Tsum Valley with Tabsar Peak 22 days

Trip Highlights:

  •            Sandwiched between two great Himalayan ranges, Manaslu and Ganesh, the Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems
  •            A new trekking and climbing holiday in an unexplored part of Nepal
  •            19 days trekking and climbing for 6-8 hours each day
  •            Climb Tabsar Peak (6065 metres)
  •            A trek and climb holiday to the hidden hidden valley of Tsum
  •            Views of Himalayan giants Manaslu and Ganesh
  •            Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Temples (World Heritage Sites)
  •            18 days fully supported camping trek with spectacular mountain views
  •            Walk to traditional villages, sacred caves and monasteries

 


Trip Cost Includes:

  •             All land transportation in private vehicles.
  •             Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels (3 Nights)
  •             Tented camping Nights (18 Nights)
  •             21 Breakfast, 18 Lunch and 20 Dinner
  •             All entrance fees in sightseeing places in Kathmandu on Day 2
  •             An English Speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Day 2
  •             An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  •             The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek 
  •             Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •             Manaslu Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •             Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
  •             City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath Temple 

Our city tour includes the World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath, one of the most famous Shiva temples in all of Asia where you’ll meet Hindu ascetics who have renounced all possessions; Bouddhanath, the spectacular and serene center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with streams of prayer flags fluttering in the wind; and Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple perched on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley with panoramic views of the city..
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar; Hike to Liding 860m (Drive Time:8 Hrs & Hiking Time 1-2 Hrs)

In the morning, we will begin our drive to Arughat, a village on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki River. Stopping for lunch along the way, we can see the changing landscape, terraced hillsides, and roadside towns as we make our way out of the Kathmandu Valley to the northwest. As we near Arughat, we get our first views of Manaslu and the Himalayas. Arughat Bazaar is large and prosperous, with shops selling cloth, food and hardware.

From Arughat Bazaar where the road ends, we begin our hike entering a remote region that can only be accessed on foot or by helicopter. Nepal remains a special place due to the isolation imposed by its extreme geography. The start of Tsum Valley still lies 4 days walk ahead of us. We will find our full team waiting for us at our campsite with a lovely waterfall view.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Lididng to Khola Besi (Elevation: 3,150 feet / 960 meters; Hiking time: 6-7 hours)

We follow the river to Machha Khola. Machha Khola is a village named for the small stream below, with good fishing. The trail then begins to have more short and steep ascents and descents, and from Macha Kola to Kholabesi, we mostly follow along the river, finally climbing about 30 minutes up to camp.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Kholabesi to Jagat  (Elevation: 4,626 feet / 1410 meters; Hiking time: 7 hours)

We start our day with some short ups and downs, and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs coming from the rocks give this town its name, Tatopani which means hot water in Nepali language. We then climb a stone staircase over a ridge to Doban, which lies at the confluence of two rivers, one flowing from the east and the other from the west. Our campsite is still further along in a spacious flat field near to the Budhi Gandaki river. From Jagat we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (Elevation: 6,693 feet / 2040 meters; Hiking time: 6 hours)

Climbing a rugged rocky trail, we go up and down the ravines with good views of Sringri Mountain as we head up to the village of Philim. Philim is a Gurung village with fields of corn and millet and herds of sheep. On the way to Lokpa is a big climb: a steep stretch on switchbacks, then a break to contour along the ridge, before climbing again through pine trees.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Lokpa to Trek to Upper Chumling (Lower Tsum) Elevation: 7,792 feet / 2375 meters; Hiking time: 7 hours

From Lokpa we split from the main Manaslu Circuit trail to head into the eastern corner of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Going down to the river and crossing a bridge, we hug the base of the ridge to find the narrow Sardi Gorge, the gateway to Tsum and a place of legend. Here, a Buddhist saint once subdued a demon witch. We can still see the rock where she is trapped as well as a large painted prayer on the rock across the river ushering us into Tsum Valley. After passing between the massive rocks, we have a steep climb up the ridge.  The trail then becomes more gradual in a pine forest with a final climb to Upper Chumling village and our first night in Tsum.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Lower Tsum to Choekampar (Upper Tsum) Elevation: 9,875 feet / 3010 meters; Hiking time: 6 hours

Today is a tough and long day of walking but the scenic views of the valley compensates for the long walk. From today onwards, we enter an area with deep spiritual roots. We will pass a series of Buddhist chortens as well as long walls of rocks carved with prayers. Wrapping along the ridge line, we have time to visit prayer wheels and religious sites. After lunch, it’s a difficult climb for 2-3 hours on switchbacks to secluded Upper Tsum. The valley shifts from steep-sided terrain and opens into a wide swathe of fields growing barley and wheat with small villages and monasteries into the distance. Choekam and Paro, actually two separate villages side-by-side, are situated on a flat stretch of land. From our campsite, we have gorgeous views of mountains including the Ganesh Himal range and Bauddha Himal.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Upper Tsum to Nile (Elevation: 11,027 feet / 3361 meters; Hiking time: 4 hours)

In todays trek we pass through Piren Phu (Pigeon Cave)  which is a sacred cave located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the Tibetan saint famous for writing 10,000 songs, was believed to have meditated here. Two separate temples are attached to the rocky cave. Painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhist paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley. While trekking, we gain beautiful views of the Shiar River, Rachen Monastery, the mountains, and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. We also pass a sacred chorten built hundreds of years ago to protect people from disease. The valley is fertile and has large houses. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (Elevation: 12,319 feet / 3700 meters; Hiking time: 3 hours)

Gradually ascending, we pass lines of stone chortens and climb up to Dephyudonma Gumba (4060m). The first and oldest monastery in Tsum, its history is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley in the 13th century. Today a small community of Buddhist nuns resides here. We then contour around to meet the trail and arrive at Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gompa is the highest settlement in the Tsum Valley. It was established in 1895 and houses religious books, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshvara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. A few young monks live here.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Mu Gompa to Chho Syong (4200 meters)

We climb steeply up to Dhephyudomma Gompa, one of the oldest in the Tsum Valley. We continue above the Gompa to the site of our next camp at Chho Syong

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

We have a day for rest and acclimatisation. Today we will also practice some of the techniques used during the ascent of our peak.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Climb to Establish Base Camp

We climb up beside the glacier to establish a base camp for our explorations and the climb of Tabsar Peak at around 5000 metres.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14-15: Tabsar Peak Ascent

We spend two nights at this camp acclimatising to the new altitude. During the day we will explore the valley further and we will also practice the techniques required for roped glacier walking and using fixed lines.To further aid our acclimatisation we aim to make an ascent of one of the technically straight forward 6000-metre peaks above our camp. Depending on the results of our explorations, we may also opt to move to a higher camp.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Climb Tabsar Peak

Taking an early start we make our ascent of Tabsar (6065m). Afterwards we descend to base camp or possibly as far as Mu Gompa.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Trek down to Shiar Khola

From Mu we descend the Shiar Khola, retracing our steps as far as Dumje (2440m).

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Trek to Eklebhatti (1640 meters)

We contiunue down the Shiar Khola to its confluence with the main Burhi Gandaki River beyond Lokpa. Here we turn south and follow the main river to Eklebhatti. (1640m) where we camp.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Trek to Tatopani (990meters)

Now on the main Manaslu Circuit trail we continue descending the Burhi Gandaki Valley passing several villages including Jagat, Yaru and Dobhan to reach Tatopani at 990 metres.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Trek to Lapu Besi (880meters)

We continue downstream to Lapu Besi (880m.) where we make our last camp.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21:   Trek to Soti Khola and drive from Arughat to Kathmandu by bus: 7-8 hrs
After breakfast,  we do a short trek to Soti Khola, we meet our vehicles and drive via Arughat to Kathmandu along the banks of Marshyangdi and Trisuli Rivers with great views of green hills, farming terraces with local farmers and mountains. Arriving in the Kathmandu we check into hotel and in the evening we spend the last evening in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 22: Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

 

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You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

 

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us or call us at +977 9841414582 for your required departure dates.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. 

Best Months for Tsum Valley Trekking with Tabsar Peak
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for this trip.


Maximum Altitude: 6065meters


Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD.


Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can opt for this trekking.


Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

 

Climbing Guides

All our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are experienced in many 6000, 7000 and 8000 meter peaks.


Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.


Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.


Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs.


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.


Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.


Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582