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Tsum Valley Trek (19 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-TSVT2

  • Trip Type Lodge/Camping
  • Duration 19 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land
Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek is a recently opened trek falling in a restricted area Gorkha district. Thus trekkers are required to pay special royalties to get trek permits for this trekking area.
 
The inhabitants of the tsum valley follow Buddhist tradition very similar to Tibetans. The valley is famous for herbs such as nirmasi, timur etc. and farming is limited to potatoes, buckwheat, barley and vegetables etc. Sheep, yak, langur monkeys, are some of the animals found in this high elevation.
 
People in Tsum Valley still practice polyandry system and they have unique culture, tradition and their own dialect. They celebrate unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning and others. Many Tsumbas (resident of Tsum Valley) report they have seen or found the signs of Mehti, commonly refereed as ‘Yeti’ or ‘Abominable Snowman’.
 
The Tsum Valley Trek begins from Arughat in Gorkha district, which is easily accessible from Kathmandu. The exploration team has recommended three different itineraries in Tsum Valley.
 
The first half of the trail to Chhumling valley is quite steep and difficult but thenceforth it is gentle and scenic. You will be able to enjoy the forests of rhodendron, oak and blue pine. Along the trail, you can get the majestic glimpse of such peaks as Ganesh Himal (7000m), Sringi Himal (7161m), Ganesh I (7420m), Ganesh II (7100m). The area falls on the well preserved Manaslu Conservation Area.
 
Tsum Valley Trek is graded as an easy to moderate trek and the highest point one reaches during the trek is Mu Gompa (3700m). 
 
The Tsum Valley trek is mostly a Camping Trek but is also possible in a combination of camping and lodge trek. The trek is best during autumn (Sep-Nov) or Spring (Mar-May) seasons when the flowers come into bloom and wild animals spring into life of its own.

 

 Trip code: NET-TR-TSVT2
  Region Tsum Valley Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 19 days
 Trip Type: Lodge/Camping
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Teahouse) / Local house or Camping Accommodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) takes about seven hours. You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and most of all mountains at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue your drive along gravel and bumpy path all the way to Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Arughat Bazaar passing through Soti Khola (730m.) to Liding (800m) takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and green forest. To reach Liding, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Liding is a village at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Liding thru Machha Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.) takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) takes about six hours. You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about six hours. The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Form Philim you climb a gradual up hill stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Lokpa to Rainjam (2486m.), takes about six hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Rainjam to Rachen Gompa(3240.), takes about five hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Rachen Gompa to Mu Gompa (3700m.) takes about five to six hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Explore Mu Gompa, hike to a lake nearby. Mu Gompa is the oldest monastery in this region. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Mu Gompa to Lama Gaon (3240m.), takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Lama Gaon to Rainjam (2486m.), takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Rainjam to Gompa Lungdang (3200m.), takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Gompa Lungdang to Ganesh Himal base camp and return to Gompa Lungdang takes 7 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Gompa Lungdang to Chumling (2328m) takes about six hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Chumling to Philim (1700m.) takes 5 and half hours. As you follow the descending route you will pass by fairly dense pine forest where many species of birds inhabit the forest. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek Philim to Dovan (1070m) takes 6 hours on a descending and ascending path. You leave the cultivated region around Philim as you descend along the path that follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house in Yaru.

Trek from Dovan to Khorlabesi (840m) takes 4 hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge/local house.

Trek from Khorlabesi to Sotikhola takes about seven hours. This day you pass through some villages. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river.

Trek from Sotikhola to Arughat (535m) takes about five hours and then drive to Kathmandu. While driving, you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu, which is famous for delicious fish. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Teahouse / Local house accomodation during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
 
 
 
The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
 
 
Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
 
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