Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley is hidden treasure with its authenticity, less touristic and preserved trek destination in the heart of Manaslu region and Ganesh Himal region.Tsum comes from the Tibetan word,"Tsombo" which means vivid. This sacred and virgin Himalayan valley is situated in the north east of Nepal, in Gorkha district.

This valley includes two villages development committee Chhekampar and Chumchet. The great Buddhist mediator Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa once had meditated here in the cave of the great mountains. You  can explore so many Buddhist ancient monasteries  and monuments during the trek in Tsum Valley. After Tsum Valley, you will continue the classic Manaslu trail to cross massive Larkya La pass 5106m. During this trek, you will enjoy with the splendid views of Tibetan Himalayan range, Lobsang Karbo, Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu range, etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Tsum Valley Trek
Maximum Elevation: 3700m
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 19 Days
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trek + Tented Camping.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Tsum Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu:formality of special trek pemrits.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 7-8 hours drive
Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
Day 07: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
Day 08: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours
Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours
Day 19: Farewell Friends

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Manaslu Conservation Area Project, TIMS cards and Tsum Valley special permits.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis.
-Food(breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Arughat round trip by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu.
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-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 dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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