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Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek 16 Days, Challenging

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USD 1485 1435

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The Tsum Valley Trek (Adding 2 additional days for Ganesh Himal Base Camp) is a very adventurous trek in the Manaslu region that takes you to the relatively untouched hidden valley of “Tsum” which means “Vivid”. The Tsum Valley is located at the east of Manaslu on the border of Tibet. This isolated valley was open to trekking in 2008 only.

Trip Highlights

  • Mesmerizing views of Ganesh Himal (7422 M).
  • Explore abundant flora and fauna on the way.
  • Witness local villages, green hills, beautiful oak and rhododendron forest, and Mountains covered in Snow.
  • Challenging and adventurous Trek.
  • Local Food taste and discovering local cultures (Dominated by Tibetan Culture).
Trip Grading:
Challenging and Adventurous
Max Elevation
4060 M
Sacred Tsum Valley
Best Season
Autumn, Spring
Breakfast in city, Full board during trek
Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea house During the Trek
Private Vehicle
Trip Start/End

Trip Overview

The Tsum Valley Trek (Adding 2 additional days for Ganesh Himal Base Camp) is a very adventurous trek in the Manaslu region that takes you to the relatively untouched hidden valley of “Tsum” which means “Vivid”. The Tsum Valley is located east of Manaslu on the border of Tibet. This isolated valley was open to trekking in 2008 only.

During the Trek, you can also have a chance of experiencing and observing the lifestyle and culture, traditions and arts of the “Nubri” and “Tsum” who are the two main ethnic groups of this region. You can also observe the Monasteries, prayer wheels, and other Buddhist attractions during this trek.

The Tsum Valley Trek offers an Adventurous Journey, Mind Blowing the Scenic Beauty of the Manaslu Conservation Area, a Rural Civilization that represents the ancient Tibetan lifestyle. As this is a newly opened route, this trek offers a Chance of exploring the full range of Nepal’s Natural Beauty and Cultural Diversity along with local lifestyle and cultures comprehensively.

This trek is ideal for people willing to do the adventurous and challenging trek and willing to know the cultural diversity of Nepal.

Trip Outline

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400 M)

Day 2: Trek Preparation works in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive From Kathmandu to Machha Khola (Altitude 890 M)

Day 4: Trek From Machha Khola to Jagat (Altitude 1350 M)

Day 5: Trek From Jagat to Lokpa (Altitude 2240 M)

Day 6: Trek From Lokpa to Chumling  (Altitude 2386 M)

Day 7: Trek From Chumling to Chhekampar (Altitude 3030 M)

Day 8: Trek From Chhekampar to Nile (Altitude 3360 M)

Day 9: Hiking and exploring Mu Gompa (Altitude 3700 M) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 M)

Day 10: Trek From Nile to Chhekampar

Day 11: Trek From Chhekampar to Gumba Lungdang (Altitude 3200 M)

Day 12: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (Day Trip) ( Altitude 3670M)

Day 13: Trek From Gumba Lungdang  to Lokpa (Altitude 2240 M)

Day 14: Trek From Lokpa to Jagat

Day 15: Trek From Jagat to Machha Khola

Day 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu

Other Information

Permits Required

  1. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):

This Permit is required for every trekker trekking in Nepal. The permit can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board and costs NPR.2000 (USD 15.00 to 16.00)

  1. Special Trekking Permit: (TSUM VALLEY):

As the Manaslu region is one of the restricted regions, you need to obtain a special trekking permit to go to this region. This trekking permit is a bit more expensive than other regular trekking permits. Its costs around USD 50.00 to USD 70.00 for the first 7 days in this region depending upon the season you trek. Besides this, you have to pay USD 7.00 to USD 10.00 per day depending upon the season for additional days you spend in this region.

All the permits for this trek will be arranged by your trekking service provider.

Food and Accommodation

Like majority of the treks, Tsum Valley Trek offers you an accommodation in the tea houses with basic facilities. Every Tea house have menu and you can have your own choice. But most of the foods are dominated by the Nepali Dal-Bhat and similar meals.

Packing List

As this is a Challenging Trek in a restricted area, you need to be well prepared and yet very selective in choosing what you carry with you.

It is recommended to have:

  1. A pair of Hiking/Trekking Boots along with Shoe Clamps for Snow Grips (only during the snowy period).
  2. A pair of walking sticks as per your requirement.
  3. Few pairs of warm/thick socks & two hiking trousers (You can decide on your own as no laundry will be available during the trek).
  4. 2-3 T-shirts along with long sleeve shirts.
  5. Warm jackets, and wind stoppers (for daytime while doing the trek in the lower region)
  6. Some dry fruits and nuts/nut bars, basic medicines (Paracetamol, anta-allergics, etc.), and Sunscreen.
  7. A Pair of knee supporters.
  8. Head Lamp, Toilet Paper (or you can buy it at the lodge), and quick-drying towel.
  9. Thermal Under wares (body warmers)
  10. Warm Gloves, Sunglasses, and sun hats.
  11. Sleeping bag, backpack (Duffle bag will be provided by your company), water bottle.

Documents Required

1. Copy of your Valid Passport.

2. Your PP Size Photographs.

3. Your Travel Insurance Policy

4. Your Flight Details.

5. Medical Conditions if any.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive at Kathmandu on day 1. Our representative will receive it at the airport and will drop it at the hotel. If time allows you can explore the city on your own.

Staying in Kathmandu for all the trek preparation works like obtaining permits for Treks, meeting your guide, and getting a briefing about the trekking. Check your gear and do shopping if needed. We can arrange sightseeing arrangements as per your requirement if interested. In the evening packing for the trek.

On the first day of the trip, you will leave Kathmandu after breakfast. You will be transferred to Machha Khola via Prithvi Highway. The distance between Kathmandu to Machha Khola is around 7-8 hours’ drive by Bus/Private Jeep. You will be staying at a local guest house at Machha Khola Khola for the night with basic facilities. You will have scenic views of the Trishuli River on the way.

After early morning breakfast, you will leave Machha Khola. The distance you have to cover this day will be around 22 KM. This won’t be very hard as you don’t have to gain much elevation. Most of the paths are flat with some slight elevation in some places. You will be walking for around 7-8 hours this day. You will be staying at a local guest house at Jagat for the night.

The trek in the restricted area begins from this day. You must have your restricted area permit in hand. From Ekle Bhatti after crossing the suspension bridge at Budhi Gandaki River, the trek to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit separates. After a total trek of around 7-8 hours, you will reach Lokpa and rest there overnight.

As usual, after breakfast, you start your trekking from Lokpa. You get to see mesmerizing views of Buddha Himal and Ganesh Himal while Trekking. The total trek time this day will be for around 4-5 hours. You stay at a local teahouse at Chumling overnight.

After breakfast, you start your trekking with beautiful views of Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal. After around 2 hours of walking, you reach Dumje. You rest there for a cup of tea and start walking again. After Dumje, you walk further and reach Gho village and stop for lunch there. After Lunch, you walk further for around 3-3.5 hours and reach your final destination for today, Chhekampar. You rest there for the night.

You start your day after breakfast with a beautiful view of Buddha Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Himchuli Himal. On this day, you will walk for around 6-7 hours and reach the Nile and stay there overnight.

You will be staying at the Nile only this day for exploring the beautiful Buddha Monasteries. You will be exploring the Mu Gompa and Dhephyudonma Gompa this day. You will be staying at the Nile overnight for the day.

On this day, you will be returning to Chhekampar and staying there at a local tea house.

As usual, after breakfast, you start your day and start hiking to another Monastery called Gumba Lungdang which lies at an altitude of 3200 M. The today hiking duration for the day will be around 7 hours. You will be walking downhill to Gho Village for 2 hours and an uphill trek for around 5 hours to reach Lungdang. You will be staying at Lungdang overnight.

Your journey to Ganesh Himal Base Camp starts early morning with the sunrise after breakfast. You will be walking uphill for around 4 hours to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. From there, you can have a beautiful view of the entire Ganesh Himal Range. Anyone willing to stay at Ganesh Himal Base camp overnight should take their camping gear with them. You can climb down to Lungdang the same day which takes around 2-3 hours downhill and stay at Lungdang overnight.

After breakfast in the morning, you start trekking downhill. The days will be easy as you will be declining and the path is mostly downhill. You will reach Lokpa after a walk of around 5-6 hours downhill and stay at Lokpa overnight.

This day, you will be returning to Jagat from Lokpa via the same path you took on day 6. You will be required to trek downhill for around 6 hours to reach Jagat. You will be staying at Tea House at Jagat overnight.

This will be your last walking day. You will be starting your trek from Jagat to Machha Khola after breakfast and reaching Machha Khola after a walk of around 4-5 hours. You will be staying at a local guesthouse at Machha Khola.

As your trek has been finished, you will be driving back to Kathmandu.

What’s included?

What’s not included?

  • All personal nature expenses, soft drinks, mineral water, coke, Fanta, any alcoholic drinks, extra drinks, snacks, sweets, and desserts.
  • International airfare, Nepal visa.
  • Tips for the guide and the porter (mandatory).
  • Internet or Wi/Fi, battery charging fee, hot shower cost and boil water cost, etc.

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