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20 Days Tsum Valley Trek

Background The Tsumba people of the Tsum valley are some of the most culturally rich people in Nepal. The Tsum […]

  • trip code

    WT-CODE 768

  • group-size

    2 pax person

  • duration

    20 days/19 nights

  • country

    Nepal

  • maximum attitude

    3,700 mm

  • fitness level

    Healthy

  • start from

    Kathmandu

  • ends at

    Kathmandu

  • meal Accomodation

    Lodge,Tea-house, Camps

Background

The Tsumba people of the Tsum valley are some of the most culturally rich people in Nepal. The Tsum valley trek will take you to the remote valley through beautiful landscapes and amazing views. Along the way, you will witness the lifestyle of the Tsumba people, their colorful clothes and jewelry, their traditional daily chores. The extreme isolation from the outside world has led to its preservation and it still has its authenticity. This amazing trek will not only teach you about the lifestyle of the locals, but it will also provide you an insight as to how life works away from the urban jungle.

 

The trip begins with a Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour. In this tour, you can explore the locations in Kathmandu such as Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath and learn about the Nepali culture and values. Next day, we will be heading out of Kathmandu with a long drive. We arrive at Arughat through the winding hillside carved roads side by side with the crashing river. Our Trek begins the next day where we head to Soti Khola campsite and then to Maccha Khola the next day, to stay on these Riverside villages. We need to navigate through hydropower plants and the Arkhet village to reach these parts. After a quick break at Tatopani, we find ourselves at Jagat. It is a bustling village with many lodges and teahouses. Ascend and descend the ridges at Salleri and Sirdibas to reach Chisopani and then navigate to Chumling via Lokpa. Authentic villages of Chumling, Chhokangparo, and Nile have lots to offer in terms of sights and learning about the Tsumba way of life. The Terminus of the Trek will be at the majestically located Mu Gompa. A large monastery that opens up to the mountains ahead and the expanse of the Tsum Valley below. From here, we head into the deeper parts of the Tsum valley. Visit the Milarepa caves on the way to Burgi, and slowly head back to Chumling again. Cross the Samba waterfall and dodge yaks to reach Philim. We exit the Tsum valley leaving behind Philim then make our way to Arughat Bazar through Khorlabesi and Soti Khola as a conclusion of our trek. The trek is best done in the spring and winter seasons as the early part of the trip can be sometimes affected by monsoon conditions. 

 

Miteri Nepal is your travel partner for your Tsum valley experience. Our staffs are well trained and can handle your needs and whims. We provide unbeatable services at a price that you can only imagine. Travel with us to experience a warm feeling of homeliness and our guides will ensure that you have a hearty laugh along the way too.

 

Trip Facts

Geography: Hills and mountains 

Location: Gorkha

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Duration of Trek: 20 days

Max Altitude:  Mu Gompa (3700m)

Religions: Buddhism and Hinduism

Ethnic People: Tsumbas, Gurung, Thakali, Tamang

Accommodation: Lodges, Teahouses, Camps

Transportation: bus, jeep, airplane

Minimum Pax: 3

 

Trip highlights

 

  1. Exploring the rich culture and traditions behind the amazing Kathmandu valley.
  2. Traveling through the fertile lands and lush jungles of the lower Manaslu region
  3. Exploring the mysteries of the remote locations of the Tsum valleys and delve in their culture
  4. Soaking in wondrous mountain views during the trek especially the views from the Mu Gompa. 

Relaxing in the hot springs at Tatopani 

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and Transfer to hotel

    You will arrive in Kathmandu to our warmest welcomes. We will be picking you up, then drop you off to your designated hotel. Feel free to rest today and refresh yourself from the tiring flight. You can interact with the guides who will accompany you during the journey. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and Trip meeting

    The Tsum valley area is a cultural jewel, and many cultural aspects are preserved to this day. This means preparing a trekking permit which you will be handed today. There is also a trip meeting to discuss the trek. After this, you will be taken around the valley for a comprehensive sightseeing trip. You can explore the cultural and spiritual powerhouses of Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Alternatively, you can explore the old towns of the three ancient cities of Patan, Bhaktapur, and Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (550 m), Driving Duration: 8-9 hours

    The drive down from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar is a long but scenic one. You can witness the countryside and sceneries of Nepal. The road is rough at the latter half of the drive, but the scenery and peacefulness make up for it. The journey goes along the Prithivi highway and later gives way to the Budi Gandaki River.  Arughat Bazaar is a thriving market town, which sits beside the pristine Budi Gandaki River. It is also the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Spend the evening relaxing after your hectic ride. Overnight in Arughat bazar.

  • Day 04: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (710 m), Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

    We will head deeper into Gorkha from today. We will leave Arughat Bazaar through the thick subtropical forests and climb up to Santé Bazaar. These forests are also home to Langur monkeys. The traditional thatched houses at Sante Bazaar are home to several local pubs and shops. There is also a great view of Mt. Sringi (7187m) from here. Next, we will pass Arkhet village from where the climb gets steeper as we prepare to exit the valley. Walkthrough the paved footpaths and hydropower plants to reach Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (887 m), Trek Duration: 4 hours

    We enter the meandering Budhi Gandaki valley, which is carved by the pristine Budhi Gandaki River. We will have to get to Machha Khola village that sits beside the Maccha River. Following the path beside the Soti River, we go deeper into the valley and climb our way through thick patches of vegetation and open areas of farmed terraces. After enough trekking, you will again come beside the exposed Budhi Gandaki River, and its cascading rough waters. Passing through the beautiful and traditional Gurung villages of Khursane and Lapubesi we will arrive at the village of Maccha Khola. 

  • Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m), Trek Duration: 7 hours

    The trail makes wavy ups and downs as you are taken to the banks of the Tharo Khola. You will cross this river to arrive at Khorlabesi. The houses here are surrounded by cultivated fields of Buckwheat, Wheat, and Tobacco. We will continue trekking upstream to Tatopani village. Tatopani means “hot water” in Nepali, this is because the village is home to natural hot springs. This is great for a quick refreshing wash. From here, we can take a short detour to Dovan. Climbing the steep stairs lead us to Tharo Bharyang and finally to Jagat. This is a busy town of the Manaslu region and it consists of many teahouses and lodges. Overnight in Jagat. 

  • Day 07: Jagat to Chisopani (1660 m), Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

    The trek begins on a flat and leveled path, after a gentle climb in altitude. We will cross a bridge over the Budi Gandaki River and cross the Salleri and Sirdibas village. The climb is steep but worth the trouble. We find ourselves in the vicinity of Ghatta Khola, and from here we head to Philim after crossing a long suspension bridge. Philim is the gateway to the Tsum valley and is a big village inhabited mainly by the Gurung. This is also the checkpoint into the Manaslu national park. We will make our way to Chisopani village and then stay there for the night. Overnight in Chisopani. 

     

  • Day 08: Chisopani to Chumling (2386 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

    Halfway on today’s trek is Ekle Bhatti, named after the solitary Bhatti (local pub) that used to be there. However, now there are more than six pubs around, where we can stop for lunch. As you enter the Tsum valley, Lokpa is the first village to greet you. There is also a beautiful waterfall near Lokpa. From here, we will keep ascending to Chumling. Trekking further we notice the Tsum valley opening wider. Pines and Rhododendrons start to appear on the trail. As we cross Ghumlong and Ripchet village, we need to walk just a bit further to reach Chumling. If time allows, it’s worth climbing up to the old monastery that overlooks Chumling. This village has a certain medieval feel to it that makes traveling much easier.

  • Day 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3010 m), Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

    The trail to Chhkangparo from Chumling begins with engraved Chortens and Mani walls with carved stone slabs. We will trek through rich farmlands of Potatoes, Corn, and wheat, while the houses on the hamlets are of traditional Tibetan design, and use traditional materials. There are splendid views of Ganesh Himal to the east of the valley. The exposed trail from here on will lead to a large village called Chhokangparo, which is greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture and traditions. Overnight in Chhokangparo.

  • Day 10: Chhokangparo to the Nile (3361 m), Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

    We will leave the twin villages of Chhokang and Paro for the northern trail. The population from here on out are Tsumbas. They are the locals of Tsum valley. We will take this trail but turn east towards Lamagaon, preceded by welcoming Mani Walls and Chortens. Along the trail, the Thar, and Marmots can be seen. Next, you will also come across the remote Rachen Gompa. More interesting locations are on the Way to the Nile, which includes Milarepa’s caves (believed to have been used as a meditation retreat by saint Milarepa). Leaving the caves, we cross the Shiar river and cross the small hamlets of Phurbea (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and the village of Chhule (3347m) before following the river upstream to our destination at the Nile. Overnight in the Nile.

  • Day 11: the Nile to Mu Gompa (3700 m), Trek Duration: 3 hours

    Today we make our way to the beautiful Mu Gompa. Following the river upstream again along its west bank we climb up in altitude. The sunrise reflecting on the high green meadows, dews and the glistening snow of the mountains will be a sight to behold. The hamlets from the Nile to Mu Gompa are few and far in between and the trekking is through mostly quiet and serene landscapes. The mountain views are prominent and pleasing. The last climb up to the Gompa is especially filled with great views. Mu Gompa welcomes you with the host of Chortens. The Mu Gompa is a large monastery which can easily house up to 100 monks at a time. We are now at the highest and remotest edge of the Tsum valley, facing both the mountains ahead and the valley below. Overnight in Mu Gompa. 

  • Day 12: Sightseeing and acclimatization at Mu Gompa (3700 m)

    There’s a lot to explore in the Mu Gompa. Families in the Tsum usually have at least one family member as either a monk or a nun, and they are housed in monasteries as such. The Gompa is made of Mud and roofed with tiled stone. The fluttering prayer flags and the sharp winds instill a feeling of peacefulness as you explore the monastery and witness the monks going about their day to day activities. The several statues, small shrines, and paintings are also amazing. After exploring the Mu Gompa, you may exit the valley and climb to Dhepudoma Gompa. Other sightseeing activities include traveling to the top of Kalung (3820m) for a better view of Tibet across the border. Overnight in Mu Gompa.

  • Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (2386 m), Trek Duration: 5 hours

    We will trek back down to the Tsum valley, and the several settlements and Hamlets to reach Burgi village. Burgi is one of the many villages which we shall arrive after a gradual and continuous descent through the meadows and dense vegetation. From here, the Milarepa caves are not far away and we can explore them more thoroughly on arrival today. From the top of the cave are great views of the Poshyop glacier in the distance and the peaks of Kipu and Chuke Himal.  Overnight in Burgi.

  • Day 14: Burgi village to Chumling (2386 m), Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

    From Burgi village, we will bypass the villages of Nile and Chhokangparo. To do so, we need to retrace our steps first. The sceneries may feel a bit familiar but they are beautiful. Leaving these villages, we descend to Gho village from where we rejoin the trail of the Sarpu Khola and follow it into the lower Tsum valley. Chumling is a small settlement so don’t have any sort of grand expectations. Overnight in Chumling.

  • Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1570 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

    From Chumling to Philim, you will pass by the wonderful Samba waterfall. Chumling and Philim are the largest villages of the Tsum valley, Philim being the largest.  On your long day today, you will witness the unique lives of the Tsumbas. They are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture themselves and use Tibetan as a primary form of communication. They herd Yaks amongst other livestock and have storage house for their harvested crops. The locals wear unique jewelry and their traditional dresses such as the Chuba. All of this can be experienced in your journey today. Overnight in Philim.

  • Day 16: Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (970 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

    Philim is the last village of the Tsum valley. We will exit the beautiful valley today as we descend to Sirdibas and then to Salleri before arriving at Jagat. The descent will ease up and we will walk routes through dense sub-tropical forests by crossing the villages of Yaruphant, Tatopani, and Dobhan. Tatopani is named after its natural hot springs and is worth a stop for relaxation if you have time to spare. We will trek further from Dovan to Khorla Besi where we would be spending the night. Overnight in Khorlabesi.

  • Day 17: Trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7hours

    We will leave Khorla Besi along the Banks of the Tharo River and the ravine that it has carved out. After descending beside the river, we arrive at Machha Khola again and the Budi Gandaki River comes back in sight. We descend alongside the cascading white waters of the Budhi Gandaki River to reach Lapubesi. We retrace our steps back to Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. 

     

  • Day 18: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (550 m), Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

    The last day of our trek is a retrace of steps from the first day of our trek. There’s yet another waterfall on our way back as we make our way back to Arkhet, beside the Arkhet River. Sante Bazaar comes next as we descend the lush forests to the bustling town of Arughat. Be sure to visit the hydropower plant along the way and shop for souvenirs there. Overnight in Arughat. 

  • Day 19: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu, Drive Duration: 7 to 8 hours

    The drive is scenic as we drive beside the turquoise crashing waters of Trishuli and Marsayangdi. The road meanders along the river vales through the colorful Nepali countryside. Be sure to visit Arughat Bazaar’s market if you want to take any local souvenirs back home. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can choose to relax in your hotel. The company will host you a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 20: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure

    We bid each other goodbye with wishes of good health and good fortune. A representative of Miteri Nepal will pick you up timely and drop you off at the airport in time for your flight back home.

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