Tsum-Valley-Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

17 Nights 18 Days

Description

Tsum Valley Trek is a mysterious and magical valley located in a far-flung region of Gorkha district in northwestern Nepal. It is known as BeyulKyimolung in locally spoken Tibetan language which translates to “Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness”. It is indeed a hidden hub of happiness where spirituality meets natural beauty. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche described Tsum Valley as Holy Valley of Bliss, and now 13 centuries later, the mystical and spiritual aura of the valley is still intact. However, it can be attributed to the fact that the remote valley was a restricted region up until 2007 AD. The region is largely unexplored in comparison to other trekking routes, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths waiting to be traveled.

During the Tsum valley  trek, we will mainly explore two remote Himalayan villages lying north to the Manaslu region named Chumchet and Chhekampar. Since the region was once the part of Tibet, it looks and feels very much different than any other places in Nepal. Tsum’s people – Tsumbas – belong to Tibetan origin and thus have their own unique culture, dialect, art, and religion. Very few trekkers have set foot in this mysterious valley which for centuries has been an important trade link to Tibet.

The starting and ending point of the Tsum valley  trek is Arughat, a small village in Gorkha. It is a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. During the first half of the 18-day-long trek, we will ascend the Budi Gandaki Valley passing through a blend of terraced fields, hilly villages and dense forests. As we trek away from the Manaslu trail and enter the Tsum region, it will indeed feel like entering a magical place where the time has stood still for hundreds of years. While trekking on higher altitude, we will pass through several alpine woods and glacial rivers. Throughout the trek, we can enjoy the welcoming hospitality of the native inhabitants. We will trek down through the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Chumling, Philim, and SotiKhola. We will also visit ancient and important monasteries of the region such as Mu Gompa and RachenGompa. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region and houses some of very important religious books on Buddhism along with an ancient life-size statue of Buddha Avalokiteshwara. The monastery is believed to have been built in the 1800s.

One of the main highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek is the amazing views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. Some of the notable peaks seen during the trek are Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the majestic Ganesh Himal massif to the south, SringiHimal to the north, and Mt. Buddha and Mt. Himchuli to the west.

Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most monitored regions in Nepal due to its closeness with Tibet. The trekkers first need to acquire a special permit from the Nepal Government. Team Himalaya’s Tsum Valley Trek itinerary has been designed meticulously to ensure that our trekkers get the opportunity to marvel at the nature and the ancient civilization.

Trip Highlights

  • A mystically hidden valley of Tsum the land of happiness in the magnificent surrounding
  • On the extension of high Tibetan plateau with age-old Tibetan culture/religion
  • Once a forbidden and mystical country recently open the doors to outside world
  • A country of fascination with its ancient traditions and Tibetan way of life
  • Dramatic scenery with brown, green valleys and high snow-capped mountains
  • Pristine alpine woodlands with views of Annapurna-Manaslu and Ganesh Himal

Itinerary

What is the trip about ?

Trip Standard Lodge & guest house or camping
Trek Grade Moderate to High altitude hill climb.
Highest Spot 3,700 m /12,174ft at Mu Gompa
Trekking 14 Nights – 15 Days
Total Trip 17 Nights &  18 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season April to June and September to November

Day 01 :Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 :Exploration and preparation day in kathmandu.

Day 03 :Drive to Soti Khola 730 m-07- 09 hrs.

Day 04 :Trek to Machha khola 930m- 06 hrs.

Day 05 :Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Ekle Bhatti 2,208 m – 06 hrs.

Day 07 :Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.

Day 08 :Trek to Chokhangparo 3,010 m – 05 hours.

Day 09 :Trek to Nile 3,361m through Milarepa cave – 07 hours.

Day 10 :Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.

Day 11 :Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.

Day 12 :Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.

Day 13 :Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.

Day 14:Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.

Day 15 :Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.

Day 16 :Trek to Soti Khola 7, 30 m – 06 hours.

Day 17 :Drive back to Kathmandu 1300m via Arughat 600 m – 07 -9 hrs.

Day 18 :Final international departure.

Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • 3 Night twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels on bed/ breakfast basis.
  • Ground transportation from kathmandu -Soti khola via arughat by comfortable ,private four-wheel jeep.
  • Transportation from Soti khola to kathmandu by private four-wheel Jeep.
  • Full board trek on lodge basis includes (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) on comfortable twin sharing accommodation during the trip .
  • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) .
  •  Manaslu conservation Areas project (MCAP) permits and Special areas  Permits for Tsum Valley.
  • Service of an experienced trekking guides and his /her daily wages-medical insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, salary and transportation allowance.
  • Service of strong and helpful porter , and  their daily wages-medical insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, salary and transportation allowance.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags-duffel bag by Team Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek) and comprehensive medical kits.
  •  Trip briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
  • Trip achievement  appreciation certificate and Team Himalaya complimentary  T-shirts . .
  • Fresh fruit as seasonal during the trip .
  • Tsum Valley trek  Map.
  • Rescue arrangement.

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard/soft drinks including tea-coffee etc throughout the trip.
  • Personal trekking gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to a personal/medical problem in this case clients should bear his  own expenses on return from the trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide/porters.
  • Kathmandu valley Sightseeing tour with entrance fees, if required.

Trip Map

FAQ

Tsum Valley Trek is a mysterious and magical valley located in a far-flung region of Gorkha district in northwestern Nepal. It is known as BeyulKyimolung in locally spoken Tibetan language which translates to “Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness”. It is indeed a hidden hub of happiness where spirituality meets natural beauty. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche described Tsum Valley as Holy Valley of Bliss, and now 13 centuries later, the mystical and spiritual aura of the valley is still intact. However, it can be attributed to the fact that the remote valley was a restricted region up until 2007 AD. The region is largely unexplored in comparison to other trekking routes, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths waiting to be traveled.

During the Tsum valley  trek, we will mainly explore two remote Himalayan villages lying north to the Manaslu region named Chumchet and Chhekampar. Since the region was once the part of Tibet, it looks and feels very much different than any other places in Nepal. Tsum’s people – Tsumbas – belong to Tibetan origin and thus have their own unique culture, dialect, art, and religion. Very few trekkers have set foot in this mysterious valley which for centuries has been an important trade link to Tibet.

The starting and ending point of the Tsum valley  trek is Arughat, a small village in Gorkha. It is a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. During the first half of the 18-day-long trek, we will ascend the Budi Gandaki Valley passing through a blend of terraced fields, hilly villages and dense forests. As we trek away from the Manaslu trail and enter the Tsum region, it will indeed feel like entering a magical place where the time has stood still for hundreds of years. While trekking on higher altitude, we will pass through several alpine woods and glacial rivers. Throughout the trek, we can enjoy the welcoming hospitality of the native inhabitants. We will trek down through the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Chumling, Philim, and SotiKhola. We will also visit ancient and important monasteries of the region such as Mu Gompa and RachenGompa. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region and houses some of very important religious books on Buddhism along with an ancient life-size statue of Buddha Avalokiteshwara. The monastery is believed to have been built in the 1800s.

One of the main highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek is the amazing views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. Some of the notable peaks seen during the trek are Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the majestic Ganesh Himal massif to the south, SringiHimal to the north, and Mt. Buddha and Mt. Himchuli to the west.

Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most monitored regions in Nepal due to its closeness with Tibet. The trekkers first need to acquire a special permit from the Nepal Government. Team Himalaya’s Tsum Valley Trek itinerary has been designed meticulously to ensure that our trekkers get the opportunity to marvel at the nature and the ancient civilization.

Trip Highlights

  • A mystically hidden valley of Tsum the land of happiness in the magnificent surrounding
  • On the extension of high Tibetan plateau with age-old Tibetan culture/religion
  • Once a forbidden and mystical country recently open the doors to outside world
  • A country of fascination with its ancient traditions and Tibetan way of life
  • Dramatic scenery with brown, green valleys and high snow-capped mountains
  • Pristine alpine woodlands with views of Annapurna-Manaslu and Ganesh Himal