Tsum Valley Trekking - 20 Days

Monks praying in the monastery of Tsum Valley

Tsum means "The Valley of Vivid". The valley occupies an area of about 1662 square kilo meters. To get to the Tsum Valley it requires 4-6 days hiking from Arughat, nearby town which is 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhit Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in this sacred valley surrounded by giant rocks and mountains. During his travel over the 84 years he had meditated in Piren Phu. Milarepa,born in 1052 AD. It is believed the Milarepa went to a woman's house as a beggar but the old woman from Burji Village did not know that it was great saint and she treated badly by giving him a gait a piece of buck wheat bread later her half of her field became barren. Even today, amidst the fertile land of Burji, there is small plot that remains barren.

As the area is Non-Violence, people are peace loving and religious in Tsum Valley. They give equal right to even animal and all the sentient beings. This is one of the most unique identities of Tsum Valley. Tsum Valley's practices towards non-violence gives an important message of peace of global community for better world. The people from Tsum Valley are called Tsumba and they never slaughter animals not even as sacrifice to the God's customary in many parts of the world. You will witness the real and ideal Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very predominant in Tsum and the scenery is just gorgeous, with beautiful forests and countryside, with Ganesh Himal soaring high above the valley.

Many people combine the Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek, also starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar, some people still combine Annapurna circuit with this trek and trekking itinerary will be some 27-35 days long depending on your time and interest. You can already catch a jeep further north from Dharapani onwards. Others proceed back to Arugath the same way, a circuit is not possible. If you You start low, walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. You enter the Tsum Valley going right from the main trail and you soon enter a beautiful forest with pines and rhododendrons, heading eastwards, the valley opens up to reveal a beautiful countryside and small Tibetan-style villages.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in ancient old temples.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat from Kathmandu and stay there overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (710m), approximately 4 hrs walk.
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (887m), approximately 6 hrs walk.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1345m) and approximately 6 hrs walk.
Day 07: Trek to Lakpa (2240m) and approximately 6 hrs walk.
Day 08: Trek to Chumling (2386m); approximately 4-5 hrs walk.
Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m) and about 5 hrs walk.
Day 10: Trek to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa (Piren Phu Cave), 4-6 hours walk.
Day 11: Hike to Mu Gompa (3700 m), Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m).
Day 12: Trek to Chhekamparo via Rachen Gompa, (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect.
Day 13: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m) approximately 6 hrs walk.
Day 14: Trek to Lokpa, approximately 6-7 hrs. walk via Ripchet.
Day 15: Trek to Jagat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 16: Trek to Lapubesi, approximately 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 17: Trek to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu from Arughat, 7-8 hrs drive.
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu to home country.

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1360m),
Flying to Kathmandu is thrilling with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost delighted, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.I will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. I will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. No Meals included.

Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today; it is rest day, or preparation. We get permits and arrange rest of things for our trek to Annapurna Circuit, you have choice for a guided tour to some of the most chronological and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants. If you would like to; we can remove day 02 in Kathmandu but we recommend you to spend your second day considering acclimatization, Kathmandu is 1350m from sea level. Overnight in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (600m) from Kathmandu; 7-8 hours drive.
A 7-8 hour's drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. Overnight at Arughat. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (710m), 4 hrs walk.
We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat., we follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We pass through the hydro- electric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests we arrive at Shanti Bazar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as 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. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05: Tre to Machha Khola (887m); 6 hrs walk.
Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1345m) 6-7 hrs walk.
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. 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. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Lakpa (2240m), 6 hrs walk.
After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then 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 Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lokpa. Overnight at Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08: Trek Chumling (2386m) (Lower Tsum); 4-5 hrs walk.
From Lokpa the trail descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, lower Tsum, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village. Stay overnight in Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam 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 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Trek to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa Cave, 5-6 hrs walk.
We trek through the villages of Ngakyu. Leru, Lama Gaun today. We will visit a cave and pay homage. It is believed that saint Milarepa had meditated here in the cave; (admission fee to visit the cave was NPR 300/U$3) the cave is also known as Piren Phu meaning “Pigeon cave. We continue passing Burji, Phurbe and Pangdun villages, there is magnificent big Buddhist Stups is sighted on the way to Chhule and Nile. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Excursion Mu Gompa (3700 m) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m) 5-6 hrs. walk.
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 after, 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. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12: Trek to Chhekamparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Today it is a easy walk to Chhekamparo from Nile. We trek passing through Lar Village visit the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too, cross over a suspension bridge and trek to Chhekamparo via same trail back. Stay overnight in Chhekamparo, Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), 6 hrs walk.
The trail drops down from Chhekamparo to Gho and then cross Dumje Bridge. We can visit a Amchi, a Tibetan Traditional clinic and there. There is a nun; teaches some 10-21 young nun and runs small Amchi. She welcomes the visitor by Tibetan tea, we walk up about 2-3 hours that takes us to Gumba Lungdang, there basic shelter and meals is provided by monastery. Wilderness Excursion will provide tent and extra meal our clients visitng Gumba Lungdang. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Ganesh Himal Base Hike.

Day 15: Trek to Lokpa, 6-7 hrs. walk.
We trek to Lokpa today via Ripchet village, walk down to Dunje from Gumba Lungdang and walk through the pine forest and reaching Ripchet and trail goes down steeply and retrace the same way back to Lokpa. Stay overnight in Lokla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15: Trek to Jagat, 6-7 hrs walk.
Today, after breakfast at Lokpa, we walk down to Jagat. The trail goes down to Ghumpul through the pine and rhododendron forest and join to the main Manaslu trail again, We continue walk passin through Eklai Bhatti, Philim, crossing Buddhi Gandaki before reaching Sirdibas and finally to Jagat. Stay overnight in Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals in

Day 16: Trek to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs walk.
From Jagat, the trail goes down to Bagar after walking some 15 minutes then cross the suspension bridge and walk through cantilever bridge that was built after the Nepal earthquake that hit country so badly and cause famous Manaslu trekking trail damage. Contune the jouney via Dovan, Tatopani (hot spring), Khorlabesi and finally I stay overnight in Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 17: Trek to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.
Today, it is last day of our trekking in Tsum Valley. We walk to Arughat from Lapu Besi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu from Arughat, 7-8 hrs drive.
We drive to Kathmandu by local bus. There is no tourist bus available at Arughat. Wilderness Excursion can arrange 4WD private jeep that is more comfortable and safer drive if you would not like local bus that is overloaded sometimes, playing non-stop music. .A farewell dinner is organized by Wilderness Excursion in one of the authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals included: Dinner

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu to home country.
Our adventure trip in Nepal with Wilderness Excursion comes to the end. We will drop you at international airport and see you off. Fly back to home or further destination. Meals included: Breakfast.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport airport by private car or van as per group size.
  • 3 Nights sharing twin deluxe bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast basis.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered, English speaking and friendly guide.
  • 1 Assistant guide to take care of the group and porters as per group size.
  • Porters to carry your main pack (weight limit 25kg/porter.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • All ground transportation, first aid kit and water purifiers.
  • Lodge and home stay accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • Tsum Valley special permit and other necessary permits.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service and toiletries.
  • Meals and guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Hot shower, hot water, internet, phone calls and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, Nepal visa, international air ticket laundry services.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency, hiring horse and extra porter.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trek.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 03 Mar, 2018 17 Mar, 2018 Available book know
2 12 Mar, 2018 30 Mar, 2018 Available book know

Packing List & Equipments for Tsum Valley Trek

This is just a guideline to help you pack for your trek. Also understand that the items mentioned below will differ a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items.

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket as per season.
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • fleece or woolen trousers
  • Waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag 
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags or large duffel bag carried by porter.
  • A small daypack to carry your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Again! the above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there have numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

 

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A Chhorten in Tsum Valley Near Nile Village
A highly decorated donkey we saw on the way to Tsum
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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 4060m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trek Duration: 16 Days
  • Group Size: 2-15 pax
  • Best Season: Spring and autumn
  • Accommodation: Lodge and Home Stay
  • Transportation: Local Bus or Jeep

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