Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Summary

Label Detail
Geography Mountains/Hills/Valleys
Location Gorkha
Level Of Difficulty Difficult
Duration 20 Days
Max Aaltitude 3700m
Religion Tibetan Buddhist
Ethnic People Tsum, Nubri, Tibetans
Accommodation Teahouse/Hotel/Lodge
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Minimum Pax 2

Detail Information

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Scenic trekking through the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Trek to the restricted area of Tsum Valley
  • Enjoy observing the Tibetan culture, lifestyle, and tradition
  • Witness the mesmerizing panorama of the Himalayas in Manaslu, Shringi, and Ganesh Himal ranges

The Tsum Valley Trek was opened for tourists as recent as 2008 making it a well-preserved region with numerous natural wonders and rich ethnic culture. Tsum Valley is a remote Himalayan kingdom lying in the secluded corner of Northern-central Nepal.. Tsum Valley Trek takes you on a journey on the foothills of Ganesh, Shringi, and Boudha Himal ranges. This off-beat trek also offers insight into the religious faith of the ethnic Tsum and Nubri communities while exploring Mu and Rachen gompas.

The 20-day Tsum Valley Trek begins upon your arrival Kathmandu followed with the scenic cultural tour around Kathmandu City. The tour takes you to the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Afterward, you’ll travel west of Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar lying in the Gorkha district. The trek commences at Arughat and gradually advances north through Lower Tsum.

The trail is also a part of Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trek advances through Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Chisopani, Chumling, Chhokang Paro, and the Nile before resting at Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest Buddhist monastery in the region and one of the major tourist landmarks. Lying close to the Tibetan border, the Tsum Valley resembles the greater Tibetan lifestyle and culture. The renowned Buddhist saint ‘Milarepa’ is believed to have meditated in the mountain-caves of Tsum valley. Milarepa cave (3361m) is the highest you’ll reach during this trek. The inhabitants of the valley are known as ‘Tsumbas’. Tsum is also home to the ancient Buddhist monasteries including Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephu Doma Gompa. After exploring Mu Gompa you’ll descend through Burgi, Chumling, Philim, Khorlabesi, and Soti Khola back to Arughat.  The off-beat trail offers the majestic panorama of the surrounding mountains including Ganesh, Shringi, and Boudha Himal ranges.

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Itinerary Summary

Outline

Day Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and Transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly receive you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek guide at the hotel and discuss the trip. In the evening, you can take a stroll around the hotel vicinity. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu city accompanied by an experienced tour guide. You’ll get to visit some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar square, and enjoy the local lifestyle, culture, cuisine, and activities. The historical city of Kathmandu is home to numerous cultures, centuries-old palaces, temples, and unique cultural monuments dating over 1400 years. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a road journey 126.km northwest of Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar in the Gorkha district. Lying on the foothills of Ganesh Himal (7422m), the ride will be facilitated with the beautiful sights of the massive river, forested hills, mountains, and colorful towns. Arughat serves as the major transmit to various remote places of Gorkha district. Overnight in Arughat.
Today, you’ll commence the trek and gradually ascend upwards through the lush forests and streams. You’ll cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and pass through a hydro-electric power plant, and rice and millet fields en route to Shanti Bazaar. The trail hereon becomes steeper and quite difficult. After crossing Arkhet Khola, you’ll descend towards a high, cascading waterfall at a ridge in Kuerepani and head to Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
You’ll commence walking through the lushly decorated Sal forest towards a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River. The rocky trail crosses numerous detours before heading directly to the Gurung village of Lapubesi. You’ll trek along the Budhi Gandaki River and descend to the sandy beaches before climbing towards Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
You’ll begin trekking through the narrow trail and cross the Tharo Khola to Khorlabesi. After a few more uphill and downhill climb, you’ll encounter a natural hot-spring at Tatopani. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, you’ll arrive at the well-crafted stone staircase towards Dobhan. The stone stairs through Tharo Bharyang will bring you to Budhi Gandaki River. After a brief climb, you’ll arrive at Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
You’ll have your ACAP permit checked at Jagat before advancing towards a rocky ridge to Salleri. From here you’ll descend to Sirdibas which opens a valley leading to Ghatta Khola. You’ll continue walking upstream to Philim, a large Gurung village. After a short trek from Philim, you’ll arrive at Chisopani after you trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Chisopani.
You’ll ascend northward from Chisopani and cross the huge waterfall and the pristine pine tree forests to Lokpa. A half hour descent will bring you to Lungwa Khola and a short uphill trek through pine and rhododendron forest will bring you to Gumlung Village. After crossing the Siyar Khola, you’ll reach Chumling, from where you can enjoy the up-close view of Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Chumling.
The trail advances towards the Upper Tsum valley. You’ll make your way towards the beautiful Buddhist village of Chhokang Paro with the magnificent sight of Ganesh Himal throughout the trail. You’ll walk past Rainjam village and cross the bridge to arrive at Gho. A continuous uphill hike will bring you to the village of Chhokang Paro. Overnight in Chhokang Paro.
You’ll leave Chhokang Paro village and make way towards Lamagaon. You’ll cross a suspension bridge to reach the Rachen Gompa, the only nunnery in the area. You can choose to visit the nunnery and then continue trekking past Siyar Khola towards Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe, and Pangdun. You’ll witness an old historical Stupa en route to Chhule before arriving at the Nile. Overnight in the Nile.
You are way much closer to the Tibetan border in the north, hence, you’ll witness many Tibetan influenced settlements with stone houses and thatched roofs en route. A short trek west of the valley through the Tibetan-influenced landscape will bring you to Mu Gompa. After paying a visit to the historical monastery of Mu Gompa you can consider making a brief visit to the Dephu Doma Gompa. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Today, you’ll spend the day exploring the Mu Gompa region. You can observe the rich Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and pay a visit to the largest Mu Gompa monastery. The monastery lies at the altitude of 3700m in the remotest part of the valley. If time allows, you can also consider hiking to the base camp of Pika Himal (4865m), a local mountain in the region. Hikes around the monastery also grant incredible views of the Shringi Himal (7161m) and Chhyosing Glacier. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
After exploring Mu Gompa region you’ll begin descending through Chhule and Phurbe villages towards Burgi village. The 5hr descent takes you through the beautiful landscape of Upper Tsum. You will climb the Milarepa Cave (Piren Phu) to catch the magnificent sights of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal before heading back to Burgi village. Overnight in Burgi.
You’ll descend to the Chumling village today. The trail passes through the lush pine and rhododendron forest towards Chhokang Paro. From here, you’ll continue trekking through Gho and cross Sarpu Khola to reach the other side to Chumling village. The trek will take you along the Siyar Khola on the majority of the occasion. Overnight in Chumling.
You’ll leave Chumling and head to Lokpa village. En route, you can enjoy the scenic Samba Falls before arriving on the flat land. The journey ahead descends to Ekle Bhatti and re-joins the Budhi Gandaki River for the rest of the day. The final stretch of the trek will bring you to Philim village which also serves as the gateway to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight in Philim.
You’ll continue descending along the Dobhan Khola and cross Jagat and Tatopani villages en route to reaching Khorlabesi. A short descent from Sirdibas will bring you back to Jagat and later Tatopani through the lush subtropical forests. You can choose to take a dip in the hot spring of Tatopani to relieve your body pain. Further down Tatopani lies the village of Khorlabesi. Overnight in Khorlabesi.
You’ll cross the Tharo Khola to arrive at Machha Khola village. A short hike along the Budhi Gandaki River will bring you to Lapubesi from where you’ll trek past the two waterfalls to reach Khursane. After a short walk along the ridges above Budhi Gandaki, the trail opens a valley which directly leads to Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Today is the last day of the trek as you climb the ridge leading towards Kuerepani to arrive at Arughat? A short descent from Soti Khola will bring you to Arkhet Khola. From here, you’ll make your way through the lush forests to reach Mangaltar. Walking past the hydroelectric plant you’ll finally arrive at Arughat Bazaar. Overnight in Arughat.
After breakfast, you’ll catch your commute back to Kathmandu from Arughat. The road goes through the serpentine roads of central Nepal along the massive Trishuli and Marsayangdi rivers. Once at Kathmandu you’ll be escorted back to your hotel. You can also choose to shop for souvenirs as you prepare to leave the country. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. We hope that we have been a reliable companion to you. Have a safe journey and Goodbye.
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Costs Includes and Excludes

Cost includes

  • All Airports/Hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels in Kathmandu and in other available places with Breakfast.
  • Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and when we return back from Arughat bazar to Kathmandu, we provide transportation.
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or Local Lodges or Local Hotels on twin sharing basis during your trekking days.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during your trekking days.
  • Permit fees for National Parks and Conservation Area entry as well as Trekkers Management Information Service (TIMS) Permit. Visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit
  • All government officials and authorization necessary fees for your travel purpose.
  • Local tourist guide (according to your need) and Local Porter during your treks: – 1 Porter for 2 Tourists.
  • All your travel and rescue arrangements. (during any emergencies)
  • First Aid Kits and Medical supplies.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner programs.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee and charges in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
  • International Air Fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night accommodation and meals during your early arrival, late departure as well as any domestic flight delays (due to any specified reasons) especially in Everest Region than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Other any your personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, extra porters, bottled/boiled waters, hot shower, etc.
  • Other food items than normal meals as specified.
  • All your travel and rescue insurance in emergency situations.
  • Personal buying and souvenirs.
  • Tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
  • To purchase or rent any type of equipment or gears for personal use.
  • To purchase special medicines and kits.

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