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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

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  • Country
    CountryNepal
  • Duration
    Duration21 Days
  • Max-altitude
    Max. Altitude5200
  • Best season
    Best SeasonMar-May/ Oct-Nov
  • walking
    Per Day Walking4-5 Hours
  • accommodation
    AccommodationHotel/Camp
  • Level
    GradeAdventurous
  • Group
    Group Size10 Pax

Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area. The Tsum valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh himal and Sringi himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valleys is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin & speak their own dialect. The altitude of Tsum valley Trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border. The hidden valley is surrounded by the Boudha himal and Himal chuli to the west, Ganesh himal to the south & Sringi Himal to North.

Tsum Valley Trekking trials are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya is a well known seat of learning and seat of mediation. The circuit traverses across Tsum valley, Manaslu area in Nepal and southern parts of Tibet.

Useful Information !

Travel Insurance
While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure the policy of the insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

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Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel.

Our representative will meet you in airport and transfer to hotel. After refreshment move for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. O/N at hotel with BB basis.

Day 02

Full day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation.

Today, After morning breakfast you'll visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our professional guide. You will go for the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit hitorical Kathmandu Durbar square with temple, unique architectures and kumari (living goddess). Overnight at hotel with BB basis.

Day 03

From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (535m), 8-9 hours.

Today, After morning breakfast our guide will pickup you and from there you will have an 8 hours driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi for 3-4 hours is comfortable drive but from there to Arughat for another 4 hours we will be driving on dirt road.
O/N at hotel with BB basis.

Day 04

Trek to Soti Khola (775m) 5-6 hours.

Today, we follow the Budhi Gandaki river toward its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and simre to reach Arkhat river. After Arkhat we ascend slowly towards Kyoropani. Camp today nears the confluence of Seti river- an ideal place to take a fresh water bath.

O/N at tent or Tea house with BLD basis.

Day 05

Trek to Machha Khola (900m) 4-5 hours.

Today, After breakfast the trail descends slowly until you  climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha river.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 06

Trek to Jagat (1340m) 6 hours, 

Today, Our journey starts after breakfast along the river, by tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, often climbing up stone steps, to reach the hot springs in the centre of the small, terraced village of Tatopani (hot spring). A gentle climb through the forest and spectacular waterfalls, across suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan and climb high on stone steps below.
O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis

Day 07

Trek to Philim (1570m) 5-6 hours, 

Today is enjoyable short day trekking, the long series stone steps trail descending to the river, then climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri with impressive Shringi Himal (7187m). The trail splits with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh himal nearby high suspension bridge at Gata Khola. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim. We arrive at our green campsite in time for lunch, and have the afternoon explore the interesitng upper village and gompa.

O/N at tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 08

Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2361m), 6-7 hours, 

 We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh himal base camp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chmling.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 09

Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (3010m),

From Chmling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (Part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.  Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land amd made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some houselands in this village practice polyandry.

O/N at tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 10

Trek to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (3361m), 6-7 hours, 

From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from chhule. On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (Pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint,was believed to have mediated here. Thete are two seprate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountain and settlement amidst vast agricultural land.

O/N at tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 11

Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m), 4 hours,

Today, From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m. The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, two hours walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facility.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 12

Extra day for excursion, Rest day, 

Today, We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m). We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh himal range. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 13

Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m), visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect), 5 hours, 

From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand caly, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored,carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 14

Trek to Dumje (2440m), 5-6 hours, 

From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.

O/N at tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 15

Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200m), 5-6 hours, 

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 16

Trek to ripchet (2468m), 5-6 hours, 

Today, Its easy day you will walk most of descend walking down to Ripchet.
O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD Basis.

Day 17

Trek to Dobhan (1070m), 5-6 hours, 

After breakfast you will walk 5 hours down walking to Dobhan. You will walk domn more than 1200 meter today.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD basis.

Day 18

Trek ot Soti Khola (720m), 5-6 hours,

Follow the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass  the village of Morder and Simre to reach soti Khola. After Kyoropani we ascend slowly toward Soti Khola.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD Basis.

Day 19

Trek to Arughat (535m), 5-6 hours, 

Today is your last hiking day of your adventure Tsum Valley tek. Its easy walking to Arghat from where you will transfer to Kathmandu by vehicle.

O/N at Tent/Teahouse with BLD Basis.

Day 20

Arughat drive bus to Kathamndu, 

Today, Early morning you will drive back to Kathmandu after finish you fantastic Nepal's Himalayas Tsum Valley trek. You will drive back to Kathmandu with Global Holidays Adventure's Staff.

O/N at hotel with BB Basis.

Day 21

Transfer to International airport for final departure.

Today, our company representative will drop you to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure for your home country or onward  destination.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]

Services Include
  • International & Domestic Airport transport as per the program.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the program.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • All standard 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) during the trek.
  • Best available Guesthouse and tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Local Sherpa Licensed English Speaking guide.
  • The required number of Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicine and insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary Entry Permit Fees & Traveler TIMS Card.
  • All Necessary camping Equipment  for the trip.
  • Global Holidays Sleeping Baggage and Duffel Baggage, ( Refundable )
  • All necessary surface transport from Kathmand and to Kathmandu.
  • Global Holidays Adventure’s T-shirt ( Complementary)
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner in typical Nepali Restaurent with cultural dance show ( Complementary)
  • All Government Taxes and official expenses.
Services Not Include
  • International Airfare and necessary Airport taxes.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs)  
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return form mountain or late departure.
  • Temple & Monasteries Entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • All Personal & Bar Expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( Tipping is expected ).
  • Personal Necessary trekking equipment ( see the trekking equipment page.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above.
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FAQ

How can I enter Nepal ?

Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

There are direct flights from Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi.

Visa Info: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 125 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

Why trek with Global Holidays Adventure ?

Trek with us because we provide you the best quality service and the most reasonable price. We organized everything for you to make a smooth and enjoyable trip allowing you to get the most out of your time in Nepal. Also, our company is registered in different government bodies & non-profit organizations of Nepal such as the Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

What is Tea a House Trekking ?

Tea House are local lodges where you get to eat and sleep during your trek. There are plenty of tea houses across all the trekking routes in Nepal. A tea house trek means that you get to stop and rest each day at a tea house during your trekking period. Unlike camping treks you don’t have to carry food, tents and other items during a tea house trek.

Camping trek: Camping treks require us to carry tents, Kitchen gear, food and other equipment. Unlike tea house treks camping treks are more adventures.

what is the best time of the year for trekking ?

In Nepal, there are two seasons which are considered prime time for trekking. These times range from Feb-May and Sep-Nov. There are places to visit during Monsoon season ( June-August), such as Upper Mustang and Upper West part of the Annapurna Circuit, as these treks are in the “Rain Shadow” and virtually untouched by Nepal Monsoon. Our Philosophy is simple. We believe in ” Sustainable Tourism through eco friendly practices’.

What is the weather like in Nepal ?

Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature can range from extremely hot ( 37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May and Sep-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon ( June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.

what type of shape do I need for this trip ?

HA offers trekking opportunities for all every age and fitness level. Our treks are graded on difficulty level, 1 being the easiest and 5 being for advanced trekkers. The level of difficulty is based on the altitude and natural terrain of the trek. The difficulty levels for each trek can be found on each individual itinerary of both our website and brochures.

Is some one going to meet ne at airport for pick up?

IS SOMEONE GOING TO METT ME AT THE AIRPORT ?
Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three
months.

How do I pay to Global Holidays Adventure ?

After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveler Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

What shot of accommodation do I expect in Kathmandu and trekking ?

In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It’s depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it’s good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. 

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek common toilet facilities are available at tea house. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isn’t hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

Do the guide and support staff speak English ?

Most of guides speak fluently English and some speak well. Some of the support staff do speak little English and some do not speak.

What is our daily routine while in trekking ?

Daily Routine starting from 7 am. Wake-up 7 am, start trek before 8 after breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm lunch and trek end 3:30 to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner. After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

What kind of foods can I expect in trekking ?

Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( Variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. YOu can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will take on the way to destination.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking ?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.

Can I charge my camera batteries on my trip ?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!

Do I need to tip my Guide and porters how Much would that be ?

This is difficult things to tell. It’s up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour ?

Valid passport, must be valid up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate. Flight ticket. Emergency contact numbers for insurance & family contact.