Tsum Valley Trekking is known as a sacred pilgrimage valley, which placed in Northern Gorkha on the way to Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal. The word ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. This valley is surrounded by the Boudha Himal and Himalchuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south & Sringi Himal to North.
Traditionally Meaning over Tsum Valley
It 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 Ethnic community with a different culture, norms, and values, & speak their own dialect. The altitude of Tsum Valley Trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border.
Major Places on this trek
01: Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
While you cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat. You pass fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests, we arrive at Shanti Bazar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Keurepani. Then from here, the trail descends to Soti Khola.
2: Gurung village of Labubesi & Machha Khola village
Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.
After completing with the ACAP procedure, you 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.
After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to the 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 Zigzag difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where you can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling Gompa and the stone streets of the village.
05; Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft)
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 at7140m.
07: Mu Gompa
This place is almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. You can see the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. 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).
08: Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) & Milarepa cave
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. We can reach The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (Piren Phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.
Outline Itinerary from Kathmandu
As a normal, this trek is for 16 days from Kathmandu Nepal.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 9-10 hours drive
Day 02: Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
Day 03: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
Day 04: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
Day 06: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6-7 hours
Day 07: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
Day 08: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
Day 09: The Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
Day 10: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Day 11: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Day 13: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
Day 15: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours
Day 16: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (1300m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 9-10 hours
Day 19: Transfer to Airport for your departure flight
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