Overview of Tsum Valley Trekking
Tsum Valley Trekking, where you will be in the midst of giant mountains of Mid West Himalaya within ancient Buddhist culture of Tibetan custom and heritage, as the area located close to Tibetan frontier where Tsum villagers still practice their old way of living with interesting traditions in the harmony of pristine natural surroundings.
Life Himalaya Trekking invites travelers to explore this new hidden Shangri-la around Tsum Valley, known as the valley of Happiness or Beyul Kyimolung in the local Tsum language of Tibetan origin.
Truly a valley of Happiness set in perfect harmony with nature, lost and forgotten from the outside world of modernization. Our Tsum Valley Trekking leads you with an exciting overland drive from the former kingdom of Kathmandu and then heading into rural villages of mid hills around Nepal Mid West Himalaya at Burigandaki River area, where our adventure starts heading into the hidden valley of Tsum away from the main trekking tails for a week in the perfect wilderness of mountains and cultural villages with interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gompas treasured with historical and religious artifacts of immense interest.
After achieving our goal of being in the high valley of Tsum in the backdrop of mighty Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range of peaks, the return journey leads back following the glacial Burigandaki River downstream, passing lovely farm villages to warmer areas for the drive back to Kathmandu.
Our overwhelming adventure with memorable moments of Tsum Valley Trekking concludes in Kathmandu.
Highlights of Tsum Valley Trekking
- A scenic and cultural journey into the hidden Tsum Valley of Happiness
- Exploring remote traditional farm villages between massive Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
- Daily super views of Mid West Himalaya mountain within Buddhist culture and old heritage
- Enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-pines and fir tree lines of pristine surrounding
- Visiting villages and monasteries of old Tibetan origin custom and culture
Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary
At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on fresh arrival where you will be warmly received by Life Himalaya Trekking staff and then with transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide / leader will brief you on Tsum Valley Trekking, with related information of the trip, includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with culture programs.
A free day in Kathmandu after your long flight from home countries, morning tour of Kathmandu at places of interest around world heritage sites with time in the afternoon preparations for Tsum Valley Trekking.
Tsum Valley adventure begins with an exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway for few hours, and then our route diverts from the main road to reach at Dhading Bhesi a large town. From Dhading heading towards Gorkha areas at Arughat town by the River Burigandaki, from here taking another vehicle with interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhuri-Gandaki River and farm villages to reach at Soti-Khola village.
From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.
After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.
From Jagat, morning starts heading higher areas passing farm villages and with few short ups and downhill walks to cross a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large lovely village with terrace farm houses. After Philim trekking past farm fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb on a rocky ridge into bamboo forested area to reach our overnight stop at Lakuwa, after leaving behind Manaslu route.
After Lakuwa village as our route diverts on leaving Burigandkai River, heading towards Tsum valley of happiness, as walk enters a narrow gorge with short down and uphill climb in the forest of lovely rhododendron and pine tree lines, as the walk leads past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
From here altitude gain gradually along with views of Ganesh Himal, as the villages and landscapes becomes much similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra of 7,422 m high, as our walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.
After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.
Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.
After a wonderful time at Mu Gompa, our return journey leads to another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walking on nice pleasant path with few short ups and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
Our last day at Tsum valley with a walk back to Chumling, morning walk leads to downhill to Chumling village past nice farm villages reaching back into tree lines, after a long descend reaching at Chumling village for last overnight at Tsum valley area.
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.A lovely farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)
From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
After a refreshing overnight at Tatopani with hot spring, morning our last day walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after few hour of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here head further past terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.
After an enjoyable and last overnight stop around Gorkha district at Soti-Khola village, our last day of this fantastic adventure around Nepal’s Mid West Himalaya, concludes with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu following Burigandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat and then heading towards Dhading district as the drive continues to Kathmandu on the good road most of the way to Kathmandu, after a fascinating trip on Tsum Valley trekking.
Last day in amazing Nepal and its massive Himalaya, after a memorable and fabulous time around Tsum Valley Trekking, Life Himalaya staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight back home or to next respective countries.
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