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Tsum Valley Trek - 19 Days

Trip Introduction


Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley trekking path takes us across Tsum Valley, an unrevealed territory sited in the northern Gorkha of Nepal. ‘Tsum’ is taken from a Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ which means vivid. Tsum valley trekking is the latest and fresh trekking route in Nepal which was previously barred for trekkers. However, the Nepalese government opened this region three years back for tourists realizing the possibilities for tourism in this area. Tsum valley trekking region is abundant in cultural inheritance and we can observe a lot of Chortens, Mani walls, and Gumbas throughout this trek. This trek starts from Aarughat in the Gorkha district, which can be easily accessible from Kathmandu. And we encounter Nepal arrange the appropriate itinerary as per your wish.
Yeti or ‘Abominable Snowman’ which are considered rare in the world is seemingly seen in this remote land. It is believed that the great Buddhist Guru Milarepa had once meditated in the mountain grotto of this valley and therefore considered a sacred and attractive spot for the visitors. We also get to stopover the prominent natural hot-spring in Tatopani during the trek which is referred to as a cure for different allergies related to our skin.
Tsum valley trekking is one of the blessed hidden valleys for Buddhism and as such this trekking holds significant old monasteries in the midst of remote areas. For centuries, local people are dependent on agriculture, trending with Tibet and grazing herds of yak for their continued existence. The trail curve passes the pile of stones hand-carved with Buddhist prayer and divinity and cubic-chortens. Tsum valley is utterly preserved environmentally, traditionally, and has spectacular beauty all around and big mountain views. The concealed valley of Tsum is enclosed by the Ganesh Himal to the south, Boudha Himal, and Himchuli to the west & Sringi Himal to North.
 


Group Size : Minimum 02 Pax Max - altitude : 3700m/12174ft
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Moderate
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m/4264Ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat (600m/1968ft), Duration: 7-8 Hrs drive
Day 04: Aarughat to Soti Khola (700m/2296ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2952ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 07: Jagat to Chisapani (1660m/5445ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 08: Chisapani to Chumling (2386m/7827ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 11: the Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m/12174ft), Duration: 3 Hrs
Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing- Acclimatization
Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3245m/10644ft), Via Milarepa cave, Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 14: Burgi village to Chumling (2386m/7827ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1570m/5103ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3182ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2296ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 18: Soti Khola to Aarughat to Kathmandu (1300m/1968ft), walk 4 Hrs and drive 7-8 Hrs
Day 19: Farewell day, Back to home country
 
Note: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The Trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your need and taste, for more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 
 

 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1300m/4262ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition representative will greet you and who will drop off to your respective Hotel. After checking in you take rest or visit Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition’s office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You will stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
                                                                                                              
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After a hearty breakfast, at 8:30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapole in Pagoda style Batsala Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration. Some last-minute we get our equipment check by our climbing leader and shopping in the Thamel area for trekking essentials. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Include: Bed and Breakfast
 
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat (600m/1968ft), Duration: 7-8 Hrs drive
A 7-8 Hours’ drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Aarughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills, we reach Aarughat, our trek start point. Aarughat is a major town in the region and is divided into two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. We will stay overnight at Aarughat.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 04: Aarughat to Soti Khola (700m/2296ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Aarughat. We follow the stone-paved street north through the Bazaar. We pass through the hydro-electric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests we arrive at Shanti Bazaar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazaar. Descend to high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here, the trail descends to Soti Khola. We will overnight stay at Soti Khola.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2952ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. We will stay overnight at Machha Khola.
Include: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & down there is a small trailside hot spring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dovan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dovan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat. We will stay overnight at Jagat.
Include: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 07: Jagat to Chisapani (1660m/5445ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
After completing the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri. And then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climbing up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisapani. We will stay overnight at Chisapani.
Include: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
 
Day 08: Chisapani to Chumling (2386m/7827ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After Ekle Bhatti crosses the gorge and half an hour walk on the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of the Himalchuli mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa Khola and climbing jig jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling Gompa and the stone streets of the village.
Include: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continuous 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting enjoy the view of Himalchuli at 7893m and Ganesh Himal at 7140m. we will stay overnight at Chokhangparo.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shikhar Khola. Continue walking through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe, and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in the way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at the Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located at the top of the area. We will overstay at the Nile tonight.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 11: the Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m/12174ft), Duration: 3 Hrs
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. We will overstay at Mu Gompa tonight.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 12: Sightseeing and acclimatization
Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the highest and most remote part of the Tsum valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m)
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3245m/10644ft), Via Milarepa cave, Duration: 5 Hrs
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (piren Phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.
Included: Bed Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 14: Burgi village to Chumling (2386m/7827ft), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continued descending to Gho. Descending further we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1570m/5103ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail, we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Philim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3182ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dovan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2296ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
 
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Include: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 18:  Soti Khola to Aarughat to Kathmandu (1300m/1968ft), walk 4 Hrs and drive 7-8 Hrs
Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrives at Archet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally Passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. We will have overnight in Kathmandu.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 19: Farewell day, Back to home country
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Included: Breakfast
 


COST INCLUDE
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 COST EXCLUDE
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.

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Important Note:
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. 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 prepared to be flexible if required
 

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries
 

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