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Tsum Valley Trekking (18 days)

Tsum Valley Trekking is a trek close proximity to Tibet. The remote Tsum Valley is named after the Tibetan word “Tsumbo” which means vivid. This valley trek is famous for its sacred Himalayan Pilgrimage valley situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal. Its trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurungs. This trek offers you great mountainous vistas like of Buddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc. with exploration of art, culture, monasteries and many more.
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Tsum Valley Trekking starts from Kathmandu valley and you will drive to Arughat and start our real trek from there. On the trail you will pass through several places and villages like Machha Khola, Dovan, Chumling, Jagat and many more and on the way you will discover local people and their traditional way of life, their art, cultures, various Gompas and monasteries, and beautiful scenery of Mountains. This region has unique culture and way of life too. Tsum valley trek is one of the best treks where ones can easily fell the friendly and hospitable people a living traditional Tibetan Buddhist Prohibitions on hunting. The people here never slaughter animals, even as scarifies to the gods. After you finished sightseeing and trekking in Tsum valley, drive back to Kathmandu which will be the end of this tour. Tsum Valley Trekking is about 15 days but will be full of adventure where we can visit Rachen Nunnery, Mu Monastery, Gompa and other. The best period to join this trek is September to December and March to May.

Outline Itinerary of Tsum Valley Trekking

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat

Day 4: Arughat to Sati Khola

Day 5: Sati Khola to Maccha Khola

Day 6: Maccha Khola to Dovan

Day 7: Dovan to Philim

Day 8: Philim to Lower Tsum

Day 9: Chumling to Upper Tsum

Day 10: Chumling to Chule

Day 11: Chule to Mu Gompa & back to Chule

Day 12: Chule to Chumling

Day 13: Chumling to Philim

Day 14: Philim to Khorla Besi

Day 15: Khorla Besi to Lapu Besi

Day 16: Lapu Besi to Arughat

Day 17: Arughat to Kathmandu 

Day 18: Deparure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat (570 M)

After breakfastt you drive to Arughat of Gorkha. This place is exactly where the trek Tsum Valley trek starts. This day you stop over night in a guest house before starting your real trek from tomorrow. 

Day 4: Arughat to Sati Khola (710 M)

After breakfast you headed to Sati Khola along with crossing the villages of Morder and Simre following Budi Gandaki River we arrive at sati Khola. This day will give you an experience of Typical Nepali cultures and lifestyle of peoples living in those areas. Stay overnight at Sati Khola. 

Day 5: Sati Khola to Machha Khola (890 M)

After breakfast you trail through beautiful Sal Forest and then climb onto ridge of Budi Gandaki. You make your way through Khursane village and passing by rivers, waterfalls, you arrive at the Gurungs Village, Labubesi. Further descending trail towards river of Budi Gandaki You finally arrive at village of Machha Khola. Stay overnight at Maccha Khola.

Day 6: Machha Khola to Dovan (1070 M)

After breakfast you trail steep ascents and descents to the Dovan. Your trek today offers glimpses of diversity of flora & fauna, and people with different religion and cultures. You ascend a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Dovan. Dovan means confluence of Shiar Khola that comes from the east, and the Sarpu khola meet from the west. Stay overnight at Dovan. 

Day 7: Dovan to Philim (1590 M)

After breakfast you start trailing rugged rocky trails to Philim. On the way to Philim you see great mountainous views of Sringi Himal. Finally after long walk of about 6 hour you arrive at Gurungs village called Philim. This village is beautiful with corn and Millet. Stay overnight at Philim. 

Day 8: Philim to Lower Tsum (2385 M)

After breakfast you will explore this village and its daily way of life and then head trailing toward Lower Tsum valley also called Chumling. You trek for about 7 hour this day and climb ridge to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and then you march to Lower Tsum. Stay overnight at Lower Tsum 

Day 9: Chumling to Upper Tsum (Chhekamparo 3240m)

After breakfast you headed to Upper Tsum todays trek will be a bit easy this day and start trailing downward to a river and then through the beautiful pine forest and broad meadows and shrubs and finally arrive at Chhekamparo. After reaching here you will start exploring this village. People follow Buddhism and Tibetan culture. What can be observed here is that houses are solidly built slate-roofed with many Gompas and raring yaks. Stay overnight at Upper Tsum. 

Day 10: Chumling to Chule (3300 M)

After breakfast you gear up for your adventurous journey today. You leave this pretty village today and trail to Chule which is the last village heading north in upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the west side of Shari Khola about 20 minutes walk from Chule. On the way we encounter Milarepa Piren Phu cave which we visit. This cave lies on the foot of rugged cliff near village of Burji. It is said that the cave was meditation spot for Tibetan saints. Stay overnight at Chele. 

Day 11: Chule to Mu Gompa (3700 M) and back to Chule

After breakfast you headed to Mu Gompa follow the Syar River. The trail is steep and after 2 hour of hiking you see the monastery above us lit up brightly as the suns ray spill unfettered. You will have plenty time to explore this monastery with great vistas of mountains and then return back to Chule. Stay overnight at Chule 

Day 12: Chule to Chumling

After breakfast you trail the same way back to Chumling. Stay overnight at Chumling. 

Day 13: Chumling to Philim

After breakfast you trail the same way back to Philim. Stay overnight at Philim.

Day 14: Philim to Khorla Besi (970 M)

After breakfast you choose your trail over landslides and narrow valley trails on both sides of the river, the going will be much easier from here on. You arrive at Khorla besi which is a friendly little village with the distinction of having very good “local coffee”. Stay overnight at Khorla Besi.

Day 15: Khorla besi to Lapu Besi (710 M)

After breakfast you continue your return along the downward slope of the Budhi Ghandaki crossing suspension bridges and observing great vistas of nature and mountains also rivers and waterfalls and finally you settle at Lapu Besi. 

Day 16: Lapu besi to Arughat (570 M)

After breakfast you start your trail with tough climb up and downs and crossing over some landslides but after reaching to Sati Khola it gets easier to trail. After 5 hour of trek you will be at Arughat and you can explore this area as you have enough time remaining. Stay overnight at Arughat. 

Day 17: Back to Kathmandu

After breakfast you drive towards Kathmandu. At night you have a dinner with your teammates in Nepali kitchen with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Departure

Today your Tsum Valley Trekking comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.


Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: T-Sum Valley Trek

Tour Duration: 18 Days

Tour Area: Manaslu Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 3700 M

Minimum Altitude: 570 M

Tour Type: Trekking, Camping and Hiking

Tour Grade: Average

Price:on request

Suitable For: Average Trekkers

Best Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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