Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking

‘On exclusive scenic trails in the hidden corners of Far North-Mid West Himalaya’

Highlights:

  • Exciting drive to scenic Nepal’s Mid West Himalaya around high Tsum valley
  • Exploring traditional farm villages of Tsum tribes with interesting Buddhist culture
  • Beautiful alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-birch-pines and fir tree lines
  • Adventure from warm rice paddies to alpine cool areas ending at arctic dry zone at Mu Gompa
  • Daily fabulous view of Manaslu mountain range with Ganesh and Annapurna Himalaya
  • Walking from high Gorkha hills and mountains towards valley of happiness at Tsum

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents Tsum Valley of Happiness located towards remote North Mid -West of Nepal Himalaya, sandwiched between towering peaks of massive Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Mountain range.

It was closed to foreign travelers and been exposed to the outside world to visit and trek within its incredible valley from 1999 AD onwards, so the region is quite fresh and virgin country where old Trans-Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade Route used to take place and still exists since past hundred of centuries. Tsum a hidden Shangri-la and it translates as ‘valley of happiness’ or “Beyul  Kyimolung” in local language which has strong Tibetan influence with Buddhist culture and custom including traditional way of daily life around this beautiful Tsum Valley of Happiness.

Travelers seeking for new fresh destinations, this is the right place where you can enjoy marvelous views of massive Ganesh Himal known as Yangra in Tibetan and local languages with Manaslu range of peaks which includes Boudha and Himal-Chuli in the shade of Tsum villages immense culture and ancient traditions where you can explore its ancient monasteries of Rachen and Mu Gompa of great interest. This amazing Tsum Valley of Happiness starts with an exciting overland drive walking from warm paddy fields to alpine cooler hills and then leads to complete wilderness with barren and arid landscapes like of Tibetan plateau. After an enjoyable and mesmerizing time around Tsum valley, our walk completes heading down to raging Budhigandaki River at Soti Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu on concluding one of the most awesome adventures in and around Tsum Valley of Happiness.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m - 08 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-par 3,010 m - 05 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milarepa cave - 07 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

Day 11:  Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.

Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

Day 13:  Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) - 08 hours.

Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m - 07 hours.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 18: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking, lodge or camping on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02:  In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking. (other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journeys.

Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Dhading Besi a large town headquarters of Dhading district, after Dhading heading to Arughat town by the River Buri Gandaki, drive continues on rough road following Buri Gandaki upstream from Arughat Bazaar to reach at Soti-Khola for overnight stop in the comfort of local lodge.

Arughat town and Soti Khola an active village of lower Gorkha district with many shops and stores, where villagers of surrounding Gorkha and Dhading areas visits for shopping local commodities.

Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for the overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm village with shops and stores.

Day 06:  Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farmhouses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

After Lakuwa village and leaving the Buri Gandaki River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.

Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-Paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes look similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for an overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milarepa cave - 07 hours.

After Chokan-Paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto the open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survive around this arid terrain.

The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with the visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.

Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.
Rest with the free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.

Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on the nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for an overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.

Day 14:  Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill the following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for the overnight stop.

This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
From here onwards on the warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believe that the spring water has a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours. 
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 hrs.
Catching morning views of snow-clad peaks, overland drive leads to a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, heading to warmer area and back into rural farm country and villages to reach around farm country of Gorkha and Dhading districts.

After Dhadingbesi area our drive concludes at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with the free afternoon for individual activities.

Day 18:  Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Enjoying time around scenic high hills and mountains around Nepal North Mid West at Manaslu Circuit trekking with glorious views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time around Tsum valley of happiness trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Awesome Adventure Trek allows a free day for you to enjoy individual activities in and around Kathmandu or just relax recalling the memories of beautiful Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking around Far Mid West Himalaya.

Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking around far North Mid-West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for the international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

Cost-Inclusives:

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 3 night with the bed and breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Private Jeep transport Kathmandu to soti Khola
  • Sharing Jeep Tall(trekking ending Point) to Beshishahar
  • Beshi shahar to Kathmandu by private Jeep/Car/Van/ Bus
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • All necessary paper work Tsum valley special permit Manaslu Speical Permit ACAP and MCAP Permit
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • All the Mountain accommodations comfortable private room with sharing Bathroom
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, transport and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll.

Cost-Exclusives:

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Electronic device re charge
  • Wi Fi

Requirements for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Manaslu and Tsum valley Himalaya region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Tsum valley region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. For adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, the transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size:
For Manaslu and Tsum valley region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.

Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us.
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with the license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.

On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness.
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot.
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have a thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal.
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 3-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.

In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee).
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with the overnight stop.

Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.

Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.

Support staff (porter)
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

Booking Procedure:
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.

Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.

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