Awesome Nepal Treks presents Tsum Valley of Happiness located towards remote North Mid -West of Nepal Himalaya, sandwiched between towering peaks of massive Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Mountain range.
It was closed to foreign travellers and been exposed to the outside world to visit and trek within its incredible valley from 1999 AD onwards, so the region is the quite fresh and virgin country where old Trans-Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade Route used to take place and still exists since past hundred of centuries. Tsum a hidden Shangri-la and it translates as ‘valley of happiness’ or “Beyul Kyimolung” in local language which has strong Tibetan influence with Buddhist culture and custom including the traditional way of daily life around this beautiful Tsum Valley of Happiness.
Travelers seeking for new fresh destinations, this is the right place where you can enjoy marvellous views of massive Ganesh Himal known as Yangra in Tibetan and local languages with Manaslu range of peaks which includes Boudha and Himal-Chuli in the shade of Tsum villages immense culture and ancient traditions where you can explore its ancient monasteries of Rachen and Mu Gompa of great interest. This amazing Tsum Valley of Happiness starts with an exciting overland drive walking from warm paddy fields to alpine cooler hills and then leads to complete wilderness with barren and arid landscapes like of Tibetan plateau. After an enjoyable and mesmerizing time around Tsum valley, our walk completes heading down to raging Budhigandaki River at Soti Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu on concluding one of the most awesome adventures in and around Tsum Valley of Happiness.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m – 08 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m – 05 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-par 3,010 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milarepa cave – 07 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 08 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 07 hours.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking, lodge or camping on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking. (other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Dhading Besi a large town headquarters of Dhading district, after Dhading heading to Arughat town by the River Buri Gandaki, drive continues on rough road following Buri Gandaki upstream from Arughat Bazaar to reach at Soti-Khola for overnight stop in the comfort of local lodge.
Arughat town and Soti Khola an active village of lower Gorkha district with many shops and stores, where villagers of surrounding Gorkha and Dhading areas visits for shopping local commodities.
From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for the overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.
After a pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm village with shops and stores.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farmhouses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
After Lakuwa village and leaving the Buri Gandaki River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes look similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for an overnight stop.
After Chokan-Paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto the open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survive around this arid terrain.
The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with the visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.
Rest with the free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.
After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on the nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for an overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill the following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for the overnight stop.
This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)
From here onwards on the warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believe that the spring water has a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola.
Catching morning views of snow-clad peaks, overland drive leads to a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, heading to warmer area and back into rural farm country and villages to reach around farm country of Gorkha and Dhading districts.
After Dhadingbesi area our drive concludes at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with the free afternoon for individual activities.
Enjoying time around scenic high hills and mountains around Nepal North Mid West at Manaslu Circuit trekking with glorious views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time around Tsum valley of happiness trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Awesome Adventure Trek allows a free day for you to enjoy individual activities in and around Kathmandu or just relax recalling the memories of beautiful Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking around Far Mid West Himalaya.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking around far North Mid-West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for the international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
Subject: Thanks for a great trek
Message: We have just completed a 15 day Himalayan trek with Awesome Nepal Treks and it could not have been better! The trek was very well organized, had excellent food and accommodation, there was no problems whatsoever and our guide Dil was a very informative, well-spoken and absolutely entertaining guy. The whole experience was amazing and I would strongly recommend Awesome Nepal Treks to anyone who wants a great, enjoyable, hassle-free trip.
My cousin and I traveled to Nepal in 2011 and completed the Everest Basecamp Trek with our guide Dil Thapa.
Dil absolutely made sure this trek would far exceed my expectations and I am grateful for the time we shared together in Nepal.
There are an endless amount of photos and videos online for us to see the natural beauty of Nepal before arriving there. The greatest compliment I can give Nepal (more specifically, Dil Thapa) is this, the beauty of Nepal is its people first and foremost.
Trip Name: Short Poon Hill Trek
Booked this trek from the comfort at home in the UK. Communication with Dil was brilliant, his response to all my emails were quick and courteous. He tailored the trek around us, as a small group of 4 adults ranging in age from 29 to 69 (who was still recovering from an ACL op last May). His pace was brilliant for our group.
Dil arranged to meet us in our hotel in Kathmandu and talked us through the trek, bringing maps, holdalls and T-Shirts.
The trek was for 3 nights, 4 days staying in good, clean lodges. All was included except our drinks.
We experienced trekking in glorious sunshine up to Poon Hill. There was still snow on the ground and Dil provided the group with crampons, which made walking easier and safer.
Our trek started and ended in Pokhara. Dil and his team collected us from our hotel in Pokhara promptly at the time agreed.
Dil and the porters were brilliant, the porters were more than porters and made our trek even more enjoyable. We felt totally safe and Dil was an excellent guide. The scenery was spectacular.
Would certainly use Awesome Nepal Treks again as Dil arranges trips to Tibet and Bhutan.