Tsum Valley Trek

The Tsum valley or Remote/ Detached village of Nepal. The trek to Tsum Valley is for the hidden heritage of Nepal. The name Tsum derived from the Tibetan word (Tsombo), which means (vivid) or know as the (Beyul Kyimolung) means the holy hidden valley of Happiness The Tsum valley.  Tsum valley is based in northern part of Nepal in Gorkha district, surrounded by the Buddha Himal / Himal Chuli to the west, And Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. The inhabited of th Tsum valley are Tsumbas, an indigenous community. So the Tibetan Buddhist culture is extremely prevalent over here. This serene valley Tsum hold a history of ancient Himalayan civilization styles culture, art, tradition, religion, customs and thinking. Tsum Valley is abundant in ancient art, culture and religion. The Tsum valley countryside landscape is spotted with walls, Chortens & Kaania. Chortens knew as Stupas Buddhist religious monuments as distant lineaments of Tsum valley.  People in Tsum valley still follow Polyandry system.  All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl The Tsum people have their own terrific way of family life, which will defiantly astonish outsiders. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, Tsum valley and its people have been overlooked by orthodox development for centuries. Any way in the visit of this Tsum valley we can have magnificent view of Mountains, Hill, and amazing forest. We will be welcomed in Traditional Way, get chance to have local meal. Over all of this we will be perplexed by ancient culture.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping Centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m). 8-9 hrs

In the morning after breakfast, we set out driving to Sotikhola through the Prithvi highway in the initiation. It is winding road drive with the incredible scenarios and drive on the Trishuli River bed. Then the road splits to the countryside and also a tough. We reach to Sotikhola over 8-9 hours tiring drive via the district Centre of Dhading. Overnight at tented camp.   

Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Tatopani (990m). 6-7 hrs

The first walking day on the mountain, we walk gradually beside the Budi Gandaki River and through the forest. Continuously, we ascend and descend to the pristine Budi Gandaki River bed. The trail includes sandy path and also the winding walk over the River, through the terraced farmlands. We reach to Machha Khola and to Tatopani via Khorlabesi, which is our campsite today. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 05: Tatopani to Philim (1570m). 6-7 hrs

Tatopani is a wonderful place to stay, especially to enjoy the natural hot spring. We start our trek crossing the suspension bridge and walk through the stairway; we eventually reach at the juncture of Dobhan. Again to cross a bridge over Yaru Khola, descend to the river beach on the next ridge to reach Jagat. Crossing Salleri and Sridibas village through the stone paved trail, we reach to Philim and stay there. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 06: Philim to Chumling (2386m). 6-7 hours

From Philim, we cross the checkpoint of Manaslu Conservation Area. We can view the Sringi Himal from there. Then, we cross the Ekle Bhatti and happen to see a beautiful waterfall near Lokpa. Reaching the Nayapul, our trail splits from the Manaslu route and walk through the rhododendron and pine forest. Then we descend to the Lungwa Khola and into Saarti gorge. It is quite rocky and tough trail to walk. We reach to Chumling for our overnight stay. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Chumling to Nile (3361m). 7-8 hours

Today, we begin the trek from the Chumling and cross the bridge on the Samatikring Khola. Before reaching to the Rainjam, we can explore the Dhampa Gompa. Then we walk towards the Gho village after crossing a bridge. We walk towards the alpine zone, so acclimatization is necessary to adapt to the altitude. Crossing Ngakyu Leru, we cross a suspension bridge and reach to the Rachen Gompa with a micro hydro power, where we can make a short visit. Walking from there, we reach to the Lar village. Crossing Phurbe and Pangdun, we reach Nile with the awesome view of the waterfall. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Nile to Dupchet (4180m). 6-7 hours

We are getting closer to the Tibetan border. From Nile, we start the trek through Sengum and cross the bridge to reach the Chho Syong. Mu Gompa, the famous monastery is located at 3700 meters, which is our lunch camp today. Rikang Gumba and Dhephu Doma Nunnery Gompa are located nearby. The trekkers with tea house camping will stay here for their last camp, but as we have a tented camp overnight, we walk further more to Dupchet. It is an isolated part and the trail is gradual up. The views of Ganesh Himal VII, VIII and IX, Yongdol Himal can be seen from there. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Hike to Thapla Bhanjyang (5104m) and back to Dupchet. 8-9 hours

Today we make a wonderful day hike to the Tibetan border, named as the Thapla Bhanjyang. It is located in a bit far distance, but you have an option to make a horse ride, but it should be taken from Mu Gompa. All the way is a gradual up till the border line. The landscape is similar to the dry Tibetan plateau. Thaple Himal and Yangdol Himal can be seen from there. Then we back to our campsite at Dupchet. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Dupchet to Chhule (3347m).  5-6 hours

From Dupchet, we trek down gradually to Mu Gompa. It offers spiritual fascination of the Tibetan Buddhist civilization. Again, we descend to Chhule for our overnight camp with enjoying the views of the Chhurke Himal and Kipu Himal. Overnight at a tented camp.

Day 11: Chhule to Gho (3000m). 6-7 hours

Crossing the Chhuyang Chhemo waterfall and Chhorten, we trek down to the Burji village through the Shiar Khola. We visit the Milarepa cave (Piren Phu) which is an important site on this route. From Burji village, we trek down to Lama Gaun and to Gho via Chhokangparo for the stay. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Gho to Lokpa (2240m): 6-7 hours

The trail continues to Rainjam, Chumling, Sarti gorge and finally to Lokpa.  The trail is rugged  and has a rock falling area that goes along the Siyar Khola bank. On a good place with nice views, we set up a camp. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Lokpa to Dobhan (1070m). 7-8 hours

After a short walk from Lokpa, we meet the trail of the Manaslu circuit trekking. Then we trek down to Ekle Bhatti and walk along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Beside the trail, you can see the green fields and subtropical vegetation. After check out from MCAP counter, you reach to Philim, then to Sridibas and Salleri. The trail is stone paved and wide. We cross Jagat and again cross the suspension bridge to reach Yaruphant. If you feel tired and want to rest, you can stay around here or still walk to Dobhan and take a rest. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Dobhan to Soti Khola (700m). 7-8 hours

Right at the beginning, we cross the suspension bridge and follow the rocky ravine. An interesting fact, today is the natural hot spring. It is also a great cure for various skin diseases. Then we trek down to Khorlabesi and Machha Khola. The northeast view of the Ganesh Himal can be seen. The greenery of the fields and forests beside the Budhi Gandaki River is outstanding. We have a long walk today to reach the Soti Khola, which is the last day of our trek. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Soti Khola to Kathmandu drive. 7-8 hours

We drive to Kathmandu from the Soti Khola via Aarughat. From the district centre of Dhading- Dhading Besi, the road is pitched and join to the Prithvi Highway, then drive further for 2 hours more. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and rest. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16. Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. We take you walking tour to Local market Ason, Oldest supermarket Vishal Bazar, Kilagod, Hidden Stupa etc. And we take you Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique history, cultural and religion and the living goddess “Kumari” lives here. We can found lots of small monuments and temples in this area. The whole square was listed in world heritage sites.

We can see an antique architecture of statue, perfectly carved wooden windows and doors. This will be the right destination to study for those who love to extend the history of Nepal’s Old King family. It is a museum too. It is one of the Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacies of traditional architecture.

Day 17:  Departure.

At the farewell day, Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition’s representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us.

Cost Includes

  •  Pick up and drop.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tented camp accommodation.
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • All land transportation.
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • All required permits.
  • All food, drinks, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • Hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • 4 wheel drive to trekking starting point and pick up from the ending point.
  • All government taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client's personal insurance,
       and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

1 of 1 review

A very good days in Nepal
A very good days in Nepal
Thanks for the very good days here in Nepal. We enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks also to our Guide "Narendra" and our strong and helpful porter "Norman". The Himalayans really impress us. we hope that we will be in Nepal Soon !
Peter Salsausr, Peter Karlssonw
May 20, 2014 at 04:15 am

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