Tsum Valley & Ganesh Himal BC

  • Tsum Valley & Ganesh Himal BC

20 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Departure City: Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude: 4200m
  • Activities: Sightseeing/Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

The remote Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. Tsum Valley is known as the Beyul Kyimolung, the holy hidden valley of happiness first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and there are centuries old nunneries.

The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very prevalent in Tsum and the scenery is stunning with beautiful forests and countryside overshadowed by the towering Ganesh Himal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and after visiting Tsum, you will understand how the valley got this name.

Many people combine the Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar. Besisahar is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit. The trail starts low, passing through lush green countryside and small Hindu villages. You enter Tsum Valley from the main trail and will soon find yourself in beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Heading east the valley opens up to reveal beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan-style villages. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses/guesthouses.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.

Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in kathmandu. Then drive from the airport to the hotel.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 2 Kathmandu sightseeing and Trip briefing.

In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu - Arughat Bazar (550 m) 7 hrs bus/jeep ; 2 hrs more by jeep to Soti Khola (700 m)

Our Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up, from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi for 3.30 hours is comfortable drive but from there to Soti Khola the road is dirt road.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Soti Khola (700 m) - Machhakhola (930 m) 6 hrs

The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River. 

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Machhakhola (930 m) - Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs

After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Jagat (1340 m) - Lokpa (2240 m) 7 hrs

The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Form Philim you climb a gradual up hill stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Lokpa (2240 m) - Chumling (2385 m) 5 hrs

You take an ascending route to reach Chumling stopping for lunch along the way. Chumling is located on the south face of the Shingri Himal. This day you enjoy a pleasant visit to the Gombas of Chumling. This day is challenging as it is an ascending path the entire way. 

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Chumling (2385 m) - Chhokang Paro (3031 m) 5-6 hrs

(Also possible to do a 9 day trek by going from Chumling to Philim (5-6 hrs) and cary on with itinerary days 15-17 below)

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Chhule (3347 m) - Mu Gompa (3700 m) 3 hrs

Today we can take excursions to the many snow covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views on the trek.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Mu Gompa (3700 m) - Rachen (3240 m) 5 hrs

This day presents you a long and challenging walk. And the trail ascending toward Rachen.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Rachen (3240 m) - Domje (2460 m) 6 hrs

his day you continue your descent by retracing the path from your ascent. This day you can enjoy the glimpses of the Punchen Himal.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Domje (2460 m) - Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) 6 hrs

On the way you can enjoy views of Manaslu and Ginesh Himal. Gumba Lungdang is home to a beautiful and large any monestary (all female). Men are not permitted in some areas of this monestary. 

Accommodation: Tea House / Local Home Stay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Day hike/exploration to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m) 6-7 hrs

The ascent takes 3 -4 hours while descending takes approximately 2 hours. From Ganesh Himal Base Camp you have the best views of the entire Ganesh Himal Range.

Accommodation: Tea House / Local Home Stay

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) - Ripchet (2470m) 7 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Ripchet (2470m) - Philim (1570 m) 7 hrs

As you follow the descending route you will pass by fairly dense pine forest where many species of birds inhabit the forest to Philim.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Philim (1570 m) - Khorla Bensi (970 m) 7 hrs

You leave the cultivated region around Philim as you descend along the path that follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. At Tatopani you can relax in the warm and rejuvenating waters of the hot spring. Stay overnight in camp in Khorlabeshi.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Drive Soti Khola (700 m) - Kathmandu (8-9 hrs)

This is a picturesque journey. While driving, you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu, which is famous for delicious fish. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 18: Extra day for emergency purposes

It is another day add to the itinerary for emergency purpose, it can be use in any place where you feel it is usable to make your trip more comfortable.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu.

Free until airport reporting time; either walk around market or do some shopping. After that you will transfered to airport to connect your flight to home

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • All airport and hotel transfer by private vehicle
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Bus transportation: Kathmandu to Arughat and Syange to Kathmandu
  • Manaslu conservation permit
  • ACAP & GCAP Entery Permit
  • Special Manaslu trekking route permit
  • Lodge tea house during trekking.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner 3 time a day meals)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, bus transportation insurance, equipment and lodging
  • Nepal Spirit Adventure’s trekking equipment such as sleeping bag and down jacket
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater and phone calls etc
  • Nepalese visa fee: bring accurate USD cash and four passport photographs with you
  • Travel insurance & Rescue operation
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Food and extra nights hotel in Kathmandu (due to an early return from a trek or an extended stay in Nepal)
  • Additional trips or tours in Kathmandu
  • International flight tickets
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USD 1,780

20 days

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