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With wonders of the Himalayas, enjoy the wonderful valley of Tsum in your own way. Tsum valley originates its name from the word “Tsombo” which means vivid in the Tibetan language as to which you will find this region full of vivid landscapes covered with Tibetan chortens and have a wide range of art, culture and religion.
Tsum Valley trek is situated in one of the most rural places on earth, you will be exploring this secluded valley where you will be able to know about the people, their way of living in the region. Since Tibetan Buddhists are considered to be the natives of this region, you can find people talking in their native tongue, celebrating the feasts and fiestas of the community and living with a nicely. So, the other thing that you can do is to explore, understand and gain some knowledge and information regarding the culture, tradition, customs, rituals and religion of the people living in this region as every place has its own cultural diversity. Moreover, you can gain maximum knowledge here as the Tsum valley is considered to be a diversified place to understand their culture especially Tibetan Buddhist culture as maximum people follow Buddhism here. However, you can see some amusing things like polyandry practices where all the brothers of a family are married to a single girl.
Along the way to the Valley of Tsum, you will be able to see some amazing views of mountain ranges that include Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges. Besides that, you can also see the dense forest, deep gorges, terraced fields, Buddhist monasteries (gompas), and hamlets along the way. As you reach Tsum valley, then, you will be able to see human settlements along with tea houses. Besides that, from here you can also see clear views of the mountain ranges like Kang Guru, Cheo Himal, Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Shringi Himal and Hinchuli. The trekking journey starts from Soti Khola and ends up in Soti Khola itself while you will be going on a four-wheeler from Kathmandu to and from your final trekking destination.
Now, regarding the difficulty of trekking in this region and its geography, this region though is unexplored, it has comparatively lesser beaten paths than other popular trekking destination in Nepal. This is why people opt to go for trekking in this region especially if they are an amateur mountaineer or perhaps just want to trek in the Himalayas. But this, however, does not mean that the terrain here is not strenuous. It does have some rough and steep tracks along the way but if you are going for a trek then we expect you to be able to climb up even if the path is not good at places. But as a whole, since the region itself is surrounded with beautiful sceneries, you will definitely enjoy it where you need not worry much about altitude sickness like going from trekking in some Base Camp treks as has an altitude starting from just 1,905 m (6,250 ft.).
The very first day of your journey, today, you will not trek but reach to your point of trekking which is Soti Khola. It will take you approximately around 7 to 8 hours’ drive to reach Soti Khola. On the way, you will be able to see amazing scenes from the vehicle’s window. But moreover you will be able to stay and watch the village setting covered with natural beauty once you reach Arughat as you will be stopped there for some time. Besides that, you can also visit Arughat Bazar as it is a quite well-known trading center in the region. Plus you can also see and even go to the suspension bridge above Budhigandaki River for a while. While going, you will be taking the route from Kathmandu to Arughat and then to Soti Khola via Dhadingbesi road. Reaching Soti Khola, you will have reached an elevation of 700 m (2,296 ft.) where you will be spending overnight at a lodge here.
On this very day, you will get up, do your daily works, have breakfast and then leave Soti Khola for your next destination i.e. Machhakhola. On the way to Machhakhola, you will pass by numerous small villages and a Sal forest. Further moving on, you will be crossing a wide valley where the rivers meet and mix with Budhigandaki river. So, you will be descending towards the sandy riverbed, cross a suspension bridge and finally reach the village of Machhakhola where you will be staying overnight at a lodge here as well. Reaching Machhakhola, you will have reached an elevation of 869 m (2,851 ft.) which will take you around 6 hours of walk.
Trekking from Machhakhola to Jagat, you will have to cross a small stream which is named as Machha Khola only which literally means fish river in the Nepali language. Then, moving on, you will cross over Tharokhola; another stream and a village named Khorlabesi. Moving on, you will reach a hot spring in Tatopani. You will not be staying in the hot spring but from here you will go towards the left side of the river where you will be crossing a suspension bridge and climb up from there pass by a small forest and finally reach Doban. In Doban, you will rest for a while, have some food in a teahouse and further move along your way. After that, you will again have to cross another suspension bridge above a river named Yaru Khola. Then, climbing over a ridge alongside the river you will now reach Jagat. Reaching Jagat, you will have reached an altitude of 1,340 m (4,396 ft.) where you will be spending overnight at a lodge here. Here, you can see great views from the village setting if you reach before dark though you can witness the view the next morning.
Now, on the fourth day, you will have to show your ACAP permit tickets and all that before heading up to your next destination i.e. Lokpa. Then, after that, you will climb up a rocky ridge on the way in a place named Salleri and then descend down towards Sirdibas from there. Further continuing your journey, you will reach Ghatta Khola (a river). So, from there, you will cross the bridge above the river and continue your way to Philim. Philim is a Gurung village where you can rest for a while and then move forward to Lokpa. On the way from Philim to Lokpa, you will find a monastery known as Gum Afghan Monastery where you will see the way the monks and nuns pray, the architecture inside and outside the monastery and as you finish your tour in the monastery, you will proceed towards Lokpa. So, as you will have reached Lokpa towards the end of the day after a long walk of around 7 hours’, you will be having your dinner and stay overnight at a lodge there itself. Reaching Lokpa however, you will have already reached an elevation of 2,240 m (7,349 ft.).
On this day, we will again head up to our next destination Chumling; which is situated at an altitude of 2,385 m (7,824 ft.). On this journey from Lokpa to Chamling, the total trekking journey will only last for 5 hours’ but you have to be careful while walking on the way especially when you are about to reach Chumling as the bridge there known as Shiar Khola bridge is quite dangerous as it is a wooden bridge. Besides that, before crossing the bridge also you can find some steep slopes and where there are stairs there also they are not properly built. So, you should be very careful while walking. Reaching Chumling, however, you will feel like all those rough and unsteady trails wore worth the climb as you will simply be delighted to see the view from here as the view surrounded by the Ganesh Himal range from where the village setting can be seen in a great angle. Besides that, since Chumling is a Buddhist village, here too you can find some monasteries. As to which note, you can also visit a monastery located nearby from where you can further see the surrounding and the scenery even more clearly.
Similar to that of the previous day; here also you will trek for around 4-5 hours’ where now you will be reaching to an elevation of 3,031 m (9,944 ft.). However, unlike the previous day, comparatively this route is not so difficult in nature. So, as you begin your trekking from Chumling, you need to know that Chhokang Paro is actually the uppermost part of Tsum valley from wwhere Upper Tsum Trekking starts. Situated in between the villages of Chhekam and Paro, Chhokang Paro is a village with flat surface in context to that of geographical dimension. Reaching the village, however, you will be able to see amazing sceneries of the Himalayan ranges of Buddha Himal and Hinchuli towards its south and south western side. And then you will be spending your night here at a lodge or a teahouse.
This day, you will have to trek for roughly around 6-7 hours to reach Nile or Chulle from Chhokang Paro where you will now be reaching an altitude of 3,361 m (11,026 ft.). Located towards the western part of Shiar Khola, Nile is the last village in the Tsum valley region. The region is located at the top and in order to reach there you will first be crossing over a cave, some monasteries and agricultural land. So, staring from Chhokang Paro, you will then move forward towards Piren Phu where you will be visiting a holy cave. Located at the foot of rocky cliff near a village named Burji, this cave came to be in limelight after a famous Tibetan saint Milarepa was believed to have gained his knowledge here. Further moving on from this cave, we will now be able to see two of the gumbas where you can see the surrounding filled with Buddhist prayer flags; stone carved art, murals and paintings which ultimately signify the rich culture of the region. Moving forward from here before reaching Nile, you can further see the amazing view of the Shiar Khola; followed by agricultural land where Nile finally arrives.
On this day, you will be heading towards Mu Gompa which is the final destination of our trek which is situated at an elevation of 3,700 m (12,139 ft.). So, we will have some breakfast and go forth for it as we need to come back down the same day and it takes around 3-4 hours of walk. Moving on, we will be crossing through one of the most rural parts of the region as the Gompa is situated there. While on the way, you will be able to see great views of the mountainous range along with colourful chortens. And as you reach Mu Gompa, you can roam about the monastery, look around the whole architecture, talk to the monks and get to know about their way of living and look around at the spectacular view from the top especially the view of Nepal-Tibet border. Then, after having all the chit-chats, having some meals and exploring the place you will again head up your way down to the Nile where you will be having your dinner and spend overnight here.
This trek is going down from the Nile to Chhokang Paro which will take you around 5-6 hours on average and stay this night at a lodge or a teahouse at Chhokang Paro. Here, you will be having your dinner and prepare for trekking back the next day. On the way, you will be able to see some great views of Punchan Himal and appreciate its distinctive shape as well.
This is the tenth day of your trek where you will again be descending back to an even lower altitude. While descending, you will be able to glance at some really amazing views of floras and faunas which include numerous pine and fir forests. Besides that, you will also be glad to have descended this way and not through any other way back so that you can go up for sightseeing at Philim village as the scenes from here are really good. As it will take around 6 hours’ time to reach Lokpa, we will be staying at Lokpa itself on this day.
Descending further towards Jagat from Lokpa, it will take roughly around 6-7 hours today also. So, we will be spending overnight at a lodge in Jagat. However, while trekking back we will be able to see some mind-boggling waterfalls, some wildlife and a great atmosphere at a Gurung village on the way.
Since this trek will take only around 5-6 hours’ long and the trails here are also quite nice and easy, we will be going to Gurung and Brahmin village along the way and also play with or simply take photographs alongside the waterfalls on the way. And as we reach Machhakhola, we will then spend this night either at a guest house or a homestay and leave the next day.
Since we have planned to reach Kathmandu the same day as the trekking from Machhakhola to Soti is just of 3 hours’ walk, we will have to start up quite earlier than the previous days. So, as you trek down to Soti, you will be picked up in a four wheeler at Soti from where you will head your way back to Kathmandu via Arughat Bazar. Since you have already explored the Bazar and you may not reach Kathmandu on the same day if you start roaming about Arughat, you will simply go back to Kathmandu with just a few minutes break at Arughat.
So, as to this note, your trekking journey finally ends. On this day you can either go to nearby places for sightseeing, go to some cultural heritage sites as Kathmandu itself has pretty much half or even more of the cultural heritage sites listed under the UNESCO cultural heritage site list, go for shopping, or simply rest at your hotel if your flight is towards night or late evening. And then finally go back to your country or wherever your next destination is or if your flight is in the morning then you will just go back to the Airport and leave Kathmandu, Nepal. However, for going to Airport from your Hotel, you will be escorted by our staff member/s.
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