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TSUM VALLEY TREK

Group Size

2-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Tent, Lodge, Hotel

arrival on

Kathmadnu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

3700 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The low attendance, the isolation, the wild side of the environment
  • The variety of landscapes and views, buddha Himal Ganesh Himal, Manaslu
  • Isolated Buddhist villages and monasteries
  • An extremely varied itinerary: different ethnic groups, forests, glaciers, high peaks

trip introduction

Our trek into the Tsum Valley starts at the village of Barpak village, laprak village, and Singla village and the outbound outward journey is via the Budhi Gandaki. For eight days we will travel in the shadow of the mountain ranges. The Himal Buddha, the Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Shringi Himal to the north.

The trek enters the Tsum Valley on a well-established, ancient but reliable trade route that leads to Tibet. Tsum Valley was opened only in 2007 and is restricted to registered trekking groups. Because to prevent corruption of the ancient communities with modern lifestyles or behaviors. This isolated but rich agricultural valley, at the foot of huge 7000m peaks. It has long-established hamlets and ancient monasteries seeped in Buddhist and Tibetan cultures. The valley inhabitants are mainly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect.

Our tsum valley trek itinerary travels up to a Tibetan monastery in Mu gumpa. Mu the final inhabited community of the Valley prior to the pass leading to Tibet.  This ancient trade route passes through fields of barley and corrals of horses and yaks. And, it is still in use by the local peoples. One of the many amazing experiences of this trek is seeing the day-to-day changes in the landscape, cultures, and languages.  With outstanding views of the mountains, you will feel like you are in paradise on earth

 The best season for the tsum valley trek?

AUTUMN, During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue and the sun is often bright. Mountain views are mostly crystalline and daytime temperatures pleasant. SPRING, From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains worsens as the monsoon approaches. But it is also the time of flowering for the magnificent rhododendrons, especially in the Annapurna region and Manaslu region. 

 

Itinerary

 Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reach Gorkha by minibus by a road along the river Trisuli with beautiful views of the Himalayan range. Then we continue by local transport in the Daroundi Khola valley to Baluwa.

approximately 8 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 10,00 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

This is the beginning of our trek around Manaslu, we walk along the Trisuli to Ranglung where we start a rather steep climb to Barpak, the largest traditional Gurung village in the Gorkha region. Beautiful view of Boudha Himal culminating at 6672 m.

approximately 8 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

Through a peaceful forest trail, we reach the Push Danda at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The descent through a thick rhododendron forest to Laprak, a village inhabited by Gurungs, famous elite soldiers, and main recruits of the Gorkhas regiments and mountaineer.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

We begin this day of walking with a short descent to cross a Jerphu Khola (1800 m) on a suspension bridge. Then a gradual ascent to the balcony towards Singla. We have a beautiful view of the villages of Laprak and Gumda, hung on the mountainsides, entirely carved by fields as far as the eye can see. From Singla, we see again the imposing massif of Ganesh Himal. Descent to Khorla Bensi, where we recover the classic trail of the Manaslu tour.

approximately 6 -7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 950 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

We walk along the Bhuri Gandaki. An hour later we arrive at Tatopani where a suspension bridge allows us to change banks. Past Dobhan, we continue along a nice plateau until Shiauli Bhoti. The steep climb to Yaruphant. Crossing the Yaru Khola then crossing on the right bank of the Bhuri Gandaki. The trail then joins Jagat (the wall), a real entry point into the Manaslu Conservation Area. Beautiful paved path and first chorten.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,370 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

We climb a rocky ridge in Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a little while the trail continues to Ghatta Khola. We continue upstream to a long, simple suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. We will reach Chisopani, a nice place to have lunch. We then enter the Tsum Valley and continue to Lokpa.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

From Lokpa, we enjoy the views of the Himalchuli Mountains (789 3m) and Boudha Himal. We descend half an hour to Lungwa Khola then we have about two hours of walking through the pines and rhododendrons to reach Gumlung. We cross the Siyar Khola to reach Chumling from where we can see the Shringi Himal. We take this opportunity to visit the old gompa Chumling and the stone streets of the village. Night in Chumling.

approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,386 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

After breakfast, you start your hike by crossing a suspension bridge and continue through the rich corn and potato farmlands. We continue to climb from gho village into the valley with a splendid view of the eastern Ganesh Himal and several other peaks over 7000m above sea level until the chhokunparo. The valley then opens onto fields of buckwheat, potatoes, barley, and corn.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,010 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

The trek begins with a climb following beautiful mani walls. Also called mentran, this set of flat stones engraved sutras (Buddhist prayers) is circumvented by the left. The trail then passes through villages and vast cultivated fields surrounded by dry stones. At this altitude, you can see small juniper trees of the Himalayas, a type of conifer with pendulous branches endemic to Nepal and Burma. In the afternoon, we will visit the monastery of Milarepa cave. we cross the narrow valley of Shiar Khola reach the Nile.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,361m m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

We are now close to the Tibetan border. We walk to the west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscapes to reach Mu Gompa. After visiting Mu Gumpa, we go back down the same road to the Nile.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,361 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

Trek back by Lama Gaun, on the eastern shore of Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at the village of Burgi. We continue down to Chhekung Paro and steeply descent to gho. Night in gho village.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,540 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

We continue our trekking down and cross a shyar Khola by wood bridge to dumje. From dumje, we climb up for 3-4hrs to reach gumba lundAng just opposite of mt Ganesh Himal. Gumba is popular as a nuns gumba. The place is very beautiful with different mountains, hills, forests and different flowers. We spent 1hrs there and back to chumling.

approximately 8 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,386 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch, we move on a flat path. We enjoy the beautiful waterfall and we arrive at Philim.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,590 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

From Philim, we descend to Sirdibas and continue to Dovan then Jagat, Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate is now giving way to subtropical green vegetation. We continue to Dovan to spend the night.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,070 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

A path crosses the village of  Machha Khola which leads to Keraunja base camp. There is a hot spring in Machha Khola ANDThe path crosses the Khani Khola to reach the village of Khani Gaun. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach the Gurung village of Labubesi. We pass two waterfalls on a steep rocky path on the side of a cliff. We arrive then at Khursane BARI. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki to reach Soti Khola.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 

Climb to Kyorpani ridge and descend to the waterfall to join Arkhet. Crossing the Arkhet Khola where we leave the valley of Budhi Gandaki. Arrive at Shanti Bazaar then Arughat Bazar. Return to Kathmandu along the shores of Trishuli with splendid views of the green hills, mountains, farm terraces, and villages on both sides of the road. 7 to 8 hours drive.

approximately 8 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

 

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately  20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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