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Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Facts

Destination:Nepal

Total Duration:20 Days

Trip Grade:Moderate

Meals:Breakfast Only

Transportation:Tourist Bus

Recommended Month:March to May /October to December

Accommodation:Hotel/Guest House

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Tsum Valley Trek takes you to an awe-inspiring journey to the untamed path of the Gorkha district. Tsum valley is a sacred pilgrimage valley situated in the high hills of Gorkha. This trek offers us views of the Ganesh and Siringi Himal along with views of the hills and pastures. This trek also offers us the experience to mix with the local people of the valley. The culture, tradition and art are highly influenced by the Tibetan values. You will experience the unique dialect of the local people and their artistic shrines. You will also be able to get closer with the Buddhist deities as stones are carved with drawings of their deities and symbols inscribed along with prayers. Tsum Valley is quite rich in flora and fauna as you will go through lush rhododendron forests.

Recently opened for trekking, this area has very little information and is greatly suitable for trekkers with moderate to fairly fit level of fitness. Tsum Valley Trek starts with a sightseeing trip to the world heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley and then a long drive on a curvy and bumpy road will take us to the village of Arughat. From there, we start to hike up and down the hills to get to our final destination of Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, two of the oldest and artistic monasteries of the region. We will follow our footsteps back to the village of Arughat and drive to Kathmandu after exploring the valley. This trek can be completed in 18-24 days based on your scheme.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at Hotel

Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (530m, 7-8 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 04:Arughat to Soti Khola (730m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 05:Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 06:Machha Khola to Jagat (1281m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 07:Jagat to Philim (1600m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 08:Philim to Chumling (2310m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 09:Chumling to Chokangparo (3010m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 10:Chokangparo to Nile (3360m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 11:Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 12:Exploration Day

Day 13:Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at Gompa

Day 14:Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 15:Dumje to Philim (1600m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 16:Philim to Khorlabesi (970m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 17:Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (730m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 18:Soti Khola to Arughat (530m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea house

Day 19:Arughat to Kathmandu (6-7hrs.). Overnight at hotel

Day 20:Departure

Cost Include

  • Accommodation 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All tea house accommodation during the trekking
  • Experienced staffs with a leading guide, assistant guide(4:1) and Sherpa porters
  • Down jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be returned after trip completion)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Airfare fees
  • Tips to guides and porters
  • Personal Expenses (Phone calls, Bar bill, Battery recharge)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at HotelOur representative will pick you up at the international airport of Nepal and take you to your hotel room. You can rest and pack your bags for the upcoming trek. In the evening, a feast to welcome you and brief you about the trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at HotelWe take a stroll around the heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit places like Swoyambhu, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Our guide will detail us about the historical importance of the heritage sites. Back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (530m, 7-8 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseA long drive from Kathmandu through the Dhading district takes us to the village of Arughat in a really bumpy road. Throughout the drive, we will see green hills and flowing rivers. We will cross the Buddhi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge and finally arrive at Arughat. Arughat is a small town on the bank of Buddhi Gandaki River with lots of shops. The village is divided into two parts, east and west. West side is the older part of the village. Overnight at Arughat.

Day 04Arughat to Soti Khola (730m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseToday we start by walking uphill. The more we walk the narrower the path goes so we should be walking slowly and steadily. We will cross a typical Nepali village with big peepal and banyan tree on our way to Soti Khola. After a long walk, we will come across a very lengthy suspension bridge, which after crossing took us to the village of Soti Khola, built on top of a huge rock. Overnight at tea house.

Day 05Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house We are already on a high rock so we will start our trek downhill. After getting down the valley, we will ascend in a very narrow path of steps. An hour after that the valley will open up with gentle slopes and paddy fields. We will get to Lapurbesi and then to the village of Machha Khola. The views today include paddy fields, large hills and if the weather is good, we will also see the Ganesh Himal hovering above the hills through a distance. Overnight at tea house.

Day 06Machha Khola to Jagat (1281m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe start our journey by descending down a narrow and steep path. First we get to the village of Tatopani, where we’ll stop for a hot shower. Then we move up and down along the path. The path is mainly steep and uphill as we walk along the river. We will reach a camping site with a little tea shop. An hour after that we will arrive at the village of Jagat. Overnight at tea house.

Day 07Jagat to Philim (1600m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseToday, we will get above the village of Jagat and continue on our journey to the village of Philim. We will get past a rocky ridge to get to Salleri and then descend down to the village of Sirdibas. We keep ascending up and pass several suspension bridges to climb up a steep slope to arrive at the village of Philim. Philim is a small village with 4 to 5 lodges, some shops and a lot of farmland. We will get a glimpse of the Sringi Himal, standing at the height of above 6000 meters. We will also be able to experience the Buddhist culture more closely than any other day before. Overnight at tea house.

Day 08Philim to Chumling (2310m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseGet above the village of Phillim to the pass of the Larkya Lya and after an hour, we will reach the Ekle Bhatti with some bhatti. From there, we will climb up to a deep gorge through a pine forest and then the trail to the right will take you to the village of Lokpa. Now, we will descend through a lush forest and cross a couple of bridges and again climb uphill to the village of Ripche to cross the Siyar Khola and arrive at Chumling. Today, we will see Himalchuli, Buddhi Gandaki and forest of rhododendron and pine. Overnight at tea house.

Day 09Chumling to Chokangparo (3010m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe will cross a couple of suspension bridges and walk through farmlands and lush forest up the valley to arrive at Rainjam. Our journey today shows us great views of the tall Ganesh Himal and the speeding Buddhi Gandaki River right below us. We will cross the Serpu Khola and climb up a well-built track to arrive at the upper part of the Tsum Valley, Chokangparo. Overnight at tea house.

Day 10Chokangparo to Nile (3360m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe will pass several small settlements and climb over a ridge to arrive at Lamagaon. Easy trek through there as we walk through flat fields to get to Phurbe and Pangdun before getting to the village of Chhule. We will just cross a bridge and climb the hill to arrive at Nile. Nile is a traditional village with livestock compounds and verandas for drying crops. Overnight at tea house.

Day 11Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseToday, we will get to the last destination of our trek, the Mu Gompa. It is basically a large monastery with beautiful views on narrow valleys and green pastures. Today is just a basic climb through dry Tibetan country with rows of chortens and wide mountain vistas. Overnight at tea house.

Day 12Exploration DayToday, we will stroll around the village and go up to the remote Dhephu Doma nunnery and gompa. If we get the chance to climb above it, we will enjoy great views of the valleys and the mountains. We will also see the popular passes of the Tibetan traders. In Mu Gompa, there are yak pastures in all directions. Overnight at Mu Gompa.

Day 13Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at GompaWe return down to the village of Phurbe and follow our way to the Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is a very old monastery with very friendly nuns. Overnight at Rachen Gompa.

Day 14Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe will follow our way back to the village of Dumje , a small settlement with not more than 10 houses and cattle sheds. Along the way, we will be able to see green narrow valleys with snow-capped peaks in the background. Overnight at tea house.

Day 15Dumje to Philim (1600m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseThe same way back through Ripche will take us to the village of Philim. Up and down the hills with mountains above us and the Buddhi Gandaki below, it will be a really interesting day. Overnight at tea house.

Day 16Philim to Khorlabesi (970m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe will follow our path along the river to reach Jagat and cross the small village of Yaru. We will ascend up to reach Tatopani and after corssing a couple of suspension bridges, we will get to Khorlabesi. We will experience a sudden change in temperature and in vegetation. Overnight at tea house.

Day 17Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (730m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe will cross the Machha Khola and Lapurbesi along the way to the Soti Khola. We will again have glimpses of the Ganesh Himal, paddyfields and large hills throughout the hike.

Day 18Soti Khola to Arughat (530m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseUp and down through narrower paths to arrive at the village of Arughat. Overnight at tea house.

Day 19Arughat to Kathmandu (6-7hrs.). Overnight at hotelDrive through Dhading Besi on an 8 hour drive will take us to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20DepartureYou will be guided to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

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