21 Days: THE SACRED SANCTUARY OF NORTHERN NEPAL
Awarded by Outside Magazine as the 2012 'Himalayan Trip of the Year'
▪ The Himalayan ‘Valley of Pilgrimage’
▪ In the shadow of Mount Manaslu
▪ Land of Buddhist gompas & mani walls
▪ Ancient home of the Yeti
The Tsum Valley is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal, surrounded by the Buddha Himal with Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. Tsum is one of the eight sacred valleys (called Beyuls) in the inner Himalayas and owes its genesis to the 8th century Buddhist saint Padmasmbhava. Legend has it that Padmasambhava created beyuls as a refuge for people fleeing from the adverse effects of war, famine or religious persecution. Saturated with Buddhist culture, these valleys uphold religious values and help preserve a lost way of life. Tsum valley is inhabited by Tsumbas, an indigenous community and together with the majestic back drops of the famous Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Buddha Himal, this serene valley carries a history of ancient Himalayan civilization styles; culture, art, tradition, religion, customs and thinking.
The Tsum Valley landscape is dotted with mani walls, chortens and kaanis (gateway chortens). Chortens are Buddhist religious monuments, also known as stupas, which are distinct features in Tsum Valley. They are erected to ward off evil spirits from places that are identified as thresholds such as confluences and bridges or to commemorate the visit or death of historic figures, lamas or even relatives. Kaanis are also called gateway chortens placed before the entry of any village which travelers are supposed to walk through. Mani walls are long walls made of mani stones i.e. stones with carved mantras. The main purpose of these mani walls is to ask the help of the gods for the well-being of travelers.
2018 GROUP TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:
April 8 to April 28, 2018
September 23 to October 13, 2018
(Trip dates represent the day you need to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and the first day you can schedule to depart)
The Sacred Tsum Valley Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. In addition to the listed group dates, we are also able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of mid-March through May and September through mid-November for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
2018 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 to 4 People: $3785.00
5 to 8 People: $3545.00
9 to 12 People: $3270.00
Hotel room and tent single supplement: $530.00 per person
21 days, 4 nights hotels, 16 nights of fully supported tented camping, 15 days trekking.
All three main meals on trek are included.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Maximum altitude: 13,320 feet at Dhephu Gompa.
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal & the Himalayas! Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. 1,755 feet.
Day 4: Trek to Liding along the Soti Khola River. 6 to 7 hour trek. 2,820 feet.
Day 5: To Machha Khola. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. 3,050 feet.
Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat. 7 to 8 hour trek. 4,395 feet.
Day 7: The village of Lokpa. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. 7,350 feet.
Day 8: To Rainjam Gompa (Lower Tsum). 6 hours of trekking. 7,750 feet.
Day 9: Chhokangparo Village (Upper Tsum). 6 to 7 hour trek. 9,875 feet.
Day 10: To Nile/Chhule and visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave. 5 to 6 hour trek. 11,025 feet.
Day 11: Mu Gompa (12,140 feet) and visit Dhephu Gompa (13,320 feet). 3 to 4 hour trek.
Day 12: Rest and exploration day.
Day 13: The Rachen Gompa. 3 to 4 hour trek. 10,630 feet.
Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Dumje. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. 8,070 feet.
Day 15: To Philim. 7 to 8 hour trek. 5,150 feet.
Day 16: Khorla Besi. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. 3,400 feet.
Day 17: Soti Khola Camp. 7 hour trek. 2,360 feet.
Day 18: Return to Arughat Bazaar. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. 1,755 feet.
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu. 8 to 9 hour drive.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 21: Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for our departure.