|Destination:||Nepal||Activity:||Trekking and Hiking|
|Duration:||20 Days||Group Size:||Minimum 2|
|Max Altitude:||3,700 Meters||Difficulty:||Moderate|
The Tsum Valley Trek is an isolated trekking adventure in the remote and rugged areas of central Nepal. This off–beaten trekking trail offers immense natural beauty and a fascinating cultural experience. The people of the Tsum valley are known as “Tsumbas’’ who belong of Tibetan origin and have their own unique culture. The trekking trail takes you to pass pine forests, cascading waterfalls, rushing streams, and sacred monasteries. With a fantasy-like setting east of the Manaslu region, This Trek is a journey to an isolated region of cultural majesty.
The 20-day Tsum Valley Trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. In your stay in the valley, you will indulge in a venture through the cultural embarrassment of sites like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites have also been listed as world heritage sites by UNESCO. From Kathmandu, you drive along the countryside to reach Arughat from where the trek begins. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley through settlements of Tatopani, Jagat, and Philim. From Lokpa, the trek heads east towards Chhokang Paro. After leaving the main Manaslu trail, you enter the Tsum valley. Mu Gompa is the largest and oldest monastery in the region and a holy site for the locals.
The major inhabitants of this region are the Tibetans who follow the age-old lifestyle and are extremely friendly. On the trek route, you can see the views of the Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Boudha Himal ranges. This region is lesser known than other trekking areas but it is the isolation and remoteness that makes Tsum Valley Trek a treat for the trekkers. The trek is classified as a moderate difficulty trek so; anyone in good physical condition can enjoy this. The best seasons for this trek are September to December and March to May.
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The trip begins with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Following your arrival, Ace vision Treks & Tours representative will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Later, in the evening, you will participate in a welcome dinner hosted by Ace Vision Treks with the trip members and company staff. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
On this day, we explore around the valley and briefly visit the UNESCO world heritage sites. Beginning from the hill-top stupa at Swayambhunath, the tour heads to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. After relishing the cultural wealth of this palace courtyard, you move towards the Hindu pilgrimage site of Pashupatinath. Finally, the tour ends at the Boudhanath stupa among the chants of the monks and devotees. You also participate in a meeting with the trek members. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
On the 3rd day, you drive to Arughat which is the starting point of the trek. You drive past the Trishuli River and the Rakhu River. The road is paved till Dhading Besi and then you follow the gravel road to reach Arughat. Witnessing the delirious views of the landscapes and patches of settlements, your ride will be thoroughly enjoyable. Overnight stay at Arughat Bazaar.
The trek heads north along Budi Gandaki River and you pass the villages of Shanti Bazaar and Arkhet. Ascending slowly towards Kuerepani, you will be in the company of Budhi Gandaki River. Along the way, you can see the views of Shringi Himal (7161m). Finally, passing the confluence of Budhi Gandaki and Manthang rivers, you pass Shyamran to reach Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
From Soti Khola, you make a steep uphill climb and pass the rural settlements like Armala, Lapubesi, and Khani Besi. These settlements are inhabited by the ethnic Gurung people who have a unique way of life. On this route, you also get to observe the fascinating flora and fauna and the unique landscapes. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Today, you cross Machha Khola and head upstream along the river’s edge. After crossing Tatopani, the trail follows the woody area towards Dovan. As you move ahead, you get the views of Ganesh Himal (7,429 m) and Himalchuli (7,893 m). After crossing the bridge over Dovan Khola, you ascend and cross another suspension bridge to reach Thado Bharyang. The trail then continues along Budi Gandaki River and makes a final climb to Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.
You enjoy the early morning breeze and make your way to Sirdibas enjoying the views of the landscape. Walking further up the winding trail, you cross Ghatta Khola and pass the Gurung and Magar settlements in Philim to reach Chisopani. The trek for the entire day follows the Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Chisopani.
Leaving Chisopani, you cross a gorge and pass through the forest of rhododendron and pine trees. The trail descends and leads you to Tsum valley. Up ahead, you pass the beautiful Lokpa village. From here the trail descends down to Lungwa Khola. Following the serene trail, you cross Siyar Khola and head to Chumling. Overnight stay at Chumling.
You cross the suspension bridge on the opposite river bank and move forward enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal (7,429 m). The trail passes Rainjam to reach Sarpu Khola and enters the hidden valley of Tsum. Finally, you make a steep climb and arrive at the village of Chhokang Paro. You can also visit a micro hydropower plant before you arrive at Chhokang Paro. Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro.
Today, you trek to the Nile which is the last village heading north in upper Tsum valley. On the way to the Nile, you pass through numerous Chortens and monasteries including Sar Phu Gompa and Chi Phu Gompa. The walk continues alongside a stream and takes you all the way to the Nile passing Phurba and Pangdun on the way. Overnight stay at the Nile.
From the Nile, you follow the old Nepal-Tibet caravan path to reach Mu Gompa. This is the largest and oldest monastery in the region with over 100 monks. Upon arrival, you can visit the monastery and check out the ancient Thangkha paintings. The gompa is brilliant in the depiction of the Tibetan-Buddhist culture which has thrived in the entire region. Overnight stay at Mu Gompa.
You take this day for rest and getting acclimatized to the high altitude conditions. This is a good opportunity to recover strength for the final segment of the trek. Around the gompa, you can see an old trail for yak caravans to transfer supplies to the gompa. You can observe the local culture and the lifestyle around the monastery and minor settlements. Other monasteries like Rikang Gompa are also viable for exploration. Overnight stay at Mu Gompa.
The trail takes you back to Chhule and Phurba, passing through the Siyar Khola. After walking for a few hours, you arrive at Burgi village. On spending some time in the village, you can take a different route which takes you to Rachen Gompa. The gompa is also a prominent monastery in the region and the trekkers can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers from the nearby viewpoints. You then head to Burgi. Overnight stay at Burgi Village.
You make your way downhill passing monasteries and bridges alongside rushing streams. The descent continues to Chhokang Paro and then to Gho. You retrace your footsteps back to Sarpu Khola and trek along the lower Tsum valley to reach Chumling. Here, you can rest and explore the monasteries and Chortens around the village upon arrival. Overnight stay at Chumling.
The trek continues ahead on a flat trail and takes you to Lokpa. On the way, you can enjoy the sight of the various flora and fauna in the Manaslu Conservation Area. The trails begin to show dense forests and the sights of the Shringi and Ganesh Himal range accompany you as descend. You walk for several hours on an easy flat trail and eventually reach Philim.
The trail descends down to Sirdibas and reaches Jagat. You descend further to Yaruphant and continue trekking towards Dovan. Soon, you arrive at the natural hot springs of Tatopani. You take a short break here and take a dip in the hot springs to reinvigorate yourself. The locals also believe this water to have healing properties. You then walk on a zigzag path to Khorlabesi. Overnight stay at Khorlabesi.
You cross Thado Khola and descend to the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. Walking alongside the river, you reach the village of Lapubesi. Trekking further, you enjoy the pristine beauty of waterfalls on either side of the river. The walk continues along the ridge above Budi Gandaki and passes through Khani Besi and Liding before reaching Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
Today is the last day of trekking. You climb up the ridge over of Kuerepani and descend down to a waterfall. Passing by Magar and Gurung villages of Kokhetar and Dhodehi, you continue your trek to Arkhet. After crossing the bridges over Arkhet Khola, you make the walk passing by the hydroelectricity plant and end the trek in Arughat. Overnight stay at Arkhet.
From Arughat, you drive back to Kathmandu. You spend most part of the day on the road so, upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can directly head to your hotel rooms and take some rest. If time permits, you can explore the Newar heritages in the city and savor their traditional cuisine. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
The 20-day trip comes to an end. After having breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will accompany you to the airport. You can share your experiences of the trek as you head to the airport before leaving Nepal. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Nepal.
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