Tsum Valley Trek also recognized as the Hidden Valley and Innumerable monasteries and hamlets with completely Tibetan residents situated on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal, Tibet border and used to be a Nepal Government control area until 2008. Tsum valley located within Nepal, Buddhism slanted region in Nepal. Usually, Tsum valley used to be a separate area different from both Nepal and Tibet. The Tsum Valley region is still less tourist travel Compared to other Trekking trail of Nepal, with pretty virgin and less beaten paths in Consideration to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry & Compared with other walking and hiking route in Nepal, The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area is full of looming mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, and Colorful Gompa, chorten, Mani walls. Tsum which is derived from the Tibetan word Tsombo means bright. Trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the magnificent surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal ranges. During the trek, you will explore the Budhi Gandaki Valley through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As you leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly you get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and joyful the warm hospitality of ethnic people of tsum valley Nepal.
After the 7-8hour's drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains we reach to Arughat of Dhadingbesi. Dhadingbesi is a headquarter of Dhading district. We reach to the start point of our trek; Dhadingbesi through the dirt road viewing greenery hills.Arughat is divided into two parts by the Budi Ghandaki river. By crossing the bridge of Budi Ghandaki we begin our trek from the western part of Arughat and continue to follow the stone- paved way north to the Arughat. By passing through the hydro-electric power plant, field of rice, millet at Mangaltar and forests we will reach to Shanti Bazzar. The path to Budi Ghandaki valley now becomes vertical and the trek becomes more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on the Suspension Bridge and passing the shops of Arkhet Bazzar. We should walk to downhill through the falling waterfall which makes a long vertical path up to the point where two sloping surfaces meet and reach to Kuerepani. We can walk to downhill to reach Soti Khola and we can spend the night at Soti Khola.Day 02: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m 6-7 hours
We cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb along sloppy surface above the Budi Ghandaki which is flowing in rapid manner. After crossing the way along sloppy surface, we should follow rocky path which is as if like weaves. Then we should pass two tropical waterfalls, rocky path attached to the side of vertical hill. In the end, we should walk down and pass a few rice terraces, up and around the Gurung village of Labubesi. After the climb behind a rocky outcrop the valley starts and the Budhi Gandaki winds around wide gravel bars. After that we walk down to the sandy river and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side of narrow path between sloppy surface. Finally, we walk down to the river and reach to Machha Khola Village and spend the night over Machha Khola.Day 03: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m 6-7 hours)
By crossing some minor ups and downs in the narrow path, we finally cross the Tharo Khola. It is a river flowing through the rocky valley, by crossing it we reach Khorlebesi. After a few ups and down we reach to small hotspring beside the path from where we reach to Tatopani. From the hotspring we climb over another narrow path up to the hills, then we cross the Budi Gandaki on the suspension bridge. We climb on a wide, well-made set of steps, then walk across a landslide and over a narrow path up to hill to Dobhan. By crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, we should climb rocky path to reach Duman. If we continue to walk to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yarn Khola we climb the stone stairs and climb down to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing to the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a narrow path to the hills, and trek along the river then we reach the village of Jagat.Day 04: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m 4-5 hours)
After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky narrow path up to hills to Salleri, and then climb down to Sirdibas. As we continue our path up to Ghatta Khola, valley is becoming closure to us. Then we need to cross the simple hanging bridgeand climb the hill to reach Philim, which is well khown valley for Japanese made school and police station. By crossing the Philim to north along the forest with the views of the narrow valley we reach Chisopani and spend the night.Day 05: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m 6 - 7 hour)
After Ekle Bhatti cross the valley and after the half hour walk in the right side we get chance to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine forest. After the short walk, down the hill we reach to Tsum Valley. We can enjoy the views of pine and rhododendron forest and along with the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m. Not only that we can have a look over a small beautiful village. After climbing down the hill for half an hour towards Lungwa Khola and climbing jick jack and difficult path further two hours north we reach to Gumlung passing the pine and rhododendrons forest. By crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling. We get chance to view Shringi Himal from Chumling and we can visit the old Chumling gompa, and streets of stone of village.
Day 06: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m 4-5 hours)
By crossing the suspension bridge on the opposite bank of river we get chance to enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal. After the short walk from the Rainjam to Serpu Khola and crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. If we continue to climb Tsum for two hour we can reach to Village of Chhokangparo. If weather is in our favor then we can enjoy the views of Himachuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at 7140m. After enjoing the such an attractive view we can spend night at Chokhangparo.
Day 07: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m 5-6 hours)
We need to be careful of altitude problem, while climbing above Chokhangparo. We pass the Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is well known as nunnery Gompa too. We will visit for short time and then we cross the Shiar Khola. We continue to walk through the well managed village Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhuddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule, the climbing upstream and crossing the bridge, we finally arrive at Nile. If we want, we can visit Chhuto a famous monastery of Chhule which is located at the top.
Day 08: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m 3 hours
We are near to the Tibetan border. We will travel to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. We climb up to Mu Gompa and visit the monastery. Finally, we visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Day 09: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
In this day, we make a visit of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery
in this region. Mu Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After visiting the Mu Gompa area in detail, we can visit the base of Pika Himal at height 4865m.
Day 10: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m via Milarepa cave: 5 hours)
We trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola and finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. We climb up to the Milarepa's Cave, it is known for its attractive sights of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke Himal.
Day 11: Burgi village -Chumling (2,38m 5-6 hours
We continue our trekking by watching the greenery of nature and climb down to Chhokang Paro until we reach to Gho. We climb down further and we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley we reach to Chumling.
Day 12: Chumling to Philim (1,570m: 6-7 hours)
We continue the path to reach Lokpa. After lunch, we move ahead on the flat path on the south. On the path, by enjoying the beautiful Samba Falls we finally arrive at Philim after 6 to 7 hours long trekking. A path passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Day 13: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m 6-7 hours)
We continue our trek from Philim to Khorlabesi through Jagat and Tatopani. We climb down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. We climb down further which takes to Yaruphant. After crossing dry climate of Tibet, we reach to subtropical green vegetation. We continue our trek to Dobhan and finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani, you can enjoy the hot spring by dipping yourself into it and relax our tired muscles by soaking yourself into hot spring, if not you can continue walking ups and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi where you can rest for a day.
Day 14: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m 6-7 hours
The path crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in the rocky gorge. You need to move towards the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. You need to walk along Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. You should pass the two waterfalls on the steep rocky path on the side of a vertical rock then we reach Khursane. You need to walk along the edge above Budi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, you need to cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Day 15: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft):
Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours you need to climb to the edge of Kyorpani and climb down to the falling waterfall. Further trekking leads to Arkhet and cross the Arkhet Khola. By crossing the Arkhet,we are also leaving Bundi Gangaki Valley. We arrive at Sante Bazaar by passing through the forests at Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. And after the arrival of Arughat Bazaar we continue the path back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with impressive views of green hill, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. We will be having farewell dinner to celebrate completion of our journey at Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure for your onwards flight
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