Tsum Valley Trek
he Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and less than luxurious accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley. The views of Mt Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvellous and close. Many Trekkers combine the Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek, also starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar, some people still combine Annapurna circuit with this trek and trekking itinerary will be some 27-35 days long depending on your time and interest. You can already catch a jeep further north from Dharapani onwards. Others proceed back to Arugath the same way, a circuit is not possible. If You start low, walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. You enter the Tsum Valley going right from the main trail and you soon enter a beautiful forest with pines and rhododendrons, heading eastwards, the valley opens up to reveal a beautiful countryside and small Tibetan-style villages.
-Cultural and world heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu
-trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to above the clouds
-staying at oldest Ranchen Gompa and Mu Gompa in a Lama’s room and climbing to view point
– Visiting a turquoise lake with a glacier spilling into it from Mt. Manaslu .
– Superb blend of cultural and natural diversity of Tsum valley.
Day 01 :Arrive Kathmandu
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Eagle Eye treks and Expedition (EETE), who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening Visit Eagle Eye office . Overnight in Kathmanu.
Day 2 :Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and Four passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is arranged in private Vehicle.
Day 3 :Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep
Early morning drive to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughat we take a jeep and drive to Soti Khola which is an ideal for fresh water bath. Overnight stay at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river.
Day 4 :Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m) 5 to 6hours
After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the green Sal forests. Ascending through a ridge overlooking rapids of Budhi Gandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurung village, Lapubesi. Then we continue along the riverbank treading on sand and rounded stones and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Overnight stay at MachhiKhola
Day 5 :Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m )5 to 6 Hours
The trail that passes through small settlements along Khorlabeshi and all the way to Tatopani. Large Gurung settlements are found higher along the trail and we come across herders moving up and down the hills. Passing through Tatopani, we climb a ridge, cross the Budhi Gandaki and further trekking Passing through to Yaruphant and across the Yaru River, the trail eases to Jagat overnight gust house .
Day 6 :Jagat to Lokpa (2390m) 6 hours
Jagat, another big Gurung village in a flat area. As we pass this agrarian village, we climb a rocky ridge and reach Salleri which rewards with views of Mount Sringi. Descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village, we move further to cross the longest suspension bridge in Nepal and climb up to Lokpa North of Philim, we climb along forest areas for about an hour and reach Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we reach a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We take the right trail that leads to Tsum Valley our stay for the night on Lokpa..
Day 7 :Lokpa to Chumling (called Lower tsum) (2390m) 5 hours
Now we start trekking of Tsum Valley. The first glimpses of Tsum along with mountain view make for a pleasurable retreat.. Views of the hidden valley start appearing as we descend further to Ghumlong and climb again to Ripchet. A short walk from here takes us to Chumling, a traditional Buddhist village set beautifully with an old monastery, traditional houses, prayer flags, stone paved streets, mani walls and the like. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 8 :Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum valley) (3031m) 5 Hours
After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail passes through maize and potato fields. Crossing the valley across a scenic ridge, we climb for more than two hours to reach a small settlement under the cliffs, Chhokang Paro.
Day 9 :Chhokanparo to Nile/ Mu Gumpa (3360)7 hours walk
After breakfast nice scenic trails to Nile we have lunch there left our big bag on tea house again day trip to mu gumpa,then we ascend along the scenic trails towards Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, and the highest farthest point in Tsum Valley. The five hour round trip walk to Mu Gompa (3710m) shows a different world, a flat bowl like valley surrounded by mountains. Overnight stay in Nile
Day 10 :Nile to rachen Gompa 3240m (4 hours walk)
The short walk today first takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa home stays are available. Walking along the banks of Siyar River, the trail further crosses flat plains along power lines to Rachen Gompa (3240m), a nunnery. Over night stay at Rachen Gompa.
Day 11 :Rachen Gompa to Chumling(2386m) 6 hours
After crossing the river to pass through Chhokang Paro, we drop towards Chumling. Walking for about two hours, we come across a white monastery and drop to Siyar Khola. The abundance in water here makes it suitable to wash clothes. We stop at chumling for the night.
Day 12 :Chumling to Jagat (1340m) 7 to 8 hours
It’s a big descending walk from chumling to jagat as we slowly descend along day trekking at Overnight stay jagat in a lodge.
Day 13 :Jagat to lapubessi 884m (6 to 7 hours )
Another big day again descending down we cross again CANTILEVER bridge after earthquake built with Swiss Technology 2016. We cross hot springs at Tatopani is believed to cure diseases and relieve the body of any ailments. But we continues our trek Lapubessi. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 14 :Lapubessi to sotikhola then drive back to Kathmandu
Today we have small treks and drive back to Kathmandu it takes 2 and half hour treks via jeep drive 7 hours arrive From Soti Khola where we take a drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 15 :Final Departure or onward for next destination
Our Tsum valley Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Eagle eye treks and expedition will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight.On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Tsum valley trip of Nepal.
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse and lodge accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
farewell dinners with Nepalese cultural dance
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader (trek guide)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Eagle Eye treks and expedition’s t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Restricted are Permits,ACAP and MCAP)
Trekking completion certificate
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes and VAT
Cost doesn’t Include:
Nepalese visa fee
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) (it is expected)