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Tsum Vally-Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. In local Term, they are called (Tsum Tso Chucksums) which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Tsum which is derived form the Tibetan word (Tsombo) means unforgettable. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travellers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry (a woman has more than one husband). Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. In local Term, they are called (Tsum Tso Chucksums) which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Tsum which is derived form the Tibetan word (Tsombo) means unforgettable. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travellers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry (a woman has more than one husband). Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. In local Term, they are called (Tsum Tso Chucksums) which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Tsum which is derived from the Tibetan word (Tsombo) means unforgettable. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travellers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry (a woman has more than one husband).

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m)

NAMESTE! Satellite Treks And Expedition heartily welcomes you to the Beautiful country Nepal. We will meet you at the International Airport at Kathmandu. Our Companies Representative will be there holding placard on which either the company or client's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and ager your reception, we will transfer you to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and will you settle the rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be three copy of passport size photos, a copy of the passport and copy of travel insurance. If your arrival at the daytime, in the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with a cultural dance and if your arrival is delayed, the schedule will be on the next day.overnight stay hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast we first get you familiar with the Kathmandu valley by taking you for sightseeing. We first take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We also take you to swyombhunath (Monkey Temple), Pasupatinath, and Boudhanath .Briefing hotel where we will be discussing the technicalities of the trek and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you head to arughat via dhadingbesi by Tourist Coach / Car takes about 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills, we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided into two parts with the Budhi Gandaki River flowing between them, overnight at Tea Hours in Arughat.

We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat., we follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We pass through the hydroelectric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests, we arrive at Shanti Bazar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here, the trail descends to Soti Khola and Overnight in camp at Soti Khola.

Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight in camp at Machha Khola.

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hot spring, from where we reach Tatopani. From the Hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then 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 up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach 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 and stay overnight in camp at Jagat.

After completing with the ACAP 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. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani and Overnight in Camp at Chisopani.

After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to the trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpal, descend half an hour towards Lungwa Khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail 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 and stay overnight in camp at Chumling.

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 continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m and Overnight in camp at Chokhangparo.

While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of the area and stay overnight in camp.

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. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa and stay overnight in camp.

Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m) and stay overnight in camp.

Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.

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 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and stays overnight in camp at Philim.

Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, stay overnight in camp.

The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola and stay overnight at Tea House.

Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening and Overnight in Kathmandu.

This day is the last day for yours in Nepal as per your schedule. After breakfast and check out from the hotel we will take you to the airport. If you want more exploring here, we will be ready to help and manage for your best. Thank you for choosing Satellite Treks And Expedition to travel with and we look forward to seeing you again in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • An experienced, Professional  insured and equipped English speaking Guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fee in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 3 meals during trek
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary (Internal Flight if including in itinerary  )
  • Flights of guide
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Airport tax, All tax, VAT and company service charge
  • Good standard Hotel ( 3*) accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation on trek twin sharing basic
  • Porter/s (1 porter for every 2 participants to carry 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Special Trekking permit for Restricted area
  • Entry Permit for Manaslu conservation area and Annapurna area
  • TIMS ( Trekkers Information Management System) permit
  • Medical Supplies ( First aid kit will be available)
  • Insured and equipped porter as on IPPG rules
  • Acclimatize day  to explore around
  • Group trekking map 

Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected, not mandatory)
  • Lunch & dinner in the city
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, changes of flight and itinerary
  • Personal drinks and Bar Bill
  •  Hot shower cost
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • All other things that are not listed in include section.
  • Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.

Equipment

Dear All Travellers,

 

Warm Greeting from Satellite Treks And Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

 

If you are just tired of your busy schedule and looking forward to trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal. You need to care about the required personal equipment and if you are confused regarding personal equipment, we are here for your easy arrangement.

 

Here Below I have enlisted all the necessary equipment. Just pack your bags and get ready for the adventure.

  • A Pair of light hiking boots
  • A pair of sandals.
  • Some pairs of woollen socks.
  • One Light wool/ fleece sweater.
  • One down sweater/ jacket.
  • One light wind Gore-Tex Jacket and one light wind Gore-Tex pant.
  • A pair of Gore-Tex glove shells with the liner of ski gloves
  • one sunscreen lotion (especially 50+)
  • Sun Glasses
  • Trekking Stick
  • Rain Poncho
  • Water bottle and water purifier.
  • Two T-shirt and one long sleeve T-shirts
  • Rucksack
  • Camera
  • Sun hat
  • Swiss Knife
  • Insect Repellent Cream
  • One Trekking baggy pants
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries ( toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet rolls, bath towel etc) and More Necessary personal clothes,

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Grade:
  • Trek Name: Tsum Vally –Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek
  • Best Season: September to November, March to May
  • Transportation: Tourism Bus, Private, Flight
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge/ Camping
  • High Altitude: 3700M
  • Trek Duration: 15
  • Group Size: Minimum 2-15 Pax
  • Destination: Nepal
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