Tsum Valley Trek – 18 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Negotiable
  • Group Discount
  • Easy-Medium
  • Lodge/Hotels/Tea House
  • Breakfast/lunch/Dinner
  • 1+

Tsum Valley Trek Overview:

Max Elevation:3,700m
Best Time:Oct-Dec & Mar-Jun
Trekking Permits:MACP permit, ACAP permit, TIMS Card, Special permit
Starting/Ending Point:Kathmandu
Region:Annapurna, West Nepal
Includes:Trekking Guide & Porter

Trip highlights:

-Tsum Valley Trek offers you the trail with Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Annapurna Range & other mountains.

-One of the best off-the-beaten-path of Nepal giving you the best experience trekking through the remote areas, subtropical forests & at the foot of Himalayas.

-Full “Nature Package” with astounding mountains, cascading waterfalls, snow-capped Himalayas, lush vegetation, glacier lakes, and rivers.

-Fascinating cultures interweaved by the Tibetan Buddhist religion & many more.

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Tsum valley trek is a grand and exclusive adventure exploring hidden villages of “Tsum”-The Valley of Happiness. The word Tsum is derived from the Tibetan language “Beyul  Kyimolung” meaning “Valley of Happiness”. Certainly, it proves like its name untouched and unspoiled by modernization.

Trek to Tsum-The Valley of Happiness leads you to explore fascinating cultures interwoven of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. This area is opened for travelers from 2008 and still retains its old-time glory of ancient traditions. Our walk leads to the highest spot at Mu Gompa exploring the ancient monasteries of Mu and Rachen. Also, we’ll visit the cave of 11th-century saint Milarepa.

After a wonderful and glorious time in the high valley of Tsum, our return journey leads back on the same trail. On the way back you’ll observe & explore more of the hidden area of Tsum Valley. An overland drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu concludes this marvelous Tsum Valley trek.

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Outline Itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek:

Here is the 18 Days best itinerary for Tsum Valley trek by Pristine Nepal Treks:

Day 01:RECEIVED BY PRISTINE NEPAL GUIDE & TRANSFER TO HOTEL
Day 02:IN KATHMANDU WITH SIGHTSEEING TOUR AT PLACES OF INTEREST
Day 03:DRIVE TO SOTI KHOLA 730 M VIA DHADINGBESI AND ARUGHAT - 07HRS
Day 04:TREK TO MACHHA KHOLA 930M - 06 HRS
Day 05:TREK TO JAGAT 1,410M - 06 HRS
Day 06:TREK TO LAKUWA 2,2400M - 05 HRS
Day 07:TREK TO CHUMLING 2,386 M - 06 HOURS
Day 08:TREK TO CHOKHAN-PARO 3,010 M - 05 HOURS
Day 09:TREK TO NELE 3,361M AFTER A VISITING MILAREPPA CAVE - 07 HOURS
Day 10:TREK TO MU GOMPA 3,700 M - 04 HOURS
Day 11:REST DAY AT MU GOMPA TO EXPLORE THE LOCAL VILLAGE AND MONASTERY
Day 12:TREK TO RACHEN GOMPA 3,240 M - 05 HOURS
Day 13:TREK BACK TO CHUMLING 2,386 M - 06 HOURS
Day 14:TREK TO PHILIM 1,590 M - 07 HRS
Day 15:TREK TO TATOPANI 1, 240 M - 06 HOURS
Day 16:TREK TO SOTI KHOLA 730 M - 06 HOURS
Day 17:DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU VIA ARUGHAT - 07 HRS
Day 18:INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE FOR HOMEWARD BOUND.

Best Season for Tsum Valley Trek:

The highest altitude of Tsum valley trek is only 3,700m which is why this trek is suitable for all kinds of adults, children or infants. However, trekking at the right time is the main key to success not only Tsum Valley trek but also other treks too. Here is the best season to do trekking in Tsum Valley:

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Spring Season In Tsum Valley:

Spring season is the best season for doing Tsum valley trekking due to its favorable weather and full bloom flowers. Similarly, you can witness both greenery and snow-capped mountains at the same time. The path gets carpeted by nature and the atmosphere turns into heaven at this season. That is why the spring season is also called peak season for trekkers. Mar-May are the months that fall under spring season, however, mid-month of Spring season is best. Or, you can trek to Tsum valley in early March also to experience chilled atmosphere and snow.

Autumn Season In Tsum Valley:

One of the driest seasons but also called hiking season in Nepal due to its dry weather. The success rate of completing trekking in this season is high that is why most of the popular destinations get crowded. But don’t worry, because Tsum valley is an unspoiled area and only fewer has trekked in this area. Similarly, Sep-Nov falls under the Autumn season. Trekking in late November is a little risky due to unpredictable weather. Whereas, early September is also not highly recommend for trekkers to avoid any monsoon effects. However, there is always a high chance of completing this trek due to the low altitude level.

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Cost Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • Private vehicle for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit
  • Three nights accommodation at 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara on the basis of twin sharing including breakfast
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, tea/coffee per meal in cup
  • Experienced trekking guide and porter (Their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging) one porter is provided for two people
  • 4-season sleeping bag, feather-down jacket only for trekking
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • All your personal expenses
  • Meals in Kathmandu and except the breakfast
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and hotels in early return from the trek
  • Additional tours in Kathmandu
  • All your personal things and necessaries which are not mentioned in cost included
Day 1
RECEIVED BY PRISTINE NEPAL GUIDE & TRANSFER TO HOTEL

Today will be the welcome day for you in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After your arrival at the International Airport of Kathmandu, our team will be there to pick you up. You will be brought to the deluxe hotel of Kathmandu for one night stay.

In the evening, we will have a short meeting to discuss the information about your insurance as well as the trip. Similarly, the main focus of this meeting is to give you information and to let you meet with the guide.

Usually, most of the peoples get time to explore the Thamel area of Nepal also. So, you can explore the area after finishing our meeting.

Day 2
IN KATHMANDU WITH SIGHTSEEING TOUR AT PLACES OF INTEREST

After morning breakfast, our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around an interesting part of Kathmandu. Kathmandu city is an old lively city of cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for the past hundreds of years.

Kathmandu is full of ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries.

Day 3
DRIVE TO SOTI KHOLA 730 M VIA DHADINGBESI AND ARUGHAT - 07HRS

Tsum-The Valley of Happiness trekking adventure begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach Dhading Besi. It is a large town headquarters of Dhading district. After Dhading, you will head to Arughat town by the River Burigandaki. From here, we will take another vehicle for a rough and interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhurigandaki River passing few farm villages to reach at Soti Khola village.

Day 4
TREK TO MACHHA KHOLA 930M - 06 HRS

From this village, our walk starts following the Budi Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls. After that we will cross a stream to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.

Day 5
TREK TO JAGAT 1,410M - 06 HRS

After a pleasant overnight at Macha Khola, morning walk follows the Budi Gandaki River upstream to reach Khorla Beshi. Its a small farm village winding path to reach Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” which is the best for a hot bath.

After a nice rest, our next walk continues on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops. Jagat is a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

Day 6
TREK TO LAKUWA 2,2400M - 05 HRS

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim. It is a large village with spread-out farmhouses. After Philim, walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.

Day 7
TREK TO CHUMLING 2,386 M - 06 HOURS

After Lakuwa village and leaving the Budi Gandaki River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness. As our route enters narrow gorge then with a short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages. Then climb above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.

Day 8
TREK TO CHOKHAN-PARO 3,010 M - 05 HOURS

From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks including the villages and landscapes which look similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks start with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high. After that, walk leads at Chokhan-paro village for an overnight stop.

Day 9
TREK TO NELE 3,361M AFTER A VISITING MILAREPPA CAVE - 07 HOURS

After Chokan-paro, head closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto the open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survive around this arid terrain. The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal. After a scenic walk, you will reach to Nele on the way with a visit to an old cave of 11th Century Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru-his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.

Day 10
TREK TO MU GOMPA 3,700 M - 04 HOURS

Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and the main destination of this adventure. Climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.

Day 11
REST DAY AT MU GOMPA TO EXPLORE THE LOCAL VILLAGE AND MONASTERY

Rest with a free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monasteries of Tsum and Manaslu area.

Day 12
TREK TO RACHEN GOMPA 3,240 M - 05 HOURS

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa, return & visit another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa. From here our walk leads on a nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for an overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

Day 13
TREK BACK TO CHUMLING 2,386 M - 06 HOURS

Today will be the last day at Tsum valley, morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines. After a long downhill walk of 6 hours, you will reach at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.

Day 14
TREK TO PHILIM 1,590 M - 07 HRS

From Chumling village, morning walk downhill the following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for an overnight stop.This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese).

Day 15
TREK TO TATOPANI 1, 240 M - 06 HOURS

From here onwards on the warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Budi Gandaki River through several small villages of Nugget, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local belief that the spring water has a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

Day 16
TREK TO SOTI KHOLA 730 M - 06 HOURS

After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi. From here, walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola.

Day 17
DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU VIA ARUGHAT - 07 HRS

With an enjoyable overnight at Soti-Khola village, our last day on the mid-hills of Mid-West Himalaya ends with a long ride to Kathmandu following Budi Gandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat which is the last village of Gorkha area. Your drive continues to Kathmandu passing through Dhading to reach at Kathmandu after a fascinating trip Tsum -The Valley of Happiness trekking.

Day 18
INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE FOR HOMEWARD BOUND.

Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport.

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Tsum Valley Trek – 18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Negotiable
  • Group Discount
  • Easy-Medium
  • Lodge/Hotels/Tea House
  • Breakfast/lunch/Dinner
  • 1+

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