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Tsum Valley trek – 25 Days.

25 Days

The Tsum Valley is one of the most isolated valleys in Nepal. The Tsum Valley lies along the border with Tibet, just south of Tibet’s Shisha Pangma (8,046m/26,400ft). Literally “Tsum” means vivid against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The Tsum Valley is one of the most remote Himalayan valleys in the world, which was also a restricted area until recently. Hiking in the Tsum Valley takes you to the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges. It is rich in Tibetan art, culture and religion that make it a distinctive destination. The trails of the Tsum Valley are dotted with artistic chortens and wrinkled with small walls and the traditions of this valley have remained unchanged to this day.
The remote Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. The lush and wild landscape of Tsum valley passes through magnificent deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens and the glittering snow on the apex touching mountain peak. The region that was once part of Tibet is completely different from what you would find elsewhere. The people of the valley of the Tsums are of Tibetan origin and have their own ancient dialect, art, culture and religion. Tsum have their own family lifestyle, which can surprise many strangers. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. Going through Machha Khola, Jagat and other beautiful, vibrant villages, we reach the beautiful Tsum Valley where we can enjoy its natural beauty. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa.
Highlights of the Trek:
1. Spectacular views of Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu mountains
2. Explore ancient forms of Buddhist dialect, art, culture and religion
3. Observe ancient Rachhen Gumba and other monasteries
4. Explore Tibetan culture and tradition
5. Picturesque villages with traditional house
6. Discover the remote local life
7. Wilderness hike to the hidden valley
8. Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and Nunnery
9. Both geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating
10. Refreshing bath in natural hot spring

Accommodation: Lodge, Teahouse
Location: Annapurna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Trip Duration: 25 Days
Trip Level: Middle
Max Altitude: 5100m
Suitable for: Adult
season Sept. to Dec. and Feb. to Apr.

Kathmandu - Sothi Khola - Jagat - Philim - Chumling - Nile - Lokpa - Namrung - Samagun - Samdo - Larke La Pass - Bhimtang - Syang - Besishar - Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services::

The price Includes the following services:
• Airport pick-up and drop off service by with Private vehicle.
• Standard twin - Share accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (2 night).
• Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek in generally twin- share and occasionally dormitory- style rooms.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, diner) during the trek.
• Trekking guide/s.
• Porters (one porter carries 25kg of luggage) - each two-person one porter.
• Sleeping bags, trekking sticks if required.
• Trekking Permits & teams.
• All land transportation from (Kathmandu - Sothi Khola and Besishar - Kathmandu) by private vehicle.
• Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs.
• One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last night


The price does not includes the following services::

The price does not Includes the following
• Personal expenses
• Drinks, beverages, hot shower, charging mobile, wi-fi
• Travel insurance
• Tips for guide
• Lunch dinner at Kathmandu.


Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative then who will drive you to the hotel. After check-in, you can rest and refresh yourself for the time being. In the evening, there will be welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant, where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 2: Drive to Sothi Khola.

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. Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided into two parts with the Budhi Gandaki River flowing between them. Once in Arughat, we will have a short break and further drive to Soti Khola where we start our trek. Overnight at Soti Khola.


Day 3: Sothi Khola to Machha Khola.

Our path goes through the bridge and we cross the beautiful forests of Sal. After that, we climb a ridge through huge rapids to Budhi Gandaki. The rocky path goes up and down, passing through two tropical waterfalls on a steep and rocky trail that clings to the side of a cliff. Finally, we go down and pass some rice terraces, then go up and turn to the village Gurung Labubesi. We then climb behind a rocky peak, where the valley opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders between large gravel bars. Head out on the sand river bed and we walk along rounded stones before climbing a side ridge. Go down towards the river and cross the city of Machha Khola. We will spend the night in Machha Khola.


Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat.

The narrow road here makes some ups and downs and, finally we cross the Tharo Khola, flowing into a rocky ravine, then we reach to Khorlabesi. After some ups and downs, again there is a small thermal spring at the edge of the road, from where we arrive at Tatopani. From Hot Spring, we climb another ridge, then cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb up a wide and well-designed staircase, then cross a landslide and cross a ridge in the direction of Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge in the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs up that leads to Duman. Going up towards Budhi Gandaki, we arrive at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge in the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs, then descend to the river and climb back up several stone steps that lead to Tharo Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki to climb a ridge and skirt the river, then climb to the village of Jagat. Night at Jagat.


Day 5: Jagat to Philim.

Once the ACAP procedure is complete, we climb a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a little while the road continues towards Ghatta Khola. We continue uphill to a long and simple suspension bridge. Then finally we arrive at Philim, a big gurung city. The Philim Valley is known for its Japanese made school and police station. We will spend the night in Philim.


Day 6: Philim to Chumling.

The day is difficult because the altitude increases and the trail consists mainly of a climb. The panoramic views of the Himalayas hide and seek again and again along the way. We cross the beautiful villages of Lungwa Khola and climb through pine forests to Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally reach Chumling, Tsum's lowest valley, famous for Chumling Gompa and its cobbled streets of the city. Overnight at Chumling.


Day 7: Chumling to Chhokangparo.

views of Ganesh Himal along the trek. 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; we can enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo.


Day 8: Chhokangparo to Nile.

Today, there is a sharp increase in altitude and a climb on the trail as well. We pass the suspension bridge that crosses Lamagaon towards Rachen Gompa, also known as Nunnery Gompa. After visiting the Gompa, we go back to the trail. We pass through the village of Shiar Khola, Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun, many Buddhist monasteries, cross the last bridge before reaching the Nile, a monastery located in Chule, near the Nile, which can be visited after landing on the Nile. Overnight at Nile.


Day 9: Nile back to Chhokangparo.

From Chumling we retrace back to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides superb views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Overnight in Chhokangparo.


Day 10: Chhokangparo to Lokpa.

From Chhokangparo we trek to Lokpa. Lokpa is the village as you enter the Tsum Valley. The local people are farmers and grow potatoes, gucchi mushrooms and soya beans. We can see the Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI on a clear day. The trail goes upwards ascending through the local villages and wider cultivated land and partly through pine forest. After 3 hours we will be at Lokpa village where we will spend the night.


Day 11: Lokpa to Deng.

Today, after breakfast, we cross the strong metal bridge on Budi Gandaki and walk west of the river. We now begin to glide through the beautiful bamboo-dominated rainforest, cross the bridge over Budi Gandaki again and reach Pewa (1730 m). Thirty minutes of hiking lead us to the fascinating Nubri Valley in Deng, where we can see many symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Night at Deng.


Day 12: Deng to Namrung.

Today, we enter an area influenced by Buddhism. Walking a few ups and downs in the woods, we reach Ghap. Along the way you will see well-preserved paintings and elegant mani walls. From there, the valley becomes steeper and we climb through the forest of bamboo and rhododendrons to the village of Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.


Day 13: Namrung to Samagun.

Today, the trek begins in the typical Tibetan town, which consists of Tibetan style entrance gates, mani walls and Buddhist gumpas. We also get the views of Manaslu and Gorakh Himal before reaching Lho. After lunch, we will walk to Sama Gaun overlooking Ngadi Chuli or Peak 29. It is a steep path through the forest for a few hours to bring us to Shyala. From here we have an excellent view of Manaslu and Himalchuli. Night at Samagun.


Day 14: Rest day.

Today is the day of rest in Samagun. You can spend the day resting or strolling around. If you prefer to walk, you have three options. You can visit Birendra Taal, 3 km from away Samagun Base Camp or the Pungen monastery. The base camp is 6 km away and it will take about 5 hours to get there. It is located at an altitude of 4800m. From here you can also see the Manaslu Glacier. Pungen Monastery is 6-7 km from its acclimatization site. This place gives a better panoramic view of the Mt. Manaslu and its neighbouring peaks. Overnight at Samagun.


Day 15: Samagun to Samdo.

First, from the village of Samagun, you will walk about 3 hours through a steep hill and continue on the mainland for 15 minutes on foot before reaching your destination: Samdo. Samdo is a Tibetan refugee village at 3800 m altitude. That day, you will cross magnificent juniper and birch forests to the base camp. Once here, you will witness the awe-inspiring mountains as well as Mt. Manaslu. Overnight at Samdo.


Day 16: Samdo to Dharmasala.

Even today, we continue our walk on the edge, cross the wooden bridge on Budhi Gandaki and start climbing. Crossing two streams and observing the Larkya Glacier, we encircled the valley of Salka Khola and climb to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a type of shelter called Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Today's short walk also leaves plenty of time to acclimatize and relax in the afternoon. We will spend the night in Dharamshala.


Day 17: Dharmasala to Larke La Pass(5100m) to Bimtang.

Today you walk to the highest point of your Manaslu trek 12 days. This is the most famous and difficult part, namely the Larkya Pass at 5213 m. Here you will get the best views of the Himalayan ranges. You can attend the Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Himlung Himal. After crossing the pass, you will head to a grassy moraine. The path becomes easier from here. An additional walk of about 6 hours will take you to the beautiful village of Bimthang. Overnight at Bimtang.


Day 18: Bimtang to Gao.

After breakfast, we trek from Bimtang to Gao, it takes about 6-7 hours. After crossing the pastures of Bimtang, the path goes to a glacial brook at the head of Dudh Khola, crosses a wooden bridge and descends into the forest of pines and rhododendrons. Not far from here, you will reach the fenced fields of Karche, then cross a landslide before climbing a ridge adorned with prayer flags before descending to the river bank at Gao. Stay overnight in Gao.


Day 19: Gao to Dharamani.

After breakfast, we trek from Gho to Dharapani. The journey takes about 4 to 5 hours. We leave here the trekking region of Manaslu to join the famous Annapurna circuit. From Gao, the trail crosses intermittent fields and stands of rhododendrons and oaks to reach Tilje, a large village of Gurung community .Leave the village of Tilje by a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow the embankment that descends through the forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi valley are loom larger and finally, the houses of Dharamani appear in the distance. Overnight at Dharapani.


Day 20: Dharapani to Syang.

Today after breakfast we start our trek from Dharapani to Syang which is the fascinating and enchanting trekking part of Annapurna circuit route in the Himalayas. This area is flat and uphill walks on dense forest exploring best views of spectacular Manaslu & Annapurna range. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Syang village from Dharapani through Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok and Koto villages. Overnight at Syang.


Day 21: Syang to Bhaun Danda.

We start our trek by crossing River Marsyangdi. Following the river, we reach Nadi Khola and climb uphill to Bahun Danda. Bahundanda is a village development committee in Lamjung District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. Bahundanda is the last Indo-Aryan village before the Tibeto-Burman strongholds of the north. This village, in particular, is populated by Brahmans or the priestly clans. So, it isn't hard to see how the village got its name. This village however also has a sizeable population of Newars, the merchant group from the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Bahun Danda.


Day 22: Bhaun Danda to Besishar

From Bahun Danda the trail offers fine views of Hiunchuli and peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) as it climbs to Bulbule at 825m. It then continues to Ngadi before reaching Besishar. Besishahar is a municipality and the district headquarters of Lamjung District in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal. Here are different castes and religions. So they have different culture. This municipality has a sub-tropical climate with deciduous forests. Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal can be viewed from north of Besishahar. Overnight at Besishar.


Day 23: Besishar to Kathmandu.

The trip from Besishar to Kathmandu offers the opportunity to enjoy the Mountain and its landscapes. The trip is often on the banks of the rivers Marsyangdi and Trishuli. We also cross beautiful villages with agricultural terraces on both sides of the road before reaching Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 24: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Today is basically a rest day. If you are interested you can stroll around Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley is so full of historical, architectural, and religious treasures that you don't need to leave (or go very far) to have rich experience in Kathmandu. Later in the evening you can stroll down the Thamel city. Thamel is the city's main nightlife zone. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 25: Departure to home.

Your adventure ends today. A representative of own of ours will accompany you to the airport about 3 hours before the scheduled flight. We wish you a safe journey.