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Tsum Valley Trek

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Tsum Valley Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Tsum Valley | Activity: Trekking | Grade: 4 - Strenuous

The Tsum Valley lies in the North-East end of Gorkha district and borders Tibet. The valley is surrounded by the Ganesh Himal range (which are a series of seven peaks over 7,000 meters), Sringi Himal, Himalchuli and other unnamed peaks. The inhabitants of this region - the Tsumbas - are of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is evident in the numerous mani walls, chortens, monasteries and Kanis (Buddhist gates) dotting the trails in this blessed valley. The Tsum valley is one of eight Beyuls in the Himalayas. Beyuls are valleys that have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava for those seeking refuge when the world is on the verge of destruction.

The trek starts at Soti Khola and follows the popular Manaslu Circuit trail until a little past Philim where you head North-East to enter the Tsum Valley. After trekking to Mu Gompa, the most important monastery in the region, return on an alternative route that will allow a visit to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Rejoin the Manaslu Circuit trail again near Phillim and return to Soti Khola where a private vehicle will bring you back to Kathmandu.

Crystal Mountain Treks - has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

 Day 01 – Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. (Dinner)

Day 02 - Kathmandu

In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million Dew Drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square.

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Arughat(600m/1,970ft.). Drive onward to Soti Khola.

Board a chartered bus with your staff for drive to Arughat. The drive can take up to 8 hours. Drive onwards to Soti Khola. Overnight Lodge.

(All meals)

Day 04 and 05 - Soti Khola to Salleri (1,410m/4,630ft.)

From Soti Khola, walk through the low hills with terraced rice fields through villages inhabited by the Brahmin and Chettri ethnic groups enroute to Machha Khola. Then walk through wheat and buckwheat fields to reach hot-springs at Tatopani (930m). Spend some time soaking in the hot-springs, before heading out to Dobhan (1,000m). Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, the trail climbs high above the river and then descends through a huge gateway that opens out into a wide valley where the river is calm again. Continue on to the campsite beyond Jagat (1,410m).

Jagat is a beautiful stone-paved village with a rudimentary trekker's hotel, shops, and a customs office. Jagat is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, an area where the concept of integrated conservation and development is being implemented to achieve conservation and sustainable development objectives. There is also an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office here where your permits will be checked. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 06, 07, 08 and 09 - Salleri to Chekkampar 3,180m/10,430ft.)

Cross the Buri Gandaki again over a long suspension bridge at Ghatta Khola, then follow the route upstream. Climb up a steep incline to reach Philim (1,590m). Philim (1,590 m) is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The hillsides become steeper beyond Philim until Aga.

Trek through a narrow, dramatic gorge with towering walls, and past a thundering waterfall. About a couple hours past Philim, we leave the popular Manaslu Circuit trail and head North East towards the Tsum Valley. Both the number of trekkers and the number of mules sharing the trail reduces by at least 50%. After a couple hours of hiking on gradual uphill through thick forests you arrive at Lokpa.

From Lokpa, the trail descends for a short distance and then begins a grueling two-hour climb, mostly on switch backs. At the top, the few houses of Chumling is visible but you will still have to descend and cross a suspension bridge before making another 45 minute steep ascent to the village of Chumling. From Chumling, Ganesh is visible to the east and Himalchuli to the South.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 10 and 12 - Chekkampar to Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa

The vegetation now is only pine trees and small bushes. The valleys from here to Nile widen and allow itself for cultivation of buckwheat and potatoes and this probably explains why the majority of the population of this region live in these upper valleys. Ascend gradually to Lamagaon. As you approach Lamagaon, look back south for spectacular views of the Ganesh range.

During lunch at Lamagaon, you have the option to visit a small cave with a foot imprinted on a rock which is supposedly believed to be that of Milarepa. Cross a suspension bridge to Pangdung with large fields and a couple spectacular stupas. Soon you reach Chule. Cross a small suspension bridge to reach Nile.

From Nile, the next day, start early towards Mu Gompa. The trail ascends gradually but the last thousand foot or so is a steep ascent to the monastery. The monastery is affiliated with the Kopan monastery in Kathmandu which probably is it's major funding source. There is a nunnery a few hundred feet above Mu Gompa.

Descend to Nile and continue on a trail east of the river to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is a newly built nunnery and school complex. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 13 and 14 - Rachen Gompa to Gumba Langdang (10,500ft.)

Shortly past Rachen Gompa cross a suspension bridge to meet the main trail. Descend past Chekkampar to the suspension bridge where you had lunch on Day 08. From here, follow the trail eastwards towards Ganesh Himal. From Dumje, we again ascend steeply past thick forests of pine and rhodendrons to Gumba Langdang. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 15, 16 and 17 - Gumba Langdang to Ganesh Base Camp to Ripchet (3,860m/12,660ft.)

Ascend steeply to Ganesh Base Camp (13,400ft.). Health permitting, the plan is to stay a night at the Base Camp. Descend steeply to Ripchet. Overnight tents. (All meals)

Day 18, 19, and 20 - Trek to Liding (2,800ft.)

Descend steeply to the river where the trail meets with the trail you took to Chumling at the suspension bridge. Retrace the trail from here onwards to Philim and Liding. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 21 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,960m/7,100ft.)

From Liding, descend a short distance to Soti Khola and board a local vehicle to Arughat. Then board your chartered bus for ride back to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 22 - Kathmandu sightseeing

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 23 - Final Departure

Transfer to the airport for flight home. (Breakfast)

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 2,900

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Detailed Cost Information

Per person price (valid until December 31, 2018)

2 - 3 participants:         US$ 3,200  per person
4 or more participants:  US$ 2,900 per person

Single Supplement: US$ 250

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Price includes:

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Chartered bus: Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti to Arughat to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Three meals a day
  • Use of Steripen for water sterilization
  • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
  • Guide and staff insurance
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Fee
  • Tsum Valley restricted area permit

Price does not include:

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

Available Dates

08 October , 2018 To 30 October , 2018

01 April , 2019 To 23 April , 2019

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