Tsum Valley Trek

15 days 5
Tsum Valley Trek
us$1200 per pax
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number of pax
1
$1200 x 1 = $1200
total $1200
difficulty
Moderate
altitude
3700 mtrs
group size
1-10
meals
B+L+D
accomodation
Lodges
season
Sep - Nov/March - May

trip overview

Tsum Valley Trek offers really traditional and remote trekking. It has been declared a non-violent conservation area and there is no permission to kill animals. In Nepal, Tsum valley is an absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, living in Buddhist culture. And not allowed to touch wildlife because of the Buddhist prohibition on hunting. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo”.  And we can agree that their unique culture has remained intact in this spectacular place.

Tsum valley trek leads up to the Budi Gandaki River and Manaslu trail through the wild and unexplored country of ‘Tsumbas’, which mainly comprises the ethnic Gurung people. Tsum valley trek area has a long history of Buddhism. Because it is believed that the Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the caves among the mountains of Tsum. So, some of the festivals observed in the region are, Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, and Fanning among many others. And it also contains many monasteries, stupas, chorten, and Mani (Prayer) walls – the longest wall being over 250 meters. After the Philim the trek on the right side to Lhokpa 1905Mtrs.

The highest point is Thapla Bhanjyang 5104mtrs on the Tibetan border. But the last place to spend a night in Mu Gompa 3700Mtrs. The valley is surrounded by the Baudha Himal 6672mtrs and Himalchuli 7893mtrs in the West, Ganesh Himal range in the South, and Sringi Himal 7161Mtrs in the North.

 

itinerary

Day00

Arrival in Nepal Airport 1350M/30 Min.

Warm Welcome to Mt. Everest 8848m Himalayas! We pick up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you at home in Nepal where we had booked. After resting we come there to brief about our program.

Walking / Driving: Driving

Day00

Tsum valley trek preparation and trekking gears preparation 1350M.

Rest as well as Tsum valley trek trip preparation day and trekking gears preparation.

Walking / Driving: Walking

Day01

Kathmandu - Arughat Bazaar to Sotikhola 710m/8-9 hours.

This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Manaslu. Drive by local bus to Arughat through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is a small town in eastern Dhading and west of Gorkha district; explore the valley becomes wilder, prettier, and narrower and descend to Soti Khola 710mtrs. We camp today near the Buri Gandaki River overnight at the lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Driving

Day02

Sotikhola - Labubensi to Machhakhola 869M/5-6 hours.

The trek begins through shady sal forests and then climbs up and down for some time to Labubensi 884mtrs. Follow the Buri Gandaki River and through the Gurung village Khanibensi and continue up-river, sometimes climbing and at other times down in the jungle. Crossing near steep cliffs we have to be careful when walking this path. Sometimes it may be a problem of traffic with trekkers and donkeys where there is a very narrow trail. Safe Side” means giving a turn to the donkey if they are coming through from another side. Finally, we reach Machha Khola Gurung village near Fish River (Machha Khola) and Buri Gandaki. Overnight at lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day03

Machha Khola - Khorla Bensi-Tatopani to Dovan 1070M/4-5 hours.

The starting point crosses the Machha Khola and then passes below large Gurung villages that are far above the track. We pass a few houses, like lower Khorla Bensi 960mtrs which was largely destroyed by huge rocks 22 years ago. Here they sell their own organic coffee. Continuing up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani (hot spring) 930mtrs where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliff. Walk up the river to a ridge and cross Buri Gandaki on a rickety suspension bridge and arrive in Dovan 1070mtrs. Overnight at lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day04

Dovan-Jagat-Sirdibas to Philim 1750M/6-7 hours.

After breakfast pass Thulo Dunga and Yaruphant and cross to the left bank of the Buri Gandaki. We will reach a neatly flagstoned Gurung village of Jagat, a place for Tibetan trade and checkpoint of The Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit. Leaving Jagat, after 10 minutes we cross the suspension bridge of the Dudha Pokhari Khola and walk slightly uphill to Salleri then walk through Nepali flat and gorgeous view of Sringi Himal 7161mtrs. We climb up and down to Sirdibas and cross a Buri Gandaki suspension bridge and climb up to Philim for around 45 minutes. Overnight at lodge view of the Himalayas.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day05

Philim- Ekle Bhatti- Lokpa to Chumling 2386M/7-8 hours.

Leaving Philim we are walking the mountain flat through Eklebhatti and continue through the forest for about an hour to the new bridge. Taking the left-hand trail across the suspension bridge will take you to Larke Pass on the Manaslu route. We stay to the right which takes us into lower Tsum Valley. The trail climbs up to tall pine trees and beautiful grasslands hugging the mountainside then reaches the gate of Tsum Valley in Lokpa. This is the lunch after that there is no place to eat before Chumling, 3-4 hours up and down to Chumling. Overnight at lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day06

Chumling-Renjam-Gho to Chhekam park 3031M/6-7 hours.

Crossing the suspension bridge at the corner of Chumling, the trail goes through small villages and the rich farming land of maize and potato as well as buckwheat. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood and roof terraces along a mountainside trail until Renjam. We will cross the Sarpu Khola on a suspension bridge and climb up to Gho. Gho is the final place to have something to eat before we push up to Chhekampara. Some simple food is available here before we walk uphill toChhekampara. After 2-3 hours you will reach the biggest village in Tsum Valley, and overnight at a simple lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day07

Chhekam Park-Lamagaon-Chhule to Mu Gumpa 3700M/7-8 hours.

The trail leads lead us to explore the joined villages of Chhokang and Paro and climb North to a retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. His child reincarnation, found in the village, was the subject of the award-winning DVD “Unmistaken child”. Our trek leads to the East passing small villages and past a local school. Climb over a ridge of Chortens and past Lamagaon 3302mtrs through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and fast flowing river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa 320mtrs. This nunnery monastery is managed by the main Kathmandu Kapan Monastery. We can walk up to visit Milarepa Cave, one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum Valley. The great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. Again, cross the Shiar Khola to the village of Phurbe 3251mtrs. Further up to Chhule and have lunch there and after that follow the Shiar Khola and take way to left and up to Mu Gompa. Overnight at the Monastery, Mu Gompawith Spectacular Mountains and valley view.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day08

Extra explore day

On this day we can day hike to Chhyosing Glacier, somewhere uphill of Mu Gompa, and can also visit nunnery monastery Dhyphyudoma Gompa 4000mtrs. The area is home to fauna such as blue sheep, Yaks, Naks, Chauris, and the rare sighting of Pika all surrounded by high peaks. This day we can leave our things in your lodge and after breakfast, we can head on for the day hike. After the day’s excursion, we return to our campsite at Mu Gompa. Overnight at Gompa 3700mtrs.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day09

Mu Gompa- Chhule-Pangdun to Rachen Gompa 3240M/3-4hours.

We return to our trek back through Yak grazing center and cross the Phuchun Khola and following Shiar Khola to Chhule, Pangdun village passing through Chhortens, past crops fields then left to Rachen Gompa, heading back down the valley we arrive at Rachen Gompa, the biggest nunnery/monastery in the valley and houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect. Established in the year 1905 AD, The interiors of this monastery are richly painted with murals depicting Buddhism and its history as well as a brightly colorful carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel overnight at Rachen Gompa.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day10

Rachen Gompa-Lamagon-Chhekam Park-Gho to Dumje 2460M/4-5 hours.

After breakfast, we head across the river to Lamagaon and walk down to Chhekam parka on our previous trail for 2 hours. Continuing on a small gompa is reached at Gho 2485mtrs. Following the narrow trail to the left through the village and dropping to a wooden bridge over the Shiar Khola, cross the bridge to Dumje 2440mtrs. There are many small villages worth exploring along the way otherwise Dumje is also small with about eight houses and some adjoining cattle sheds.

Here is the way divides, one way to Gumba Lungdang (if you have time and interest, you can visit there too) and one way can go back down and overnight at Dumje.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day11

Dumje – Ripchet - Lokpa - Eklebhatti to Philim 1570M/6-7 hours.

The trek climbs up some deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to picturesque Ripchet village 2470mtrs. Take time to look around at this perched fertile valley of potatoes, barley, and buckwheat with evocative Chortens in the field backed by pine forest. Downstairs to Ghumlung 2130mtrs to the river bank. After that ups and down again climb up a hill through pine and rhododendron forest to Lokpa 2240mtrs, a good place to have lunch. After lunch, we return the same way when we climbed up to Tsum. On the way down passing through grassland and pine forest to Ekle Bhatti then will reach Philim. Overnight at lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day12

Philim-Salleri-Jagat-Dovan to Tatopani 870M/6-7 hours.

After breakfast, we trek from Philim to Tatopani where once again you may freshen up a little. These days is crossing through forests, fields, and the villages of Salleri, Jagat, and Dovan and have lunch in Dovan. After two weeks of trekking, I am sure your excitement will build knowing that you can visit this hot spring once more. Tatopani only has four or five houses with the majority being lodgings. Overnight at Tatopani.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day13

Tatopani-Khorla Bensi-Machha Khola to Labu Bensi 700M/5-6 hours.

Today we cross villages on this side of the river passing through many terraced fields of crops grown by local villagers and walking past tropical waterfalls. Most of the way following Buri Gandaki River and Gurung villages Khorla Bensi, Machha Khola where we will stop for lunch break then trek to Labu Bensi and overnight at lodge.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day14

Labu Bensi-Soti Khola - Arkhet Bazaar to Arughat Bazaar 608m/6-7 hours.

The last day of this trek is following the Buri Gandaki River and different villages and walking on the road through Soti Khola, Arkhet Bazaar where we break for lunch. Then keep following the Buri Gandaki River to Arughat Bazaar overnight at the lodge and relax the last night in mountains.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Walking

Day15

Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu by drive 6-7 hours.

This morning we leave for Kathmandu for our long drive on a gravel road by local bus to Kathmandu through the beautiful Nepalese countryside with crop fields and arrive in Kathmandu at your own booked hotel.

Itinerary Meal: B+L+D
Accommodation: Lodges
Walking / Driving: Driving

what's included

  • International airport picks up and drops service.
  • Bus ticket to Sotikhola by local bus.
  • Transportation along the trek.
  • Local bus arughat to Kathmandu.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along the trek).
  • Lodge accommodation on the way.
  • License holder guide (including their salary, equipment, insurance, transportation, lodging, and food)
  • Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bag.
  • All required legal documents (MCAP permit, Tsum valley restricted area permit, and TIMs).
  • All Gov taxes
  • Trekking and city map.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Some fresh and dry fruits along the trek.
  • Token of love from the company.
  • Farewell lunch or dinner as a suitable time.

what's excluded

  • Extra night accommodation and food in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer, etc.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bill, telephone, extra helper, battery charge, wifi, shower, and boiled water).
  • Tips are expected.

Fixed Departure

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1 Nov, 2023 - 15 Nov, 2023 $1200 Enquire Now

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