Sacred and Magical Tsum Valley Trek (14D13N)

 

Depart Singapore:

11 November 2017 (Saturday)

 

Depart Kathmandu:

24 November 2017 (Friday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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Located against the majestic backdrop of Ganesh Mountain, Sringi Mountain and Boudha Mountain ranges in Northern Gorkha is the hidden Tsum Valley of Nepal. Once a closed region, Tsum valley is an ethnically Tibetan region nestled in a green valley in the shadow of the Ganesh Himal range, newly opened for trekking and breathtakingly beautiful.

Tsum is a fascinating and magical region of approximately 4000 ethnically Tibetan inhabitants who still maintain strong links with Tibet. The valley once being part of Tibet looks completely different in term of people and cultural from other parts of Nepal. The people of Tsum valley are Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Locals in Nepal Tsum Valley still practice polyandry. The living Buddhist culture is virtually untouched because of their remote location and wildlife abounds.

The Tsum valley trekking is ideal for those who want to explore the remote and less trodden hidden valley. Come with us on this pilgrimage to explore this sacred and untouched Himalayan valley.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,400m]

  • ThamelArrival in Kathmandu and pick-up by our representative from the airport.
  • Check into hotel and refresh yourself. The rest of the day is free and easy for you to soak in the bustling atmosphere at Thamel.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, Kathmandu

 

Day 2: Kathmandu

  • Free & easy today while waiting for issuance of permit. Or we can arrange a one-day Kathmandu city tour.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, Kathmandu

 

Day 3: Kathmandu – Drive to Sotikhola [700m]

  • Drive: 8-9 hours
  • Morning after breakfast, drive to Sotikhola through the Prithvi highway. It is winding road drive with the incredible scenarios and drive on the Trishuli River bed. Reach Sotikhola over 8-9 hours drive via the district centre of Dhading.
  • Overnight in guesthouse.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Sotikhola

 

Day 4: Sotikhola – Khorlabesi [970m]

  • Trek Day 1: Walking time: 7 hours
  • First walking day in the mountain. Walk gradually beside the Budi Gandaki River and through the forest.
  • The meandering path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until you reach the Gurung village of Labubesi.
  • Traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola and on to Khorlabesi. There is a small market hereabouts with a few shops and lodges.
  • Overnight in guesthouse.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Khorlabesi

 

Day 5: Khorlabesi – Philim [1,570m]

  • Trek Day 2: Walking time: 9 hours
  • After a few ups & downs, there is a small trailside hot spring, from where we reach to Tatopani.
  • From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan.
  • Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman.
  • Ascending again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reached Yaru Khola.
  • Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang.
  • Cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
  • After completing with the MCAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Philim

 

Day 6: Philim – Chumling (Lower Tsum) [2,386m]

  • Trek Day 3: Walking time: 7 hours
  • To the north of Philim, crossing a forest with the views of the narrowing valley, we reach Chisopani.
  • After Ekle Bhatti, cross the gorge and 30mins later we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall before entering the pine tree forests.
  • Climb through pine and rhododendron forests and enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village.
  • Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and a further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons, we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Chumling

 

Day 7: Chumling – Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) [3,010m]

  • Trek Day 4: Walking time: 5 hours
  • Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal.
  • Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village.
  • Another 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is situated on a flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chhokang and Paro. Some households in this village practice polyandry. Weather permitting, enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7,893m) and Ganesh Himal (7,140m).
  • Overnight at Chokhangparo.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Chhokangparo

 

Day 8: Chhokangparo – Nile [3,361] – Mu Gompa [3,700m]

  • Trek Day 5: Walking time: 6 hours
  • Walk past Lamagaon crossing suspension bridge to Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa. After a quick visit, we cross the Shiar Khola.
  • Continue walking through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun.
  • Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha, cross the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to arrive at Nile. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. We are now almost close to the Tibetan border.
  • Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa where you can visit the monastery. You can also pay a visit to Dhephu Doma Gompa. Mu Gompa is home to a very old monastery and there are no village establishments here. It is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Mu Gompa

 

Day 9: Mu Gompa – Chumling [2,386m]

  • Trek Day 6: Walking time: 10 hours
  • Milarepa CaveTrek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally arrived at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village.  Climb up to the Milarepa Cave (piren phu) known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.
  • Descend down to Chhokangparo. From there, continue descend to Gho before arriving at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola.
  • Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you back to Chumling.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Chumling

 

Day 10: Chumling – Lokpa [2,240m] – Jagat [2,340m]

  • JagatTrek Day 7: Walking time: 9 hours
  • The trail continues to Lokpa.
  • After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls.
  • Finally arrive at Philim after 6 – 7 hours trek.
  • Descend to Sirdibas and we finally reach the fields of Jagat.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Jagat

 

Day 11: Jagat – Machhakhola [870m]

  • MachhakholaTrek Day 8: Walking time: 7 hours
  • Moving off from Jagat, further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation.
  • Continue trek to Dobhan and further to Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles.
  • Continue walk from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine.
  • Head down to the river and traverse to Machhakhola village.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Machhakhola

 

Day 12: Machhakhola – Sotikhola [700m]

  • SotikholaTrek Day 9: Walking time: 6 hours
  • Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach the Gurung village of Labubesi.
  • Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff before reaching Khursane.
  • Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Sotikhola.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse, Sotikhola

 

Day 13: Sotikhola – Drive back to Kathmandu

  • To PangbocheDrive to Kathmandu from the Sotikhola via Aarughat. From the district centre of Dhading, the road is pitched and joined the Prithvi Highway.
  • Drive further for 2 hours before arriving in Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and rest for the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, Kathmandu

 

Day 14: Departure for Singapore

  • Free time till your flight time and transfer to the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Nepal that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: This trek can be shorten or lengthen according to the number of days you wish to trek. Speak to us to get a customised itinerary. =)

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD1790.00

Single Pax

SGD2190.00

(Price is for minimum 2 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • 10 nights’ accommodation based on Twin sharing room with full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner) at local tea house during the trek
  • 1 English speaking experienced guide and porters (generally 1 porter for 2 pax), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance and equipment
  • Assistant guide for 4 people and above
  • Private transportation in air-conditioned car/van/coach from Kathmandu to trek point and back to Kathmandu after the trek
  • Private transportation in air-conditioned car/van/coach for airport transfers
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • All necessary documents (trek permits)
  • Sleeping bag during trek
  • A pair of trekking pole during trek

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Kathmandu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee on arrival (if applicable) (USD 40 for up to 30 days + 1 passport-sized photo)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral water, boiled water, drinks, liquors, laundry, shopping, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide/porters
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 11 October 2017. Subject to availability and change.

 

11 November 2017

Singapore (SIN) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 602) 0600hrs – 0710hrs

 

11 November 2017

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kathmandu (KTM):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 170) 0855hrs – 1120hrs

 

 

24 November 2017

Kathmamdu (KTM) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 115) 2330hrs – 0630hrs (+1)

 

25 November 2017

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 601) 0805hrs – 0905hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 30kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD595.16

 

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