Tsum valley, situated in the northern part of the Manaslu region in Gorkha district, is a sacred pilgrimage valley and a restricted area that was opened for trekking only in 2008. The word “Tsum” comes from Tibetan language, and is literally translated as vivid. The local people of this area are originally from Tibet as the region was once a part of Tibet, so the people living in this valley are predominantly Buddhist. The local people of Tsum valley are called the Tsumbas, who follow their own ancient form of dialect, art, tradition and custom.

The Tsum Valley is known as Beyul Kimolung, meaning the holy hidden valley of happiness which was first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. This valley holds some enchanting monasteries like Rachen gompa, Mu gompa and Dephyudonma gompa. There are several mani walls (an array of stone tablets engraved with prayers placed as a wall), the longest of which (over 250m) are built in Dzong and Phurpe. The valley has a multitude of nunneries which are centuries old and several caves in which great saints are believed to have been meditated there, like Milarepa who meditated in the caves of Piren phu which is known to be one of the most sacred caves.
The trek in itself is a fascinating journey that takes you through beautiful rhododendron, pine and juniper forests to alpine valleys passing along thread-like suspensions bridges hanging high above rapid flowing glacial rivers.
Along with its captivating landscapes, the Tsum Valley is surrounded by magnificient peaks such as Manaslu (8156m), Chuli Himal (7871m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Sringi Himal (7187m) and Buddha Himal (6692m).

What makes this trek special?

  • Trek the restricted area of Manaslu
  • Very few tourists
  • Exploration of the Tsum valley, a pilgrimage sacred valley
  • Experience Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • Beautiful landscapes and massive white peaks including Manaslu and several 7000m peaks
  • Waterfalls, rivers and caves along the way
  • Beautiful Buddhist monasteries, stupas and “mani” (prayer walls) along the way
  • Possible extension to cross Larkye la (Manaslu Circuit)

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Arrival/ transfer to hotel/ welcome dinner
Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu/ trek briefing and preparations
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600 m), continue drive to Soti khola (730 m)- 8- 9 hrs hrs
Day 04 : Trek to Machha Khola (930 m) – 6 hrs
Day 05 : Trek to Jagat (1410 m) – 6 hrs
Day 06 : Trek to Eklebhatti (1600 m) – 4 hrs
Day 07 : Trek to Chumling (2700 m) – 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chhokangparo (3030 m)- 5-6 hrs
Day 09: Trek Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule (3360 m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Trek Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) 4 hrs
Day 11: Extra day for excursion
Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Rikang Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) 5 hrs
Day 13: Trek Rikang Gompa to D0mje (2460 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Trek Dumje to Philim (1570 m) via Ripchet (2470 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Trek Philim to Tatopani (990 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek Tatopani to Soti Khola 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Drive Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, continue drive to Kathmandu
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu

Extension to Larkye La (Manaslu Circuit)

Day 14 :Trek Dumje to Lokpa (2240 m) – 6 hrs
Day 15 :Trek to Deng (1800 m) – 5 hrs
Day 16 :Trek to Ghap (2160 m) – 4-5 hrs
Day 17 :Trek to Lho Gaun (3180 m) – 5-6 hrs
Day 18 :Trek to Sama Gaun / Sama Gompa (3530 m) – 3 hrs
Day 19 :Excursion day and hike to Manaslu base camp ( – 6-7 hrs
Day 20 :Trek to Samdo (3,690m) – 4 hrs
Day 21 :Trek to Dharamsala (4,470m) – 4 hrs
Day 22 :Trek to Bimtang (3,720m) via Larke pass (5,200m) – 8 hrs
Day 23 :Trek to Dharapani (2,560m) – 5 hrs
Day 24 :Trek to Chamche (1,400m) – 6 hrs
Day 25 :Drive to Besisahar (600m), Conttinue drive to Kathmandu- 8 to 9 hrs
Day 26 :Departure

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HST-TV
Trip Grade:
 Moderate
Duration:
 18 days
Trek Distance:
 135 kms approx
Starting Elevation:
 600m
Peak Elevation:
 4040m
Accommodations:
 Camping
Best Season:
 Mar/Apr/May and Oct/Nov

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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