Tsum Valley Trek Short Itinerary | Cost | Distance

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Region
Manaslu Region
Start / End Point
Jagat/Jagat
Duration
19 Nights 20 Days
Max. Altitude
3700m
Meals Included
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Group Size
2-25
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March to June & October to January
Trip Code
MT-TVT
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Transporation
Jeep / bus
Grade
strenuous

Overview

Only opened to trekkers in 2008, Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most remote treks in Nepal. It is a sacred valley located in northern Gorkha with the magnificent backdrop of Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal. Generally, the Manaslu and Tsum Vally  region is less explored by trekkers than the Annapurna region. So, this trail is usually less crowded but the historically enriched culture with untainted flora and fauna has made it one of the most popular treks recently. This path leads us to a Tibetan border and the people of this trade are greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture. The people of this region are involved directly with Tibet in terms of trade.

Tsum Valley Trekking
    • The Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most remote treks in Nepal, and it was only opened to trekkers in 2008.
    • It is a sacred valley located in northern Gorkha with the magnificent backdrop of Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal.
    • The trek leads to a Tibetan border, and the people of this region are greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture.
    • The valley is filled with monasteries and chortens, reflecting their centuries-old culture.
    • The Tsum Valley is considered a magnificent and wonderful spiritual land.
    • The footprint of Jetsun Milarepa, the great tantric master of Tibet, is set on the stone of the Piren Phu Cave here.
    • People of Tibetan origin mainly inhabit Tsum Valley. They speak a unique dialect and follow Buddhism as their dominant religion. The valley is filled with monasteries and chortens, reflecting their centuries-old culture.
    • Discover a hidden gem that has managed to preserve its rich culture and traditions even in modern times. Experience a unique blend of tradition and modernity that will leave a lasting impression.
    • Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in Tsum Valley, is located at 3650  meters altitude. It’s known for its serene environment and deep silence, perfect for meditation.

A Lesser Known Trail!

    Tsum Valley was open to foreigners in 2008, and it is enlisted in the restricted area of Nepal. The trail goes along the historic salt-trading path on the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. The trekking route is a part of the Manaslu Conservation Area.Tsum valley trek follows an off-beaten path that goes through some stunning scenarios and quaint cultural villages offering both stunning natural beauty and rich cultural experiences. 
     While there may be fewer people on this route, don't worry about going hungry or without a place to stay. New tea houses are being built to ensure you have all the comforts you need. It's worth noting that prices for food and lodging are slightly higher in the Manaslu region, but the experience is priceless.

    Explore the Rich Culture

    The trail also entails walking across numerous stunning monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels that line your path, providing a glimpse into ancient Buddhist traditions. 
    The inhabitants of this region are greatly influenced by Tibetan culture, and this trek provides a glimpse into the lives of people living in the Himalayas. 
    Moreover, the Manaslu trek with Tsum Valley is moderately challenging, but not among the most challenging treks. Additionally, the risk of altitude sickness is significantly low in this area.

    Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary - 8 Days with Trek Distance:

    Days 
    Itinerary
    Distance
    1
    Ktm | Pkr to Jagat 
    182 km or 200 km
    2
    Jagat to Lokpa
    16 km / 10 miles
    3
    Lokpa to Gho village
    17 km / 10.5 miles
    4
    Gho to Nile
    17 km / 10.5 miles
    5
    Nile to Mu Gompa to Chhekampar
    16 km / 10 miles
    6
    Chhekampar to Chumling
    15.5 km / 9.6 miles
    7
    Chumling to Philim
    13 km / 8.08 miles
    8
    Philim to Jagat, drive to PKR/ KTM
    8 km / 4.9 miles (trek)

    Total Driving distance:

    364 km / 266 miles from Kathmandu and back to Kathmandu.
    400 km / 248 miles from Pokhara and back to Pokhara.
    382 km / 237 miles from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu if changing destination (after the end of the Tsum Valley trek). 
     

    Total Trekking Distance: 103 kilometers / 64.5 miles

    Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary - 10 Days with Trek Distance:

    Day 1 
    KTM / PKR to Jagat drive 
    182 km / 200 km
    Day 2 
    Jagat to Lokpa 
    16 km
    Day 3 
    Lokpa to Chumling
    9 km
    Day 4
    Chumling to Chhekampar
    11 km
    Day 5
    Chhekampar to Nile
    10 km
    Day 6
    Nile to Mu Gompa and return to Lamagaun
    18.4 km
    Day 7
    Lamagaun to Sipchet / Ripchet 
    14 km
    Day 8 
    Sipchet or Ripchet to Philim
    16 km
    Day 9 
    Philim to Machhakhola
    23 km
    Day 10
    Machhakhola to KTM / PKRby jeep / Bus 
    142 km / 160 km


    Whole Tsum Valley Trekking Map:

    Map of Tsum valley for the whole tsum valley trek

     

Exploring a Hidden Civilization

Shear Khola, originating from the Glacier of Ganesh Himal and streams from glaciers of Sringi Himal, irrigate the valley. The valley also inhabits animals like the Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar. Historic monasteries like Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba are located in the valley along with Lungdang Gumba, which sits at the base of a hill.

Tsum Valley Trek takes you through pine forests, rigorous rivers, beautiful waterfalls, stunning villages, gompas, and monasteries. Furthermore, it also provides some incredible views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Manaslu.

You can do this trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot or too cold.

We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout Tsum Valley Trek.

The best seasons to explore the Tsum Valley Trek 

You can combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek for the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek. Also, we can traverse through Larkya La Pass and combine it with the Tsum valley. You will find Tsum Valley Trekking itinerary given below.The best seasons to explore the Tsum Valley Trek in Gorkha, Nepal, are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (Mid-September to mid-December). These times offer a great opportunity to observe and learn about the local life of the Tusm people and their traditional farming style, which is a unique aspect of this trek, as compared to other trekking trails like Annapurna and Everest areas. The Spring season unveils the breathtaking potato and barley harvesting activities, and the weather remains steady, ensuring crystal-clear views of the majestic mountains, including Ganesh Himal. Meanwhile, Autumn season showcases the lively livestock herds that are brought down from the high mountains to the village before the onset of winter in November. However, it’s possible to trek year-round in this Himalayan region.

Mu Gompa:

Mu Gompa sits atop a hill surrounded by towering peaks in a breathtaking, isolated setting. The monastery is hours away from the nearest village, making it a wonderfully peaceful place perfect for meditation. Around 20 monks live, study, and practice at Mu Gompa. The younger monks attend classes with the resident teacher, participate in religious ceremonies, and assist with daily chores. Meanwhile, the older monks - some of whom have lived there for over 40 years - spend their time in spiritual retreats, guiding the younger monastics in their practice.

The harsh Tsum Valley environment makes life very difficult at Mu Gompa. The wind constantly whistles through the buildings, and the winters are long and brutally cold. There is hardly any heating, and food supplies depend on the unpredictable weather. Just getting the necessities for daily survival requires a lot of work. The high altitude means only hardy crops like potatoes, Champa, barley, and mustard can grow, even those with a short summer season. When the summer rains fail, the threat of famine is always present.

Most supplies must be brought in from the lower Gorkha region - Arughat Bazar or by yak caravan, on pack horses from Tibet. These high transportation costs make everything comparatively expensive, from food, and medicine to building materials. The remote Tsum communities need a lot of outside assistance to improve their difficult living conditions, and Kopan continues to initiate projects to help.

Where Tibet and Nepal Meet: Tsum Valley Trekking, Nepal Himalaya

Short Tsum valley trek itinerary - 8 Days

  1. day 1

    Pkr | Ktm to Jagat (1,290 m)

  2. day 2

    Jagat (1,290 m) to Lokpa (2,240 m):

  3. day 3

    Lokpa (2,240 m) to Gho village|Renzam Village (2,415 m)

  4. day 4

    Gho | Renzam Village (2,415 m) to Nile (3,480 m)

  5. day 5

    Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m) back to Chhekampar (3,000 m )

  6. day 6

    Chhekampar (3,000 m ) to Chumling (2,386 m):

  7. day 7

    Chumling (2,386 m) to Philim (1,590 m):

  8. day 8

    Philim (1,590 m) to Jagat (1,290 m)and drive to Pokhara Kathmandu

Tsum Valley Trekking Route Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    •  Professional English-speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
    • Accommodations during the trek.
    • Set Breakfast during the trekking.
    • Transportation to SotiKhola from Kathmandu.
    • Public Jeep from Chamche to Besisahar.
    • Transportation from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
    • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which your Travel Insurence Company will pay.
    • Sleeping bag and trekking Sticks, if necessary ( return after the trek).
    • All special trekking permits for the Manaslu region.
    • ACAP entry permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
    • MCA permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project).
    • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charges.

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Accomondation, Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel Insurance(Compulsory).
  • Excluded Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
  • Your Personal expenses, entrance fees, and & personal expenses
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

Note: You can include Lunch and Dinner within the package itself, with an extra cost of 15$ - 20$ per day.

Why choose North Nepal Travel and Trek for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Our team consists of local guides who are best trained, certified, and have many years of experience. They are easy to communicate with and friendly. You will definitely love their service and friendly nature. They are trained to efficiently handle any bad situation due to any circumstances.

Our travel package can be customized per your need and the number of days you have for trekking. Our package includes all the charges for food, accommodation, guide, porter, permits, and many more. We will also be taking care of our guide's and porters' insurance, food, housing, and medical care. Our valuable trekkers’ and our staff’s satisfaction is our top priority.

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What are the things to carry with you for Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

  • A backpack
  • Smartphone: Smartphones can be convenient for the purpose of navigation using navigation apps, or you can also carry a trekking map.
  • Water filters or some water purifying tablets: It can save money for your travel.
  • Sleeping Bag: You should definitely carry a small sleeping bag for you as the temperature at higher altitudes will be very cold.
  • Hiking shoes, socks, towel, and stick
  • Warm and Light Jackets, yoga pants
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, lotion, Cap, tissues, Sanitizer, etc.

1: What about food and accommodations?
Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is one of the underrated treks among trekkers however, tea houses are very common in most places of this region. Several options are available for the food so, the guest can savor the cuisine according to their taste. As for the lodgings, each visitor gets a single room but in some cases, they have to share their room. We can also spend our night in a tent but the gear and tools for the camping should be carried from the city areas. In conclusion, we can say that the facilities for food and lodging are not a problem on this journey.

2: When is the best time to travel there?
Months from March to May and October to December are prime times to commence the journey to the Manaslu region. During March-May, the weather is usually clear and most of the hills are covered with green vegetation. Also, snowfall is pretty common in this season. But, the clearest and most majestic view of the Himalayas can be seen in October as the skies are very clear with no rainfall and meager fog. The paths are often muddy and have high chances of landslides during monsoon whereas the people of this region usually migrate to the lower region to cope with an extreme cold during January and February.

3: Is this trek possible with children?
This trek is one of the longest treks so, carrying children may be burdensome. However, with extra care and caution children can conquer the trek but may face copious amounts of difficulties along the way. To minimize the burden, the hikers may opt to hire a special caretaking guide for the whole journey.

4: How do I prepare for this long journey?
Many trekkers opt to hike to nearby hills in order to prepare for the trek. It will be better if the trekkers perform a normal medical check-up such as blood pressure, heartbeat, etc. Any hikers in need of special medication must inform the guides and should take the medication. The mandatory gear and tools should be packed compulsorily and warm clothes are a must. The trek is long so, dry foods are very necessary for an energy boost during a walk. Alcohol consumption should be strictly avoided. Most importantly, the trekkers must follow the guide's instructions and advice.

5: Do I need a special permit for this trek?
Yes, you may need to pay for the permit since this place falls under the Manaslu Conservation Area. The cost of the permit for the Manaslu region is US$ 100 per person for a week from September to November and an additional US$15 is added per day for each person after a week. Similarly from December to August, it cost US$ 75 per person for a week with an additional US$ 10 added to each person after a week of their stay.

6: What is different about Tsum Valley Trekking?
Tsum Valley trek nearly touches the Tibetan border so, the cultures around this place are vastly influenced by the Tibetan culture. Most of the trades of this region are completed through Tibet. The import of goods is done from Tibet in this region.

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