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Tsum Valley Trek 19 Days

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Discover the hidden Tibetan Buddhist land on the outskirts of one of the Himalayan's most remote valleys. Tsum Valley is one of the world's most remote Himalayan valleys, and it was previously a restricted area. The Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges provide spectacular scenery on the way to Tsum Valley. The area that was once part of Tibet has a very different appearance than the rest of the world. The Tsumbas, or people of Tsum Valley, are Tibetans who have developed their own dialect, art, culture, and religion. Just a few brave adventurers have ventured to this high and mysterious valley, which once served as a vital trading route between Tibet and the rest of the world. We trek the Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the first few days. The Tsum Valley is located in Manaslu's northern region and was previously a restricted area until 2008. In contrast to other touristy areas, the region is still less developed, with more virgin and off-the-beaten-path paths than the more common areas. Many outsiders may be surprised to learn that the Tsum people have their own way of life when it comes to home. Polyandry is a phenomenon in which all of the brothers in the family are married to a single person.

The trek begins and ends in Arughat, which is about a seven-hour drive from Kathmandu. The trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through thick woodland, terraced fields, and hill villages in the first half. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum Valley, we have the distinct impression that we are entering a completely secret valley. We also travel through alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people while on the trek. Pass through the Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim regions of the lower Buri Gandaki. We also go to the region's ancient Gombas, such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa.

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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu.

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Day 2
Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Arughat.

Today is a long driving day to the starting point of the trek, Arughat, to the west of Kathmandu. The drive that starts after breakfast will take about 8 hours to reach Arughat, a small but beautiful town situated on the banks of River Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight.

Day 4
Arughat – Soti Khola.

The first day of the trek today starts after breakfast leading through farmland, hydro power station, and forested area to go to Soti Khola, today’s destination. It will take you about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola traversing the uphill and downhill trail in the beautiful Budhi Gandaki valley. You will walk through various towns and villages like Mangaltar, Shanti bazaar, Arkhet Bazaar, Kuirepani etc to reach Soti Khola to stay overnight today.

Day 5
Soti Khola – Machha Khola – 870 m.

The very first section of the walk today goes uphill on the ridge above Budhi Gandaki river. You will walk past beautiful waterfalls along the uphill trail. The second section of the walk today descends and goes past through rice paddy field and to the village of Labubesi, a beautiful settlement of ethnic Gurung people. After a walk of about 7 hours, you reach Machha Khola to stay overnight.

Day 6
Machha Khola – Jagat - 2340 m.

You will walk to Jagat today after breakfast. The walk today involves lots of uphill and downhill ridge walking and takes you past a natural hot spring. You will walk on the well paved steps, cross suspension bridge over a river, climb up and go down several times to reach Jagat eventually. You will gain a good level of elevation today. Stay overnight at Jagat.

Day 7
Jagat – Chisapani – 1660 m.

The walk today goes past various beautiful places like Sirdibas, Ghatta Khola, Philim and eventually to Chisapani where you will spend the night today. The walk normally will involve going uphill and downhill as always and will take you about 5 hours to reach Chisapani. You will go lower on the elevation level today that yesterday. Stay overnight at Chisapani.

Day 8
Chisapani – Chumling – 2386 m.

You will walk to Chumling today. You will be walking through pine and rhododendron forests as you traverse the uphill and downhill trail. You will also have some beautiful views of Himalayan peaks of Himalchuli, Boudha Himal when you reach the village of Lokpa. You walk even further down and go up again through forested area. After walking for about 7 hours you will reach Chumling today to stay overnight.

Day 9
Chumling – Chokhangparo – 3010 m.

Walk to Chokhangparo today enjoying the spectacular view of Ganesh Himal. You will walk through beautiful places of Rainjam, Gho village, Tsum and finally to Chokhangparo to stay overnight there. It will take you about 5 hours to reach there.

Day 10
Chokhangparo – Nile – 3361 m.

You will walk past Lamagaun, Rachen Gumba, on the uphill trail today on the very first section of the walk. A 6 hours walk will take you to the village of Nile through the villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun, and Chhule. Stay overnight at Nile.

Day 11
Nile – Mu Gompa – 3700.

Walk for 3 hours to reach Mu Gompa which is close to Tibetan border. Visit the monasteries and spend overnight there.

Day 12
Mu Gompa Area Exploration.

One extra day at Mu Gompa to explore the area. Visit the monastery, Mu Gompa, and the surrounding. Stay overnight there.

Day 13
Mu Gompa – Burgi – 3245 m.

Walk to Burgi today via Chhula and Phurbe. Once you reach Burgi village, visit the cave of a famous Tibetan Saint, Milarepa. You can enjoy an incredible view of the Himalayas from there. Stay overnight at Burgi village.

Day 14
Burgi – Chumling – 2386 m.

Trek back down to Chumling. A 6 hours walk takes you to Chumling to stay overnight there.

Day 15
Chumling – Philim – 1570 m.

A long day trek of about 7 hours takes you back to Philim today. Stay overnight there.

Day 16
Philim – Khorlabesi – 970 m.

Walk to Khorlabesi today after breakfast. Trek past the beautiful village Jagat and past hot spring. Reach Khorlabesi after about 7 hours’ walk and stay overnight there.

Day 17
Khorlabesi – Soti Khola – 700 m.

Trek back to Soti Khola via Machha Khola, Labu Besi and Khursane. Stay overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 18
Soti Khola - Kathmandu.

Trek back to Arughat for 4 hours and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 19

You will be transferred to airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 star category with breakfast.
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide.
  • Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Domestic airport tax.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hot shower while on trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter..
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
  • Donation to the local organization.
  • Tilicho Lake Trek.
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