Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. 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 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.The trek start and end point is Arughat, a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages.
As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Pass the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||3710 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 7-8 hours drive
Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 – 7 hours
Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hour
Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours
Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft)