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Tsum Valley Trekking

 



Tsum Valley

Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area.

 
The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.
 
The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
 
The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.
 
The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
 


OUTLINE ITINERARY
 

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 a  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 camp or a very 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 a camp or 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 camp or  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 camp or 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 at a camp or in a  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 camp or at the guest hosue 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 camp or at 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 camp or  At 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 camp or at  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 camp or at 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 or  shall make our tented camp.  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 or in Camp side.

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 camp in Khorlabeshi.

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 camp or 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 camp or 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.

TRIP FACTS


Trip duration: 19 Days
Grade: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 4060m
Activity: Sightseeing/Pilgrimage & Trekking
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)
Accommodation: Hotel and Camping
Meals: Hotel / tented camps
Transportation: Private car or tourist bus
Region: Manaslu / Langtang
Others: Entrance without licensed guide prohibited

TRAVEL DATES

No fixed dates. Best Season for travel is September to December and March to June

TSUM VALLEY TREK

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
It's a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and over night at your hotel.


Day 2: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-9 hours)
We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware.


Day 3: Arughat to Soti Khola (6-7 hours)
From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola.We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola(‘khola' means river in Nepali).


Day 4: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (6-7 hours)
We trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.


Day 5: Machha Khola to Doban (6-7 hours)
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west.


Day 6: Doban to Philim (6 hours)
The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees.


Day 7: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)
We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.


Day 8: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours)
From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry.


Day 9: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours)
From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule.

On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.
Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land.


Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours)
From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and dinking water facilities.


Day 11: Extra day for excursion
We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba.


Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours)
From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.


Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hours)
From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.


Day 14: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hours)
From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.


Day 15: Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hours)
From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.


Day 16: Tatopani to Soti Khola (6-7 hours)
From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.

Day 17: Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6-7 hours)
As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.


Day 18: From Arughat Bazar drive to Gorkha Via Pokhara (8-9 hours)
We drive to Pokhara

Day 19. Pokhara

Pokhara Sightseeing

Day 20.Pokhar to Kathmandu It is possible to go Kathmandu by flight ant by Bus.


Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking).

 

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport by private car/van/bus.
  • Full board meal during trekking with Tea/ coffee (if it is camping trekking our cook prepare all meals).
  • Tented / lodge accommodation during the trek. (If it is camping trekking we provide two men share tents, dining tents and tables, kitchen gears, toilet tents etc.)
  • A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek., a cook, Kitchen boy, Spare, Sherpa required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Manaslu restricted trekking permit and Tsum valley restricted permit.
  • Manaslu / Annapurna Conservation area (MCAP) and (ACAP) permit fee.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
  • First aid box.
  • All the government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expense.
  • Local seasonal fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu after the trekking.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Soft and hard table drinks such as: coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Rescue operation charge.
  • Your travel insurance and trekking gears.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and visa fee
  • Tips for the staffs.

Short Note: The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. Trekking price will be according to Deluxe,Standard,Budget and Group size so if you provide details about it we will be pleased. Customize »


Namaste,

 

My friend are Mr.Amir and Geal from Isreal in Tsum Valley Trek on 2011-October




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