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 valley - Ganesh 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.
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 mountain views at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue on a un-graveled road to Soti Khola passing through Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is a river on the bank of which is a small settlement featuring few lodges. Stay overnight in lodge.
The trail follows uphill track alongside Budi Gandaki hemmed in by cliffs on both sides. Within 1hr of walk you will be in small town called Khorlabesi. Tatopani (hotspring) is at a distance of another 1 hour hike from Khorlabesi. Tatopani and Dovan is also separated by another 1 hour of hike. After spending lunch hour in Dovan, we will go gradually up for 2 hrs to be in Yaru. A little ahead of Yaru you will cross around 300m long cantilever bridge which was built right after 2015 earthquake. From the bridge to Jagat will require almost 1 hour trek. There is a tourist checkpost and Manaslu Conservation Project office in Jagat. Stay overnight in lodge.
Leaving Jagat you will find an easy trail to negotiate decorated by a waterfall. In 1hr you will enter beautiful Salleri village followed by Sirdibas. The trail goes via Ghatte khola village to a point where there is a suspension bridge. 20 min uphill walk after the bridge will take you to Philim bazaar, which is the second district headquarters of Gorkha district. From here you will descend for almost 2 hrs to reach Gampul (new bridge) via Chisopnai, a good lunch spot. Leaving bridge you take right turn on an uphill trail to arrive at Lokpa. Lokpa exists in the middle of a jungle. Stay overnight at lodge.
With a short time of leaving Lokpa you will reach Syar Khola. From this point onwards, the trail ascends all the way to Chumling and involves climbing a steep Cantilever bridge and stone steps through a jungle path. You will see Ganesh and Boudha Himal ranges from Chumling. Stay overnight in lodge.
Early morning we begin our trek in earnest. The first 2 hours of trek is on a level path and makes it way around fields and houses until Gho. Then we take a steep path on a hill for almost 3 hrs to finally reach Chhokang Paro which offers great views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Rubinala peaks. Stay overnight in lodge.
The trail ahead of Chhokang Paro is gradually uphill to Lamagaon. On right side you will spot Ganesh Himal, on your backside is Rubinala peaks and on the left is a sacred spot where Milarepa is said to have meditated and a footprint of Milarepa left behind as he flew away. The trail continues to ascend gradually all the way up to Nile. Stay overnight at lodge/home stay.
On both sides of the trail is covered by forested. We will visit a nunnery which is a 1 hr trek and a lake. There is a monks hostel in Mu Gumba which is used as tourist accommodation. Today, we remain very close to the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at Mu Gumba.
From Mu Gomba the trail goes downhill. The views to your left are of Ganesh and Buddha Himal. On the way we will observe Rachen Gomba followed by lunch in Lar. In Lar you can spend 1 hr exploring one of the most popular Rachen Gumba. Another 1.30 hrs trek from here will reach Chhokang Paro. Stay overnight at lodge.
Today we will make 2 hrs downhill trek to Gho and then cross Shyar Khola. From there it is a 5 hrs uphill trek to Gumba Lungdang. Stay overnight at in Gumba.
After breakfast start an uphill trek for 5 hrs to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. From Ganesh Himal Base Camp you have the best views of the entire Ganesh Himal Range. In the evening you can return to Gumba Lungdang which takes about 3 and a half hrs. If anyone wants to stay in Ganesh Himal Base Camp, then they need bring camping gear along. The ascent takes about 3 hours while descending takes approximately 2 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trail descends for four hours through jungle and hill until you reach Dumje. The path ahead is gradually up for 3 hours to Ripchet. Stay overnight at lodge.
Again we will be covering a steeply downhill section via Cantilever bridge. It takes around 4 hrs to be in Lokpa where we will have lunch. After lunch we carry on downhill trail for 30 minutes followed by 1.30 hrs uphill journey to Philim. Stay overnight at lodge.
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 at lodge.
This day you pass through some villages. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river. Stay overnight at lodge.
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, Kathmandu.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.
Nepal , Tsum Valley Trek 20 Days
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