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Tsum Valley Trek

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Tsum Valley Trek - 20 Days 

Nestled in the northern region of Gorkha lies the breathtaking Tsum Valley. This hidden gem is a treasure trove of ancient art, culture, and spirituality. The valley boasts a rich heritage, with its locals tracing their origins back to Tibet and speaking their own unique dialect. As one of the most remote Himalayan valleys, Tsum Valley offers an unparalleled sense of tranquility and natural beauty, making every step of the trek a delightful and enchanting experience.

Prepare to be awestruck as you feast your eyes on the majestic Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal, among other stunning mountain peaks that grace the valley's skyline. It's no wonder that treks to Tsum Valley were restricted until as recently as 2008, preserving its pristine allure. The people of this valley are deeply spiritual, evident from the numerous monasteries that dot the landscape. Among them, Rachen and Mu Gompas stand out as prominent centers of religious devotion.

But Tsum Valley isn't just a haven for cultural exploration; it is also a sanctuary of biodiversity. The lush forests, gushing rivers, and mysterious caves add an extra layer of fascination to this already captivating destination.Your trek will commence with a picturesque drive to Arughat, followed by Soti Khola. As you venture north, tracing the path of the Budhi Gandaki river, you will encounter charming villages and traverse forests adorned with vibrant rhododendrons and majestic pine trees. Jagat and Lokpa will welcome you, serving as the gateway to Tsum Valley's wonders.

Continue your journey further north to Chumling, a village that proudly boasts three renowned monasteries: Pango Gumba, Gurwa Gumba, and Mani Dhungyr. From Chumling, a breathtaking panorama of Manaslu (8,163m), Himal Chuli (7,893m), and Ganesh Himal (7,140m) will greet your gaze. The following day, leave Chumling behind and set your sights on Chhokangparo, passing through the largest village in Tsum Valley, Domje.

As you ascend along the trails, the landscape gradually transforms from sub-tropical forests to alpine meadows and high mountain deserts. From Chhokangparo, journey northward, passing by the sacred Milarepa Prien Phu Cave and Phurbe before reaching the Nile. A night's rest at the Nile will rejuvenate your spirit before you forge ahead to Mu Gompa, the northernmost point of your trek. Legend has it that the revered Buddhist Guru Milarepa sought solace within the caves that reside amidst Tsum Valley's majestic mountains. The Shear Khola river, born from the Ganesh Himal glacier, gracefully meanders through this valley, eventually joining the Budhi Gandaki River.

Having reached Mu Gompa, it is time to retrace your steps. Embark on a slightly different path, passing through Phurbe and arriving at Rachen Gompa on the ninth day. From Rachen Gompa, you will begin your descent southward, ultimately reaching Domje. From there, your journey will lead you to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,800m) via Gumba Lungdang.

As you bid farewell to Ganesh Himal, make your way back to Lokpa, then Jagat. After spending a night in Jagat, continue your descent to Lapu Bensi and eventually return to Arughat. From Arughat, a local bus will transport you back to the vibrant city of Kathmandu, enriching your memories with the beauty and serenity of Tsum Valley.

 

 

Tsum Valley Trek

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Remote Himalayan Wilderness: Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas, with lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic vistas painting the backdrop of your journey.
  • Peace and Tranquility: Escape the chaos of everyday life and find solace in the serene landscapes, fostering a deeper connection with nature and local culture.
  • Cultural Festivals and Events: Witness the vibrant celebrations of festivals like Lhosar and Dumji, filled with traditional dances, music, and rituals, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the region.
  • Breathtaking Mountain Views: Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring panoramas of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and the majestic Manaslu throughout your trek, providing endless photo opportunities and moments of wonder.
  • Buddhist Monasteries and Chortens: Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and intricately carved chortens, delving into the spiritual heritage of the area and experiencing the profound devotion of the local community to Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Biodiversity: Encounter a rich array of flora and fauna, including elusive species like the snow leopard and red panda, adding an element of wildlife discovery to your trekking adventure.
  • Natural Hot Springs: Rejuvenate your body and mind in natural hot springs along the route, believed to possess medicinal properties and offering a blissful respite for weary muscles.
  • Off the Beaten Path: Escape the tourist crowds and venture onto quieter, less-traveled routes, allowing for a deeper immersion into the wilderness and a more authentic trekking experience.
  • Challenging Yet Rewarding Trekking: Conquer moderate challenges such as steep ascents, high passes, and unpredictable weather conditions, knowing that each obstacle overcome rewards you with unparalleled views and unforgettable cultural encounters
Region

Manaslu

Duration

21 Days

Starting Price

USD 1,800.00

Group Size

6 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Private Overland

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Guesthouse

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Moderate

Max. Altitude

4,500m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours

Competency

Physically Fit


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. It is at the hotel that you will have the pleasure of meeting our team. In the evening, around 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we will organize a pre-trek briefing. This gathering provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine accompanied by captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 By Private Transportation: Kathmandu - Gorkha (1,135m)

    After an excellent breakfast, we begin the trip with an excellent 5-hour drive to Gorkha Bazar. Prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking scenery as we cross sparkling streams and follow the winding banks of the Darundi Khola. As the evening approaches, we start on an enlightening tour of the historic Gorkha Durbar, which sits majestically on a hill. Immerse yourself in breathtaking mountain vistas and soak up the radiant glow of an unforgettable sunset from this unique vantage point. It will undoubtedly be a voyage of breathtaking vistas and soul-stirring encounters.

    Transfer: 140km, 5-6 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 By Jeep: Gorkha - Laprak (2,200m)

    After breakfast, we will drive from Gorkha to Laprak. After 12 kilometers, the highway turns towards Baluwa on its way to Gorkha. Barpak, a large village, is home to a close-knit community of Gurung, Ghale (of royal ancestry), and Bisokarma inhabitants. Notably, Barpak is historically significant as the epicenter of the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015. The off-road drive following Barpak is bumpy yet scenic, with Bouddha Himal in the background. Within an hour, we'll arrive at Momche Dada (2,950m), a pass between Laprak and Barpak that offers stunning panoramic mountain views, grazing sheep, and green hillsides. In the spring, bright rhododendrons blossom, adding attractiveness to photographs of the snowcapped summits. Descend steeply for another hour or two till you reach the Gurung village of Laprak. Spend your afternoon visiting the village and appreciating the meaningful mud-brick murals on the dwellings.

    Transfer: 70km, 4-5 Hours |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Laprak - Khorla Benshi (975m)

    Traversing through the enchanting maze of Laprak's village paths, we reach the Jyabru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, we embark on a steep ascent, passing by terraced fields adorned with pink sorghum. The trail, at times concealed, winds skillfully around hillsides until we arrive at a small Chorten below Singla village. As we continue our journey, the hike becomes gentler, treating us to captivating views of Kutang and Sringi Himal to the north. Our path leads us through more terraced fields, accompanied by the presence of papaya trees and the charming Gurung village of Khorla, before finally descending to Khorlebeshi, nestled on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. As we approach the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi, we must tread carefully on the rocky steps, all while admiring the skilled local women weaving straw mats in the village. As evening descends, the village's cultural ambassadors may grace us with their presence, offering us a chance to partake in another captivating performance, adding to the richness of our memorable journey.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,550 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 Khorlabenshi - Jagat (1,370m)

    Today's five-hour trek promises a delightful journey. Starting along the river, we'll pass through tobacco and buckwheat fields, admiring the river-smoothed rocks. Our path leads to Tatopani, a terraced village with inviting hot springs, perfect for relaxation and even a refreshing swim in the nearby icy river. After drying off on a riverside beach, we'll continue through the woods, graced by a magnificent waterfall. Crossing an old wooden suspension bridge, we'll reach Dovan, where the Budhi Gandaki River showcases steep rapids. Our trail will take us high above the river, descending to calmer waters. Crossing a new suspension bridge, we'll climb stone steps to camp below Jagat, the entrance to Manaslu Conservation National Park. Before resting, take a moment to explore the paved village of Jagat and witness the villagers' pride in their contributions to its beauty.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -260 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 Jagat - Lokpa (2,240m).

    Descending from Jagat to the river, we ascend beautiful stone steps along a terraced hillside, reaching the small hamlet of Salleri. There, we enjoy an impressive view of the towering Sringi Himal at 7,187 meters. Passing through the charming village of Sirdibas, we cross the river again at Ghata Khola, using a long, high-suspension bridge. The path diverges, with the right branch leading to Ganesh Himal. Continuing upstream, we face a steep climb to Philim. Crossing the river at a narrow gorge section via a new suspension bridge, we then ascend gradually through an open forest along a wide hillside. In the next two hours, we cross the river twice more, using smaller bridges. Notably, the first bridge marks the intersection of Tsum Valley, a remote valley connecting to Tibet.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -400 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Lokpa - Chumling (2,386m)

    Descend through a beautiful forest, crossing three streams via bridges. Follow the riverbank and ascend steeply on exposed stairs. After 30 minutes, head north through pine trees and rhododendrons, facing challenging inclines. Reach the captivating hidden valley of Tsum. Descend to the isolated Ghumlong (2,130m) on the river. The path to Ripchet (2,470m) climbs steeply, while the path to Chumling (2,360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge. Near Chumling, take a level route to the right (east) for 15 minutes to reach the final hotel in Tsum. In the evening, explore the old monastery, traditional houses, orchards, clinics, and stone streets. This agricultural area practices Buddhism, with conical haystacks amid prayer flags. The trails feature decorative chortens and mani walls adorned with stone slabs engraved with deities and prayers.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +640 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m)

    Today's journey is less challenging compared to yesterday. We'll start by crossing the suspension bridge to the east and traversing through fertile farming land, cultivating maize and potatoes. We'll encounter a significant landslide area where rocks and floods have cleared the landscape, even reaching the opposite bank, now covered with a forest of new trees, offering breathtaking views of Mt. Ganesh Himal. After crossing the Serpu Khola, we'll embark on a 2.5-hour climb on a well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo. The village's stone houses are nestled under cliffs, showcasing traditional architecture without a single iron roof. Here, the valley opens up, revealing expansive fields of barley, maize, buckwheat, and potatoes. Keep an eye out for herds of Thar grazing on the wild cliffs to the north, sometimes venturing down to the fields, providing an impressive view of Mt. Himalchuli (7893m) in the valley below.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 Chhokangparo to Nile (3,361m)

    Starting by heading east through small villages and past a local school, the route leads over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3,202m). Then, one can see the Rachen Gompa (3,240m) with its extensive crops and river. The next destination is Milarepa's Cave (Piren Phu), a place where the Buddhist founder of Tibet is said to have meditated. The cave is currently under extensive restoration. Continuing the journey, one crosses the Shiar Khola and passes through the hamlets of Phurbe (3,251m) and Pangdun (3,258m), observing an unusual round stupa on the way. The next stop is the larger village of Chhule (3,347m), where the children wear traditional Tibetan dressing gowns called chubas, and yaks are common. Heading upstream and crossing a bridge, the route leads to the village of Nile (3,361m). Both Nile and Chhule villages have traditional-style houses with livestock compounds included and sheltered verandahs for drying crops.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -30 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m)

    The trail from the Nile leads to Mu Gumba, the largest monastery in the Tsum Valley. Established in 1895 AD, Mu Gumba is situated at an altitude of 3700m, making it the highest and farthest point in the valley. The monastery houses religious texts like Kangyur, as well as a life-sized statue of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Another ancient monastery in the region is Dephyudonma Gumba, located in the rugged mountains, a 2-hour walk from Chhule and Nile villages. This monastery's history is closely tied to the emergence of Buddhism in the valley. Lama Serap from the Kangin sect, associated with Nile Ladrang, manages the monastery. Additionally, there are a few campsites and drinking water facilities available along the trail.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +350 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m)

    The trail from Mu Gumba leads to Rachen Gumba, a significant nunnery in the Tsum Valley. Located in the Shiar Khola Valley, nestled in the foothills of the mountains on the Nepal-Tibet border, Rachen Gumba was established in 1905 AD. It stands as one of the largest nunneries in the region. The nunnery is home to nuns who follow the Ngak-pa sect, which strictly prohibits animal slaughter. Inside Rachen Gumba, you can find remarkable features such as one thousand clay statues of Avalokiteshwara, a beautifully crafted and colorful throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior of the nunnery is adorned with vibrant murals that depict the history and teachings of Buddhism.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -970 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m)

    Descend along a narrow trail that runs alongside the Shiar Khola. Cross a bridge to reach Dhumje at an elevation of 2,440m. Dhumje is home to a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. From there, the track ascends steeply behind the clinic, following an unclear path through a dense forest of pines and rhododendrons. As you continue, the track leads to a mani wall adorned with prayer flags, traversing a narrow and exposed section. Afterward, the trail takes you through a pine forest, where you'll encounter an uphill path. Ascend through the towering silver pines, making a steep zigzag climb until you reach Gumba Lungdang at an altitude of 3,200m. Perched on a ridge, Gumba Lungdang offers small cells for the residing nuns and is surrounded by beautiful rhododendrons. This small gompa accommodates 40 nuns and hosts an intense and captivating worship session from 6:00-7:30 pm every night. The breathtaking mountain views in all directions make this place the ultimate highlight of our nine trips to Nepal.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m)

    Cross the Lundang Khola on a rickety wooden bridge and begin a steep ascent through pristine pine and rhododendron forests. About halfway up, you'll come across a hut in a kharka. The trail continues behind the hut, leading you up a dry creek bed lined with birch trees. Eventually, you'll emerge onto grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts until you find a trail along the moraine wall. The views of the mountain cirque are superb. The campsite is located in this area. It takes about 4 hours to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We retrace our steps back to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja. The altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa

    This can be a challenging day, so it's best to start early. Descend from Gumba Lungdang on the upward track. Cross the Laudang Khola and stay on the south bank of the Shiar Khola (contrary to the map). Climb over some very deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to the picturesque village of Ripchet (2470m). Take some time to explore this perched valley, which is fertile and full of barley and buckwheat. Pine forests and chortens line the fields' borders. Descend on steep stairs to the lone local lodge of Ghumlong (2130m), which you passed through seven days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperate forest to Lokpa (2240m), where you can enjoy a comfortable bed in the lodge.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16 Lokpa to Tatopani (875m)

    Starting from Lokpa, the trek to Tatopani, which features a hot spring, takes approximately 7 to 8 hours. The majority of the trail consists of descending terrain. Once you reach Tatopani, you can treat yourself to a rejuvenating soak in the hot spring. This will provide much-needed relief for your tired muscles after several days of trekking.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -800 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17 Tatopani to Sotikhola (720m)

    On the final day of our trek, we traverse terraced fields, witness stunning tropical waterfalls, and encounter rivers flowing through dramatic gorges. Our journey concludes as we reach Soti Khola, a charming Gurung Village. This marks the end of our trekking adventure. To commemorate this special occasion, we partake in a celebration with our dedicated trekking crews. It's a time to express gratitude for their support and camaraderie throughout the trek. This last day of trekking serves as a joyful finale, allowing us to cherish the memories and experiences shared with our fellow trekkers and crew members.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18 Drive back to Kathmandu from Sotikhola

    We will be prepared to depart at 6:00 in the morning, ready to have breakfast before our journey back to Kathmandu. The return trip will take us along a scenic road, where we will pass through picturesque terraces, cross streams and rivers, observe local settlements, and navigate the undulating hills. We will follow the same route we took during our outbound journey. The duration of the drive can vary, typically taking around 8 to 9 hours, depending on the prevailing conditions. We will travel back to your hotel in Kathmandu comfortably, either by bus or jeep and conclude our trekking adventure on a safe and satisfying note.

    Transfer duration: 142km, 6-7 Hours    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 19 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 20 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop: Private transportation will be arranged for your airport transfers before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: You will have a total of 4 nights in Kathmandu, staying in a twin-sharing room on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.
  • City Cultural Tour: Enjoy a guided City Tour in Kathmandu with an experienced City Tour Guide, and all entrance and monument fees are included.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Barpak and Soti Khola to Kathmandu accompanied by our Nepalese crew.
  • Meals during Tsum Valley Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided during the Tsum Valley Trek.
  • Accommodation during the Trek: Best available tea-house or lodge accommodation in twin-sharing rooms during the trek.
  • Trekking Staff: Well-experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for groups of over 6 people, and Porters (at a ratio of 2:1). Their daily allowances, meals, and accommodation will be provided.
  • Insurance: Our Nepalese team members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Trekking Permits: Special permit for Tsum Valley, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Entry Permit fee and TIMS card.
  • Taxes and Service Charges: All government-applicable taxes and the travel agency service charge are included in the package.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu before and after the Tsum Valley Trek.
  • International air ticket is not included.
  • Beverage, hard drinks, and alcohol expenses are not included.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure are not included.
  • Extra supporting staff, laundry, battery charge, and communication expenses are not included.
  • Personal expenses such as tea, coffee, bar bills, drinking water, beverages, snacks, hot showers, etc., are not included.
  • Travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation/natural disaster coverage, or personal reasons are not included.
  • In any case of natural calamities, mishaps, or anything beyond our control, the expenses are not included.
  • Tips and gratitude for the Nepalese Trekking crews are not included.

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The Tsum Valley Trek is a culturally vibrant and lesser-known hiking route in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This captivating trek leads you through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the picturesque Tsum Valley, renowned for its distinct Tibetan-influenced culture and cherished traditions.

Tsum Valley Trek usually takes around 14 to 21 days to complete, with the exact duration depending on the chosen itinerary and the acclimatization schedule. During this time, trekkers can relish the stunning landscapes, cultural encounters, and awe-inspiring presence of Mt. Manaslu, making it a truly unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas.

The best time to go on the Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather and conditions for trekking in the region.

During spring, the temperatures are moderate, and the hills and valleys come alive with blooming flowers and lush vegetation, creating a picturesque landscape. The weather is generally clear, providing excellent views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

In autumn, the skies remain clear with stable weather conditions, making it an ideal time for trekking. The trails are dry and easier to navigate, and the visibility is excellent, allowing trekkers to enjoy stunning panoramic vistas.

Both of these seasons are popular among trekkers and travelers, and you can expect pleasant temperatures during the day and cool nights. However, it's essential to be prepared for varying weather conditions, especially at higher altitudes, where temperatures can drop significantly. It's advisable to check weather forecasts and be equipped with proper clothing and gear for a safe and enjoyable Tsum Valley Trek.

Tsum Valley Trek is considered a moderate trek, requiring a reasonable level of fitness and endurance. Trekkers should be prepared for some challenging aspects, such as steep ascents and descents along the trail. The highest point on the trek is Ganesh Himal Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters. Although prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is beneficial to have some hiking or trekking background to make the journey more comfortable. Regular exercise and cardio training before the trek can help improve your fitness level and make the trek more enjoyable.

It's crucial to be well-prepared for the trek, both physically and mentally. Carrying appropriate gear, clothing, and essential items, along with staying hydrated and nourished during the trek, will contribute to a successful and memorable Tsum Valley Trek. Hiring a local guide and porter can also be advantageous, as they are familiar with the terrain and can provide assistance and valuable insights throughout the journey.

Yes, a permit is required for the Tsum Valley Trek. The trek falls under the restricted area, and a special permit is necessary for the Manaslu region, as well as the Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area. These permits can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Securing these permits is crucial to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the regions and ensuring responsible trekking practices. By obtaining the necessary permits, trekkers can enjoy a legal and fulfilling experience while exploring the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures along the Tsum Valley Trek. As permit requirements and regulations may change, it's essential to verify the latest information from official sources or registered trekking agencies before planning your trip.

Trekking in the protected areas of Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS card, as per the revised TIMS provision effective March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific protected areas in Nepal, and trekkers must be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Tsum Valley Trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Manaslu region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Manaslu region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Manaslu region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Tsum Valley Trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

Tsum Valley Trek offers various accommodation options, but it's important to be prepared for basic and rustic facilities, particularly at higher altitudes. The types of accommodation available depend on the specific route, time of year, and level of development in the area. Here are the common types of accommodations along the trek:

  • Teahouses/Lodges: Teahouses or lodges are the most common and popular form of accommodation. These are simple guesthouses run by locals, providing basic amenities like a bed, blankets, and shared bathrooms. Despite their simplicity, teahouses offer a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
  • Homestays: Some villages along the trek offer homestay options, allowing you to stay with local families for a more authentic cultural experience. Homestays usually provide basic facilities similar to teahouses but offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local way of life.
  • Camping: If you prefer a more adventurous experience or are trekking in less-developed areas, camping is an option. We'll arrange the camping gear, including tents and sleeping bags. Camping allows you to enjoy the wilderness and remote regions, but it requires more preparation.

Accommodation availability can be limited, especially during peak trekking seasons. It's advisable to make advance bookings, particularly in popular areas, to secure a place to stay. Meals in teahouses and lodges are usually simple but nourishing local dishes. As you climb to higher altitudes, accommodation options may become more limited, so it's crucial to plan your trek accordingly and be flexible with your itinerary. Hiring a local guide or trekking agency can help arrange suitable accommodations and make your trek more comfortable.

Tsum Valley Trek offers a plethora of highlights that make it a truly memorable and enriching experience. Here are some of the key highlights of the trek:

  • Tsum Valley Exploration: The trek takes you through the stunning Tsum Valley, renowned for its natural beauty, serene landscapes, and untouched Tibetan Buddhist culture. You'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings, with lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and pristine rivers.
  • Ancient Monasteries: The Tsum Valley is dotted with ancient monasteries, some dating back centuries. These monasteries are not only architectural wonders but also serve as important spiritual and cultural hubs for the local community. Visiting these monasteries allows you to witness intricate artwork, learn about Buddhist practices, and experience the serene atmosphere.
  • Cultural Interactions: One of the highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek is the chance to interact with the warm and hospitable locals. Tibetan Buddhism has had a significant influence on the people of Tsum Valley, who have managed to preserve their distinctive culture and traditions. Engaging with the locals provides insights into their way of life, traditional practices, and folk customs, creating meaningful cultural exchanges.
  • Spectacular Mountain Views: The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Manaslu (8,156 meters) and Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters). The snow-capped mountains, towering against the blue sky, create a mesmerizing backdrop throughout the journey. The panoramic vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes are a treat for nature and photography enthusiasts.
  • Flora and Fauna: The Tsum Valley region is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. You'll come across rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and rare plant species. The area is also known for wildlife sightings, including Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, and several bird species. Nature lovers will appreciate the richness and biodiversity of the region.

Tsum Valley Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and Himalayan grandeur. It presents an opportunity to explore a hidden gem, away from the bustling tourist trails, and discover the untouched charm of the Tsum Valley and its surroundings.

For the Tsum Valley Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Tsum Valley Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Tsum Valley Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Tsum Valley Trek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Manaslu Trekking. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Tsum Valley Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking in the Tsum Valley.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In cases of serious injuries requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Our English-speaking trekking guide from Ethic Himalaya is qualified by the Nepali government and assigned to be with you from the time you arrive in Kathmandu until you depart. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Sirdar (Sardar): Sirdar is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25 or 30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing, etc.). The porters transport the rest of the equipment to the following lodging. For the bag that the porters will carry, we kindly ask everyone to not exceed 13 kg. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country; the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time and continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male or female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with a summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes on for lack of habit).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. The Nepalese themselves don't always understand this instruction well. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice and lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea," complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and having extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Private vehicles are available for group transportation within the Kathmandu Valley. During trekking periods, we provide the services of porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • Private 4WD Jeep: Kathmandu to Barpak and Sotikhola to Kathmandu (6-seater Jeep with “local” comfort for transfers on the track). The Jeeps impose Spartan comfort. Most of the time, they have several seats facing the front facing the road and two seats parallel to the road facing each other in the back.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that if you do not abide by this safety provision, Ethic Himalaya will not be liable for any physical harm or property damage.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

During the trek in the Tsum Valley region, lodges offer a basic and rustic level of comfort, unlike the improved accommodations found on the Annapurna Tour due to higher tourist attendance. The lodge rooms in Tsum lack heating due to isolation and limited fuel, making a good sleeping bag essential for comfort. Sanitary facilities are also basic, with showers available for a fee and often lukewarm due to solar heating. Above 3,000m, hot water basins can be requested to conserve energy. Some lodges may not have electricity, but those with electricity offer battery charging and limited Wi-Fi for a fee. On the last night before the pass, if lodges are full, staying in a tent is the most rustic option, with no showers and a dirt floor. Lodge owners generally don't accept advance reservations for single rooms, so flexibility is necessary. Prepare adequately with essential items like a sleeping bag and light sandals for a more enjoyable trekking experience in the Manaslu region.

Clients are required to inform the company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3–10 hours and sometimes even up to 8–12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trek. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accidents, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Tsum Valley Trekking region offers a diverse climate due to its varying altitudes and topography. It can be divided into four main climate zones:

  • Tropical Climate (Lower Elevations): At altitudes below 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), the lower valleys have a warm to hot tropical climate throughout the year. Temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), with monsoon rains during the summer (June to August) creating lush landscapes. Trekking during this time may involve wet trails, but it also offers beautiful waterfalls and vegetation.
  • Temperate Climate (Mid-Elevations): Between 1,000 meters to 3,000 meters (3,280 feet to 9,840 feet), trekkers experience a moderate climate. Summers are cool, and winters are mild. The best trekking seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), with clear skies, stable weather, and colorful wildflowers.
  • Subalpine Climate (High Elevations): Elevations from 3,000 meters to 4,000 meters (9,840 feet to 13,120 feet) lead to a subalpine climate. Temperatures drop, and nights can be chilly. Winters (December to February) are cold, with possible snowfall at higher altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for colder conditions and may require suitable gear.
  • Alpine Climate (Upper Elevations): Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet), the region enters the alpine zone with extremely cold temperatures, especially in winter. Snow-covered landscapes and glaciers are common. Trekkers must exercise caution and have proper mountaineering gear to cope with the harsh conditions.

Keep in mind that mountainous weather can be unpredictable, so staying informed about forecasts and consulting local guides are essential for a safe trek in the Manaslu region.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Tsum Valley Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Tsum Valley Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Tsum Valley Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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