Tsum ValleyTrek offers crystal clear views of Manaslu, Sringi and Ganesh Himal ranges. The highest point of the trek is Ngula Dhojhyang Pass at 5093m.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the river bank on a level path passing through jungles, villages and fields. Ever half an hour you will find teashops. The trail features Armala, Liding, Lapubesi and Kani villages before reaching Nyauli Khola where a splendid waterfall exists. The trail is surrounded by high hills on both sides. Maccha Khola is a traditional bazaar famous for local fish dishes. 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.
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.
Mariah Hope Meek , William Carroll Wetzel
30th Jun, 2022
Tsum Valley Trek 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,
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