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Tsum Valley Trek - 16 Days

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • You will walk through off-the-beaten-path of Manaslu region to get a deeper insight into the less explored Tsum Valley.
  • You get to visit different chortens, monasteries, and Gompas which reflect the direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • You can catch the panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Poshyop glacier.
  • You will traverse through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges.
  • You can directly encounter the locals of the region, lamas and know about their unique way of life.

The Tsum Valley is one of the most secluded valleys in Nepal. Situated in the Manaslu region, high up near the Tibetan border, the whole area has a definite Tibetan Buddhist feel to it and is quite different from the surrounding countryside. A restricted area until 2008, Tsum Valley is relatively un-trekked by hikers, yet the starting point is only 7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Most of the 14 days are trekked at altitudes over 3,000m. With the altitude and with walking days stretching from 5 to 7 hours, a fairly good level of fitness is required for this trek.

The trail passes through pine forests, along raging rivers with cascading waterfalls and incredible suspension bridges, through fascinating villages and to several gompas, monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, not to mention Milarepa’s Cave. On display are the mountain ranges of Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier.

For trekkers who are fascinated by Tibetan culture as well as mountains, Tsum Valley offers them the opportunity to witness Tibetan Buddhist people in their villages, monks and nuns in their respective religious orders, and the spectacular views of the Himalayas in an almost pilgrimage like trek into this hidden valley.

The Tsum Valley Trek can be done separately, or added to the Manaslu Trek for people with more time.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)700 m10 hr
Day 2Soti Khola to Maccha Khola930 m6 hr
Day 3Maccha Khola to Jagat1340 m7 hr
Day 4Jagat to Lokpa2240 m5 - 6 hr
Day 5Lokpa to Chumling2386 m6 hr
Day 6Chumling to Chekampar3031 m5 - 6 hr
Day 7Chekampar to Nile3361 m7 hr
Day 8Day Trip to Mu Gompa3361 m5 - 6 hr
Day 9Nile to Chekampar3031 m6 hr
Day 10Chekampar to Gumba Lundang3200 m6 hr
Day 11Day Trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp3200 m8 - 9 hr
Day 12Gumba Lundang to Lokpa2240 m5 - 6 hr
Day 13Lokpa to Jagat1340 m6 hr
Day 14Jagat to Maccha Khola930 m6 hr
Day 15Maccha Khola to Soti Khola700 m6 hr
Day 16Soti Khola to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m10 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Manaslu & Annapurna Area Permit and Restricted Area Permit
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola to Kathmandu (starting point/ending point of the trek) by private jeep
  • Guide for 16 days
  • Porter for 16 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 15 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 16 x breakfast, 16 x lunch and 15 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Manaslu Tsum Valley?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Manaslu Tsum Valley. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 20kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 16kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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