Trek the Tsum Valley of Nepal is also called the hidden valley of happiness. This is a side valley of the Manaslu region. Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means lively. In the past, the Tsum Valley was geographically and culturally a separate area. This valley is so untouched that it still has many intact religious and archaeological remains. That is why you will find many ancient Buddhist monasteries, chörtens, and stupas.
Rich in natural and cultural heritage, the Tsum Valley Trek is a less frequented and wonderful set of mixed cultures and mountains. Close to the Tibetan border, Tsum Valley is influenced by Tibetan culture. The Valley of Himalayan pilgrimage, Tsum Valley takes us to the northern part of Nepal. The trail heads up the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River through the wild and unexplored country. Most part of this region’s settlement is by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. A good cup of locally cultivated natural coffee gives you the pleasure of Himalayan coffee. Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial.
The Upper Tsum valley trek (part of the Inner Himalaya) is open from Chhokangparo. Hospitable local people will welcome you with traditional Chiya (butter tea). The Tsum Valley trek is rich in cultural assets. The valley is full of gompas (Buddhist monasteries), Chortens, and mani walls. The valley preserves the steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa. This trek in the remote area of the Manaslu region is full of mountains on its all side. Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal Base Camp, and the Tsumba people are purely an exciting cultural and exploratory trek to the south and Springi Himal to the North.
People in Tsum Valley still practice the polyandry system. They have their own unique culture, tradition, & dialect. Compared to many other destinations, residents of this valley reported that they have seen or found the signs of Mehta. Mehta can also be referred to as the Yeti or ‘Abominable Snowman’.
If you are planning to do a trek in the Manaslu region, you should not miss doing the Tsum Valley. Compared to other regions this region is an absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people. Living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.
Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.
Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works.
From Kathmandu, we take a drive to the Western Himalayas of Nepal. We will reach Arughat via Dhadingbesi also a headquarter of Dhading District. Arughat is a major town in the region and has two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them.
We begin our trek from the stone-paved street north of the bazaar. Today we will reach Mangaltar and Shanti Bazaar following the trail of the forest. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult. We cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here, the trail descends to Soti Khola.
We trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. Later we climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.
Today we walk on a narrow trail with minor ups and cross Tharo Khola. Later we will reach the natural hot spring area of Tatopani. After crossing Tatopani we climb the ridge of Dovhan after crossing a suspension bridge. At the end we cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge. and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
After completing the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri. Later we descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for its Japanese-made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.
Today trail will descend us going to Tsum Valley. We will take a climb through pine and rhododendron forests. On the way we can also enjoy the views of Himalchuli 7893 m Boudha Himal from Lokpa. We pass through Lokpa towards Lungwa Khola to reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village.
On today's trail, we can enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. We will walk past Rinjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 m and Ganesh Himal at 7140 m.
Today we will walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa. It is also known as Nunnery Gompa too. We continue walking through the well-managed villages. It includes Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe, and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule. We Climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at the Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule.
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).
We trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. On the way, we climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (Piren Phu). It is well known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.
On today's trail, we walk through the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail, we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. We continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Today we climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrives at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Later we take a bust back to Kathmandu
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For Camping and climbing accommodation as per the booking
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
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