Tsum Valley Trek- 17 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 3910 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Our Tsum Valley Trek is a trek to ‘Beyul Kyimolung’ which translates as - ‘Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness.’ The designation ‘Tsum’ is derived from the Tibetan term ‘Tsombo’ which means ‘Vivid.’ Tsum Valley is believed to have been crafted by 8th century Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava to impart shelter to the people fleeing from war, famine and religious persecution. The native inhabitants of Tsum Valley are referred to as Tsumbas.

After enjoying the scenic ride to Arughat Bazaar, we will initiate our trekking towards Tsum Valley which leads us through several roaring rivers, cascading waterfalls, small stream, verdant woods with diverse floras and faunas, monasteries and a hot geyser before taking us back to Arughat Bazaar and eventually back to Kathmandu.

Our Tsum Valley Trek is a 19-day trekking adventure that takes you through ancient nunneries, beautiful villages, tea houses, monasteries and the cave of Piren Phu (where Saint Milarepa is said to have meditated) to the Tsum Valley which is nestled between Boudha and Himal Chuli mountains to the west, Ganesh Mountain to the south and Sringi Mountain to the north.  The Tsum Valley Trek incorporates verdant forests of pines and rhododendrons, passing through villages of ever-smiling locals and observing their centuries old Buddhist culture, enjoying the captivating view of splendid Ganesh Mountain and many mor

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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago.  Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.

      The road till Dhading has a asphalt. The unpaved road from Dhading to Arughat Bazaar is sometimes impassable after heavy monsoon rain. In this case it takes 3 to 4 hours of walking.  Arughat Bazar is small market town that lies next to Buri Gandaki river. From here, we take a jeep to Soti Khola.  Overnight in Tea house.

        From here, the course will repeat ascents and descents to Almara, a village on the flank. Move on, traversing the forest area. Continue a steep ascent on the rocky path, you will come across a stream. The trail makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up to the Gurung village of Lapubesi.  Eventually, we make it to Machha Khola.

          Our journey for the day commences by crossing the Machha Khola. A series of ups and downs will lead us to Tharo Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River to make it to Doban, which lies at the confluence of the Shiar Klola flowing from the east and Sarpu Klola flowing from the west. Overnight in tea house. 

            Today the trail takes us uphill through a rocky trail, undergoes series of ups and downs and proceeds through ravines and verdant woods to take us to the big Gurung Village of Philim located at 1550m altitude with fields of corn and millet. Overnight in tea house.

              Leaving Philim, we will continue climbing the steep hill through the strenuous path to reach a ridge that proceeds to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Then continue walking through villages of Lokpa and Gumlung to make it to Chumling, located on the southern face of Shringi Himal.  Overnight in tea house.

                Today, we cross Serpu Khola and pass through the Village of Gho before ascending to arrive to Chhokangparo, which comprises two settlements-Chhokang and Paro.  Chhokangparo offers the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal Range to the south and Buddha and Himal Chuli Peaks to the south- west.  Overnight in guest house.

                  Nile is the last northern village in Upper Tsum Valley, positioned at the western bank of Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes away from Chhule. Enroute, we will visit Piren Phu Cave which is commonly known as the pigeon cave and is located near to village of Burji where Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated.  Overnight in tea house.

                    Our day begins from west bank of Tsum Valley as we ascend uphill to make it to Mu Gompa(3510m), the largest monastery in the region positioned at the highest and farthest point in Tsum Valley.  It is believed to have been established in 1895AD. If time and weather permits, we will take a short trek to Dhephyudonma Gompa, regarded as one of the oldest monasteries in Tsum Valley and is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect.  Overnight at Mu Gompa.

                      We will allocate this day for taking a well- deserved rest from the strenuous trek and prepare ourselves for upcoming treks. We will explore around to a pond or reach to the base of Pika Himal(4865m). Overnight again at the Gompa.

                        Today's trek will lead us to Rachen Gompa. We will go down the hill passing through forests to reach Chhule, where we can have the spectacular view of Majestic Punchen Himal.  A bit farther from Chhule exists Rainjam at an altitude of 2600m. It takes about 6-7 hours of walk to complete the journey.  Overnight at Rachen Gompa.

                          Leaving Rachen Gompa behind, we will the route down through pine forests to make it to Dumje - a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle sheds.  Overnight in Dumje.

                            We will pass through the small settlements of Ripchet, Samba Tingding and Chhupyang before moving along near the cascading waterfalls by Philim, where we will stay overnight.

                              After taking breakfast, we walk along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River towards Khorlabesi. A bit farther from Khorlabesi exists Tatopani - a hot spring of water which is deemed to cure skin ailment, and will certainly be good for our muscles.  Overnight at Tatopani.

                                Several climbs and descents will take us to Khorlabesi.  After passing through a narrow valley, we cross the Buri Gandaki and follow the riverbed to Labubesi.  Our trail hugs the side of a cliff from which two majestic waterfalls cascade to the valley floor, following a ridge above the river we descend across a bridge to Soti Khola.  Overnight in tea house.

                                  We have a long day of traveling ahead of us, but not to worry! The scenery throughout our journey will distract you with its beauty.  We'll have a celebratory dinner in Kathmandu tonight.

                                    We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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                                      What's Included
                                      • 14 nights and 15 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
                                      • Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking departure point, and back to Kathmandu after trek
                                      • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
                                      • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                                      • Annapurna Conservation permit (ACAP)
                                      • Special permit for Tsum Valley (valid for 8 days)
                                      • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
                                      • Airport transfers and escort
                                      • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
                                      • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
                                      • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
                                      • Insurance for all staff & porters.
                                      • Trekking achievement certificate
                                      • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
                                      • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
                                      • International flight & all domestic airfare
                                      • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
                                      • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
                                      • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
                                      • Hot shower during trek
                                      • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
                                      • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                                      • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                                      • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
                                      Dates and Prices
                                      Date PriceAvailability 
                                      Start DateStarts: MondayJun 12, 2023End DateEnds: WednesdayJun 28, 2023PricePriceUS$1225StatusStatusAvailable
                                      Start DateStarts: MondayJun 19, 2023End DateEnds: WednesdayJul 05, 2023PricePriceUS$1225StatusStatusAvailable
                                      Start DateStarts: MondayJun 26, 2023End DateEnds: WednesdayJul 12, 2023PricePriceUS$1225StatusStatusAvailable

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