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Tsum Valley Trek


This awesome picturesque trek start with an interesting drive to Arughat which concludes with this same Arughat village situated in the warmer area of Gorkha district. The classic journey to Tsum valley trek leads to hidden valleys beneath the towering high mountains of Ganesh Himal in the east and Manaslu mountain range including the close Boudha and Himal Chuli peaks towards west. After few days walk reaching towards alpine hills and landscapes through serene pristine forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron tree lines and then within Tsum valley treks which is close to Tibetan boarder, located in the north mid west also called as Beyul Kyimolung in Tibetan language, meaning the ‘Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness’.
Truly an awesome region in the most remote Himalayan range, walking in this beautiful area an opportunity to observe in different types of villages, customs, culture with ancient way of life that still exists in this remote Tsum valley of Happiness. This an amazing most sacred Tsum valley of happiness enclosed and isolated from modern civilization, a true Himalayan pilgrimage to Tsum also known as hidden valley.
This fabulous trip with enough time to enjoy and marvel this hidden valley with a walk through villages and monasteries of Rachen Gompa, Philim, Tatopani and finally ending at Arughat bazaar village after a magnificent, overwhelming adventure to Tsum Valley of Happiness with Experience Treks.

Trip Highlights:
1. Tsum valley of happiness within high Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
2. Dramatic scenery of beautiful landscapes, rolling and high snowcapped peaks visiting villages of Tibetan Buddhism religions, tradition with medieval culture
3. Fascinating destinations around hidden valleys a Shangri-la in mid-west Himalaya located between world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal massif.



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Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.

Day 03:
Drive to Arughat 570 m/07 hrs journey.

Day 04:
Trek to Soti Khola 730 m/05 hrs

Day 05:
Trek to Machha khola 930 m/06 hrs

Day 06:
Trek to Jagat 1,410 m/06 hrs

Day 07:
Trek to Ekle Bhatti 2,208 m/06 hrs.

Day 08:
Trek to Chumling 2,386 m/06 hours.

Day 09:
Trek to Chhokungparo/Chhekamparo 3,010 m/05 hours.

Day 10:
Trek to Nile 3,361m via Milarepa cave/06 hours.

Day 11:
Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m/04 hours.

Day 12:
Rest days at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.

Day 13:
Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m/05 hours.

Day 14:
Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m/06 hours.

Day 15:
Trek to Philim 1,590 m/06 hours.

Day 16:
Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring)/06 hours.

Day 17:
Trek to Soti Khola 720 m/06 hours.

Day 18:
Trek back to Arughat 570 m/06 hours.

Day 19:
Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 20:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Arughat Bazaar by public transport
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel. At the hotel, our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Morning our city guide will take you on a cultural city sightseeing tour of and around Kathmandu, at places of interest. Kathmandu valley is full of World Heritage Sites, temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard.A full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour of setting for the mountains with Experience Treks.

Day 03:
Drive to Arughat 570 m/07-08 hrs journey.
Morning begins with an interesting drive to Arughat with superb views of snowcapped mountains over high green hills. The drive follows the main highway till it reaches at Malekhu from here our route diverts from the main road, south to Dhading Besi, from here on the dirt road reaching at Arughat village and a bazaar for the first overnight stop of this great journey.

Day 04:
Trek to Sotikhola 720 m/05 hrs.
First days begins following Buri Gandaki River upstream and then walking through thick Sal forest (Sorea robust), marveling majestic view of Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m. The walk continues along the riverbank passing Arkhet Bazaar, then with a climb uphill to reach the overnight halt at small settlement of Sotikhola.

Day 05:
Trek to Machhakhola 930 m/06 hrs.
As the journey progress morning walk leads with a downhill along the river bank with several tea shops, coming across caravan of donkey and mules laden with supplies. Then walking on stone steps mountain trails, crossing Nauli Khola via a suspension bridge with a view of small waterfalls to Khanigaon with few nice stops heading again to cross another suspension bridge over Machhakhola, from here leading to a short climb at Machhakhola for overnight stop.

Day 06:
Trek to Jagat 1,410 m/07 hrs.
Morning walk begins following the path upstream to a small hamlets of Khorlabesi and then reaching at Tatopani with a natural hot spring, time permitting to enjoy a wash in the hot spring, from here trek through a village of Dovan and Yaruphant, continue following Burigandaki River then crossing a small suspension bridge to reach Jagat village for overnight stop. This is a moderate size village with shops/stores & lodges with mixed tribes of Hindu and Buddhist people.

Day 07:
Trek to Philim village 1,640 m/06 hrs
After a good breakfast heading to Philim by following the river and continue walk through several small scattered farm villages of Salleri Sidibas & Ghattekhola, from here cross Suspension bridge over the Burigandaki, then heading to Philim village; a nice farm Gurung & other tribes village with health post, schools, MCAP check post, Police check post, many shops & lodges.

Day 08:
Trek to Chumling 2, 386 m/07 hours
The beginning of the trek is easy & a quite flat for an hour walk then leaving the main Manaslu trail on left hand sides, our route diverts north east through a narrow gorge leading to an uphill towards Tsum valley. Walk furthers to climb through a forest of pines and rhododendron tree line and reaching at a small nice Lokpa village, from here crossing a suspension bridge over Lungwa khola and then steep climb up on the trail to Chumling village for the first night stop in Tsum valley region.

Day 09:
Trek to Chokhangparo 3, 010 m/07 hours
The first part of the morning trail starts with a gradual descends crossing a suspension bridge, then onto opposite of Smatiking Khola bank. The walk around here offers wonderful view of Ganesh Himal on the way to Chokhangparo, after a nice day of good walk brings at overnight stop to Chokhangparo village.

Day 10:
Trek to Nile 3,361 m via Milarepa Cave/07 hours
On leaving this nice Chokhangparo village, morning walks follows the trail leading to a gentle up and passing Lamagaon & Burji village to reach Milarepa cave (a 11th century saint) and Chi-Pu Gompa. From here walk leads further crossing a suspension bridge to reach Nile village for overnight stop, Nile the last town in the upper Tsum valley.

Day 11:
Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m/04 hours
From this town village a moderate gradual walk to reach Mu Gompa, morning walks alongside the Syar River heading up the valley through dry arid, whether beaten areas similar types of Tibetan landscapes from here trail leads to suspension bridges to reach Chho Syong then with a final climb up to Mu Gompa for the overnight stop.

Day 12:
Rest days at Mu Gompa for local excursions.
A rest day after a week of trekking, today an optional walks to explore the vicinity of Mu Gompa which is the largest monastery of this region. This Gompa situated high and in complete remote corner of Tsum valley in Gurkha district. Tsum valley of happiness is rich in its incredible Tibetan tradition, religion and culture. Upper Tsum Valley area is near to Tibetan border.

Day 13:
Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m/05 hours
After a mesmerizing time of this wonderful place with a strong influence of Tibetan environment, today’s walk leads back through Chhule and Phurbe, towards east bank of Shiar Khola, then walking to Rachen Gompa area for overnight stop, another largest Gompa (monastery) of this region and as well a nunnery.

Day 14:
Trek to Chumling 2,386 m/06 hours
On leaving Rachen Gompa, retracing our path of the same route with a descends to Chhokang-Paro, from here walk continues on a downhill path with a crossing over a bridge and loosing altitude, reaching at Chumling village, a small beautiful place, with grand views of green hills and high snow capped peaks.

Day 15:
Trek to Philim 1, 590 m/07 hours
From here adventure around Tsum valley concludes with a journey to Arughat, morning walks follows downstream and to Lokpa, and then through small scattered farm villages passing a beautiful waterfall in the lower Tsum Valley, area of Samba Tingding Chhupyang the back to Philim village for overnight stop.

Day 16:
Trek to Tatopani 1050 m/06 hours.
Morning heading back to Tatopani following the same river downstream, walk continues passing several small villages to reach Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. After few stop along the way, walks further descend to Yaruphant, from here notice the change in vegetation as the walk descends to lower and warmer area, then finally reaching at Tatopani 'hot water' in Nepali for overnight stop, where with an opportunity to bath in natural hot springs and get relaxed, natives of this area believes that the spring water have natural power to cure inner wound and disease.

Day 17:
Trek to Soti Khola 720 m/06 hours.
Leaving Tatopani retraces the journeys to Soti Khola by walking along the Budhi Gandaki River via Labubesi a Gurung village, then further walk passing through a terraced fields and waterfalls reaching overnight stop at Soti khola.

Day 18:
Trek to Arughat 570 m/06 hours.
The last day of the walk of this beautiful journey, morning after breakfast walk leads downhill, then walking along riverbank of Budi Gandaki through thick sal forest, then hours of good walk reaching at the last overnight stop at Arughat bazaar..

Day 19:
Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Morning on leaving Arughat, a scenic drive to Kathmandu with great views of Himalayans above green hills, an interesting drive of about six hours to reach Kathmandu for the last night in Nepal.

Day 20:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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