Tsum Valley Trek - 15 Days

Tsum Valley Trek - 15 Days

Key Information
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude3700m/12139ft
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size1-16

About The Trip

Tsum Valley is one of the most isolated gorges in Nepal. It was a restricted area until 2008; it is one of Nepal's least visited trekking destinations. The route to Tsum valley trekking takes you through the majestic surroundings of Ganesh Himal Ranges, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal.

Overview

Tsum Valley is one of the most isolated gorges in Nepal. Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal Himalayas is a sacred valley that is situated in northern Gorkha, near the Tibetan Border. This trail to Tsum valley ascends higher along the Budhi Gandaki River through mysterious villages resided by the Tibetan society. It is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys, the untouched beauty makes the trek much more pleasant. The valley furnishes us a fantastic view of the landscapes and the mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft.), Shringi Himal (7,165 m/23,507 ft.), and Boudha Himal (6,672 m/21,890 ft.).

The trekking route gives glimpses of the diversity of flora & fauna during the trek. It has been declaring a non-violent conservation area, and there is no permission to kill animals. The trekking trail to Tsum Valley also offers you a lush green forest of pine and rhododendron forest. On the way, you will encounter many waterfalls on both sides of the Budi Gandaki River and hundreds of species of birds in the woods. Tsum Valley is also an excellent area to observe Himalayan Tahr and Blue Sheep.

This hidden gem of Nepal remains untouched from the modern world in both cultural and natural beauty, with a distinctive flavor of civilization unharmed by the flame of modernization. The mountains and the landscapes, the Tibetan culture, and the hospitality of the locals make the Tsum Valley Trekking more unique and adventurous. The ancient Tum Valley is still visible today by its surrounding and old monasteries. People believe that Buddhist Siant Milarepa meditated in the caves of mountains. This valley is bypassed from development activities for centuries. Trip to Tsum Valley landscape experiences the dotted mani walls, chortens, and kaanis (gateway chortens). Usually, chorten is made to ward off evil spirits from places that are known as thresholds. Tsum Valley Trek in the Himalayas passes through many monasteries, including Rachen Gompa.

As a Tsum Valley Trek is a restricted area, so you need a minimum of two people to the group. But as we are a local trekking agency, we can organize a group join permit and do your private trek. Come and join The Himalayan Odyssey for the excellent services in Tsum Valley. With our skilled and qualified team, we ensure you have a pleasing experience. Trekkers seeking more adventure and excellent views wish to combine Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.

Tsum Valley Trek Route

Tsum Valley Trek commences upon your arrival in Kathmandu City. Before beginning on the trek, we will revel in a brief cultural sightseeing tour around the historic city. Home to seven different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and many more. As you leave Kathmandu, you will embark on a whole day's exciting road journey along the mighty Trishuli and Budi Gandaki Rivers. After 8-9 hours of the long scenic drive, you will reach Soti Khola.

The trial rises towards Machha Khola Valley of Manaslu Region, where you witness beautiful blue rivers and thundering waterfalls during the trek. As we are along the trail, you will see the mix of green terrains and many traditional villages. As you walk further, you will witness beautiful lush forests with rhododendron blooming. We are now heading towards Jagat and to Lokpa, where the trail leads us to Tsum Valley. The trekking route is decorated with fluttering prayer flags and mani walls which indicate the Buddhist culture. You will pass through beautiful glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and the beauty of nature within the valley. On the way, we will be visiting Piren Phu cave, which is considered a sacred cave in the valley. As we walk further, we will get to witness traditional Tibetan settlements. Continuing walking upstream along the Shiar River, you will arrive at Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa. As we reach higher, we start to see rugged terrain and beautiful white peaks peeking at us. After crossing several suspension bridges, we will reach Gumba Lungdag, and another day we will hike to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. After the rewarding trek to base camp, we will be back to LokpaJagatDovan, and then Soti Khola. Your memorable trek concedes upon your return back from Soti Khola to Kathmandu by bus.

Tsum Valley Trek Weather

Best Seasons for Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal are primarily two seasons which are spring and autumnEvery season has its own unique feature. Neither too cold nor too hot, have scenic views of the gigantic mountains enhanced with the pleasant weather. To spend the best time of life in the world during the best seasons, a vacation in Nepal is worth it. The crystal clear visibility of the mountains and Himalayas under the extraordinarily blue sky seems perfectly eye-soothing. Trekking in Nepal Himalayas will embrace life and bring a fantastic, gratified smile. Plan the vacation to visit Nepal, pack your bags, and fly to Nepal. We will always be willing to greet you and arrange everything to have a wonderful and comfortable visit.

Spring (March to May)

The spring season is a blessing of nature in Nepal. During this period, the flowers bloom and make the hillocks and mountains look colorful. The spring season is considered to be one of the best seasons to trek in Nepal. The days will be warmer, but the nights and the early mornings may be colder. The temperature usually changes from 6 to 25 degrees. During trekking, it is advised to wear the clothes in layers as the fluctuating weather is irregular. March, April, and May fall in this Spring Season.

Summer (June to mid-September)

Summer is always warmer and hot but humid. This is the best season for trekkers and travelers who have an extreme interest in botany as a species of floras will be blooming everywhere. The valleys and the hills will be covered with amazingly gorgeous flowers and lush vegetation. The temperature of 20 goes higher up to 35 degrees. So it is pretty necessary to keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip. Even though summertime is the best time to trek in Nepal, there may be the chance to enjoy rainfall during the summer. So it is better to be equipped up all the time during the trip. The end of June and July are the summer months, followed by monsoon summer until September. During the monsoon in Nepal, there are heavy rainfalls with high humidity. The skies are full of clouds most of the time, blocking the fabulous views of the Himalayas. It might become difficult to walk.

Autumn (mid-September to November)

The autumn season is another best season to trek in Nepal. The skies are fair, and the temperature ranges from 0 to 25 degrees. The views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys are flawless. The lush vegetation, great weather, and peaceful surrounding make this season special. It's neither too cold, nor too hot, so many travelers prefer this season to enjoy their trek in Nepal. September and November fall in the autumn season.

Winter (December to February)

Chilling weather with snowfall and sometimes snowstorms are the specialties of the winter season. The climate at higher altitudes is milder in the daytime but colder at night and morning. The sky is clear and blue, offering remarkable glimpses of the Himalayas. Sudden snowfall, avalanches, or snowstorms may be challenging and hamper the trip. Despite these barriers, some adventure lovers find this season the best season for trekking in Nepal. December to February are the months that fall under the winter season.

Tsum Valley Trek Cost

When you are thinking about exploring Tsum Valley, there will be many factors to consider. It includes like route, best time, how fit do we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, "How much does Tsum Valley Trek cost?".

Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is essential to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Tsum Valley Trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.

On average Tsum Valley, the trek will generally be 13-17 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between USD 1445 to USD 1365. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Tsum Valley Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.

The permit cost for Tsum Valley Trek depends on the seasons and the number of days you will spend in this region. To trek to the Manaslu region, you will need 3 kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.

Tsum Valley Trek Permit Cost

Tsum Valley Restricted Permit

  • Tsum Valley trek permit costs USD 40.00 for the first 7 days and USD 7.00 each additional day from September to November.
  • Tsum Valley trek permit costs USD 30.00 for the first 7 days and USD 7.00 each extra day from December to August.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

 Per person, for SAARC USD.10 per person, and for other Nationals USD.30 per person.

Tsum Valley Trek Altitude

                                               Photo: Altitude Chart

Highlights

  • Walks through a remote and least trekked trail with the world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and close to the Tibet border.
  • Explore the ancient trading route with Tibet.
  • Majestic Himalayan Vistas of Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and other peaks.
  • Super adventure around Nepal North Mid-West Himalaya around Manaslu area.
  • Captivating views of amazing lush green forest, roaring Rivers, suspension bridge, waterfalls, and numerous monasteries including Rache Gompa.
  • Visiting high valleys and villages of strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and custom.
  • Less commercial, beautiful hidden Valley of Tsum, and many more.
  • Different terrain, ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyle, mixed ethnicity, and ancient village of medieval Tibetan culture.

Itinerary

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We, The Himalayan Odyssey, will organize the Tsum Valley Trek with proper arrangements. However, there can be some issues that are beyond our handle. Heavy rainfall, snowing, avalanches and landslides can extend the trip to the lower altitude.

This itinerary is only for guidelines. We can customize the itinerary according to your requirement and the time you have. All above trekking hours and distances are estimated, and it is certainly for general ideas only.

Abbreviation

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner

Our representatives will be at the airport to receive you. You will then be transferred to your hotel. 

  • Accommodation 3-Star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,264 ft.

On this day, you will have the chance to interact with your guide and do some shopping for your trek.

Later, you have time to go around the famous UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu valley. You can visit Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupati, and Swayambhunath.

  • Accommodation 3-Star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • TimeFree Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m/4,264 ft.

On this day, we will take a bus to Soti Khola. The bus ride will be a special one as we will leave the city and cross through several towns and rural areas. We will see terraced farm fields, forests, and blue rivers. The even road will come to an end, and we will take the off-road until we reach Soti Khola via Arughat.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude600m/1,968ft

Our trek will officially start on this day as we head to Dovan. The trail is pretty simple on this day as we encounter moderate climbs. We will pass through a forest and will cross several suspension bridges. We will also come across pasture lands and terraced fields. We will finally reach Dovan.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,070 m/3,510 ft

We will leave early in the morning, and our first stop will be Tharo Khola. We will then reach the village of Khorla Besi. After a gentle incline, we will head to Tatopani. Tatopani has natural hot springs; if you are interested, you can spend some quality time here. We will continue with our journey and then cross a ridge and cross another, the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. We will then head to Dobhan, and after crossing this village, we will encounter another suspension bridge and find the Yaru river below us. Then we will walk down a steep decline until we reach the banks of Budhi Gandaki and finally reach Jagat.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,353 m/4436 ft

We will head to the famous town of Chisopani on this day. The trail will first lead us through Salleri and then to Sirdibas through a narrow path. Then after a slight climb from Sirdibas, we will reach Ghatta Khola. While on our way, we will also see the beautiful mountain ranges and then reach Lokpa. After Lokpa, we will make descend to Lungwa Khola. The trail is narrow and confusing for a while, and we will again climb to Gumlung. After Gumlung, the trail is pretty straightforward, and we will reach Chumling, a beautiful village.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,386 m/7,828 ft

This will be the day that we will reach the 3000 meters mark. We will head to Gho village first. On our way, we will come across the stunning Ganesh Mountain and a beautiful trail. After a descend, we will again climb up to Chokhangparo. Enjoy the serene view of the mountains.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,010 m/9,875 ft

The trail becomes a bit challenging but more beautiful as we head to the Nile. We will first cross then reach Rachen Gompa. After exploring this monastery, we will head to Shiar Khola. The trail will take us through narrow alleys and one forest, and we will cross Lar, Phurbe, and Pangdun. We will again come across several stupas and then reach Chhule. After Chhule, we will take an uphill hike until we reach the Nile.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,361 m/11,058 ft

We will hike for a relatively short duration of time. Due to the increasing altitude, we must walk at a moderate pace. This will help us acclimatize.
As we move up the trail, we will see My Gompa (3700m) with more Tibetan people and their culture. You can climb the Kalung (3820m) or see Lungdang Glacier to the east. During the hike, you will be surrounded by mighty peaks in all directions. You can also hike to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • TimeFree Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,700 m/12,174 ft

After spending quality time in Mu Gompa, we head to Burgi village. We will again come across the villages of Chhule and Phurba. We will then reach Milarepa cave, from where you will be able to catch the view of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu, and Churke mountains. After this, we will then head to Burgi village, where we will rest for the night. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time8-9 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3200 m/10,498 ft.

On this day, our descend will start as we again head to Chumling village. As we head down, we will encounter more greenery and reach our first stop- Chhokang Paro. We will further descend to Gho village and then to Sarpu Khola. We will then trek in the lower region of the Tsum Valley until we reach Chumling.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time7-8 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,900 m/16,076 ft.

Our descend will continue as we make our way to Philim. We will then head to Lokpa, which will be our first stop. Then our trail will lead us to Samba Falls. We will again find farm fields and a forest trail until we reach Philim.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1070 m/3,510 ft

On this day, we will first cross the village of Jagat and then head to Tatopani. At Tatopani, there is a famous hot spring where we can spend some time. After enjoying ourselves at the hot spring, we descend further until we reach Khorlabesi, where we will spend the night.

  • Accommodation Teahouse Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude600 m/1,968 ft
  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Time6-7 Hours

    Cost Details

    Included
    • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
    • Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area Park entry
    • Restricted Area Permit
    • Experienced Himalayan trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
    • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola to Kathmandu
    • Tea house lodge during your trek. 
    • First Aid Kit during the trek
    • Staff Insurance
    • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • Tour Certificate
    • Farewell Dinner
    Excluded
    • International flight ticket
    • International airport tax
    • Visa Fee
    • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
    • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for staff and guide
    • Private Travel Equipment
    • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
    • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

    Good to Know

    Packing List for Tsum Valley Trek

    Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Tsum Valley Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

     

    Travel Documents

    • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
    • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
    • Travel insurance policy documents
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
    • Passport photos (4)

    Travel Equipment

    • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
    • Lightweight, duffel bag
    • Luggage locks
    • Travel wallet
    • Passport/money belt
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel plug adapters
    • Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    • Quick-dry undergarments
    • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
    • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
    • Casual shoes
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    • Day pack (25–35 liters)
    • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
    • Waterproof hiking boots
    • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
    • LED headlamp with extra batteries
    • Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
    • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
    • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
    • Convertible hiking pants
    • Fleece pants or insulated pants
    • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
    • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
    • Sun hat
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
    • Liner socks (optional)
    • Glacier sunglasses
    • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Food

    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
    • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)

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    FAQs

    • Q1. Where is Tsum Valley?

      Tsum valley is situated between 2000 to 3500 asl in the Gorkha district of western Nepal.

    • Tsum Valley Trek begins as you leave Kathmandu with a whole day exciting road journey to Soti Khola. The trail rises towards Machha Khola Valley, Jagat, and to Lokpa where the trail leads us to Tsum Valley.

    • The highest elevation of Tsum Valley Trek is Mu Gompa (3700m).

    • Best Seasons for Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal are primarily two seasons which are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).

    • Tsum Valley Trek needs a special restricted area permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

    • This hidden gem of Nepal remains untouched by the modern world in both cultural and natural beauty. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys, the untouched beauty makes the trek much more enjoyable and pleasant. Tou will be blessed with the view of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal.

    • It is not allowed to get an entry without a guide or a private trek for Tsum Valley. You will also need at least two-person to obtain it due to the restricted area.

    • The daily gain in altitude during Tsum Valley Trek is about 350 to 400 meters.

    • It takes 13 to 18 days to complete Tsum Valley Trek.

    • The menu in Tsum Valley is a mixture of traditional local or Asian but as we go high, the menu will be limited. We extremely suggest you consume more liquids like green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup, etc. at high altitude and also fresh vegetable items for well-being.

    • If you are healthy and willing to go on an adventure then there is no limit. There are children as young as 12 years who do Tsum Valley. If you are traveling with the kids, then we suggest that families schedule a private trek and put in extra days.

    • In terms of physical fitness before Tsum Valley Trek, it will be better if you do some cardio workouts like running and swimming to increase your stamina. You can also attend some hikes around your own area too.

    • No. You should not have to bring the additional medicine for Tsum Valley Trek if you are doing a package trek. A first aid kit will be provided by the company if you have a basic problem during the trek.

    • Most of the trekkers in our group will not have experience. Tsum Valley Trek is somehow adventurous but you do not need previous experience if you have a good fitness level. Previous trekking or hiking will be always the plus point if you are trekking to Nepal.

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