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Tsum Valley - Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek (22 Days)

Trip Highlights

Duration: 22 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5390 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Strenuous

Tsum Valley called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’ in local terms, means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Tsum' which is derived from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo' means vivid. True to its meaning, the Tsum valley continues to guard its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, soaring mountains, cascading waterfalls, untouched hot springs and ancient relics. The local people in Tsum valley are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak the unique dialect.

Tsum valleyGanesh Himal Base Camp trek is the perfect route to view and appreciate the beauty of Ganesh Himal ranges. The two highest passes during the trek are Singla pass (4045m) or Pangsang pass (3850m) which are vantage point to see the landscape and mountains.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.)

Day 02: Trek from Arughat Bazaar passing through Soti Khola (730m.) to Soti Khola or Liding (800m) Stay overnight in camp or simple tea house.

Day 03: Trek from Liding thru Machha Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.). Stay overnight in camp or simple tea house.

Day 04: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) Stay overnight in camp.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) Stay overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Rainjam (2600m.)Stay overnight in camp in Rainjam.

Day 07: Trek from Rainjam thru Chhokangparo (3010m.) to Rachen Bompa (3300m). Stay overnight in camp in Rachen Bompa.

Day 08: Trek from Rachen Bompa thru Nile (3361m.) to Mu Gompa (3700m). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 09: Rest day in Mu Gompa. Today we can take excursions to the many snow covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views on the trek. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10: Trek from Mu Gumpa to Chekya (4240m.) . Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Chekya thru Dhaldang (Dangchet) to Yamdro (4500m)Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek from Yamdro to Bhajyo(4330m), Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Trek from Bhajyo to Chhule (3347m) Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Trek from Chhule to Rainjam (2600m.) Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Trek from Rainjam to Gumba Lungdang (3200m.)Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (5000m) and then return back to Gumba Lungdang to camp. . Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Gumba Lungdang thru Rainjam to Chumling

Day 18: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1700m.)

Day 19: Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m.)

Day 20: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m.)

Day 21: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (570m.) Stay overnight in camp or small lodge.

Day 22: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about six and half hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day then drive towards to Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 02: Trek from Arughat Bazaar passing through Soti Khola (730m.) to Soti Khola 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 or simple tea house.

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

The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. 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 or simple tea 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.

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 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.

Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Rainjam (2600m.) takes six 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 the entire way. Stay overnight in camp in Rainjam.

Day 07: Trek from Rainjam thru Chhokangparo (3010m.) to Rachen Bompa (3300m) takes five 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 the flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chhokang and Paro. From here you can view the Ganesh Himal range. Some households practice polyandry. This area is prominent for it's Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Stay overnight in camp in Rachen Bompa.

Day 08: Trek from Rachen Bompa thru Nile (3361m.) to Mu Gompa (3700m)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 is 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.

Day 09: Rest day in Mu Gompa. Today we can take excursions to the many snow covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views on the trek. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10: Trek from Mu Gumpa to Chekya (4240m.) takes 7 hours.

This day presents you a long and challenging walk. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Chekya thru Dhaldang (Dangchet) to Yamdro (4500m) takes 6 - 7 hours.

The trail ascends all the way to Yamdro. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek from Yamdro to Bhajyo(4330m), descending the whole way, takes 3 hours.

Bhajyo is the last village before entering Tibet. It contains approximately 22 houses and a few yak farms. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Trek from Bhajyo to Chhule (3347m) takes 6 hours on an entirely descending path.

This day you can enjoy the glimpses of the Punchen Himal. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Trek from Chhule to Rainjam (2600m.) takes 5 hours.

This day you continue your descent by retracing the path from your ascent. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Trek from Rainjam to Gumba Lungdang (3200m.) takes 4 hours on an ascending path.

On the way you can enjoy views of Manaslu and Ginesh Himal. Gumba Lungdang is home to a beautiful and large any monestary (all female). Men are not permitted in some areas of this monestary. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (5000m) and then return back to Gumba Lungdang to camp.

The ascent takes 3 -4 hours while descending takes approximately 2 hours. From Ganesh Himal Base Camp you have the best views of the entire Ganesh Himal Range. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Gumba Lungdang thru Rainjam to Chumling takes 6 hours. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 18: 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.

Day 19: 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 in Khorlabeshi.

Day 20: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m.) takes 6 hours.

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.

Day 21: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (570m.) takes 6 hours.

You cross over the bridges and cultivated areas and villages before you finally reach Arughat. Stay overnight in camp or small lodge.

Day 22: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu takes 6 and half hours.

This is a picturesque journey. While driving, you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu 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

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Porter (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for 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 the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip 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.

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