Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m)

Highlights

  • View Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli which are beautiful beyond description
  • Famous caves where Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa visited for mediation
  • Pilgrimage site: Tsum Valley adds the charm with its traditional Buddhist cum Tibetan culture
  • Traditional lifestyle untouched by the modernity
  • The route passes through Ancient monasteries and Buddhist Mane wall
  • Challenging side trip in off the beaten trail to Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • Wildlife: Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Leopard, and other more than 100 animal species

Description

Located in the northern part of Manaslu, Tsum Valley Trek will take you to one of the adventurous routes to Tsum valley. Tsum Valley was a restricted area of Manaslu region until 2008. The trek is a relatively less traveled route, 7 hours drive from the Kathmandu valley. The trek lies along with the backdrop of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal and Tsum Valley which is an unexplored region inhabited by Tibetan community.
 
Tsum Valley is extensively rich in culture and tradition that consists of several Buddhist monasteries, chortens, nunneries, and prayer walls. All these hold the religious and cultural significance of the people living in the region. The trail to Tsum valley involves trekking through upper Budhi Gandaki river valley and exploring the Tibetan communities and villages such as Chhokangparo, Lokpa, Philim, Nile, etc.
 
For the trekkers who enjoys learning Tibetan culture and lifestyle, Tsum Valley trek would be an ideal destination for them. The trek offers them to witness the Tibetan settlements, people and its culture and lifestyle. Tsum valley trek is a moderate to arduous trek. It involves trekking up to the highest altitude of 4200 meters at Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
 
The 15 days Tsum Valley Trek itinerary involves 13 days of trekking and two days of driving, Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Soti Khola to Kathmandu. Altitude sickness might be a significant difficulty when trekking to the Tsum Valley. So, look after the symptoms of altitude sickness such as headache, fever, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. when trekking. Other than this, the trek involves walking through uphills and downhills towards steep and narrow ridges. 
 
The best time for Tsum Valley trek would be during Spring and Autumn season as the weather and temperature of the Langtang region becomes stable and pleasant during this time. So, if you are planning for Tsum Valley trek, you can join us at Mount Mania. We have 15 days Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary designed for you. Contact us if you have any confusions.
 

Itinerary

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Your trip to Tsum Valley Trek will officially start today. You will take a drive from Kathmandu to the western mountains which will take you to Arughat via Dhading Besi, which is the headquarter of Dhading district. Driving through the green hills, you will reach Arughat which a major town in the region.

On reaching Arughat, you will trek towards Soti Khola following the riverbed of Budi Gandaki river. You will walk along with the stone paved streets which will take you to Mangaltar. From there, you will walk towards Santi Bazaar after crossing a forest. You will then descend towards Kurepani from where the route will lead you to Soti Khola.

Driving Duration: 7-8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Sotikhola
  • Altitude: 700m

You will trek to Machha Khola today. After crossing a bridge from Soti Khola, you will trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki.

The trail to the Machha Khola involves climbing uphill and downhill and passing two tropical waterfalls on a steep rocky trail. After descending towards the rice terraces, you will take an ascend to reach Labubesi, which is a Gurung village in the region.

From the village, you will take the zigzag path climb uphill and then downhill towards the sandy riverbed which will take you to Machha Khola Village. Machha Khola Village is a small settlement that sits above the Machha Khola at an altitude of 870 meters. On reaching Machha Khola Village, you will stay at a lodge overnight.

Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Machha Khola
  • Altitude: 870m

You will cross a suspension bridge over the Machha Khola and head towards Jagat today. The trail today involves minor ups and downs, leading towards the Tharo Khola. Crossing the Tharo Khola will take you to Khorla Besi. Walking through rocky terrain, you will follow the route to natural hot spring at Tatopani.

From Tatopani, the route then switches to the left bank of the river after crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. From there, you will climb towards the well-crafted staircase, cross a small section of forest and reach Doban. Crossing a bridge over the Doban Khola, you will ascend Duman and then towards Yaru Khola.

The trail then drops toward the river and climbing the stone steps which will lead you Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the west bank of Budhi Gandaki river, you will climb towards the village of Jagat.

Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1345m

Today you will trek to one of the restricted regions of the Tsum Valley. You will require a restricted area permit today. You will show the permit at the checkpoint in Jagat. After having your breakfast at Jagat, you will ascend over a rocky ridge which will lead you to Salleri.

From Salleri, you will descend to Sirdibas from where the valley widens till you continue walking up to Ghatta Khola. You will continue walking alongside the riverbed and cross a long hanging bridge over the river.

After walking for some time, you will climb towards the Philim village. Philim is a large Gurung village where you will explore the famous Japanese made school. As you leave Philim, you will walk towards the Ekli Bhatti and Manaslu Tsum valley trail from where you will head towards Lokpa. Lokpa is the final destination for today where you will stay overnight in a lodge.

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Lokpa
  • Altitude: 2240m

Early in the morning, you will have your breakfast at Lokpa and descend towards Lungwa Khola today. It will take you around half an hour walk to reach Lungwa from where you will climb the Zick-zack difficult trail for about two hours towards the forest of pine and rhododendron.

After walking through a challenging path, you will reach Gumlung. From the village, you will cross the Siyar Khola that will take you to the village of Chumling. Shringi Himal looks magnificent from the village. Chumling consists of three monasteries namely, Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba. You will explore all these monasteries and stone streets of Chumling village.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Chumling
  • Altitude: 2385m

After exploring the Chumling village, it is now time to head towards CChhhokangparo. On leaving the village, you will cross a suspension bridge onto the opposite bank of the river. Enjoying the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, you will pass Rainjam and walk towards the Serpu Khola river bank. You will cross another bridge and arrive at Gho Village.

You will walk for about two hours and take a climb to Tsum, which will lead you to the village of Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum Valley starts from Chhokangparo which is a tiny village that sits on a flat surface between two villages, Paro and Chhekam. As you reach Chhokangparo, you will get to witness spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Himalchuli along with other neighboring peaks.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Chhokangparo
  • Altitude: 3031m

Nile or Chulle sits in the western side of Shiar Khola. It is the last village settlement you will come across in the top of Tsum Valley. Your trek to Nile starts early in the morning, after having your breakfast at Chhokangparo.

As you climb above the Chokhangparo, be careful of altitude sickness as you will be climbing up to the height of 3347 meters today. On the way to Nile, you will visit the Piren Phu cave, which is the holiest cave in the Tsum valley. The cave sits near the village of Burji.

Passing Lamagaon, you will cross a suspension bridge, and then follow the route towards Rachen Gompa. You will visit the gompa and cross Shiar Khola and continue walking towards the villages of Lar, Phurbe, and Pangdun. From there you will pass the village of Chhule and reach Nile after crossing a bridge.

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Nile
  • Altitude: 3347m

Today, you will have a short and pleasant walk to the west bank of the valley along with the unique Tibetan landscapes. After walking for about three hours from Nile, you will reach the Mu Gompa, which is closer to the Tibetan border.

Mu Gompa sits at an altitude of 3700 meters surrounding itself with rows of chortens and majestic mountain vistas. It is an old and the largest monastery of the region and is the highest and remote part of the Tsum Valley.

From the Mu Gompa, you can view the Lungdang glacier to the east and high majestic peak surrounding the area. You will also visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa, which is a 600-year-old monastery which will take you around 30-40 minutes uphill climb. After exploring the gumba, you will return to Nile and stay overnight in a lodge.

Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Mu Gumba
  • Altitude: 3700m

From Nile, you will head down to Chhokangparo today. You will have your breakfast early in the morning at nile and follow the same route towards Chhokangparo. Today is a short day trek where you will have to walk for about 4-5 hours to reach the destination.

At first, you will pass through the Lar village and visit the Rachen Gompa. As you walk towards the Rachen Gompa, you will see the trails decorated with beautiful prayer flags. The surrounding mountains of the region will give you breathtaking views. Rachen Gompa is also known to the name Nunnery Gompa. On walking further, you will cross a suspension bridge and trek towards Chhokangparo via same trekking trail.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Chhokangparo
  • Altitude: 3031m

Today, the trail goes to the largest gompa of the region, Lungdang gompa. From Chhokangparo, the trail drops down to Gu, and then you will trek to Dumje. Dumje lies between the trails of Rachen gompa and Lungdang Gompa. You will cross Dumji bridge and visit the traditional Tibetan clinic, Amchi. From here, you will head towards Lungdang Gompa. Four hours trek from Dumje to Lungdang gompa is full of beautiful sights such as the unique landscapes and vegetation of the region.

Walking along with the beautiful views of Ganesh Himal along with its neighboring peaks, you will arrive at Lungdang Gompa. On reaching the monastery, the monastery will provide you with basic shelter and meal.

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Lungdang Gompa
  • Altitude: 3200mm

Today, you will take a short hike to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp from Lungdang Gompa. The first part of the trail involves walking through the downhill muddy zigzag paths to the lower altitude and continue walking towards the uphill valley. The climbing route consists of walking in a rocky terrain through the forest and crossing the Laudang Khola.

After crossing the river through a wooden bridge, you will climb steeply towards a long narrow hilltop through rhododendron and pine trees. On walking further, you will come across a hut in Kharka. From there, the route will take you into the flat grassy grounds behind the moraine of Toro Gompa glacier. Continuing your walk towards the seasonal yak huts, you will come across a moraine wall which will give you fantastic views of the mountains.

Ganesh Himal Base Camp lies somewhere about here. On reaching the base camp, you can explore the best views of Ganesh Himal range along with other neighboring peaks of the Langtang region. In the evening, you will head back to the Lungdang Gompa.

Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4200m

Your final destination for today is Lokpa. You will have your breakfast in the morning and head back to Lokpa from Lungdang Gompa. You will walk down towards Chhokangparo, Nile, and Chumling through the forest of pine and rhododendron.

Witnessing the breathtaking mountain ranges of the Langtang region and walking for about 6-7 hours, you will finally reach Lokpa. On reaching Lokpa, you will stay at one of the lodges at Lokpa and stay overnight there. 

Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Lokpa
  • Altitude: 2240m

after having your breakfast at Lokpa, you will trek down to Jagat today. The trail to Jagat will take you to Ghumpul along the forest of pine and rhododendron. From here, the route will take you to the main Manaslu trail. You will pass through Eklai Bhatti, Philim and cross the Budhi Gandaki river.

Crossing the Budhi Gandaki river will lead you to Sirdibas and then towards Jagat. Exploring the beautiful waterfalls, wild flora and fauna and of course the snow-capped mountains, you will finally reach Jagat.

Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1340m

At first, you will head down towards Machhakhola from Jagat today. The trekking trails to Machhakhola are quite comfortable, which involves passing through Gurung and Brahmin villages. With the crystal clear views of the mountains and waterfalls along the way, you will head towards Soti Khola.

You will continue walking towards Soti Khola by exploring the rice terraces and the village of Lapubesi. You will take different uphill and downhill climbs and walk through the sal forest and finally reach Soti Khola.

Overnight in a lodge at Soti Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Soti Khola
  • Altitude: 700m

Today is the last day of your Tsum Valley Trek. In the morning, you will take a bus to Kathmandu. While driving, you will take the route to Dhading Besi and Malekhu. Enjoying the beautiful mountain views, scenic beauty, fields, terrace farms, you will drive towards Thankot, which is the gateway to Kathmandu valley. On reaching Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to your hotel.

Driving Duration: 7 hours 

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu and Soti Khola)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (MCAP, Manaslu Special Permit, and Tsum Valley Special Permit)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
02 Oct, 2020 - 16 Oct, 2020AvailableUS$850
09 Oct, 2020 - 23 Oct, 2020AvailableUS$850
16 Oct, 2020 - 30 Oct, 2020AvailableUS$850
23 Oct, 2020 - 06 Nov, 2020AvailableUS$850
30 Oct, 2020 - 13 Nov, 2020AvailableUS$850

Useful Information

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit Cost 

For Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek, you need four different trekking permits with a minimum of two travelers. It must be applied from an authorized trekking agency.

Permit cost depending on two different seasons: 

1. Manaslu Special Permit Cost: 

  • During September to November: USD 70 for the first seven days and USD 10 for each additional days
  • From December to August: USD 50 for the first seven days and USD 7 for each additional days

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) Cost:

  • MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 1000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
  • MCAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 3000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)

3. Tsum Valley Special Permit Cost:

  • USD 35 for per person (1 week)