Tsum Valley Trek - 18 Days - Ace the Himalaya
Tsum Valley Trek – 18 Days

Tsum Valley Trek – 18 Days

Explore the remote, mysterious region full of Tibetan culture, the majestic Himalayas, and the secluded Himalayan valleys through Tsum Valley Trek.
  • Trip Code: ATH17139
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 4,000 to 5,600m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
  • Max Altitude: 3,700 m/12,136 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu – Sotikhola - Jagat - Chumling – Nile – Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa – Burgi Village – Chumling - Philim - Khorlabesi – Soti Khola - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing around the UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Explore the Tibetan arid region
  • Explore the Buddhist Monasteries and Gompas throughout the trails
  • Witness the waterfalls along the way
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Visit Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Milarepa cave etc.
  • Discover the Tibetan and Buddhist lifestyle, culture, art, religion and many more.

Trip Information

The Tsum valley lying in the northern part of Manaslu was a restricted region until 2008. The trekking route and trails has been discovered not long ago which makes this region raw, undiscovered and worth traveling to. Tsum valley was once a part of Tibet which is why the religion, art, lifestyle, monasteries, prayer flags all portray the Tibetan culture. This valley is completely different from all the trekking routes as one can find variation not only in lifestyle and culture but also in vegetation, geography and landscapes. During the trek a trekker can realize the sub-tropical region slowly changing into semi-arid region, the change in climate and the change in weather as well.

The trip to Tsum Valley begins with the sightseeing in the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu and by driving to Sotikhola the next day. Sotikhola will be the starting point of our trek. Following the trail, we witness beautiful rhododendron forests, pine forests, conifer forests, and various waterfalls along the way. The view of the Himalayas hide and seeks time and again throughout the trail. We also visit monasteries like Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa etc. and explore the Tibetan culture and traditions. Some of the mountains that can be witnessed during the trek includes Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. This region is less exposed thus is a less-touristy area which makes the trails unbeaten, the Gompas unexplored and the stories unheard.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Sotikhola (700 m) – 7 to 8 hours by jeep. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (869 m) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240 m) –5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2,386 m) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,031 m) – 4-5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361 m) – 5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m) – 5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse or Gompa.
  • Day 11 – Rest Day in Mu Gompa (3,700 m). Overnight at a Guesthouse or Gompa.
  • Day 12 – Trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi village (3,245 m) via Milarepa cave – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek from Burgi village to Chumling (2,386 m) – 5-6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek from Chumling to Philim (1,700 m) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (930 m) – 6-7 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek from Khorlabesi to Sotikhola (730 m) – 6 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m) by jeep – 7 to 8 Hours and farewell dinner. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 18 – Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an “Ace the Himalaya” signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be received and transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a Hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Drive to Sotikhola (710 m) – 7 to 8 hours by jeep.

After the morning breakfast we leave for Sotikhola, the starting point of our trek. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is a 3-hour comfortable drive after which will be a 5-hour bumpy and winding dirt road to Sotikhola. The total drive for the day will approximately be 8 hours.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (900 m) – 6-7 Hours.

Today we start walking to Machha Khola. The trail is full of ups and downs and goes through narrow and rocky terrain. We come across many beautiful waterfalls. Before reaching Machha Khola, we pass through Labubesi village which is a Gurung community. After walking for almost 6 hours, we arrive at our destination for the day which is Machha khola (River).

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410) – 6-7 Hours.

After crossing Machha River and Khorla besi, there is a hot spring called Tatopani. The trail follows a forest reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240 m) –5-6 Hours.

The early morning trek makes us climb through a rocky ridge up to Salleri from where we descend down towards Sirdibas. The valley widens as the trail takes us to Ghatta khola and then upstream towards the Gurung village, Philim. Walking towards the northern direction through the forest, we reach Chisopani. Leaving Chisopani, we cross the gorge and walk for around half an hour only to arrive at the beautiful waterfall. We then walk into the pine and rhododendron forests, descend down the trail towards Tsum Valley to Lokpa.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2,386 m) – 6-7 Hours.

Today is a tough day as the altitude increases and the trail is mostly an ascent too.  The panoramic views of the Himalayas hides and seeks time and again throughout the trail. We walk down beautiful villages of Lungwa Khola and then ascend through pine forests to Gumlung.  After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally reach Chumling, the lower Tsum valley, famous for Chumling Gompa and the stone paved streets of the village.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,031 m) – 4-5 Hours.

The trek starts with crossing the suspension bridge today. We walk on the other side and enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal walk towards Rainjam towards Serpu Khola. We cross one more bridge and head towards a village named Gho. We walk further 2 hours to finally walk to the upper Tsum valley and reach Chokhangparo.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361 m) – 5-6 Hours.

Today there is a strong rise in altitude and the ascent in the trail too. We walk past Lamagaon crossing suspension bridge towards Rachen Gompa, also known as Nunnery Gompa. After making a visit to the Gompa we return back on the trail. We pass through Shiar Khola, Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun village, many Buddhist monasteries, cross the final bridge before reaching Nile. There is a monastery at Chule nearby to Nile which can be visited after resting at Nile.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m) – 3-4 Hours.

The trail today takes us closer to the Tibetan border. We walk through the west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscapes. After walking for around 3 to 4 hours we finally reach Mu Gompa.

Overnight at a Guesthouse or Gompa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Rest Day in Mu Gompa (3,700 m).

Today we spend the day resting and exploring the Mu Gompa, the other Tibetan landscapes and the most remote area of this Tsum valley. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. After completing the exploration at Mu Gompa, we can also consider walking to the base of the Pika Himal (4,865 m).

Overnight at a Guesthouse or Gompa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi village (3,245 m) via Milarepa cave – 5 Hours.

Today we walk back the trail to Chhule and Phurbe. On the east bank of Shiar Khola, we arrive at Burgi village. This village is small and beautiful. We climb up the Milarepa cave famous for the mesmerizing view of the Kipu Himal, Churke Himal and Poshyop glacier.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Trek from Burgi village to Chumling (2,386 m) – 5-6 Hours.

We walk back the trail enjoying the dense pine and rhododendron forests, descending down to Chokhangparo and then walking towards the lower Tsum Valley Chumling.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 - Trek from Chumling to Philim (1,700 m) – 6-7 Hours.

The walk today will be of 5 to 6 hours. Descending down to Lokpa, enjoying the gorgeous Samba Falls, we finally reach Philim.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 - Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (930 m) – 6-7 Hours.

We walk down towards Sirdibas then to Jagat and further descend to Yaruphant. The Tibetan arid climate can be seen gradually changing over to the subtropical green vegetation. We continue descending down towards Dovan and finally reaching Tatopani. There is a hot water spring at Tatopani, if preferred one can take a dip into it to relax the tired muscles. We further walk down and finally reach Khorlabesi.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 - Trek from Khorlabesi to Sotikhola (730 m) - 6 Hours.

The trail today is mostly a descent. We walk down the trail, cross suspension bridges, walk back to Machha Khola, walk along the Budhi Gandaki river, pass the Gurung village of Lapubesi, the waterfalls, a village names Khursane, walk across the pine forests, cross the bridge and finally arrive at Sotikhola.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m) by jeep – 7 to 8 Hours and farewell dinner.

We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 18 - Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Tsum Valley Trek. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 25 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:

    See Group Booking Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    1-1 USD 2,270
    2-2 USD 1,720
    3-6 USD 1,530
    7-12 USD 1,426
    13-18 USD 1,300
    19-24 USD 1,270
    25-30 USD 1,220
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 7 − seven =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • 8 plus five =

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Double or twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

  • Guesthouse (basic) accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya English speaking trekking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two client.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • 4 WD Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and back to Kathmandu.

  • All special trekking permits & fees.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trek.)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.

  • All our government taxes, Tourist service charge and Vat.

  • Official expense.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment.

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. For an odd numbered client group, we provide an extra porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

 

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; we can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-Aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please makes a copy and leaves one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This is a strenuous trek in the northern part of Manaslu region. You need good stamina for a long day effort in this trek. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

We use double or twin accommodations at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included.

Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provides basic twin sharing accommodation, or occasionally a dormitory. At Mu Gompa, the accommodation might be in a Gompa (monastery) as well. Since the trekking route in this area has recently opened, the guesthouse or the lodge provide basic facilities only.

Few of the tea houses in lower altitudes have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

The guest houses at lower elevations sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself but in the higher elevations, the toilet papers may not be found thus we recommend carrying one from the lower elevation. You must bring a hand sanitizer and a towel on your own.

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

In Kathmandu USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the trekking routes especially during the peak time.

The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However, as it gets colder above 2,500m, they do have facility of heating the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person might be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

There are whole lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu, please note that this package doesn’t include any meals except for breakfast.

The guesthouses during the trek may cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. On the trekking routes, there aren’t much facility of varied food items but serve only dal (lentils) – bhat (rice) along with vegetable curries.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.

If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

At the lower altitude villages, the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower.

And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower.

For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 2-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

In Kathmandu yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go for the trek.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups.

We provide a 4WD jeep for the drive to Sotikhola and back to Kathmandu.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express). Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

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Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November are the best time to do this trek.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June                                                             

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the region, although because of this, it might become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).  Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

These facilities will be available only in lower altitude. As the altitude increases, facility of charging digital cameras or any other equipment’s is not possible. While charging your equipment’s in lower altitude you will have to pay some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! Please bring the spare batteries.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phones. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the call-back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters is appreciable. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs. The ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters. Please browse through Company’s Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and NCell phones in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client.  Our guides will update us regarding any difficult situation through their mobile phones. If you want to make an international call, you can do so from the guide’s mobile phone upon payment of 5 USD per minute directly to the guide. Upon emergencies, our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needs to be hospitalized.

It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and at least 3 days to a week is needed for the complete recovery.

If you are in a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.

If you are in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org

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