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Tsum Valley Trek (16 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 16 Days

Type of Trek: Camping/Lodge

Max Altitude: 5390 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Strenuous

Tsum Valley is one of the few unexplored trekking routes in the Himalayas, lying close to Tibet. Referred to as ‘Beyul Kyimolung’, or the ‘holy hidden valley of happiness’, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist places in the Himalayan region. Tsum Valley was opened for trekking as recent as 2007.

Tsum is a name derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means ‘vivid’ or ‘lively’. History has it that Tsum was once part of thirteen provinces called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’. The people of Tsum Valley are called Tsum who practice Buddhism.

In fact Buddhism began to flourish in the area with the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava (Saint Milarepa) who is said to have meditated in surrounding caves. The relics of those eras can still be found in the region including numerous ancient chortens, maniwalls and monasteries or gumbas. Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba are perhaps the most important Gumbas in the region with thriving communities of monks and nuns. A visit to famous Kyimu Lung, a center of learning and meditation, is another attraction.

The trekking in Tsum Valley offers crystal clear views of Manaslu, Sringi and Ganesh Himal ranges. The highest point of the trek is Ngula Dhojhyang Pass at 5093m.
Among unique tradition of the Tsum Valley is the polyandry system, an ancient practice by locals, along with traditional festivals such as Lhosar, Dhachyhang, Saka Dawa and Faning.

The valley’s alpine landscape and unique ecosystem supports a varied wildlife including Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. Tsum Valley is also considered a home to the legendary and elusive Yetis. The region is a storehouse of precious herbs and medicinal plants that have been used by Himalayan people for centuries.

Trekking in Tsum Valley is feasible throughout the year and can be done for different duration. We have professional trekking staffs who come from the area and possess thorough knowledge about the local culture, customs and nature.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing trekking in the Himalayas since 1990. Our professional trekking guides and staffs can help you design customized packages depending on your budget, interests and time frame. 

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  • Detailed Itinerary
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Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 02: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (730m)  or Liding (800m) takes about six hours.

Day 03: Trek from Liding through Machha Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.) takes about six hours.

Day 04: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m.) takes about 6 hours.

Day 07: Trek from Chumling to Chhokng Paro (3030m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 08: Trek from Chhokng Paro (3030m.) to Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.) takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 09: Trek from Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.) to Mu Gumba (3705m.) takes about 6 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 12: Trek from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gumba (3240m.) takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 10: Trek from Rachen Gumba to Tumje (Domje 2440m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 11: Trek from Tumje (Domje 2440m.) to Gumba Lungdang (35420m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang thru Rainjam to Chumling takes 6 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 13: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1700m.) takes 5 and half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m.) takes 6 hours on a completely descending path.

Day 15: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m.) takes 6 hours and then drive from Soti Khola to Arughat.

Day 16: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu takes seven hours.

Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) takes about seven hours.

You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and most of all mountains at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue your drive along gravel and bumpy path all the way to Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 02: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (730m)  or Liding (800m) takes about 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 green forest. To reach Liding, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Liding is a village at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 03: Trek from Liding through Machha Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.) takes about six hours.

The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, beautiful waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 04: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) 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/lodge/local house.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about six 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. Form Philim you make a gradual climb stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m.) takes about 6 hours.

Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 07: Trek from Chumling to Chhokng Paro (3030m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 08: Trek from Chhokng Paro (3030m.) to Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.) takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 09: Trek from Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.) to Mu Gumba (3705m.) takes about 6 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 12: Trek from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gumba (3240m.) takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 10: Trek from Rachen Gumba to Tumje (Domje 2440m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 11: Trek from Tumje (Domje 2440m.) to Gumba Lungdang (35420m.) takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang thru Rainjam to Chumling takes 6 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 13: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1700m.) takes 5 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. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 14: Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m.) 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 you can relax in the warm and rejuvenating waters of the hot spring. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house in Khorlabeshi.

Day 15: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m.) takes 6 hours and then drive from Soti Khola to Arughat.

This day you pass through some villages. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Day 16: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu takes seven 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 being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Trekking permits for Tsum Valley
  • Entry permit for Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Clients Reviews

Tsum Valley Trek

(5/5)

We did the trek to Tsum valley. We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much! Hari is a fantastic guide and made the trip so fun- hiking with us, teaching us Nepali, and telling us about the people and culture. The Tsum Valley is a really special place with amazing people and stunning mountains.

Thanks again!!

Mariah Hope Meek
William Carroll Wetzel
13/11/2010

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