The Tsum Valley is a scared Himalaya pilgrimage valley situated in the northern Gorkha district, Nepal. The word Tsum came from the Tibetan word "Tsombo" which means vivid. People in the Tsum Valley still practice polyandry system and they have unique culture, tradition and a dialect of their own. The unique festivals observed here are Loshar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning among others. The residents of Tsum Valley are called Tsumbas.
The altitude of Tsum Valley trek varies from 1,905m in Lhokpa to over 5,093m at Ngula Dhohyang pass on the Tibetan border. The Hidden Valley is surrounded by the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and SringiHimal to the North. The Upper Tsum is called Chhekamper village while The Lower Tsum is called Chumchet village.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA); our airport representative will receive you at the airport and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Full day guided trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley and surrounded areas i.e. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Fifty five windows durbar.
Day 3: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar by Bus and then trek
From Kathmandu, we take a bus ride to Arughat Baazar for approx. 7-8 hrs in Gorkha District. Arughat Baazar is Large, clean and prosperous with numbers of Hotels and cloth selling shops, Food and hardware. The village is divided into two parts, on the opposite side of Buri Gandaki.
After we reach Arughat Baazar, we trek for two hours to Arkhet Baazar. While trekking, we pass through Gurung and Magar villages and the terraced fields.
Day 4: Arkhet Bazaar to Machha Khola
After leaving Arkhet Baazar, the trail leads us to the Machha Khola where we will set up camp at a good campsite. Machha Khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name.
Day 5: Machha Khola to Yaru Khola
From Machha Khola, the trail leads us to the Yaru Khola. As we move inside the village of Yaru Khola, we will find a good campsite near the Buri Gandaki River. The river twists claim and untroubled among gravel bars.
Day 6: Yaru Khola to Lokpa
From Yaru Khola, the trail leads us to Lokpa. As we enter to the Tsum Valley, we find Lokpa as the first village. The local people living here are farmers. They grow potatoes, gucchi mushrooms and soya beans.
Day 7:Lokpa to Chumling (Lower Tsum)
Leaving Lokpa, we trek towards ChumlingTanjo. Chumling has three monasteries: Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa. We can also see the Baudha Himal and Ganesh Himal VI on a clear day. Here, we can find several good campsites and there is a telephone service as well as health post too.
Day 8: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum)
From Chumling, the trail leads us to the Chhokangparo. From Chhokangparo, Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) is open, where the local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo” welcome us with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal.
Day 9: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way
Leaving Chhokangparo, we trek towards Nile/Chhule.The last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Now, we take a walk for about 20 minutes across from Chhule to reach Nile on the western, sun-side of the ShiarKhola.
On the way, we visit PirenPhu Cave. This cave is also known as the Pigeon Cave and is one of the most scared caves in Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. The famous Tibetan saint, Milapera, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate Gompas attached to the rocky cave. Significant buddhist paper scripts, richly painted Buddhist murals, artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags makes the cave one of the most important and beautiful socio-cultural assets in the valley.
Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa, visit Dhephyudonma Gompa
One of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley is Dephyudonma Gompa, situated in the rugged mountains. Here, we take a walk for about 2 hours from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monasteries is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. Lama Serap of the Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sector runs the monasteries. Here we can find few campsites and drinking water facilities.
The trail now leads us upward to the Mu Gompa, which is the largest monastery in this region. Mu Gompa is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum Valley.
Day 11: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect.)
From Mu Gompa, we follow the trail to Rachen Gompa, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gompa is one of the largest nunneries in Tsum Valley. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, craved throne and pillar and a large prayer wheel. The interior of this Gompa is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.
Day 12: Rachen Gompa to Dumje
Leaving Rachen Gompa, we proceed our trek towards the Dumje, a small village with about 8 hours and adjoining cattle shed.
Day 13: Dumje to Philim (across Ripchet)
From Dumje, we trek towards Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way to Philim, we witness one of the beautiful waterfalls in the lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tinding Chhupyang. Philim, one of the large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet.
Day 14: Philim to Tatopani
From Philim, we trek to Tatopani. In Tatopani, there is a hot spring where we can relieve our tired muscles by soaking ourselves.
Day 15: Tatopani to Lapubeshi
From Tatopani, we trek to the Gurung village named Lapubeshi. While trekking to Lapubeshi, we pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls.
Day 16: Lapubeshi to Arughat Bazar
Today we trek to the last leg of our journey to Arughat Bazar.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu by Bus
Drive back to Kathmandu via Bus. Evening at your own.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Our office representative will take you to the airport for Final Departure.