Tsum Valley Trek 30 days

The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gokha, Nepal. 'Tsum' comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalayas, is well known for its centres of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum valley, the Manaslu area in Nepal and southern parts of Tibet. The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism.

The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chuksum' which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been by passed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact. The valley is drained by the Shiar Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak. It is approachable via two routes: one passing through Chumchet and another from Lokpa. Both routes involve steep ascents of over 1500 m. from the valley floor.

The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially in ghoral and tahr, which congregate in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. The trail follows the winding Budhi Gandaki River. The flat elevated valley provides magnificent vistas of the Ganesh Himal (7422 m.), Sringi Himal (7187 m.), Himal Chuli (7895 m.) adn Baudha Himal (6672 m.) peaks.


Fact of the Trek

Manaslu Trek Map

Place Covers

Aarughat / Machha Khola/Yaru Khola/Chumling/Nile/Mu Gompa/Philim/Tatopani/Aarughat Bazaar

Group Size

Min 2, Max 9

Min. altitude

700m

Max. altitude

5215m

Best Season

February to June and September to November

Transportation

By tourist bus from Kathmandu/Arughat/Beshishar/ Kathmandu.

Trek Duration

30 days

Age Limit

20 to 70

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha which takes about eight hours. From Gorkha Bazaar 45 minutes walk up to the Gorkha palace which is the nice view point and an important historical place related to King Prithivi narayan Shah, visit there about 15 minutes around the palace with enjoying nice views and 10 minutes walk to the campside (kalikasthan 1650m). The campside is a very nice view point of Boudha himal, Himchuli and Manaslu.)


Day 03: Trek from Kalikasthan to Khanchowk (1000m) which takes about six hours. This day the way descent in the beginning 30 minutes several steps passing down and flat. There is already built a road but no vehicles are run there. You have to walk several up and down the side of the road and most of flat trail along the ridge both side. You can see very nice views even though very far mountains. You will pass many villages on the way where are mix peoples like Gurung, Chettri, Brhamin, kami, damai etc. Khanchowk is more than 25 houses settlement there; it’s like small bazaar with majority of mix peoples. And it is nice to walk at evening around Ghampesal for while.


Day 04: Trek from Khanchowk to Kharchwok (1550m) and it takes about six hours. This day the way is local trail, just local peoples are following this trail. This day is uphill and then zigzag up and down way through many mix villages with thin forest and very nice views along the ridge. This is very interesting way for trekking. Kharchowk is settlement of several houses and here you will find majority of gurung.


Day 05: Trek from Kharchowk to Barpak (1750m) which takes about six hours. This day several river you have to pass and up and down way through the forest, you pass the Kayaure gurung village, several up and down and forest, village and forest walk. Barpak is settlement of more than 60 houses with majority of Gurung and Chettri Brahamman and many people from this village are in British Gorkha and Indian Gorkha army.


Day 06: Trek from Barpak to Dhansirakharka (2000m) and it takes about five hours. This day in the beginning, the way is flat /straight and descent down 30 minutes to Dorondi Khola after crossing the suspension bridge the way starts to climb for the Dhansirakharka camp side. Dhansirakharka is only Kharka there; there are few shelters settlement there because the villagers from Barpak brings their cattle’s there in the summer.


Day 07: Trek from Dhansirakharka to Bhaisekharka (3950m) which takes about six hours. This day you walk uphill along the Dorondi Khola and Juniper and pine trees forest.


Day 08: Trek from Bhaisekharka to Rupinala glacier (4000m) and it takes about eight hours. This day gradually up about 4 hours and pass Rupinala pass 4643m and down hill to the glacier camp. This day is very hard day for this trekking.


Day 09: Trek from Glacier camp to Chuling Khola Kharka (3950m) which takes about five hours on the glacier. Around Chuling khola this place is one of the best valley in Nepal for the view and so quite place, we feel like hidden valley even though different landscape and mountains.


Day 10: Trek from Chulingkhola Kharka to Ngyak bensi which takes about


Day 11: Ngyak bensi to Ghap (2156m) 6 and ½ hours walk.


Day 12: Ghap to Li Gompa (about 3650m) 6 hours walk.


Day 13: Li Gompa to Raman Kunda (3950m) 6 hours walk.


Day 14: Raman Kunda to Sama Gompa (3530m)4 hours walk.


Day 15: Sama Gompa to Samdo village (3780m) 5 and ½ hours walk.


Day 16: Samdo village to Dharmasala rest house (4480) 5 hours walk.


Day 17: Dharmasala rest house to Bhimtang (3530m) 7 hours walks. 5213m Larkela pass and going down way to Bhimtang.


Day 18: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m.) which takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi river.


Day 19: Dharapani to Danaquekharka (5900m) 6 hours walk.


Day 20: Danaquekharka to Rambrong Danda (5000m) camp. The way goes at beginning very steep 2 to 3 hours to Namubhanjyang pass 5560m and gradually going down and flat on the glacier to the Rambrom Danda. This is one of the best view point campside even so high place.


Day 21: Rambrong Danda to Lamjung base camp for day excursion and back to camp.


Day 22: Rambrong Danda to Taprang Dharmasala (3460m) 6 hours walk.


Day 23: Taprang Dharmasala to Ghyamrang (2450m) 6 hours walk.


Day 24: Ghyamrang to Sahure Bhanjyang (1040m) 6 and ½ hours walk.


Day 25: Sahure Bhanjyang to Begnas Tal (610m) 2 hours walk.


Day 26: Begnas Tal one day rest.


Day 27: Spare day for rest day on the way where necessary during the Adventure pass.


Day 28: Begnas Tal to Kathmandu by private transport 6 hours drive.


Day 29: Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 30: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.


OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permit for Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation
  • A trekking guide
  • A cook
  • Necessary Porters
  • Kitchen helper
  • Sherpa
  • All surface transportation
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, juice, hot chocolate, tea, coffee etc.)
  • Necessary camping equipment such as sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Rescue Assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipments for the Nepali staff
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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