Tsum Valley Trekking
Tsum valley trekking is the secret pilgrim valley, situated in Gorkha Nepal. Tsum words came from Tibetan “Tsomboo”. Which is significant vivid Traditionally, the valley was the geographical and culturally distinct area called the ‘Tsum’ Tso chuksum’, which means the thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Mansiri and Buddha Himal range, the ancient Himalayan valley welcome you with their distinct Tibetan art, culture, and religion. Trails are strewn with artistic ancient Chortens, Kannis and with 250m longest Maniwalls, prayers wheels along Prayers Flags (lungta). The thousand of stone slabs carved with drawing of deities and inscribed prayers flags every village have Monasteries’ and Caves are in the Mountains is one of the best attributing of God for Tsum valley.
Tsum valley trek the famous Kyimo Lung knows a center of peace, pilgrimages as for its centers of learning and meditation for Buddism. According to local Lama, the place was found in the search of ‘Peace and Prosperity’ they have been delighted by positive vibe. The history reveal that a group of Nomads called TAMBA SETTO migrated in search of Peace from Bichour Lamjung and they were joined by Bu Phaujyas of Tibet, with the influx came and practices Tibetan Buddism in Tsum Valley trekking, Since it has long establishment history related with Buddism in center of Trans-Himalayan area, whereas people believed in the 7th century Buddist Saint Milarepa Meditated in Piren Phu Caves near the village of Burji.
The hidden Secret Tsum valley trekking contains more than 50 Monasteries including bigger to smaller though there are major monasteries and meditation cave, Rachen(Nunnery) Gumba, Mu Gumba (Monk), Dephyundonma(Nunnery) Gumba, Gumba lundang(Nunnery) Pi Ren Phu cave. Tsum valley has 72 Chortens, 50 mini Chortens, and more than 23 Kannis.The valley is widely rich in wildlife and flora and fauna, especially species of mammals like Blue sheep Himalayan Thar, Ghoral and elusive snow leopard and 50 species of medical plants; Jatamasi, yarcha, Jimmu much more. Ther are few lakes in the sacred land (Tsum Valley) with the potential to attract tourists like Khungyu lake, Yamdro lake.
A unique secret Tsum valley trekking attributes its monasteries with not permitted to sacrifice (No Hunting Zone). The Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya sects of Tibetan Buddhism reserve remote Himalayan Valleys as Beyal; doing Tsum valley trekking has lots of cultures that carries up the religious value that no longer remains in Tibet. They believed in the re-incarnations of Lama and worship Gautam Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche and some Bodhisattvas.
In Tsum valley trekking the temperatures vary widely in winter October to march drop below freezing and snowfall but clear sky during October to December and April to June, however in summer are 22 c to 34 c comfortable enough for works. In rest session of June and September will monsoon falls.
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It is a restricted zone. The most of the people of Manaslu region are of Tibetan Origin.
A good and beautiful place. I visited there in 2015. I would love to go there again in 2017.
Day to Day Itinerary
From Kathmandu, it is possible to hire a jeep to transport to Sothi Khola or Arkhet, if you don’t want Hassel. We will arrange according to you.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Arkhet or Sotikhola
Day 2: Arkhet to Machhe Khola 869m; 5 hours trek, it is depending on clients whether you take a jeep to Soti Khola)
Day 3: Machha Khola to Jagat 1340m; 6 hours trek
Day 4: Jagat to Lopka 2240m; 6 hours trek
Day 5: lopka to Chumling 2386m; 4ours trek
Day 6: Chumling to Chekamar 3031m; 5 hours trek
Day 7: Chekampar to Nile 3361m; 5 hours trek
Day 8: Nile to Mu gumba 3709m; 3 hours trek
Day 9: Mu gumba to Chekampar 3031m; 6 hours trek
Day 10: Chekampar to Gumba Lungdung 3200m 6 hours trek
Day 11: Gumba lundung to Ripchet 2470m 4 hours trek
Day 12: Rupchet to philim 1570m 6 hours trek
Day 13: Philim to khorlabesi 970m6 hours trek
Day 14: Khorlabesi to Arkhet Bazar 620m trek
Day 15: Jeep/Bus to Kathmandu 7 hours trek
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
- Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
- Local Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- A government license holder guide
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
- Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
- All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu/Nar Phu)
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Travel and rescue arrangements but prices
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- Farewell dinner prior to departure
- First Aid Kit
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for Trekking Staffs
- Any kind of Drinks and Liquors
- Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Optional trips for activates and sightseeing if extended
- All items not listed in Cost included section
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Notes: Costs may prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking/tours days get modified.
About Accommodations/Meals: All Meals on full board basis will be served during Manaslu / Narpu Valley trekking. During trekking; three meals a day will be served according to the tea house/lodge/ homestay menus. Everyday's dinner and breakfast are taken in the same place that we stay the night. Lunch will be taken in a tea shop on the way. Please know that the Manaslu region does not have a well-established tourist infrastructure as like as Annapurna or Everest region (and this is the main beauty of this region). I.e. variety of foods will not be available or possible on menu. We mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal bhat, tsampa porridge, fried potato, and other simple local organic foods.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sun protection cream
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Sleeping bags and Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Leaps care and moisturizer
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Water bottles
- Trekking pole
- Trekking shoes
- Thick and thin both type of socks
- Warm clothes
- Tissue, Toilet papers and Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the bag
- Towel etc…..
- Small Mats
- Travel games like Chess, Playing card etc.