Tsum Valley is northern part of Gorkha is an exotic place rich in amazing landscapes, breathtaking mountain views and culture and tradition of the local Tsombas. The area is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You can see chhortens, mani walls and monasteries in most of the village. The area is also believed to be the place where Milarepa meditated. Tsum Valley is surrounded by Himal Chuli and Buddha Himal to the west, while Ganesh Himal lies on its south and Shringi Himal to the north. As the trek to Tsum Valley is off-beaten, the area is less frequented by trekkers making it the most preferred trek for those who do not want heavy tourist traffic. The trail to Tsum Valley detach from the busy Manaslu Circuit trek a little above Philim. The trail is through beautiful countryside, lush forests and terraced fields. We will pass through several settlements like Dobhan, Lamagaun, Chule and Nile, among others. Apart from mountain views and walk into the mountains, this trek offers an opportunity to take a peek into the highlanders who follow Tibetan Buddhism. Their dialect, attire, ornaments, culture and tradition is different from people living in the other part of the Himalayas.
Trip Length: 15 Nights, 16 Days.
Highest Point: 4,000 meters (Mu Gompa).
Trek Starting Point: Machha Khola.
Trek Ending Point: Arughat.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will meet our representative who will transfer you into your hotel. You can relax in the hotel premises to unwind after your light flight. Or, you can explore the Kathmandu Valley if your flight is early. Remaining time is free for independent activities. O/N: Hotel.
Today, we will take you on a tour of Kathmandu as our staff prepare your permits for the trek. We will begin with a drive to Swoyambhunath Temple — a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the important Buddhist monuments in Nepal. The main attraction is the stupa — a whitewashed topped by a golden pinnacle. Then we move on to Kathmandu Durbar Square. This amazing complex used to be the palace of the rulers of the ancient Kathmandu country. Here, you will get opportunity to catch sight of Kumari — the living goddess. After that, we will visit Pashupatinath Temple — an important Hindu shrine in Nepal — believed to have been built in 5th century. Then we will return to hotel. In the evening, meet your guide and attend trek briefing. O/N: Hotel.
Today, we will drive to the starting point of our trek. We drive west of Kathmandu on the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. We leave the highway, cross the Trishuli River near the confluence of Trishuli and Budhi Gandaki River and drive along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River on a jeep track. We will follow this river for most of the days of this trek. Machhi Khola is a small settlement on the trail head. O/N: Lodge.
Our trek begins today. After breakfast, we cross the Machhi Khola River and walk toward a small settlement of Khorlabesi. From here, we continue northward passing through natural hot springs at Tatopani. After a short walk through thick woods, we reach to a village called Dobhan. We continue our walk for a while. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge we reach the beautiful village of Jagat. O/N: Lodge.
Continuing our walk, we first climb over a rocky ridge to a small settlement of Salleri and then descend to the village of Sirdibas. From Sirdibas, we continue our walk northward. The valley widens up as we continue our walk toward Ghatta Khola. After crossing the river on a footbridge, we continue walking upstream until Philim. Philim is a busy village on the Manaslu Circuit trail. You can see a school built by the Japanese as well as a police station in this village.
We leave Philim and continue walking north. The view behind narrows down as we reach Chisopani. O/N: Lodge.
We resume walk after having breakfast at our lodge. Reaching Eklebhatti, we cross a gorge and continue walking northward. After a walk of about half an hour form Eklebhatti, a big waterfall on the right side of the trail greets us. We enter the pine forest, and after a short walk, leave the main Manaslu Circuit trail and descend to the trail across the river to Tsum Valley. We make a climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Continuing our walk, we reach Lokpa which offers beautiful views of Himalchuli (7839m) and Bouddha Himal among other mountains. From
Lokpa, the trail drops to Lungwa Khola and climbs to Gamlung after some two hours. The trail is jig-jag and passes through pine and rhododendron forest. We continue our walk, and after crossing Siyar Khola finally reach to our destination : Chumling. This small settlement offers stunning views of Shringi Himal. Take some time to visit Chumling monastery and take a stroll on the beautiful stone paved street. O/N: Lodge.
We leave the village early in the morning. Crossing a suspension bridge, we reach to other banks of the river enjoying views of Ganesh Himal. We continue our walk and reach a small settlement of Rainjam. From there we reach Serpu Khola. Crossing the river, we arrive at the settlement of Gho. From here, a walk of another two hours will take us to Chhokangparo. On clear days, the village offers magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal (7140m). O/N: Lodge.
The trail goes above Chokhangparo. Most trekkers report high altitude symptoms from this section of the trail. Talk to your guide if you are feeling uneasy. We walk past Lamagaon and reach Rachen Gompa after crossing a suspension bridge. Rachen Gompa is one of the few nunneries in the area. Make a brief visit to the nunnery, and walk toward Lar. Today, we pass through beautiful villages like Purbe and Pangdun. Visit an old Buddhist stupa on the way. After
Chule village, climb upstream for sometime and cross the river on a bridge before reaching Nile. O/N: Lodge.
We are approaching Tibetan border, as Nile is the farthest village in Tsum Valley. We walk to the western part of this narrow valley and continue climbing toward Mu Gumpa. Mu Gumpa is one of the oldest and most significant monasteries in the region. After exploring the monastery, we will also visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa — a nunnery. Today, we live in the monastery itself interacting with Lamas. As Mu Gompa lies on the highest point of Tsum Valley, its offers stunning views of the surrounding. O/N: Monastery.
Today, we will begin our return leg of the trek. We first come down the village of Nile and continue downward to Chule and Phurbe on the banks of Shiar Khola. Continuing further, we reach the village of Burgi. Burgi is famous for Milarepa cave. We will hike to the cave. The place also offers views of Poshyop Glacier, Kipur Himal and Churke Himal. We then return to Burgi village. O/N: Lodge.
We continue walking on the trail that we used some days ago to climb to Tsum Valley. The trail is mostly dowhill. We reach the village of Chhokang and then to Gho. Descending further, we cross Sarpu Khola and continue our walk to Chumling. O/N: Lodge.
Continuing our walk, we reach Lokpa. We meet the main Manaslu Circuit trail and start descending toward Philim. Suddenly the trail is busy with trekkers. We will spend a night in this beautiful village. O/N: Lodge.
We continuing our descent today via the village of Sirdibas, Jagat, Yaruphant, Dobhan and Tatopani. You can take a deep in the warm hot springs to relax and rejuvenate after a long trek. Khorlabesi, our destination for the day, is nearby. O/N: Lodge.
We continue our downhill walk today as well. After crossing Thado Khola following a rock outcrop, we continue our walk through the village of Machha Khola. Walking along the banks of Budhi Gandaki we reach Lapabesi. Walking on the ridge above Budhi Gandaki River, we walk through the Sal forest. Crossing the Soti Khola on a footbridge, we reach to our destination. O/N: Lodge.
Today is the last day of our trek. We climb up to the Kyorpani ridge and descend down to the village of Arkhet. After crossing Arkhet Khola, we leave the Budhi Gandak valley. Walking through forested trail and terraced fields at some places we reach Maltar and then to Arughat Bazaar. Board a waiting jeep and start driving toward Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. O/N: Hotel.
Your last day in Nepal! Our representative will transfer you to the airport three hours before your flight time so that you do not have to rush through customs and immigration formalities. Goodbye until we meet again.
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