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Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days

  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days
  • Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days

It is one of the hidden gems of Nepal.

  • Trip Highlights

    • Trek through remote villages of ancient culture, Mani walls and monuments
    • Spectacular view of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu
    • Unique and historic monasteries of Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, Dephyudonma Gumba
    • Explore the hidden valley of happiness, peace and spirituality
    • Experience remote lifestyle in Nepali life as you trek through  villages and Tibetan settlements
    • Great variety of wildlife , flora and fauna

    Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. It is also known as the Hidden Valley of Happiness. This trek is a special combination of areas. The entry and exit of this tour go on to the increasingly developed Manaslu route, but when you split off you immediately enter a completely different world. One of peace, tranquillity, where very few trekkers venture. You follow trails of beautiful flora and fauna, authentic villages, a wide valley, which border the area of ​​Tibet and the base camp of Ganesh Himal.

    Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its centre of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.

    The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200.  The valley boasts a huge sense of spirituality and hunting, fishing and consuming meat is not permitted in the area. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1400 m)

    Arrival in Kathmandu airport. There you will be met by our Airport representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.

    Day 02: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-9 hours). In Arughat Bazaar.

    We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar (600m/1,968ft)in Gorkha district, the capital of medieval Nepal. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware. Drive further up to Soti Khola, where we set up our camp.

    Day 03: Soti Khola (6-7 hours)

    From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the way, we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola.

    Day 04: Machha Khola (6-7 hours)

    Soti Khola to Macha Khola (900m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola. (B,L,D)

    Day 05: Doban (6-7 hours)

    The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. D

    Day 06: Philim (6 hours)
    The route climbs on a rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m. This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. D
    Day 07: Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)

    We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.

    Day 08: Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours)

    From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practise polyandry.

    Day 09: Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours)

    From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. The Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule.

    On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.

    Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land.

    Day 10: Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours)

    From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life-sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

    Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities.

    Day 11: Extra day for excursion
    Extra day for excursion.
    Day 12: Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa -(5 hours)

    From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

    Day 13: Dumje (6-7 hours)

    From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.

    Day 14: Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hours)

    From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.

    Day 15: Tatopani (6-7 hours)

    From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.

    Day 16: Soti Khola (6-7 hours)

    From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.

    Day 17: Arughat Bazar (6-7 hours)

    As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.

    Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hours)
    We leave Kathmandu after breakfast and reach about 3-4 PM.
    Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
    Transfer to airport and fly home.
  • Private Arrangement Trek cost:
    1  Pax     US$1455 per person
    2  Pax     US$1335 per person
    3-5pax     US$1245 per person
    6-9pax     US$1325 per person
    10+pax     US$1235 per person
    SGL supplement: US$ 60

    *Departure: Anytime upon request

    Cost includes:
    • All meals and accommodation in Home stay with local during the trek
    • Service of guide, sherpa assistant for bigger group above 5 person
    • Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.),
    • Accident insurance for staffs and porters.
    • Conservation entry permit as per program
    • Arrival and departure transfers.
    • Local / Public transport as shown in the program
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using 2 star Category on BB

    Cost Does Not include:
    • Personal clothing, equipmentment and sleeping bag.
    • Personal accident and health insurance.
    • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box.
    • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
    • Sightseeing tours and all major meals in Kathmandu
    • Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program.
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