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Tsum Valley Trek (24 Days)

Tsum Valley Trek
The Tsum Valley is situated in trans-himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal, a sacred himalayan pilgrimage valley, recently opened  trekking site which was restricted before. The Valley stands with majestic backdrop of the Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and other mountain ranges. It  has a long history of Buddhism, practice of Bon religion. The legend believed that Milarepa mediated in the caves of  mountain. This trek offers rich culture, ancient art,religion and beautiful views.
Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m) 
Day 02: Kathmandu Excursion
Day 03: Drive to Aarughat (550m/1,804ft) 
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (890m/2919ft)
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 06: Trek to Dobhan (1070m/3509ft)
Day 07: Trek to Philim: 6 hours (1570m/5149ft)
Day 08: Trek to Chumling (2363m/7750ft)
Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010m/9872ft)
Day 10: Trek to Nile (3361m/1124ft)
Day 11: Trek Mu Gumpa Mu Gompa (3700 m/ 12139ft)
Day 12: Extra day for excursion/ Explore Day
Day 13: Trek back to Rachen Gumpa (3240m/10627ft)
Day 14: Trek to Dumje (2440m/8003ft)
Day 15: Trek to Gumba Lungdan (3200m/10498ft)
Day 16: Ganesh Himal Base camp (4150m/13615ft) - Gumba Lungdan 
Day 17: Trek back Ripchet (2468m/8097ft). 
Day 18: Trek back to Philim (1570m/5149ft)
Day 19: Trek back to Tatopani (975m/ 3198 ft) 
Day 20: Trek to Soti Khola (890m/2919ft)
Day 20: Trek to Aarughat (550m/1,804ft) 
Day 21: Kathmandu (145 km) 
Day 22: Kathmandu 
Day 23: Departure 
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 19
  • Total days - 24
  • Min. Altitude - (850m./2789ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (3800m./12467ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit - 12-70
  • Best Time - Spring: Febuary, March, April, May / Autumn: September, October, November, December
Services

Cost includes:
Pick up and drop transportation
Kathmandu accommodation (tourist standard hotel/4 nights)
All land transfer as per given itinerary
Sightseeing tour with experienced local guide
National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Tsum Valley restricted entry permit

Accommodation:
Camping (twin sharing tow men tent) / dining tent, toilet tent
Meals (3 meals / B.L.D) while on the trek
Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experienced local helpers
All program according to itineraries on full board
Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs

Cost excludes:
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
All expenses of personal nature
Bar bills and Beverage
Tips for staffs
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Personal treking equipment
Nepal visa

Long Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m) Arrival day in Kathmandu (Private transportation, Accommodation and Welcome dinner. 
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation. (Accommodation and Breakfast Included)

Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Aarughat (550m/1,804ft) 
Early morning we leave Kathmandu for our trek to Tsum valley. Drive by private Jeep / bus to Arughat takes approximately 8-9 hrs, drive through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is the largest and a pleasant market town straddling the Buri Gandaki river. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (890m/2919ft)
Trek through Gurung and Magar villages on the untrafficked road to Soti Khola takes approximately 6-7 hrs. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola. Overnight at tented camp. Full board service

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats, aprox 5-6 hrs walk. Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite. 

Day 06: Trek to Dobhan (1070m/3509ft)
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents, passing through Tatopani (hot water spring), there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs.  We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 07: Trek to Philim: 6 hours (1570m/5149ft)
The route climbs on a rugged rocky trail. After crossing a landslip and the bridge
across the Yaru Khola (1363m), emerge onto river flats for lunch at Yaru (1140m) at the Sandbar Hotel. Look downstream at the massive rock fall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the left bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat (1410m). We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Overnight at tented camp. 


Day 08: Trek to Chumling (2363m/7750ft)
We take the trail up through Philim , after 1hr climbing you will reach at Ekle Bhatti (1600m), then traverse high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees. Walk through a largely intact and peaceful temperate forest into Lokpa (2240m), surrounded by barley fields. Descend through beautiful forest, crossing start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually descend to a lone bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet (2470m) and the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge and up. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010m/9872ft)
From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo in about 5 hours. Cross the suspension bridge just east of the hotel and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof, but without flat roofs as it rains and snows here.

Cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2.5hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal (7000m) range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 10: Trek to Nile (3361m/1124ft)
From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of Chortens and past Lamagaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3240m). Climb up and visit Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), where the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated. Cross the Shiar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3361m). Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 11: Trek Mu Gumpa Mu Gompa (3700 m/ 12139ft)
From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba  through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens and widening mountain vistas, the largest monastery in the region  with over 100 monks and an ancient gompa visited by David Snellgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) in 1956. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 12: Extra day for excursion/ Explore Day
We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 13: Trek back to Rachen Gumpa (3240m/10627ft)
From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 14: Trek to Dumje (2440m/8003ft)
From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 15: Trek to Gumba Lungdan (3200m/10498 ft)
Trek to Gumba Lungdan takes approximately 5-6 hrs, cross the bridge to Dhumje (2440m, Tumje), which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. Climb very steeply on an indistinct track through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. Finally, in the pine forest, take an uphill trail and make a steep zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3200m). Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 16: Ganesh Himal Base camp (4150m/13615 ft) - Gumba Lungdan 
Cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge and climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge. Takes about 4 hours to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4150m), exploring around base camp with close view of Ganesh Himal and we will be back to Gumba Lungdan for overnight. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 17: Trek back Ripchet (2468m/8097ft). 
Trek back to Ripchet. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek back to Philim (1570m/5149ft)
Trek back to Philim. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 19: Trek back to Tatopani (975m/ 3198 ft) 
Trek to Tatopani (hot spring) where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 20: Trek to Soti Khola (890m/2919ft)
Trek back to Soti Khola. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 20: Trek to Aarughat (550m/1,804ft) 
Trek back to Aarughat. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 21: Kathmandu (145 km) 
Drive to Kathmandu by private jeep / bus. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 22: Kathmandu 
Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 23: Departure 
Drop to international airport for final departure or follow your next adventures trip.


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