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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Tsum Valley Trek

Fitness Level:

Easy & Moderate

Best Month:

Autumn / spring

Max Elevation:

4000 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5-6 Hrs

Trip Duration:

17 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Meals:

BLD During Trek

Accommodation:

Hotel, lodge and Tented Camp

Group Size:

2-10

Destination:

Nepal

Located to the northeast of Manaslu Trail, Tsum valley was first opened for trekking in 2,008. Tsum valley is the hidden gem of Nepal first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century. It is one of the remote and secluded Himalayan valleys in Nepal that offers a true glimpse of a bygone era. The geography of the region comprises frequently coming uphill and downhill sections making it a fairly demanding trek. Because of its long isolation from the outside world, this region is a highly preserved area in terms of ancient culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

Tsumbas are known as of Tibetan origin that still follows Tibetan ritual and speaks their own unique dialects. Polyandry is still in practice among some families; where a single girl is supposed to marry all the brothers in the family. The valley is rich in ancient culture, heritage, and antique sites. Their unique art includes amazing square Chortens, clustered stone houses, and numerous worship centers with ancient art. Mu and Dephyu Doma Gompa (800 years old) are the highest places of year-round habitation. Moreover, endangered Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, and Snow-Leopard might be seen at the higher elevation.

The trail to Tsum Valley Starts after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat. The trail traverses through numerous ridges and villages as it reaches Philim. The trek turns east into the lower section making its way to the border of Upper Tsum Valley.  The main highlight of Tsum valley trekking is Chhekampar village which is decorated with traditional stone houses, slate roofs, and Milarepa’s cave. Gumba Lungdang is a significant place to visit where travelers are welcomed at the evening puja.

Due to its inaccessibility and remoteness, Tsum valley and its people have been bypassed from development and modernity for centuries.  Traveling to Tsum Valley indeed showcases the true color of remote Nepal including incredible mountain ranges. Villagers welcome you in the traditional way while you get an opportunity to interact with locals.

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Visit a remote part of Nepal and observe the nature and culture
  • Magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal, Himalchuli, 
  • Walk through the beautiful remote village and scenery of varied landscapes, peaks, green hills, and different flora and fauna,
  • Experience the Tibetan culture, several Buddhist Mani walls, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and Nunneries, 
  • Charming villages with traditional houses
  • Explore the incredible hidden land where Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa visited for meditation in several caves,

Why Tsum Valley Trek? 

Tsum Valley trek is especially referring to those who want to trek to experience local culture and lifestyle as well as explore the beautiful Himalayan area in Nepal. 

The Manaslu Region trekking is the best trekking destination in Nepal Himalayas and it offers a wide range of trekking options. It is remote and off the beaten trekking trail comparing the Annapurna Trekking and Everest trekking.  Tsum Valley Trek is one of them and you can opportunity to observe the unique mountains vista, wonderful landscape, rivers, streams, beautiful terrace rice filed, green forest, wildlife, the local village with its lifestyle and religion, popular old monasteries, Glacier,  glacial Lake during the Tsum Valley  Trek.  The Tsum Valley Treks leads to you enter the high Himalayan land similar Tibetan plateau and worthy of Tibetan Buddhist Culture.   

Why with us? 

Trekking in Nepal with High Pass Adventure means a lot. It means friendship, fun, convenience, adventure and above all the security and safety we bring. Our long experience in Nepal and true dedication guarantee your vacation is well thought out and planned to make the most beautiful journey of your lifetime. We are flexible in creating a suitable itinerary and offer a great combination of a quality hotel, small group size trip, family tour, solo trekking, honeymoon trip, and group trekking.  Also, our guides have general knowledge about first aid kits and long years of experience in the trekking fields and hire strong porters for supporting carry the luggage. 

Hence, your trekking in Nepal is led by our professional and experienced trekking guide who are joining you from airport to airport and our strong porter will carry 2 trekkers’ bags (maximum 30 kg).  

Important Note:

Sometimes becomes problems like weather conditions, local political issues, transportation, or other factors are beyond our control. It might be a change in the itinerary.  However, it is very unlikely that the itinerary would be considerably changed.  If alterations are necessary, the Guide and Trekking leader will decide what the best options are. You can talk and decide to take into the best happiness of the whole group. Where a change does suggest itself, we try to do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot take responsibility for the results of changes or delays. Our trekking staffs are experience and professional and try to solve all problems during the trekking. 

Tsum Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Welcome to Nepal! A member of the High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. crew will be waiting outside the baggage claim area of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. A4-sized paper with your and our company's names on it, is carried by the individual you need to find. From the airport, this person will transport you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. Check into the hotel, have a nap, freshen up, and be ready for the appointment with our trekking office to discuss your programs.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before getting ready for the trip of the Kathmandu Valley with an experienced tour guide. We are on a tour of the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be taken to four of the top and most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. For the  tour of these places, you will be traveling  in a luxurious, personal vehicle. There are intriguing tours available that offer unique insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art, historical architecture, Kathmandu Valley people's way of life, and culture. Following this tour, you will return to the  After this tour you will come to office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After Breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel, we leave for the Arughat-Sotikhola, about 8-9 hours by bus or a private jeep through the beautiful landscape and bumpy roads.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
715

The trek starts at Khorla Besi through Khorsane settlement, Saal forest, and Machhakhola. The trekking trail is very easy, following the well-constructed road along the riverside.  We will walk and enjoy pleasant views of the surrounding jungle, occasional waterfalls, and a suspension bridge adding the best to the hike. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1080

The trekking trail leads to Jagat through Tatopani, Dovan, Bklebhatti, Yaruphat, and lower Jagat. We will be able to see the small natural hot spring at Tatopani and after crossing the few bridges of Budi Gandaki River and we will be able to observe the culture and lifestyle of the local people. Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1400

Our trekking day starts by walking through subtropical rainforest and a series of small local villages such as Salleri, Philim and Eklebhatti. These villages are beautiful with terraced fields. ,you will have a chance to see big Sringi Mountain before getting to Philim Village and crossing suspension bridges along the way. Furthermore, the trail arrives at the junction of Tsum Valley and Larke La Trek and trails northeast to Lhokpa through beautiful green pine forest. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2240

After breakfast there, we will leave for Chumling walking for about 3/4 hours. We will be walking on the bank of Siyar Khola in the northeast direction. We reached out on Chumling for lunch, through a forest and rocky trail of Tsum valley. After lunch you will visit a local village to acclimatize.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2390

From there, we hike up to Chhokangparo about 4/5 hours, which is in the Upper Tsum valley. Chhokangparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. If the weather is clear, you can observe the Ganesh Himal range, Baudha Himal, Himal Chuli mountain along the trekking trail.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3010

That day is an easy trekking day but it will feel very difficult due to high altitude. The trail goes uphill through the local villages, cultivated farm land and partly fir pine forest. It takes about 3/4 hours to reach the Nile. After reaching the Nile, we can visit Milarepa cave monastery which is about 45 minutes walk from Nile Village. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3361

That day is the mission day of our Trek so we will leave for Mu Gompa after breakfast. The trekking trail gradually ascends and less oxygen because that area is above the treeline. Mu Gomba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3700 meters. The history of that monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley and it  is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. After getting there, you will visit this Mu-Gompa with a guide and local monk. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

You will have local breakfast with the monk and start trek back to Chhokangparo through the Rachen Gompa. If you want, you can visit that ancient nunnery monastery. There is also accommodation available in the monastery. Continue to walk south until a Siyar Khola and cross a bridge to the west bank and then descend again to Chhokangparo. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3030

That day is a bit challenging trekking day to Gumba Lungdang because we have to continue walking about 5/6 hours without a lunch stop. There are not any hotels, local villages and restaurants until I reach there. The trekking trail drops down to Siyar Khola from Chhokangparo and crosses the wooden bridge.  After crossing that bridge to Dhumje, you will find a small village, Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. From Dumje, the trekking trail starts very steeply and an unclear trail through the pines and rhododendrons forest. Finally, the trail is exposed and narrow in the forest and zigzag climb to reach Gumba Lungdang. That day, you will enjoy the view of Ganesh Himal while walking. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3200

This day can be exciting and tough because you have to walk a long descent. Walking same way back to Dumje and cross the Siyar Khola bridge to get Lhokpa through Chumling. You can take a time to look around at this balanced fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with suggestive Chortens in the fields and mountain view to back by pine forest to reach Lhokpa. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2240

Today is also another long day, continuing the same way to Dovan through Philim, Jagat and Sewoli Bhatti. If you continue to Larke Pass, you have to cross Budi Gandaki River to Deng.  

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1070

Today is an easy day but you feel very hot because you come from very high elevation. Walk the same way down the lower Budi Gandaki Valley along the river side to Sotikhola through Tatopani, Khorla Besi, Machhakhola, Lapubesi. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
730

Drive back to Kathmandu by private/public vehicles through Dhading with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages and transfer to the Hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Arughat-Kathmandu (private/ public vehicle)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Special Manaslu  Tsum ValleyTrekking Permits  
  • All trekking permits (MCAP, TIMS)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, Food, accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

Traveller Useful Information

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 
There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 
Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms
These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 
Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:
Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Information of Manaslu Conservation Area Project

Manaslu Conservation Area project (MCAP) is protected area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal and it covering the 1663 square Km in the Mansiri Himalayan range in the Gorkha District.  It has established in 2055 B.S. (1998 A.D.). It is bounded by the Tibet border in the north and east, Budi Gandaki River in the south and Annapurna Conservation area is the west border. The area took in mountains, glaciers, water sources and forest in the elevation from 1400 m to 8,156 at the mount Manaslu 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. 

This conservation is worthy of flora and fauna because this conservation is home of 33 species of mammals including Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thaar, Black Beers as well as over 100 species of birds, three species of reptiles, four species of frogs  and over 1500 to 2000 species of flower and plant. 

How to get the Manaslu Region ?

If you are wondering to get in to the Manaslu region from Kathmandu, here is little information to entry the Manaslu Region. Gorkha Bazaar and Arughat is the starting point to enter the region. There is easily accessible from Kathmandu by public bus or private vehicles. It is North West part and about 140 km far from Kathmandu. It takes approximately 6-7 hours by vehicles to reach out there. Even though Trekking Itineraries are always flexible because there are many starting and ending place, so it may take a little more or less than that.  The road condition is quite smooth with blacktop covered until Taribesi. There was rough road between Dhading Besi to Taribesi. From Tari Besi to Arughat road is still rough. That section would be tough during the raining season. Manaslu Region Trekking is not allowed to do individual, it means you have to book with registered trekking company in Kathmandu. So, trekking company arrange you private jeep or public bus depends on your trekking package services

Manaslu Region Trekking Permit 

Manaslu Region is situated in Manaslu Conversation Area. It is opened for trekking in 1991 A.D. and remote sector with simple accommodation. Manaslu Region is protected area by Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and the government of Nepal controls all trekking activities. So you will need permission to trek in this region. 

Manaslu Region is also restricted trekking destination in Nepal. The permit cost of Manaslu region trekking is depends on number of days and months as well as you will need different kinds of permits and issued by Government of Nepal. 

Manaslu Restricted Permits

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit cost is USD 100 for the first seven days and additional USD 15 each day during the September to November. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit cost is USD 75 for the first seven days and additional USD 10 each day during the December to August. 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) entrance fees
SAARC Nationals entry fee is 200 Nepali Rupees per person and per person 3000 Nepali Rupees for others Nationals.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fee for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is: 
SAARC Nationals entry fee is 200 Nepali Rupees per person and per person 3000 Nepali Rupees for others Nationals.

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit 

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost is USD 40 first seven days and additional USD 7 each day during the September to November.

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost is USD 30 first seven days and additional USD 7 each day during the December to August. 

All of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Manaslu Region and your Trekking agency help to issued all trekking permits. 

Food and Accommodation in Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Region is getting popularity day by day similarly Everest, Annapurna and Langtang Trekking but still remote and rural area which makes the costs of goods more expensive than other areas. There are basic and limit accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail but every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. Food and accommodation price are increases if you go higher and the food and accommodation is in Manaslu region is expensive due to transportation but still cheaper than Everest region. 

Normally, lodges have basic private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom. Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Manaslu region trekking. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Tsum Valley Trek 

There are two main trekking season for Manaslu Region. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Annapurna base camp Trek. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad but there is a high risk to do Manaslu Circuit during the winter season due to lot of snow on Larke (5160 m) top.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Manaslu Region Trekking depends on your Vacations.

Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty 

Manaslu Region Trekking is moderate difficulty fit level adventure trekking route in Nepal. There is one of the popular adventure high pass call Larkey Pass. This is 5106m height. In the winter season, it is very difficult to cross this Larke pass due to lot of snow. This trekking requires good physical condition health and has to able to walk 6-8 hours a day. If compare the Manaslu Trekking route with others trekking route, it is not difficult.

Furthermore, if you have not previous trekking experience, it will be difficult level of trekking but not as tough if you have already trekking experience before this trip. Manaslu Region is remote and less traveled trek compared with Annapurna Region and Everest region Trekking. 

Communication in the Manaslu Region 

Manaslu region is getting popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services around Manaslu Circuit trekking area but not few places.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 

Acclimatization

High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting tripin Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. 

These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 
-Passport and 4 passport size photos 

-Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)

-Boarding passes for flights

-Driver’s license (if needed)

-Cash USD

-Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:
-Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)

-Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:
-Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight

-Sandals for city and tea house footwear 

-Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)

-Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

-Thin, lightweight inner socks

-Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for body: 
Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

-Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

-Fleece/Windproof jacket

-Waterproof jacket

-Down jacket for warmth

-Travel clothes and City Wear

-Underwear

-Base-layer trousers (optional)

-Waterproof trousers

-Trekking trousers

-Trekking shorts (Optional)

-Gloves and wool hat

-bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)
-First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea

-Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular

-Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 
-Sunglasses and Sun cream 

-Towel

-Book (reading and writing materials)

 -MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.

-Travel wash

-Hand sanitizer, wet wipes

-A day bag: 35 liters

-A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)

-Dry Liner or Dry Bag

-Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries
 -Toilet papers/ tissue 

-Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)

-1 medium sized quick drying towel

-Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

-Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)

-Nail clippers

-Face and body moisturizer

-Feminine hygiene products

-Small mirror

-On Personal Hygiene

-Wet wipes (baby wipes)

-Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (optional) 
-Trekking Poles 

-Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag

-Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 

-Binoculars (for luxuries)

-Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

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