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Tsum Valley (20)

Basic Info ( TB )

Duration 20
Group Size 2 or more
TransportaionPrivate Vehicle, Local bus,
Altitude 3,700m/12,174ft
Accomodations Hotel in Kathmandu, Tea house/Lodge during trek
Best Seasons Autumn (October to December)
Activities Trekking & Hiking
Meals Welcome & Farewell Dinner at Kathmandu, All meals during trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Basic Intro

Tsum valley is concealed valley located in vicinity of northern boundary of Nepal reaching to the territory of Tibet and has been a great source of attraction for its mountains, landscapes, glaciers, green valley & hill sides serrated in the form of an endless series of terraces. It is surrounded by Sringi Himal to north, Ganesh Himal to south & Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west. We can encounter different villages which has its own customs, dresses and languages where you can discover the genuine and actual image of ancient habitat still beyond from modern world. The incredible trek to Tsum valley begins from historical Gurkha Bazaar to Arughat which is 145km west and easily accessible from Kathmandu valley.

This trek starts right from Arughat Bazaar which is 8 hours drive from Kathmandu city and goes along the Gandaki River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli. We continue our trek through the several villages like Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Chumling and so on. We explore the valley and make a long descend passing through the villages like Rachen Gompa, Philim, Tatopani and finally we return to Arughat where our trek ends.

Day 1:- Arrival, transfer to Hotel.

Day 2:- Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trekking Prepration.

Day 3:- Drive to Arughta (710m/2328ft).

Day 4:- Arughat –Soti Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 5:- Soti Khola – Maccha Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 6:- Maccha Khola to Yaru Khola (1,330m/4,362ft)

Day 7:- Yaru Khola to Philim (1,590m/5215ft)

Day 8:- Philim to Chumling (2,363m/7,775ft)

Day 9:- Chumling to Chokhangaro (3,010m/9,903ft)

Day 10:- Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) via Milarepa cave.

Day 11:- Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft)

Day 12:- Mu Gompa, Sightseeing.

Day 13:- Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,660ft)

Day 14:- Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,440m/8,028ft)

Day 15:- Dumje to Philim (1,590m/5,215ft)

Day 16:- Philim to Tatopani

Day 17:- Tatopani to Soti Khola (710m/2,328ft)

Day 18:- Soti Khola to Arughat (600m/1,968ft)

Day 19:- Drive to Kathmandu

Day 20:- Departure


Includes


·         All airport/hotel transfers

·         Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast

·         Welcome and farewell dinner

·         Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek with all meals

·         A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees

·         Kathmandu-Arughat-Kathmandu by private car/jeep.

·         An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

·         Four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

·         All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )

·         A comprehensive medical kit

·         All government and local taxes


Not Includes


·         Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

·         International airfare to and from Kathmandu

·         Excess baggage charges

·         Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

·         Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

·         Travel and rescue insurance

·         Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

·         Tips for guides and porters


Equipment List


Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet :
- Thin, lightweight inner socks 
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
- Hiking boots with spare laces 
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: 
- Lightweight gloves

Accessories: 
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags 
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble


Useful Information


Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Tsum Valley. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.