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Tsum Valley Trekking is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha,Nepal.'Tsum' comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo',which means vivid.Traditionally,Tsum valley was a currently distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chucksums',which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal,Sringi Himal,Boudha Himal ranges,this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art,culture and religion.The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin & speak their own dialect.The altitude of Tsum Valley Trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibatan border. The hidden valley is surrounded by the Boudha Himal and Himal chuli to the west,Ganesh Himal to the south & Sringi Himal to North.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat
Day 04: Arught to soti Khola
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola
Day 06: Machha khola to Jagat
Day 07: Jagat to Jagat to Lokpa
Day 08: Lokpa to Chumling
Day 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo
Day 10: Chhokang paro to Mu gompa
Day 11: mu Gompa
Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa
Day 13: Rachen gompa to Gompa Langdang
Day 14: explore day
Day 15: Gompa Langdang to Ripchet
Day 16: Ripchet to Dobhan
Day 17: Dobhan to soti Khola
Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat
Day 19: Arughat to Kathmandu
Day 20: Final Departure
Upon arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Discovery at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Kathmandu Valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.
Your trekking guide will meet at your hotel, after breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by the Buri Gandaki River. (8 hour drive).
The trek through Gurung and Magar villages, along the river throughout bird-filled forests with monkeys and waterfalls, to Sante Bazaar with its overhanging pipal tree ( Bodhi trek, the same kind of tree Buddha did his meditation for 7 years to get his enlighten) . Can be hot and humid during march to September.The main crops fields are rice, maize and millet. We hike up stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier, steeper and narrower as we trek into Arkhet. Hiking through fields, over a ridge, down to a waterfall up to a ridge at Kyorpani and trek down to Soti Khola (river) (710m), (6 hour trek).
Trekking from Soti Khola the trek passes through forests of sal trees on the way to Khursane. There are beautiful two waterfalls cascading down and emitting very well spray that creates the rainbows. After this beautiful moment, we will be continuing to trek into the stunning Buri Gandaki Gorge. The trek winds through rice terraces to the Gurung village of Lapubesi and on to Machhekhola. village (5 hour trek)
Trekking today will be up and down and hike crossways sandy river-flats, chances to see monkeys and langurs in the jungle. The large Gurung villages are way on top of the trek passes few houses (lower Khorlabesi was mostly shattered by a huge rock slip years ago, though a survivor has built a botanic garden. Finally, we arrive Tatopani the Natural hot spring(930m and then hike over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on the suspension bridge, on marble stairs in the narrow valley of Doban (1,000m). and then to Yaru Khola (1,363m) to Jagat (1,410m), a pretty flag-stoned Gurung village. Where there is check point for our permits. (6 hour trek).
The trek up the riverbed, hike over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1,440m) catching superb views of Sringi Himal (7,187m) then after trekking downhill to Sirdibas (1,430m), the first Buddhist village on this trek. We will be trekking on up-river before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge and on to up hill to the Gurung village of Philim (1,590m) the fields of maize, potato,millet and, azure pine, poplar and oak vegetation. About an hour trek through Ekle Bhatti (1,600m) then after hike high above the Marvelous gorge ingoing a big area of pine trees. We trek down to a track junction, trek up through pines and rhododendrons, and the some zigzag steps to gain our first glimpses of Tsum Valley. We cross Buri Gandaki river again and can see Himalchuli (7,893mWe will have entered the Tsum valley by now (6 hour trek).
Today, we will be trekking the most difficult up hills with steps on this trek but pleasant as we walk through the beautiful mixed forest with the sounds of birds, river and soft wind. Few time, we have to cross over the foot bridge before getting to Chumling. Its shorter walk than our daily routing but a bit challenging. Make sure you walk around Chumling and visit the old gompa (Tibetan monastery), the traditional houses the beautiful stone streets.The trek Lokpa to Chumling is about 4 hour trek).
Trekking first hours today is through rich farming land sheltered from animals by tall stone walls. Beautiful Tibetan classic houses that bundles of firewood on the roofs , The mani walls and kanis (stone arched gateways) looks very authentic and pretty. Trekking cross the big slip that is now covered with a forest and the excellent views of the 7,422m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the reverse bank far above the village of Ripchet (2,468m). The hike across the Serpu Khola takes us to Upper Tsum the large village of Chhokangparo (3,010m) Good to take some time to discover the conjoined villages of Chhokang and Paro and the hike to the retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. If the weather is clear Himalchuli (7,893m) can be seen closely (5 hour trek).
The trek follows through small villages, climb over a edge of chortens through flat fields. We visit the atmospheric Milarepa’s Cave, where a Milarepa’s footprint can be seen and the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is supposed to have meditated. We will hike across the Shiar Khola. Two villages Nile & Chule lies two sides of Shiar Khola and the oldest Buddhist Monasteries , Chortens are fabulous and very authentic, today is probably the best days on our trek to see many nice views.(7 hour trek).
Mu Gompa is the last settlement of Tsum valley from where we can see Kalung (3,820m)this is where surrounded on 3 sides by TibetWe have two option to take a nice day trips that is either yak pastures to Pama and Ngula Dhojyang (5,093m) or west to Thapla Bhanjyang (5,104m). We must bring our packed lunch and enough water to drink as the hike will be about 9 hours but we can always return after few hours walk if you feel going back to the Mu Gumpa to rest or explore near by places like the pond on top of the Nunnery monastery.
Trekking Mu Gumpa downhill to visit Rachen Gompa nunnery, the female equivalent of the main Kathmandu Kopan Monastery, with its huge courtyard. (4 hour trek). You probably have the best views of Tsum valley where you have walked two days ago. Can capture the best picture.
Hiking back to Chhokangparo, following the earlier trekked path for 2 hours til a small gompa is reached at Gho (2,485m), and then hiking down to the Shiar Khola then after crossing to Dumje, a settlement of 8 scattered houses and a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. Trekking from Dumje steeply up through beautiful forests of enormous silver pines and rhododendrons The Gumba Lungdang (3,200m), probably the oldest nunnery in the valley, suspended on a ridge with fantastic views. This Gompa shelters 40 nuns the puja from 6 to 7.30 every evening is very special. The major building of the nunnery houses contain many Buddhist deities and life-size statues of Guru Padmasambhav, Yara and Buddha. (7 hour trek).
Trekking down Hill from Gumpa Lungdang to Dumje, and then to picturesque Ripchet. It’s a beautiful isolated village with fertile land to grow crops and keeping animals. The evocative chortens and mani walls in the fields and a pine forest backdrop creates the area perfectly. (5 hour trek). The accommodation is simple local home stay or if we are not camping with tents.
Trekkig down on steep stairs to the river at Ghumlong (2,130m), that we trekked through few days ago and then continue to Lokpa , Jagat to Dobhan. (7 hour trek).
Enjoy trekking back on the same trails but from different angels, taking pictures while going down hill covers whole valley.
Short walk of 4 hours to Arughat or can may be find the share Jeep to Arughat.
We drive back to Kathmandu. (7 hour drive) by local bus.
After Breakfast transfer to Airport on time & fly home with wonderful memories
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