Tsum Valley Trek - 19 days


Trip highlights

  • One of the sacred pilgrimage valley of ‘Tsum’ located in the western Nepal
  • Opportunity to behold the majestic beauty of the several mountain peaks including the Ganesh Himal,Sringi Himal, and many others.
  • Opportunity to learn about the local culture and religion of the people
  • Tsum Valley Trek varies drastically from 1900 meters to over 5000 meters
  • Tsum Valley Trek is one of the rare chances to explore the unsurpassed region of western Nepal and enjoy the natural beauty on offer.

Trip facts

  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Max-Altitude: 3700 m

The Tsum Valley Trek is a hidden jem among the trekking routes of Nepal. The Tsum Valley is an important pilgrimage route and is located to the north west of Kathmandu in a region called Gorkha. This trek takes you into one of the most secluded hidden valleys in the Himalayas which until recently was a restricted region and is completely different in both culture and topography to any other region of Nepal. The people of the Tsum Valley or Tsumbas are of Tibetan origin with their own ancient dialect, culture and Buddhist religion and this route was once a very important trade link with Tibet.

This valley is one of the least explored areas of Nepal and allows trekkers to experience the natural beauty and culture of the area in it’s pristine and peaceful state without the hustle and bustle of tourists on the busy trekking routes. The Tsum Valley trek is unsurpassed in it’s majestic natural beauty with several mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and others.

As an area with a long history of Buddhism the valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), Chortens and mani walls. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains and the valley has stories of both Milarepa and Guru Padmasambhava.

Also rich in wildlife particularly the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which can be seen in large herds, hunting and fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley making it a great location to see these wild animals.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 2: Half day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 8 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 5-6 hours

Day 5: Trek to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft) 6-7 hours

Day 6: Trek to Jagat (2340m/7676ft) 6-7 hours

Day 7: Trek to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft) 4-5 hours

Day 8: Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) 6-7 hours

Day 9: Trek to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft) 4-5 hours

Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) 5-6 hours

Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft) 3 hours

Day 12: Rest day in Mu Gompa for acclimatization

Day 13: Trek to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave 5 hours

Day 14: Trek to Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours

Day 15: Trek to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours

Day 16: Trek to Khorlabeshi (970m/3182ft) 6-7 hours

Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 6-7 hours

Day 18: Trek to Arughat 4 hrs then drive to Kathmandu 7-8 hours

Day 19: Departure from TIA

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today we will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. First you will be driving to Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, it’s another 4 hours drive to Arughat. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Arughat.
After crossing the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki we begin our trek west of Arughat. Passing through pretty farmland and forest before arriving at Shanti Bazar. From here the trail becomes steeper and more difficult. The steep ascent to Kuerepani is made more pleasant by a high cascading waterfall before we descent to Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola.
Today we trek through beautiful Sal forest before climbing up onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail weaves it’s way up and down past beautiful waterfalls while clinging to the side of the cliff before descending down to the Budhi Gandaki and onto Maccha Khola. Overnight at Maccha Khola.
After crossing the Macchi River and Khrola besi we come across a hot spring called “Tatopani” (meaning hot water in Nepali). Many trekkers stop for a while and take a dip at the hot spring. From here the trail is through a forested area before arriving at Dovan. Below Dovan there is a huge rapid on the Budhi Gandaki. As we ascend the scenery changes before arriving at Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
After having breakfast in the morning, we resume our trek and follow an uphill trail before crossing the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Then we reach a traditional Gurung village called Philim. From Philim, we again climb uphill through a forest with views of the narrowing valley before reaching Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.
This morning after we cross the gorge beyond Ekle Bhatti we will see a beautiful waterfall before entering pine forest. From here we descend down the trail to the Tsum Valley. As we climb through rhododendron and pine forest we can enjoy views of Himalchuli (7893m) at a small village called Lokpa. Past Lokpa the trail zig zags through pine and rhododendron forest before reaching Gumlung. From here we cross the Siyar Khola before arriving in Chumlung from where we get great views of Shringi Himal. Chumling is a quaint village with stone streets and an old monastery (Chumling Gompa). Overnight in Chumling.
After leaving today we cross a suspension bridge while enjoying fantastic views of Ganesh Himal. We walk past Rainjam and another bridge over the Serpu Khola before arriving at Gho Village. From here it’s another 2 hours of climbing to the village of Chokhangparo from where if the weather is clear we have amazing views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). Overnight at Chokhangparo.
This morning we climb above Chokhangparo past Lamagaon before crossing the rope suspension bridge to Rachen Gompa, where we have a short visit. From here we pass through the villages of Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun, a historic stupa of Buddha before crossing another bridge to arrive at Nile. Here we can visit the famous monastery of Chhule located above the village. Overnight at Nile.
At this point we are very close to the Tibetan border and the landscape is now very Tibetan. After a pleasant walk through the valley we climb up to Mu Gompa where we visit the monastery. From here we visit Dhephu Doma Gompa before spending the night at Mu Gompa.
Today we explore around the Gompa area and acclimatize for the rest of the day. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the area. It lies at the highest and most remote area of the Tsum Valley. We have the opportunity to walk around the local area and experience the culture and interact with the locals. This is a great opportunity to the traditional Tibetan culture. Overnight at Mu Gompa.
As we trek through Chhule and Phurbe following the east bank of the Shiar Khola we arrive at the beautiful village of Burgi. From here we climb up to Milarepa’s Cave (piren phu) from where we can experience amazing views of the Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke Himal. Overnight in Burgi Village.
After descending down to Chokang Paro we keep descending to Gho and then to the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. From here we trek along the lower Tsum Valley before arriving in Chumling. Overnight in Chumling.
It’s a long day walking today but after passing through Lokpa and lunch we can stop to enjoy the beautiful Samba Falls before arriving at the gorgeous village of Philim. From Philim village there is a trail that goes to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight in Philim.
We leave Lokpa village and descend along the trail downhill. The scenery is now subtropical green vegetation which is a stark contrast of the arid topography of the Tsum Valley. We cross the Budhi Gandaki River and arrive at the hot water spring (Tatopani). We can enjoy a dip in the hot spring to rejuvenate us after our long trek after which we head towards Khorlabeshi where we spend the night.
We return to Soti Khola today after a day of of mild trekking. Several wonderful waterfalls can be seen along the trail today making the trekking very pleasurable. Overnight at Soti Khola.
A short trek from Soti Khola takes us to Aru Ghat from where we started our trek. From there we travel by vehicle back to Kathmandu. Tonight we have a farewell dinner where we can recount stories of our adventure with local cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.2 nights accommodation in Pokhara (bed and bfast)
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Park entry fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.
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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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