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.
Upon arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representatives and will be taken to your hotel. Feel free to explore the capital city. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Briefing about the details of the trip, such as the safety measures, we will check your clothing and trekking equipment. For the rest of the day, feel free to explore the UNESCO listed world heritage sites and its diversity within the valley. Overnight at hotel.
A 7-8 hour ride from Kathmandu into the western mountains leads us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarters of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi, observing the green hills, we reach Arughat. Arughat is a major town in the region and is separated in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki River flowing between them. Overnight in Arughat.
We cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and start our trek from Arughat. We walk on the stone-paved street through the bazaar and pass the hydro-electric power plant to reach Mangaltar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now turns out to be steeper. We cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge and reach a beautiful waterfall before making a long ascent on a ridge to Kuerepani. Then the trail inclines to Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
After having our breakfast, we ascend slowly through lovely Sal forests. The trail then goes over forested and attached ridges past many waterfalls. The trail is narrow and later descends to pass rice paddies before ascending to the attractive Gurung village of Labubesi. After passing a suspension bridge at the remarkable Nauli Khola falls, the gorge opens out and the track drops onto stony banks along the river before ascending to the village of Machha Khola. Overnight n Machha Khola.
We move forward through narrow tracks and make some uphill and downhill climbs. Climbing alongside Budhi Gandaki River, we reach Khorlabesi and continue to walk on the river bank to reach Tatopani (hot spring). The trail leads us to the left bank of the river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki. After that, the trails lead us to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
After finishing the ACAP procedure in Jagat, we ascent over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then, incline to Sirdibas. The track goes uphill through Ghatta Khola to reach Philim, a large Gurung village, situated on the foothills of the Ganesh Himal range. Moving past Philim to the forest with the views of the contracting valley, we reach Chisopani. An amazing panorama of the Ganesh Himal range and Shringi Himal (7161m) can be seen from Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani.
Walk past the checkpoint of Manaslu Conservation Area. We can get the views of Shringi Himal (7161m) throughout the way. Move further to cross Ekle Bhatti to view a beautiful waterfall near Lokpa known as Samba Falls. Continue to Nayapul, where we move away from the Manaslu route and follow the trail through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine. Descend along a rocky and tough trail to Lungwa River and into Sarti Gorge to finally enter Tsum valley as we reach Chumling. Overnight in Chumling.
Walk on the suspension bridge and relish the great views of Ganesh Himal range. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola passing another bridge to reach Gho Village. Another 2 hours ascent through Tsum alongside Shiar Khola leads to the village of Chhokangparo. Enjoy the sights of Langju Himal (6426m) and Ganesh Himal rangeb from Chhokangparo. Overnight in Chhokangparo.
Walk past Lamagaon on a suspension bridge to reach Rachen Gompa, an ancient nunnery. We make a small visit to the Gompa and then we continue moving alongside Shiar Khola through Phurbe and Pangdun. Passing an old Stupa of Buddha and crossing the village of Chhule, ascent to finally reach the Nile. Visit the Gonhgye Gompa in Chhule if you wish to. Overnight in the Nile.
Today is a short and pleasant walk. We walk along the west side of the valley across Tibetan landscapes as the Tibet border is really close now. After walking for around 3 hours through rows of Chortens and widening mountain vistas, we reach Mu-Gompa. This trail is an ancient trade route for Nepal and Tibet. Overnight in Mu-Gompa.
Today you spend your day exploring the Mu Gompa. The Gompa is the largest in this region and also one of the oldest. It is home to over 100 monks and is situated in the highest and the farthest place in the Tsum Valley. Dhephu Doma is another nunnery in Tsum and is about 600 years old with some ancient Thankas inside. From Mu Gompa, there are yak pastures and high peaks in all directions and Lungdang Glacier in the east. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Retrace the trails through Chhule and Phurbe on the bank of Shiar Khola. Ascend up to Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), a sacred cave used by a Tibetan philosopher in the 15th century for meditation. Later, descending alongside the river, we reach the lovely village of Burgi. Overnight in Burgi.
Continue trekking in awe of the mesmerizing landscapes as you descend to Chhokangparo. Descending further, we reach Gho before crossing a bridge over Sharpu Khola. Then we retrace our trail along lower Tsum valley to reach Chumling. Overnight in Chumling.
Today we retrace our trail back to Philim as we walk through Sarti Gorge and cross Lungwa River to plunge into the wilderness of rhododendron and pine forest. Then we will have converged to the Manaslu route as we pass through Samba Falls and catch a glimpse of Shringi Himal (7161m) to reach Philim. Overnight in Philim.
We descend to Sirdibas to reach Jagat and a further descend takes us to Yaruphant. We can now experience the subtropical vegetation in the arid Tibetan climate. Continue trekking to Dovan and reach Tatopani where we can relax in the hot spring and give rest to our tired muscles. After a rejuvenating bath, we walk up and down to finally reach Khorlabesi. Overnight in Khorlabesi.
The day starts by walking a rocky ravine to cross Thado Khola. Then we climb down Budhi Gandaki River and walk through Maccha Khola and Khursane. En route, we will enjoy the pristine waterfalls on both sides of the river. Walking along the ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River and crossing the pine forest, we cross another bridge to finally reach Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
A pleasant ride, sometimes bumpy, crossing Soti Khola and then Arughat takes us to the central hills of Nepal as we retrace our trail via the pleasant highway back to the valley of Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
You will be taken to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of your flight to your home country.