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Trip FactsProgram Duration: 17 days | Trek Duration: 13 days | Program Type: hotel and camping | Maximum Altitude: 5545m | Mode of Travel: Flight/Land | Start Trip: Arughat bazzar | Trek Start: Kathmandu | Trek End: Kathmandu | Trip Grade:
- Breathtaking view of mountain ranges from every trekking point as well from the ground transfer.
- The incredible river valleys with stone staircases climbing high above a river gorge with waterfalls laced with rainbows.
- Incredible views of glaciers, rock, peaks and lakes.
- Visiting a turquoise lake with a glacier spilling into it from Mt. Manaslu just a short trek above the monastery in Samo.
- Exporing remoteness of the villages with their own life style and culture.
- Cultural and historical sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Tsum Valley is a newly explored trekking region as well as a famous pilgrimage site for the Buddhist. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word "Tsombo" which means vivid. This trekking route goes through the Budi Gandaki River through wild least visited countryside where the majority of the people are the Gurungs and few other mongoloid ethnic groups. The natural hot springs over there are added attractions which can be enjoyed after the tiring day treks.
Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitality local people (Tibetan group "Tsombo") welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal. The lifestyle and cultural practices are highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and because of that we can encounter lost of monasteries, chortens and Mani walls in the trail. The longest Mani walls (over 250km) are at Dzong and Phurpe. The valley preserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhava circumbulation. The people here never slaughter animals, even as sacrifice to the gods. The Tsum Valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar by bus (7-8 hrs) and trek to Arkhet Bazar (2 hrs)
Day 3: Arkhet Bazar to Machha Khola (6 hrs)
Day 4: Machha Khola to Yaru khola (6 hrs)
Day 5:Yaru khola to Lokpa (6-7 hrs)
Day 6: Lokpa to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (4-5 hrs)
Day 7: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (7 hrs)
Day 8: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (4-5 hrs)
Day 9: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4-5 hrs)
Day 10: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) (5 hrs)
Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (7-8 hrs)
Day 13: Philim to Tatopani (7-8 hrs)
Day 14: Tatopani to Lapubeshi (6-7 hrs)
Day 15: Lapubeshi to Arughat Bazar (5-6 hrs)
Day 16: rive to Kathmandu by bus (6-7 hrs)
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu