Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of the 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 starting and ending 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walk for 3 hours to reach Mu Gompa which is close to Tibetan border. Visit the monasteries and spend overnight there.
One extra day at Mu Gompa to explore the area. Visit the monastery, Mu Gompa, and the surrounding. Stay overnight there.
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.
Trek back down to Chumling. A 6 hours walk takes you to Chumling to stay overnight there.
A long day trek of about 7 hours takes you back to Philim today. Stay overnight there.
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.
Trek back to Soti Khola via Machha Khola, Labu Besi and Khursane. Stay overnight at Soti Khola.
Trek back to Arughat for 4 hours and drive back to Kathmandu.
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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