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Tsum Valley Trekking - 16 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Treks
Accomodation selected hotel in Kathmandu and tea house during the trek
Duration 16 Days
Region Manaslu Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2 - 16
MAX. ALTITUDE 3,700m at Mu Gumba
MEALS INCLUDED Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWTTK015
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec,
GRADE Moderate
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Explore the secret Tibetan Buddhist land,which lies in the heart of the most isolated and hidden Himalayan Valley. With the history of Buddhism, also discover the beauty of nature in the off beaten route which provides spectacular views of the majestic mountains.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
  • Exploration of the Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • Waterfalls, rivers and caves along the way
  • Comparatively easy trek with no fear of altitude sickness
  • Wildlife animals like blue sheep and Himalayan thar
  • Many Buddhist monasteries
  • Prayer flags and Mani walls along the route
  • Stunning views of mountains like Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
  • Beautiful pine, juniper and rhododendron forests.
Benefits
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

Overview

Tsum Valley is a scared Himalayan pilgrimage valley that is situated in the northern Gorkha. It is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valley, the untouched beauty makes the trek much more enjoyable and pleasant. The valley gives us an amazing view of the landscapes and the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Boudha Himal.

The Tsum valley is still not as much exposed like other trekking destinations as it was restricted until the year of 2008. As the valley is rich in Buddhist culture, it comprises of many religious monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. Not just the culture, but the biodiversity is splendid as well with many forests, rivers, caves etc.

The journey heads off with a scenic drive to Arughat following to Soti Khola. We will climb the Budhi Gandaki valley upstream via the mix of green terrains and many villages. As we trek, we will pass through blooming rhododendron and pine forests. Continuing the trek, we will be heading from Jagat to Lokpa where the trail will further lead us to Tsum valley; a home to Tibetan locals. The route will have many prayer flags and mani walls that indicate the Buddhist culture. Along with it, we will pass by glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls and the beauty of the nature within the valley. On the way, we will also be visiting the Piren Phu cave which is one of the most scared cave in the valley. While on the way we may see the local wildlife such as the blue sheep or the Himalayan thar. We will visit the monasteries on our way like the Mu Gompa then the Rachen Gompa. After crossing several suspensions bridges we will reach Gumba Lungdang where after an overnight we will trek to the Ganesh Himal base camp. This exciting trek to the camp is indeed a rewarding one. Then we head back trekking to Lokpa then further down to Jagat. On the following day, we cross many bridges and villages reaching the Arughat Bazaar and from there we drive back to Kathmandu.

The Tsum Valley Trek is indeed an adventurous one that takes you via the off beaten route where you will explore the Tibetan culture, witness the nature’s beauty and also give a pleasant trek. Trekkers may also wish to opt for other trekking packages we offer like
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Drive to Arughat 5-6 hrs. then to Soti Khola (730m/2,896ft) 2hrs.

After an early morning breakfast, we will begin our journey with a scenic drive to Arughat, following to Soti Khola. Driving in the Prithivi Highway; west from Kathmandu, we will be passing by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhadhing (1050m). In this long drive, we will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well. From Dhading Bensi, we will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be rough. Along the way we will see beautiful mountain scenery like Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Arughat being a large settlement, it is clustered on both sides of Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
day 2
Trek to Machha Khola (890m/2,965ft) 6-7 hrs.

We begin our trek to Machha Khola. We will be crossing the Soti Khola with an attractive view of waterfalls and the river. Then we will be walking through the beautiful Sal forest, following the climb onto a ridge above the huge rapids of the Budhi Gandaki river on the way to Liding (750m). Passing through the rocky trails, we reach Khursane. Across Budhi Ganadaki are the views of Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange that looks incredible. Soon after, we will be trekking down rice terraces taking us to Lapubesi; a Gurung village. The path takes us where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki wanders among wide gravel bars. The trail follows down to the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki and we trek down to Nauli Khola crossing a suspension bridge and eventually arriving at Machha Khola.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 3
Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft) 6-7 hrs.

After an early morning breakfast, we will trek through a fertile landscape as there will be a few ups and downs. Crossing the Tharo Khola, we will reach Khorlabesi. We slowly begin to gain elevation. As we trek, we pass through a natural hot spring at Tatopani meaning ‘hot water’ in Nepali. Continuing the trek, we walk through the valley as it gets narrower but nature’s beauty does not cease to fail us in the attractiveness. We climb over a ridge, then we cross the Budhi Gandaki river via a suspension bridge. Witnessing picturesque villages, we climb on a wide well designed staircase across a landslide then over a ridge that takes us to Doban. As we ascend up to the Budhi Ganadaki river, we arrive at Yaru Khola that takes us further to a stone staircase with prayer flags hung on the way. We climb more stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Along the route, we pass through paved stones along with mani walls and high overlooks over rivers. Then we reach the appealing village of Jagat that lies on the west side of Budhi Gandaki River.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 4
Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft) 6-7 hrs.

Before heading to Lokpa, we will register our permits of Manaslu and Tsum valley at the entry checkpoint. Climbing a ridge over Sallery, we will walk along the river bank crossing the Budhi Gandaki river via a long wide suspension bridge. Continuing to trek, the valley opens up as we head towards Phillim. The trek through out is a very pleasant one. We will pass by Ekle Bhatti where the trail separates between Tsum and Manaslu. As we trek, we will notice the welcome board, so we head towards Lokpa. On the way, we will see a few villages and rivers. The rivers begin to narrow down as we meet the convergence of the Syar river from the Tsum valley. Taking a right turn, the trail takes us forward, eventually reaching the Lokpa village. This village is the first village in the Tsum valley that gives us the opportunity to view the beautiful Manaslu range. This village is isolated and is a hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 5
Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft) 5-6 hrs.

The day begins with a trek from Lokpa village which is an entrance to a wild route to Tsum Valley. Although the actual entrance begins from a deep slender and a narrow gorge. Depending on the weather, if favorable, on the way we will be blessed by the amazing view of the Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal. The route takes us descending down to the Lungwa river valley as we climb through the dense tropical forests of rhododendron, juniper and pine. The route takes us to Gumling where we only capture the serene nature. Shortly, we cross the Syar Khola again, arriving at the village of Chumling. As the day slowly comes to an end, we will have spare time to visit the monasteries of Chumling; The Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa. This village includes telephone service as well as health post.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 6
Trek to Chhokang Paro (3,031m/9,944ft) 5-6 hrs.

The destination for today is Chhokang Paro and we begin our trek early in the morning. The upper Tsum valley opens from Chhokang Paro. It is a village that is situated on a flat land and is made up of two settlements which are Chhokang and Paro. As we cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank, we will see great views of Ganesh Himal and from the south, we can see spectacular views of Boudha Himal and Himalchuli peaks to the south west. We continue trekking pass Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge, arriving at the Gho village. After another two hours climb, we finally make it to the village of Chhokanparo. In this village, we will be welcomed by hospitable locals welcoming us with Tibetan tea (butter tea) and local meals. If favorable weather, we will enjoy the views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 7
Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft) 4-5 hrs,

The Nile village is on the western side and is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. It is on the sunside of the Shiar Khola and about twenty minutes’ walk from across Chhule. As we trek, we will pass the Piren Phu cave which is also known as the piegeon cave. This cave is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum Valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. The famous Tibetan saint called Milarepa was believed to have meditated in that cave as his footprint is imprinted on the cave. The route further is a very pleasant trek, as we will be walking pass green meadows and the landscape become fertile and narrow. The farmers will be busy farming. There are two separate monasteries that are attached to the rocky cave. It is abundantly painted with Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on the stones and long prayer flags and Buddhist paper scripts are in it that makes it one of the most important socio cultural asset in the valley. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Shiar Khola, we will soon arrive at Nile.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 8
Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m/12,139ft), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m/13,320ft) 3-4 hrs.

Followed by an early morning breakfast, we will head out of Nile as the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gompa. It is the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gompa is located at the highest and the farthest point in the Tsum Valley. It was established in the 1895 AD and includes many religious books including Kangyur, a life size statue of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambavya and Tara. The route takes us through yak pastures through typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. The monastery has rows of Chortens and beautiful mountain views and houses. The historical Dephyudonma monastery connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama, on the lap of the rugged mountains, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals (B+L+D).
day 9
Trek to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,629ft) 3-4 hrs.

Shortly after breakfast, we will head from Mu Gompa to rachen Gompa; a nunnery following the trails. It is situated in the Shiar Khola valley in the footills of the mountains that border between Nepal and Tibet. We return down valley through Chhule, and continue down as far as Phurbe. Walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and crossing flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa was established on the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. The interior of the Gompa is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

day 10
Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/10,498ft) 5-6 hrs.

After trekking south, we cross a bridge to the west bank passing through the Chhokangparo again. We descend down the old trail towards Chumling and approximately two hours later we will witness a small white gompa on the left at Gho (2,458m). We decsned down a narrow trail that passes through a Gompa then onto a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola. Soon, we will be crossing the bridge to Domje which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and a school. Further with a steep climb through pine, juniper and rhododendron forest, the track starts to traverse at a mani walls with many prayer flags hung. This sight of the Tibetan culture is absolutely beautiful. Finally, in the forest, there is a prayer flag that marks the uphill trail and makes a zigzag climb though a big silver pine to reach the Gompa in Lungdang. Rhododendrons will be seen blooming everywhere. If this trek is done during the spring season, the view will be definitely be breath taking seeing the nature capture our eyes and mind. This small gompa has forty nuns and an intense puja from 6:00-7:30pm every night unless the nuns are on holidays which could be for some months in a year. From the gompa, beautiful and astonishing views of the mountains can be seen.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 11
Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m) 7-8 hrs.

Today is an exciting day as we will be trekking to the Ganesh Himal Base camp. On the route, the forest wilderness and the views make it an enjoyable and an adventurous trek even though the altitude rise may cause difficulty in breathing and hiking. The route crosses through two small valleys dropping on the muddy meanders on a shortcut to regain the lower track and continue up the valley via a thick and dense forest. We will cross a small pasture, taking a right turn, we decsned the track and down to the river. The suspension bridge takes us to a bank. The trail becomes slightly challenging but we will manage to cross the forest with many winds thrown trees crossing the Laudang Khola on the west bank on top of an unbalanced wooden bridge. Yet again, we climb through steep rhododendron and pine forests eventually reavhing on to a ridge and stone huts besides a large stone in Kharka. Shortly, we will reach a landscape with greenery. Flat grassy lands and the lateral moraine of the Torogumba Glacier. As we continue climbing up, in a couple of hours we reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. After appreciating and admiring the effort to reach up here, we will then return back to Gumba Lugdang as it is a short trek.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 12
Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft) 6-7 hrs.

Today we will be returning back to Lokpa. We will decsned down to Domje by trekking in the upper track crossing the Laudang Khola. Crssoing an unstable swing bridge between the lowest two houses in Domje, we will stay on the south bank of the Siyar Khola. As we walk by, we will come cross a new trail via a beautiful dense forest that will take us yet to another deep gorge and swinging bridges to Ripche (2,470m). We walk down the stairs to the Bhatti Ghumlong which we had walked through several days ago. As we climb up again through a pine forest, we will reach Lokpa.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 13
Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft) 6-7 hrs.

As we descend down to Jagat, we will be rejoining the Budhi Gandaki river. As we trek, we will get a few glimpses of the mountains. Walking through forests and terrains, gives us an easy pleasant trek. Taking breaks in between, we will reach Sirdibas. After crossing a few suspension bridges, we will finally reach Jagat.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 14
Trek to Lapu Bensi (900m/2,952ft) 7-8 hrs.

After an early morning breakfast, we will be descending to Lapu Bensi. The trek today will be at ease and pleasant as we will walk through terrains and cross severela bridges. Trekking down to Machha Khola we will yet again cross a suspension bridge over the Nauli Khola. As we trek on the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki, we will finally reach the Lapu Bensi; a small beautiful Gurung village.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 15
Trek to Arughat Bazaar (535m/1,755ft) 4-5 hrs.

Today we will have a short trek back to Arughat Bazaar. Firstly we will be trekking a couple of hours following the Budhi Gandaki river that will take us to Soti Khola. From Soti Khola we will be taking a jeep to Arughat Bazaar. After a couple of hours of drive, we will reach the Arughat Bazaar. In this town, there are small cafes and shops where we can explore. Trekkers may wish to rest at the lodge or explore this town.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 16
Drive back to Kathmandu

Followed by an early morning breakfast, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. The drive will be scenic as we will be passing by the beautiful Trishuli river. Also, the greenery of the hills will be eye pleasing. We will be driving west towards Kathmandu via the Prithivi Highway. Shortly, we will reach Kathmandu, where you will be escorted to your respective hotels. After wards, with spare time in hands, trekkers may wish to rest at their hotel or explore the Kathmandu city.

What is Included?

  • Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat back toKathmandu by local bus.
  • Tea House/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • All Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek.
  • Official DWT (Government registered and licensed) Expert Leader Guide, 1 assitant guide for 12 or baove trekkers, with accompanying porters (generally, 1 porter per 2 trekkers) to assist withcarrying gear during the trek. (We cover the porters’meals, lodging, salary, transport,insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Tsum Valley special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Transport from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Certificate of Completion.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation, 3 meals (breakfast, meal and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays cause by out of management control for example, landscape, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for Tsum Valley Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries
Face
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
Hands
  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves
Body
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants
Foot wear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)
Toiletries
  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Getting there

You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. The next day we will be traveling to our destination via bus or a local jeep.

Free transfer

We provide free airport pickup and drop by private vehicle. Upon arrival you’ll be warmly welcomes by our Discovery world trekking crew with a traditional offering of Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then directly transfer you to your hotel. To make use of this service please submit full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by mail.

Accommodation

The Tsum Valley Trek 16 days is a long trek with 16 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Two nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Meals

The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of 16 breakfasts, 16 lunch and 15 dinner are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine.We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude for health benefit.Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the packages, although there are variety of Nepalese and international cuisine readily available for you to choose according to our taste.

Best Season

The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Tsum Valley Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature, strong winds, storms and slippery trails.

January – February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time because the trek is challenging itself and the snow would make it more tough.

March-April

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Tsum Valley Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with variety of colors.

May-June

This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July-August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. The trails would be very slippery. As we will be trekking to the Ganesh Himal Base camp, so avoiding such risks would be advised.

September-October

This is also one of the perfect season for the Tsum Valley trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Tsum Valley trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November- December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins in the Manasluregion and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, he temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization

Our 16 days Tsum Valley Trekking package spends three to four nights over 3500m above the sea level, where there is somehow at the risk of being affected by altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

The Tsum Valley trek is a challenging yet a rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides

A typical day on the 12 Days Around Manaslu Trek

Every day will be rewarding with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7AM to 8AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest.The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places.Dinner is served around 6PM to 7PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges at The Tsum Valley trek, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.

Travel Insurance Policy

Trekking in The Tsum Valley Trek requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. To join in The Tsum Valley trek, at a minimum, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is must to cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusively helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in The Tsum Valley Trek, with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment. You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage ,Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials,You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and wont wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Tsum ValleyTrekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking.In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Tsum Valley trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

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Trip Reviews

Manaslu Trek
Erick
5 - Excellent
11/10/2019

As first timer I had a great time during the trek. Paul and the rest of the Discovery World Trekking team took care of me and the rest of our contingent. I was given a thorough assistance from the day of preparation til the end of the journey. The Manaslu Circuit has a level of difficulty specially during the trek at the base camp and Larke Pass. But everything went fine as our guide and porters made sure that we were safe and having great time. I will definitely do this again maybe in other Circuits and will have Discovery world arranged it. I highly recommend this agency for adventure seekers. Thank you Paul and the rest of your highly skilled team members.

The best tour company in Nepal!
david
5 - Excellent
09/19/2019

My girlfriend and I just spent 16 absolutely perfect days trekking the Manaslu circuit. Discovery World Trekking looked after us from the moment we arrived in Kathmandu to the moment we left. Communication with Paul was easy and straight forward, he was very informative and welcoming when we visited him at the head office. His pride in his company is very obvious and its quite refreshing to see someone with such passion for their work. Our guide Dil was highly professional, funny, entertaining and safe. He taught us alot about the villages we visited, areas we passed through and Nepalese culture in general. He sorted everything from our bus fares, to meals, to translation with the locals. It was also great that he is a similar age to my partner and I so we had lots of things in common and could get along easily with him. Our porter Kaji was amazing, it was his first time being a porter and he was very strong. He made us laugh multiple times each day, climbed trees to get us some fruit and had a keen eye for wildlife spotting monkeys and deer we would have never seen otherwise. Overall we are extremely happy with the service Discovery World Trekking has given us, and best of all they are quite price competitive. If you dont choose this company for your next trekking experience be warned you are making a mistake. There are too many cowboys out there that could leave you stranded. We will absolutely use Discovery World Trekking again without hesitation if we ever come back to Nepal. Thank you to Paul, Dil and Kaji for an unforgettable journey.

Tsum Valley
Greg
5 - Excellent
10/19/2019

We arranged our trek with Paul from Discovery World Trekking while still in Australia and ever since our first correspondence the experience has been fabulous! Paul responded promptly to all our inquiries, answered all the questions, sorted out all of the necessary permits and documents and informed us, in great detail, of the itinerary and how to prepare for the adventure. He was happy to make changes to the itinerary and be flexible during the trek. Our group consisted of 4 people (one, Con joined our group in Kathmandu) and some of us arrived on a different flights but Paul welcomed us all at the airport and drove us to our hotels. Ever since our arrival everything was brilliantly organised and no delays/issues encountered. Our guide, Soraj, turned out to be exceptional. He looked after us very well, his knowledge of the mountains, the people and culture enhanced the experience. We truly enjoyed walking with him and learned a lot from him throughout the trek. The three porters, Mansing Gurung, Suresh Gurung and Bam Gurung that were accompanying us were also lovely people. They were incredibly helpful and cheerful despite the hard work of carrying our bags. We have many memorable moments thanks to them; laughing, singing, joking around. We even had a cake on Soraj's birthday. We do not know how to thank them... We would always recommend DWT to anyone! We will certainly use their services in the future!!! Thank you Soraj Gurung, Mansing Gurung, Suresh Gurung and Bam Gurung!!! We are extremely grateful! We are booking Everest and Goyko Lakes for February and would not consider anyone else.

Excellent and trustworthy guide Tsum Valley!
Nil
5 - Excellent
01/19/2015

Thank you for great trip to Tusm Valley! It was Our first Trekking Experience in the Himalaya . You made our holidays unforgettable! Tusm Valley was Fantastic and really enjoyable, very frankly, kindly Nepali people, Especially really thanks goes to Paul from DWT for organizing a world class service . as well as Guide Dil and Naresh for their great support and patience. We highly recommend DWT for the your life time experice Holidays in the Himalayan.

Very good trek, very good guide and very good service
Clara
5 - Excellent
10/19/2019

My boyfriend and I just came back to Kathmandu after an amazing trek around Mt Manaslu including a side trip to Tsum Valley. We did the trek together with our guide Milan from Discovery World Trekking. Milan was a very good and honest guide. We felt very safe with him. Before the trek we had two meetings with Discovery World Trekking where we got all the information we needed before the trek. The service of the agency is very good! Also the price is very reasonable! I would definitely recommend others to arrange a trek with Discovery World Trekking.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit
steff
5 - Excellent
01/19/2015

We have been a small group of two trekkers and the guide and porter of the discovery world trekking agency. The guide Dil was very friendly, professional and always focused on the care of us. The porter Om was carrying our stuff very carefully and gently and was always a great help and support. We had a great time with challenges and new experiences and would be happy to do another trek together with this team.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
matha
5 - Excellent
10/20/2019

We had an amazing time doing the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek for 12 days in mid September. Paul and his team were very professional and looked after us very well. Our guide Milan went to every length possible to make our trip as enjoyable and safe as possible. His smiling face greeting us every morning made my day. Our porters Ombrit and Provat were very professional and were always looking out for us. Overall had an amazing experience and am looking forward to doing another trek with discovery in the future!

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek
anne
5 - Excellent
10/20/2019

I spent one of the most memorable two weeks in the Himalayas, trekking the Manaslu Tsum Valley . I booked my trip from Discovery World Trekking and was satisfied from the very beginning. I chose the company because of the good reviews, and I was not dissapointed. I was taken care of from the beginning to the very end. I didn't have to worry about a thing, and if I started to worry, my guide would reassure me not to. And it really helped. For instance, my guide bought me mint drops for my sore throat. Paul was very helpful with all the arrangements. I even felt safe to be far away from home even though my credit card got eaten by the atm on the fist day, I was sure Paul would help if I needed! I really can recommend this company!

Tsum Valley Trek
Tome
5 - Excellent
01/10/2018

! It was Our first Trekking Experience in the Himalaya . You made our holidays unforgettable! Tusm Valley was Fantastic and really enjoyable, very frankly, kindly Nepali people, Especially really thanks goes to Paul from DWT for organizing a world class service . as well as Guide Dil and Naresh for their great support and patience. We highly recommend DWT for the your life time experice Holidays in the Himalayan.

Trek to Manaslu
Solarpo
5 - Excellent
03/19/2019

great trip to Tusm Valley! It was Our first Trekking Experience in the Himalaya . You made our holidays unforgettable! Tusm Valley was Fantastic and really enjoyable, very frankly, kindly Nepali people, Especially really thanks goes to Paul from DWT for organizing a world class service . as well as Guide Dil and Naresh for their great support and patience. We highly recommend DWT for the your life time experice Holidays in the Himalayan.

FAQ’s

What is the weather condition at Manaslu Circuit trek?

Month Temperature  Weather and Nature 
January  Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning  Coldest month 
February  Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Mild and humid, good visibility 
March  Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning  Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April  Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue and pink rhododendrons 
May  Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  Warmest month 
June  Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning  Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July  Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Wettest month 
August  Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning  Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense and gorgeously green but quiet slippery 
September  Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning  Fresh and pleasant climate 
October  Max 15°C at daytime to min -2°C at night and morning  Stable weather condition and best month to trek 
November  Max 13°C at daytime to min -3°C at night and morning  Cold and dry weather 
December  Max 12°C at daytime to min -8°C at night and morning  Driest month 

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