Tsum Valley Trek

Description:  Trip Cost: US$2200 (2 Pax)

Tsum Valley trekking is in Manaslu conservation area. It is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. 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 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 center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet. This Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact. The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak. The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. 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 conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. 

Trip Hightlights:

Duration

19 Days 

 

Max. Elevation 

5106m. 

 

Destination 

Nepal 

 

Fitness Level 

Hard

 

Category 

Lodge Trek 

 

Group Size 

2-12 People 

 

Best Season 

Sep-Nov, Feb-Jun

Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02:  Explore Kathmandu (Test Ride)
Today we can explore some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some UNESCO Heritage sites and return to hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat 7 hrs./600m.
We can take a bus/Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat in the morning on the Kathmandu-Pokhara road to Malekhu than turn right to Dhading besi road. After reaching Dhadingbesi, we will drive up hills to Muralibhanjyang thriught the beautiful villages than drive downhills to Arughat with Ankhu River view, Mountain views, Jungle etc. In Arughat, a pleasant market town straddling the Budhi Gandaki river side. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs./880m.
We will take a local transport to Soti Khola to save 3hrs of walking but the road remains untrafficked and passes through pleasant fields and villages. Trek through Local villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Labubesi. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Trek to Khorlabesi 6 hrs./960m.
After Breakfast,  we will Continue up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed, passing through Machhakhola, continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rockslip 24 years ago. A survivor has built a botanic garden and nice lodge. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat 6-7 hrs./1340m.
Today we continue up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani, where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. Climb over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. The Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip and Yaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto riverflats at Yaru (1140m). Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat, a neatly flag stoned  village where jagat  is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein.
Day 07: Trek to Philim 3 hrs./1570m.
Today we will walk up the riverbank then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri with views of Sringi/Ganesh Himal (7187m), and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are shops and lodges. Today we will make this trek within few hours, after having Lunch at Philim, we will explore the village and rest. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08: Trek to Chumling 6-7hrs./2386m.
After Breakfast at Philim, we will trek to obvious track signposted to the Larkya La, through some pretty forest with views up the narrowing valley. After 1hr climbing enter the Ekle Bhatti, then traverse high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees. Eventually drop to a trail junction going left to Ghap and right to the Tsum Valley, just above Gum Pul. Climb on a well-graded but exposed track through pines and rhododendrons, looking down on the other trail across the river. Descend through beautiful forest, crossing two new bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on deteriorating 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 deserted bhatti Ghumlong on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet 2470m. in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the small river on a wooden bridge and up. After about 30mins, below Chumling, take the level track to right (east) for 15mins to arrive Chumling and check out the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 09: Trek to Chhokang-Paro 4-5 hrs./3031m.
Today we will Cross the suspension bridge just east of the village 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. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank, killing five in 1999, but is now covered with a forest of new trees. Up the valley to the east are superb views of Ganesh Himal. Then after crossing to bridge and climb for over 2hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the joined villages of Chhokang-Paro, stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potatoes. Herds of Himalayan Goat often graze the wild cliffs to the north, coming right down to the fields. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10: Trek to Nile 4-5 hrs./3361m.
After exploring  the village, climb north to a retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. His child reincarnation, found in the village, was subject of the award-winning DVD Unmistaken Child (available in Kathmandu). 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. You an visit to Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), where the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated. The cave is being extensively restored and a donation is suggested. After crossing the small bridge, pass through hamlets of Phurbe 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 Nile. Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa 2-3 hrs./3700m.
Today You can leave your rucksack behind and visit Mu Gompa as a day trip, and visit the isolated Dhephu Doma nunnery and gompa and even climb above it for great views .Make up valley on the west bank, enjoying sunrise on the narrowing valley walls and yaks being put to pasture. The final climb up to the large Mu Gompa (3700m; Mugumba) is through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens and widening mountain vistas. This is a large monastery with over 100 monks and an ancient gompa visited by David Snellgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) in 1956. You will welcoming by tsampa porridge and  Tibetan butter salt tea. On three sides now are tantalizing views of the border with Tibet, with frequently used passes to the east (Ngula Dhojyang or Mailatasachin Pass, 5093m) and west (Thapla Bhanjyang, 5104m) just out of sight. Some people climb to Kalung (3820m) or Bhajyo (4030m) and camp, making a daytrip to the passes for a view into Tibet. From Mu Gompa there are extensive seasonal yak pastures in all directions, the Lungdang Glacier to the east and high peaks in all directions. In the early monsoon, in pastures at 5000m, many Tsumba collect the most expensive natural medicine in the world, known as yarsagumba. The isolated 600 year-old Dhephu Doma Gompa (3900m) is 30-45mins uphill on the obvious westward track. The inside of the gompa has been repainted by monks from Tibet and there are some ancient thankas. Overnight at Mu-Gompa.
Day 12: Trek down to Chhokang Paro 6hrs./3031m.
Day 13: Trek Down to Lokpa 6 hrs.
Day 14: Trek down to Jagat 7hrs.
Day 15: Trek down to Machhakhola 6-7hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola 6hrs.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 6hrs.
Day 18: Extra Day in Kathmandu
You can have free day and enjoy around city, (Shopping-Maggasge-Relax-Drink..) 
Day 19: Departure 
Our Representatives will drop you to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward destination and hopping to see you next time in Nepal.
Note: Above itinerary can be customized as per our guest specific requirements and can make shorter or longer. We are very flexible to update.

Includes:

Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
Trekking Permit and TIMS permit
Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
Tea House accommodation during the trek
All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
Government Taxes and paper works.

Excludes:

International air fare and Nepal Visa Fee
Food in Kathmandu accept Breakfast
Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
Temple/Monastery entrance fees
Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of trek
Travel Insurance and rescue flights
Late arrival and late departure extra night
Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)

Equipments:

Day pack for your personal important things
Good Trekking Boots & Camping
shoes/sandal
Socks-polypropylene, Down Jacket
Fleece-shirts, trekking trousers
Shorts, Swim wear, Sun Hat, Woolen cap
Nylon Windbreaker, Gloves, Snow Gaiters
Toiletries/soap, Toilet paper, Sun block
Travel Towel, Wet-wipes
Personal Medication, Sunglasses
Camera & lenses, Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful, Altimeter
Book/music player/pack of cards
A plastic bag for waste, Energy/snack bars
Trekking stick and, water bottle 
Sleeping Bag, Rain coat 
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)

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