Tsum Valley Trekking 20 Days


Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the inimitable adventurous route around Manaslu. `Tsum` is derived from the Tibetan word `Tsombo` means vivid. . Like its name the Tsum Valley has its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, mountains, cascading waterfalls, along with natural hot springs and ancient residue of natural scene and prettiness. The valley is lies between the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Sringi Himal to the north and Ganesh Himal to the south. Tsum Valley is rich in ancient art,culture and religion. The local people here are origin from the Tibet. They speak a unique closed to Tibetaian. The main religion practiced by the people here is Buddhist.

Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called `Tsum Tso Chuksum`, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

Tsum Valley is one of world`s remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions.

Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking in the around Valley of Tsum . The Tsum Valley route is a about a 15 days trek. You could experience the overwhelming natural sense and the mountains range here from Tsum Valley. Here you can experience the traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal as well locally cultivated natural coffee.

Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal range, Sringi Himal range and Boudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and seek a unique dialect. Chhokangparo is the main village in Tsum Valley.

The trek begins from Arughat Bazaar following Arkhet Bazar .The next day we move on from Arkhet Bazar to Machha Khola. Traveling along nature gives us a wonderful experience. The next day we moved to Yaru Khola in around six hours and spend the overnight there and then we move from Yaru Khola to Lokpa. It is along the old trial route. Then from Lokpa to Chumling our journey last for 4 - 5 hours. It is the lower Tsum valley. Now from Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) it takes almost 7 hours. The magnificent view here pauses our trekking and stop for the honor of the amazing nature. The next day we move on to Nile/Chhule and visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way. This area is massively deforested. After a night rest we move on to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), it is the largest monastery in this area. Then we visit Dhephyudonma Gompa 4060 m from there. From Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa till we reach Dumje, wide flat land, good for cultivation of Barley. Here after watching the landscape we continue through Philim and then Tatopani. From Tatopani we go to Lapubesi and the next day we go Arughat bazaar. This is our end destination and from here we drive back to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Round Tsum Valley are two different trekking itinerary included in one circuit to have better chances to explore the Manaslu. This adventure trip is also known as the Hidden Valley a land of monasteries and guided totally by Tibetan inhabitants and pure Buddhist culture which lies on Tibet border.

 Manaslu region is used to be a restricted area until 2008. Nepal, despite of being Hindu land, the Buddhism partial region is a world of its own. Traditionally, Tsum used to be a separate area different from both Nepal and Tibet. Tsum Valley Trek itself is affluent in culture, tradition, costom, architecture and all Manaslu Tsum region is still less exposed in comparison to other tourist areas, with relatively virgin and less crowded in comparison to the more guest preferred regions.

Tsum Valley takes you into the diverse world of majestic stand of Ganesh Himal and Boudha Himal ranges. In the beginning days of this trek, we move on through the Budhi Gandaki Valley, a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu trail for the Tsum valley, unexpectedly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers. We also visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region including the Milarepa`s Cave, Rachen gompa, Mu Gompa many more attraction of the trekking in Manaslu.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m) by bus (8 hrs)
Early morning start by bus from Kathmandu to the beautiful town of Arughat Bazaar, an 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. For half the distance the road is tarmac and then it becomes a gravel track. It will be fun, as it is a local bus which many people use and it is vital to the community. Lunch is in Dhading Besi, the headquarters of Dhading District. On the way the scenery is attractive and we follow and cross three big rivers. Before lunch we see the Trisuli River, the biggest of the three. After lunch we see the Ankhu River followed by the Budhi Gandaki River. Arughat Bazaar is situated at the foot of the surrounding hills. It is a really nice place to camp on our first day.

Day 4: Arughat to Soti Khola (730m) walking (6 hrs)
The trek heads northwards following the Budhi Gandaki River in the low country, passing by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After a couple of hours we reach Arkhet Bazaar (620m) where they have a high school as well as a clinic. After climbing briefly to Keureni Pani (820m), the path descends once again to the river and our campsite is at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. It is not a long day, and perhaps we will have time for a stimulating swim sometime during the day, as it is hot in the low country.

Day 5: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) walking (6 hrs)
The countryside changes where the broad valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small Gurung villages, who live in this region, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki River. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapubesi (880m). The trek descends once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follows a path, which runs below the steep, wrinkled valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again to Machha Khola. Stay overnight at lodge or in tents.

Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat (1370m) walking (7 - 8 hrs)
First of all, we follow the Machha Khola - Fish Stream - and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi (970m) and the natural hot springs at Tatopani (990m). The valley sides steepen until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single tea house at Doban (1070m). Above Doban, the Budhi Gandaki River descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we cross the river again on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp. We encounter the check post for the first time. Without a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, we will not be able to enter the Manaslu region.

Day 7: Jagat to Lokpa (2260m) walking (5 hrs)
From Jagat, after descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river, we then climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri and Sirdibas, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal (7187m). We pass through the charming, village of Sirdibas. We cross the river again on a long, high suspension bridge at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim Philim is nice place to take lunch. Then we continue our trip till Lokpa for the first one and half hours the trail heads up. Then there are two trails where one crosses a bridge and heads for Manaslu and the trail for Tsum valley heads right and then ascends for a couple of hours to Lokpa (2260m). Stay overnight at lodge or in tents.

Day 8 Lokpa to Chumling (2360m) walking (7 hrs)
Lokpa to chumling is nice and climb up day but really comfortable trail from staring time. Our lunch and stay place is same place. We take the trail heads down for half an hour, before it then ascends steeply up.  We then have a half hour descent to the riverside and cross the beautiful wooden bridge, before the final ascent of up to an hour to Chumling. They have a primary level school, a small clinic, with great views of the Ganesh Himal range. We are now in an area of Tibetan culture where they import goods from Tibet. Stay in lodge or in tents.

Day 9: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3031m) walking (6 - 7 hrs)
With great views of Ganesh Himal I (7422m) situated on the right hand side, we start the day trekking for a couple of hours gradually ascending. From here the pine forest is quite dense and we head up to Rentsam After the village we will be walking for about four hours steeply up to Chhokangparo, which is situated in a nice valley. They have fields growing barley, wheat, buck wheat, potato, etc. They have Yak, Cow and Blue Sheep. This is the main village for the Tsum valley region, where they have more than 50 houses. They have a police station as well, where they will check our permit. Stay in lodge or in tents.

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Rachen Gompa (3360m) walking (5 hrs)
The trail heads beautifully up and the mountain views are so attractive towards the Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Sringi Himal and much more. We go through the large village of Lamagaon and then onwards to the village of Rachen Gompa. This is the female Gompa where there are approximately more than 300 woman monks living here. It is one of biggest Monasteries in this region and students receive a good education here. This Gompa receives aid from Kapan Gompa in Kathmandu, which has slowly been built just prior to the year 2000. We will be able to visit Milarepa Piren Phu cave (or Pigeon Cave) where people can see the Milarepa foot print. It will be a great exploration day. Stay at lodge or tents.

Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Mu Gompa (3700m) walking (6 hrs)
The day begins walking through the nice terraces. Most of trail heads up and after couple of hours walking we will arrive in Chule Nile (3350m). The trail then heads continuously up and across the river where the trail heads slowly up to Mu Gompa that is situated in a steep area. Mu Gompa is man or monks gompa, where they have more than 200 monks. Similarly to Rachen Gompa, many students study here and it also receives aid from the Kapan Gompa in Kathmandu. It is a really nice place to make camp here. This will be our highest point of sleeping in the Tsum valley.

Day 12: Mu Gompa to Chhokangparo (3031m) walking (6 - 7 hrs)
The trail now heads back down the same way we came up. It is easy walking and you can explore much more going back down, having more time on our hands and taking in the fantastic views. Stay overnight at lodge or in tents camp.

Day 13: Chhokangparo to Gumda Lumdang (3370m) walking (6 - 7 hrs)
It is a beautiful trail and for the first couple of hours, we go all the way down to Domje (2460m). After crossing the bridge, the trail heads steeply up to Gumda Lumdang. Gumda Lumdang is a woman`s monastery where more than 50 woman monks are living. There are no local houses and we will be welcome to stay here. They perform a ceremony every morning and every evening twice a day. Ganesh Himal I is situated high in front of us here.

Day 14: Gumda Lumdang to Lokpa (2240m) walking (6 - 7 hrs)
The trail heads all the way down to Chumling village and then onto Lokpa. You will feel great here having been to higher altitude. Lokpa a small place where there is just one lodge, but they also have nice camping places.

Day 15: Lokpa to Tatopani (990m) walking (7 - 8 hrs)
Today we re-join the Manaslu trail and head down alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. It is a longer day, but made easier by descending through the villages of Philim and Jagat and then onto Tatopani where we can take a well deserved hot shower and feel refreshed. We make camp by the side of the Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 16: Tatopani to Lapubesi (880m) walking (6 - 7 hrs)
It is a nice trail which we will mostly be descending, often going through small villages that predominantly belong to the Gurung community. The trail descends in the jungle by the side of the Budhi Gandaki. Lapubesi is a beautiful Gurung village where most people are farmers growing crops. Stay at lodge or in tents.

Day 17: Lapubesi to Arughat Bazaar (570m) walking (7 hrs)
Today is an easy trekking day that is mostly descending, following a rough road by the side of the Budhi Gandaki River. We will be going through and passing beautiful forests and villages before arriving in Soti Khola. We then head to Arughat Bazaar and it will be a nice day to explore the culture and nature along the way. After a long trek we will have fun with the staff on the last night.

Day 18: Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus (8 hrs)
Today we will ride back to Kathmandu on the local bus. The first half of the road is gravel and then the rest is tarmac, taking in the nice scenery along the way. After arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your selected hotel.

Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 20: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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