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Tsum Valley Trek-12 days Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek cost & dates 2023/2024

Trek to an isolated remote and rugged areas of Manaslu, 12-day Tsum Valley Trek offers sparkling Himalayan peaks, scenery and cultural variety. A beautiful and a hidden Tsum Valley Trek is full of old monasteries, mountains and villages. The best trekking destinations in the world, Tsum Valley is a restricted area of Manaslu region. So, a special trek permit is required to do trekking in Tsum valley. A minimum of two hikers require to  issue Tsum valley trek permit.  It is sacred and awesome due to its unique Tibetan cultures, old monasteries and Mani walls. The new tea houses are building  up on the trail. Tsum Valley is becoming a favorite trek now in Nepal because of an unparalleled beauty of ancient Tibetan villages, waterfalls and culture. Please email us at and call or leave message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742 to book and confirm Tsum Valley Trek-12 days itinerary, cost and departures on your request dates in 2023/2024.

Trek Facts

Trip Name:  Tsum Valley Trekking 

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Trip Difficulty: Challenging

Trip Season: Sep to Dec,March to June

Trip Altitude: 700m- 3950m

Trip Cost: USD 690-USD 1250

Group Size:  2 - 12 people

Trip Package:  Tea House Trek

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep Sharing

Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

11 nights 12 days Tsum Valley Trekking Holidays Itinerary, price, fixed trip departure dates.

  • Tsum Valley Trek
  • 12 Days Itinerary
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  • Essential Trek Info
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Tsum Valley Trek is the best trek in Gorkha to explore Tibetan Buddhism and pristine nature of Manaslu. Likewise, the landscapes and scenery on Tsum Valley trek is stunning with beautiful forests and countryside overshadowed by towering Ganesh Himal, Sringi and Buddha himal. Tsum Valley is known as the Beyul Kyimolung, a holy hidden valley of happiness first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu of Tsum Valley and there are centuries old nunneries. Tsum Valley is a hidden jewel that is one of the most beautiful and sacred Himalayan valley lays on the remote region of Gorkha. The Tsum valley Trek is very famous due to its unique Tibet culture, old monasteries and Mani walls. There you will find good tea houses/guest houses along the trail of Tsum valley Trek.

Tsum Valley is also a restricted area of Nepal. A minimum of two people is required to issue Tsum valley trek permit. Arughat is the beginning and ending point of Tsum valley Trek where you can reach after a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first part of Tsum Valley Trek goes up following Budhi Gandaki river on a good trails of dense forest, terraced fields and villages.You will then trek into Tsum Valley from Lokpa Phedi after leaving main Manaslu circuit trail and Budhi Gandaki River. 

Accommodation on Tsum Valley Trek
The new tea houses/guest houses are building up in Tsum valley. So you will have twin sharing comfortable tea house/guest houses and home stay accommodation during Tsum valley Trek.It is nice to bring a good sleeping bag of minus 20 degree with you.

Tsum Valley Trek Meals
We will provide you three meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday in the trip. The breakfast and dinner are eaten at the same tea houses/guest house you stay the night, and lunch will be taken in a tea house or guesthouse on the way to our destination. The choice of the meals are not varied like other trekking in Annapurna and Everest. You can mainly take Tibetan bread, dal bath, tsampa porridge, noodle soup, muesli, porridge, omelette and boiled egg with tea and coffee. 

Best time trek around Tsum Valley
September, October and November of Autumn season and March, April and May of Spring season are the best of year for trekking to Tsum Valley. June to August during summer/monsoon season Tsum valley trekking is not recommended. Autumn has the perfect weather for trekking in Nepal. There is no rain and it has warm weather, clear blue sky and sunny day.

Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty
It needs to walk 6 to 8 hours every day to cover 10 km to 18 km trek distance.A previous hiking experience, positive attitude and strong determination will be surely helpful for the completion of Tsum Valley Trekking. It is also necessary to have lots of willpower, tolerance of harsh condition, good health and reasonable physical fitness.Medical and evacuation/rescue expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola(700m, 8/9 hours)
Early morning bus ride from Kathmandu, and drive of 8/9 hours to Soti Khola via Dhading Besi and Arughat. It is a scenic drive. 
Day 2: Soti Khola to Machha Khola(870 m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek of 6/7 hours following up Budhi Gandaki River through Sal forests, rice terraces and rocky hill.
Day 3: Machhakhola to Jagat(2340m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and hike of 6/7 hours on some ups and downs through Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dovan and Yaru to Jagat.
Day 4: Jagat to Lokpa(1980m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek of 6/7 hours on rocky ridge trail passing the small village of Salleri, Sirdibas, Ghatta Khola, Philim and Chisopani. 
Day 5: Lokpa to Chumling(2386m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek up of 6/7 hours through forest of pine, rhododendron enjoying view of  Himalchuli and Boudha Himal to Chumling crossing Siyar Khola. Chumling is nice village you can see a good view of Shringi Himal. 
Day 6: Chumling to Chhekampar(3010m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek up of 6/7 hours enjoying a great views of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli via Gho and Rainjam settlement. 
Day 7: Chhekampar to Nile(3360m, 5/6 hours)
Breakfast and easy trek of 5/6 hours to Nile via Lamagaun visiting Milerepa cave and explore Mu Gompa in the afternoon. 
Day 8: Nile to Chumling(2386m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek down of 6/7 hours via Rachen Gompa visit, the biggest nunnery monastery. 
Day 9: Chumling to Philim(1570m, 6/7 hours)
Breakfast and trek of 6/7 hours down on the same trail we went up.
Day 10: Philim to Dovan(1150m, 5/6 hours)
Breakfast and return hiking of 5/6 hours to Dovan.
Day 11: Dovan to Sotikhola(700m, 7/8 hours). 
Breakfast and trek down of 7/8 hours from Dovan to Sotikhola.
Day 12: Sotikhola to Kathmandu(1300m, 8/9 hours). 
After breakfast, you will ride the bus from Sotikhola to Kathmandu. It takes to approx. 8 to 9 hours to reach at Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Bus transfer- Kathmandu/Soti Khola/Kathmandu.
  • Twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
  • Trekking permit-TIMS cards,ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu and Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit.
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation and transfer
  • 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner during trekking
  • All the goverment taxes and company service charge.
Cost Not Includes
  • Airport pick up and departure transfer
  • Hotel accommodation and meals- lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any kind of drinks – coke, mineral water, hot water, tea, coffee, beer, whisky.
  • Travel insurance in case of emergency for rescue helicopter and other medication.
  • Upgrade accommodation like room with private toilet.
  • Porter for carrying backpack.
  • Expenses of personal natures like internet, telephone, WiFi, Laundry,hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

Tsum Trek Guide 
A guide is required on this trek and the guide manages all of the logistics, distances, directions, and tea houses. The directions are not always very clear like on the Everest Base Camp trek and having the guide manage all of the logistics is great.The Manaslu Circuit Trek does require a guide. Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit can be done independently but the rules on the Manaslu Circuit are stricter about having a guide.

Money-Everything is payable in the local currency, Nepalese Rupees (NPR).Take plenty of small denomination notes as change is not readily available on the trail, particularly at higher altitudes. Also beware that ATM have max withdrawal amounts, and your bank may have a max daily withdrawal limit, so you may not be able to withdraw the total amount that you need all in one day. The amount of money you need to take on the Manaslu Circuit Trek will depend on whether you’re on an inclusive tour or not. If you are on an inclusive tour then you’ll only need money for any snacks or drinks over and above what’s included in your package. If you are paying as you go, then you’ll need to have enough cash to cover all costs: accommodation, food, drink, etc.

Tsum Trek Packing List
We would suggest to take what you need and make your bag as light as possible.You can expect to need more warm clothes in the colder months. Also, crampons may be needed if there’s ice and snow on the pass. On the other hand, if you plan to trek with a porter then this will make choosing what to take a bit easier – just don’t overload your porter of course. Also, bear in mind that it’s very common to leave excess baggage at hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu.

1 Rucksack-60 L to 70 L
1 Sleeping Bag
1 pair of pants that maybe convert to shorts
1 pair of shorts
1 Warm or thicker pair of hiking pants
1 Long sleeve quick-dry shirt
1 Long-sleeve thermal shirt
2 Short-sleeve t-shirts
1 Thermal long underwear
4 pairs of quick-dry underwear
1 Lightweight down jacket
1 Heavy-duty summit down jacket
1 Beanie
1 Cap
1 Neck Buff
Hiking boots
Head torch
1 pair of warm summit socks
2 pairs of regular socks
Trekking poles
Water filter
Power bank

Insurance for Tsum Trek
Travel insurance is compulsory trekking in Manaslu because the high altitude can lead to many illnesses, weakness in trekkers, and misjudgments. There is also a risk on trails for falls, avalanches, or other mishaps. 

Best Seasons Trek around Tsum Valley
Autumn-The best time to go trekking in Manaslu is from September to November. The weather is generally dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. There’s a lower likelihood of weather related natural disasters at this time of year, making for a much safer trekking environment. Furthermore, given that it’s the best season, it’s also the busiest.

Spring-The spring season from March to May is considered to be the next best option. The weather is generally clear although a little colder, particularly at higher altitudes. Mornings are sunny and flowers are in bloom. There is however a higher chance of rain, or even snow, and melting ice increases the chances of landslides or avalanches.

Summer-June to August is to be avoided. The monsoon is responsible for warm and wet weather, with cloud and mist making visibility extremely poor. You can hardly see a mountain. Leeches are a big problem at this time of year, as is the risk of landslides. As the Manaslu Region was one of the worst affected by the 2015 earthquake, there are many landslide areas – these can be more dangerous in wet weather.

Winter-In the winter, from December to February, temperatures in higher altitudes plunge. Snow and ice make this time of year unsuitable for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Drinking Water
The Manaslu Circuit is physically demanding and drinking plenty of water is a must.Drinking lots of water helps you acclimatize. Please drink at least three liters of water while trekking each day.Use an effective sterilization method to make sure your water is safe to drink.Purification tablets (we always have a few strips of these as a backup) and the Steripen is a perfect means sterilization the drinking water.Bottled water and hot water is available to buy throughout the trek, the cost ranges from USD 3 to USD 5 per liters.

Nepal Visa
Tourist visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers. While this is available for most foreigners, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.There are three different visa options and prices: Multiple Entry 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD. In order to get a visa on arrival you’ll need four things:

One passport size photo
A passport valid for at least six months
At least one blank page in your passport
The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)

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