- View stunning mountains, including Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
- Wonder at the Poshyop Glacier
- Take fascinating pictures of prayer flags and mani walls
- Follow (some of) the footsteps of Milarepa
- Feel privileged to enter this hidden valley, so near to Tibet
At a glance
Tsum Valley Trek is truly unique. This valley is a very secluded one, situated in the Manaslu Region, near the Tibetan border and is recently opened up for trekkers. And for this reason, a special permit is required to go there. As most of the route is over 3,000m, and the walking days are 5 to 7 hours long, the right level of fitness is required. These two week the trek can be combined with Manaslu Circuit Trek in this region, or, as here, as a stand-alone trek. Starting with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu, the trek proper starts at Arughat, Sotikhola, a market town for Gorkha and Dhading districts.
The list of what you will encounter Tsum Valley Trek is amazing – pine Forests, riverbanks, waterfalls, suspension bridges, Buddhist gompas, mani walls (stone walls with Buddhist mantras carved into them), delightful villages and Milarepa’s Cave! Milarepa considered one of Tibet’s most famous yogi and poet; he traveled the area setting an example of how to live a Buddhist live circa 1051 when he was born. Those who love Buddhist culture will enjoy visiting the Tsum Valley and meeting monks and nuns and every-day people who practice this philosophy. As well as the mountains, of course! Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier are just some of the giants found in this hidden valley. This trek is almost like a pilgrimage in itself, with a fantastic backdrop of giants.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
After breakfast at your hotel, you may be picked up by using an English-speaking information for a full-day tour of the Kathmandu Valley, travelling three sacred sites: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. This day matches pretty a bit in — useful for maximizing your time in Kathmandu — however does not overload you with too many sites. You can spend as a whole lot time as you like at every temple (this is a personal tour simply for you), even though most humans have a tendency to spend an hour. For lunch, you will end at one of our endorsed neighborhood restaurants. Return to your lodge in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and meet your trekking information who will go over small print for tomorrow’s adventure.
Day 02: Trek to Arkhet Bazar
We take a 7- 8 hrs bus experience to Arughat bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on contrary aspects of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, easy and affluent with motels and retail outlets promoting cloth, meals and hardware.From the bus end we trek for two hours to Arkhet bazaar. We skip via Gurung and Magar villages and terraced fields alongside the way.
Day 03: Trek from Arkhet Bazar to Machha Khola
From Arkhet Bazaar, we take the path to Machha Khola. Machha Khola is a village located above a move with the identical name. We set up camp at a true campsite.
Day 04: Trek from Machha Khola to Yaru khola
From Macha Khola we trek to Yaru Khola. The village of Yaru Khola at 1,330m altitude has a proper campsite close to the Buri Gandaki river. The river meanders serenely amongst gravel bars.
Day 05: Trek to Lokpa
From Yaru Khola, we trek to Lokpa. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum Valley. The nearby humans are farmers and develop potatoes, gucchi mushrooms and soya beans.
Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (Lower Tsum)
From Lokpa, we trek to Chumling Tanjo. We can see the Baudha Himal(6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI on a clear day. Chumling has three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gumba. There are additionally quite a few proper campsites. There is a smartphone provider and fitness publish too.
Day 07: Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum)
From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, the place hospitality neighborhood human beings (Tibetan team “Tsombo”) welcome you with common Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and neighborhood meal.
Day 08: Trek to Nile/Chhule
From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chhule. This is the remaining village heading north in the top Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western , sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes stroll throughout from Chhule.On the way we bypass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu(pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is positioned at the foot of a rugged cliff close to the village of Burji. Milarepa, the well-known Tibetan saint, was once believed to have reflected here. There are two separate gumbas connected to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, magnificent creative scripts carved on stones, lengthy prayer flags and sizeable Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most necessary socio-cultural asset in the valley.Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst great agricultural land.
Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa
Dephyudonma gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is located in the rugged mountains, a two hr stroll from the village of Chhule and Nile. The records of this monastery is without delay related with the sunrise of Buddhism in the valley.The monastery is run with the aid of Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and dinking water facilities.
Day 10: Trek to Rachen Gompa
The path ascends to Mu Gumba, the greatest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is placed at the best and farthest factor in the Tsum Valley. On the way to Mu Gumba.
Day 11: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje
Rachen Gumba is one of the greatest nunneries in the Tsum Valley, with eighty nuns presently studying. It used to be mounted in 1905 AD. Iyt homes the nuns belonging to Ngak-pa sect, which does now not permit animal slaughter. Dhumje is a small village with about eight homes and adjoining cattle shed.
Day 12: Trek to Philim
From Dumje we trek to Philim and pass Ripchet. on the way we witness one of the most stunning falls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. Phillim, at 1550m, is a massive Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The path that climbs thru the village and heads up over the ridge leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani
From Phillim we trek to Tatoni. There is a warm spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your worn-out muscle mass by way of soaking your self in the warm spring.
Day 14: Drive to Arughat Bazar
As we make our way from Lapubeshi to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
This morning we depart Arughat Bazaar early to return back to Kathmandu. The trip concludes today.
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