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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Tsum valley Trek

Trip code TVT-36
Package name Tsum valley Trek
Duration 15 Days
Max. elevation 3724 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation private vehicle, Public bus tickets
Accomodation Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; best Available Lodges on route trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Arughat Bazaar-Soti Khola-Machha-Khola-Jagat-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhokang Paro-Nile-Mu Gomba-Chumling-Jagat-Machha-Khola-Soti Khola-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,035 per person

Highlights

Overview

Tsum Valley Trek, an adventure to Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya, takes you towards the remote north end of the Gorkha district Manaslu region. Where it touches the border of Southern West Tibet, which allows visitors to immerse themselves into an impressive age-old culture. In the close backdrop of massif Ganesh Himal, also called Yangra at7, 422 m and 24, 450 feet high. With Shringi Himal 7, 083 m / 23, 238 feet, and Mt. Manaslu the world's 8th tallest at 8, 163 m / 26,781 feet.

For hundreds of years, the country remained forbidden for outside travelers but opened its door from 2008 onwards. But with some restrictions allow few groups of visitors on paying a special fee to enter Tsum the valley of happiness. A perfect adventure for trekkers in search of a fresh new country to explore and to immerse into a wonderful location.

This trek offers the vivid culture of ancient days in the close harmony of beautiful views of the snow mountains. Where villages still practice the old traditional farm life and raise livestock of yaks, goats, and sheep. Tsum valley was also a gateway to Tibet from Mid-West Nepal following the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade route. An amazing country to experience once in your lifetime, where Hiker Himalaya will guide you to this hidden marvelous land. The Tsum Valley, taking a drive from Kathmandu to reach around Gorkha low farm areas of Arughat and Soti-Khola.

Where our adventure and walk begin following the raging Buri-Gandaki River upstream fed on the glaciers of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Walk heads above sub-tropical farm villages to reach a cooler alpine zone covered in a lovely forest of pines and rhododendron trees. Encountering several hill villages of Maccha-Khola, Tatopani a place with a natural hot spring and Jagat to reach Lokpa. The route to Tsum Valley diverts on leaving the main trail of the Manaslu circuit to enter the first village of Tsum at Chumling.

From here onwards into the forgotten land a Shangri-La, overlooking views of great snow peaks of Ganesh, Shringi Himal. As the trek progress enjoy the exciting surrounding views and local immense traditional heritage and culture around the villages.

Walk heads higher for overnight stops at Chumling, Chhkang Paro, and the Nile to reach, the final destination at Mu Gomba. Staying at Nile (pronounced as Neele) for two more overnights, as this village provides better accommodation and meals than at Mu Gomba. On the way to Mu Gomba with vast windswept terrain, that resembles Tibetan plateau of dry and arid landscapes. At Mu Gomba, visit the monastery interior steeped with ancient idols of Buddha, saints, and other famous Gurus. The oldest monasteries of the region of more than 500 years old history. Located on the laps of the high Himalayan range of North of Ganesh Himal, known as Yantra, in the local language of Tibetan origin.

Explore the area, as well in the land where elusive snow leopards and herds of blue sheep are often seen around. Back to the Nile for the return journey with time to visit Guru Millerepa meditation cave a great saint of the 11th century. Milarepa, a poet, singer, and tantric guru his good word of wisdom is still remembered by natives to this day.

The walk is easier on the way down with a few short climbs to encounter heading past lovely villages of Philm, Jagat. As route leads into green vegetation of tall tree lines to reach at Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the long and exciting drive past rural farm villages and towns, and then on the main highway to reach Kathmandu. Where our overwhelming adventure concludes in Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience on Tsum Valley Trek.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel:

On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Tsum Valley Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day 2 : In Kathmandu free day for a sightseeing tour at places of interest:

A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

Day 3 : Drive to Soti Khola 700 m / 2, 296 feet via Arughat Bazaar 550 m / 1,805 feet, -07 hrs:

Starting early morning after a hearty breakfast, board in a vehicle, as to the size of a group, either in four-wheel drive or in a comfortable coach or public bus. As drive lead on the main highway past many interesting towns and villages with farms areas to reach low warm areas of Gorkha district in Arughat. From here drive continues following Buri-Gandaki River upstream past paddy fields and terraces to reach Soti-Khola/ Machha kola for the first overnight stop on the way to Tsum valley.

Day 4 : Trek to Machha-Khola 869 m / 2, 851 feet, -06 hrs:

First day walks begin after a long drive to Soti-Khola, a morning trek following the river into a steep valley, covered in thick forest with several small villages that dot the hillside. Walk follows to a wide valley opposite a tributary stream that joins with the Buri-Gandaki River. On walks facing lovely views of cultivated terraced of Lap-Besi upper village as route descends to a wide, sandy riverbed following a trail that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side. As adventure progress a slow steady climb to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. A small village with several teashops and a small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream. The village is growing bigger as the motor roads reach Machha-Khola in a short time.

Day 5 : Trek to Jagat 1, 340 m / 4, 396 feet, -07 hrs:

After a first-day walk and overnight in Maccha-Khola village, the second day leads through interesting farm villages within nice cultivated fields. As morning walk heads past Machha Khola (Fish Stream), where the name of the village derived and then towards upstream to reach Khola-Bensi village a place with Tatopani a natural 'hot spring'. The journey continues on a broad gravel field towards Lauri stream crossing over a bridge and then climbing on a high trail that leads to descending into an open valley of Yara Khola, as the trek continues for another hour to reach Jagat a nice hill village for an overnight stop.

Day 6 : Trek to Lokpa 2, 240 m / 7, 349 feet,- 06 hrs:

From Jagat nice village with pleasant overnight, the morning starts downhill to long stone steps to reach the river, where our route climbs towards the terraced hillside of Saguleri. Enjoy views of Shringi Himal as the walk continues with ups and down to reach a bridge above the Buri-Gandaki River. Crossing over, where trail winds lead up to another large lovely village at Philm enriched with well-cultivated crop fields and terraces. From here past spread-out villages then climb to golden fields of wheat’s and barley to reach a rocky ridge top.

The area is covered with dense bamboo forest as a walk leads to a lonely place at Eklai Bhatti, which means a lonely Inn, at present, this small settlement has been overgrown with more shops and tea-houses. After a short rest head towards Lokpa, as route diverts to the North West where Lokpa, a small hill village located for an overnight stop in a simple lodge. From here onward into more Buddhism strong culture.

Day 7 : Trek to Chumling 2, 385 m / 7, 824 feet, -05 hrs:

After a pleasant overnight stop at Lokpa, on leaving the main trail of Manaslu route, where walks lead to enter towards Tsum valley, proceed past few small farmlands and scattered villages with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range, slowly walk comes to an end on reaching Chumling, a nice and first village of Tsum area.

Day 8 : Trek to Chhokang Paro 3, 031 m / 9, 944 feet:

From Chumling onwards into a main glory and highlights of the adventure within Tsum the valley of happiness. Morning walk on a gradual winding trail with a small patch of the forested area of juniper, rhododendron, and pines. As route leads downhill to cross over a bridge above Smatiking Khola / stream, facing views of Ganesh Himal the local call as Yangra of Tibetan origin language. Walk up into a hillside with a slow gradual climb to Chhokang-Paro for an overnight stop, a nice moderate farm village with large crop fields growing potatoes, millets, barley, and buckwheat.

Day 9 : Trek to Nile 3,361 m / 11, 026 feet.

Today’s walk takes you inner valley of Tsum, an exciting morning trek to reach our main target, as the route lead on a nice pleasant winding path within an open and exposed terrain. Within dramatic arid and dry country similar to Tibetan plateau landscapes as well with local fascinating culture of Buddhism religion. Where walk takes you past a few prayer monuments, as tree lines give away for smaller juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes known as Azaleas a flowering shrubs. The journey continues with closer views of Shringi and Ganesh Himal heading into a wide-open dry country to reach at nice village of Nile, pronounced as Neele also.

Before the Nile one can take a side hike to Saint Millerepa meditation cave a great Guru of the 11th century, known as a poet, singer as well tantric guru. His folk stories, good words of wisdom, and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and the mountain villagers of Tsum and Manaslu areas to this day. On reaching the Nile check into a nice simple lodge with the warm hospitality of the native, with time to immerse with glorious views of snow peaks and surrounding beautiful scenery.

Day 10 : At the Nile for a day hike to Mu Gomba 3, 700 / 12, 139 feet:

At the Nile, with one more overnight stop as Mu Gomba, do not have good accommodation facilities and nice foods to serve. Most travelers stay at the Nile like we do because of a good lodge to stay with a variation of the food menu. After breakfast as well as carrying simple pack lunch, start the day hike to our main highlight destination at Mu Gomba, an old interesting monastery of the region. The walk starts with a steep climb towards high and dry country facing views of surrounding high peaks, and then slowly walk reach you at Mu Gomba.

Enjoy a tour of the old and interesting monastery of Mu Gomba, which treasures antique important idols, statues, and relics. Mu Gomba is the highest spot on this trek around Tsum Valley. Taking a rest with an impressive tour of the monastery along with spectacular views of the high snow mountains of Ganesh HimalWalk back on the same scenic trail to Nile village on completing our sojourn at Mu Gomba the final destination of the adventure.

Day 11 : Trek to Chumling, -06 hours:

After an exciting and wonderful time around Tsum valley, the return journey leads towards lower elevation to react Chumling and back into tree lines along with green vegetation at Chumling village, for last and final overnight around Tsum Valley area.

Day 12 : Trek to Jagat village, -07 hours:

From here walk further down to a much warmer area, as our return journey retrace on the same trail to Lokpa, where the Manaslu valley route meets. As a walk gets easier on losing much altitude within lush green vegetation and tree lines to reach our overnight halt at a nice village in Jagat.

Day 13 : Trek to Machha Khola, -06 hours:

A long day walk of more than six hours to reach further south following the Buri-Gandaki downstream crossing several bridges, with some refreshing stops and past many rural farm villages to reach at Machha Khola for last overnight stop in the remote areas of Nepal Mid-West.

Day 14 : Trek to Soti-Khola and drive to Kathmandu, -8 / 9 hours:

Another long day today, to complete our marvelous adventure as early morning last day walk takes through a number of farm villages or take a bus drive to Kathmandu. Crossing bridges with short ups with more downhill towards low warm farm areas to reach back at Soti-Khola on the road-head. From here board in a four-wheel-drive or similar transport for a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu to conclude our wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Tsum Valley Trekking.

Day 15 : Departure Day for International flight homeward bound:

On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Tsum Valley Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

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