Tsum Valley And Ganesh Base Camp Trek
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.
Activity Per Day
5-6 Hours walking
Tourist Bus, Private Car
Min Group Size
Tsum Valley and Ganesh Base Camp Trek is remote area trekking in Nepal. It has been only a decade and a year since the trail has been opened for trekking and tourism purposes. Thus, the natural beauty and the all the glorious details of this place is unspoiled and intact in its purest form. Together with that, you can get the majestic views of the mountains like Manaslu, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal and many other beautiful peaks. Through trekking in Nepal, you get to see the different types of life style of Nepal. Tsum valley in particular is one of the remote trekking destination of Nepal but with rich ancient art, culture and religion Himalayan region. The trails are filled with stunning landscapes, deep valley and pathways through cliffs, roaring rivers, forest and the people with large cattle. These cattle are the constant companion throughout the trek.
The valley possess the ancient history of pioneers of Buddhist religion. It is believed that saint Milarewa has meditated in this place. Therefore, the villager strongly follow Buddhist religion. At the same time, ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still found. Maybe due to poor development of infrastructure, these remains are still intact as they used to be.
Journey To Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp
Tsum valley trek start with a fun sightseeing tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. You will be visiting the cultural heritage sites like PAshupatinath, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square and Boudhnath to learn the spiritual and historical side of Nepal. The next day, you will take a scenic drive to Arughat from Kathmadnu. Upon reaching Arughat, you can officially start your trek from Arughat to Soti Khola. From there onwards, you will see some spectacular views and traverse through many villages crossing many suspension bridges. Ganesh Himal Base Camp is another exciting add on the trip. From the Base Camp, you will get the close up view of Ganesh Himal.
Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek gives you phenomenal memory of trekking in Nepal. Not only the place is beautiful but this ancient villages have its own charm that attract the visitors. Join Himalayan Social Journey to visit this beautiful place and to make a lifetime memory.
Highlights of Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek
- A picturesque journey from Kathmandu to Arughat
- Exploring the Tibetan culture and way of life
- Waterfalls, streams and caves on the way
- Fairly easy trek without fear of altitude sickness
- Wilderness animals such as the Blue Sheep and the Himalayan Thar
- Several of the buddhist temples
- Prayer flags and the walls of Mani along the road
- Spectacular views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
- Wonderful forests of pine, juniper and rhododendron.
Outline Itinerary ( 22 Days )
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, representative will be picked up from airport then you will be transferred to a hotel for check in. Overnight stay at Himalayan Suite hotel. (B)
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
After breakfast, our guide will take you to different attractions of Kathmandu Valley. Today, you will visit, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. (B) Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)
Drive to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft)
Today, you will drive towards Arughat after breakfast. Upon reaching Arughat, you will start your trek to Soti Khola. Overnight at Guest house in Soti Khola. (B)
Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)
Today, you will cross many bridges and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then makes its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few terraced paddy fields, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola. (B)
Trek to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)
Our trail for the day remains quite easy in the morning as we move through Khorlabesi. We stop for a while at Tatopani, to explore the natural hot water springs here and continue walking through a forested path to Dobhan. From here, our trail down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, and continue climbing up on a high path to the fields in Jagat. Overnight at Jagat. (B)
Trek to Lokpa in Tsum Valley (2,240m)
Our trail moves uphill and then continues through a flat leveled path trail to sandy banks. The path then gets steep near Sirdibas and as we cross a dramatic suspension bridge over the river, we further climb up to a beautiful village of Phillim. From Philim, we lose the height and enter to Tsum valley. As we head a little further with a climb, we reach Lhokpa. The views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal from Lokpa is amazing. Overnight at Lokpa.(B)
Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley (2386m)
Today, we cross three suspension bridges in the morning and ascend up steeply for rest of the day. As we are close to the end of our journey today, we walk gradually along a nice path until we reach Chumling. Our walk for the day is short but as we have to ascend for long, the walk is quite tiring and gains a little more of elevation. Overnight at Chumling. (B)
Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley
Leaving behind Chumling, we begin our walk to Chhokang Paro. Chookang Paro is also popularly known as Chhekemper and is located on the top of the hill. Our trail for today follows one of the tributaries of the Budhi Gandaki River for the most part of the day. We pass a small monastery on the way and crosses another tributary from where we begin to ascend up to the hill to Chhekampar. Chhekampar consists of two unique settlements namely Chhokang and Paro. Being on the top of the hill, Chhekampar acts as a vantage point that offers close-up views of Ganesh Himal Range. Overnight at Chhekampar. (B)
Trek to Lama Gaon(3302m)
Today, we walk ahead along an easy path through several small villages like Leru and Ngakyu to Lamagaun. Upon our arrival at Lama gaon, we explore around the village. Overnight at Lama Gaon. (B).
Excursion day of Lama Gaon
Today we visit the famous Milarepa Cave and explore other gompas in Lama gaon. We explore around the wild village exploring the lifestyle, culture and tradition of people residing here. Overnight at Lamagaon. (B)
Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m)
We continue our journey to Nile that goes through series of ups and downs to Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)
Hike to Rachen Gompa
We descend down the valley to Chhule and continue walking down to Phurbe. We stay on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and cross flat boulder-covered plains and follow the power lines to Rachen Gompa/ Nunnery Gompa. We visit this ancient gompa and interact with the monks and nuns living in the gompa. We stay at the gompa for the night. (B)
Trek to Chhokang Paro
Leaving Nunnery Gompa, we retrace our journey back to Chhekampar. Overnight at Chhekampar. (B)
Trek to Gumba Ludun (3200m)
After having quick breakfast, we will leave Dumje and choose the descending trail that enthralls us with scenic views of Manaslu Mountain and Ganesh Mountain. Moving through few dispersed settlements, we will arrive at Lungdang Gompa. Lungdang Gompa is a Buddhist nunnery where males are not allowed an entrance. The area around Lung Dang Gompa offers the best sunrise view over Ganesh Himal range. Stay overnight in a camp nearby Lung Dang Gompa. Overnight at Lung Dang Gompa. (B)
Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m)
Today, we hike up to the Ganesh Base Camp. As we get closer to the Ganesh Base Camp, we will get looming close up views of Ganesh Himal. After beholding the beauty of Ganesh Himal from the base camp, we return back to Lung Dang Gompa. Overnight at Lung Dang Gompa. (B)
Trek to Lokpa (2240m) via Ripchet
Leaving Lung Dang Gompa, we descend down to Ripchet. We follow the trail that goes through a series of ups and downs to the large village of Ripchet We then descend down through pine forests with wildlife and descend down the river until we reach Dobhan. Overnight at Dobhan.(B)
Trek to Yarla Phat (1170m)
We further descend down along the trail to Yaru Phat. Overnight at a guesthouse in Yaru Phat. Overnight at Yarla Phat. (B)
Trek to Lapubensi (884m)
We pass through the same ridge, drop down through the same stairs at Thulo Bharyang and cross the suspension bridges to Dobhan. We retrace our journey back to Hot springs at Tatopani and then the Macchakhola to Lapubensi. Overnight at Lapubensi. (B)
Trek to Arughat
We continue descending down along the slope of the Budhi Gandaki. Before reaching Sotikhola we again cross a suspension bridge on the way up the valley. As we walk ahead to Sotikhola, we can see a stunning waterfall in front of us. We further walk ahead until we reach Arughat. Overnight at Arughat. (B)
Drive back to Kathmandu
We will take early bus and drive back to Kathmandu enjoying the mountain views, rice fields and crop fields and river. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)
Free Day in Kathmandu
You have a free day so you can do anything you want to do. Take a stroll around Thamel or do shopping. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)
You will depart back to your country. Our representative will come and get you to transfer you to Airport. (B)
- Airport pick up and drop
- Transportation by bus(Kathmandu-Arughat and Arughat to Kathmandu)
- Three star category hotel in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel or similar category) in twin sharing bed with breakfast
- All meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
- Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
- TIMS and Permits (ACAP + MCAP)
- Special permit
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Equipment (sleeping bag and duffle bag) for the trek
- Thirty minute special massage at Himalayan Suite Spa
- Lunch and dinner during the trip (each meal item costs $4-$7) it depends on meals items and place you choose to eat
- Personal equipment and clothing
- City sightseeing monuments entrance fees ( NPR 400+250+1000)
- Personal expenses and your travel insurance
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Best time to do the trek
The monsoon that is almost everywhere in Nepal is in the fall (October-Nember) between the mid-June and the end of September, the most popular season is the summer, where the skies are washed and the wetter looks are superior, springs (March-May) are another common time for trekkers. Likewise, most people are unwilling to walk during the winter when the temperature in high elevation is too cold and snow can block high passes. The trail is unworkable and dangerous during the summer / mountain season.
The trek begins on a spectacular drive to the ancient village of Baluwa, Barpak or Laprach, following the lush Daroundi Valley, and ascending to the Mamche Danda (2800 m), offering a wide range of Himalayans such as the Ganesh Himala, Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, and the Himal Lamjung. You could take a snap of the beautiful area from Mamche Danda to Pusu Danda before heading down to Laprak. Finally, Laprak's trek from Barpak is sufficient to reach the Budigandaki River. The trip will help the acclimation process and shape the legs and lungs with the help of the fresh mountain breeze.
Required fitness level for this trek
Our daily trekking itinerary is 5-7 hours in lower altitude of 3500m and normally lasts from 3-4 hours daily on high mountains altitude excess of 3500 m. Steeper slope trekking is physically difficult than low latitudes trekking. This is a distant mountain trip, with long ascents, steep descents and straight roads after a straight trekking trails. For trekking, past hiking experience will be an added benefit, as it requires no technical knowledge and skills. Trekkers who can travel with a light day pack five to six hours a day at a respectable pace can take part on this journey.
Some days take longer hours of trekking so you need to be reasonably fit and ready for long days. Daily workouts and jogging a few weeks before the trip are a good time to enhance our endurance. In order to participate in the trek, all participants should be in good health with normal physical fitness and have a strong attitude, belief and determination. Before undertaking the trip it is very important to ensure that you are as fit to trek for long hours as possible. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disorders and blood disorder should notify us.
Lodging and meals during the trek
All accommodations are on twin-sharing room BB basis. Single room will be served on request with paying the supplementary. During the trek at Lodges/Tea houses the room will be sharing basis usually with attached bath room in lower altitude but note that it might be difficult to find with attached bath room at higher altitude.
Mostly during lodge trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese fresh produce (Dal bhat, vegetation, curry ...) rice, lentil, along with more widely accepted cuisineYou may select from the menu of the lodge according to your preferences and at the moment our guide would be present with you to help you taste the food and decide what to eat if you have if you find the meals difficult to choose. From the teahouse, or from the lodge table, breakfast and dinner is served, while lunch is provided on the way to the next stop.
Wi-Fi and Connectivity
The internet service is available at lodges with an extra cost. You can contact your family and friends via lodges, but communication at high altitudes is via the safety phone. For any assistance during the trek, you will always be linked to Kathmandu's HSJ office. Often, the signal may be not very good before the high altitude, depending on the type of network you use. On your request, a separate local sim card can be issued for your good access to the connection (most of the places now have wireless internet services at extra costs).
Electricity and Charging of your electronic devices
Electricity for the camera and the handheld battery charge is accessible in the lodges. However extra cost shall incur. Most lodges are equipped with hydropower and some have solar panels.You can charge all your devices staying overnight in one of chosen lodges or tea houses.
Availability of drinking water during the trek
Water can be bought from nearby lodges and shops during a hike and boiled water can be filled at additional expenses. In the drinking water, a water purification pill is recommended.
Obtaining Trekking Permits
You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Himalayan Social Journey will take care of all the necessary paperwork.
Please dont forget to bring your 4 PP sized photos for the TIMS and Permits.
List of Equipments you will need for trek
· Trekking boots
· Short-sleeved Trekking shirts
· Trekking pants and jackets
· Thermals underwear
· Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
· Insulating down jackets
· Woolen cap
· Trekking Gloves
· Diamox tablets
· Sanitary pads / Tampons
· Anti-nausea Medicines
· Mosquito and insect repellents
· Toilet Paper
· Hand sanitizer
· Sleeping bag
· Water Bottle
· Solar Chargers
· Hot water Thermos
· Travel Permits
Drinking water during the trek
The Manaslu trek is physically exhausting and drinking a lot of water is a must. The first several days at low altitudes can be hot, so expect a lot of water to be needed. At cooler, higher altitudes, you can feel less thirsty, but drinking lots of water allows you to acclimate. Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains.
We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.
As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.
Luggage per one person
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 300. Important: Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.
Travel and Transportation Modes
On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.
This Tour with HSJ
Guides and Porters
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.
Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip
• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services
How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?
We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.
Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.
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