Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Tsum valley trek

Destination Nepal Activity Trekking in Nepal
Duration 15 days Group Size 2
Max Altitude (in meteres) 3,700 Difficulty Moderate
Accommodation

star hotel in Kathmandu & tea house lodges during the trek

Meals

Welcome dinner &( Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner during the Trek)

Tsum Valley Trek is one of Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travellers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

The trek start and endpoint is Soti Khola, a seven more hours drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Pass the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu - Arugath Bazar (550 m, 1805 ft) - Soti Khola (700 m, 2296 ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 4: Soti Khola (700 m, 2296 ft) - Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 5: Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) - Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) 7-8 hours

Day 6: Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) – Lokpa (2240 m, 7349 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 7: Lokpa (2240 m, 7349 ft) - Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 8: Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) - Chhokang Paro (3031 m, 9944 ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 9: Chhokang Paro (3031 m, 9944 ft) - Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) - Mu Gompa (3700 m, 12139 ft) 4 hrs – Back to Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) 2 hrs

Day 11: Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) – Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 12:) – Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft)  –  Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 13:  Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) - Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) - Soti Khola (700 m, 2296 ft) 3 hrs trekking, drive back to Kathmandu Drive 

Day 15: Drive to Airport for Return flight

MANUAL NOTE: The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

 

 

Day 1
Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programmed. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening with the culture program.

 

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

After your morning breakfast, you will be taken for the tour of spiritual attractions around Kathmandu Valley. These historic, religious landmarks are world heritage sites and you'll immerse yourself in the different rituals and the cultural diversity found in the capital. The Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), Lord Shiva Temple (Pashupatinath), Buddhist Shrine (Bouddhanth) are the popular destinations where you will find lots of different religious activities and rituals being performed. At the afternoon, you will have an orientation and trip discussion. You should prepare for your trip starting tomorrow.

 

 

Day 3
Kathmandu - Arugath Bazar (550 m, 1805 ft) - SotiKhola (700 m, 2296 ft) 7-8 hrs

After breakfast, you will be taken to the scenic drive to Arughat bazaar along the Trishuli river. One can explore the scenery and rural lifestyle. You will be driving to Dhadingbensi from Kathmandu. Further, you will drive north to Arughat from Dhadingbensi, the district headquarters of Dhading, for a few hours. Finally, you reach Arughat Bazaar (670m), a clustered settlement on both sides of the Budhigandaki river linked by a suspension bridge. It is a popular trade centre in the region. Drive further towards Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

 

Day 4
SotiKhola (700 m, 2296 ft) - Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) 6 hours

Your day will begin with breakfast at your hotel. After crossing a bridge the trail passes through beautiful Sal forest. Then you climb into a ridge above huge rapids of the Budhigandaki. You will pass a number of small villages. You will climb further behind an outcrop until you reach a wide valley at the confluence where a large tributary mixes at the Budhigandaki river. You will descend along the wide sandy riverbed. Cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

 

Day 5
Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) - Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) 7-8 hours

You will cross a stream named Machha Khola. The trail is full of ups and downs. After crossing the Tharokhola stream you will head upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabesi. After few more ascends and descends you will come across a small hot spring in Tatopani. The route now switches to the left bank of the river through a suspension bridge. Climbing on a wide, well-crafted staircase you will finally reach tea house at Doban after crossing a short section of forest. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, you will climb again over a ridge, trek along the river and ascend towards the beautiful village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

 

Day 6
Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) – Lokpa (2240 m, 7349 ft) 7 hrs

After ending with the ACAP procedure, we tend to climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and so descend to Sirdibas. The herbal melancholy widens a touch because the course continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a protracted simple putting bridge. Climb up to Philim, an outsized Gurung village. Philim herbal depression is frequent for Japanese created faculty and station. Walk previous Philim to the north across a woodland with the views of the narrowing herbal melancholy and stroll up north from Gum Afghan monetary unit we have a tendency to attain Lokpa. Night at Lokpa.

 

Day 7
Lokpa (2240 m, 7349 ft) - Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) 5 hrs

The Chumling village is a small Buddhist village and has less number of habitats. The village is well-known as there is a monastery and it presents a picturesque view of the majestic Ganesh Himal. To attain Chumling, we descend through green forests, move bridges and climb sturdy but frightening stairs. We ascend north through pine forests and steep slopes. With each step, the Tsum valley displays itself. Be careful whilst crossing the wooden bridge of Shiar Khola as the bridge is dangerous.

 

Day 8
Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) - ChhokangParo (3031 m, 9944 ft) 4-5 hrs

From Chumling the time if for  Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) trekking. Upper Tsum valley opens from Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is a tiny village positioned on a flat surface and has two villages Paro & Chhekam. From the village, we can have a majestic view in the south and Buddha Himal and Hiunchuli in the south-west.

 

Day 9
ChhokangParo (3031 m, 9944 ft) - Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) 4-5 hrs

From Chhokangparo we will trek to Nile/ Chulle which is located in the western facet of Shiar Khola. This is the last village in the top Tsum valley.
On the way, we will go to Piren Phu cave which is additionally one of the holiest caves in the Tsum valley. The cave is positioned in the foot of a rocky cliff near the village of Burji. A well-known Tibetan saint name Milarepa was believed to have pondered here. The location has two separate gambas delivered to the rocky cave which have Buddhist murals painted, wonderful inventive scripts carved on stones, lengthy prayer flags and good-sized Buddhist paper scripts making this cave socio-cultural asset in the valley. The cave gives a mind-boggling view of Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba and beautiful settlements in the middle of extensive agricultural land.

 

Day 10
Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) - Mu Gompa (3700 m, 12139 ft) 4 hrs – Back to Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) 2 hrs

We will head for Mu Gompa which is the final destination of our trekking. Basically it will take 2-3 hrs from the Nile to Mu Gompa. We need to go through wide mountain vistas and numerous chortens. The Gompa lies on the highest and at the most remote part of the Tsum Valley. At the monastery, you can see monks busy in their daily routine and the breath-taking view of the border of Tibet. After exploring Mu Gompa, we will then head back to the Nile.

 

Day 11
Nile (3361 m, 11026 ft) – Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft)

Early in the morning, we will have decent trekking to Chumling. On the way, we will explore a beautiful view. We will have the decent trail all the way to Chumling while crossing several pine and fir forests on the way. Many wildlife can also be seen on the way. We will stay that night at Chumling.

 

Day 12
Chumling (2385 m, 7824 ft) – Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft)5- 6 hrs

We continue our decent trekking to Jagat. We will explore Gurung village on the way to Jagat. Walking about 5-6 hours from Chumling to Jagat we will have many southwest, waterfalls, and many species.

 

Day 13
Jagat (1340 m, 4396 ft) - Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) 5-6 hrs

The trekking trails are easy as we are descending towards Machhakhola for 5-6hrs passing the Gurung and Brahmin village and crystal clear waterfalls make the trekking more fun. We will stay overnight at guest houses or homestay Machhakhola.

 

Day 14
Machhakhola (869 m, 2851 ft) - SotiKhola (700 m, 2296 ft) 3 hrs trekking, drive back to Kathmandu Drive

This is the last day of trekking where will have decent trekking from Machhakhola to Soti Khola and end at Arugath Bazar and we drive back to Kathmandu.

 

Day 15
Drive to Airport for Return flight

Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.mples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries-old temples and palaces.

 

The Trip Cost Includes

  • airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program
  • 3-night accommodation 3* hotel in Kathmandu  breakfast/wifi included
  • Kathmandu sightseeing 
  • professional English speaking trekking guide with first aid kit 
  • Porter during the treks( 1 Porter between 2 people)
  • stuffs,accommodation,salary,insurance,equipment
  • 3 times meals during the treks( breakfast, lunch dinner and 3 times a cup of tea
  • special permits Ttsum valley region
  • Manaslu Conservation area permit
  • Tsum valley area trekking map
  • private transportation trek start point and trek endpoint  
  • tourists service charge, vat

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • international airfare &Nepali visa fee
  • lunch and dinner while you are  in Kathmandu
  • sleeping bag during the trek
  • travel insurance
  • Personal insurance &personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower and trekking person equipment)
  • Tips for staff (it is expected)

 

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