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Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley is one of world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. It is surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks, including Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the north. The northern terminus of the valley is bounded by three high passes to Tibet, including Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093 m.) to the east and Thapla Pass (5326 m.) to the west. All travel is done on foot along time-worn trails that feature many ancient chortens and carved mani stone walls inscribed with prayers and depictions of deities. The Tsum valley has been the main attraction of many trekkers now due to its unique Tibet culture,old monasteries, mani walls and the development of good teahouses/guest houses along the trail of Tsum valley treks of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu – Soti Khola (710m/2,330ft), 8-9 hours drive.

Day 03: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours

Day 04: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours

Day 06: Trek from Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 07: Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours

Day 09: Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours

Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours

Day 11: Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Day 12: Trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours

Day 13: Trek from Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours

Day 14: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours

Day 15: Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours

Day 16: Trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours

Day 17: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (1300m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours

Day 18:Departure
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, You  will be greeted by a representative from Mountain Sun Valley Treks  who will drop you off at your booked hotel. 

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu – Soti Khola (710m/2,330ft), 8-9 hours drive.

A scenic drive west through the middle hills to Malekhu, then a secondary road to Dhading Besi and a 35km dirt road to Arughat on the Budhi Gandaki River. This is a large Newar and Gurung village with many mango orchards. Then after 2 hrs drive, we reach to Soti Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours

The trail undulates over ridges and passes waterfalls on a steep trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It then drops to pass rice paddies before climbing to the attractive Gurung village of Labubesi. Beyond, the valley opens out and the trail drops onto gravel banks along the river before rising to the village of Machha (Fish) Khola above the river – with good views of the 7,000m/22,950ft Ganesh Himal.  

Day 04: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours

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 & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.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.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours

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. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.

Day 06: Trek from Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours

Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m  and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick 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.

Day 07: Trek from Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours

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 continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at 7140m. 

Day 09: Trek from Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours

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 Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.

Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours

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.

Day 11: Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at 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).

Day 12: Trek from  Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours

Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. Climb upto the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.

Day 13: Trek from Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro. From their continue 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.

Day 14: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours

The trail continues to Lokpa,  enjoying  the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Day 15: Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours

 Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arriveat Tatopani,  continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi.

Day 16: Trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours

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.  Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.

Day 17: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (1300m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours
From here we drive, down the Budhi Gandaki Valley to Arughat and on to Kathmandu; with lunch on the way. Transfer to your Hotel, and a free afternoon.

Day 18:Departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination. 

Equipment List

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  •  Photocopies of passport and visa form 
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2.Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3.What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

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  • The trip can be easily booked
  • We provide budget friendly trips
  • We provide the best price in comparision
Duration 18 days
Group Size 1-10
Difficulty Moderate
Max Elevation 3,700m/12,136ft
Accomodation Teahouse
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