Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means vivid. The trail heads up the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country, inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. Good cup of the local cultivated natural coffee and Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial. The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The Tsum Valley is extremely rich in cultural assets. Begin at the Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitable local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and a local meal. The valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist monasteries), chortens and mani walls. The longest mani walls (over 250m) are at Dzong and Phurpe. The valley preserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhava circumbulation. The people here never slaughter animals, even as sacrifice to the gods. The Tsum Valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North. The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
Some Features of Tsum Valley include:
Lokpa- It is the first village as we enter the valley.Five hour walking from Philim and four hour walking from Chumling.The old settlement lies along the old trial route.There are only two tea shop cum lodge available for the walkers. Sardi Gorge- The gorge meets the shial Khola about 200m downstream.The alder covered banks of the river provide a peaceful noon resting place or overnight campsite under overhang cliff.
Dhoban – This is the confluence of the Shiar Khola,which flows from the east,and Sarpu Khola,which flows from the west.From Dhoban you can explore the Ganesh Himal –III(7110m).Along the Sarpu Khola, there are several campsites.The main vegetation is alder,blue pine & poplar.A suspension bridge is going to replace the temporary wooden bridge.
Lamagaun- The trial from Ngakyu-Leru (it is situated about two to three kilometers from Chokang.The beautiful village is a compact settlement with narrow alleys uniquely walled by firewoods.The main trial passes through the heart of the village.) crosses flat & spacious fields, which stretch along the west bank of the Shiar River.There are several mani walls and kaanis(Gateway Chortens) along the wide trials.The agricultural fields are well conserved from animals by high stone walls.From this village,the trial divides into Rachen & Burji.
Burji- This village lies on the foothills of Langjuk Himal.The village contains a famous Milarepa cave,also known as Piren Phu, where Milarepa’s footprint can be seen.The Langju river runs besides this village.Accross the river and Langju moraine lies the spectacular Chi-Phu monastry constructed on the edge of a rugged mountain.The trial to monastry is difficult & undeveloped. Chhule- On the way to Chhule the path crosses a small hillock called Polgang with magnificient views to the south and north of the upper Tsum Valley.Ten minutes walk from there in the middle of the trial is a stupa with glancing eyes and a gilded pinnacle.Old women come from nearby villages from morning and evening prayers.There are flat, large and fertile fields with standing crops of wheat, buckwheat, potato, mustard and amaranth.This area suffers from massive deforestation.
Nile- This is the last village heading north of the upper Tsum Valley.It is on the western, sun side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk from Chhule.From a distance,Nile appears to be an island in the Shiar Khola.The valley is fertile and has large houses. Mu Gompa- The trial gradually ascends to Mu Gompa from Nile.This is largest monastry in the area and located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum Valley.On the way to Mu Gompa, Rikang Gompa and Dheron Gompa can be seen.Chhosyang Tal ai about two to three hours uphill walk.
Dumje- It has wide flat land , good for cultivation.Barely is the main crop.The village itself is small and settlements are scattered with eight houses & cattle sheds.
Gumba Lungdang – It is a five hour walk from Dumje. It is the oldest nuneeries in the valley, established 33 years earlier than Mu Gumba.There are about 16 houses scattered along the terraces, occupied mostly by worshipers and nuns. The main building of the nunnery houses murals of many Buddhist deities and life size statue of Guru Padmasambhav, Yara and Buddha.
Ripchet – This is the village which lies along the trial from Gumpa Laundang to Philim.The houses are completely built from stone and roofs are pine shingles.The houses are aligned in linear pattern along the trial.There are remarkable numbers of mani walls, Chortens and gateway chortens.There is one local monastry.
Option 1: Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Our official representative will come in the airport to welcome and transfer to the hotel,fare well dinner in the evening/N. (View Full Itinerary)
1. All transportation as per itinerary with airport transfers as stated.
2. Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu(as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu with transportation.
4. Entrance fees of all temples, monuments and monasteries.
5. All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
6. Accommodation in best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
7. A local English speaking local government Guide during the trek.
8. The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
9. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
10. Restricted area permit, MCAP(Manaslu Conservation Area Projects) permits and TIMS(Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
11. Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
12. First aid medical kid.
13. Fare well and welcome dinner as stated.
14. Official expenses.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 90 days from date of issue.You will require 2 passport size photos, which we recommend to get in advance in your home country to hassle from the crew mainly in high seasons (March-May, September- November).
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking gears.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section. Back to Main Menu