Tsum Valley Larkey Pass

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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.

28days Tsum Valley,Larke Pass Trek
 Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu, and transfer to the Hotel,
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1,350m)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -8 to 9 Hour

Day 04: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (720m) -6 to 7 Hours
Day 05: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) -6 to 7 Hours
Day 06: Trek Machha Khola to Doban (1,070m) -6 to7 Hours
Day 07: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 08: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hours
Day 09: Trek Chumling to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 10: Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way -6 to 7 Hours
Day 11: Trek Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060 m) -3 to 4 Hours
Day 12: Extra day for excursion This is day of leisure, after having late breakfast hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4,865m).
Day 13: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 14: Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) -6 to 7 Hours
Day 15: Trek Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (1,570 m) -6 ½ to 7 ½ Hours
Day 16: Trek Philim to Deng (1865m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 17: Trek Dang to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 18: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 19: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 20: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization
Day 21: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 22: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 23: Trek Larkey Phadi to via Larkya La (4930m) to Bimphedi (3590m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 24: Trek Bimphadi to Tilje (2300m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 25: Trek Tilje to Tal (1680m) - 4 to 5 Hours  Or Dharapani and Drive back to kathmandu,
Day 26: Trek Tal to Syange (110m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Transfer to the Kathmandu airport and fly back to home,
 
28 days Tsum Valley,Larke Pass Trek
 
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu, and transfer to the Hotel,
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1,350m)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -8 to 9 Hour

,while driving on the way,  you catch a glimpse of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal magnificent view and terraces and green hills. After Dhading Bisi or Gorkha Bazaar the road is tricky because of the grubby road. To get in Arughat through the Gorkha Bazaar or Dhading Besi depends on your time and choice. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware. Stay overnight at Tea House or Tented camp.
Day 04: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (720m) -6 to 7 Hours
Aftaer having breakfast, we trek to Soti Khola following banding Bdhigandaki river bank. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal and local live hood. The trail goes through the Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola (river) or stay in Tea house.
Day 05: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) -6 to 7 Hours
Today our trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish River) goes through the rice field and exploring people live hood. Machha khola is a village, which is situated above a stream with the same name of Budahigandaki. We camp for the night by a wide campsite or find some tea house.
Day 06: Trek Machha Khola to Doban (1,070m) -6 to7 Hours
 The trail involves some steep ascents and descents to the Doban. The trail gives the glimpses of diversity of flora & fauna, and people with different religion and cultures. We ascend a well - crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban means confluence of the stream, where Shiar Khola comes from the east, and the Sarpu khola meet from the west. We set our camp here or stay overnight at tea house.
Day 07: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours
After hot breakfast, journey leads us to ascend on a rugged rocky trail. Then we climb up and down ravines and notched trees. Several water falls on both side of the Budhi Gandaki River and hundred species of Birds in the forest makes our trip enjoyable. Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim provide the unique hospitality with culture and religion. During this trekking the narrow valley shaping by Budhi Gandaki provides the magnificent vistas of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Himal Chuli, as we continue up to the large Gurung village and fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees or stay at the tea house.
Day 08: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hours
The trail goes 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. Each individual can enjoy with songs of Bird and roaring sound of river on the trail. There are several good campsites at Chumling. Or stay overnight at local house.
Day 09: Trek Chumling to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours
 After breakfast, we trek to Chhekampar. Upper Tsum valley (part of the inner Himalaya) opens from Chhekampar/Chhekamparo. This village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, we have view of Ganesh Himal range in front 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 system. We stay overnight here.
Day 10: Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way -6 to 7 Hours
 On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves 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 are two separate Gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. This is the last village heading north of the upper Tsum Valley. Stay overnight.
Day 11: Trek Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060 m) -3 to 4 Hours
 After breakfast, the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gumba (1895 AD), the largest monastery in the region and farthest point in the Tsum valley. The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Chhosyang Tal is about two to three hours uphill walk.Then we visit 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 are a few campsites and drinking water facilities.
Day 12: Extra day for excursion This is day of leisure, after having late breakfast hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4,865m).
We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the beautiful Ganesh Himal range. We may visit to Rikang Gompa and Dheron Gompa this day. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu Gumba.
Day 13: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hours
 We take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. It 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 valley. It is belong to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, mud 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. We stay overnight at camp or local house.
Day 14: Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) -6 to 7 Hours
Today, we proceed towards Dumje, is small and scattered settlements with some houses and adjoining cattle sheds. Dumje is wide flat land, good for cultivation especially barely and potato. Where, patches of purple-hued amaranth interspersed with fields of brown barley, dozens of yaks grazing in grassy meadows, rustic stone houses hugging the trail, long stretches of hand-carved mani stones and stacked mani walls, ancient villages dotting the landscape, rock chortens perched high on ridges, snow-capped Himalayan peaks scratching the deep blue sky, high remote mountain passes threading into Tibet, maroon-robed Buddhist monks and nuns fingering prayer beads, and hard-working kind-hearted villagers warmly welcome you into this scenic and soaring valley where Tibetan culture is still celebrated today.
Day 15: Trek Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (1,570 m) -6 ½ to 7 ½ Hours
After breakfast, we are heading to Philim and cross Ripchet. We pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. This is the village which lies along the trial from Gumpa Laundang to Philim. The houses are completely built from stone and roofs are pine wood. The houses are associated in linear pattern along the trial. There are remarkable numbers of Mani walls, Chortens and gateway chortens. We make camp in Philim for overnight stay.
Day 16: Trek Philim to Deng (1865m) - 4 to 5 Hours
The trekking leads today, on a high beautiful trail through a narrow dramatic gorge section with towering walls, past a thundering waterfall just above us and cross the suspension bridge, ascend gradually along a wide hillside. After trekking through dense forest the small village of Deng, lower Nubri region called Kutang, where the people are ethnically pure Tibetans. We have views of Lumbo Himal as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. We camp nearby village, and get fresh greens from owns the land. It starts to feel like a piece of old Tibet at last.
Day 17: Trek Dang to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Another five hours day for today, is like similar length of yesterdays. The trail goes through the valley with across the bridge switchback steeply up to the small, poor village of Lana, after more climbing through lovely woods of pine and we reach Bihi Phedi, views of Kutang Himal and start to see mani stones, sign of the tiny Tibetan footholds mark in the high Himalayan places. We ahead twice cross the large Buri Gandaki, many up and dawn as we walk through the gorge, all the time enjoying spectacular views. Eventually we reach Ghap, where we set up camp wonderful village.
Day 18: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Today is a wonderful trekking day; through dense forest crossing Budhi Gandaki wooden bridge, ascent gently up to Tibetan-run lodge Namrung, views of mountains. Then the trail goes to extensive pastures land to the ancient Lihi village and flowing down the Lidanda Glaciers reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000. On the way to Lho, the spectacular views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu itself; is quite an impressive afternoon. We set up camp in Lho, sprawling village decorated with many prayer flags, in the yard of a small lodge and Gomba. Sunset and sunrise from the campsite are wonderful.
Day 19: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 5 to 6 Hours
After breakfast the trail leads us from new Gomba and then ascends to the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla with amazing mountain panoramas. Then the treks through the classic alpine leads us Pung Gyan Gomba, through the fields to the 500 years old settlement Sama Gaon, or Ro and unique architecture wooden two Gombas also same time. Dzongka Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940's until it was taken over by Gorkhas in the late 19th century. Later, make shelter by Tibetan guerrillas, it was closed for the treks until 1992.Take the afternoon to hike up to the old Gomba settlement above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.
Day 20: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization We have a rest day in Sama Gaon to explore the village and Gombas; a little piece of old Tibet. This is also an extra day in case anyone is having trouble acclimatizing...A great excursion is a hike towards Manalsu Base Camp where we'll have stunning views of the lake, glacier and valley. Another option is a hike up to Pung Gyen Gompa, at 3870 meters, explore around unique natural beauty.
Day 21: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 hours
Another day of incredible mountain views, past the long mani wallsand Chorten at Kermo Kharka then descend to the Bhudi Gandaki and old herding settlement of Samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and were ceded the land by the king of Jumla over 500 years ago. This is trading point of China and India in long time ago. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley. Camp tonight here.
Day 22: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours
The trail leads us to the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the trade markets of Larkya bazaar. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly overwhelming panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch surrounded breathtaking mountains scenery and blue sheep territory, grazing nearby on the barren hill-sides. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow...
Day 23: Trek Larkey Phadi to via Larkya La (4930m) to Bimphedi (3590m) - 7 to 8 Hours
After very morning breakfast, the trail goes to North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Then walking about four hours we will get on the top of the Larkya La (4930m), view of wonderful panoramic mountains; Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters) equally stunning from both sides. The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. After praing the God and yelling 'Ki ki so so lha gyalo' (may the Gods be victorious), get ready drop often slippery trail following the glacial moraine finally to the Bimphedi, where 'Three Sisters Hotel' , is the evening clouds gather and turn pink behind the surrounding peaks. It's all worthwhile now.
Day 24: Trek Bimphadi to Tilje (2300m) - 4 to 5 Hours
 The trail descents along the fig tree and rhododendron fortes,through the rocky river-bed and sliding hill-sides to several small green villages. Eventually, after long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje, inhabitants of mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mix foods - dal bhat, buckwheat dhido, tsampa and Tibetan salt-tea. We see ahead marks of Annapurna Circuit Trekking board.
Day 25: Trek Tilje to Tal (1680m) - 4 to 5 Hours  Or Dharapani and Drive back to kathmandu,
Day 26: Trek Tal to Syange (110m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Transfer to the Kathmandu airport and fly back to home,
 
Start Date End Date Availability Price  
What Is cost Included
  • Pickups and drops from international airport and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu,two night b/b
  • All transpotation by tourist bus to ktm/arugat/sangeh/ktm
  • Three times meals (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)in trekking,
  • local english speaking guide and Porter services for trekking
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits
  • all camping equpment,staff(cook,sherpa helper,porter,guide)
  • all insurence,salary,eqipment and food for the staff
What Is cost Not Included
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • lunch and dinner during hotel stay in kathmandu
  • any sighting cost/transpotation and personal expenses 
  • any alcohalic bar bills and any drinks during the travling
  • Tips for guides and porters
 Trekking Gear Recommended by the sherpaway treks or your  Guide.
  •  walking boot,sleeper 
  • Jeans or slacks
  • Towel and toilet kit underwear,warm socks 2/3 pair
  • warm Gloves or mittens,rain cover or umberla 
  • Sleeping bag, warm to-20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
  • Parka, down or fibre fill; or feather jacket
  • Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
  • Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
  • Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry your personal thing
  • Water bottle 1 liter or be sure that it does not leak
  • head light and extra battery,
  • walking stick two pair
  • your camera, if you have power bank

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 28 Days
Destination: trekking tea house,camping
Seasons : spring,autum,summer
Grading: trekking
No. of Pax : min 3 pax
Trip Departure : fixed
Activities : tsum valley
Altitude Height : 4930 M.
Mode of Travel : drive/walking
Ends at : sange/beshi shar

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