Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan valley situated in northern Gorkha district. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word tsombo, and translates roughly as “vivid colors”. This refers to the colorful geology of the encircling mountains. The Tsum valley is a distinct geographical area whose full name is 'Tsum Tso Chucksums', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal ranges makes for wonderful hiking every day. This peaceful Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. Hundreds of old mani walls and stupas make the area so auspicious with dozens of great monasteries including Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Dephu Doma Nannery Gompa and Milarepa Gompa.
The trails are strewn with artistic stupas and lined with stone-carved mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central trans-Himalaya is a well known seat of learning and meditation. The famous Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has also remained fairly intact.
The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. They still practice polyandry (multiple husband) system and they have their own unique culture and traditions. They celebrate festivals such as Lhosar, Dhacyhang and Saka Dawa.
The trek begins from Arughat after a 6-7 hour bus ride or somewhat less with private transportation. The trail follows the Budigandaki river valley and passes through several chhetri, bahun and Gurung villages and their steep, cultivated farmland. The first three days you will be deep in the valley made by Budigadaki river. After reaching Jagat, the view slowly opens up and from Salleri you will see spectacular views of the Sringi Himal. From Nyak Phedi you leave main trail that follows Budigadaki river valley toward to Manaslu-Larke Pass trek. The trail goes north-east following Siyar river valley, from where the actual Tsum valley trek begins. The trail continues to Mu Gompa (one of the famous monasteries in the area). The hidden valley is surrounded by the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, the Ganesh Himal to the south, and the Sringi Himal to North. Basically, the trail on the way back is same except for some sightseeing trips to Rachen Gompa, Domje, Ganesh Himal Base Camp and Ripchet.
|1||Arriving in KTM and transfer to hotel||1300m|
|3||Drive to Arughat by reserved Bus or four drive||608m.||5-7 hours|
|4||Trek to Soti Khola||700m.||5-6 hours|
|5||Trek to Machhakhola||870m.||5-6 hours|
|6||Trek to Jagat||1340m.||7-8 hours|
|7||Trek to Lokpa||2240m.||6-7 hours|
|8||Trek to Chumling||2385m.||4-5 hours|
|9||Trek to Chhekhampar||3030m.||5-6 hours|
|10||Trek to Nile||3360m.||5-6 hours|
|11||Trek to Mu Gompa||3700m.||3-4 hours|
|13||Trek to Rachen Gompa||3240m.||4-5 hours|
|14||Trek to Lokpa||2240m.||7-8 hours|
|15||Trek to Dovan||1070m.||6-7hours|
|16||Trek to Lapubesi||880m.||6-7 hours|
|17||Trek to Arughat||608m.||4-5 hours|
|18||Drive back to Kathmandu by reserved Bus or four drive||1300m.||5-7 hours|
|20||Free Day Sightseeing around KTM (Boddhanath biggest Buddhist temple in the world, Pashupatinath the very important temple for hindues and Patan Darbar squire.|
|21||Departure to Home|