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MANASLU TSUM VALLEY TREKKING

tsum valley trekking

Tsum Valley trekking is one of the last Shangri-la around Nepal Himalaya, located between massive Manaslu mountain range on the west and Ganesh Himal to the east. A newly opened areas to Tsum Valley since last decade as this valley touches Tibet border further north, on this trek where you can witness villages and people of true Tibetan origin with similar old Buddhist and Bon culture.

Amazing adventure around Tsum valley trekking in the company of Visit View Nepal Treks and our expert guides who will show you the fascinating and interesting places on this wonderful Tsum Valley trekking. Starting this fabulous adventure to Tsum with an exciting drive towards Nepal North Mid West Himalaya at Gorkha district around Burigandaki River area to Soti-Khola, where the walk begins following on Manaslu trekking trail for few days, and then route diverts to hidden areas leading at Tsum Valley which means valley of Happiness in native Tsum / Tibetan languages.

At Tsum explore the unspoiled areas as this country is fresh and new for other western travelers where only few trekkers visits this beautiful place, around Tsum with rest day to explore its lovely villages and interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gompa. After a wonderful time in Tsum with great views of mountains that surrounds this remote and mystical valley which lies on the old Caravan Trade route to Tibet.

Return journey on same trail which provides more opportunity to witness the local Buddhist culture and custom as it was for many past centuries with amazing views of mountains as the walk leads back to warmer at Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu, after a memorable and interesting Tsum Valley trekking with great guidance and services of Visit View Nepal Treks and its friendly guides / staff members.

Tsum Valley Trekking

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat – 07 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Machha khola 930m – 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 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 Milereppa cave – 07 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.

Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa visit 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 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 06 hours.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where Visit View Nepal Treks staff will receive and then transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city. After getting refreshed from the flight our guide/leaders  briefs you with information of hotel, Kathmandu and trekking.


Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Today, our city or tour guide will take you for Kathmandu valley sightseeing at morning time which is full of old and ancient world heritage sites, temples, old King’s palaces and several monasteries. Then, finishing our interesting tour we will back to our Hotel. We will prepare for our tomorrow trekking like we will pack our rucksack with necessary equipment’s and important documents .

 


Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs.

Morning a long and interesting drive to Soti Khola via Arughat village, to start this fabulous adventure around Manaslu, journey reaches at warmer area after going through farm villages and towns, following Trisuli river for few hours as the drive diverts to Arughat via Dhading besi.

On reaching Arughat near Buri-Gandaki River and then on another vehicle for short rough drive of few hours to reach at Soti Khola for overnight stop.


Day 04: Trek to Machha khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. This village named as Machha Khola meaning Fish streams.


Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

After stop at Macha Khola morning follows Buri Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village. From here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows.

After a nice rest walk carries on passing villages of Dovan and Yaruphant to reach Jagat village, after crossing a short suspension bridge, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.


Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

We will continue our walk from Jagat, ascending higher areas passing through several small farm villages. Next, we will do a short climb with downhill crossing over suspension bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim. It is  a large village with scattered farm houses. From Philim, we walk through farm terraces of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.


Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

After Dyang on leaving Manaslu trail behind and as well away from Burigandkai River for a week, as the walk heads towards Tsum valley in the calley of happiness, walking into narrow gorge then descend with an hour uphill through rhododendron and pine tree forest reaching past small village at Lokpa. After a short rest walk above Lungwa Khola to Chumling village for first overnight stop around Tsum Valley.


Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.

From here on altitude gains slowly along with views of peaks as the country onwards is similar to Tibetan landscapes. Morning with downhill walk to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.


Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave - 07 hours.

After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain. Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milereppa 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 leads us to reach the highest point at Mu Gompa and major destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering beautiful views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa .Oovernight stop at Mu Gompa.

 


Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.

Rest with 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 monastery 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 journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.


Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the 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 reaching 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 following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for 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 warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with 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 believes that the spring water have 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 Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at 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 to Kathmandu via Arughat 600 m and transfer to hotel -06 hrs.

We will have a interesting drive back to Kathmandu following Budi Gandaki river through thick Sal forest. We will pass Arkhet Bazaar.

A few hour drives brings us at Arughat bazaar. From  Arughat an interesting scenic drive of 4 to 5 hours to Kathmandu.


Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

After a memorable and great adventure in Nepal around Tsum Valley Trekking with great services of Visit view Nepal  Treks & Expedition guides, our staff members  transfers you for final departure.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow