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Expedition At A Glance

23 days, 22 nights

Difficulty Level: 4

Price (US$): From $3,150.00

Months Available: September through May

OVERVIEW


Tsum Valley Trek:

The Tsum Valley trek goes to the Tsum valley which lies in the North-East end of Gorkha district and borders Tibet. The valley is surrounded by the Ganesh Himal range (which are a series of seven peaks over 7,000 meters), Sringi Himal, Himalchuli and other unnamed peaks. The inhabitants of this region are called Tsumbas. They are of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is evident in the numerous mani walls, chortens, monasteries and Kanis (Buddhist gates) dotting the trails in this blessed valley. The Tsum valley is one of eight Beyuls in the Himalayas. Beyuls are valleys that have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava for those seeking refuge when the world is on the verge of destruction.

The trek starts at Soti Khola and follows the popular Manaslu Circuit trail until a little past Philim where you head North-East to enter the Tsum Valley. After trekking to Mu Gompa, the most important monastery in the region, return on an alternative route that will allow a visit to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Rejoin the Manaslu Circuit trail again near Phillim and return to Soti Khola where a private vehicle will bring you back to Kathmandu.

This is a lodge trek, the first we have offered but since the Tsum Valley was opened for trekking only in 2008 tourist facilities in a few places are basic.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades. We employ the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Highlights

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Take a spiritual journey to the blessed Tsum valley visiting.
  • Hike to the less-traveled Ganesh Himal Base Camp.


You can combine this trek with the Manaslu trek. We can customize such a journey for two or more participants.

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel Tibet or similar. Day free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. Overnight hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner) Day 02 - Kathmandu Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 03 - Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,970ft.). Drive onward to Soti Khola. Board a chartered bus with your staff for drive to Arughat. The drive can take up to 8 hours. Drive onward to Soti Khola. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 04 and 05 - Soti Khola to Salleri (1,410m/4,630ft.) From Soti Khola, walk through the low hills with terraced rice fields through villages inhabited by the Brahmin and Chettri ethnic groups enroute to Machha Khola. Then walk through wheat and buckwheat fields to reach hot-springs at Tatopani (930m). Spend some time soaking in the hot-springs, before heading out to Dobhan (1,000m). Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, the trail climbs high above the river and then descends through a huge gateway that opens out into a wide valley where the river is calm again. Continue on to the campsite beyond Jagat (1,410m). Jagat is a beautiful stone-paved village with a rudimentary trekker's hotel, shops, and a customs office. Jagat is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, an area where the concept of integrated conservation and development is being implemented to achieve conservation and sustainable development objectives. There is also an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office here where your permits will be checked. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 06, 07, 08 and 09 - Salleri to Chekkampar (3,180m/10,430ft.) Cross the Buri Gandaki again over a long suspension bridge at Ghatta Khola, then follow the route upstream. Climb up a steep incline to reach Philim (1,590m). Philim (1,590 m) is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The hillsides become steeper beyond Philim until Aga. Trek through a narrow, dramatic gorge with towering walls, and past a thundering waterfall. About a couple hours past Philim, we leave the popular Manaslu Circuit trail and head North East towards the Tsum Valley. Both the number of trekkers and the number of mules sharing the trail reduces by at least 50%. After a couple hours of hiking on gradual uphill through thick forests you arrive at Lokpa. From Lokpa, the trail descends for a short distance and then begins a grueling two-hour climb, mostly on switch backs. At the top, the few houses of Chumling is visible but you will still have to descend and cross a suspension bridge before making another 45 minute steep ascent to the village of Chumling. From Chumling, Ganesh is visible to the east and Himalchuli to the South. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 10 and 12 - Chekkampar to Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa The vegetation now is only pine trees and small bushes. The valleys from here to Nile widen and allow itself for cultivation of buckwheat and potatoes and this probably explains why the majority of the population of this region live in these upper valleys. Ascend gradually to Lamagaon. As you approach Lamagaon, look back south for spectacular views of the Ganesh range. During lunch at Lamagaon, you have the option to visit a small cave with a foot imprinted on a rock which is supposedly believed to be that of Milarepa. Cross a suspension bridge to Pangdung with large fields and a couple spectacular stupas. Soon you reach Chule. Cross a small suspension bridge to reach Nile. From Nile, the next day, start early towards Mu Gompa. The trail ascends gradually but the last thousand foot or so is a steep ascent to the monastery. The monastery is affiliated with the Kopan monastery in Kathmandu which probably is it's major funding source. There is a nunnery a few hundred feet above Mu Gompa. Descend to Nile and continue on a trail east of the river to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is a newly built nunnery and school complex. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 13 and 14 - Rachen Gompa to Gumba Langdang (10,500ft.) Shortly past Rachen Gompa cross a suspension bridge to meet the main trail. Descend past Chekkampar to the suspension bridge where you had lunch on Day 08. From here, follow the trail eastwards towards Ganesh Himal. From Dumje, we again ascend steeply past thick forests of pine and rhodendrons to Gumba Langdang. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 15, 16 and 17 - Gumba Langdang to Ganesh Base Camp to Ripchet (3,860m/12,660ft.) Ascend steeply to Ganesh Base Camp (13,400ft.). Health permitting, the plan is to stay a night at the Base Camp. Descend steeply to Ripchet. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 18, 19, and 20 - Trek to Liding (2,800ft.) Descend steeply to the river where the trail meets with the trail you took to Chumling at the suspension bridge. Retrace the trail from here onwards to Philim and Liding. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 21 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,960m/7,100ft.) From Liding, descend a short distance to Soti Khola and board a local vehicle to Arughat. Then board your chartered bus for ride back to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 22 - Kathmandu sightseeing Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 23 - Final Departure Transfer to the airport for flight home. (Breakfast)  

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per Person Price for 2018 2 - 3 participants: $3,450 USD per person 4 or more participants: $3,150 USD per person Single Supplement: $300 USD Contact us for private departures for two or more participants. $200 per person discount on November/December/February departures. Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
  • Chartered Bus: Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti to Arughat to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
    • Use of Steripen for water sterilization
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Fee
  • Tsum Valley Restricted Area permit
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


2018 Dates: All private departures. This trip can be organized for a date of your choosing for two or more participants. Cannot find a departure that fits your schedule? No problem. Contact us for private departures (two or more participants) for a date of your choosing.

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GUARANTEED:

This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

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“Christian and I very much enjoyed the Tsum valley trek and I am sure so did Margrith and Kuruvilla. The organisation was perfect. Our guide Ram and all the other members of the team did an excellent job. A particular mention goes for the cook. Food was very good, plentiful and varied. It was also great to taste some wild vegetables which Ras picked for us along the trail.

The scenery of Tsum valley is magnificent and we were very lucky with the weather. The high point of the trek was no doubt Gumba Lungdang. We also enjoyed trekking in an area which put us in touch with local culture. Thanks also for entertaining and showing us around in Kathmandu.”

-Jorg Wehrli, Switzerland: Tsum Valley Trek, October 2014

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