Tsum Valley Trekking..27 Days

Trip Introduction

Situated near the remote borderlands of the high Himalayas are several sacred beyuls…secret valleys found by people with pure minds and hearts. According to early teachings, these beyuls were bent by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the reknowned 8th-century mystic who introduced Buddhism to the Tibetan, Nepali and Bhutanese people in the Himalayas. These magical valleys are purported to be havens of tranquility, affluence, theology and a sacred sanctuary for true seekers and believers. In the 17th-century, Tsum Valley became known as Beyul Kyimolung.

One of Nepal's most beautiful valleys, which is secluded from the southern lowlands  by deep forested gorges and cascading rivers, and from Tibet in the north by high snow-covered passes. It is home to 18 small villages and about 4000 people of the native racial group known as “Tsumbas”. They are mainly of Tibetan origin and practice Buddhism and Bon religions. Tsum Valley only opened to foreign trekkers in 2008. Due to this, along with its remoteness and inaccessibility, Tsum Valley and its people have avoided commercial impacts and changes for centuries. As a result, its unique culture has remained largely integral. Since it has not been visited by many travelers, there are very few established facilities such as teahouses, hotels, stores or restaurants along the track. There are inspiring home stay programs in Tsum Valley to allow travelers direct interface and imminent into customary Himalayan lifestyles.

Our Tsum Valley trek begins in Arughat (Gorkha district), which is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It is surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks, including the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the north. The northern station of the valley is bordered by three high passes to Tibet, including Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093 m.) to the east and Thapla Pass (5326 m.) to the west. There are no airports, roads or mechanical vehicles in (or near) Tsum Valley. All travel is done on foot along time-worn trails that trait many antique chortens and carved mani stone walls emblazoned with prayers and depictions of deities. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is whispered to have meditated in caves of this mountainous valley, and it is home to over 100 monks and nuns at Mu Monastery and Rachen Nunnery. Many inhabitants of Tsum report having seen or found signs of Mehti, commonly referred to in the West as the 'Yeti' or 'Abominable Snowman'.

There are many reasons to go to Tsum ,The entice of the remote. The intact Tibetan culture. The lack of bright Gore-Tex jackets filling up the trails. The wonderful welcome and authentic warmth of the local Tibetan people who aren’t dishonored by groups of tourists with $ signs on their heads. Where else in Nepal can you go where the locals are singing in the fields rather than trying to entice you into their lodge.

You might decide to go there. Buddhist prayers carved into stone tablets line the trails of Tsum Valley, while snow-capped 6000m peaks appear beyond and between the vertiginous brown “hillsides”. Traditional culture pervades the area, with women spinning wool into thread by hand and friendly faces inviting you in for tea…or homemade alcohol.

Beginning on the main route into the Manaslu Conservation Area, you curve for days through a steep-sided gorge where the sun arrives mid-morning and departs well before sunset. Waterfalls abound, monkeys appear, and slate roofs top mud houses as you gradually climb 4000ft (1200m). Young girls are shy to have their photo taken but then become fascinated with seeing them displayed on the screen. Old women have yet to understand that you can’t take the picture from the camera instantly and give it to them. Men wear fur-lined hats brought over from Tibet and ride horses that tinkle with strings of chimes. Yak caravans weighed down with rice, salt, and tea command the trail as they pass. People meet you with easy smiles and common questions, “Where are you from?…Where are you going?”.

Locals want the benefits that tourism can give up, and in a place with so few resources, tourism could bring enormous monetary advantage to the area. The challenge for Tsum is that everything which draws visitors is at risk as tourism expands. The  impact of tourism in nearby lower Manaslu is readily obvious. Campsites are littered with wrappers and garbage. Children accost you with pleas of, “Namaste pen!” and “Namaste balloon!”, having learned to beg for foreign delights. Adults watch you pass with bland indifference.

Trekking in Tsum Valley is not only a journey to a beautiful, inspiring and secret hideaway…but also a journey back in time, where ancient Tibetan traditions and cultures are still alive and being practiced today. It’s a genuine ‘off-the-beaten trail’ gem of an experience!

Moreover, This is only trekking for  Milarepa Piren Phu cave, Mu Gompa monastery,Rachen nunnery Gumba Lungdang nunnery,Dheron Gumba nunnery,Health camps,Trash clean-up,School visits,Ganesh amphitheater,Cascading waterfalls,Medicinal plants and herbs (over 50 varieties),Wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, ghoral and the elusive snow leopard,Handicrafts, including bamboo baskets, wooden masks and teacups, wood jugs and kitchen implements, musical instrument (dhagen), yak wool blankets, kimonos and mattresses..

The area monks at one point petitioned the government not to allow employees stationed at regional offices to kill animals for Hindu sacrifices or for meat. The government complied, respecting the local traditions and issuing a ban on killing in the area. Any meat must be killed below the gateway and then carried up higher. The peace and protection extends to all beings: as clients joked about yeti attacks, a lama assured us quite seriously that we didn’t need to worry, “Tsum is a protected area, and a yeti will not attack anyone here.”

 

THE ITINERARY

Day 1: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 2: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 teahouse.

Day 3: 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 teahouse.

Day 4: 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 5: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 6: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 7: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 8: 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 9: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 Rachen Gomba to Tumje (3200m.). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Tumje to Bihi  (2130m.). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Bihi to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours.In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 18: Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 19:Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village near the Tibetan border. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 20: This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 21: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.)  takes about four hours.You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peaks. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 22   Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 23: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.) takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 24: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 25:Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal  is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and you can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, you come across Jagat is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 26: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about four hours. A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant through a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 27: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about three hours. A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant through a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi.

Prices:

Starting From: $2290

Cost includes:

  • Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 02 nights accomodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
  • 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
  • Fresh fruits as per availability in the route of Trekking.
  • Twin sharing camping accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
  • Crews including local Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, helper including equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc.
  • Fooding, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance & other expenses of travel crews.
  • First aid kit box for entire trekking.
  • 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter (but you must be insured well)
  • Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
  • Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
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Price start from : $ 2290

Activities:

Trekking & Hiking

Accommodation:

Tented Camp

Trip Duration:

27 Days 26 Nights

Trip Grade:

Hard

Altitude:

3700 Meters

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

By air and Private Vehicle

Group Size:

2-14 Pax

Best Month:

March-May and Sept-Nov

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