Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 18 Nights/19 Days
Max. Altitude: 4600M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Tsum Valley
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Lodge & Tea House

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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley is a scared Himalayan pilgrimage valley that is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal. It is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys, the untouched beauty makes the trek much more enjoyable and pleasant. The valley gives you an amazing view of the landscapes and the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Boudha Himal. Trekking Experts offers this exclusive Tsum Valley Trek to allow you to explore the hidden treasures and natural beauty of Tsum area.

 

Tsum Valley Trek is one finest trek which not yet much explored by trekkers. Tusm alley is rich in Buddhist culture, it comprises of many religious monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa., Mila Repa Cave etc. Not just the culture, but the biodiversity is splendid as well with many forests, rivers, caves etc. The journey starts from about eight driving to Arughat and the Sotikhola.  You will trek in the Budhi Gandaki valley upstream via the mix of green terrains and many villages. As you trek, you will pass through blooming rhododendron and pine forests. Continuing the trek, you will be heading from Jagat to Lokpa where the trail will further lead us to Tsum valley; a home to Tibetan locals.  Tsum Valley is known as the Beyul Kyimolung, the holy hidden valley of happiness, first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century.  Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and there are centuries old nunneries. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very prevalent in Tsum and the scenery is just stunning, with beautiful forests and countryside, with Ganesh Himal towering above the valley. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and after visiting Tsum. The trip will allow you to see majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal ranges and rich in ancient art, culture and religion.

Trip Highlights

Exploration of the Tibetan culture and lifestyle

Waterfalls, rivers and caves along the way

Comparatively easy trek with no fear of altitude sickness

Wildlife animals like blue sheep and Himalayan thar

Many Buddhist monasteries like Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa and Mila Reppa Cave

Prayer flags and Mani walls along the route

Stunning views of mountains like Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After early morning breakfast at hotel, you’ll be picked up by our trekking guide and porters at the hotel and will drive to Arughat and then Sotikhola. Drive to Arughat through Prithvi Highway will offer you beautiful river view of the Trishuli River. From Dhading Bensi, you will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. From Arughat it will take another two hours to reach Soti Khola. In the first few hours, you will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading. Along the way you will be able to beautiful mountain scenery, local villages and valleys.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 730 meter

Day 03: Sotikhola- Machha Khola (alt. 890m) After breakfast at lodge, you’ll start first day of trekking from Soti Khola. You will trek towards Soti Khola with picturesque views of waterfalls and the tributary. Then you will walk through the lovesome Sal woodland, successive the climb onto a ridge above the vast rapids of the Budhi Gandaki and then to Liding (750m). Passing through the unfeeling track, you’ll reach Khursane. You will be trekking down rice terraces taking us to Lapresi; a Gurung village.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 890 meter

After breakfast at lodge, your journey today to Jagat and today trail comprises some ups and downs which often drop onto the gravel bars alongside the stream. You’ll cross the Tharo Khola which flows in a rocky cavetto reaching at Khorla Besi. You can see peaks like Manaslu and Kutang Himal can be seen on the way. Khorla Besi is a small beautiful Gurung village and is a part of many trekking routes such as the Manaslu Circuit journey and the Tsum Valley trek. After another steep climb, you will reach Tatopani (natural hot Spring). Then you climb over a wrinkle, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River over a suspension bridge followed by a wide, well-made staircase over a ridge to Dobhan. It is situated high above the river bed and the view is impressive. Now it's only back down to the river and on towards Jurukhola . Here you turn right and it's all about the stunning suspension bridge above raging water the last few kilometers on the other side of the river to Jagat.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1410 meter

After breakfast at lodge, today you’ll head towards Lokpa. Before heading to Lokpa, you will register your permits of Manaslu and Tsum valley at the entry checkpoint. Climbing a ridge over Salleri, you will walk along the river bank crossing the Budhi Gandaki River via a long wide suspension bridge. Continuing to trek, the valley opens up as we head towards Phillim. The trek through out is a very pleasant one. You will pass by Ekle Bhatti where the trail separates between Tsum and Manaslu. As you trek, you will notice the welcome board, so we head towards Lokpa. On the way, you will see a few villages and rivers. The rivers begin to narrow down as you meet the convergence of the Syar River from the Tsum valley. Taking a right turn, the trail takes you forward, eventually reaching the Lokpa village. This village is the first village in the Tsum valley that gives you the opportunity to view the beautiful Manaslu range. This village is isolated and is a hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2040 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will start your trek by beginning with a trek from Lokpa village which is an entrance to a wild route to Tsum Valley. Although the actual entrance begins from a deep slender and a narrow gorge. Depending on the weather, if favorable, on the way you will be blessed by the amazing view of the Boudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal. The route takes you descending down to the Lungwa river valley as we climb through the dense tropical forests of rhododendron, juniper and pine. The route takes you to Gumling where you only capture the serene nature. Shortly, you’ll cross the Syar Khola again, arriving at the village of Chumling. As the day slowly comes to an end, you will have spare time to visit the monasteries of Chumling; the Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2386 meter

After breakfast at lodge, today you’ll trek Chhokang Paro. The upper Tsum starts from Chhokang Paro. It is a village that is situated on a flat land and is made up of two settlements which are Chhokang and Paro. As you cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank, you will see great views of Ganesh Himal from the south, you can see spectacular views of Boudha Himal and Himalchuli peaks to the south west. You’ll continue trekking pass Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge, arriving at the Gho village. After another two hours climb, you’ll finally make it to the village of Chhokanparo. If weather is favorable, you will enjoy the views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal too.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3031 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll trek to Nile Village today. Nile Village is situated on the western side and is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. It is on the sun side of the Shiar Khola and about twenty minutes’ walk from across Chhule. As you trek, you will pass the Piren Phu cave which is also known as the pigeon cave. This 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. The famous Tibetan saint called Milarepa was believed to have meditated in that cave as his footprint is imprinted on the cave. The route further is a very pleasant trek, as you will be walking pass green meadows and the landscape become fertile and narrow. There are two separate monasteries that are attached to the rocky cave. It is abundantly painted with Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on the stones and long prayer flags and Buddhist paper scripts are in it that makes it one of the most important socio cultural assets in the valley. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Shiar Khola, you will soon arrive at Nile.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3361 meter

After breakfast, you’ll trek to Mu Gompa today which will be comparatively shorter than previous days walking. The trail to Mu Gompa follows gradually ascend. It is the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gompa is located at the highest and the farthest point in the Tsum Valley. It was established in the 1895 AD and includes many religious books including Kangyur, a life size statue of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambavya and Tara. The route takes you through yak pastures through typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. The monastery has rows of Chhortens and beautiful mountain views and houses. The historical Dephyudonma monastery connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama, on the lap of the rugged mountains, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3/4 Hours Walk
  • 3700 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will head from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa; a nunnery school of this region. It is situated in the Siyar Khola valley in the foothills of the mountains that border between Nepal and Tibet. You’ll return down valley through Chhule, and continue down as far as Phurbe. Walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and crossing flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa was established on the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. The interior of the Gompa is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3/4 Hours Walk
  • 3240 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll trek towards south today as you’ll cross a bridge to the west bank passing through the Chhokang Paro again. You’ll descend down the old trail towards Chumling and approximately two hours later you will witness a small white Gompa (monatery) on the left at Gho (2458m). You’ll descend down a narrow trail that passes through a Gompa then onto a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola. Soon, you will be crossing the bridge to Domji which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and a school. Further with a steep climb through pine, juniper and rhododendron forest, the track starts to traverse at a Mani walls with many prayer flags hung. This sight of the Tibetan culture is absolutely beautiful. Finally, in the forest, there is a prayer flag that marks the uphill trail and makes a zigzag climb though a big silver pine to reach the Gompa in Lungdang. Rhododendrons will be seen blooming everywhere. If this trek is done during the spring season, the view will be breath- taking seeing the nature capture our eyes and mind. This small Gompa has forty nuns and an intense Pooja (pray) from 6:00-7:30pm every night unless the nuns are on holidays which could be for some months in a year. From the gompa, beautiful and astonishing views of the mountains can be seen.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3200 meter

After early morning breakfast at lodge, you’ll trek to base camp of Ganesh Himal. Today’s trek will also an exciting as you will be trekking to the Ganesh Himal Base camp. On the route, the forest wilderness and the views make it an enjoyable and an adventurous trek even though the altitude rise may cause difficulty in breathing and hiking. The route crosses through two small valleys dropping on the muddy meanders on a shortcut to regain the lower track and continue up the valley via a thick and dense forest. You will cross a small pasture, taking a right turn, we descend the track and down to the river. The suspension bridge takes you to a bank. The trail becomes slightly challenging but you will manage to cross the forest with many winds thrown trees crossing the Laudang Khola on the west bank on top of an unbalanced wooden bridge. Yet again, you’ll climb through steep rhododendron and pine forests on a ridge and stone huts besides a large stone in Kharka. Shortly, you will reach a landscape with greenery. As you continue climbing up, in a couple of hours you’ll reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. After appreciating and admiring the effort to reach up here, you will then return back to Gumba Lugdang as it is a short trek.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 4200 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will return back to Lokpa. You will descend down to Domji by trekking in the upper trail crossing the Lungdang Khola. Crossing an unstable swing bridge between the lowest two houses in Domji, you will stay on the south bank of the Siyar Khola. As you walk by, you will come cross a new trail via a beautiful dense forest that will take you yet to another deep gorge and swinging bridges to Ripche (2470m). You walk down the stairs to the Bhatti Ghumlong which you had walked through several days ago. As you climb up again through a pine forest, you will reach Lokpa.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2040 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll descend down to Jagat today; you will be rejoining the Budhi Gandaki River. As you trek, you will get a few glimpses of the mountains. Walking through forests and terrains, gives you an easy pleasant trek. Taking breaks in between, you will reach Sirdibas. After crossing a few suspension bridges, you will finally reach Jagat.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1400 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you will descend to Lapu Bensi. The trek today will be at ease and pleasant as you will walk through terrains and cross several bridges. Trekking down to Machha Khola you will yet again cross a suspension bridge over the Nauli Khola. As you trek on the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki, you will finally reach the Lapu Bensi; a small beautiful Gurung village.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 900 meter

After breakfast at lodge, today you will have a short trek back to Arughat Bazaar. Firstly you will be trekking a couple of hours following the Budhi Gandaki River that will take you to Soti Khola. From Soti Khola we will be taking a jeep to Arughat Bazaar. After a couple of hours of drive, you will reach the Arughat Bazaar. In this town, there are small cafes and shops where you can explore.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 535 meter

After early morning breakfast at lodge, you will drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive will be scenic as you will be passing by the beautiful Trishuli River. Also, the greenery of the hills will be eye pleasing. you will be driving west towards Kathmandu via the Prithivi Highway. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be checked-in at hotel and rest at hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be met by our city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora. And after tour back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

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  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 15 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Arughat-Sotikhola ground transfer by air-conditioned private vehicle Soti Khola-Arughat-Kathmandu by private air-conditioned vehicle with trekking staff 15 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Annapurna Conservation Fee Manaslu Conservation Fee Tsum Valley Special Permit Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 porter for every two members to carry personal baggage 1 assistant guide for every 5 members English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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