Tsum Valley Trek

Region

Remote Area Trek

Duration

18 Days

Max Altitude

3700m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours Walking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Tsum valley, unknown and undiscovered to everybody and finally hatched with exploration under initiation from TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal). It is beautiful, not many people have reached there. This scenic and panoramic landscape is in Gorkha District which holds a historic background of whole Nepal's Shah Dynasty. Mountains, culture and traditions, landscape and adventure are what specify this trekking area. Tsum is a word derived from the Tibetan word Tsombo. It holds many passes over 5000m stretched up to the northern territory of Nepal till borderland to Tibet. Beautiful trails that are just newly opened for exploration. Crossing through beautiful villages, entering into the restricted area with special permit takes you to the heart of cultural and traditional hub, where you will see the real and true image of ancient habitant is untouched by the outer world. Chumchet and Chhekampar are one of the most remote village development committees in Gorkha District. This area is just opened by October 2007. 

The altitude varies from 1905m till 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang Pass on the Tibetan border. Tsum itself is derived from the Tibetan word, ‘Tsombo’, which literally mean vivid. Traditionally Tsum valley was culturally district geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. This hidden valley is surrounded by Mountains called, Boudha Himal, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal. Tsum valley includes two remote VDCs, Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) and Chumchet (Lower Tsum). It's so remote that the ancient relics are still seen. The people of this area still practise polyandry system and they have a unique culture, tradition and their own dialect. Many Tsumbas (resident of Tsum Valley) report that they have seen or found the signs of Mehti, commonly referred to as  the ‘Yeti’ or 'Abominable Snowman'.

Journey To Tsum Valley

Tsum is a holy Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in the trans-Himalayan zone of the Gorkha, Nepal. The Baudha Himal, Himal of the Ganesh, Himal of Sringi and other hills are located in the valley. It provides a variety of history, ancient art, spirituality and a magnificent view of the mountains.

Arughat, a 7-hour drive from Katmandu, is the beginning and finishing point of the trek. In the first part of the tour, Budhi Gandaki Valley is climbed through good roads through a mixture of dense forest, terraced fields and mountain villages. As we exit the central Manaslu trail in the Tsum canyon, we immediately get the feeling that we are really entering the secret valley. During the ride, we travel through the alpine trees, glacial flowers and admire indigenous people's hot hospitality. Go through the Buri, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim lower Budhi Gandaki districts. The old Gombas of the city, such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa, are visited as well.

Highlights of Tsum Valley

  • View of majestic mountains like Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Annapurna Range, Shringi(7,187m), Ganesh Himal, NgadiChuli (7,879m) and other mountains. 
  • Mu gumpa
  • Tibetan people lifestyle and their unique culture (i.e polyandry)
  • Tsum Valley and its epic beauty in itself
  • Visit Buddhist Gomba like Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa.
  • Stunning mountains, deep gorges, passes, hamlets, gompas, and Mani walls.

Outline Itinerary ( 18 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival in kathmadnu.

    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. 

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    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)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Sotikhola by drive (700m-10 hours by bus).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Drive 7-8 hrs
    Altitude: 700m

  • 4

    Trek to Machhakhola(930m-9km-5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7hrs
    Altitude: 900m

  • 5

    Trek to Jagat(1410m-11km-6hours walk) .Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 1340m

  • 6

    Trek to Lokpa(2040m-10km-5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 2140m

  • 7

    Trek to Chunling(2363m-7km-3.5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 2386m

  • 8

    Trek to Chhokangparo(3010m-13km-8 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 2386m

  • 9

    Trek to Chhule-Nile(3361m-9km-4.5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    The village of Nile is to the west, which is the north of the upper Tsum valley last settlement. As we pass into the grotto of Piren Phu, also known as the cave of piegeons. It is one of Tsum Valley's most holy caves. It is located near the town of Burji, at the foot of a steep hill. It was assumed that the revered Tibetan Saint named Milarepa meditated in that cave because of the cave 's footprint. The road is a perfect way to walk through green woods and the landscape can turn lush and low. Two different convents are connected to the rocky cave.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5 hrs
    Altitude: 3361m

  • 10

    Trek to Mu Gompa(3700m-5km-4-5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    After an early breakfast in the morning we will abandon Nile as the road progresses towards Mu Gompa. This is the region's largest monastery. The highest and most far-away in the Tsum Valley is Mu Gompa. It was established in 1895 A.D. and consists of several books, among them a Kangyur, an images of Guru Padmasambavya and Tara. Chortens rows and spectacular mountain views and houses have been developed into the monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley is Dephyudonma 's ancient monastery associated with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama on the lap of rough mountains.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5 hrs
    Altitude: 3700m

  • 11

    Trek to Rachen Gompa(3240m-8km- 3 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    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)

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 3 hrs
    Altitude: 3240m

  • 12

    Trek to Gumba Lungdang(3200m-6.5km-5-6 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    Next day leaving Rachen Gompa we trek towards Domje villate form where the trail starts to cross over a mani wall with several flags of prayer, continuing the steep climb through a oak, junipar and rhododendron wood. It is a lovely view of the Tibetan culture. Eventually, there is a prayer flag in the forest marking the climb and passing through a large silver pine to the Gompa in Lungdang. In the mountains.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 3200m

  • 13

    Trek to Ripchet(2468m-9km-5 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    After our breakfast we walk down to Rainjam and catch the unforgettable glimpse of the Himal Ganesh. We climb up and down to Ripchet slightly after that. The village of Ripchet is lovely with big houses. It offers you the chance to learn about the local people 's hospitality history, practices and lifestyles. In Teahouse or Homestay we stay overnight.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 5 hrs
    Altitude: 2468m

  • 14

    Trek to Dobhan(1070m-14km-7 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    Dobhan is situated at the meeting point of Shiar Khola which flows from the east and Sarpu Khola which flows from the west. Overnight in Dobhan.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hours hrs
    Altitude: 1070m

  • 15

    Trek to Soti Khola (720m-18km-8 hours walk).Overnight at lodge

    After breakfast we continue our today trek to Soti Khola. Today we wander around the village of Soti Khola through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls. Soti Khola overnight

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 hours hrs
    Altitude: 720 m

  • 16

    Drive to Kathmandu 9-10 hrs

    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)

    Accommodation: Himalayan SuiteHotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Drive 9-10 hrs

  • 17

    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)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Easy Rest Day

  • 18

    Farewell

    You will depart back to your country. Our representative escort you to the airport after breakfast for your flight back to your home. 

     

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • Three star catagory hotel in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel or similar category) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All meals, accommodation,insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Necessary permit, TIMS and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by car
  • All necessary equipment ( Sleeping bag and duffel bag ) during the trek.
  • Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. (Meal costs about 5$ - 8$ dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • City sightseeing entry fees ( NRS entrance fee cost Rs 400+250+1000)
  • Cold and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips to the crew
  • Your Insurance (compulsory)

Departures Dates

Trip Dates Trip Costs Actions

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.

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

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

Drinking water during the trek

The Tsum Valley 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. 

Travel insurance

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.

Extra Expenses

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.

Solo trekking

Single Supplementary

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.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

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.

You need some previous trekking activities and good health. Climbing and descending are quite common walking experiences and you may also need to cross little glaciers. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete this trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. This kind of trip gives you a lifetime experience, a breathtaking stroll around the mountains. 

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.

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 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.

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek

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.

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.

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 250. 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.

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Tsum Valley Trek. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

In the average, you will be walking for 6-7 hours each day during the Tsum Valley Trek

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well.

No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek.

Liquid needs and usage of our body is about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and ginger tea and garlic soup.

No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

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. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

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.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter 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.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.