Tsum Valley Trek Overview
Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley that is situated on the northern slope of Manaslu near the Nepal-Tibet border. Despite being rich in ancient art, religion, and culture, Tsum valley was untracked by hikers until 2008, yet the starting point is only a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu Valley. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you up to an altitude of 4,000 meters with an opportunity to explore the natural hot springs, Buddhist culture, mountains, and valleys.
The world’s eighth-highest peak, Manaslu (8,163m) is a beauty beyond description. Tsum Valley, also called “Beyul Kyimolung” literally means “Valley of Happiness’ as translated from the Tibetan language, absolutely a beautiful and hidden glamorous Himalayan destination, intervened between the great Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himalayan range of peaks.
In another sense, ‘Tsum’ means bright against the awesome backdrop of the Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Shringi Himal (7,155m), and Boudha (6,692m) Himalayan Ranges which means you will be enjoying the magnificent views of these mountains including the beauty of landscapes and different remote valleys. It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be speculated in the caves of these mountains.
The people here celebrate many Buddhist festivals, perform ritual burning of juniper sense to p
Upon your arrival in Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, our representative from Bold Himalaya will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you will be transferred to your relevant hotel. You can spend your day exploring the busy Kathmandu. For the day, you can roam around beautiful Thamel and find yourself some typical local products to shop and get a close look at the bustling urban life. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu
After having our delicious breakfast, we will visit the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swyambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine, Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. City life is vibrant as the culture and heritage reflect their ethnic identity. Later, there will be a pre-tour meeting where we can meet our trek leader, guide, and other team members. Bold Himalaya will give us brief detail regarding our trek as well as provides us with an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. You can also go for last-minute shopping for your trek. You will find each and every branded trekking gear at Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The Manaslu region’s adventure starts today. We will begin our journey driving along Prithvi Highway which runs alongside the beautiful Trishuli River towards Soti Khola. We will pass through dense forests, green terraces, lush hillsides, and past various old and new settlements. After reaching Arughat, we will drive off-road amongst traditional settlements until we reach Soti Khola which is located in the Bhuri Gandaki Valley. It is also the starting point of Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking and several other treks of this region. It is a beautiful yet thrilling one. We will pass through different landscapes, rushing rivers, and numerous waterfalls. We will have our lunch at Gurung village of Labubesi and then continue our journey towards Machhe Khola. Overnight at Machha Khola.
After having our breakfast in Machha Khola, we will begin our trek, which follows the gorge and continues up the river. The path is constricted at first and gently ascending and descending, eventually crossing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After more ascending and descending, we will reach a small hot spring in Tatopani- the best place to take a break. From here, we will ascend over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. We will then climb up a staircase and head over a ridge to Doban. Upon crossing one more suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will ascend a stone staircase and then drop to the river and ascend more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Keep an eye out for neat Gurung villages in the jungle high above, as well as Langur monkeys that walk around in the region. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will ascend over a ridge, trek along the river, and then ascend toward the village of Jagat.
We will access the restricted region of Manaslu and Tsum Valley by registering the Permit at the checkpoint of Jagat. We will climb over a ridge to Salleri. Then, we will walk along the riverbank, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge. As we continue to walk, the valley broadens heading towards Philim. As we pass by Ekle Bhatti, the trail separates Tsum and Manaslu. We will pass through the welcome board and hike up towards Lokpa. The rivers become narrow as we meet at the junction of the Syar Rivers from Tsum Valley. Then, we will turn right from Tsum Valley to reach Lokpa village, the first village in Tsum Valley that provides an opportunity to see the Manaslu range. From Lokpa, butchering an animal is strictly restricted, it is a complete segregation hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago. The majestic views of Himalchuli, Sringeri Himal, and Boudha Himal can be observed from Lokpa village. Overnight at Lokpa.
After breakfast, we will start trekking from the Lokpa village entrance to the wild route of Tsum Valley. En the route from Lokpa to Chumling on a sunny day, the beauty of Boudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI is clearly seen. The trail will decline to Lungwa river valley and then incline through a silent tropical forest of dense rhododendron and pine to Chumling. The path separates at Chumling. We will cross the Syar Khola and reach the village of Chumling, also known as Lower Tsum. Late afternoon, a side tour to the upper part of Chumling to visit the monastery is the finest for a view of Ganesh Himal. Chumling has three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Gurwa Gumba, and Mani Dhungyur. There is a facility for telephone service and a health post too
Maximum altitude: 3010 Trekking hours: 5-6 hours Today, we will enter the upper valley, part of the inner Himalayas. The trail will prolong along the Syar River downward to Domje and then rise over 500 meters to the largest city in Tsum Valley. The pretty village of Gho has an awesome Gomba. From there, we will continue our uphill climbing and then trek to reach Chhokangparo. Passing through Rainjam and crossing Serpu Khola, we will ascend for over two hours on a well-graded but defined track to upper Tsum and join villages of Chhokangparo, stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. Chhokangparo is situated on flat land which consists of two settlements, Chhokang and Paro. This area is eye-catching for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage. On a clear day, we will witness magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from Chhokangparo. We will have the opportunity to know the hospitality of local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcoming with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meals.
We will walk relatively shorter than in previous days. The Nile, on the western, sun-side of the Shikhar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule, is the ultimate village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. As we go up, the valley becomes fertile, narrow, and people are busy in farming. After passing Lamagaon, there is Piren Phu cave of St. Milarepa where his footprint is still protected and marked in the rock. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most revered caves in the Tsum Valley on the side of an irregular cliff mountain, with great views of the valley from the cave monastery, nearby the village of Burji. There are two separate Gumbas connected to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and expressive Buddhist paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley. Then, we head towards the crossing of the suspension bridge over the Shiar River and continue our trek through several villages to finally cross a bridge and reach the Nile.
A short hike from the Nile along the west bank of the valley close to the Tibetan border smoothly reaches Mu Gompa, the highest point of the Tsum Valley trek. We will hike up through yak pastures through the typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. The Monastery has rows of Chhortens and beautiful mountain views and houses. The historical Dephyudonma monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Tsum is connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama, on the lap of the beautiful mountains. It is an antique Gompa.
From Mu Gompa, we will take the trail to reach Rachen Gompa. It is a nunnery placed in the Shiar Khola Valley, in the footsteps of mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. We will return down the valley through Chhule and continue descending until we reach Phurba. We will hike on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and cross flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa, where we will check out the ancient Gompa. It is home to nuns of the Ngak-Pa sect. there are 1000 magnificent clay statues of Avalokiteshwara.
We will trek to the south until a bridge crosses to the west bank and pass again through Chhokang Paro then drops below on the previous trail towards Chumling. After about 2 hrs, we will see a small white Gompa on the left at Gho (2485m). We will descend on a narrow trail passing the Gompa on our left and drop to a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola. We will move across the bridge to Domje (2460m) which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. Then, we will climb through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a Mani wall with prayer flags. Finally, in the pine forest, take a prayer flag, mark an uphill path, and make a zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3200m), rest on a ridge with small cells for the nuns scattered through the beautiful rhododendrons. This small Gompa with 40 nuns has an extreme and captivating puja from 6.00- 7.30 pm each night unless the nuns are on holiday or elsewhere, which is for some months each year- explored in Chhokang Paro. The mountain views in all directions are amazing and being here will be the absolute highlight of our trip.
Today is an interesting day as we will be trekking to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The forest wilderness and the views will make our trek more adventurous and beautiful. The route crosses through two small valleys dropping on the muddy meanders on a shortcut to regain the lower track and continue up the valley through thick and dense forest. We will cross a small pasture, taking a right turn, we will descend the trail and down to the river. The suspension bridge will take us to the bank of the river. The trail becomes slightly challenging but we will manage to cross the forest with many winds that have trees crossing the Laudang Khola on the west bank on top of an unbalanced wooden bridge. Again, we will climb through steep rhododendron and pine forests eventually reaching on to a ridge and stone huts beside a large stone in Kharka. Shortly, we will reach a landscape with greenery, flat grassy lands, and the lateral moraine of the Torogumba Glacier. As we continue climbing up, we will reach the Ganesh Himal Base camp in a couple of hours. After admiring the beauty of Ganesh Himal and appreciating the effort to reach here, we will return back to Gumba Lugdang. It is a short trek.
Today, we will return back to Lokpa. We will descend down to Domje by trekking on the upper track crossing the Laudang Khola. Crossing an unstable swing bridge between the lowest two houses in Domje, we will stay on the south bank of the Siyar Khola. As we walk by, we will come across a new trail through a stunning dense forest that will take us to one more deep gorge and swinging bridges to picturesque Ripche (2,470m). We will take time to look around at the fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with expressive shortens in the fields backed by pine forests. We will walk down the stairs to the Bhatti Ghumlong which we had walked through several days ago. As we climb up again through a pine forest, we will reach Lokpa.
As we move down to Jagat, we will be rejoining the Budhi Gandaki River. As we trek, we will get a few glimpses of the beautiful mountains. Walking through forests and terrains gives us a smooth pleasant trek. Taking short breaks in between, we will reach Sirdibas. After crossing a few suspension bridges, we will finally reach Jagat.
After having our breakfast, we will be descending to Machha Khola. The trek today will be at ease and pleasant as we will walk through terrains and cross several bridges. Trekking down to Machha Khola we will again cross a suspension bridge over the Nauli Khola. As we trek on the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki, we will eventually reach Machha Khola.
Followed by morning breakfast, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. The drive will be scenic as we will be passing by the beautiful Trishuli River. Also, the greenery of the hills will be eye-catching. We will be driving west towards Kathmandu through the Prithvi Highway. Shortly, we will reach Kathmandu, where you will be escorted to your respective hotel. Afterward, with spare time in hand, you can explore Kathmandu city or rest in the hotel.
After wishing you goodbye, our representative from Bold Himalaya will assist you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your next destination. If you have any intention of extending your stay in Nepal for an adventurous experience like Safari, Rafting, Biking Tours, Peak climbing, and trekking in other regions, then we would be more than happy to be of help. We also welcome you to visit our country again for more experiences. It would be our bliss to help you plan your next trip to Nepal. Take care and goodbye from Bold Himalaya.
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All ground transportation (including trekking starting/ending point, airport pick up/drop) by private tourist vehicles as per itinerary
Three-star category hotel in the city(Kathmandu) in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard trekking lodge in Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek route
Kathmandu sightseeing with private vehicles & experienced city tour guides
Full meals during trekking as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea or coffee )
First-aid medicine items
Manaslu Conservation Area Trekking permit, Restricted Area Permit & TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Experienced, licensed trekking guides up to five trekkers in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, and their insurance
One assistance guide if trekkers are more than five in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insurance
One porter to carry your luggage (for two guests one porter to carry baggage) including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insurance
Some necessary types of equipment sleeping bag and down jacket (if you need one, return after the trek)
One special cultural show and farewell dinner program
Duffle Bag to use in trekking, T-shirt, and Trip certificate (after trip completion)
Our government/Local taxes and official expenses
Extra Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
Dessert & any types of drinks during the trip
Kathmandu city tour entrance fee
Your international air ticket & travel insurance
Tips for the trekking crew members
Tsum valley trek for Beginners
The Tsum Valley is situated in the Manaslu region near the Tibet border. The trek is easy to complete and it doesn't require years of experience on trekking. The trekking trail follows the Budhi Gandaki upstream in the north, passing by many villages and forests full of pine, rhododendron, and junipers. As the trail slowly ascends, the sub-tropical forests give way to alpine pastures and high mountain deserts. From Chhokangparo, you head north passing Milarepa Prien Phu Cave (the most sacred cave), and then Phurbe to reach the Nile. After spending a night at the Nile, you head further north and Mu Gompa, the northernmost point of the trek. After reaching Mu Gompa, Now it's time to return. While returning we take different routes from Phurbe towards the Ganesh Himal Base Camp at an elevation of 4,200 meters through Langdung. After that, you will head back to Lokpa and then to Jagat. After spending a night at Jagat the next day your trip will be finished after having a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The route is quite easy even though it goes up to an elevation of 4200 meters. People having normal physical fitness can complete the trek easily.
Trekking Guides for Tsum Valley Trek
The Tsum Valley trekking guide will help you to plan your trek which includes everything you need to know about the Tsum Valley trek. Tsum valley trek requires a guide who has a guide license. Without a trekking guide, it is not possible to do the Tsum Valley trek. Local guides are not nominated for the Tsum Valley trek as it requires a permit from MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit).
Therefore, only a guide holding a license is eligible for getting a permit to do a trek on Tsum Valley. The guide will plan the trip and he will take responsible for food and accommodation throughout the trek. He will give you all the information about the trekking trails and different remote villages across the trekking trails. You will be more comfortable, informative, and secure on all sides throughout the trek.
Porter and its requirement
Porters are the right choice for those who like to trek light and comfort and Porters are preferred by most trekkers. He will carry your gear and luggage throughout the trekking trail. We hire energetic, dedicated, and experienced porters for trekkers who can carry 10 to 20 kgs of luggage and bags in total. He will make sure that you have comfort throughout the trek and carry all the essential requirements that you will need during your trek.
Facilities on Tsum Valley Trek
Even though the trek is in the remote valley of the Manaslu region, you will get different types of facilities.
Electricity is available throughout the entire trekking route. Electricity at lower altitudes is generated from the national grid and electricity at higher altitudes is generated from solar power. So that electricity at higher altitudes might be of low voltage. You might have to pay some extra money to charge your batteries. Therefore, it is recommended that you carry a power bank yourself to charge batteries.
Most of the teahouses along the path have access to the internet. However, you have to pay some extra fee to utilize it. To use the internet at lower altitudes you might not have to pay extra money. You can also buy a sim while in Kathmandu and can utilize a mobile network during the trek.
Drinking water is available at the teahouses or hotels or lodges during the trek. Water is the most essential factor to keep yourself hydrated during the trek. You must drink 2 to 4 liters of water regularly during the trek. Various natural sources of water such as pond water or tap water are available during the trek. The water available from a pond or tap might not be safe for drinking so it is recommended you carry water purification tablets. You can also buy mineral water or hot water from the tea houses.
Tsum Valley Trek cost
The cost of the Tsum Valley trek might vary according to the group size of trekkers. If you are doing a solo trek it might be a little more costly. The cost for the Tsum Valley trek includes:
Tsum Valley Trek Permit Cost
Special permit fees from September to November: US$ 70 per person for a week or US$ 10 per person per day.
Special permit fees from December to August: US$ 50 per person for a week or US$ 7 per person per day.
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit fees are US$ 30 per person.
Package includes Guide, Porter, Accommodation, permits, Food in the mountain, Transport as itinerary, Guide insurance, hotel in Kathmandu, Airports picks up and drop.
Group size 1 - US$ 1200 per person
Group size 2 to 6 - US$ 950 per person
Group size 7 to 10 - US$ 800 per person
Best Season for Tsum valley Trek
In Nepal, the Spring season and Autumn seasons are considered to be the best season for the Tsum Valley trek. However, the Tsum Valley trek can be done in the Winter season and the Summer seasons as well. Due to heavy rainfall in the summer season, the path might be slippery and snowfall in the winter season might invite some difficulties for the trekkers while trekking. Therefore, the season of summer and winter is avoided.
The Spring season starts in March and ends in May, considered to be the best season for trekking. The trekking can be done in late February and early June as well. The clear skies and perfect temperature in this season make the majestic view of mountains and landscapes amazing. The blooming rhododendron in the forest and thousands of vegetation and floras make the trek more beautiful and enjoyable.
The Autumn Season is also the best season for trekking in Nepal which starts in September and ends in November. However, the trekking can be done in late August and early November as well. The perfect temperature and weather of the Autumn season make the mountain view crystal clear as well the trek will be more enjoyable. Moreover, The great festival of Nepal such as Dashain, Tihar, Chhat, and Indrajatra will give pikelets to your trekking. The trekking in the Autumn season gives the vibe of festive throughout the entire trekking route.
Trekkers Group size for Tsum Valley Trek
We Bold Himalaya offers different options for the Tsum Valley trek. You can do a solo trek or a group trek according to your wish. If you are planning to do a solo trek you will require a guide and it might be a little more costly. If you are planning to do a trek in a group then a group size of 2 to 6 people will require one guide, 7 to 12 people will require 2 guides and 13 to 18 people will require three guides.
The number of guides increases by 1 for a group of six people each.
Tsum Valley Trek Routes
The Tsum Valley is one of the most secluded valleys in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The trek routes start with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to starting point of the trek which is at Machha Khola, Gorkha. You will start trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat, and then to Lokpa, Chumling, Chhokangparo, Nile, and then Mu Gompa (the second highest point of the trek at 3,700 meters). Similarly, the trek goes toward Rachen Gumpa, Gumba Lungdang, and then Ganesh Himal Base Camp (the highest point of the trek at 4,200 meters). While heading back, you will travel through Gumba Lungdang, Lokpa, Jagat, and then Machha Khola where your trek ends. On this route, you will be trekking for Tsum Valley covering around 48.2 kilometers.
Arrival and Departure
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives from our company will be there to pick you off. He will heartily welcome you and take you to the hotel for rest. He will explain in brief about the itinerary and the package designed for you.
On your departure after the trek, he will drop you off at the airport and give you a farewell with a token of love.
What will you Experience at Tsum Valley?
Tsum Valley Trek offers exposure to ancient Tibetan Buddhism, well-preserved monasteries, and a view of the Ganesh Mountain. At Tsum Valley, you will experience breathtaking mountains like Shringi, Bouddha Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and many more. You will experience Tibetan Buddhism, old and unique cultures and traditions, and the lifestyle of Tsum Valley.
Altitude Sickness and Their Safety
Trekkers are at risk of developing altitude sickness which may be harmful or even fatal if ignored. It is caused by ascending too rapidly which does not allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in the air pressure. The symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, or insomnia.
To prevent altitude sickness, ascend slowly by having enough rest, avoid cigarettes or alcohol, avoid climbing more than 300 to 500 meters per day, and make sure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself hydrated.
Food is one of the most essential parts of traveling to the Tsum Valley. Foods and drinks that are rich in proteins, minerals, and carbohydrates give you strength while walking at the higher altitudes of Tsum Valley. Your body requires a tremendous amount of energy to walk uphill and downhill for a long time. You might have limited options on the menu at the teahouses. The menu includes:
Tibetan bread, Corn flakes, Chapati, Oatmeal, French toast with jam, fried rice, pancakes, porridge with milk, fried or boiled eggs, honey, and peanut butter, muesli, vegetable items, and drinking options like hot tea and hot chocolate.
Dal, Bhat, Tarkari, Thukpa, Noodles, Spaghetti, Fruits, vegetable items, sherpa stew, chapati, bread, macaroni, momos (dumplings), pizza, burgers, spring rolls, steaks, potato items, rice and curry, and dessert items.
Dal, Bhat, Tarkari, Chapati bread, macaroni, Korean Ramen, pizza, burgers, spring rolls, yak steak, rice with curry, momos (dumplings), sandwiches, meats, thukpa, spaghetti, and dessert items like rice pudding or apple pie.
Tea House and its facilities
Accommodation for the Tsum Valley trek is in the simple tea houses of the region. The room available in the tea houses usually come in double occupancy including beds, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms. Attached bathrooms might not be available everywhere, but you will get a luxury toilet available in the tea houses. Single rooms are available and they will be provided for female solo travelers.
We will make sure and accommodate you to the best tea houses available with great views and scenarios during the trek.
We use private cars for the pick-ups and drop off at the airport and for the sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. To get to the starting point of the trek and reach Kathmandu Valley after trekking can use public vehicles. We do have an option for private vehicles as well but it depends on the interest of trekkers.
ATM, Exchange, and foreign currency
There are no facilities for ATMs or money exchange during the trek. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, you can get ATM facilities up to Arughat, Gorkha. After that, you will get no facilities for ATMs or money exchange. So, be sure you withdraw or carry enough money for your trek. At higher altitudes of Tsum Valley, people might not accept foreign currency, therefore be sure you carry enough Nepali rupees for your trek.
Tipping Culture for Trekking Crew Members
When you are trekking in Nepal, it is customary to tip your crew after an adventure. Tipping the crew members is like showing gratitude to the crew after getting good personal service. However, tipping is not universal, it depends on you either to tip or not. You may tip the guide or porters because they make sure you experience wild adventures and know about local cultures comfortably.
Tip for Guide
Throughout the trekking, the guide shows you famous places, making you fascinated with the tales of local lore and making you experience wild adventures. Guides are there to keep you safe and make sure you have the best possible experience during your trek. While tipping the guide, you can tip around US$ 15 to US$ 20 per day.
Tip for Porters
Porter carry your bag throughout the trek to make sure you are comfortable with your trek. Without porters, you might have difficulties while walking at the higher altitudes of the trek. Therefore, you might tip around US$ 10 per day to porters for carrying your luggage and making sure you have comfort while trekking.
Required Permits for Tsum Valley Trek
For trekking to Tsum Valley, you will require the following permit:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
Documents required for permits
We have the option to expand your trek with the Manaslu Circuit trek. The expanded trek to the Manaslu circuit changes the route from Chumling toward the Deng, Namrung, Lho, Sama Gaun, Samdo, and Larkya La Pass (the highest point of the trek at 5,106 meters). The trek offers a close view of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna ranges.
For the expanded trips, you have to bear the expenses yourself. So, if you are interested to expand your trip while at the Tsum Valley trek be sure you carry enough money required for the trek.
Safety and Securities on Trek
Safety and Security is our top priority - Nothing is more important than the safety and satisfaction of our clients and our employees.
Trek to Tsum Valley is a guided trip and you will be accompanied by our experienced and license holder guide. He will carry all the essential equipment for first aid kits. We would like you to take some personal meditation or a day's rest during the trek. In the emergency case, if our clients have trouble with mountain sickness or any unexpected circumstances, we will send a rescue helicopter to bring back our clients to Kathmandu or lower places.
Necessary Items for Tsum Valley Trek
The following lists are the essential packing list for the Tsum Valley trek which can be easily available at our shop or in Kathmandu Valley.
Passport and Nepal visa
Sunglasses, brimmed hat, and neck warmer
Thermal tops or waterproof jackets
sports bra (for women) and insulated jacket
Hiking pants or hiking trousers
Trekking socks and books
Trekking accessories and gears
duffel bag, 90L
First Aid and medicines
Antibiotics and painkillers
Water bottles and backpacks
Toiletries and personal hygiene
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Deodorants and dry shampoo
Contact lenses or power glasses
Power bank or universal adapters
Responsible Tourism on The Trek
Our experienced field staff or team strongly believes that we have a responsibility to act in favor of the local culture and environment. It is our duty not to do anything that harms nature or the beauty of the views. We would request you to respect local people, culture, traditions, and beliefs. Always ask or take permission from a guide before doing something in the locality. You are requested to express the positive influence of tourism in Nepal to the local people and also support keeping the environment clean by not throwing any kinds of waste materials unnecessarily.
Extension of Trips to other Regions
After the completion of the trek at Tsum Valley, you can have a tour of Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, or Lumbini as an extension. These tours are perfect to refreshen your body from a long day walk during the trek. You can have a body massage and relaxation at different touring areas of Nepal. You can do adventurous activities at Pokhara such as Paragliding, and Bungee jumping at Pokhara, relax in the wilderness of Chitwan national park, visit Lumbini for peace of body and mind, and rafting at Trishuli River.
Travel insurance is mandatory for trekkers participating in the trek or tour programs in the mountains. Having travel insurance is like having personal security whom you can rely on and enjoy the trip without any worries. It is recommended that your travel insurance must cover things like helicopter rescue and medical evacuation expenses. It will assist you to cover personal expenses for injury, or any kind of injury during the trek. Having good travel insurance will guarantee you peace of mind while traveling and complete coverage if anything goes wrong during the trek.
Bold Himalaya is a local government-authorized and registered trekking or adventure trip operator in Nepal. We heartily welcome the interested adventurer or trekkers and design the best itinerary according to the client's interest. For the booking process, you need to deposit 10% of the full trip cost in advance of the prior time to make reservations such as hotels, guides, trekking permits, and transportation. The remaining payment can be made on your arrival in Kathmandu by cash or credit. Payment in cash would be much appreciated. We would like to request you to send all the required documents such as passport, travel insurance copies, and flight details at the time of booking.
If you are traveling to Nepal then you will require a visa to enter Nepal. You can apply for a visa to Nepal from the embassy of Nepal in your country or you can get a arrival visa on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You must enter within six months from the visa-issued date. Your total stay will be counted from the day you enter Nepal.
You will be charged around US$40 as visa application fees for 30 days for a tourist visa except for the people of India and China. If you are a citizen of India or China you don't require a visa to enter Nepal.
The difficulty of the Tsum valley trek considers moderate trekking in the Manaslu Region. You have to trek 4-6 hours each day with lots of ups and downs for the 13 days. the highest altitude is only 4200m / 13779ft at Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
12 days is the main trekking days for Tsum valley Trek, although the total days including the drive to the trekking starting point (Machakhola) back to Kathmandu will be 14-180 days which is standard trekking days for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You cannot go yourself without a guide for Tsum Valley Trek because Tsum Valley Trek lies in a restricted area trekking Nepal where you must go through a guide, and needs a special area permit from a registered company under the Nepal government. Some other restricted areas are Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, etc
Normally, Tsum valley trek cost USD 1300 which is an all-inclusive packages cost( Food, Accommodation, Permit Transportation, guide, and porter) although we are selling this package at USD1150
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley both trekking lie in the restricted area Manaslu Region of Nepal. Tsum valley trek is an easy trek compared to Manaslu Circuit trek because Manaslu Circuit Trek's high altitude trek where you have to work more than 5 hours in a day at a high altitude above 4500m.
Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate difficulty trekking in the Manaslu region and its highest altitude is 4200m. To complete Tsum Valley Trek trekkers should have basic physical fitness and mental preparation. Those trekkers who can 4-6 hours in a day for 12 days can easily complete this trek even if they are beginners.
The Tsum Valley is classified as a restricted area because it is located in an isolated region and close to the Tibetan border.
Tsum Valley is an amazing place with culturally riched Tibetan influence and friendly villages. The people are humble and the routes are surrounded by rhododendron, pine, and juniper forests. It feels like you're trekking in Langtang Valley. There are many Gompas, Mani walls, one sacred cave, and monasteries some old and new but each has its own charm and unique features. Therefore, trekking on Tsum Valley will be worth the experience.
The Tsum Valley trek typically takes 15-18 days to complete. The trekking starts at Machha Khola, Gorkha, and also ends at Machha Khola, Gorkha. However, the trekking complete days includes a day you spend at Kathmandu valley and sightseeing.
The Tsum Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called "tsum Tso Chuksum", which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.
The Tsum Valley is situated in the Gorkha district of western Nepal at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,500 meters above sea level. The valley lies inside the jurisdiction of the Manaslu Conservation Area which was established in 1998.
The highest altitude of the Tsum Valley trek is 3,700 meters where you will be visiting the famous attraction of the trek, Mu Gompa.
Yes, you can customize your own trek itinerary for the Tsum Valley according to your time and schedule if the published trek itineraries are not suitable. We will help you to customize the trip itinerary on your own time and preferences.
One should walk around 10 to 12 kilometers per day which takes about 5 to 6 hours in total without a lunch break during the Tsum Valley trek.
The popular monasteries of the Tsum Valley are Mu Gompa, Ranchen Monastery, Dephyudoma Nunnery Gompa, Piren Phu Gompa, Milarepa Cave, and Gumba Lungdang.
Trekkers can get to Tsum Valley by starting the trek from Machha Khola passing by Jagat, Lokpa, Chumling, and Nile on the way and you will reach Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the highest point in the Tsum Valley.
Rachen Monastery, Gumba Lungdang, and Milarepa Piren Phu are considered to be the old monasteries of Tsum Valley. However, Mu Gompa is the oldest monastery in Tsum Valley.
On average, you will observe 14 monasteries including Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Gumba Lungdang during the trek at Tsum Valley.
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