Tsum Valley Trek
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Tsum Valley and Manaslu
About : Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek, a magnificent journey into the remote and isolated country beyond Nepal North Mid West Himalaya, sandwiched between a great range of mountains of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, Tsum Valley known as the valley of Happiness in the local native language of Tibetan origin. The Tsum Valley people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. Compared with other areas, The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area are full of imminent mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, gompas & chortens.
Tsum Valley , commence with an interesting overland journey into Nepal Mid Western areas of Gorkha district, where walks at first leads on same tracks of Manaslu route and then on leaving the raging Buri-Gandaki River heading into unknown and hidden areas at Tsum valley.
The trekkers will also have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and religion of the people. The altitude of Tsum Valley Trek varies drastically from 1900 meters to over 5000 meters. Tsum Valley Trek is one of the rare chances to explore the unsurpassed region of western Nepal and enjoy the natural beauty on offer.
Tsum Valley Trek is the virgin trekking trail for the intrepid trekkers which offer the pristine opportunity to discover the ancient hidden treasure of Nepal. Ringed with the towering white mountains like Himalchuli (7,893 m) and Boudha Himal (6,672 m) to the west, Ganesh Himal (7,429 m) to the south, and Sringi Himal (7,187 m) to the north, Tsum Valley still maintains its unique culture, art and precious tradition among the world. Entering in Tsum region was totally restricted to the tourist for a long time. In 2008 the government of Nepal released such restriction and opened to the group tourists to explore and taste the ancient culture of Tsum Valley.
Attached with Tibetan Border, Tsum Valley is situated on the northwest side of Kathmandu Valley in Gorkha District of Nepal. “Tsum” originates from the Tibetan word “Tsombo”, which means “vivid”. People inhabitant in Tsum Valley is influenced by Tibetan Culture and Tradition.
Tsum Valley Trekking route cater you a lifetime opportunity to experience the two different cultures together, Nepalese and Tibetan where the brothers of a family marry a single lady. Tsum Valley journey begins from Sotikhola, seven hours drive from Kathmandu. Enjoying the gorge Budi Gandaki River, hiking through the wonder alpine forest, and small Gurung villages reach Tsum Valley. Observe the village and surrounding lofty White Mountains then, exit the trek from its entrance, Sotikhola.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative of Jugal Holidays Pvt.Ltd will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, take a rest or visit our office briefing about the trip.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The Kathmandu valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence. In the morning after having breakfast, you will be guided to visit famous and biggest Hindus Pashupatinath temple, Buddha stupa, Swoyambhunath and in the afternoon having lunch you will visit Kathmandu durbar square and Patan Durbar square.
Day 03: Drive to Barpak (2000m/6560ft).
A 6 hours drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Gorkha, Barpak Via Capital of Medieval Nepal. We drive Kathmandu to Baluwa, and then take a local jeep to Barpak village which is situated upon the hilltop. Barpak Village is the epicenter of Massive 7.8 Mw earthquake on 25-April-2015.
Day 04: Barpark to Laprak (2200m/7216ft): 6-7 Hrs.
We trek through the mountains in an easterly direction into the main valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. A few hours of the climb takes us to the pass of Gupsi Dada (3000m). The Gupsi Dada pass Laprak from Barpak, Enjoy the panoramic views of Buddhi, Shringi, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range. From there, we descend down to Laprak, a beautiful Gurung village.
Day 05: Laprak to Khorlabeshi (875m/2870ft): 7/8 Hrs.
Trek further east to Manaslu main valley of the Budhi Gandaki river. We descend from Laprak and cross a suspension bridge. Then a steep climb around the hillside. Pass the village of Singla while enjoying the magnificent views of the Manaslu Himal, and the other Himalayas. Descend down to Kholrabeshi.
Day 06: Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 6 Hrs.
After a few more ups & downs, we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Trek along the Budhi Gandaki river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Day 07: Jagat to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3 Hrs.
Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley extends a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village.
Day 8: Philim to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 Hrs.
Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the scenes of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and begin the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Pass Lokpa, climbing further north through pines and rhododendrons. Climb down to Ghumlong, and climbing up to Ripchet. Crossing the Shiar Khola, finally, arrive at Chumling. Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village.
Day 9: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 Hrs.
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjham to Serpu Khola. Now we enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting, enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters.
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 Hrs.
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile.
Day 11: Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 Hrs.
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa, climb further up to Bhajyo and We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area there are not any local houses. Only we can see some yak farmhouse. After having lunch we will explore the area.
Day 12: Rest at Bhajyo.
We take rest at Bhajyo both for acclimatization and sightseeing. Discover the highland around Bhajyo. If the weather is clear, you can also enjoy the magnificent views of Ngula Dhojyang pass as well the glaciers of the Yamdro Valley.
Day 13: Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 Hrs.
From Bhajyo, we descend down to Rachen Gumba. Established in 1905 AD, the Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley. The nunnery is one of the largest in the region is of great importance. The interior of the Gumba is splendidly painted with Buddhist mural paintings.
Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5-6 Hrs.
Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trial for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju.
Day 15: Chumje for Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4-5 Hrs.
From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. Cross the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. If interested, walk further up to the village of Bihi.
Day 16: Bihi to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 Hrs.
The initial part of today’s trek is on relatively flat terrain. Soon, the trail moves uphill through the forest path. Thus we arrive at Namrung while enjoying at the same time the magnificent views of Manaslu, among others.
Day 17: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 Hrs.
From Namrung, we again enter the Buddhism influenced region. Climb through the forest to Lihi. Enjoy the spectacular rise of the Ganesh Himal. Descend to Sho. Another steep climb takes us to today’s campsite on a ridge.
Day 18: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 Hrs.
The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu.
Day 19: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 Hrs.
Descend to the Budi Gandaki, that has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani, finally passing through the kani we find Samdo.
Day 20: Samdo - High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4460m/14,628fy): 5 Hrs.
We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We came here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrow’s crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers.
Day 21: High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), 7-8 Hrs.
After an early start, we soon walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it’s an experience not to be missed.
Day 22: Rest day at Bimthang.
We have been trekking incessantly for more than 2 weeks. Still one more week to trek in the mountains. Therefore, a rest day would prove a blessing for the tired muscles. Also, discover the area surrounding Bimthang as well the cultural life of the mountain people.
Day 23: Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 Hrs.
We will descend a great height today. Initially, from the valley of Burdin Khola, through rhododendron forests, to Karche, the highest cultivating place in the valley. Then we descend to the village of Gho. While staying on the north bank of the river, we trek into Tilje. Leave the Tilje Village, and cross the Dudh Khola. Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola. Continue to Dharapani.
Day 24: Dharapani - Ghermu (1100m/3608ft): 7 Hrs.
The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje. From Chyamje, trekking up and down along the river, we reach Jagat. A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. Cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk to Ghermu.
Day 25: Ghermu - Besisahar (800m/2625 ft): 4 Hrs.
The Marsyandi valley opens and on its bank terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages such as Bhulbhule, Khudi, etc. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization.
Day 26: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu 7-8 Hrs.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Beshisahar and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening with East Wind Vacation Planner’s representative with sharing trekking experience. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Final departure.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee, International flight ticket.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
- Everything else that is not mentioned on included costs.
- Tips for guide, porter, and driver.