Tsum Valley Cultural Trek

  • duration 20 days
  • usd 2,620 All inclusive
  • difficulty Hard
  • best season Sep-Dec | Mar-May
  • group size Min. 2 Pax

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival.

    A Mountain Kick representative will receive you as you land into Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

    We will drive you from one monument to another in Kathmandu so you get a sense why this ancient city is so popular among tourists. Kathmandu has been included in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites for its cultural, aesthetic, religious and historical importance so you won’t be disappointed.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Pre-trip meeting.

    We will introduce you to your guides and other members of your trekking team. We will run you through the itinerary and prepare you for the tough expedition ahead.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 04
    Drive to Arughat (2,100ft) by Jeep.

    We drive to the town of Arughat in western Nepal by a private vehicle. The journey takes about eight hours through roads carved into the hills.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 05
    Trek to Lapubeshi (2,887ft).

    We follow the Budhi Gandaki River upstream through forests this day. We will reach Lapubesi after walking for five hours in the hills.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 06
    Trek to Khorla Besi (3,051ft).

    From Lapubesi, we again follow the river till we reach of Machhe Khola. We tread past some hills and forests till we arrive at our destination Khorla Besi. It takes five hours to reach this village.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 07
    Trek to Jagat (4,396ft).

    We walk up the river bank for six hours till we reach the village of Jagat. The trail is similar to the earlier day’s with the Budhi Gandaki below us and the forests above. We will pass through the village of Tatopani along our way where lies a natural hot spring if you wish to take a dip.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 08
    Trek to Philim (5,215ft) or Eklebhatti (5,249ft).

    We trek for only three hours this day. We climb up the Salleri and then down to Setibas. We again climb up the valley from here to Ghatta Khola and further uphill to Philim. Depending on the situation, we can either stay the night at Philim or trek a little ahead to Eklebhatti.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 09
    Trek to Chumling (7,775ft).

    We have to walk for about seven hours this day going uphill and downhill through several forests. We cross several river in the process and enter the Tsum Valley. We walk past the Lokpa village and climb up to the beautiful village of Chumling.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 10
    Trek to Chhokangparo (9,903ft).

    We cross the river at Chumling and head towards upper Tsum. We cross some more rivers and climb steadily towards Chhokangparo. It takes about six hours to reach here and the trek will be tiring but we will have views of the majestic Himalayas throughout our trip to keep things interesting.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 11
    Trek to Mu Gumba (12,139ft).

    At the top of the Tsum Valley, lies the Mu Gumba, a monastery build more than 120 years ago. It takes a couple of hours to reach here and you will be treated with panoramic views of the valley throughout the trip and from up top.

    • Accomodation: Gumba
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 12
    Hike to view point. Then back to Mu Gumba.

    We will stay at the Gumba and make an excursion to the top of the hill for better view. Staying in the monastery and around the area which lies on top of the entire landscape is just magical.

    • Accomodation: Gumba
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 13
    Trek to Rachen Gumba (10,827ft).

    We walk towards the nunnery of Rachen Gumba in the Shiar Khola Valley. It takes around four hours to reach this monastery which was built more than 110 years ago.

    • Accomodation: Gumba
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 14
    Trek to Chumling (7,775ft).

    We descend down the forest towards Chumling as we start to get back. It takes five to six hours of trekking in lower Tsum Valley to reach Chumling.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 15
    Trek to Jagat (4,396ft).

    We take the same trail back via which we had arrived. We walk past forests and rivers for about six hours till we arrive at Jagat.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 16
    Trek to Machhe Khola (2,952ft).

    We will follow the Budhi Gandaki River downstream and pass yet more forests till we get to Machhe Khola. It takes about six to seven hours.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 17
    Trek to Soti Khola (2,296ft).

    We keep walking along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki downhill to Soti Khola. We will get there in about six hours.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 18
    Drive to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

    We take the same road back through which we had arrived at the beginning of our journey. The view of the Himalayas in the distance will surely remind you of your travel there. We will host a farewell dinner for you before you leave.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 19
    Leisure day. Farewell dinner.

    This is a leisure day so go partying, sightseeing or just rest. You will be back home the next day so we will host a farewell dinner for you to cap off your Himalayan adventure.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 20
    Final Departure.

    We will see you off at the airport. It will be a happy-sad moment as we know that it is hard to leave this wonderful country but you will be leaving with very rich memories.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is on us.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at guesthouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will also be taken care of.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
  • Fees for entering conservation areas and Trekkers’ Information Management System card
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • Fully paid bus tickets for Kathmandu-Arughat and SotiKhola-Kathmandu ride. Other rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 200.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?
    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.
  • What happens after I land into Nepal?
    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.
  • What will a trekking trip with Mountain Kick involve?
    You will trek in the Himalayas in a group of international travellers fully assisted by our guides, porters and local support staff. We will take care of your entire trip as soon as you land in Kathmandu and safely take to your preferred destination and back as per the package you choose. Travel will involve plenty of sightseeing and mixing with local culture.
  • In what physical condition do I need to be for the trip?
    A regular person can complete the trip with help from our guides and porters. But it is important that you are healthy and have no physical injuries. Trekking for long hours in high altitude and difficult terrain will surely put a strain on your body and you might suffer severe physical and mental breakdown, especially if you are trekking in the Himalayas for the first time. It is, therefore, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.
  • How long do I have to trek each day?
    On most days of your trips, you will trek for a couple of hours only. But some trekking days require as much as six to eight hours of walking in high altitude. However, there will be plenty time each day for rest and acclimatization.
  • Where will I be staying during the trip?
    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.
  • And food?
    All your major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in your trekking package except in Kathmandu (where only breakfast is provided for). You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. You will have a range of options so there won’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian or vegan. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.
  • How much help do I get during the trek?
    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.
  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?
    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customised trip for you.
  • What equipment do I bring?
    You have to bring all travel equipment yourself. Please see the equipment section for a standard list of required equipment prepared by our guides. Most of the items are easily available in Kathmandu in case if you miss any and we also lend you some of the gears for the duration of the trip for a small fee.
  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?
    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook everyday.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.
  • Which is best time of the year to travel?
    Most of the trekking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.
  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?
    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company. In some journeys, you may also need to take a public bus but as you will travel in a group with our guides and support staff, you need not worry about your safety or comfort.
  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?
    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.
  • Can I use my credit cards?
    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.
  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?
    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).
  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?
    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.
  • How do I book a tour?
    Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

Equipment List

General

  • 2 season sleeping bag – one. 
  • Spring down jacket – one. 
  • Duffel – one. (We will provide you one complementary duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • 35-45 liter daypack – one.
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We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.

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