Nepal Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful dense alpine forest of rhododendron, firs, pines, birch, oaks and magnolia tree, From warm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone at high Mu Gompa with amazing panorama, Adventure on ‘off the beaten trails’ around magnificent Tsum Valley close to Ganesh Himal
  • Views of massive Ganesh and Manaslu mountain range within beautiful Tsum Valley, Glamorous scenery of dramatic landscapes rolling green hills and high snow capped mountains, A classic and scenic trekking with glimpse of local culture around traditional Tsum villages.

Trip Overview

Known as the Hidden Valley, the Tsum Valley lies in one of the most cryptic regions of the naturally mesmerizing country Nepal. Tsum Valley Trek allows curious and enthusiastic visitors to embark on a journey towards one of the world’s most remote and untouched Himalayan Valley.

Tsum Valley Trek initiates from Arghut and leads the similar trail as that of Manaslu Circuit trek. Since the Tsum Valley lies on the northern side of the Manaslu Trek we get to see the upclose view of the Manaslu glaciers. The Tsum Valley which was a restricted area up until 2008, serves the view of the pure, and tranquil Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal ranges. It also offers to observe the Tsumbas of the Tsum Valley who are mostly of Tibetian origin and practice polyandry. We pass the alpine forests, the lower Buri Gandaki regions and ancient Gompas along the way to one of the most sort after places in Nepal.

High Altitude Sherpa  has provided a care full itinerary of the Tsum Valley Trek. High Altitude Sherpa also promise safety along with an exceptional time in the service they provide for the trekkers who want to enjoy a cheerful expedition towards the fascinating, enthralling and stimulating Tsum Valley Trek


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Team Composition

– There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required.

– this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group.

– porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. it is depend number of porter where and  how long you doing trek.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

 This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk 5-7 hours a day with a light bag.

 Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability.

 Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes.

 you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude.

– self-confidence and strong determination best way to  complete this trek successfully.

 Past hiking  experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE O/n
Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700 m Lodge
Day 2 Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930 m Lodge
Day 3 Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m Lodge
Day 4 Jagat to Lokpa 2240 m Lodge
Day 5 Lokpa to Chumling 2386 m Lodge
Day 6 Chumling to Chekampar 3031 m Lodge
Day 7 Chekampar to Nile 3361 m Lodge
Day 8 Day Trip to Mu Gompa 3361 m Lodge
Day 9 Nile to Chekampar 3031 m Lodge
Day 10 Chekampar to Chumling 2386 m Lodge
Day 11 Chumling to Deng 1860 m Lodge
Day 12 Deng to Namrung 2630 m Lodge
Day 13 Namrung to Lho 3157 m Lodge
Day 14 Lho to Sama Gaun 3530 m Lodge
Day 15 Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaun 3530 m Lodge
Day 16 Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m Lodge
Day 17 Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 Lodge
Day 18 Dharmasala to Bhimthang 3590 m Lodge
Day 19 Bimthang to Dharapani 2100 m Lodge
Day 20 Dhara pani to kathmandu Via Besi Shar 1300 m Lodge
Day 21 Full day Sightseeing 1300 m Lodge
Day 22 International flight

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1,300m.

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Tsum valley trek each day program. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation.

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which is all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temples is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.in evening we are introduced to our guide and discuss our. O/n at kathmandu.

 

Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola 720m via Aarughat: 11/12 hours.

The drive to Aarughat takes about 6-7 hrs from Kathmandu. The scenic drive involves various roadside villages before crossing the Ankhu Khola and reach Aarughat in Dhading. From here we drive up west further for 3 hours to reach Soti Khola. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 04: Soti Khila to Machha Khola (930m): 5-6 hours.

We start our trek early in the morning through a Sal forest. The trail leads along the side of cliffs before descending and then ascending to Labubesi village. We cross Nauli Khola via a suspension bridge and follow along the banks of the river to reach Machha Khola. After 6 hours of walk we spend O/n  at hotel.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1,400): 6-7 hours.

Today we cross the Machha Khola and head towards the Khorlabeshi village. On the 7 Hours walk we come across a hot spring as well as local tea shops before reaching Jagat village. We spend overnight at Jagat village O/ n at hotel.

 

Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa (2,100m): 5-6 hours.

After breakfast we follow an uphill trail that crosses over Budhi Gandaki River via suspension bridge. The 6-hour trek leads to Philim village before ascending uphill to Ekle Bhatti and finally reaching Lokpa village where we spend O/n at hotel.

 

Day 07: Lokpa to Chumling (2,361m): 5-6 hours.

The trek continues from Lokpa in an ascending route. Along the way there are many monasteries and Gompas before reaching Chumling village. We spend O/n at a local guesthouse.

 

Day 08: Chumling  to Chhekampar (3,010m): 6-7 hours.

Today we follow a trail into a forest inhabited by white-faced langurs. We continue the trek to Tanju and small Damphe Gompa. The trail ascends to Upper Tsum Valley before reaching Chhekampar village made up of Chhokang and Paro village. We spend N/n at hotel.

 

Day 09: Chhekampar to Rachen Gompa (3,210m): 4-5 hours.

Today we start our trek early in the morning after breakfast. It takes us 4 to 5 hours walk to reach Rachen Gompa. Along the way we also visit Milarepa Piren Phu cave. We spend O/N in Rachen Gompa.

 

Day 10: Rachen gompa to Mu Gompa (3,700m): 4 hours.

We continue our trek to Mu Gompa which takes us around 3 hours. Along the way to Mu Gompa we also visit Dhephyudonma Gompa. We spend O/N at a local guesthouse near Mu Gompa.

Day 11: Mu Gompa to Chhekampar via Chhule Nile (3,361m): 6 hours.

The trail today descends down along the natural landscape. The 6 hours of trek takes us back to Chhekampar via Chhule Nile. We spend O/N  at hotel.

 

Day 12: Chhule to Lokpa (2,100m): 5 hours.

The trek continues with our ascent through a rhododendron forest that opens along the ridges.The trail then descents across the Langdang Khola before reaching Ripchet village. From here the trail descents along steep stairs that follows through a forest that reaches to Lokpa village. We spend O/N at hotel.

 

Day 13: Lokpa to Deng (1865m): 6-7 hours.

We follow the trail down to the junction that connects to the Manaslu trail and cross over the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail goes through a bamboo forest before ascending to Deng village. We spend O/N at hotel.

 

Day 14: Deng to Ghap (2165m): 5-6 hours.

The trek continues along the river banks of Budhi Gandaki and descends down to Bihi Phendi. We continue the trail that crosses over Serang Khola. We head northeast towards walls of carved mani stones that leads to Ghap village. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 15: Ghap to Lho (3180m): 6 hours

Today we ascend through bamboo and rhododendron forest and across a descending river via wooden bridge. The trail climbs up steeply to Namrung village. We again go through a forest and descend across the Hinang Khola. From here a steep pull leads to the ridge that connects to Lho village. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 16: Lho to Sama Gaon (3525m) :  5 hours.

The trek to Sama Gaon is about 5 hours of walk. The trail follows along the mani walls out of Lho village and drop steeply across Damonan Khola. The trail continues through Shyala village and across Numla Khola leading to Pungyen Gompa. We finally reach Sama Gaon where we spend O/n at hotel.

 

Day 17: Rest day in Sama Gaon,

Today is acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. We accustom ourselves to the cold weather and the high altitude for the journey ahead. In order to do this, we explore the village in the morning. We visit various Gompas and monasteries. We return back to the guesthouse and O/n at hotel.

 

Day 18: Sama Gau to Samdo (3850m): 3-4 hours.

Today we head north following a trail through a juniper forest and cross over the Budhi Gandaki river via wooden bridge. The trail climbs up through a village that follows a zigzag yak tracks. After 4 hours of walk we finally reach Samdo village and spend O/n at hotel.

 

Day 19: Samdo to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi – 4400m): 4-5 hours.

We descend from the village and cross the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail heads west and gradually ascends up the Syacha Khola valley towards the Larkya Glacier beyond the Larkya La Phedi to a stone guest house called Dharamsala. We spend overnight at a local guest house.

 

Day 20: Dharmasala to Bhimthang (3570m) after crossing Larkya La Pass (5,219m): 7 -8 hours.

We leave Dharamsala early in the morning after breakfast. The trail follows a downhill path that takes about 8 hours to reach Bhimthang village. We spend O/N at hotel.

 

Day 21: Bhimthang to Dharapani (2,100m): 5-6 hours.

On the following day, you will shift to Trek Tilije(2300m) with 7 hours of delightful trek. and today is almost to the end of the trek. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 22: Dharapani to Kathmandu vai Besi Shar

From Dharapani we take a long scenic drive to Kathmandu vai Besi Shar. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. kathmandu you can indulge in some shopping or earn some well-deserved rest. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 23: Final departure:

Final Departure to your own destinations-Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.

Equipment List

 

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing.Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.

 

(A).Head:-

1. Sun hat or scarf

2.Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3. Sunglasses with UV protection

 

(B).Upper Body:-

4. T-shirts

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6. Fleece jacket or pullover

7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary

 

(C).Hands:-

10. Lightweight gloves

11. Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12. Fleece liner gloves

 

(D).Lower Body:-

13. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

14. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

15. Lightweight cotton long pants

16. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

17. Fleece or wool pants

18Gore-tex jacket

19. Gore-tex jacket trouser

 

(E).Feet:-

20. thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

22. Hiking boots with spare laces

23 .Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

 

(F).Accessories:–

24. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

25. Headlamp and batteries

26. Basic First Aid Kit

27. Day pack (approximately 45L)

28. Water bottles (2)toiletries

30.Small wash towel

31. Swiss knife

32. Leap gurd 30 spf

33. Sun cream 50 spf

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of tsum valley trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Manaslu conservation area entry permits
  • Tsum Valley special permit
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

 

First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic -10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-manslu-tsum valley
  •  Activities: Culture Tour Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu,Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 2+
  •  Best Seasons: April to June & September to November,
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Transportation: By land

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