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Tsum Valley Trek 19 Days
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    Day 01: Arrive day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    Welcome to a beautiful country Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative from seven peaks, welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. We will then meet in the evening at hotel for briefing about the trip.

    Day 02: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-9 hours)
    On the second day, an early start takes us on an 8-9 hour bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in the Gorkha district. As you follow the BuriGandaki River, you will notice on arrival that the town is located on both sides of the river bank. Arughat Bazaar is a pleasant town with many shops selling any last minute supplies that you may need for your trekking. Overnight at Arughat.

    Day 03: Arughat to SotiKhola (6-7 hours)
    On the third day, after breakfast at the hotel, we start our trek enjoying splendid views of ShringriHimal. Many small villages such as Gurung and Magar reveal their beauty, while also seeing cascading waterfalls along the way. On arrival at SotiKhola, Overnight at Sotikhola.

    Day 04: SotiKhola to MachhaKhola(900m, 2952.75ft ) 6-7 hours
    On the fourth day, we trek to Machhakhola today which translates as Fish river in English. Above the river is a village with the same name - Machhakhola. This village is also the joining point for the Great Beautiful Trail as it heads up the East bank of the river and goes in the direction of the Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Machhakhola.

    Day 05: MachhaKhola to Doban (6-7 hours)

    On the fifth day, the trail from MachaKhola involves some steep ascents and descents often dropping down to the gravel bars beside the river. After crossing the TharuKhola, the valley here contains many fields of wheat and buckwheat on either side. After two hours on the trail you get to the small village of Tatopani which has a natural spring in which you can clean yourself a little. A further climb across a well crafted staircase brings you to Doban. This village lies at the confluence of the ShiarKhola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpukhola, which flows from the west. Overnight at Doban.

    Day 06: Doban to Philim (1550m, 5085.30ft) 6 hours
    On the sixth day, the route climbs on further across rugged rocky terrain, up and down ravines and notched trees. We pass Jagot which is where the official Police check post is located otherwise the village is exceptionally clean and well organised. We get good views of Sringrihimal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. Overnight at Philim.

    Day 07: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)
    On the seventh day, continuing along the river for about one hour we get to a diverge in the river system. Taking the left hand trail across the suspension bridge will take you to larke pass on the Manaslu route. We stay to the right which takes us into lower Tsum Valley. In Philim the landscape was very spread out but now you are trekking through a canyon with some exceptionally tall pine trees and beautiful grasslands hugging the mountain side.Overnight at Chumling.

    Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours)
    On the eighth day, we continue our trek up the valley to Dumje. There is a trail that leads off South Easterly that takes you to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. From here we can also see spectacular views of the Baudha and Himalchuli peaks to the south-west. Chhokangparo which is part of the Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. Some households in this village sill practice polyandry. Overnight at Chhokangparo.

    Day 09: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, (5-6 hours)
    On the ninth day, from Chhokangparo we continue North-East as we make our way to Nile/ Chulle. Two hours into the trekking we visit the MilarepaPirenPhu Cave. PirenPhu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley.The great Buddhist Yogi ChyuchinMilarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cavewhich houses the life size statues of Avaloketishvara, Budhha, Tara and Milarepa.. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important cultural assets in the valley.Beautiful views can be had of the ShiarKhola, RachenGumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. Trekking further up the valley will bring you to Nile / Chulle. Chulle is on the Easternside of the ShiarKhola while 20 minutes further upstream is Nile. These are the last villages heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Overnight at Nile/Chhule.

    Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3600 m, 12007.87ft), 4hrs
    On the tenth day, walking two hours further along the old Nepal-Tibet caravan path leads you to Mu Gompa. Close by is the oldest monastery in the valley-DephyudonmaGumba (4060m), founded about 700 years ago.The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.The landscape is dotted with mani walls, chortens and kaanis (gateway chortens). Chortens are Buddhist religious monuments, also known as stupas, which are distinct features in Tsum Valley. They are erected to ward off evil spirits from places that are identified as thresholds such as confluences and bridges or to commemorate the visit or death of historic figures, lamas or even relatives. Kaanis are also called gateway chortens placed before the entry of any village which travellers are supposed to walk through. Mani walls are long walls made of mani stones i.e. stones with carved mantras. The main purpose of these mani walls is to ask the help of the gods for the wellbeing of travellers. Overnight at Mu Gompa.

    Day 11: Extra day for excursion
    On the eleventh day, you will see a trail that leads North from our camp. This trail is used by many local people as they take caravans of yaks every two months to get the necessary food supplies for the monks at the monastery. The trekking takes 6-7 days and crosses the high pass NgulaDhojhyag (5093 m). We don't walk further North but instead hike to the base of Pika Himal (4865m) where views of glaciers, Tibetan peaks, the Ganesh Himalsand other surrounding mountains can be seen.The area is home to fauna such as Blue sheep, Yaks, Naks, Chauris and the rare sighting of Pika.After the day's excursion we return to our camp site at Mu Gomba.

    Day 12: Mu Gompa to RachenGompa (5 hours)
    On the twelfth day, upper Tsum Valley is a separate world where nature, people and spirit co-exist in harmony. The people here never slaughter animals, not even as sacrifice to the gods as is customary in many parts of the world. Every single family sends a child to the local monastery to become a monk or a nun. Heading back down the valley we arrive at RachenGompa, the biggest nunnery/monastery in the valley and houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect. Established in the year 1905 AD, it houses one thousand clay moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, Guru Padmasambhava, Tara and Buddha Amitabha. The interiors of this monastery are richly painted with murals depicting Buddhism and its history as well as a brightly colouredcarved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. Overnight at RachenGompa.

    Day 13: RachenGompa to Dumje (6-7 hours)
    On the thirteenth day, you have an easy walk  with plenty of time for Photography as we proceed down the valley.There are many small villages worth exploring along the way otherwise Dumje is also small with about eight houses and some adjoining cattle sheds. Overnight at Dumje.

    Day 14: Dumje to Philim (6-7 hours)
    On the fourteenth day, from Dumje we trek down to Philimbut take a small alternative path via Ripchet. Here we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, 'Samba Tingding Chhupyang'. Overnight at Philim.

    Day 15: Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hours)
    On the fifteenth day, from Phillim we trek to Tatopani where once again you may freshen up a little. After two weeks of camping, I am sure your excitement will build knowing that you can visit this hot spring once more. Tatopani only has four or five houses with the majority being lodgings. Overnight at Tatopani.

    Day 16: Tatopani to SotiKhola (6-7 hours)
    On the sixteenth day, for the next two days we stay on this side of the river passing through many terraced fields of crops grown by local villagers and walking past tropical waterfalls. We pass through Jagot once more and have our permits checked and stamped as we now leave the Manaslu Conservation area. Overnight at SotiKhola .

    Day 17: SotiKhola to Arughat Bazaar (6-7 hours)
    On the seventeenth day, we hike back down to Arughat Bazaar and spend overnight at Arughat Bazaar.

    Day 18: From Arughat Bazaar drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hours)
    On the eighteenth day, We drive back to Kathmandu.

    Day 19: Departure day from Kathmandu
    On the nineteenth day, as this is the last day of your trip, you are free for shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.


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Trip Facts

Trip length: 19 Days

Activities: Trekking

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Max. Elevation: 5,093m at Ngula Dhojhyang Pass

Trek/Tour Style: Teahouse trekking

Meal: Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

Transportation: Private vehicle

Best Month: Mar - May & Sept - Nov

Group Size: 1-10 persons

Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • Sight Seeing:
  • Accommodations (All twin sharing basis - Single room also served with extra charge)
  • Meals (Breakfast in Kathmandu, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek)
  • Flight / Transportation:
  • Trekking Permit
  • National Park Fare 
  • First Aid 
  • Trekking Crews (Guide, Assistant Guides, Porter
  • Trekking Equipment that provides by Seven Peaks

Cost Excludes:

  • VIsa
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses