Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. The trek start and end point is Arughat, a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Pass the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa,Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.

Day 01:   Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:   Kathamndu preparation day
This day we will be free for Kathmandu valley sightseeing or other activities of your choice, hotel.

Day 03:   Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar (608 m)
We will drive approximately 6 hours by jeep and 8 hours by local bus to reach Arughat Bazaar. This is a starting point for Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek. We will stay at lodge/tented camp in Arughat Bazaar.

Day 04:   Arughat – Lapu Bensi (880 m) 6 hrs
This day we will walk 6 hours through straight trail to reach Lapu Bensi. Upto Khursani Bari it is a normal road afterwards it is little narrower till Lapu Bensi. Lapu Bensi village mainly consists of Gurung community one of the main ethnic community in Nepal. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 05:   Lapu Bensi – Tatopani (hot spring) (990m) 5 hrs
This day we will walk 5 hours through bank of Budhi Gandaki river, crossing jungles mainly consisting sal trees. In Tatopani we can take a dip in hot spring and enjoy. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 06:   Tatopani – Philim (1650 m)
This day we will walk 6 hours, we have to pass several villages, cross Budhi Gandaki river, on the way towards Philim we will find high school built by Japanese people, we will have good views of Shringi himal. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 07:   Philim – Chumling (2420 m)
This day we will walk 6 hrs, walking through narrow trail, passing jungles. There we will find small village called Eklebhatti. We will come across small Dukula village. After crossing Siyar khola we will reach Chumling. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 08:   Chumling – Chhekampar (2930 m)  
This day we will walk 5 hrs, crossing small villages through uphill and downhill zigzag trails we will reach Chhekampar. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 09:   Chhekampar – Nile (3361 m)
This day we will walk 4 hrs to reach Nile. We will walk along Sher Khola crossing several village. On the way we will find Chortens and Buddhist monasteries. In the evening we will reach Nile. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 10:   Nile – Mu Gompa (3700 m)
This day we will walk about 2 ½ hours to reach Mu Gompa. We will visit Monastery there. There we will find 60 monks living in the monastery but, in the winter they come to city areas because of cold and snowfall. We will stroll around the monastery and acclimatize. Overnight at camp.

Day 11:   Mu Gompa – Rachen (3240 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 hours. We will go to Ripchen Gompa to explore around. This Gompa accommodates Buddhist nuns only. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 12:   Rachen – Rentsam (2400 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 ½ hours. We will walk through mostly downhill trail to reach Rentsam. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 13:   Rentsam – Gompa Lomdang (3200 m)
This day we will walk about 3 hours. We will walk uphill and downhill trail crossing rhododendron and pine forests. In the afternoon we will reach Gompa which is a Nunnery Monastery. On the way to this Gompa we will see beautiful scenery of Ganesh Himal range. We will stroll around this Gompa till the evening. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 14:   Gompa Lomdang – Ripchet (2468 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 hours. Walking downhill up to Dumje, after that crossing Langdang Khola and walking through several suspension bridges and pine forests we will reach Ripchet. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 15:   Ripchet – Jagat (1410 m)
This day we will walk through Rhododendron and Pine forest, mostly downhill crossing several villages and Budhi Gandaki river through suspension bridge. After walking for about 7 hours we will reach Jagat. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 16:   Jagat – Khursani Bari (820 m)
This day we will walk for about 7 hours. We will walk through narrow trekking trail. Cross small river streams. On the way we will see Langur monkeys. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 17:   Khursani Bari – Arughat
This day we will walk for about 5 hours to reach Arughat. On the way we have to cross sal forest to reach Arughat. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 18:   Arughant –  Kathmandu
This day we will drive for around 6 hours by private vehicle and 8 hours by local bus to reach Kathmandu.

Day 19:   Kathmandu
This day you will be free for various activities such as shopping ,sightseeing and etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20:   Final Departure day
Transfer to international airport and fly to your destination.

Day 01:   Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:   Kathamndu preparation day
This day we will be free for Kathmandu valley sightseeing or other activities of your choice, hotel.

Day 03:   Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar (608 m)
We will drive approximately 6 hours by jeep and 8 hours by local bus to reach Arughat Bazaar. This is a starting point for Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek. We will stay at lodge/tented camp in Arughat Bazaar.

Day 04:   Arughat – Lapu Bensi (880 m) 6 hrs
This day we will walk 6 hours through straight trail to reach Lapu Bensi. Upto Khursani Bari it is a normal road afterwards it is little narrower till Lapu Bensi. Lapu Bensi village mainly consists of Gurung community one of the main ethnic community in Nepal. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 05:   Lapu Bensi – Tatopani (hot spring) (990m) 5 hrs
This day we will walk 5 hours through bank of Budhi Gandaki river, crossing jungles mainly consisting sal trees. In Tatopani we can take a dip in hot spring and enjoy. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 06:   Tatopani – Philim (1650 m)
This day we will walk 6 hours, we have to pass several villages, cross Budhi Gandaki river, on the way towards Philim we will find high school built by Japanese people, we will have good views of Shringi himal. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 07:   Philim – Chumling (2420 m)
This day we will walk 6 hrs, walking through narrow trail, passing jungles. There we will find small village called Eklebhatti. We will come across small Dukula village. After crossing Siyar khola we will reach Chumling. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 08:   Chumling – Chhekampar (2930 m)  
This day we will walk 5 hrs, crossing small villages through uphill and downhill zigzag trails we will reach Chhekampar. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 09:   Chhekampar – Nile (3361 m)
This day we will walk 4 hrs to reach Nile. We will walk along Sher Khola crossing several village. On the way we will find Chortens and Buddhist monasteries. In the evening we will reach Nile. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 10:   Nile – Mu Gompa (3700 m)
This day we will walk about 2 ½ hours to reach Mu Gompa. We will visit Monastery there. There we will find 60 monks living in the monastery but, in the winter they come to city areas because of cold and snowfall. We will stroll around the monastery and acclimatize. Overnight at camp.

Day 11:   Mu Gompa – Rachen (3240 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 hours. We will go to Ripchen Gompa to explore around. This Gompa accommodates Buddhist nuns only. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 12:   Rachen – Rentsam (2400 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 ½ hours. We will walk through mostly downhill trail to reach Rentsam. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 13:   Rentsam – Gompa Lomdang (3200 m)
This day we will walk about 3 hours. We will walk uphill and downhill trail crossing rhododendron and pine forests. In the afternoon we will reach Gompa which is a Nunnery Monastery. On the way to this Gompa we will see beautiful scenery of Ganesh Himal range. We will stroll around this Gompa till the evening. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 14:   Gompa Lomdang – Ripchet (2468 m)
This day we will walk for about 4 hours. Walking downhill up to Dumje, after that crossing Langdang Khola and walking through several suspension bridges and pine forests we will reach Ripchet. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 15:   Ripchet – Jagat (1410 m)
This day we will walk through Rhododendron and Pine forest, mostly downhill crossing several villages and Budhi Gandaki river through suspension bridge. After walking for about 7 hours we will reach Jagat. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 16:   Jagat – Khursani Bari (820 m)
This day we will walk for about 7 hours. We will walk through narrow trekking trail. Cross small river streams. On the way we will see Langur monkeys. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 17:   Khursani Bari – Arughat
This day we will walk for about 5 hours to reach Arughat. On the way we have to cross sal forest to reach Arughat. We will stay at lodge/tented camp.

Day 18:   Arughant –  Kathmandu
This day we will drive for around 6 hours by private vehicle and 8 hours by local bus to reach Kathmandu.

Day 19:   Kathmandu
This day you will be free for various activities such as shopping ,sightseeing and etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20:   Final Departure day
Transfer to international airport and fly to your destination.

COST EXCLUDE DURING THE TRIP:

  • Meals not specific in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
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