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Tsum valley manaslu trek

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Trip Overview

Tsum Valley trekking is located between Ganesh Himal and Mount Manaslu, which is the northern part from Kathmandu. Tsum Valley is a very newly opened (AD 2008) trek in Nepal. Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its perfect culture make Tsum valley trekking excellent.
 
The Chum valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregate in herds of 50 to 200. Tsum valley trek also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley. Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
 
Tsum or Chum trekking has basic tea houses /guest houses and a few nights stay in Gomba (Monastery). The trekking is famous as Gomba Stay trek (stay with monks and nonks). However, every year building new hotels and restaurants is a tourist interest and aspiration. Private rooms are available in most guest houses/ Lodge. Most bathrooms are shared. Every Guest house serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice, curry and lentil soup). All Guest Houses/ Gomba of our routes have a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Many of them have western food on the menu. Soft drinks, snacks, wine, bottled mineral water and beer are available in most of the guest houses and trail side restaurants.
 
Tsum valley trekking started from Sotikhola, but now the seasonal road went to Machhekhola or Tatopani. The road construction continued so may few years later the road went to the Tibetan border. However we recommend our trekkers start and end from Sotikhola. It is also noticeable to our clients or customers that it is possible to combine Manaslu trekking with Tsum valley trekking. If you have 5 to 6 days extra you can do both trekking starting from Sotikhola and ending your trek in Besisahar.

 

Recommend Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu; meet our staff transfers to Hotel, overnight Hotel (B).

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport, Asian Hiking Team representative welcomes you and assists you to transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu, overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2: Kathmandu final preparation for trekking, collect Manaslu special permit with guide city tour, Overnight Hotel (BB).

Kathmandu; a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. After breakfast at the hotel you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley with an English speaking city tour guide by private vehicle. You will be transferred to the pilgrimage sites of the Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrines of Shiva. Thousands of devotees, Sadhus (holy men/Baba) are surrounded here, and you can see the cremating system of the Hindus most of the time in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to explore surrounding areas. After visiting Pashupatinath you will be transferred to the Boudhanath stupa, a pilgrimage centre which is the most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with a round prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Boudhanath visit another important place for Buddhist, Swayambhunath stupa; also known as monkey temple covering a wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring this spot you will transfer to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen a lot of temples, Nepali traditional architectures and another attraction of this place is the Kumari (the living goddess). After finishing your sightseeing trip you will be transferred to your hotel, group meeting, collect your special permit, check equipment etc.

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Day 3: Kathmandu to Aarkhet Bazar (620m), by Jeep/ Local Bus 6 -9 hours, overnight hotel (B/L/D).

Early morning drive to Prithivi Highway till Malekhu Pul and turn right hand side to Dhading Besi (district headquarter of Dhading); continue to drive off road to Salentar and Arughat Bazar. It takes you 6 to 8 hours to drive and we have lunch on the way. Arughat is one of the famous shopping junctions for Manaslu Gorkha and Dhading’s remote villagers continue to drive to Aarkhet Bazaar half an hour, if you are trekking in autumn or spring season there is a possible direct bus to Aarkhet Bazar. It is also possible to drive to Sotikhola on the same days, overnight in Lodge.

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Day 4: Aarkhet to Machhekhola (870m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest House (B/L/D).

After breakfast, walking flat area, following the Budi Gandaki river, climbing briefly to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola 1000m. The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapu Besi. Treks descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machhekhaola 870m, Machhekhola means "Fish stream", overnight Guest House 5 hours.

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Day 5: MachheKhola to Jagat (1340m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest House (B/L/D).

We cross MachheKhola , head upstream to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani . The valley sides steepen until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single Guest House at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we re-cross the river on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat 1340m, where we stayed in Guest House, 5 hours.

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Day 6: Jagat to Philim (1,590m): 3hrs, overnight tea house (B/L/D).

Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house.

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Day 7: Philim to Chumling (2363m):6/7 hours, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

Philim to Chumling (2363m):6/7 hours, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D). Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti crosses the gorge, he enters the pine tree forests. Descend down to the trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli Mountains. Pass Lokpa, climbing further north through pines and rhododendrons. Climb down to Ghumlong, and climb up to Ripchet. Crossing the Shiar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house.

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Day 8: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3010m): 5/6 hours, , Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjham to Serpu Khola. Now we enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house.

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Day 9: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours, , Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

While climbing above Chokhangparo, it is better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to Milarepa's Cave. Then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangsun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile, overnight in Gomba

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Day 10: Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m-5km-3 hours walk) (B/L/D).

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa, climb further up to Bhajyo and We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area where there are not any local houses. Only we can see some yak farm houses. After having lunch we will explore the area, Overnight in Gomba.

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Day 11: Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa (3240m) , Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

From Bhajyo, we descend down to Rachen Gumba. Established in 1905 AD, the Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region and is of great importance. The interior of the Gumba is splendidly painted with Buddhist mural paintings, Overnight in Gomba.

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Day 12: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2440m), Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descends again to Chhokangparo. Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house.

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Day 13: Dumje for Phillim (1570m), 6-7 hours, Overnight in Lodge/Tea house (B/L/D).

From Dumje to Philim the same way as day 05.

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Day 14: Phillim to Machha Khola (869m) 5-6 hours, Overnight at Lodge (B/L/D).

Same as return as day 05-06.

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Day 15: Machha Khola to Sotikhola 4-5 hours, overnight at Lodge (B/L/D).

Same as day 04.

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Day 16: Soti Khola to Arughat continues to Kathmandu by Local bus/Jeep, (B/L).

Same as Day 03.

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Day 17: Departure from Nepal or next trip (BB).

Today is the last day in your itinerary, last minute shopping for souvenirs or gifts to your family, friends or relatives until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, Asian Hiking Team staff will be transferred to the international Airport for your departure flight schedule to your onward destination or next trip. Note: Tsum valley trekking is possible combined with Manaslu circuit or Larkye Pass trekking within an extra one week time.

Cost Includes

  • Airport /Hotel/Airport pick up and drop.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu as itinerary (2-3 star hotel) with breakfast.
  • All land transportation (Trekking starting and ending point) as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation during the trekking as best available Hotel/Lodge as per itinerary (for camping trekking we provide tented camp and camping meals).
  • Major Meals during the trekking; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B/L/D) by Lodge/Hotel menu.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS Card” (Trekking permit) and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang, Dolpa, Manaslu Tsum valley, Kanchenjunga, Simikot, Nar and Fu valley, etc.
  • National Park fees/ Conservation permit.
  • Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking guide.
  • One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg).
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team staff.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes/ service charges.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (with culture show).

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees in Durbar Square or Temple in Kathmandu.
  • Soft/hard drinks, Drinking water, Tea/ coffee during trekking.
  • Hot shower, internet & electricity bills during trekking.
  • Extra porter (on request).
  • Personal trekking gears & clothing (some of equipment is possible to rent in Kathmandu).
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency, Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslides, strikes, political unrest etc. in such cases extra will be charged as per actual.
  • Tips or Donation (as you want).

Reviews

Thanks you and all the best!!!
Thanks you and all the best!!!
I'm so sorry for the delay in sending this email - but I have been in Uk on a busy schedule. We are already missing Nepal. Thank you for making such a wonderful Ganesh Himal Manaslu Trekking for us. It was astounding. I never felt afraid or lost under the direction and guidance of our guide Siri. We are world trekkers, but this adventure has to be at the top of our favorites. The service you provided was wonderful. We are now cooking Nepal food & dressing in our Nepalese clothes for our relatives & friends. Maybe what surprised us the most was all the things we were able to do because we were not able to do in trekking. It all worked out so well. The porters were also a dream and guide Siri really made the trip unforgettable. Thanks you and all the best!!! David James
101B Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London

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