Tsum valley, also known as the hidden valley, is on elf the fascinating and isolated destinations in Nepal to look out for. The valley was restricted until the year 2008 and is basically a trekking route that follows the classical Manaslu trekking route. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area are full of mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens and mani walls. Most of the population around this region is Tibetan on the northern part and follows the Buddhist religion. These people have their own unique cultural beliefs and traditions. During the journey to Tsum valley, you will be welcomed by the mountain ranges such as Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Manaslu, Boudha Himal and so on.
To reach Tsum Valley & Manaslu, we'll be traveling from Gorkha and Arughat towards the south of Manaslu. For some days, we will be exploring the Budi Gandaki valley, lots of forests and the surrounding villages. After leaving the Manaslu trail, we follow the Tsum valley trail and as soon as we enter the valley you will truly feel like you're entering the hidden valley. Along the trail, including both Manaslu and Tsum valley, you'll pass through alpine forests, rivers, glaciers, Buddhist Gombas including the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen gompa and Mu Gompa among others. The warm hospitality of the ethnic communities will stay with you forever.
|All transportation by private vehicle.|
|Teahouse accommodation in a room only basis during the trek.|
|An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trekking|
|Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)|
|Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.|
|Manaslu restricted trekking permit, MCAP, ACAP, TIMS & other necessary permits|
|Government Tax charge|
|Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)|
|Food and drinks/ Beverage bills|
|Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels|
|donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .|
|Personal Hiking gear, personal kits|
|Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind|
21-day trek to Manaslu and Tsum valley
We begin our epic journey to the hidden valley by taking a direct bus to Arughat from Kathmandu. Arughat is a pleasant market along the Budhi Gandaki river. On reaching Arughat, check-in to the lodge and have some rest for tomorrow. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
From Arughat, the road has less traffic so we can either take a jeep to Soti Khola or hike through the Magar and Gurung villages which is a more scenic opportunity. Since the climate is hot in this area, you'll see a lot of rice, maize and millet growing in the fields while we pass through the villages and farms. On reaching Arkhet, our trekking will begin as we head to Lapusi, where we spend the night. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Continuing our walk along the river, we pass through the Machhakhola. As we move forward, we will encounter frequent ups and downs ahead. Be careful as the monkeys and langurs are sometimes spotted to throw rocks. Along the path, we encounter a Gurung village and a botanical garden as well. After passing some ups and downs, we reach Tatopani where hot water spouts that provide a delightful evening shower can be found. These hot water spouts are beneficial from a dermatological point of view. This place is nice and peaceful and guarantees a quality time. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
today we start our journey by climbing over a ridge and cross over a suspension bridge. After crossing a landslide area, we cross the bridge over the Yaru Khola to reach Yaru Phant. Afterwards, we walk up the riverbed, climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, descend to Siidibas and pass through Ghatekhola to finally reach Philim Gaun. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
From here on, we have a wonderful trekking route. After breakfast, we trek north out of Philim over a track that signposted to the Larkya La while passing through a dense pine forrest with views up the narrowing valley. Afterwards, we descend to a junction going left to Ghan and right to Tsum valley. We then cross the Siyar Khola and pass through a forest into Lokpa (2240 m), which is surrounded by barley fields. After walking for some hours, we are welcomed by the old gompa, orchards, traditional houses and beautiful stone streets on reaching Chumling. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
We start our day by crossing a suspension drive and cross a slip, then we ascend along the valley to the east , which offers a splendid view of Ganesh Himal before we reach Rainjam village. Later on, we cross the Serpu Khola and join the trail leading to the upper Tsum valley. After walking for some time, we'll reach the village of Chhokang-Paro. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Early in the morning, use your time to explore the village and you might encounter a That (wild goat). Afterwards, we travel in the east direction through some villages before we climb over a ridge to visit Milarepa's cave, a sacred cave for meditation for Buddhists. We then cross the Shiyar Khola, pass through some villages and reach an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule through an amazing entrance gate. As we leave Chhule villages we trek upstream to cross a bridge and ascend to Nile village to spend the night. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Today you'll be exploring the Mu Gompa. After breakfast, we head up on the west bank through a narrow valley. The final clim is through the dry Tibetan countryside with rows of Chotens to each Mu Gompa. At Mu Gompa, you can explore the monastery, an ancient gompa and Dhephu Doma nunnery. You can also climb to Kalung (3820 m) or Bhajyo (4030 m) passes to have a glimpse of Tibet from the Nepal border. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Advancing our journey, we retrace our way back to as far as Phurbe. Staying on the east back of the Sitar Khola, we cross the flat boulders leading the path to Rachen Gompa. Here, you can visit the ancient gompa and explore the village of gompa families. It's a family which has at least one monk or nun. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
After breakfast, we cross a bridge to the west bank to make our way back to Chhokang Paro and drop below towards Chumling. It takes about two horus to reach Gho Village, from where we will descend down the trail passing the old gompa. Later on we cross a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola to reach Domje. Leaving Domje, we ascend over a zigzag trail leading through pine & rhododendron forests before we finally reach Gumba Lungdang. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
After breakfast, we go around the gompa through a white gateway and below the nuns' house, we walk along a zigzag track through a forest en then cross the Laudung Khola. Now, we climb steeply for 30 minutes before we walk through the pristine pines and rhododendrons over a ridge. Afterwards, we reach a grassy field behind the debris beside the Toro gumba glacier. We then pass many seasonal yak huts and after 4 hours of trekking, we reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Explore the surroundings of Ganesh Himal Base Camp and retrace your way back to gumba Lungdang. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
after the visit to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, we now descend to Domje. On crossing the Laudung Khola via a new swing bridge, we pass through a lovely forest and choose the lower trail to follow. After descending on steep, loose stairs for some time, we reach Ghumlong on the river and climb again through a pristine forest to Lokpa. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Continuing the journey, we follow a track until it diverges at Philim, where we turn right to cross the Budi Gandaki and reach a teashop. Here, you get the lsat glimpse of Tsum valley. then, we enter a narrow gorge with many ups and downs and cross the west bank to reach Sirdibas. Afterwards, we pass through many villages until we reach the stone-carving village of Bihi. Advancing to our destination, we pass many canyons to cross the Serung Khola and ascend again to finally reach Ghap. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
While staying on the south bank, we enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds and grey langurs watching. After crossing the river, we take a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right and walk along the riverbank through a superb pine forest. We then walk over a zigzag trail leading to the village of Naming and eventually to Lho. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Today is very easy and short day. From Who, it is an easy walk to Shyala through a pine and rhododendron forest with the view of Manaslu mountain keeping us company. After walking for an hour, we reach Samagaon. With reaching Samagaon we loose the splendid views of Manaslu but we are welcomed by the world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stones. Use your spare time of the day to acclimatize and rest, you'll need it tomorrow. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Today, we will spend the day at Samagaon village for acclimatization. Although this is a rest day, we will go and visit Manaslu Base Camp which will take about 5 to 6 hours. Along the path, you can visit an old Gompa near Samagaon. You can also visit the Birendra Tac if you have more time. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
After breakfast, we descend and take the Larkya La trail passing through Mani walls and the juniper/birch forest of Karma Kharka. After trekking for some time, we cross a river and reach Samdo. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Today, we descend down, cross a wooden bridge and ascend while crossing two streams witnessing the colossal Larkya Glacier. After climbing for some time, we arrive at the stone guest house (4450 m). The stone house is a kind of shelter called Dharmashala, also known as Large Phedi. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Today is a strenuous day as we leave Dharmasala and head towards Bhimtang. After crossing some moraines, we drop past frozen lakes and reach Larkya La pass. From here, one can witness the Himlung Himal (7126 m) and other mountains including Gyaji Kung, Annapurna II, Cho Himal and Kang Guru. Afterwards, we walk past the low pastures in the evening before we finally reach Bhimtang. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
We begin today's trek by walking south beneath Bhimtang and cross the Bhimtang glacier. For safety reasons, we will move up the far moraine divider to be safe from stone-fall and enter a beautiful forest. Continuing our trail along the river to Karche (2700 m), we will see many indications of a glacial flood. Afterwards, we'll reach Gurung Gaon (2560 m), followed by Dharapani. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. The route is along the side of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli river over the Prithvi Highway. The road is located high above the rivers in gentle slopes and offers a scenic drive to Kathmandu with vegetation, rice fields, terraced farms, flowing rivers, green hills and small villages. After the long drive you will finally reach Kathmandu and transferred to your confirmed hotel. With that your Asian Heritage trekking program has ended.
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