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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Manaslu region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Tsum Valley trek is another popular trek route in Manaslu region located in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal. The region of Tsum Valley is a remote and relatively untouched location offering a unique cultural and natural experience.

Trekking the Tsum Valley provides stunning landscapes, towering mountains, and rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. The trekking trail passes through traditional mountain villages, ancient monasteries, and terraced fields where one can immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle of the local people and their culture mainly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers majestic views of the Himalayas like Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal.

Trekking to Tsum Valley was restricted not long ago until 2008 where Rachen and Mu Gompas are two most important monasteries in the valley. Tsum Valley is rich in biodiversity with green forests, roaring rivers and ancient cave which makes the region a worth visiting trekking destination.

Trek to Tsum starts from Machha Khola after a scenic drive from Kathmandu. You will then have to follow the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through various villages like Philim, Chumling, and Chhekampar. Along the way, you will have breathtaking views of several prominent peaks, including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Himalchuli.

The prime highlight of the trek is Mu Gompa, the oldest and most important monastery of Tsum. It is the largest monastery of the valley and a spiritual center for the local people which houses many ancient artifacts and Buddhist scriptures.

Tsum Valley Trek is to explore the hidden gem of the Himalayas and immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of this remote region in Nepal.

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy Kathmandu Machha Khola drive passing along small towns, rivers& scenic landscapes.
  • Witness the splendid mountainous vista of Mt. Ganesh (7429m) from Upper Tsum.
  • Explore exotic places like Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Milarepa cave etc.
  • Hike past waterfalls, rivers, and caves along the way.
  • Observe Wildlife like blue sheep & Himalayan tahr along the trek route.
  • Beautiful pine, juniper, and rhododendron forests.
  • Discover the Tibetan and Buddhist lifestyle, culture, art, religion and many more.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (869m) via Soti Khola ((700m/9-10 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/6-7 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m/5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/6-7 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhokhang paro (3,031m/4-5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Chokhung paro to Nile (3,361m/5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Rest Day in Mu Gompa (3,700m)
Day 10: Trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi village via Milarepa cave (3,245m/5-6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Burgi village to Chumling (2,386m/5-6 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1,570m/6-7 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/6-7 hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Khorlabesi to Machha Khola (869m/5-6 hrs)
Day 15: Drive from Machha Khola to Kathmandu (1400m/9-10 hrs)
Day 16:Final departure

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Machha Khola/Kathmandu transfers by a private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Tsum Valley special permit with Conservation Area Permit fees & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the itinerary due to bad weather, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Tsum Valley Trek?
The Tsum Valley Trek is a remote and culturally rich trekking route in the northern part of the Gorkha district in Nepal. It takes you through the sacred Tsum Valley, also known as the “Hidden Valley,” which is nestled amidst the majestic Himalayan mountains.

2. Is the Tsum Valley Trek difficult?
The Tsum Valley Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness. The trail involves some steep ascents and descents, and the high-altitude conditions can be physically demanding.

3. What is the best time for Tsum Valley Trek?
The best times are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) which offer clear skies and pleasant temperatures and spectacular mountain views.

4. Which permit is required for the Tsum Valley Trek?
The required permits for Tsum Valley are the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) since the trek routes through these conservation areas. Tsum Valley Special permit is also needed.

5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Tsum Valley Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. However, since the region is relatively remote, the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking routes.

6. What are the highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek?
The Tsum Valley Trek offers a range of highlights, including the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions of the Tsum Valley, ancient monasteries and shortens, stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and other peaks, and the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of the local people.

7. Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Tsum Valley Trek?
Hiring a guide for the Tsum Valley Trek is mandatory due to the remoteness and cultural significance of the region. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture and traditions, navigate the trail, and ensure your safety during the trek.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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