Tsum Valley Trek Details:
|Max Elevation:||3,700m||Best Time:||Sep-Dec & Mar-June|
|Trekking Permits:||MCAP & ACAP Permit, TIMS Card, Special Manaslu Trek Permit||Transportation:||Local Bus, Private Vehicle|
|Guide & Porter:||Experienced||Hidden Charges:||No|
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 with the Tibetan Buddhist religion and offers you the jaw-dropping view of Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Annapurna Range & other mountains.
This area is opened for travelers since 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.
- 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
- 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
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 about the trip information. 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.
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.
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 Soti Khola village.
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”.
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 Jagat for overnight stops. Jagat is a moderate size farm village with shops and stores.
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, walkthrough 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chumling village for the last overnight stop around Tsum.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.