Trip Outlook:

Start: Kathmandu.
End: Kathmandu.
Group size: 1 to 10.
Trekking area: T-sum valley.
Country: Nepal.
Trip Mode:                                Camping or in simple lodge and home-stay basis.
Trek Grade:                               Moderate & Adventurous
Highest altitude:                      3, 700 meters at Mu Gompa (Monastery) area.
Trek duration:                          14 nights and 15 days (Sotikhola to Sotikhola)

Total Trip:                                17 nights and 18 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Season :                           April to June & September to November.
March to April best time for wild flowers.

Main attraction/highlight:

  • Tsum Valley which means valley of Happiness in native Tsum / Tibetan languages.
  • Ancient culture and custom as it was for thousands of years.
  • massive Manaslu mountain range on the west and Ganesh Himal to the east.
  • true Tibetan origin with similar old Buddhist and Bon culture.
  • lovely villages and interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gompa.
  • remote and mystical valley.
  • Tibetan Buddhism and old Bonpo(pre-Buddhism) culture.
  • Local foods with tea house.

Introduction:Tsum Valley trekking in one of the last Shangri-la around Nepal Himalaya, located between massive Manaslu mountain range on the west and Ganesh Himal to the east.

A newly opened areas to Tsum Valley since last decade as this valley touches Tibet border further north, on this trek where you can witness villages and people of true Tibetan origin with similar old Buddhist and Bon culture.

Amazing adventure around Tsum valley in the company of White Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition and our expert guides who will show you the fascinating and interesting places on this wonderful Tsum Valley trekking.

Starting this fabulous adventure to Tsum with an exciting drive towards Nepal North Mid West Himalaya at Gorkha district around Burigandaki River area to Soti-Khola, where the walk begins following on Manaslu trekking trail for few days, and then route diverts to hidden areas leading at Tsum Valley which means valley of Happiness in native Tsum / Tibetan languages.

At Tsum explore the unspoiled areas as this country is fresh and new for other western travelers where only few trekkers visits this beautiful place, around Tsum with rest day to explore its lovely villages and interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gompa.

After a wonderful time in Tsum with great views of mountains that surrounds this remote and mystical valley which lies on the old Caravan Trade route to Tibet.

Return journey on same trail which provides more opportunity to witness the local Buddhist culture and custom as it was for many past centuries with amazing views of mountains as the walk leads back to warmer at Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu, after a memorable and interesting Tsum Valley trekking with great guidance and services of White Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition and its friendly guides / staff.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat – 07 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Machha khola 930m – 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave – 07 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 06 hours.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.

Included in Package:

-Airport pickups and drops in private vehicle.

-Dormitory rooms, Guest houses and 1-5 star hotels in Kathmandu. As your choice. Normally without bargaining we will give you 2/3 star hotels.

-Wel come dinner and farewell dinner.

-special permit cards (documents for your T-sum valley trek).

-Transportations by Local bus + Taxi.

-Normal teahouse/ accommodation (tent for camping places) during the trek.

-Three times meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) a day during the trek.

-Government licensed holder guide who can speak extra languages (like Chinese, Japanese , French, Korean, Malaysian, Dutch, Italy, Spanish and Hindi) as yours needed and assistance guide(7 trekkers:1 assistance guide)

-1 strong and friendly potter for 2 trekkers( A POTTER can carry maximum 25kg).

-Guides and potters cost including them Salary, insurance, equipment, food, local transportation, and accommodation.

-First aid fox/ medical fox.

-13% government tax and 10% service charge.

Excluded in Package:

-Nepalese Visa fee.

-International air ticket.

-Travel insurance.

-Domestic airport pickups and drop.

-Excess baggage charges.

-trekking equipments.

-Meals in City (not in mountain trek).

-Medical fee and rescue service.

-teas, coffee, beers, cola, chocolate,

-Personal expense like bar bills, laundry service, phone call, internet/cyber café, battery charges, hot shower, hot/boiled water, extra blanket, toilet paper/nappies paper, heater etc.

-Tips for guide(s),potter(s),driver(s) any staff(s).

-Donation for School (s), road(s), orphanage(s).

Necessary Documents:

-Valid passport.

-2 passport side pictures.

-Separate photocopies of your passport with valid Nepali visa.

-Proof of insurance dollars, pound, and euro currency in cash for purchasing Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport.

Trip detail:

Day 01:     Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where White Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition staff will receive and then transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city. After getting refreshed from the flight our guide briefs you with information of hotel, Kathmandu and Tsum valley trekking.

Day 02:     Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Morning our city guide will take you for sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites, temples, monasteries, old king’s palaces after an interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Tsum Valley trekking.

Day 03:      Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m – 07 hrs journeys.

Morning a long and interesting drive to Soti Khola via Arughat village, to start this fabulous adventure around Manaslu, journey reaches at warmer area after going through farm villages and towns, following Trisuli river for few hours as the drive diverts to Arughat via Dhading besi.

On reaching Arughat near Buri-Gandaki River and then on another vehicle for short rough drive of few hours to reach at Soti Khola for overnight stop.

 

Day 04:     Trek to Machha khola 930m – 06 hrs.

From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. This village named as Machha Khola meaning Fish streams.

Day 05:      Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.

After stop at Macha Khola morning follows Buri Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows.

After a nice rest walk carries on passing villages of Dovan and Yaruphant to reach Jagat village, after crossing a short suspension bridge, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

Day 06:     Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs.

From Jagat, walk continues heading higher areas through many small farm villages and then a short climb with downhill crossing over suspension bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with scattered farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

 

Day 07:      Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.

After Dyang on leaving Manaslu trail behind and as well away from Burigandkai River for a week, as the walk heads towards Tsum valley in the calley of happiness, walking into narrow gorge then descend with an hour uphill through rhododendron and pine tree forest reaching past small village at Lokpa. After a short rest walk above Lungwa Khola to Chumling village for first overnight stop around Tsum Valley.

 

Day 08:      Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m – 05 hours.
From here on altitude gains slowly along with views of peaks as the country onwards is similar to Tibetan landscapes. Morning with downhill walk to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.

 

Day 09:      Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave – 07 hours.

After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.

Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milereppa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.

Day 10:      Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.

Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.

Day 11:      Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.
Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.

 

Day 12:      Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

Day 13:      Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.

Day 14:      Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hrs
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.

This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

Day 15:      Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m – 06 hours.
From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

Day 16:      Trek to Soti Khola 730 m – 06 hours.
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.

Day 17:     Drive to Kathmandu via Arughat 600 m and transfer to hotel -06 hrs.

After breakfast an interesting drive back to Kathmandu following Budi Gandaki downstream through dense Sal forest passing Arkhet Bazaar. A few hour drives brings at Arughat bazaar. After Arughat an interesting scenic drive of 4 to 5 hours to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free.

Day 18:      International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable and great adventure in Nepal around Tsum Valley Trekking with great services of White Hills Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition guides, our staff transfers you for final departure homeward bound flights.

15 days T-sum valley trek

Down jackets and sleeping bags(-10 to -15 degrees f.), Trekking boots or sports shoes, one pair of trekking pools, camera, water bottle, warm hates that covers yours ears, cap, sun glass, sun cream, half sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, thermal tops, water proof jacket/pullovep, gore-tex jacket with wool, one pair of lightweight wool gloves, one pair of trousers, one pair of fleece or woolen tousers, one pair of waterproof shell paints, two/three pairs of thin, light, inner shocks, two pairs of heavy poly socks, wto pairs of under wears etc… and more for girls(bra, scarf, pashmina shawl,  Nek up thing etc. )

(Note: you can hire down jacket, trekking boots and sleeping bag with white Hill Adventure. The coast will be per day $1+$1+$1 usd.)

Important suggested Tools:

  • Tooth brush & paste.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Mirror.
  • Books.
  • Pen & Copy.
  • Note book.
  • Mobile phone and SIM cards.
  • GPS Compass.
  • Light.
  • Charges.
  • Alarm watch.
  • Matches or lighter.
  • Repair tape with sewing repair kit.
  • Towel.

Dry Foods & Chocolate: You have to buy some energetic foods (like chocolate, snacks, pine nut, coconut, etc.) to help yourself walking better.

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