- duration 18 days
- tour type Private
- tour_type Private tour
- age requirement 16+ years old
- age_requirement 16+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Explore one of Nepal's least visited yet stunning destinations
- Enjoy trekking to the remote & isolated Tsum Valley
- See amazing views of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
- Visit local monasteries like Mu Gompa & Rachen Gompa
Trek through the lower lying areas of Gorkha district, past Machha Khola, Jagat and Lakuwa to reach Chumling, your first stop in the Tsum Valley, which derives its name from the Tibetan “Beyul Kyimolung” which means "the Valley of Happiness".
Explore this beautiful, untouched region, see magnificent Ganesh Himal and Mount Manaslu and visit famous local monasteries like Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa. Observe the life of the villagers whose primary occupation is cattle herding. Also take a trip to the cave where the famous Tibetan mystic Milarepa is said to have meditated before it is time to start your downhill journey to Soti Khola, following the gurgling Budhi Gandaki River. .
The route to the valley diverts from the main Manaslu trail midway through the journey. This trek is ideal for those who want to visit one of the least explored areas in the Himalayas where life seems to be frozen in time and Buddhism binds the people together and guides their everyday activities.
We will drive you back to your hotel in Kathmandu after the trek is over. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour
Day 3: Kathmandu – Soti Khola (via Arughat)
Day 4: Soti Khola – Machha Khola
Day 5: Machha Khola – Jagat (via Dovan and Tatopani)
Day 6: Jagat – Lakuwa
Day 7: Lakuwa – Chumling
Day 8: Chumling – Chhokangparo
Day 9: Chhokangparo – Nele & a visit to Milarepa Cave
Day 10: Nele – Mu Gompa
Day 11: Rest day in Mu Gompa & visit to local village and monastery
Day 12: Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa
Day 13: Rachen Gompa – Chumling
Day 14: Chumling – Philim
Day 15: Philim – Tatopani
Day 16: Tatopani – Soti Khola
Day 17: Soti Khola – Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
Day 18: Kathmandu departure
- Meals: 1 Welcome dinner in Kathmandu. Breakfast in Kathmandu. Three meals a day during the trek
- Transport: Airport pickup & drop-off by private vehicle. Kathmandu – Arughat – Kathmandu by public transport (private transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
- Accommodation: 3 night twin/double sharing accommodation in Kathmandu. Twin/double sharing accommodation during the trek
- A highly experienced English-speaking trekking guide
- 1 porter for 2 travellers
- Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu by private vehicle (entrance fees not included)
- Manaslu Conservation Area permit and a special permit for the Tsum valley
- Sleeping bag, down jackets, t-shirt, cap, duffle bag & maps (everything except maps to be returned after completing the trek)
- A first aid kit box
- Nepal Visa fee (carry the exact amount in USD and two passport-size photos)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation
- Extra night accommodation. Expenses related to early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary
- Expenses that are personal in nature like phone calls, baggage charges, laundry, hot water, bottled water, etc
- Tips for guide and driver
- Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Entrance fees to the heritage sites during Kathmandu sightseeing tour
- Earn US$ 45+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.