Tsum Valley Trek
The Tsum Valley Trek is an adventurous off beaten path trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The Tsum Valley is one of the most secluded valleys situated near the Tibetan border. Traditionally, the Tsum valley was a distinct geographical area called Tsum Tso Chucksums. This means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Situated against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh, Sringi, and Boudha Himal ranges. This serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The region was once a part of Tibet, therefore looks completely different from elsewhere. The local people known as Tsumbas are of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect.
The Tsum valley is still not as much exposure as it was restricted until the year 2008. The region is still least visited, virgin, and off the beaten in comparison to other regions. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys, it remains relatively untouched. The ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries yet to be explored. To date, very few trekkers have made it to this mysterious valley. 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.
We begin our trek with a seven hours drive from Kathmandu following the Soti Khola to Arughat. Then climb up the upper Budi Gandaki River Valley through the unexplored countryside. Mostly inhabited by the Tibetan community past villages such as Chhokangparo. The region offers a totally unspoiled culture and tradition along with a fabulous mountain view. We also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Cross over the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, depending on your time you will have the option to stroll around the local street and tourist market of Thamel. Tonight you will be treated to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk dance and cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu to Arughat(600m/6-7hrs)
After breakfast, we start our journey towards Aarughat which is about 128 km from Kathmandu and will take approximately 6 hours. On the way, you will pass through several villages with views of the Nepalese countryside and reach Arughat, on the foothills of the Manasalu range. Arughat Bazaar is clustered on both sides of the Budi-Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley and is also a junction to various important places. Overnight in Aarughat.
Day 3: Arughat - Soti Khola(710m/4-5hrs)
After breakfast, begin our trek past ever-changing picturesque paddy fields and Gurung villages. The walk today is fairly gentle and passes through views of Shringi Himal from Shanti Bazaar, Budhi Gandaki, suspension bridge, down to Soti Khola, and our camp will be among the landscapes of the famed Honey Hunters. The foothills of Central Nepal have, for generations, been famous for their twice-yearly harvests. Men gather from the surrounding villages to conduct the adventurous task of collecting the honey of the Apis Laboriosa (the world's largest honey bee) from the cliffs that are their home. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola(870m/5-6hrs)
After breakfast, we continue our trek. The trail passes through the steep valley, densely forested, with several small villages, and reach Machha Khola(5-6hrs). Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 5: Maccha Khola - Jagat(1,350m/7hrs)
This morning we will trek to Jagat, it takes about 7 hrs. The trail passes through remarkable villages and farmlands and the vegetation changes slowly. After crossing the bridge we head upstream to the tiny village of Kholabesi and the hot springs of Tatopani. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, ascend over a ridgeline, trek along the river towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 6: Jagat - Lokpa(2,240m/6hrs)
Today we continue further to Lokpa which will take about 6 hours. The early part of the trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path passing through the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki and enter Gurung inhibited Philim village and reach Lokpa village which is the first village to enter to the Tsum valley. Overnight in Lokpa.
Day 7: Lokpa trek to Chumling(Lower Tsum)(2,600m/5hrs)
The trail today ascend to reach Chumling village which will take about 5 hours. Chumling village is situated facing south of the Shingri Himal. Today we will pay a visit to the Gompa and explore the village. Overnight in Chumling.
Day 8: Chumling to Chokhangparo(Upper Tsum)(33,10m/5hrs)
The trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo, takes about 5 hours. Along the way, we pass over the suspension bridge on to the opposite bank with great views of Ganesh Himal, Serpu Khola and arrive at Gho Village. Further 2 hours of uphill climb will bring us to Chhokangparo village of Upper Tsum valley, enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7893) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). Overnight in Chokhangparo.
Day 9: Chokhangparo to Nile(3347m/5hrs)
From Chhokangparo, we ascend to Lama Gaun across monasteries and Gompa and reach Nile, it will take approximately 5 hours. We climb Milarepa’s Cave where you will visit Buddhist meditation centers. Trekking further through Phurbe and Pang, we eventually reach the village of Nile. Overnight in Nile
Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa(3700m/5hrs)
In the morning visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m) which takes about 4-5 hrs. Continue towards Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region and is located at the highest and most remote point of Tsum Valley. The route takes us through yak pastures and through typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. Overnight at Mu Gumpa.
Day 11: Mu Gompa - Rachen Gompa(3240m/5hrs)
After breakfast, we will head towards Rachen Gompa; a nunnery following the trails. It is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains that border Nepal and Tibet. We return down the valley through Chhule and continue down as far as Phurba. Walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and crossing flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa. Overnight in Rachen Gompa.
Day 12: Rachen Gompa – Dumje(2460m/5-6hrs)
The trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460) will take approximately 5-6 hrs. From here we will follow a different trail and reach Dumje. Overnight in Dumje.
Day 13: Dumje – Gumpa Lungdang(3200m)
Dumje to Gumpa Lungdang will take about 4 hrs. Overnight in Gumpa Lungdang.
Day 14: Gumpa Lungdang – Lokpa(2,240m)
Descend from Gumpa Lungdang to Lokpa which will take approximately 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Lokpa.
Day 15: Lokpa – Jagat
Trek from Lokpa – Jagat, trekking time is approximately 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Jagat
Day 16: Jagat – Maccha Khola
Trek from Jagat – Machha Khola, which will take approximately 5-6 hrs. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 17: Machha Khola – Arughat
Trek from Machha Khola – Arughat, which will take approximately 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Aarughat.
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu
Drive from Aarughat to Kathmandu which will take approximately 6-7 hours. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges /tea houses during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals while on the trek.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter (one porter for every two members) during the trek.
- Meals, wages, transportation, insurance and trekking gears for guide, porter and trekking staff.
- All necessary paper work and permits (Tsum valley special permit/MCAP/ACAP).
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance recommended.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
10th November, 2015
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27th December, 2019
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