Chumchet and Chhekampar are one of the most remote village development committees (VDCs) in the Gorkha District. Despite having tremendous potential for tourism development, Tsum Valley-as the area is called was yet to reap benefits from its immense tourism prospects. The area was opened for group trekking on October 17, 2007, but because of a lack of information and promotion, the Valley was yet to reap any benefits from its tourism prospects. Realizing this fact, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and Tsum Welfare Committee (TWC) organized Tsum Valley Exploration’ campaign in May 2008.
Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word Tsombo’ which means vivid. Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The altitude in Tsum Valley trek varies from 1905 mt. in Lhokpa to over 5093 mt. at Ngula Dhojhyang Pass on the Tibetan border. The valley occupies an area of about 1663 sq.km. The Hidden Valley is surrounded by the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North. The valley includes two remote VDCs Chhekampar (Upper Tsum and Chumchet (Lower Tsum). Due to its remoteness, the ancient relics are still seen.
People in Tsum Valley still practice polyandry system and they have a unique culture, tradition and their own dialect. They celebrate unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning and others. Many Tsumbas (residents of Tsum Valley) report that they have seen or found the signs of Mehti, commonly referred to as the ‘Yeti’ or ‘Abominable Snowman’.
What to expect ?
Our clients see different types of culture and custom in this trekking. It is close to the Tibet border. And they can have panoramic views in this valley.
Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02. Full day city sightseeing in Kathmandu city.
Day 03. Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (Gorkha) 600 mt., 7 – 8 hrs drive.
Day 04. Arughat to Soti Khola 700 mt., 5 – 6 hrs walk.
Day 05. Soti Khola to Machha Khola, 870 mt, 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 06. Machha Khola to Jagat, 2340 mt. 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 07. Jagat to Chisopani, 1660 mt., 4 -5 hrs walk.
Day 08. Chisopani to Chumling, 2386 mt. 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 09. Chumling to Chhokangparo, 3010 mt. 4 – 5 hrs walk.
Day 10. Chhokangparo to Chhule-Nile, 3361 mt. 5 – 6 hrs walk.
Day 11. Chhule- Nile to Mu Gumpa, 3700 mt. 3hrs walk.
Day 12. Mu Gumpa to Excursion
Day 13. Mu Gumpa to Burgi Village 3245 mt. via Milarepa cave, 5 hrs walk
Day 14. Burgi Village to Chumling 2386 mt. 5 – 6 hrs walk.
Day 15. Chumling to Philim 1570 mt. 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 16. Philim to Khorlabesi 970 mt. 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 17. Khorlabesi to Soti Khola, 700 mt. 6 – 7 hrs walk.
Day 18. Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar 600 mt to Kathmandu, 4 hrs walk and drive 7 – 8 hrs.
Day 19. Departure transfer to the airport.
- All ground transport
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing on bed and breakfast
- English speaking trekking guide
- 16 days complete trekking arrangement on tea house trek
- Assistant sherpa guide, porters
- Special Manaslu trekking permit
- TIMS permit, and Government Tax
- Personal warm clothes
- Down jacket, trekking boots
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic beverages
LOCKERS / STORAGE
Where to meet ?
Our trekking staff will meet in Arughat Bazar, where the trekking starting point to Tsum Valley.
The Tsum Valley Trek begins from Arughat in Gorkha district, which is easily accessible from Kathmandu.