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The Tsum Valley lies in the North-East end of Gorkha district and borders Tibet. The valley is surrounded by the Ganesh Himal range (which are a series of seven peaks over 7,000 meters), Sringi Himal, Himalchuli and other unnamed peaks. The inhabitants of this region – the Tsumbas – are of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is evident in the numerous mani walls, chortens, monasteries and Kanis (Buddhist gates) dotting the trails in this blessed valley. The Tsum valley is one of eight Beyuls in the Himalayas. Beyuls are valleys that have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava for those seeking refuge when the world is on the verge of destruction.
The trek starts at Soti Khola and follows the popular Manaslu Circuit trail until a little past Philim where you head North-East to enter the Tsum Valley. After trekking to Mu Gompa, the most important monastery in the region, return on an alternative route that will allow a visit to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Rejoin the Manaslu Circuit trail again near Phillim and return to Soti Khola where a private vehicle will bring you back to Kathmandu.
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|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1,340m/4,300ft|
|Day 2||Exploring Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1,340m/4,300ft|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,970ft.). Drive onward to Soti Khola.||
|Day 4 – 5||Soti Khola to Salleri||Salleri||1,410m/4,630ft|
|Day 6 – 9||Salleri to Chekkampar||Chekkampar||3,180m/10,430ft|
|Day 10 – 12||Chekkampar to Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa||Rachen Gompa||3,240m/10,627ft|
|Day 13 – 14||Rachen Gompa to Gumba Langdang||3,200m/10,500ft|
|Day 15 – 17||Gumba Langdang to Ganesh Base Camp to Ripchet||Ripchet||3,860m/12,660ft|
|Day 18 – 20||Trek to Liding||Liding||854m/2,800ft|
|Day 21||Drive to Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1,340m/4,300ft|
|Day 22||Kathmandu sightseeing||Kathmandu||1,340m/4,300ft|
|Day 23||Final Departure|
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel Tibet or similar. Day free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner)
In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million Dew Drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square.
Board a chartered bus with your staff for drive to Arughat. The drive can take up to 8 hours. Drive onward to Soti Khola. Overnight Lodge.(All meals)
From Soti Khola, walk through the low hills with terraced rice fields through villages inhabited by the Brahmin and Chettri ethnic groups enroute to Machha Khola. Then walk through wheat and buckwheat fields to reach hot-springs at Tatopani (930m). Spend some time soaking in the hot-springs, before heading out to Dobhan (1,000m). Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, the trail climbs high above the river and then descends through a huge gateway that opens out into a wide valley where the river is calm again. Continue on to the campsite beyond Jagat (1,410m).
Jagat is a beautiful stone-paved village with a rudimentary trekker’s hotel, shops, and a customs office. Jagat is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, an area where the concept of integrated conservation and development is being implemented to achieve conservation and sustainable development objectives. There is also an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office here where your permits will be checked. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Cross the Buri Gandaki again over a long suspension bridge at Ghatta Khola, then follow the route upstream. Climb up a steep incline to reach Philim (1,590m). Philim (1,590 m) is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The hillsides become steeper beyond Philim until Aga.
Trek through a narrow, dramatic gorge with towering walls, and past a thundering waterfall. About a couple hours past Philim, we leave the popular Manaslu Circuit trail and head North East towards the Tsum Valley. Both the number of trekkers and the number of mules sharing the trail reduces by at least 50%. After a couple hours of hiking on gradual uphill through thick forests you arrive at Lokpa.
From Lokpa, the trail descends for a short distance and then begins a grueling two-hour climb, mostly on switch backs. At the top, the few houses of Chumling is visible but you will still have to descend and cross a suspension bridge before making another 45 minute steep ascent to the village of Chumling. From Chumling, Ganesh is visible to the east and Himalchuli to the South.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
The vegetation now is only pine trees and small bushes. The valleys from here to Nile widen and allow itself for cultivation of buckwheat and potatoes and this probably explains why the majority of the population of this region live in these upper valleys. Ascend gradually to Lamagaon. As you approach Lamagaon, look back south for spectacular views of the Ganesh range.
During lunch at Lamagaon, you have the option to visit a small cave with a foot imprinted on a rock which is supposedly believed to be that of Milarepa. Cross a suspension bridge to Pangdung with large fields and a couple spectacular stupas. Soon you reach Chule. Cross a small suspension bridge to reach Nile.
From Nile, the next day, start early towards Mu Gompa. The trail ascends gradually but the last thousand foot or so is a steep ascent to the monastery. The monastery is affiliated with the Kopan monastery in Kathmandu which probably is it’s major funding source. There is a nunnery a few hundred feet above Mu Gompa.
Descend to Nile and continue on a trail east of the river to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is a newly built nunnery and school complex. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Shortly past Rachen Gompa cross a suspension bridge to meet the main trail. Descend past Chekkampar to the suspension bridge where you had lunch on Day 08. From here, follow the trail eastwards towards Ganesh Himal. From Dumje, we again ascend steeply past thick forests of pine and rhodendrons to Gumba Langdang. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Ascend steeply to Ganesh Base Camp (13,400ft.). Health permitting, the plan is to stay a night at the Base Camp. Descend steeply to Ripchet. Overnight tents. (All meals)
Descend steeply to the river where the trail meets with the trail you took to Chumling at the suspension bridge. Retrace the trail from here onwards to Philim and Liding. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
From Liding, descend a short distance to Soti Khola and board a local vehicle to Arughat. Then board your chartered bus for ride back to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Transfer to the airport for flight home. (Breakfast)
Per person price (valid until December 31, 2019)
Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information | Motivated, well-cared-for staff | All airport transfers | Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments | 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu | Chartered bus: Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti to Arughat to Kathmandu | Meals as indicated in the itinerary | Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary | Three meals a day | Use of Steripen for water sterilization | Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals | Guide and staff insurance | Manaslu Conservation Area Fee | Tsum Valley restricted area permit
Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature
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Christian and I very much enjoyed the Tsum valley trek and I am sure so did Margrith and Kuruvilla. The organisation was perfect. Our guide Ram and all the other members of the team did an excellent job. A particular mention goes for the cook. Food was very good, plentiful and varied. It was also great to taste some wild vegetables which Ram picked for us along the trail. The scenery of Tsum valley is magnificient and we were very lucky with the wheather. The highpoint of the trek was no doubt Gumba Lungdang. We also enjoyed trekking in an area which put us in touch with local culture. (Christian was happy to be able to pull some teeth). Thanks also for entertaining and showing us around in Kathmandu. A particular thank you to Ram and his family for taking care of us on last saturday and having us for lunch at their home.
Tsum Valley was our third trek with Crystal Mountain because our previous treks to the Everest and Annapurna regions had been very pleasant and memorable. And so was our Tsum Valley trek thanks to a dependable and very friendly staff who were efficient and proficient in every aspect of the trip. We were always surprised at how much variety there was in the food preparations and the menus were nutritious and balanced. Some of our favorites were the momos and the wild vegetables which our assistant guide picked during several days. Even delicious pizzas and pastas appeared out of nowhere at the remotest camp sites. We enjoyed the lack of hordes of tourists in this area and as always were enchanted with the scenery and the village life and the interactions with some of the inhabitants of the valley. Religion plays an important part in the life of the valley as evidenced by the many chortens and gompas and mani walls. The highlight of our trip was the opportunity to camp in front of a beautiful gompa amidst high mountains and slopes of flowering rhododendron. Again, thanks for a wonderful trip!
Margrith and Kuruvilla