|Grade:||Technical||Activities:||Tsum valley Trekking in Nepal|
|Daily Walking Hour:||Approximately 5-7|
|Best Season:||October -mid December/March till June|
Tsum Valley, regarded as Hidden Valley is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal. The word Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word Tsombo'' which literally means vivid. This hidden valley has recently opened up restricted access for trekking trail. Tsum valley, an isolated area offers beguiling landscapes; mind boggling views which enchant the travelers so much so that travelers often say this is one of the most superb trekking destinations. With magnificent peaks and ranges at its backdrop, it no great surprise that this hidden valley offers some breathtaking views as well as an unparalleled cultural wealth in terms of art and religion. It is bounded by three passes-Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5903m) to the west and Yamdro Pass (5326m) to north. The valley is untouched by modernism although it's unique cultures and tradition of the people living in this valley has remained intact even though modernity has gripped almost every place in Nepal. People in this valley have a strong faith in Buddhism. However they don't believe in animal sacrifice to please their divinity. Highlights of Tsum valley The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by the Gurung peoples.
We leave Kathmandu at around 7 am,with a few tea stops on the way to Gorkha bazar and continue to Arughat bazar.
From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola, Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, post fields and cascading waterfalls until we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Kholo ('khola' means river in Nepali)
We trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well - crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west.
The route climbs on a rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m. This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees.
We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling ( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.
From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) opens from Chhekamparo. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and is made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry.
visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours) From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/Chulle. This is the lost village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule. On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred coves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There ore two separate gumbos attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts moke this cove one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley. Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumbo, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land.
visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours) From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at on altitude of 3510m. The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There area few campsites and din king water facilities.
Extra day for excursion to enjoy and get great experience of tsum valley trek. We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m). We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba.
From Mu Gumbo we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum volley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngok-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.
From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.
From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.
From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.
From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.
As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.
drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hours) We drive to Kathmandu.
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