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TSUM VALLEY - 18 Days

Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area. . The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan Budhhist pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Ranges as this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. This circuit traverses Tsum Valley along the Manaslu area in Nepal and southern parts of Tibet.

  • Sacred Himalayan Budhhist pilgrimage valley
  • Majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Ranges
  • Uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345m)

Our Airport representatives will receive you at the airport. We will then transfer you to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu as you please. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Pre-Trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

In the morning after having breakfast, we will be going for the sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley is known or its rich art, architecture and culture. The valley has a large number of UNESCO world heritage sites. We will be visiting some of the beautiful Buddhist sites like Boudhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa. A visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk on its stone alleys will make you feel like you have travelled centuries back in time. The diverse culture and rich art of the Kathmandu Valley will amaze you in every way. Later in the afternoon, we will begin our preparation for our trekking. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m) via Arughat Bazar (570m), 8-9 hrs drive

Kathmandu to Soti Khola is usually seven-hour ride from a bus or a jeep but it might take one to two hours more depending upon road and traffic. The first part of the ride that winds along the black pitched road brings us to Gorkha within five hours. Another few hours of drive from Gorkha to Arughat, which cross passes beautiful mid-hill regions with the view of Ganesh Himal in the horizon is so far the day’s highlight. The bumpy ride for another one and half hour from Arughat eventually arrives at Soti Khola. Soti Khola is a small village, where we will be accommodating ourselves for the night.

Day 4
Sotikhola to Machakhola (890m), 5-6 hrs trek

After our early breakfast, as we begin the trek the trail stretches along the Budhi Gandaki River with the excellent landscapes in the vicinity. During this part of the trek, the trail sandwiches between piles of rocks on both sides compelling a gradual ascend. Sooner the trail now chases steep descending through shady sal (Shorea robusta) woods. We can enjoy the views of waterfalls in this part of trek. After three hours of trekking, we halt at Lapubesi, a Gurung Village for the lunch. Post trek, the trek continues to gain elevation traversing through frequent settlements and crossing the tributaries of Budi Gandaki River on the narrow suspension bridges. During this part of the trek, Sringi Himal (7187 m) begins to reveal its beauty in the horizon. After three hours of trek from Lapubesi we arrive to Machha Khola. Overnight stay at guest house in Machha Khola.

Day 5
Machakhola to Jagat (1370m), 5-6 hrs trek

On this very day, the trek begins with the trail that drops down steeply along the stony staircases to Budhi Gandaki River. We trek upstream along the bank of this small stream confluence of the river crossing the suspension bridge and begin to trek downstream to get to the other side of Budi Gandaki River. Now we trek through tropical lush vegetation and cross pass a small waterfall as a trek reward us with its first and enchanting view of the Northeast face of Ganesh Himal ranging 7422 m which comes within our sight. Two hours of trek will bring us to Khorlabeshi and one more hour trek will take us to Tatopani. We will enjoy our lunch at Dobhan, which is an hour trek from Tatopani and we savor the beautifully cascading waterfalls on this part of the trek. Beyond Dobhan, we cross a suspension bridge over a stream and enter the landslide zone where we get to see huge landslides. After Yaru Bagar (1256 m) we cross a few small wooden bridges, and then a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki, to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. After crossing the bridge half an hour trek will bring us to the entrance of Jagat. The trail to main village is surprisingly awesome along the slate paved trails. Allow Tsum Valley Special Permit and MCAP Entry Ticket at MCAP Office in Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.

Day 6
Jagat to Lokpa (2240m), 5-6 hrs trek

Continuing with Tsum Valley Trek, we climb up a hill gradually and then follow the leveled trail for a while crossing the suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River where we get into a beautiful village, Philim. Explore the cultural delights of Philim, the village having wonderful ethnical tribe including the Gurungs. A gradual uphill climb beyond Philim, brings us to Ekle Bhatti, where the trail towards Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek branches. Taking right from Ekle Bhatti, we enter the restricted region of beautiful hidden valley in Nepal, Tsum. Overnight stay at Lokpa.

Day 7
Lokpa to Chhokangparo (3030m), 6-7 hrs trek

Descend through beautiful forest, crossing three side streams on bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on well-made but exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually descend to a lone bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet (2470m; Ripche) in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge and up. Make sure to climb up towards Chumling and check out the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets. This is Buddhist agriculture, with conical pine needle haystacks among the 4 prayer flags. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. A relatively easier day, we will cross the suspension bridge just east of the hotel and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof, but without flat roofs as it rains and snows here. Up the valley to the east are superb views of the 7000m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). Lunch is possible at Rainjham (2400m), a single bhatti with enclosed courtyard. Cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2.5hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo (3010m), stone houses nestled under cliffs without a single iron roof. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potato. Herds of Thar often graze the wild cliffs to the north, coming right down to the fields. If the sight is clear, Himalchuli (7893m) can be seen down the valley. Overnight stay at lodge in Chhokangparo.

Day 8
Chhokangparo to Nyile (3360m) via Chule (3347m), 4-5 hrs trek

Most people can climb to 2800m without getting altitude sickness, but the altitude gain in these track notes above Chhokangparo exceeds the 200m per day suggested for safety. Watch for signs of altitude sickness and be prepared to rest or retreat if they emerge. Take time to explore the joined villages of Chhokang and Paro and climb towards further north where Thar are often sighted near here. The friendly people speak Tsumba, related to Tibetan, but often little Nepali and are quite unused to visitors. Head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3240m). This nunnery is the female equivalent of the main Kathmandu Kopan Monastery. Climbing further up and we will be able to visit Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated here which is being extensively restored. Crossing the Shiar Khola, we will pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate (kani). The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nyile (3360m). Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. Overnight stay at Lodge in Nyile.

Day 9
Nyile to Mu Gompa (3700m), 4 hrs trek

On this day, we will be trekking to the farthest Gompa of Tsum, which lies in the extreme north in very close proximity to Tibetan border. Throughout the trek to Mu Gompa, we can witness yak caravan carrying supplies to and from Tibet as it is the school of Buddhism for the young monks and it now has almost 100 young monks learning Buddhism at Mu Gompa. Overnight stay in Mu Gompa.

Day 10
Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m), 4-5 hrs trek

Once again, we trek back to Rachen Gompa as we will retrace the trail and end the day’s trek at Rachen Gompa. The Gompa has 1000 clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara. The interior of this Nunnery has richly painted murals manifesting Buddhism and its history. Overnight stay at Rachen Gompa.

Day 11
Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2440m), 6-7 hrs trek

After our early rise, we trek to Dumje, the place that lies at the point from where the trails branch out to Rachen Gompa and Lungdang Gompa. Overnight stay at Dumje.

Day 12
Dumje to Lungdang Gompa (3200m), 4-5 hrs trek

This day would be the trek towards the largest Gompa of the region. Trek to Lungdang Gompa from Dumje is full of beautiful sights that include the landscapes of the region. We can see the excellent views of Ganesh Himal Range throughout the trek as we are hiking towards this sacred mountain.

Day 13
Explore Ganesh Himal Basecamp (4200m) and back to Gompa, 7-8 hrs trek

On this day, we will be exploring around the Base Camp of Ganesh Himal and trek back to Lungdang for overnight stay. Our Guide will be of great support for this trip since the track is poorly marked. Circle from the gompa past the nuns’ housing, drop on dusty or muddy zigzags to regain the lower track and continue up valley on a rocky indistinct track through the forest. Cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge and climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge. There is a hut in a kharka about halfway up, with the track continuing behind it, then up a birch-lined dry creek bed and eventually you emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and you will find a track on the moraine wall that gives superb views of the Cirque of mountains. The camp is somewhere about here. It takes about four hours to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). The map shows another base camp on the east side of the glacier, but there appears to be no obvious track between them, so return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja by retracing our steps. Altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip. Overnight stay at Monastery.

Day 14
Lungdang Gompa to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hrs trek

As long journey heads our way, we descend early from Gumba Lungdang by the upward track. In Dumje, we will cross the Laudang Khola and stay on the south bank of the Shiar Khola. Climb over some very deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to picturesque Ripche (2470m). Take time to look around at this perched fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with evocative chortens in the fields backed by pine forest. Descend on steep stairs to the lone bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river, which we have passed through few days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperature forest to Lokpa (2240m). Overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 15
Lokpa to Dovan (1070m), 7-8 hrs trek

For another long day, we continue early from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. Turning right and crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a solid bridge, goes to Larke-La Pass but we follow the trail what we came before from Philim. Descending to Sirdibas, we will reach to Jagat and further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation as we continue trekking to Dobhan. Overnight stay at Lodge in Dovan.

Day 16
Dovan to Soti khola (720m), 7-8 hrs trek

After our early breakfast, we will walk along the Burigandaki river to Tatopani, a hot spring. If interested, we may dip ourself in the hot spring and relax our tired muscles by soaking ourself in the hot spring. If not, we will continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine as we continue heading downwards to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. We walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi passing the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff as we reach Khursane. We walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, crossing the bridge will lead us to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 17
Soti Khola to Kathmandu, 8-9 hrs drive

After our early breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu riding along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Departure transfer to International Airport

At about 3 hours prior to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination.

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation under Full Board Meal Plan
  • All Tour and Trekking related transportation
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with atleast three World Heritage sites
  • Trekking Guide Assistance
  • All required necessary permits

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
  • Visa Processing
  • All kind of meal plan not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Expenses

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Price From USD 2,133 USD $ 1,919/person
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Total $ 1,919 USD

Trip Facts

  • 4200m
  • 5 (Max.)
  • Road Trip and Hiking

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