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Tsum Valley Trekking

“around hidden valley of Tsum exploring pristine villages of ancient Buddhist culture and untouched by outside world”

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Tsum Valley
Trip Basis
On Lodge / Tea House or Camping
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
3,700 m at Mu Gompa
Total Trip
17 / 18 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
March to June and September to November
Highlights
Fascinating trek around hidden areas between Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, exploring ancient culture of Bon and Buddhist culture within pristine environment, Tsum the valley of Happiness visiting its old unique monasteries and villages, Amazing panorama of high snowcapped peaks with unique beautiful landscapes.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition presents an exclusive trekking destination to hidden areas of Tsum Valley known as the Valley of Happiness in local language as well in Tibetan which is close distance to the border of Tibet. 
On this Tsum Valley trekking, you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks of Mt. Manaslu, in the shade of gigantic Ganesh Himal which is the closest mountains within Tsum Valley.Tsum Valley Trekking
The area around Tsum been opened for trekkers just 2 decades ago, and less frequented by travelers due to its remoteness and still a virgin and pristine country unspoiled and untouched by modernization civilizations, where you can explore its ancient cultures as it was for past hundreds of years.
The people of Tsum close related to neighboring tribes of Manaslu and Manang tribes with strong hold of Tibetan culture-religion and way of life, as it is lies close to the border of South West Tibet, just a mere distance from Mu Gompa (monastery)
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition Tsum Valley adventure begins with a long interesting drive towards warmer region of Gorkha district at Arughat and then to Soti-Khola, to start this wonderful trekking walking on the main Manaslu route for few days and then away from mainstream trail heading to the hidden areas of Tsum Valley on the northern side of massive Ganesh Himal range of mountains.
Around Tsum exploring its old medieval like villages enriched with Buddhist and ancient Bon culture including visit of interesting Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, one of the highlight of this trek.
After an amazing time around remote and isolated Tsum Valley in perfect wilderness, our return journey leads downhill following Burigandaki River all the way to lower areas of Gorkha district for the drive back to Kathmandu with grand services and management of Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition guides and staff.    
Day 01:       Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02:       Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03:       Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat - 07 hrs
Day 04:       Trek to Machha khola 930m - 06 hrs
Day 05:       Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs
Day 06:       Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs
Day 07:       Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Day 08:       Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
Day 09:       Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave - 07 hours.
Day 10:       Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.
Day 11:       Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12:       Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.
Day 13:       Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Day 14:       Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hours.
Day 15:       Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) - 06 hours.
Day 16:       Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m - 06 hours.
Day 17:       Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 18:       Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.
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Day 01:                Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
Day 02:                In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Tsum Valley trekking.
Day 03:                Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journeys.
Starting this wonderful trekking to Tsum valley with an interesting and exciting drive following the Trisuli River for a while along the busy main highway of Nepal that connects various destination within Nepal, and leaving the main road our route heads across the river to mid hill town of Dhadingbesi, and then on the dirt track for few hours reaching warmer sub tropical area near Burigandaki river at Arughat bazaar.
 
From Arughat village which is slowly developing into a town, continue drive on rough road following Buri Gandaki River upstream most of the way near to its source on this trip, leading through many farm fields and villages with fantastic views of Ganesh II at 7,118 m, Ganesh IV 7,104 meters. Then reaching level ground continue following Buri Gandaki river to reach Arkhet village, from here an hour climb brings at Soti Khola a small village for overnight stop with simple and basic lodge for overnight stop.

Day 04:                Trek to Machha khola 930 m - 05 hrs.
After a nice stop in this small village, today’s’ walk starts with a descent to reach the river side with small tea shops around, walk continues on the nice paved stone steps to cross Nauli Khola (stream) overlooking at waterfalls and then coming at Khanigaon a small village wand then walking on the gradual path to cross another bridge to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola, a small farm village by the stream where fishing is popular here as the name of this village called Machha khola meaning  fishing stream.
 
Day 05:                Trek to Jagat 1,410 m - 06 hrs.
From here leaving the warmer to little cooler area as the morning walk continues following the Buri Gandaki river upstream passing many small villages with Khorla Beshi, after few breaks in between walk carries on the winding trail to reach Tatopani a place with hot spring  as the name of this place Tatopani meaning hot water because of the natural hot springs located in the midst of a forest, after a nice stop walk leads passing few villages of Dovan and Yaruphants, by the river Buri Gandaki after crossing a bridge with a short climb to our overnight halt at Jagat village a moderate size and populated village with nice typical Nepali style houses with great number of shops and lodges.
 
Day 06:            Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
 
Day 07:                Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
After Lakuwa village and leaving the Burigandkai River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
 
Day 08:                Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes looks similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.
 
Day 09:                Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave - 07 hours.
After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.
 
Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milereppa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
 
Day 10:                Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.
 
Day 11:                Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.
Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.
 
Day 12:                Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.
After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
 
Day 13:                Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.
 
Day 14:                Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.
This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)
Day 15:                Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
Day 16:                Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours. 
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.
Day 17:                Drive back to Kathmandu via Arughat - 07 hrs.
With enjoyable overnight at Soti-Khola village, our last day on the mid hills of Mid West Himalaya morning taking vehicle for long interesting overland ride to Kathmandu following Burigandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat which is the last village of Gorkha area. From drive continues to Kathmandu passing through Dhading then on the good road most of the way to reach at Kathmandu, after a fascinating trip Tsum -The Valley of Happiness trekking.
 
Day 18:                International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time in Nepal Himalaya and perfect experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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