Tsum Valley 16 days
Duration: 16 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 4030 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The remote Tsum Valley is located to the east of Manaslu, on the border with Tibet. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very present in Tsum and the scenery in the area is stunning with its beautiful forests. The countryside is overshadowed by the towering Ganesh Himal. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained relatively untouched. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. In Tsum valley you will pass by ancient villages and Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. Compared to Manaslu circuit the accommodations can be somewhat rudimentary and you can expect to eat similar food as the locals like dal bhat, and noodle soup.
You can combine the Tsum Valley trek with the Manaslu Circuit trek starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar.
From Kathmandu it is a seven hours drive to Arughat Bazaar. From this local village the trek begins. The trail starts low, passing through lush green countryside and small Hindu villages. The first four days you will follow the trail of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Continuous you are following the course of the river the Burhi Gandaki, climbing and descending many ridges. Eventually the river valley widens and you follow a good trail to Philim. At Philim you walk into the Lower Tsum Valley at Lokpa. From there on you will spend seven days in the Tsum, working your way from Lokpa through the village of Chumling to the upper valley. After entering the Tsum valley you will soon find yourself in beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Heading east the valley opens up to reveal beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan-style villages. The upper valley is relatively wide and flat at Chhokangparo and Chhule-Nile. The gompa above Chhule is particularly fine and worth visiting as it is also an excellent viewpoint. Mu Gompa is located in a remote position a couple of hours walking beyond Nile. You will be able to visit the gompa, and walk high above it to get have some great views before returning there to spend the night. After a morning of exploration up the valley to Kalung and Bhajyo (4,030 meters) you will descend to Rachen Gompa. This is the biggest monastery in the valley, with a beautifully painted interior of Buddhist murals. After this impressive visit you trek back down the valley and re-join the trail of the Manaslu Circuit.
From Arughat Bazaar you will be driven back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (606 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Liding (860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Macha Khola (930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Chumling (2385 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Chokang Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Chule Nile (3347 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Bhajyo for exploration and to Rachen Gompa (3240 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Dumje (2440 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Tatopani (990 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Soti Khola (700 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Arughat Bazaar (606 m – 2 hrs.)
Day 16 Drive to Kathmandu (7 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Tsum Valley 16 days is:
€ 385,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 540,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Return drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by private car
Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide & porters
Free use of waterproof bag (only available with porter service)
MCAP (Manaslu area) fee, Tsum Valley restricted area permit, TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
Lodging and food during trek
Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, maximum luggage ten kilograms per person
All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel Insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)