Tsum valley trekking - (17 Days )

Max Altitude Trip Duration 17 days
Tour Grade Moderate Group Size Min 2+
Starting Point Kathmandu Ending Point Kathmandu
Accommodation Two nights accommodation in kathmandu and rest of the accommodation at trekking lodges en route
Meals Breakfast in kathmandu & during the trek
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary by public Vehicles

The  Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage site situated in north Gorkha province and  to trek in Tsum Valley  was first opened on  2007. That contains Tibetan villages to the valley’s remoteness and diffidence, it is isolated from normal development for centuries and, as a result, the exclusive culture of Tsum Valley has remained fairly original. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh and Sringi Himals, this serene and secreted Himalayan valley is rich in antique art, society and religion.

The trekking trails of Tsum Valley are scattered with Buddhist  chortens and wrinkled with mani walls made by thousands of stone slabs fixed with drawings of deity and inscribed with prayers. Buddhist saint Milarepa is thought to have meditated in the area of these mountains. The  very famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage route in the middle Trans-Himalaya, traverses The Tsum Valley, the Manaslu area and southern parts of Tibet. Tsum is measured. One of the valleys chosen by the 8th Century Tantric master and founder of Himalayan Buddhism Padmasambhava as a blessed refuge for Buddhists
The Women in Tsum Valley still put into practice polyandry (some of them have more than one husband), the people have their own society, language and traditions, celebrating exceptional festivals such as  Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa and Faning.

This trek is not  that  difficult, only one  section  Lokpa to  Chhekampar  is difficult, can be done both camping or tea-house best season is  during October to November, but it also can be done  equally well be done from  early March to late May. The upper Tsum  valley that has more Tibetan type of weather and is most likely at its best in June to September, but the long trek there for the duration of the monsoon is a hassle. The first 4½ days of this trek are the same as the Manaslu route.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Rest day in kathmandu, explore around  while trekking company sorting out the trekking permits.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Arughat (535m)
Day 4 :  Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (710m)
Day 5 : Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 6 : Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410m)
Day 7 : Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m)
Day 8 : Lokpa to Chumling (2,363m)
Day 9 : Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,010m)
Day 10 : Chhokangparo to Mu Gompa (3,700m)
Day 11 : Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m)
Day 12 : Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m)
Day 13 : Gumpa Laundang to Lokpa (2,470m)
Day 14 : Lokpa to Dobhan (1,070m)
Day 15 : Dobhan to Lapubesi (920m)
Day 16 : Lapubesi to Arughat (535m)
Day 17 : Arughat to Kathmandu by Local bus  takes about 8 hours.
 

 

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Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Adventure Glacier Treks receive you at the Tribhuvan international airport Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel after short rest walk around in Thamel dinner and over night at hotel.

Your trekking guide will meet at your hotel, after breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by the Buri Gandaki River. (8 hour drive).

The trek through Gurung and Magar villages, along the river throughout bird-filled forests with monkeys and waterfalls, to Sante Bazaar with its overhanging pipal tree ( Bodhi trek, the same kind of tree Buddha did his meditation for 7 years to get his enlighten) . Can be hot and humid during march to September.The main crops fields are rice, maize and millet. We hike up stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier, steeper and narrower as we trek into Arkhet. Hiking through fields, over a ridge, down to a waterfall up to a ridge at Kyorpani and trek down to Soti Khola (river) (710m), (6 hour trek).

Trekking from Soti Khola the trek passes through forests of sal trees on the way to Khursane. There are beautiful two waterfalls cascading down and emitting very well spray that creates the rainbows. After this beautiful moment, we will be continuing to trek into the stunning Buri Gandaki Gorge. The trek winds through rice terraces to the Gurung village of Lapubesi and on to Machhekhola. village (5 hour trek)

Trekking today will be up and down and hike crossways sandy river-flats, chances to see monkeys and langurs in the jungle. The large Gurung villages are way on top of the trek passes few houses (lower Khorlabesi was mostly shattered by a huge rock slip years ago, though a survivor has built a botanic garden. Finally, we arrive Tatopani the Natural hot spring(930m and then hike over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on the suspension bridge, on marble stairs in the narrow valley of Doban (1,000m). and then to Yaru Khola (1,363m) to Jagat (1,410m), a pretty flag-stoned Gurung village. Where there is check point for our permits. (6 hour trek).

The trek up the riverbed, hike over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1,440m) catching superb views of Sringi Himal (7,187m) then after trekking downhill to Sirdibas (1,430m), the first Buddhist village on this trek. We will be trekking on up-river before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge and on to up hill to the Gurung village of Philim (1,590m) the fields of maize, potato,millet and, azure pine, poplar and oak vegetation. About an hour trek through Ekle Bhatti (1,600m) then after hike high above the Marvelous gorge ingoing a big area of pine trees. We trek down to a track junction, trek up through pines and rhododendrons, and the some zigzag steps to gain our first glimpses of Tsum Valley. We cross Buri Gandaki river again and can see Himalchuli (7,893mWe will have entered the Tsum valley by now (6 hour trek).

Today, we will be trekking the most difficult up hills with steps on this trek but pleasant as we walk through the beautiful mixed forest with the sounds of birds, river and soft wind. Few time, we have to cross over the foot bridge before getting to Chumling. Its shorter walk than our daily routing but a bit challenging. Make sure you walk around Chumling and visit the old gompa (Tibetan monastery), the traditional houses the beautiful stone streets.The trek Lokpa to Chumling is about 4 hour trek).

Trekking first hours today is through rich farming land sheltered from animals by tall stone walls. Beautiful Tibetan classic houses that bundles of firewood on the roofs , The mani walls and kanis (stone arched gateways) looks very authentic and pretty. Trekking cross the big slip that is now covered with a forest and the excellent views of the 7,422m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the reverse bank far above the village of Ripchet (2,468m). The hike across the Serpu Khola takes us to Upper Tsum the large village of Chhokangparo (3,010m) Good to take some time to discover the conjoined villages of Chhokang and Paro and the hike to the retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. If the weather is clear Himalchuli (7,893m) can be seen closely (5 hour trek).

The trek follows through small villages, climb over a edge of chortens through flat fields. We visit the atmospheric Milarepa’s Cave, where a Milarepa’s footprint can be seen and the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is supposed to have meditated. We will hike across the Shiar Khola. Two villages Nile & Chule lies two sides of Shiar Khola and the oldest Buddhist Monasteries , Chortens are fabulous and very authentic, today is probably the best days on our trek to see many nice views.(7 hour trek).

Trekking Mu Gumpa downhill to visit Rachen Gompa nunnery, the female equivalent of the main Kathmandu Kopan Monastery, with its huge courtyard. (4 hour trek). You probably have the best views of Tsum valley where you have walked two days ago. Can capture the best picture.

Hiking back to Chhokangparo, following the earlier trekked path for 2 hours til a small gompa is reached at Gho (2,485m), and then hiking down to the Shiar Khola then after crossing to Dumje, a settlement of 8 scattered houses and a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. Trekking from Dumje steeply up through beautiful forests of enormous silver pines and rhododendrons The Gumba Lungdang (3,200m), probably the oldest nunnery in the valley, suspended on a ridge with fantastic views. This Gompa shelters 40 nuns the puja from 6 to 7.30 every evening is very special. The major building of the nunnery houses contain many Buddhist deities and life-size statues of Guru Padmasambhav, Yara and Buddha. (7 hour trek).

Trekking down Hill from Gumpa Lungdang to Dumje, and then to picturesque Ripchet. It’s a beautiful isolated village with fertile land to grow crops and keeping animals. The evocative chortens and mani walls in the fields and a pine forest backdrop creates the area perfectly. (7 hour trek).  finally, we are back to Lokpa Village.

Trekkig down on steep stairs to the river at Ghumlong (2,130m), that we trekked through few days ago and then continue to Lokpa , Jagat to Dobhan. (6 hour trek).

Enjoy trekking back on the same trails but from different angels, taking pictures while going down hill covers whole valley  about 7 hours.

Retrek  the tail about 6 hours to Arughat and at  guests.

We drive back to Kathmandu. ( 8 hour drive) by local bus.

What is Included?

  • Airport pickup 
  • 2 Night Accomodation in kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation during trekking 
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Salary, insurance, food and lodging for guide 
  • Welcome or farewell dinner
  • Trekking permits and National parks fees

What is not Included?

  • Lunch and evening meals except welcome dinner
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, Bottled or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Porter if necessary

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