Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys, which was a restricted region and was recently opened. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the magnificent background of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region which was once being part of Tibet looks totally different from what you will find in another place. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own antique form of language, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and unexplained valley, which used to be a significant trade link with Tibet in the past. In the beginning, we trek the route around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu route Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area which was opened since 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other tourist areas, with pretty virgin and less beaten paths in similarity to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite amazing for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a follow of polyandry.
The trek starts and ends at Arughat, a seven hour drive from Kathmandu. The first divides of the trek rise the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, swiftly we get a feeling of truly entering into the unseen valley. During the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the hospitality of cultural people. The trek passes through the lower Budhi Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the very old Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa,Mu Gomba, Dephyudonma Gomba.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)
The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 7-8 hours drive
We drive from Kathmandu to Arughat directly via Dhading Benshi. Arughat is a major town in the region. Overnight in Arughat
Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal, Gurung and Magar villages and waterfalls then Camp on the bank of Soti khola for overnight.
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
We cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests to reach Machha Khola village. Machha khola is a big village. Overnight in Machha Khola
Day 06: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
After few ups and downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. Crossing the Tharo Bhryang and Budhi Gandaki River we reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat
Day 07: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
From Jagat, we walk up the river bed then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri. From Salleri, we descend down to Sirdibas. Crossing the suspension bridge finally, we climb to Philim. We walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley to reach Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani
Day 08: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours
After one hour climb, we reach to bhattis then go high above the gorge through pine trees. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Overnight in Chumling
Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
The upper inner Himalaya starts from Chhokangparo. From here Tibetan lifestyle and tradition starts. The two villages Chhekam and Paro are situated in big flat land which is call Chhokangparo. The Ganesh himal range, Budda Himal and Himal chuli are nicely visible from here.
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
We head east through the small villages, climb over the ridge of chortens and pass Lama Gaon. Crossing the Shiyar Khola we reach Chhule via Phurbe and Pangdun. We head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile. Overnight in Nile
Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gompa was established in 1895 AD and situated at the altitude of 3510m.
Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Today we explore the Mu Gompa area. Mu Gompa has a large monastery over 100 monks. Overnight in Mu Gompa
Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Today we 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. Overnight in Burgi village
Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
The trail descends down to Chhokang Paro again. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you again to Chumling. Overnight in Chumling
Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
Today is very exciting day for the returning trekking as we cross the beautiful waterfalls in Tsum valley. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. Overnight in Philim
Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours
We descend to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. From Jagat we walk towards Tatopani where you can swim and give relieve to you tired muscles and get natural massage after a long tired trekking. We continue our journey from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. Overnight in Khorlabesi
Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
We pass through the terraced farming field, tropical forest and waterfalls and finally reach Soti khola. Overnight in Soti Khola
Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours
We return along the same route from where we walked up trekking and reach Arughat. From Arughat we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 19: Farewell Friends
Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.