Tsum Valley Trek A
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Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area.
The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid.Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.
The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.
The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
|Trip Duration: 21 days
Trekking Days: 17 days
Maximum Altitude: 3,700m.
Trekking Mode: Lodge/homestay/Camp
Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu(1350m.) and transfer to hotel - O/N Hotel
On arrival, meet with our company staff at the exit gate of Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu Airport) and transfer to Hotel. Afterwards free time.
Day 02 :Restricted area permit issue, rest , preparation and pre trip briefing day- O/N Hotel
On this day, ADV ZAM staff will issue your team Restricted Area Permit and other government permit documents while you and your team can rest in hotel, hike around the city and prepare for the trek. Besides that evening at hotel lobby, there will be short briefing of your trip.
Day 03 :Drive to Aarughat(608m.) by 4WD, change 4WD and immediately drive to Soti Khola(700m.) by 4WD -O/N Lodge/Camp
Early morning you will be driven to Arughat Bazaar with 4WD jeep. It will be around 5 to 6 hours drive. Have quick lunch and then change 4WD and drive(2 hours drive) to Soti Khola. After reaching Soti Khola we will check in to a lodge there or camp.
Day 04 :Trek to Machhakhola(869m.) -O/N Lodge/Camp
For short time walking over the vehicle road till Liding, we start to walk on hiking path. We follow Buddhi Gandaki river most part of our trip. The route passes through several small villages, hills and forest of sal, pine and oak. Cross the forest and choose the meandering trail through dispersed tea houses and cascading waterfalls to the meadow. Moving further through the meadow, we will reach Lapu Besi. Brief walk from Lapu Besi along the steep narrow trail will take us to Machha Khola. Overnight in Lodge/camp
Day 05 :Trek to Dobhan(1070m.) -O/N Lodge/camp
Moving on early morning following Buddi Gandaki River, we will pass through settlements at Khorlabeshi to reach Tatopani which is a natural hot spring. Taking bath in that natural hot spring water with full of natural minerals , there is strong belief that it will cure skin diseases and relief from body pain. Crossing the forest, couple of suspension bridge, landslides, we will reach Doban. Overnight in lodge/camp.
Day 06 :Trek to Jagat(1340m.)-O/N Lodge/Camp
This is the short trek day but fabulous day. We will cross couple of Suspension bridge over Doban Khola and Yaru Khola. 93 m. long suspension bridge over Yaru Khola is breathtaking. This day we need to be little more cautious while crossing landslides area and rock fall area. We can also view natural water fall on the way about to reach Bupchet village. Just to reach Jagat, we walk over stone paved trail. There is Mani walls, MCAP office and custom office in Jagat. Your permit will be checked over there. Jagat is also the best view point of Sringi Himal. Overnight in Lodge/camp
Day 07 :Trek to Lokpa(2240m.) -O/N Lodge/Camp
Leaving Jagat early in the morning, we will choose the ascending trail to arrive at the top of ridge that endows gratifying views of Manaslu Mountain and surrounding. Crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River, we will reach Philim. The scenic village of Philim is inhabited by the Gurungs. Moving further, we will pass through Ekle Bhatti to Lokpa where we will stay overnight. Lokpa is the first village of Tsum Valley. Overnight in Lodge/camp
Day 08 :Trek to Chumling(2386m.) -O/N homestay/camp
Follow the climbing route to Chumling. Located at the south face of the Shingri Himal, Chumling is the quaint village that is home to Tibetan Gompas. It is going to be a bit difficult day for trek as we need to follow the ascending trail for most of the part. Overnight in homestay/camp
Day 09 :Trek to Chhokang Paro(3031m.)-O/N homestay/camp
Leaving Chumling, we will begin yet another difficult day of trek. Chhokang Paro which is also known as Chhekampar is located on the top of hill. Chhokang Paro comprises two unique settlements of Chhokang and Paro. The vantage point offers close-up view of Ganesh Himal Range. Besides, Chhokangparo is known for its practice of Polyandry culture. Overnight in homestay/camp
Day 10 :Trek to Nile(3347m.) -O/N homestay/camp
After visiting the nearby Tibetan Gompa, we will leave Chhokang Paro and continue our journey through forest of pine woods to Nile via lamagoan. There are some historical Buddhist Gompa and Chortens which you can observe on the way. Nile, existing in the edge of Shiar River, this is the last northern settlement of Upper Tsum Valley. Overnight in homestay/camp
Day 11 :Trek to Mu Gompa(3700m.)-O/N Homestay/camp
Leaving Nile, we will go through series of ups and downs to Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight in homestay/camp
Day 12 :Exploration day around Mu Gompa-O/N Homestay/camp
This is the final destination of this trek. There are many Buddhist old monasteries nearby where you can visit this day and observe Buddhist culture. This is the close place to Tibet where tourist are allowed to go. Overnight in homestay/camp
Day 13 :Decent trek to Rachen Gompa(3240m.)-O/N Homestay/camp
Since Mu Gompa is as far as we will reach, we will begin our return journey on 13th day. It is going to be the easy day as we need to follow the descending path. We can get view of Punchen Himal throughout the day. At reaching Rachen Gompa stay overnight in homestay/camp
Day 14 :Trek to Domje(2460m.) -O/N Lodge/camp
Visiting Rachen Gompa early in the morning, we will observe worshipping and get blessing from Rinpoche. Following the descending trail through narrow steep path, we will reach Domje which is clustered with few local teahouses. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 15 :Trek to Lokpa(2240m.)-O/N Lodge/camp
Following our previous route we will down walk the trial to Lokpa village. Overnight in Lodge/camp
Day 16 :Trek to Jagat(1340m.) O/N Lodge/camp
Lowering down from Lokpa, we will take the descending trek through pine forest that is rich in wildlife. The trek offers better opportunity of bird watching and wildlife viewing where musk deer, rhesus monkeys and langurs are among the most commonly seen mammals. Descending to the river, we will reach Jagat where will stay overnight.
Day 17 :Trek to Khorlabesi(970m.)-O/N Lodge/camp
Leaving Jagat we will down walk most of the time following downstream of Buddhi Gandaki river. Overnight in Lodge/camp
Day 18 :Trek to Soti Khola(700m.) and immediately drive to Arughat Bazaar(608m.) by 4WD-O/N Lodge/camp
Following the previous path we will again down walk to Soti khola. On reaching Sotikhola we will catch 4WD jeep which will be waiting the team and we will decent drive 1 hour to Arughat Bazaar. On this day we will celebrate the success of our trip with the guide and Nepalese staffs. Overnight in lodge/camp
Day 19 :Drive to Kathmandu(1350m.)- O/N Hotel
About 7 hours drive in 4WD, we will reach Kathmandu from Arughat Bazaar. On arrival to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 20 :Rest day and final shopping day- O/N Hotel
This is the final day in Nepal. You can have good rest at the hotel or you can sneak around the shops nearby your staying hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 21 :Final departure to your next destination.
As per your international flight schedule, our staff will pick you up from hotel 3 hours earlier to your flight time to the Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu Airport) for your final departure.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Gorkha National Park Entry Fee
Special Restricted Area Permit Fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules
Company service charge and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...