Chum valley trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a mainly untouched and one of the fewer tourist regions of Nepal, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Chum valley trek is the Manaslu circuit with extra days trekking as we follow a different way up to Manaslu circuit. Moreover, Peoples have named the remote Tsum Valley after the Tibetan word “Tsumbo” which means vivid. Its trail heads up the valley of Budi Gandaki River, through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by Gurungs.
Chum valley and Manaslu, area was opened for trekking in 1991. Chum valley trek provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Peoples have controlled this trekking route. Besides that, it allows only organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to explore this circuit. Moreover, The meaning of Manasulu comes from the Sanskrit word meaning intellect or soul.
Chum valley and Manaslu circuit is one of the majestic Himalayan ranges in this area and consists of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes. The highest point on the trek is Larkya La Pass at 5230m. However, the trek is tough and one of the harder treks in Nepal.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
Trekking Permits and also for Manaslu Conservation Permit and a special Restricted Area permit is needed.
An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours
All government Taxes and service Charge.
Medical Supplies (Frist aid Kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Drive – Arughat – Sotikhola 8 hours from Kathmandu
We leave Kathmandu early and drive to Sotikhola, it is around 8 hours and on the way we will be able to enjoy the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. Some of the roads will be rough bumpy so a bus journey in Nepal is always part of the adventure and one you will not forget!
Soti Khola to Machha Khola Trekking time 6 – 7 Hours.
We begin out trek through the beautiful Sal forests, we then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We continue along the rocky trail as it weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We will get to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We drop down to the sandy river bed, before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village where we will spend our first night in tea house.
Machha Khola to Jagat Trekking time 6 -7 hours
We follow the narrow trail and eventually we cross the Tharo Khola River and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. After this we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. After another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, and then trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. (1410m) in tea house.
Jagat to Philim (1,590m): 3hrs
Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village, Overnight in Tea house.
Philim to Chumling (2363m):6/7 hours
Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge, and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli Mountains. Pass Lokpa, climbing further north through pines and rhododendrons. Climb down to Ghumlong, and climbing up to Ripchet. Crossing the Shiar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village, Overnight in Tea house.
Chumling to Chhokang paro (3010m): trekking time 5/6 hours
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjham to Serpu Khola. Now we enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters, Overnight in Tea house.
Chokhang paro to Nile (3361m), trekking time 5 to 6 hours.
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile.
Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m-5km-3 hours walk)
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa, climb further up to Bhajyo and We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area there is not any local houses. Only we can see some yak farm house. After having the lunch we will explore the area, Overnight in Mu Gompa at Monastery.
visit Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m) trekking time 3 to 4 hours.
From Bhajyo, we descend down to Rachen Gumba. Established in 1905 AD, the Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region is of great importance. The interior of the Gumba is splendidly painted with Buddhist mural paintings, Overnight in Tea house.
Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2440m), trekking time 4 to 5 hours.
We Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju, Overnight in Tea house.
Dumje to Deng (3130m) trekking time 5 to 6 hours.
From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. Crosss the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. If interested, walk further up to the village of Bihi, Overnight in Tea house.
Deng to Namrung Trekking time 6 -7 hours.
Beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. The trail passes through forests and mani stones. We reach Prok village which has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We follow the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung (2630m)
Namrung to Samagaon Trekking Time 6 -7 hours.
At Namrung we have great view for Siring, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, and then we drop and cross the side valley of Simnang. We will reach the village of Lho where we can enjoy views of Mt. Manaslu and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by mountains which amazing photo opportunities Samagaon where we spend the night. (3530m)
Acclimatisation at Samagaon.
We stay in Samagaon today in order to help with the acclimatisation and also to give us an opportunity to explore and learn about the local culture. We can enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier.
Samagaon to Samdo Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
We begin with descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and we join the Larkya la Trail and pass several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We go down to cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo (3860m)
Acclimatisation day at Samdo.
This is another day set aside for acclimatization. We will walk up the valley from Samdo this will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru. We will be able to enjoy the views and see many types of wildlife and birds.
Samdo to Dharmashala Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
We continue our trek by going down to cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki, we then begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m). It is a short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala. (4460m)
Dharmashala to Bhimthang Trekking time 8 -9 hours
We begin today with a short climb until we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. This is the highest point of the trek at the top of the pass at 5160m. There are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu is an unforgettable experience. Overnight in Bimthang (3700m)
Bhimthang to Tilije Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
From Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. We continue until we reach the village at Tilije where we spend the night. (2300m)
Tilije to Tal Trekking time 5- 6 hours.
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through villages so again we can see local cutlure. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. We continue a gradual walk along the river crossing a few bridges until we reach the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. (1700m)
Tal to Syange Trekking time 6 -7 hours.
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange where we will spend the night. (1080m)
yange to Besi Shar Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
For our last day trekking we will trek to Besi Sahar. After a gradual climb for about 2 hours, we will then finish our trek by descending down through farmland and then we will get to a road which we will follow to Besi Sahar.
Besi Sahar to Kathmandu Drive 5 to 6 hours.
Today we will take the bus back to Kathmandu which takes 5 – 6 hours. Once back in Kathmandu we will go to the hotel where the group are free to shower, relax and go shopping. We will meet in the evening for a farewell group dinner.
Sightseeeing in Kasthmandu
One day in Kathmandu, however if people are finding the trekking hard than this day can be added onto the trekking time to allow people extra time. If in Kathmandu then the group can decide where to go and if sightseeing then you will have a guide for the day.
Return to the home
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final. [email protected]
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.