Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum valley TreksTsum valley Trek is another interesting and beautiful trekking destination in the northern parts of Gorkha District, Nepal. Manaslu Tsum valley Trek is also known as the Beyul Kyimolung, the holy hidden valley of happiness, first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. Tsum valley Trekking is also part of Manaslu Circuit Trek. 'Tsum' means 'Tsombo', in Tibetan word vivid in English. Traditionally, Tseum valley was culturally distinct geographical areas called “Tsum Tso Chucksu’s” which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and there are centuries old nunneries. It is a popular hidden valley ringed by the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the north. The altitude of Tsum Valley trek varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5,093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibatan border. The Valley is bounded by three high passes – the Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5,093m) to the west and Yamdro Pass (5,326m.) to the north. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls carried with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very prevalent in Tsum and the scenery is just stunning, with beautiful forests and countryside, with Ganesh Himal towering above the valley. The local people are of Tibetan origin and practice Bon religion and speak their own dialect.

Many Trekkers combine the Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit trek, which start from Gorkkha or Arughat and ending in Besisahar. You can catch a jeep further north from Dharapani onwards. 

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Name of Trek: 

Tsum Valley Trek

Location: 

Manaslu Region

Trekking Grade:   

Moderate to Strenous

Activities:  

Tour and Trekking

Minimum Altitude: 

800m

Maximum Altitude:  

4,000m

Season:   

Spring and Autumn (Can be done whole the year)

Accommodation:

Basic lodge (Homestay accommodation)

Transportation:   

Land transportation

Trek duration:     

21 Days (17 Days for Trek)

Trekking Starting Point:

Gorkha

Trekking Ending Point: 

Gorkha

Walking hour per day:

5 to 7 hours

Group Size:

2 to 10 peoples

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.and Welcome dinner in the evening. You'll be met at the airport by a representative from the Manaslu Tours. Our representative will transfer to Hotel and will have welcome drink in the evening at the traditional Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

  • SWAYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-coloured prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras).
  • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03: By Bus: Kathmandu to Gorkha (1135m/140km)
After a breakfast, drive to Gorkha Bazar, which is of 5 hours drive. Enroute, one can observe beautiful landscapes, various streams and following the bank of Darundi Khola. In the evening excursion to Gorkha Durbar at the top of hill, from where you will good mountain panaromic and sunset views. 

Day 04: By Jeep: Gorkha to Ranglung Khola (915m). Trek to Barpak (1930m)
Have a big breakfast this morning; you drive to Ranglung Khola along the Darundi Khola. Then, we head to Barpak with steep, long climb up to the wonderful village of Barpak, situated perfectly on a green ridge overlooking the misty valley below. The villagers often organize 'cultural shows', the proceeds of which go to improving the village, so we might be treated to one in the early evening. We are towered over by Bouddhi Himal, a high, snow-capped peak which makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset photos.

Day 05: Barpark to Laprak (2150m)
Another early start and a picturesque climb, with Bouddhi Himal providing a spectacular back-drop to the sprawling, scenic Barpak as we ascend the narrow ridge; we take the small, stone trail to the right of the main trail after an hour or so, and a total of three hours later, we reach the ridge, officially a pass, Busu Dada (2950m) which separates Laprak and Barpak, and are rewarded with panoramic mountain views along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bauddhi Himal, Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range all span the horizon; a truly breath-taking view. The rhododendrons are blooming brilliantly, in many hues of pink and red, around us, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in back. Another steep down of an hour or two of trekking brings us down to another large Gurung village, Laprak. Again, we have the afternoon free to explore the village; take a walk down the hill and a look into some of the houses, all with symbolic murals on the mud-brick walls.

Day 06: Laprak to Khorlabeshi (975m).
We descend through Laprak's maze of village paths and then to the river. After crossing a very rickety suspension bridge, we climb equally steeply back up, past terraced fields of pink sorghum and rice. We contour around several hillsides on a narrow trail, barely visible at times, up to a small chorten just below the village of Singla. From here, the going is easy, and we enjoy the views of the Manaslu Himal, Kutang Himal and Shringi Himal to the north as we walk down through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla, and then down along a narrow, winding trail to Khorlebeshi on the Budi Gandaki River. Take care as the rocky steps just before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi are treacherous. Look out for the local women weaving straw mats in the village. We will probably get a visit in the evening from this village's cultural ambassadors, and perhaps have another show.

Day 07: Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1370m)
A five hour day today, starting with an hour of walking along the river, by tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, often climbing up stone steps, to reach the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, where can enjoy for a time to soak our grungy bodies in the gushing hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the icy river below, drying off on the wonderful river-side beach. A gentle climb through the woods past with a spectacular waterfalls, across an old, wooden suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dovan. Above Dobhan, the Bhudi Gandaki River descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, our trail climbs high above the river to descend through the river calms. We cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and climb high on stone steps before coming into our camp below Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation National Park. It is worth wandering around this beautiful, paved village, where proud villagers have recorded how much they contributed to these paving schemes.

Day 08: Jagat to Lokpa (2240m).
After descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river from Jagat, we climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Salleri, from where we can see the impressive view of Sringi Himal 7,187m. We pass through the charming, paved village of Sirdibas. We Cross the river again on a long, high suspension bridge at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim. We cross the river first at a narrow section of the gorge on a new suspension bridge, ascend gradually along a wide hillside through an open forest and then cross the river two more times in the next two hours on small. The first bridge sits at the intersection to Tsum valley, a remote valley leading to Tibet. 

Day 09: Lokpa to Chumling (2386m)
Descend through beautiful forest, crossing three side streams on bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on well-made but exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually descend to a lone Ghumlong (2130m) on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet (2470m) in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge and up. After about 30mins below Chumling, the trail takes the level track to right (east) for 15mins to arrive at the last hotel in Tsum. In the evening visit the old monastery, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets. This is Buddhist agriculture, with conical pine needle haystacks among the prayer flags. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.

Day 10: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m)
Today is an easier day than yesterday. Cross the suspension bridge just east and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank covered with a forest of new trees with superb views of Mt. Ganesh Himal. Cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2.5hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo (3010m), stone houses nestled under cliffs without a single iron roof. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potato. Herds of thar often graze the wild cliffs to the north; coming right down to the fields with impressive view of Mt. Himalchuli (7893m) can be seen down valley.

Day 11: Chhokangparo to Nile (3,361m)
Head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3,202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3,240m). Climb up and visit Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), where the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated. The cave is being extensively restored. Cross the Shiar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3,251m) and Pangdun (3,258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate. The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3,361m). Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. It is too cold to want to use it if you are staying in people’s houses, and there is no privacy.

Day 12: Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m)
From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3700m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hour walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities.

Day 13: Mu Gompa - Rachen Gompa (3240m)
From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)
Descend on a narrow trail to along Shiar Khola. Cross the bridge to Dhumje (2440m) which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. The track onwards climbs just behind the clinic. Climb very steeply on an indistinct track through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. The track is exposed and narrow. Finally, in the pine forest, take an uphill trail and make a steep zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3,200m), perched on a ridge with small cells for the nuns through the beautiful rhododendrons above. This small gompa with 40 nuns has an intense and engrossing workship from 6.00-7.30pm each night. The mountain views in all directions are amazing and being here was the absolute highlight of our nine trips to Nepal.

Day 15: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (6hrs)
Cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge and climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge. There is a hut in a kharka about halfway up, with the track continuing behind it, then up a birch-lined dry creek bed and eventually you emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and you will find a track on the moraine wall that gives superb views of the cirque of mountains. The camp is somewhere about here. It takes about 4hrs to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). The map shows another base camp on the east side of the glacier, but there appears to be no obvious track between them, so return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja by retracing your steps. Altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip.

Day 16: Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (7hrs)
This can be a taxing day so start early. Descend from Gumba Lungdang by the upward track. Cross the Laudang Khola and stay on the south bank of the Shiar Khola (contrary to the map). Climb over some very deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to picturesque Ripchet (2470m; Ripche). Take time to look around at this perched fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with evocative chortens in the fields backed by pine forest. Descend on steep stairs to the lone local lodge Ghumlong (2130m) on the river, which you passed through six days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperature forest to Lokpa (2240m) and enjoy a comfortable bed in the lodge there.

Day 17: Lokpa to Tatopani (875m)
From Lokpa, we trek to Tatopani (hot spring) about 7 to 8 hours; most of the trail is descending. You can relieve your tired muscles from many days by soaking yourself in the hot spring.

Day 18: Tatopani to Sotikhola (720m)
Today, we pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls cascading off soaring cliffs, rivers tumbling wildly down precipitous gorges and finally set up camp at the Soti Khola a Gurung Village. It is the last day of trekking. So you will have the last day of trekking celebration with the trekking crews

Day 19: Drive back from Sotikhola to Kathmandu (1,350m)
We will be ready at 6:00 morning to having breakfast or advice as your trekking guide or you’re wise. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the same road. It takes about 8 to 9 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus/ jeep

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for self shopping. 

Day 21: Departure

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Above mentioned Trip dates are the fixed departure date for Tsum valley Trek 2018. We do not have mentioned the cost in the tables because the cost is depend upon the number of participants in a group. We can also be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. 

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Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop on private land transportation
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing room on BB plan (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with well experinced English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance and monuments fees in Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Ranglung Khola and Arughat to Kathmandu
  • Completely lodges treks which includes Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and room during the whole trekking periods.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) entrance fees
  • Special Trekking permit of Tsum Valley
  • First aid and medical kits
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide and Porters
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs

Cost Non-Include:

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipments and personal expenses.
  • Tips (usually people can keep US $3/day in total for tips and donation which is good amount)
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be born by themselves.

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife which covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks of Nepal with endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many more. It has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, focused attention on the Chitwan region and in 1963 the southern two-thirds of the park were declared rhino sanctuary. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal's first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Koshi River. The rectangular - shaped Reserve is contained within the east and west embankments of the Koshi Barrage. Established in 1976, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is 175 square kilometers of wildlife refuge and wetlands habitat. It is located in Eastern Nepal and can be accessed from the Mehendra Highway. The reserve is also home to the water buffalo, deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile, Ganges River Dolphin (also called the Gangetic Dolphin), and over 280 species of birds. In additional to wildlife, the Reserve also protects a substantial part of the Sapta Koshi, (a tributary of the Ganges River) flood plain. In 1987, it was declared a Ramsar site.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. It’s a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s natural and ethic-cultural heritage. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go White water rafting.  Rivers here are regarded as goddess, which are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a rafting adventure. Adjoining slopes often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife with many species of fish. Rafting in Nepal is a thrill of running white water rapids combining many outdoor adventures into one holiday. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually March to June and September to early December

    1. Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
    2. Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
    3. Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
    4. Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
    5. Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
    6. Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
    7. Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
    8. Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
    9. Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines that are described below.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
We recommend a mountain flight for travelers that want to be in the camera range of the highest peaks in the world. . In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. You will have a panoramic encounter with the highest majestic Mountains on earth. Cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is a cut-of-this-world experience. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snowcapped peaks as you fly above clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the many mountains along with the Kathmandu valley.