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Tsum Valley is surmised to be one of the sacred valleys for Buddhists in the Himalayan belt. This hidden valley lies in the trans-northern region of Gorkha district of Gandaki Province where one can cherish Tibetan-Buddhist culture and most prominently, some astonishing sights of Mt. Manaslu(8,158) Ganesh Himal (7,422m), BaudhaHimal (6,672), SringiHimal ( and many more. The vale is equally rich in ancient monasteries, art, craft and long withstanding Tibetan culture. Natively, the people of this countrified place are called ‘Tsumbas’who have been prospering through trade with Tibet, agriculture, animal husbandry and practicing Buddhism for centuries.
Tsum Valley was a forbidden area till 2008; it hasn’t been long since the government was allowed to explore this magnificently concealed treasure. The vale is also famous for its extraordinary culture, the practice of Polyandry which impeccably resembles the ancient Mahabharat. One will truly get astonished to see all the brothers of a family marry the same girl. Moreover, the place offers a spiritual experience while visiting some of the prominent gompas (Mu Gompa and RachenGompa) that have been enlightening the entire community. Trekkers can also relish the glorious view of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) which is named after the Hindu deity, Lord Ganesh as the southern face of the mountain mirrors the shape of an elephant’s trunk. However, trekkers require an excellent level of physical fitness for long trekking hours during the expedition. At the same time, trekkers can savor the journey with some remarkable views that it offers which will ease altitude problems.
Best Seasons to Explore Tsum Valley:
The most favorable seasons to trekTsum Valley are Autumn (October-November) and Spring (March-May) as the weather remains clear and mild in these times.
As soon as you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, one of our representatives will welcome and escort you to the booked hotel. On the second day, we will initiate our official procedure including travel permit, bag pack, shopping, documentation and briefing about our expedition. Additionally, you will also be able to greet other travelling companions.
The third day of our trek will start with an early breakfast. We will drive through Prithivi Highway and diverge to lapubesi (884m) gazing some eye-catching mountains, lush hills and waterfalls. After an eight-hour drive, we will finally reach Lapubsi and rest for the night.
After a long drive from Kathmandu to Lapubsi, our trek will initiate hiking along the river. Before reaching Dawa, we will cross a few suspension bridges and wooden bridges which could be a thrilling experience. As soon as we reach, Khorlabeshi, we will freshen up and spend an overnight there.
The fifth day will be an exciting day as you get to experience Tatopani, a natural hot spring. The trail starts ascending and meets a significant river, Budi Gandaki on the way. After a few hours walk, we will arrive at Jagat and end the trek for the day.
We will start our day with an early breakfast and head to Lokpa (2,240m). The path starts to elevate through rustic villages. After hiking for a couple of hours, we will reach a traditional Gurung village, Philm where we will have our lunch. Relishing the views of traditional villages, we will enter Nubri Valley, a significant part of Manaslu Circuit Trek which directs the trail to Lokpa, the first village of Tsum Valley.
Following our expedition schedule, we will hike to Chumling (2,385m), a tiny village which bestows some breath-taking views of Ganesh Himal and ShingriHimal. Despite gaining only 100 metres of elevation, the trek will be a bit tough as the path is rocky and steep. We will pass through a lush forest and a narrow gorge which will eventually lead to Chumling where we will stay an overnight.
The day initiates with a glorious view of Ganesh Himal. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will trek through numerous villages. The trail will lead to Rainjam and SerpuKhola which starts to elevate later. After hiking for a few hours, we will reach Chokung Paro(3,031m) which is famous for polyandry.
After spending a convenient night in Chokung Paro, we will trek to Nile (3,360m). The path starts to ascend crossing Lamagaon. You will get to cross an adventurous suspension bridge on the way to RachenGompa. After crossing several chortens and mani walls, we will visit Milarepas cave and finally reach Nile, the last village of lower Tsum Valley.
The tenth day will be a precise hiking day. We will explore more than trekking. After a scrumptious breakfast in Nile, we will hike for 3-4 hours to Mu Gompa, the home of an ancient monastery. The path is a testimonial trade route to Tibet as you will be able to glance some astonishing landscapes similar to Tibet. However, there are no tea houses in this particular area. So, we will spend a night in a monastery which offers a proper Nepali taste.
After experiencing an exquisite night in the monastery, we will explore Mu Gompa which is considered to be the largest Gompa of the vale. You will feel blessed and stunned to behold antique artistic works that were created long ago. Eventually, you also DhephuDoma Nunnery and descend down to Phurbe for an overnight.
The path starts descending on this day. We will drop down crossing numerous villages and reach Kowo
(2,630m) where we will spend an overnight.
Following our travel schedule, we will drop down through a narrow trail and cross ShairKhola through a wooden bridge. After hiking for a couple of hours, we will reach Dhumje as the paths tarts to elevate through lush forests of rhododendron and pine. Following a flexural path, we will reach GhumnaLungdang (3,200m) and rest for the night.
The fourteenth day marks as one of the significant days of our entire expedition. After an early breakfast, we will ascend through a dense forest and cross LaudangKhola. Following the trail, we will reach the moraine of Toro Gompa Glacier as the trail still continues to elevate and finally lead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,500m). As soon as we reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp, you will be mesmerized to behold the sights of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) named after the Hindu deity, Lord Ganesh and numerous mountain peaks. After exploring for some time, we will drop down to GhumbaLungdang and rest for the night.
After exploring Ganesh Himal Base Camp, we will follow the same path to Dhumje. From here, the path diverges to a different trail to Ripchet (2,470m). We will pass through several dense forests and waterfalls and final reach Ripchet and spend an overnight.
Our journey will continue to descend passing through numerous forests. Enjoying some magnificent sights on the way, we will reach Ekle Bhatti (1,600m)after completing a long hike.
After an early breakfast, we will trace back to Khorlabeshi and reach Lokpa. Following the initial trail we will hike to Jagat and finally reach Yarupchat (1,170m).
During these descending days, you will feel climbing down a long ladder. We will trace back the same trail crossing several villages and reach Machhakhola (869m) for an overnight.
We will trek back to Lapubesi for our lunch and drive to AarughatBazzar (610m), a major town of Gorkha district for the night stay.
After an early breakfast in AarughatBazzar, we will drive back to the capital relishing some brilliant views through the window of the bus. As soon as we arrive Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel.
After the attainment of our long trek, you can relish in Kathmandu as a relaxant day. You can pay a brief visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and many more cultural heritages inside the capital.
Our trip to Tsum Valley will end on this day. However, you will return home with infinite memories locked in your memory for eternity. One of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport and bid you a cordial farewell before your scheduled flight.
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!