Trip Overview Tsum Valley Trekking
Tsum Valley Trekking is a trek to ‘Beyul Kyimolung’ which translates as - ‘Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness.’ The designation ‘Tsum’ is derived from the Tibetan term ‘Tsombo’ which means ‘Vivid.’ Tsum Valley is believed to have been crafted by 8th century Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava to impart shelter to the people fleeing from war, famine and religious persecution. The native inhabitants of Tsum Valley are referred to as Tsumbas.
Tsum Valley Trekking at ‘Adventure Himalayan Travels’ is 19- days long trekking package that takes you through ancient nunneries, local houses, tea houses, monasteries and the cave of Piren Phu (where Saint Milarepa is said to have meditated) to the Tsum Valley which nestles amid Boudha and Himal Chuli mountains to the west, Ganesh Mountain to the south and Sringi Mountain to the north.
Special Features of Tsum Valley Trekking incorporates walking through verdant forests of pines and rhododendrons, passing through pretty villages of ever- smiling locals and observing their centuries old Buddhist culture, enjoying the captivating view of splendid Ganesh Mountain and many more.
After enjoying the scenic ride to Arughat Bazaar, we will initiate our trekking towards Tsum Valley which leads us through several roaring rivers, cascading waterfalls, small stream, verdant woods with diverse floras and faunas, monasteries and a hot geyser before taking us back to Arughat Bazaar and eventually back to Kathmandu.
Itinerary Outline of Tsum Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Drive to Arughat Bazaar
Day03: Trek to Soti Khola
Day04: Trek to Machha Khola
Day05: Trek to Doban
Day06: Trek to Philim
Day07: Trek to Chumling(Lower Tsum)
Day08: Trek to Chhokangparo(Upper Tsum)
Day09: Trek to Nile/ Chhule
Day10: Trek to Mu Gompa
Day11: Rest Day in Mu Gompa
Day12: Trek to Rachen Gompa
Day13: Trek to Dumje
Day 14: Trek to Philim
Day15: Trek to Tatopani
Day16: Trek to Soti Khola
Day17: Trek to Arughat Bazaar
Day18: Drive to Kathmandu
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Our representative from ‘Adventure Himalayan Travels’ will pick you up in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and entrust you to the hotel where you will be briefly explained about your trekking package. Welcome dinner will be organized in the evening amid Nepalese Cultural Program
Day02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar:
An early bus ride of about 7hours enjoying the scenic beauties of mountains and rice fields along the Pokhara Highway through Dhading Besi will be able to take us to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha District which is cramped with hotels and lodges. Arughat is a village tore in two parts by Budi Gandaki River. We will select an appropriate hotel to stay overnight in Arughat Bazaar.
Day03: Trek to Soti Khola:
We will continue walking through plain land along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River having Shringi Himal as the background view. Later the trail proceeds through small Gurung and Magar Villages, waterfalls and dense woods to make it to Soti Khola where we will pitch our camp overnight.
Day04: Trek to Machha Khola:
Crossing the bridge, we will follow the tapered path through forest, waterfall and streams to head to the Gurung Village at Labu Besi. A series of ups and downs through hill and a ridge will eventually lead us to Machha Khola Village which is a small Village of Mongolian origins located upstream.
Day05: Trek to Doban:
Our journey for the day commences by crossing the Machha Khola. A series of ups and downs will lead us to Tharo Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River to make it to Doban which lies at the confluence of the Shiar Klola flowing from the east and Sarpu Klola flowing from the west.
Day06: Trek to Philim:
The 6th day of Tsum Valley Trekking takes us uphill through a rocky trail, undergoes series of ups and downs and proceeds through ravines and verdant woods to take us to the big Gurung Village of Philim located at 1550m altitude with field of corn and millet. We will pitch our camp amid an area enclosed by pine and poplar trees.
Day07: Trek to Chumling(Lower Tsum):
Leaving Philim, we will continue climbing the steep hill through the strenuous path to reach to ridge that proceeds to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and then continue walking through villages of Lokpa and Gumlung through a stony path to make it to Chumling which is located on the southern face of Shringi Himal.
Day08: Trek to Chhokangparo(Upper Tsum):
This day we will cross Serpu Khola and pass through the Village of Gho before ascending up to a plain land to arrive to Chhokangparo which comprises two settlements-Chhokang and Paro which retains its Ancient Tibetan Buddhist heritage unmarred by time. Chhokangparo offers the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal Range to the south and Buddha and Himal Chuli Peaks to the south- west.
Day09: Trek to Nile/ Chhule:
Nile is the last northern village in Upper Tsum Valley positioned at the western bank of Shiar Khola at about 20minutes of walking distance far from Chhule. Enroute, we will visit Piren Phu Cave which is commonly known as the pigeon cave located near to village of Burji where Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated.
Day10: Trek to Mu Gompa:
The trail for the day commences from west bank of Tsum Valley and ascend uphill to make it to Mu Gompa(3510m) which is the largest monastery in the region positioned at the highest and farthest point in Tsum Valley which is believed to be established in 1895AD.
If time and weather permits, we will have a short trek to Dhephyudonma Gompa which is regarded as one of the oldest monasteries in Tsum Valley which is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect.
Day11: Rest day in Mu Gompa:
We will allocate this day for taking a well- deserved rest from the arduous trek and prepare ourselves for upcoming treks. We will explore around to a pond or reach to the base of Pika Himal(4865m).
Day12: Trek to Rachen Gompa:
The trek for the 12th day of Tsum Valley Trekking will lead us to Rachen Gompa. We will lower down the hill through forest to reach Chhule from where we can have the spectacular view of Majestic Punchen Himal. A bit farther to Chhule exists Rainjam at an altitude of 2600m. It takes about 6-7 hours of walk to complete the journey.
Day13: Trek to Dumje:
Leaving Rachen Gompa behind, we will lower down the route through pine forest to make it to Dumje- a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle sheds.
Day14: Trek to Philim:
We will pass through several small settlements at Ripchet, Samba Tingding and Chhupyang and move along the route with cascading waterfalls to Philim where we will stay overnight.
Day15: Trek to Tatopani:
Continuing down through Philim, we will walk along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River towards Khorlabesi. A bit farther from Khorlabesi exists Tatopani-a hot spring of water which is deemed to cure skin ailment.
Day16: Trek to Soti Khola:
Today we will pass through several small settlements and terraced crop fields before lowering down to Soti Khola. We will set our camp on the bank of Soti Khola.
Day17: Trek to Arughat Bazaar:
Crossing the bridge, we will pass through cultivated areas and villages to make it to Arughat Bazaar where we will stay overnight.
Day18: Drive to Kathmandu:
This day marks the end of Tsum Valley Trekking. Leaving Arughat Bazaar, the trail proceeds through Dhading Besi, Malekhu, Naubise and Thankot for about 7hrs through the road offering the scenic beauties of mountains and terraces to arrive to Kathmandu.
Our representative will assist you in last moment preparation and will drive you back to Airport from where you will return to your beloved ones. We hope to see you again.