Tsum Valley Trek: 18 Days

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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 16+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 3700 meters
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • 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
Travel to one of the most secluded valleys in the Himalayas during this 18-day, guided tour. A slice of paradise lodged between mountains, the Tsum Valley was opened to trekkers only recently and hardly sees foreigners even now. We will drive you from Kathmandu to Soti Khola on Day 3, after taking you on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 54 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Canada
  • On Dec 09 2016
4 - Very Good
Review for another Trekking Planner (P.) Ltd tour
“Went from November 24-Dec 5, I thought it was a great time to go if you prefer less crowds. I chose Gokyo rather Than EBC for the same reason. The sky's were crisp and clear most of the time. The drawback is the Temperature is cold. Note: all tea houses have no heat other than a stove in the eating area which will only be lit for about 2 hours per day. Plan on dressing warm! The rooms were all good, My guide spoke good English, the porter was friendly, but almost no English. Trekking Planners took care of my airport pickup and should come through with the drop off when I leave after some extra days in he country. All was as promised and had a great trip! I'd recommend maybe instead of doing the direct return hike, take the alternate return. I didn't know about it, but maybe nice to have a different return walk... even if it may not be as picturesque. Of course the return on the same trail is a little different because the views are taken while looking the opposite direction.”
  • Anonymous
  • From Russia
  • On May 25 2016
5 - Excellent
Review for another Trekking Planner (P.) Ltd tour
“Everything was well organised. Nothing to complain. Also we did Kathmandu guided tour.”
  • Charles
  • On Feb 03 2018
5 - Excellent
Charles' review for another Trekking Planner (P.) Ltd tour
“It's was a personal challenge. Wasn't confident we can ascend Everest Base Camp. So we need an experienced and a trusted tour planner to help us.

Mr. Deepak, Owner of Trekking Planner, was the difference. His team is really knowledgeable and helpful - guiding us with useful tips and sharing with us the rich Nepalese history along the climb. Mr. Deepak checked in on our progress frequently.

Trekking Planner made the difference! We made it to Everest Base Camp successful - it was lesser tougher than we anticipated :)

Thanks Mr. Deepak and Trekking Planner. for the memorable and wonderful experience.”
  • 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
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


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