Tsum Valley Trek

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Tsum Valley Trekking is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha,Nepal.'Tsum' comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo',which means vivid.Traditionally,Tsum valley was a currently distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chucksums',which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal,Sringi Himal,Boudha Himal ranges,this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art,culture and religion.The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin & speak their own dialect.The altitude of Tsum Valley Trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibatan border. The hidden valley is surrounded by the Boudha Himal and Himal chuli to the west,Ganesh Himal to the south & Sringi Himal to North.
Itinerary in Detail
Day 01

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.)

this will take about six and half hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day and then branch out as you drive towards Arughat Bazaar. This is a cool scenic drive. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 02

Trek  Arughat Bazaar passing through Soti Khola (730m.) to Soti Khola or Liding (800m)six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and lush green forest. To reach Liding, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Liding is a village that lies on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight in a simple teahouse.

Day 03

Trek from Liding thru Machha (fish) Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.)
we reckon this takes about six hours. The meandering path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly occupied by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market hereabouts with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in simple teahouse.

Day 04

Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) which takes about six hours.
You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 05

Trek from Jagat to Lokpa(2240m.) and this takes about six/seven hours.
The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. From Philim you climb a gradual up hill stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 06

Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2600m.) this takes 4 hours hours.
 You take an ascending route to reach Chumling stopping for lunch along the way. Chumling is located on the south face of the Shingri Himal. This day you enjoy a pleasant visit to the Gombas of Chumling. This day is challenging as it is an ascending path that stretches on almost the entire route. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 07

Trek from Chumling  Chhokangparo (3010m.) to Rachen Bompa (3300m)takes five /Six hours.
This is a tough and long day of walking but the scenic views of the valley amply compensates for the long walk. Chhokangparo is situated on a flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chhokang and Paro. From here you can get superb views of the Ganesh Himal range. Some households practice polyandry down here. This area is prominent for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Stay overnight in the guest house of  Rachen Gumpa.

Day 08

Trek from Rachen Bompa through Nile (3361m.) to Mu Gompa (3700m) which takes five hours. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. This village is situated on the banks of the Shiar Khola and it consists of large number of households. Mu Gompa is home to a very old monastery and there are no village establishments here. It is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages. Stay overnight in the guest house of  Mu  Gumpa.

Day 09

This is a day for rest day in Mu Gompa.
Today we can take excursions to the many snow covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views of this trek.  Take  a Half  day walk  to  the Nunnery and  to  a small pond  a  big  further up  to Nunnery. Or  day a full day trek   to  Vajyo  with your packed lunch as  there are no places  to buy our lunch. Stay overnight in the guest house of  Mu.  Gumpa.

Day 10

Trek from Mu Gumpa  to Rainjam (2600m.)   via  Chhule (3347m) which takes 6-7 hours
On an entirely descending path. This day you can enjoy glimpses of the Punchen Himal that is unique in shape. This day you continue your descent by retracing the path from your ascent . Stay overnight in the Guest house.

Day 11

Trek from Rainjam to Gomba Lungdang (3200m.) which takes 4 hours on an ascending path.
On the way you can enjoy views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Gomba Lungdang is home to a beautiful and large monastery that houses monks (all females). Men are not permitted in some areas of this monastery., the most  spectacular sunrise through Ganesh Himal  range  is a magic moment. Stay overnight in the Gumpa.

Day 12

Trek from Gumba Lungdang thru Rainjam to Ripchet which takes 6 hours.
After Breakfast at Gumpa, we take  downhill keep our unforgettable and  very close views of Ganesh Himal range to Rainjam and then gradual up and down hill to  Ripchet, Ripchet is a big village where  there are about 70 familiesa living, its one of the most laid back village in  this region, You can find very simple home stays.  Over night at Ripchet.

Day 13

RIpchet  to  Philim via Lokpa (1700m.) which takes 6 and half hours.
As you follow the descending route you will pass by fairly dense pine forest where many species of birds inhabit the forest.  May see  some Mosk dears on  the other side of the  river on sunny days.  Philim offers  you excellent landscape and the village itself is live and  some nice  lodges  to Stay.

Day 14

Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m.) which takes 6 hours
On a completely descending path. You leave the cultivated region around Philim as you descend along the path that follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. At Tatopani  ( Natural Hot spring) you can relax in the warm and revitalize waters of the hot spring. Stay overnight in the Guest house.

Day 15

Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m.) and this takes 6 hours.
 Today you pass through some mice  villages as you observe the villagers absorbed in their daily chores. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river.  Khorlabesi is a split point  to   take another trail to  Gorkha   if you like. Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 16

Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (570m.) which takes 5 hours.
 You cross over the bridges and cultivated areas and villages before you finally reach Arughat from where it started. Stay overnight in the small lodge.

Day 17

Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes 67and half hours.
This is a picturesque journey. While driving, you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu which is famous for delicious fish. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged happily in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu; & this concludes our Tsum Valley trek.

Price: USD1400 P/P
Price includes: Airport Pick up/drop, accommodation in kathmandu at tourist standard hotel, all inclusive trek such as Ground transportation, necessary permits ( including special permit), entrance fess, professional guide, porter/porters, and their expenses including their insurance and equipments, accommodation in the guest house (Mattress, sleeping bags), all food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee, soft drinks etc.
Price excludes: Alcoholic drink, Tips, your insurance, personal/natural expenses, Food in Kathmandu.