Around Tsum Valley Trekking

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19 Days

Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate to Adventurous

Grade

3,695 M

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Sep-Dec/ Mar-May

Best season

Minimum 02 - Maximum 12

Group Size

Overview


‘adventure around remote and high area of Tsum valley within Nepal far mid-west Himalaya’

Main Highlights

“Adventure on newly and fresh opened area to far end corners of Himalaya at Tsum valley,
Explore pristine and untouched country of strong Tibetan culture and Buddhism religion,
Exciting dramatic scenery with glorious views of mountain range and dramatic landscapes,
Walk into lovely hill villages of interesting traditional farm life with age-old heritage custom,
From low warm paddy fields to cooler alpine hills ending at windswept arid territory at Tsum” .

Brief Trip Profile

Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu with local lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade:                  Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot:                      At Mu Gompa / Monastery above 3,695
m.  
Walking Hours:                   Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs
Activities:                            Guided tour, overland journey with scenic, cultural treks
Trekking duration:              15 Nights and 16 Days (with drives both ways)
Total Trip:                            18 Nights and 19 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Seasons for Around Tsum Valley Trekking

Around Nepal Himalaya where all higher destinations almost the same as season wise, including Around Tsum Valley the best and the high times from April to May with September to November months of the year.

April and May most days are clear for views and for pleasant walks of moderate climate temperatures, and with longer sunlight hours when wild flowers are in season, especially rhododendron of many different species from tall tree to bushes with varied colors (Rhododendron national flower of Nepal).

April and May late afternoon can get overcast sometimes with chances of rain and snow around high altitude as well on high Mu Gompa area.

September to early November during autumn /fall another best months with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high with chances of snow.

People and Culture

High Tsum Valley populated by mountain people known as Bhotia of Strong Tibetan origin the ethnic hill tribes of North Mid Western Himalaya follows Buddhism religion similar culture as Tibetans with colorful impressive custom and heritage life of farming and cattle herding, people of high Tsum valley where bartering and trade of goods still exists with Tibetan as the border located close to high Tsum valley area.

Lower area and mid hills inhabited by mix hill tribes of both Hindu and Buddhism religions with various interesting cultures of Gurung, Magar and Bhotia with some Newar people includes Hindu Brahmin and Chettries also within farm villages on route trekking.

Introduction

Around Tsum Valley Trekking leads you to one of the restricted region of Nepal Himalaya which was closed for centuries and flung its door open for interested travelers and trekkers to enjoy and sharing its beautiful treasures of exciting grand scenery in the harmony of local immense culture.

Around Tsum Valley due to its remoteness and isolation where few trekkers often visits this magnificent country located within Nepal Far North Mid-West of Gorkha district a pure wilderness area and interesting to venture to explore around wonderful places of Tsum Valley.

The word Tsum itself means Valley of Happiness taking from ancient Tibetan scriptures and language known as ‘Beylung Kyimolung’ for centuries the native of Tsum villages besides farming and cattle herding also barters and trade into Tibet with exchange of goods between the two countries, as the border to Tibet / China frontier at close distance from high Mu Gompa.

Around Tsum Valley trekking where visitors require special permission and permits to enter into the hidden country within time forgotten and weather-beaten villages which will be a delight and highlight of the adventure to explore around this nice villages interwoven with age-old Buddhist heritage and colorful culture.

Tsum Valley situated directly behind massive Ganesh Himal range of mountains, where the local name is Yangra, and close to Manaslu peak where native calls as Kutung, an interesting and scenic walk leads you to reach this high and scenic valley of Tsum.

Around Tsum Valley trekking begins with exciting overland journey to reach around Nepal Mid-West within the district of Gorkha, where adventure starts following Burigandaki River and on the same trail of Manaslu route for some days.

Walking from low warm farm villages to reach alpine hill of cooler temperatures where people, culture and climate changes as walk diverts further east to reach Tibetan like villages around Tsum Valley with ample time to observe local impressive cultures and custom as well visiting the area oldest monastery of Mu Gompa and the highest spot of the trip.

Enjoying glorious views and moments around beautiful villages in shade of mighty mountains, where return journey takes you on the same route this allows to see more of this marvelous areas before ending back at Soti-Khola for enjoyable drive to Kathmandu, after a remarkable adventure and experience Around Tsum Valley Trekking.

Short Guide Line Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola village 940 m - 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Maccha Khola 960m -06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m-06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Lokpa 2,240 m via Philim 1,570 m - 06 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Chokanparo 3,010 m - 05 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Nili 3,361m on route visit Milereppa cave - 06 hrs.

Day 10: Rest day at Nili to explore pristine wilderness.

Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,695 m - 04 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hrs.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Lokpa 2,240 m - 04 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Philim village 1,590 m - 06 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani village with Hot Spring-06 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hrs.

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride and transfer to hotel.

Day 19: International Departure to respective country.

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu. On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief you with information on Around Tsum Valley Trekking. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning after breakfast depart from the hotel in Kathmandu for long and interesting drive towards Nepal Mid-West around low warm areas of Gorkha district to reach Arughat, a farm town with many shops and stores as well lodges. From Arughat drive continues further following Burigandaki River upstream to reach Soti-Khola for overnight stop in a small farm village close to a stream of Soti (khola).
First day walks starts heading into steep sided valley within forest and past many small farm villages, as walk leads into a wide valley opposite to a large tributary stream that joins with Burigandaki River. Nice views of cultivated terrace of Lapbesi upper village then route descend to a wide riverbed as path leads to climb towards Machha Khola for overnight stop, a small farm village with teashops and nice simple small lodge for overnight accommodation, where the word Maccha Fish hence the name as Machha Khola (stream).
After Machha-Khola encountering many nice farm villages with neat cultivated fields, where vegetation changes gradually as altitude gains along with cooler climate, as morning walk leads to cross a stream where Machha Khola (Fish stream) name comes from. From here walk upstream towards Bensi village a place with natural hot spring known as ‘Tatopani’ in Nepali, walk continues crossing over bridge, after a short period of walks enter into cool shade of forest to reach at Doban located on the high shelf of Burigandaki River. After few refreshing stops walk leads across a broad gravel field towards Lauri stream and then crossing suspension bridge which leads to a climb on high trails and then descending into open valley of Yara Khola, as our journey continues on for another hour to reach at Jagat village for overnight stop. Jagat a nice looking farm village of moderate size after Arughat; people are of mix race with Magar, Chettries, Brahman, Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) and some Newar people.
From Jagat village, walk heads on high side of a hill past rural farm villages and descend to cross a bridge reaching at Nagjet and then walking past Philim, a large farm village with scattered houses. Beyond the village of Philim route leads to farm terraces of golden agriculture fields of wheat, barley, and then climb above rocky ridge within a forest of bamboo to reach Deng village with refreshing stop, where our route leads beyond the main Manaslu trail heading further north east to reach at Lokpa village for overnight stop.
From here enter into fresh and hidden country away from main trekking trails of Manaslu route to reach into Tsum around the valley of happiness, walk lead past few small farm lands and scattered villages with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, as our day walk ends entering a nice village at Chumling for overnight halt.
After a pleasant stop at Chumling catching fresh cool mountain air, as walk leads higher as our adventure progress to enter inner side of Tsum valley, as walk lead with descend and to cross a bridge of Smatiking Khola, facing wonderful views of Ganesh Himal also called Yangra by natives of the area of Tibetan origin, as walk finally ends at Chokanparo for overnight stop.
From here onward wholly within the valley of Tsum, as morning lead to higher ground to reach a nice Nili village within well exposed and open wide valley, a dramatic arid and dry country similar to Tibetan landscapes. Where tree lines drops for few smaller juniper and pine trees, as journey continues facing views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal mountain range, after a scenic good trek finally ending the day at Nili. As walk follows towards Nile having time visiting a meditation cave a great Buddhist saint called Guru Milereppa a 11th century Milereppa a poet, singer as well tantric guru where his folk stories, good words and songs are still remembered by large number of Tibetans to this day.
An extra day in Nile, where one can observe local culture around traditional and fascinating villages with strong influence of Tibet custom and same Buddhist religion and traditional way of life.
Today short day and a lovely morning walk to reach at Mu Gompa, an old interesting monastery of the region. Walk leads to a climb within high and dry country facing views of surrounding high peaks from North, East to West direction, and then slowly walk completes on reaching at Mu Gompa for overnight stop. Afternoon enjoy exploring around least visited areas by other trekkers and westerners where you will certainly have peaceful time and moments around its traditional village with impressive ancient monastery of Mu Gompa, treasures antique important idols, statue and relics, Mu Gompa highest spot of the trek.
After an interesting time on high Tsum valley, walk leads to next monastery of great interest at Rachen Gompa, where walk leads on gradual trail with short ups and downs with lovely panorama of snow capped peaks, heading through yak herders summer pasture to reach Rachen Gompa and its moderate size village for overnight stop.
Return walks after an excellent time around high Tsum valley, where walk leads lower areas to reach at Chumling where our route leads back within tree lines and green vegetation at Chumling village, for last and final overnight in Tsum Valley area.
From here retrace the journey back to Lokpa to join Manaslu valley route, where walk leads further down leaving behind Tsum the valley of happiness, as good walk continues facing grand views of mountains and surrounding dramatic landscapes all the way to Lokpa for overnight stop.
Morning walk leads with some down section entering into sheer cliff walls, after leaving the dramatic areas walk continues to reach at main trail of Manaslu, as our route leads further south direction to reach at warmer farm village at Philim, an interesting place for overnight stop, a village with spread out houses with immense farming crops and vegetables.
After a lovely overnight at Philm village, where morning walk leads following Burigandaki river downstream, on the same trail of previous past days on the way up to Tsum as our route leads to further descend reaching low sub-tropical area at Tatopani a village with natural fresh hot-spring. Here enjoy refreshing moments on natural hot-spring with time to explore around the farm villages.
From here enjoying refreshing time on hot-spring, as walk continues on almost level path following river downstream coming across farm villages and walking small forest of oaks and Sal trees to reach our last overnight stop and then end of the walk at Soti-Khola village.
Morning depart from Mid-West Himalaya region at Soti-Khola village for exciting drive to reach back at Kathmandu where ride follows on interesting road to reach down at low farm villages town, and past Arughat town within Gorkha area where drive takes on main highway to reach Kathmandu then back at your hotels with afternoon free to enjoy personal and individual activities and shopping.
Last day in the country of high Himalayan mountains enriched with colorful culture, after a memorable time and experience Around Tsum Valley trekking, as per your time for your international flight our staff and guide transfer you to airport for flight homeward bound or to your next port of call.

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Cost Info


Cost Includes

    • Pickups and drops
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    • 3 meals during the trek
    • TIMS and Permits
    • All sightseeing on private vehicle
    • Special Remote Area Permit (Tsum Valley)
    • Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu by Domestic Flights
    • Staff cost including air ticket, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodations during the trekking days
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Licensed, English speaking guide
    • Porters ( 1 porter for 2 client with maximum weight of 20 kg)
    • All government taxes and service charges
    • All entrance fees
    • Best Nepal Guide T-Shirt
    • Medical first aid box
    • Trekking Map

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal communication, laundry, shopping
    • Nepalese SIM card
    • Hard drinks
    • International airfares and taxes
    • Tips

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FAQ

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.