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Tsum Valley - Buddhist Monastery

Overview

Trek to one of the planets remotest Himalayan regions and discover the secluded Tibetan Buddhist land. The Tsum Valley Trek lies within the Manaslu region and will take you into the majestic Ganesh, Sringi and Boudha Himal Ranges, a subrange of the Himalayas located mostly in Central-north Nepal, but some peaks are on the border with Tibet.

The culture, religion, art, and dialect of the people of Tsum valley are of Tibetan origin in its own ancient form. This mysterious Tsum valley is extremely rich in cultural heritage and so remote, travelers are very rare, although the Tsombo people are very hospitable and will always welcome you with Tibetan chiya (butter tea). The valley is dotted with Buddhist monasteries (Gompas), Mani walls and Chortens. The longest Mani walls, which are over 250 meters in length, are at Dzong and Phurpe.

Wildlife is in abundance here in the valley, especially tahr and choral, which flock together in herds of up to 200. Hunting is not permitted and the people here never slaughter animals, even as a sacrifice to the Gods.

The spectacular views to be seen include Himalchuli (7,893 m), Manaslu (8163m), Ngadi Chuli (7,879 m) and the incomparable beauty of alpine forests, glacial rivers, mountains and valleys enshrouded with pristine and diverse eco-systems.

Temperatures vary widely between the four distinct climatic zones. Winters are extremely harsh (October to March) with temperatures dropping to below freezing and snowfall for up to six months.

The monsoon (average rainfall 1,900 mm) falls between June and September with the southern part of the valley generally wetter than the upper valley. Clear skies from October to December and April to June afford spectacular, awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains.

Simple Teahouse accommodation is available and Nepalese food is served.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu/airport transportation / hotel accommodation.

  2. Day 02: Cultural tour in KTM/TSUM valley trek briefing.

  3. Day 03: Private vehicle drive to Arughat to start the Tsum valley trekking / stay at tented camp.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola.

  5. Day 05: Trekking to Maccha Kola.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Doban.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Philim.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Chumling.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Chhokengparo.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Chule/visit the MILARAPA PIREN CAVE on the way.

  11. Day 11: Trek to MU GOMPA & visit MU & DHEPHYDONMA GOMPAS.

  12. Day 12: Exploration day.

  13. Day 13: Trek to ROCHEN GOMPA visiting GONHGYE GOMPA on the way.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Dumje.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Philip.

  16. Day 16: Trek to Tatopani.

  17. Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola.

  18. Day 18: Trek back to Aarughat.

  19. Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu/stay at hotel.

  20. Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu.

  21. Day 21: Tsum valley trekking ends/airport transfer.

What's included !

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Three nights standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners) with one cup tea/coffee per day.
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Government Licensed Holder friendly English speaking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area permits, and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with on the second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

What's not included !

  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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