The Tsum Valley recently introduced to the foreigners is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in a Trans Himalayan region of Gorkha. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid.
The Tsum Valley's acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking unique. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.
The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism as Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of there mountains. Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chuksum', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Because of its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries so the unique culture of this valley has remained intact till now.
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for about three hours. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk another three hours or more depends on the places and facilities for camping places and stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Spend some time by dancing, playing cards, reading books etc then go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
Trek staffs :Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: Our guides are well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. They are well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty.
Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.
Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa as per the group size on the trek. Assistant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from outsider. They are well experience and dedicated on their duty.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable and strong.
Cook: Our cooks are trained from government and private training institutions. Moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be provided throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian.
For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffee, chocolate, soups, squash and juice in different flavor etc.
Washing and toilet facilities: We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and private reserved vehicle as per the itinerary.
Essential Equipments : For a comfortable, safe and successful trip you should consider following items. Make sure that you have most of them especially which you do not want to use locally made in Nepal. Please check the essential check list for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.
Responsible tourism concept: Holiday Mountain Treks is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.
Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible so if needed there is often scope on the trek to extend or shorten the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes. You will be always offered the best option in any case.
Day 01: Drive to Arughat 600m a pleasant market town straddling the Buri Gandakiriver
Day 02: Arughat to Lapubesi 890m. 6-7hrs
Trek through Gurung and Magar villages on the untrafficked road following Buri Gandakiriver, eventually the trail drops to the Labubesi.
Day 03: Lapubesi to Tatopani 930m. 4-5hrs
Continue up and down on the gravel riverbed, passing through Gurung villages and reach to ridges of Tatopani where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower.
Day 04: Tatopani to Philim 1590m 6-7hrs
Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet.
Day 05: Philim to Chumling 2340m 6-7hrs
The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead from here as the trail eventually descend to a lone Bhatti Ghumlong on the river then climbs steeply to Chumling.
Day 06: Chumling to Chhokangparo 3000m 5-6hrs
Cross the Serpu Khola and climb on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo with stone houses nestled under cliffs without a single iron roof.
Day 07: Chhokangparo to Nile 3360m 4-5hrs
Trail goes through hamlets of Phurbe and Pangdun an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule through an impressive entrance gate then head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile villages.
Day 08: Nile to Chhokangparo 3145m 6-7hrs
Trek up valley on the west bank to Mu Gompa through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens, Gombas and widening mountain vistas. Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo.
Day 09: Chhokangparo to Gumba Lungdang 3210m 5-6hrs
Trek down through Dhumje which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school then climb steeply on an indistinct track through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags and reach Gumba Lungdang.
Day 10: GumbaLungdang to Lokpa 2240m 7-8hrs
Long day walk up and down hill through picturesque Ripchet and Bhatti Ghumlong on the river then reach to Lokpa
Day 11: Lokpa to Ghap 23890m 7-8hrs
Another long day leaving Tsum valley behind and entering Nupri through bamboo forests to Deng and further gentle walk bring to Ghap.
Day 12: Ghap to Lho 3145m 4-5hrs
Enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron climbing on well-made stairs to the architecture characteristic of upper Nupri and finally a leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho.
Day 13: Lho to Samagaon 3510m 3-4hrs
This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. Easy walk to Syala and further to the large village of Samagaon.
Day 14: Samagaon to Samdo 3860m 3-4hrs
Climb to iceberg-covered lake under the Manaslu Glacier then into yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in all directions standing on their burrows and finally reach to Samdo a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding.
Day 15: Samdo to Dharamsala 4470m 3-4hrs
Trek through juniper with many marmots crossing two ravines on narrow tracks to reach the Larke Bazar and further an easy walk bring Dharamsala.
Day 16: Dharamsala to Bimtang 3700m 7-9hrs
Climb steadily over the ridge of the Larke Glacier to the left up to Larkya La 5100m marked by prayer flags then descend over the moraine to the west, on the right side of a deep gully and eventually reach the Bimtang.
Day 17: Bimtang to Dharapani 7-9hrs
Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Gho the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak, rhododendron, staying on the north bank until Tilje then follow Marsyangdi Valley and reach to Dharapani
Day 18: Dharapani to Besisahar
Follow the Annapurna round trail to Besisahar
Day 19: Besisahar to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu with regular bus or a private vehicle for about 6 hrs.
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Trek duration: 19 Days
Trek type: Tented camp
Maximum altitude: 3800 m
Season: Sep – Nov and Apr - May