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Tsum Valley Trekking

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Overview

Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum 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.

The trek start and end point is Arughat, a seven hours’ drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Pass the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa,Mu Gompa,  Dephyudonma Gompa.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.

Day 2
Heritage Tour of Kathmandu

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Arughat

Today is a long driving day to the starting point of the trek, Arughat, to the west of Kathmandu. The drive that starts after breakfast will take about 8 hours to reach Arughat, a small but beautiful town situated on the banks of River Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight.

Day 4
Arughat – Soti Khola

The first day of the trek today starts after breakfast leading through farmland, hydro power station, and forested area to go to Soti Khola, today’s destination. It will take you about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola traversing the uphill and downhill trail in the beautiful Budhi Gandaki valley. You will walk through various towns and villages like Mangaltar, Shanti bazaar, Arkhet Bazaar, Kuirepani etc to reach Soti Khola to stay overnight today.

Day 5
Soti Khola – Machha Khola – 870 m

The very first section of the walk today goes uphill on the ridge above Budhi Gandaki river. You will walk past beautiful waterfalls along the uphill trail. The second section of the walk today descends and goes past through rice paddy field and to the village of Labubesi, a beautiful settlement of ethnic Gurung people. After a walk of about 7 hours, you reach Machha Khola to stay overnight.

Day 6
Machha Khola – Jagat - 2340 m

You will walk to Jagat today after breakfast. The walk today involves lots of uphill and downhill ridge walking and takes you past a natural hot spring. You will walk on the well paved steps, cross suspension bridge over a river, climb up and go down several times to reach Jagat eventually. You will gain a good level of elevation today. Stay overnight at Jagat.

Day 7
Jagat – Chisapani – 1660 m

The walk today goes past various beautiful places like Sirdibas, Ghatta Khola, Philim and eventually to Chisapani where you will spend the night today. The walk normally will involve going uphill and downhill as always and will take you about 5 hours to reach Chisapani. You will go lower on the elevation level today that yesterday. Stay overnight at Chisapani.

Day 8
Chisapani – Chumling – 2386 m

You will walk to Chumling today. You will be walking through pine and rhododendron forests as you traverse the uphill and downhill trail. You will also have some beautiful views of Himalayan peaks of Himalchuli, Boudha Himal when you reach the village of Lokpa. You walk even further down and go up again through forested area. After walking for about 7 hours you will reach Chumling today to stay overnight.

Day 9
Chumling – Chokhangparo – 3010 m

Walk to Chokhangparo today enjoying the spectacular view of Ganesh Himal. You will walk through beautiful places of Rainjam, Gho village, Tsum and finally to Chokhangparo to stay overnight there. It will take you about 5 hours to reach there.

Day 10
Chokhangparo – Nile – 3361 m

You will walk past Lamagaun, Rachen Gumba, on the uphill trail today on the very first section of the walk. A 6 hours walk will take you to the village of Nile through the villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun, and Chhule. Stay overnight at Nile.

Day 11
Nile – Mu Gompa – 3700

Walk for 3 hours to reach Mu Gompa which is close to Tibetan border. Visit the monasteries and spend overnight there.

Day 12
Mu Gompa Area Exploration

One extra day at Mu Gompa to explore the area. Visit the monastery, Mu Gompa, and the surrounding. Stay overnight there.

Day 13
Mu Gompa – Burgi – 3245 m

Walk to Burgi today via Chhula and Phurbe. Once you reach Burgi village, visit the cave of a famous Tibetan Saint, Milarepa. You can enjoy an incredible view of the Himalayas from there. Stay overnight at Burgi village.

Day 14
Burgi – Chumling – 2386 m

Trek back down to Chumling. A 6 hours walk takes you to Chumling to stay overnight there.

Day 15
Chumling – Philim – 1570 m

A long day trek of about 7 hours takes you back to Philim today. Stay overnight there.

Day 16
Philim – Khorlabesi – 970 m

Walk to Khorlabesi today after breakfast. Trek past the beautiful village Jagat and past hot spring. Reach Khorlabesi after about 7 hours’ walk and stay overnight there.

Day 17
Khorlabesi – Soti Khola – 700 m

Trek back to Soti Khola via Machha Khola, Labu Besi and Khursane. Stay overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 18
Soti Khola - Kathmandu

Trek back to Arughat for 4 hours and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 19
Departure Day

You will be transferred to airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.

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Equipment List

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 star category with breakfast
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide
  • Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.)
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
  • Farewell dinner

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hot shower while on trek
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service
  • Bar bills and laundry
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost)
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping to guide and porter
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency
  • Donation to the local organization
  • Tilicho Lake Trek
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