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Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley trekking is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley which is newly opened trekking route situated in Manaslu region of Nepal. Of course Tsum Valley trekking trail is less crowded than other popular trekking destinations of Nepal, takes to you off the beaten path. The Tsum Valley's acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work 'Tsombo', which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and seak a unique dialect.

Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of mountains. Traditionally Tsum Valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chuksum', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.

The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

Tsum Valley trekking is also known as Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking. It is possible to combine with Manaslu circuit trek those required long and more challenging trekking. Still in Tsum Valley there are very basic lodging facilities even some places we need to sleep in dormitory rooms and eat basic meals with local people.

Our below given Tsum Valley trek itinerary starts the trek from Arughat/Soti Khola and finished the trek at Arughat/Soti Khola. If this itinerary is not suitable for you please ask for new itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu - Arugath Bazar (550 m) 7 hrs bus/jeep; 2 hrs more by jeep to Soti Khola (700 m)
Day 04: Soti Khola (700 m) trek to Machha khola (930 m) 6 hrs
Day 05: Machha khola (930 m) trek to Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs
Day 06: Jagat (1340 m) trek to Lokpa (2240 m) 7 hrs
Day 07: Lokpa (2240 m) trek to Chumling (2385 m) 5 hrs
Day 08: Chumling (2385 m) trek Chhokang Paro (3031 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 09: Chhokang Paro (3031m) trek to Chhule (3347 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Chhule (3347 m) trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m) 3 hrs
Day 11: Mu Gompa (3700 m) trek to Rachen (3240 m) 5 hrs
Day 12: Rachen (3240 m) trek to Domje (2460 m) 6 hrs
Day 13: Domje (2460 m) trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) 6 hrs
Day 14: Day hike/exploration to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m) 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) trek to Ripchet (2470m) 7 hrs
Day 16: Ripchet (2470m) trek to Philim (1570 m) 7 hrs
Day 17: Philim (1570 m) trek to Khorla Bensi (970 m) 7 hrs
Day 18: Khorla Bensi (970 m) trek to Soti Khola (700 m) 7 hrs
Day 19: Soti Khola (700 m) drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs)
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax
Day 21: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu
Trek Start Point:  Soti khola
Trek End Point: Soti Khola
Trekking Accommodation:  Basic Teahouse/Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4200m
Duration: 21 Days

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola transportation by private vehicle
  • Soti khola to Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
  • Trekking accommodation in very Basic Lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Manaslu conservation entry fee
  • Tsum Valley special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu - Arugath Bazar (550 m) 7 hrs bus/jeep; 2 hrs more by jeep to Soti Khola (700 m)
Day 04: Soti Khola (700 m) trek to Machha khola (930 m) 6 hrs
Day 05: Machha khola (930 m) trek to Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs
Day 06: Jagat (1340 m) trek to Lokpa (2240 m) 7 hrs
Day 07: Lokpa (2240 m) trek to Chumling (2385 m) 5 hrs
Day 08: Chumling (2385 m) trek Chhokang Paro (3031 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 09: Chhokang Paro (3031m) trek to Chhule (3347 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Chhule (3347 m) trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m) 3 hrs
Day 11: Mu Gompa (3700 m) trek to Rachen (3240 m) 5 hrs
Day 12: Rachen (3240 m) trek to Domje (2460 m) 6 hrs
Day 13: Domje (2460 m) trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) 6 hrs
Day 14: Day hike/exploration to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m) 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) trek to Ripchet (2470m) 7 hrs
Day 16: Ripchet (2470m) trek to Philim (1570 m) 7 hrs
Day 17: Philim (1570 m) trek to Khorla Bensi (970 m) 7 hrs
Day 18: Khorla Bensi (970 m) trek to Soti Khola (700 m) 7 hrs
Day 19: Soti Khola (700 m) drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs)
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax
Day 21: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination

The Trekking Day

While you are on trekking, days begin with breakfast at the tea house you stay, you will need to pack up your duffle bags / trekking bag before breakfast, as porters will set off early. After breakfast approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest beaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you take a brief rest or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm.

What you carry

Your baggage is restricted to 25kgs in two people. The duffle baggage is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food

Kathmandu part we includes breakfast but trekking we includes three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day in tea house / lodges that you can choose from teahouse / restaurant menu but if you are on big group at that time your guide / team leader will choose the food for you. Meals are generally available Nepalese and continental on different taste in everyplace but you have to eat the meals in same tea house where you are going to staying at night but if you are staying in tented camp (Camping) then our cook prepare food and provide to you.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities. Whilst trekking accommodation is in Trekkers lodges / teahouses and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower and if you wish to book tented camp (Camping trekking) instead of teahouse we will provide two men tent for two people to share the accommodation on tent camp.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics.

Porters

Transport your duffle bags / rucksack – one porter for every two trekkers in Tea house trekking and camping (Tented camp) trekking it is depend on luggages/equipments that we need for your camping trekking.

Trek Grading

it is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots but some can do this trekking without did any preparation of trekking.

Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in major currencies-In Nepal, some of the currencies are banned for conversion and you must find the convertible currencies in Nepal. USD, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally convertible. Ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel and there are no exchange facilities in villages / trekking trails.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the trips so you can give trips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give trips as much you like if they will make you happy.

Insurance

your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects but our company is included trekking crews’ against personal accident.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipments, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Nepal Visa

Multiple entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders except the citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. Multiple entry visas can be obtained from the immigration points costing US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visas, US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent there to for 30 days multiple entry visa, US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

Packing for your Trekking

you will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Walking shoes / trekking boots
  • Socks, several pair of heavy wool outer socks and a few pairs of nylon inner socks.
  • Some pairs of Pants, shirts, T shirts
  • Skirts med-calf to above the ankle
  • Worm sleeping bag and  jacket
  • Water bottle and Trekker's bag
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries ( soap, towel , toothbrush, washcloth ,paste , Comb and shampoos )
  • lighter and Sunglasses
  • Umbrella, raincoat ( monsoon season )
  • Hand bag / day bag
  • Walking shoes with new waffle soles(monsoon season)
  • Waterproof jacket.( monsoon season)
  • Plastic sheeting for covering the bag ( monsoon season)
  • Shaving paraphernalia for men
  • Woolen hat (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen sweater or down jacket (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen long Underwear (high place or snowy place)
  • Good Trekking boots (high place or snowy place)
  • Sun cream and Sandal for night
  • Some other worm cloths .
  • Some dry food

If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed  especially for you. Please click here for tailor made trip form.

 

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