Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: Mid March to December. Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar. Activity Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Expedition Duration: 17 nights / 18 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium. Maximum Altitude Gain: 3,700 meters / 12,136 feet. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel /Mountain lodge / Tea houses / Camp on a twin sharing basis.
Mountains provide a unique level of peace of mind which cannot be achieved in highly crowded cities. The solitude of the Himalayas, fresh air, and beautiful starry night helps soothing mind, body and soul. Travelling to new places, away from the busy hustling and bustling of daily life involves meeting with new people, learning new cultures, languages and cuisines. Some of these bonds become long lasting friendships and relationships.
Tsum valley trek is one of the best opportunities that allow you to access the sacred pilgrimage of Northern Gorkha land. Meaning of ‘Tsum’ is ‘vivid’. It is hidden in between the snow clad peaks of Ganesh Himal, Singi Himal and Boudha ranges. This valley is enriched with art, culture and religion. Trails are carved with artistic chortens.
Tsum Valley was restricted till 2008 and therefore has not been visited by many trekkers and hikers. But as there’s no restriction anymore, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of an amazing voyage. Go and feel this mystery and hidden landscape, accompanied by Mani walls (Buddhist Stupa) made with thousands of stone slabs, which are carved with ancient paintings and prayers. 20 days trek involves trudging through the trails of Arughat to Gandaki valley, dense alpine forests, snow top glaciers, cool and chilling rivers, culture, love and hospitality of the local and ethnic people on the way.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1,300 meters / 4,264 feet).
Like all the other Nepal Himalayan treks, this will also start from the capital of the country, Kathmandu. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be taken for lodging and freshen up. Kathmandu is rich in culture, heritage and the fragrance of history will drive you to spend the rest of your day roaming around the city. The sounds of Pashupatinath temple, the candles and fragrance of Bouddha stupa or the holy chants in Swayambhunath temple (monkey temple) will fill your heart with joy and peace.
You may also visit the historic sites like Kasthamandap(the site behind the name of the city) or the Durbar Square. Wandering through the market places like Asan tole, Indra Chowk can be enriching experience. Kathmandu houses the best and unique local cuisines, tastes and flavours. We’ll stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600 meters / 1,968 feet).
7-8 hours drive through Prithvi highway will lead us to Arughat. The road splits from Prithvi highway to Arughat Sadak before Arughat. Through the roads of Dhading Besi, district headquarter of the Dhading District of nepal and along the bank of Arung and Thopal Khola we reach Arughat, the starting point of our Trek.
Residing in between the largest settlement in Manalsu valley, Arughat is a major junction that connects different parts of Nepal. Arughat is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river and surrounded with lush green up hills, Overnight stay at Arughat.
Day 03: Arughat to Soti Khola (700 meters / 2,296 feet): 5-6 hours.
Leaving behind Arughat, our trek starts to Soti Khola through Arughat bazar. We walk through Gurung and Magar villages, paddy and millet fields to Mangaltar. Arriving at Shanti Bazar trekking through green forests, trail leads us Budhi Gandaki River.
The path becomes steeper and the trek more difficult after we cross the Arket Khola through a suspension bridge. On the way we come across Arkhet Bazar. Trudging through descending trail for some time we cross a cascading waterfall and reach Kuerepani. Then we’ll trek downwards to Soti khola. We’ll stay at Soti Khola overnight at the bank of Soti Khola River.
Day 04: Soti Khola to Macha Khola (870 meters / 2,952 feet): 6-7 hours.
We need to follow Budhi Gandaki during most of our trek. Today we start trekking from Soti khola towards Macha Khola. The trail passes through small villages, and pine and oak forests. Going along the meadow we come across two tropical waterfall on a rocky and steep clinging of a cliff.
Crossing the forest, walking down the rice terraces we reach around the Gurung village of Labubesi. From the village we ascend and climb a rocky uphill towards the valley where Budhi Gandaki flows among the gravel bars. We walk through the river bank and climb a side ridge to walk down again to the river to reach Macha Khola village. Overnight stay at Macha Khola.
Day 05: Macha Khola to Jagat (2, 340 meters / 7, 676 feet): 6-7 hours.
The trail from Macha khola weaves its way through some ups and downs and leads us to Tharo Khola. Tharo khola flows through a rocky and narrow gap. Following the same trail, we reach Tatopani, a famous hot water spring after sometime. From Tatopani again we start climbing over a steep ridge to cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.
To reach Dhoban khola, climb on a wide staircase. We cross Dhoban Khola through a suspension bridge and and follow the trail that meander to Duman. We reach yaru Khola from Duman ascending up on a rocky trail to Budhi Gandaki. After crossing the Yaro Khola on a suspension bridge, we climb stone stair trail two times to pass through Tharo Bairang and reach Jagat village walking along the river and then trek through some ascending. We stay overnight at Jagat village.
Day 06: Jagat to Chisopani (1, 660 meters / 5,445 feet): 4-5 hours.
Today we start our trek from Jagat towards Chisopani. We climb through the narrow and rocky trail and then trek down to reach Sridibas village. The path from Sridibas is easier. Continue trekking through the widened trail and cross the Ghata Khola river on a suspension bridge. Climbing up to Philim, a big Gurung village. Phillim Village is famous for Japanese made schools. Leaving behind Philim, and trudge through a dense green forest we reach Chisopani following the landscape of narrowing valley. We’ll be staying overnight at Chisopani.
Day 07: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386 meters / 7,827 feet): 6 - 7 hours.
Trekking from Chisopani to chumling starts this day by crossing Ekel Bhatti and gorge. We walk through the bank of the river and enter the mesmerizing pine and oak forest. Following the lush green leafy trail we reach the Tsum valley.
Again climbing through the beautiful rhododendron forest, spell bounded with the view of snow clad mountains of Himalchuli and a small and beautiful village Lokpa. From lokpa the trail becomes difficult. We climb through the up and down trail through the pine and rhododendron forest to reach Chumling, crossing Gumlung and Siyar Khola. In Chumling we can see Shingri Himal. Overnight at Chumling.
Day 08: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010 meters / 9,903 feet): 4-5 hours.
Today we’ll start our trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo. Leaving behind the Chumling village we trek towards Chokhangparo through a difficult clilmb as Chokhangparo or Chekhampar is situated at the top of the hill. It comprises of two rocky settlements ‘Chokhang’ and ‘Paro’. Crossing the Gho village and continue climbing another 2 hours towards Tsum, we reach Chokhangparo village at 3010m from sea level. It is surrounded by the spectacular Ganesh Himal which is located at 7140 m. We’ll stay overnight at Chokhangparo village.
Day 09: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361 meters / 11,058 feet): 5-6 hours.
From Chokhamparo, we continue our trek towards Nile through the pine woods. Climb past Lamagaon using a rope suspension bridge we’ll reach to the Nannery Gompa. Crossing the Siar khola following the same trail and continue walking through the small villages like Lar, Phurbe and Phangdung. We climb upstream after crossing the Budhha Stupa and Chhule village to finally arrive at Nile village. Overnight stay at Nile.
Day 10: Nile to Mu-Gompa (3,700 meters / 12,174 feet): 3 hours.
Leaving behind Nile, we’ll climb through some ups and downs towards Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is situated at the highest point of Tsum valley and due to untouched and rare human access, we can enjoy clean and beautiful site without any human settlement. Mu-Gompa is among the famous and oldest Monasteries. We’ll make a visit to Dhepu Dhoma Gompa after reaching Mu-Gompa today.
Day 11: Mu-Gompa Rest Day and Site seeing.
Mu Gompa was established in the 1895 AD and is located at the highest altitude of 3510m. The oldest monastery has the oldest books and statues. It has a big and life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, which is also known as Kangyur. The images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara are also very interesting pieces among the monastery assets.
Day 12: Mu-gompa to Burgi village(3,245 meters /10, 644 feet) via Milarepa cave: 5-6 hours.
From this point trekking is going to be little easier as we’ll be going down. We’ll continue our trekking today from Mu-Gompa to Burgi. Crossing through the Chhule and Purbe village again, we walk through the west bank of Siar khola to arrive Burgi village. Burgi village is a small and beautiful village from where we climb towards Milarepa, which is known for the astonishing beauty of Polysyop glacier and Churke Himal top. Overnight stay at Burgi village.
Day 13: Burgi Village to Chumling (2,386 meters / 7,827 feet).
We’ll trek back to Chumling from Burgi village today enjoying the green views all around and descend down towards Chumling, crossing all the way of Chokhang paro, Gho village and finally reach at Sarpu Khola. Trekking further down to the Tsum valley, finally we arrive at Chumling.
Day 14: Chumling to Philim (1,570 meters / 5,103 feet): 6-7 hours.
The trail today continues to the way towards Philim from Chumling. On the way we come across beautiful views of forests, streams and a waterfall known as samba Tingding Chupyang which is situated at the lower valley of Tsum. It is a long 7-8 hours of trek and passing through the Philim village the path leads us to Ganesh Himal base camp.
Day 15: Philim to Kholarbeshi (970 m / 3, 182 feet: 6-7 hours.
Today we’ll trek towards Kholarbeshi from Philim crossing Tatopani and Jagat village. The descending trail further takes us to Yaruphant and Dhoban. The surroundings are becoming more tropical and greener. You may consider a dip in Tatopani, the hot spring and give aid to your aching body and get some relief. Trekking further through some ascending and descending we finally arrive at Kholabeshi where we’ll stay at night.
Day 16: Kholarbeshi to Soti Khola (700 meters / 2, 296 feet): 6-7 hours.
We’ll follow the same trail from Kholarbeshi to Soti khola as we did few days back. We’ll walk down to the river after crossing the Tharo Khola, traverse to the Macha khola village again. We reach Khursane, walking along the Budhi Gandaki river and village of Labubeshi. We’ll walk now the Soti Khola crossing Budhi Gandaki, two waterfalls, steep rocky walls and Sal forest. Overnight at Soti Khola.
Day 17: Sotikhola to Arughat and drive back to Kathmandu.
Here we are going to have the last leg of the trek. We’ll continue along the same trail and descend towards the Arughat from Soti khola. On the way we have to climb up towards the Kyorpani. Descending further towards the cascading waterfall. We leave behind Budhi Gandaki valley, Arket khola, Sante Bazar, pass through the malta forests, we finally arrive at the Arughat Bazar.
The mesmerizing view of Trishuli river, green hills, mountains and the paddy fields on the way will catch the eyes. Same day we’ll drive to Kathmandu and finish the final step of our journey. The 7-8 hours of drive through the Prithvi highway leads us to Kathmandu. We’ll spend the rest of our day in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Final Departure.
Our team will escort you to the airport to bid you good-bye and help you get flight to home. You are taking home today loads of memory and friendships with you. Just relax and enjoy the flight and swipe through the images you have captured through lenses and your eyes. Have a safe journey.
What does it include?
Airport pickups and drops.
2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Teahouse / Mountain lodge / Hotel / Camp accommodation during the trek.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
All ground transportation in private vehicle as per the itinerary.
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary.
An experienced, certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader/guide).
All government and local taxes.
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
Items to bring with you
Trekking bag (60-80 liters).
A small day pack (knapsack / backpack / rucksack) for carrying your valuable.
2 light weight trekking/hiking pants.
1 pair of waterproof trekking/hiking pants (breathable fabric).
3 – 4 light weight trekking/hiking t-shirts/shirts.
Non-cotton underwear briefs.
4-5 pairs trekking socks.
2 pairs of heavy poly or woolen socks.
Thermals – top and bottom.
Good quality jacket to protect from cold (preferably down jacket).
Light weight fleece jacket.
Bandana or head scarf.
Warm hat that covers your ears.
Sleeping bag (-10 degree Celsius).
1 quick drying towel.
Poncho (for rain and snow).
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Good quality gloves (with extra inner layer).
Best quality hiking shoes (preferably water proof).
Crocs shoes / sandal.
Knee cap 1 pair.
UV protected sun glasses (preferably dark shade).
Water disinfection drops / tablets.
2 water bottles (1 liter each).
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and lip salve with sun blocks.
Wet-tissue papers/ baby wipes.
Headlamp, torch with spare batteries.
Dry fruits and chocolates.
Small, basic first aid kit(cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).
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