immerse yourself in its ancient aura, feeling the dawn of faith that resonated through the Tsum Valley centuries ago. Continuing the trek, you'll pass through yak pastures and the rugged terrain of the Himalayas. This journey promises not just a physical challenge but a spiritual and cultural odyssey. Embrace the serenity of Buddhist traditions, dive into the valley's rich history, and capture breathtaking Himalayan views.

Highest altitude: (3,700m / 12,139ft)
Estimated hours: 4-5 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

We register our permits for Manaslu and Tsum Valley at the Jagat entry crossing before moving on to Lokpa. After crossing a steep slope, we will climb to Salleri, where we will pause to take in the views of Mount Sringi before making our way down to Sirdibas. We hike on, arriving at Ekle Bhatti and then Lokpa, the entrance to Tsum Valley, after crossing the largest suspension bridge in Nepal at Sirdibas. The stunning Manaslu range is seen from this town, which is the first in the Tsum Valley. This remote community was supposedly blessed decades ago by Padmashamva

Highest altitude: (3,240m / 10,629ft)
Estimated hours: 3-4 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Our trek today passes a little white gompa at Gho and brings you closer to Chumling. You will arrive in Domje after descending and going over the Siyar Khola Bridge. Get ready for an ascent eastward through a fragrant forest of juniper, rhododendron, and pine, passing prayer flags and sacred mani walls en route. The magnificent Lungdang Gompa is your reward for making one last climb among the silver woods. Approaching the gompa, a house of devoted nuns, picture the trail's colorful springtime mosaic of blossoming rhododendrons. Take in the magnificent sweeping views while you observe their enthralling puja ceremony. Lungdang Gompa is a visually spectacular and spiritually enlightening way to end your walk.

Highest altitude: (4,200m /13,780 ft)
Estimated hours: 7-8 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Today's adventure takes you on a thrilling ascent to the remote Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Prepare for an upward climb, but know that the panoramic vistas awaiting you will make every step worthwhile. As you travel through these beautiful valleys, embrace the feeling of being
Off the beaten path. Few others embark on this journey, but your experienced guides will ensure you stay on track. After approximately four hours, you'll reach the Base Camp, where breathtaking views of the majestic Ganesh Himal will leave you speechless. Savor the moment before retracing your steps back to Gumba Lungdang for a well-deserved rest and overnight stay. Remember, today is not just about reaching the destination, but about immersing yourself
in the unique landscapes and experiencing the thrill of venturing off the beaten path. Enjoy the journey.

Highest altitude: (3,200m / 10,498ft)
Estimated hours: 6-7 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

We retrae back descending to Domje via the upper track. Don't miss the chance to appreciate the Laudang Khola from a different perspective. Immerse yourself in the beauty of dense forests as you continue southward. Get ready for exciting suspension bridges, including the one leading to Ripche (2,470m). Enjoy the gentle descent to Batti Ghumlong, savoring the lush landscape. Finally, conquer a short ascent to reach your destination – the charming village of Lokpa.

Highest altitude: (1,400m / 4,593ft)
Estimated hours: 6-7 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Your journey winds down as you embark on a gentle descent towards Jagat, rejoining the mighty Budhi Gandaki River. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you pass scenic trails with glimpses of breathtaking peaks. Today's hike promises a pleasant and relaxing walk downhill, perfect for tired legs. As you meander through lush forests and diverse terrain. Brace yourself for several thrilling crossings on suspension bridges before reaching the charming village of Sirdibas and ultimately, Jagat. Remember to capture the scenic beauty as you bid farewell to the majestic
Tsum Valley, carrying memories that will last a lifetime.

Highest altitude: (1,400m / 4,593ft)
Estimated hours: 6-7 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Our final morning in the Tsum Valley starts with a delicious breakfast before embarking on a delightful descent to Lapu Bensi. Enjoy the gentle downhill walk offering stunning glimpses of the surrounding mountains. Prepare for some extra thrills as you navigate exciting suspension bridges, adding a touch of adventure to your journey. Before reaching your destination, you'll encounter Machha Khola, where you'll cross another suspension bridge over Nauli Khola. Finally, your path follows the sandy riverbed of the mighty Budhi Gandaki, leading you to the charming Gurung village of Lapu Bensi. Immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace the beauty of this traditional settlement before concluding your Tsum Valley adventure.

Highest altitude: (900m / 2,952ft)
Estimated hours: 4-5 hrs
Accommodations: Overnight stay and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) included

Today's journey marks the bittersweet end of your Tsum Valley adventure. The trail promises scenic beauty and a comfortable return to Arughat Bazaar. Embark on a tranquil walk alongside the majestic Budhi Gandaki River, soaking in the breathtaking mountain scenery for a few hours. Reach Soti Khola, your gateway back to city life. Hop on a jeep and enjoy a scenic drive for a couple of hours, reminiscing about your unforgettable experiences in the Tsum Valley. Arrive at Arughat Bazaar, a charming town bustling with small cafes and shops. Spend some time exploring the local markets, indulging in delicious food, and picking up souvenirs to cherish your memories.

Your unforgettable Tsum Valley journey concludes with a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, offering one last chance to admire the beauty of the Himalayas before
Returning to the bustling city. Savor a delicious breakfast and reminisce about the incredible experiences you've had during your trek. Bid farewell to the charming town of Arughat Bazaar and prepare for your journey back to Kathmandu.

Day 18 :
Farewell

Today your holiday in Nepal ends. Our team member will escort you to the airport on time for your flights.

The Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Manaslu and Tsum Valley special trekking permits and Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary.’
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks, and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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