The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. Tsum Valley is one of world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. Very few adventure travellers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet.
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After arriving in Kathmandu, Himalayan Memories Trek representatives will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner with Nepali cultural show and our guests will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine.Your guide will brief you about what to expect in the days ahead.
We start to drive after our breakfast to Soti Khola. It takes around eight to nine hours with a stopover for lunch. The road is hilly but it’s scenic for the most part.
Starting off from Soti Khola, we first cross a bridge and a forest and trek above the roaring Budhi-Gandaki. Take a brief stop at Khursani and trek past beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, and rough roads. Descending along the route we cross some paddies and arrive at Labubesi, a typical Gurung village. From there we trek further, cross the river and arrive at Machha Khola, a quiet and remote village for the night stay.
After leaving Machha Khola, we will head towards Jagat today. The trek duration is around six to seven hours at a normal pace including stops for lunch, brief rest, and photography. First you will cross Tharo river and come to Tatopani, a natural hot-spring. From there our route turns upwards until we cross the Budhi-Gandaki river. You will cross at least a couple of rivers and streams from here until you reach the village of Jagat.
Beginning from Jagat, you first climb up an ascending route to Saguleri. Here you can have wonderful views of a lesser-known mountain called Shringi Himal (7177m) then descend to Sirdibas. From there trek further west to Sirish Gaun and arriving at the valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Then you cross the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village where we spend overnight.
We start our trek after our breakfast from Philim to Chumling. First, we head to Ekkli Bhatti and cross the gorge for around half an hour then we will see a beautiful waterfall and walk through the pine forests. We walk down to continue on the right side of the Buddhi Gandaki then we leave the way to Manaslu Circuit, and follow the Siyar Khola trail going to the Tsum Valley. Trek via beautiful tiny village of Lokpa, we descend to Lungwa Khola and the trail ascends further two and half hours north through pines and rhododendrons. And we cross the Siyar Khola, then finally we reach at Chumling, where we camp Overnight.
Today we leave from Chumling to Chokhanparo, passing through several villages by crossing the suspension bridge and passing through a very pretty pine forest. Then we walk and continue to Ranjam and Serphu. After Serphu we cross the suspension bridge and climb up around 25 minutes to Gho Village. From here it takes about 2 and half hours to climb to Chokangparo, from where we can admire the view to the south on Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himal Chuli, and much more unnamed peaks.
We walk from chokhangparo to Rachen Gompa it’s known as Nunnery Monastery. We walk through the villages in the middle of barley crops, buckwheat and potatoes essentially, like all Tibetan-dominated highlands. Once we reach Rachen Gompa then we visit it after our lunch. In a nearby cliff (20 minutes walk) is the sacred site of a cave where the holy hermit Milarepa meditated,
Today we trek back from Rachen Gompa to Chumling, our trail through Lamagaon, Chokhangparo, Gho Village then we cross Serphu Khola by a suspension bridge. After all, we walk and continue through the pine and rhododendron forest. Finally, we arrive at Chumling.
The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Trek starts today from Philim to Khorla besi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach Jagat. Further descent takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally we arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not, we continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorla Besi, our rest place for the day.
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrives at Archet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces, and villages on both sides of the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Today after breakfast we will guide you to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. you visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Boudhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.
It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
- 1. ARRIVALS AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL BY THE TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
- 2. TWO NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORISED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
- 3. TREKKING MAP.
- 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPAL CULTURAL SHOW.
- 5. ONE DAY KATHMANDU CITY SIGHT SCENE.
- 6. DOMESTIC AIRFARE
- 7. FULLY QUALIFIED GUIDE
- 8. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,
- 9. STAFF EXPENSES
- ALL STAFFS MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCES DURING THE TRIP.
- 10. ALL STAFF FOODS.
- 11. PORTER WAGES.
- 12. GUIDE WAGES.
- 13. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
- 14. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
- 15. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.
- 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT for WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
- 2. BOTH WAY INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AIR-FARE.
- 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
- 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FREE.
- 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
- 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA
- 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
- 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE…..
- 9. STAFF TIPS. (MINIMUM OF 5% OF YOUR TOTAL TRIP COST)
On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.
While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.
Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.
As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 from Everest base camp (for example) Itself, so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.
Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.
Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.
The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-
* BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your day-pack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and passport.
* SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
* PUFFY LAYER – A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
* LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
* BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
* UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
* FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
* SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
* DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a UV Filter (SteriPEN), iodine tablets, or a back-country water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilising water.
* WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitiser, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
* SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
* TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
* PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, headlamp, music, journal, etc.
* OPTIONAL ITEMS – Buff or neck gaiter, down booties (for warmth in the tea-house), ear plugs, camping pillow, trekking crampons (like Kathoola Micro-spikes) if you are travelling during a snowy season, silk sock liners for extra warmth or blister prevention, she-wee or other female urinary device, dry shampoo, and snacks. You can buy snacks along the trail, purchase them in Kathmandu, or bring your favourite treat from home. Bringing a treat from home is a fun way to share some of your culture on the trail. It’s also helpful for those days in which nothing looks tasty.
* ELECTRONICS – Charging your electronics will cost money while on a trek in Nepal. If you would like to avoid this cost, consider bringing your own portable charger. Electronics do not like the cold. Sleep with your phone and any batteries in order to avoid bad battery life due to cold weather.
1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.
2) Drink lots of liquid.
3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.
4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.
5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.
6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.
7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.
(Personal first aid kit contents)
Water Purification Tablets
Approximately $250 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around $100 (or, approximately 12,000 Nepali Rupees) to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.
Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!