Tshum valley larkyala pass trek photo


Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal. The Tsum Valley’s proximity to Tibet with its natural beauty and its pristine culture, make this trekking unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect.

Trails are strewn with artistic Chhortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism,the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of three mountains. Traditionally TheTsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. 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 remained intact.

A. Itinerary in Detail (22 Days)

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome from vthe airport / transfer to hotels / introduction program and briefing about the trip.

Day 02 : City tour of Kathmandu Valley
City tour (tour to include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple – Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath – The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion regarding the trek.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat bazaar / 550m, approx approx 7 hours

Drive to Arughat by 4 wheel jeep / lunch Dhading Besi(3-4 hours drive) on to Arughat (3 hours) with scenic view of landscape, villages, river , Mt. Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. This place lies at the bank of Buddhigandaki river (means ‘The old River’)

Day 04: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola, 720m, approx 5-6 hours

The first day trek starts from Arughat to Soti KHola by following Budhigandaki river. It is a hours easy walking.

Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola, 930m, approx 5-6 hours

The trek starts by following the Buddhigandaki river (old river) the trail gradually rises with the river gorges.

Day 06: Machha Khola to Doban, 1390m, approx 5-6 hours

This place is situated at the confluence of 2 rivers, the Shiar Khola and Sarpu Khola. Today’s walking is moderate to strenuous with some steep ascents and descents.

Day 07: Doban to Philim, 1760m, approx 6-7 hours

Today we walk through some hamlets and scattered houses through Gurung villages ( Gurung is one of the many ethnic groups of Nepal). When we approach to the village of Philim, we will see the good view of Shringgi Himal

Day 08: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum), 2275m, 7-7:30 hours

Walk through crossing a small stream / follow an easy path / the trail gradually ascends to Lokpa / finally arrive at Chumling /  ascents and descents.

Day 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) 3030m, approx 5 hours

Day 10: Excursion around the valley in the morning / trek back to Lokpa 1800m, 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Lokpa to Bihi Phedi , approx 6 hours

Easy climbing / reach  Chautara /good views of Shringgi Himal to the north / cross suspension bridges then walk through pine forest.

Day 12: Bihi phedi to Namrung, 2560m, approx 5-6 hours

When we trek ahead westwards, the same of local houses seem of dry-stone structure and architecture of houses are influence of Tibet. We will see many Mani walls, chorten, buckwheat and barley fields.

Day 13: Namrung to Sama, 3620m, 6-7 hours

Leave Namrung / cross a small river known as Therang Khola/further on nice waterfall / arrive Lho (3180m) / Good views of Mt. Manaslu and its surroundings.

Day 14: Rest day and acclimatization day

Explore the village and gompas or visit Birendra Kund for reflections of Mt. Manaslu and its northern icefall.

Day 15: Sama to Samdo 3870m / approx 4-4:30 hours

Samdo is a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40 – 50 houses. Today walk through the grassy Kharkas (Yak Pasture land) which runs parallel to the Budhi Gandaki river.Reach summer herding area of Kermo Kharaka /excellent view of Mt. Manaslu.

Day 16: Samdo to Lakya Phedi (Dharmasala) 4460m, approx  4 -5 hours

The trail descends to a river by crossing a bridge over the Gyala Khola. Today we will see a view of Larkye peak and North face of Mt. Manaslu.

Day 17: Larkya phedi to Bimthang, 3590, via Larkye la pass, 5135m, apprlx 9 hours

Today is the longest and toughest day of the whole trek / day to see magnificent views of the Himalayas including Mt. Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kang and Annapurna III.

Day 18: Bimthang to Tilje, 2300m, approx 6 hours

Good views of west face of Mt. Manaslu if weather is good enough. The trail descends steeply down through rhododendron and pine forest.

Day 19: Tilje to Sirichaur 1150, approx 7 hours

We join the Annapurna Classic trek trail in parallel to Marshyangdi river.

Day 20: Sirichaur to Beshishahar, approx 6-7 hours

Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu /  transfer to hotel

Day 22: Transfer to airport / departure to onward destination

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on the bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
  • Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Manaslu & Tsum valley restricted area special permit
  • National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
  • Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
  • Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
  •   Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
  •  All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
  •   Airport transfers for internal flights
  •   Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
  •  Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure 

Important Note and Optional Activities

Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.


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