Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is an "off the beaten path" trek in the mysterious valleys of Tsum, at the Nepal - Tibet border in the Manaslu Region. Perfectly set with the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal (7422 meters), Shringi Himal (7161 meters), and Boudha Himal Range, this placid valley is also rich in Tibetan culture and has several ancient monasteries. Still intact, the unique culture of Tsum Valley due to its remoteness and inaccessibility can also be experienced in full-on Tsum Valley Trek.
Tsum Valley Trek Highlights
Like most of the treks in Nepal, Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek starts through terraced villages and gradually climbs onto alpine meadows and pastures. Aarughat, Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, and Phillim are the villages before the trek enters the higher lands inhabited by people of Tibetan origin. After Phillim, increasing numbers of mane walls and small chortens mark the trek's entry into the Tibetan Buddhist villages of the Manaslu Region.
Tsum Valley offshoots from the main trail after Phillim and extends all the way up to the Tibetan border. The valley is enclosed by Ganesh Himal Range, Boudha Himal, and Shringi Himal and offers a stunning mountain panorama. Old and important monasteries of the Manaslu Region, like Mu Gompa and Gomba Lungdang adds a spiritual feel to the already scenic valley of Tsum.
We can trek along the Tsum Valley staying using a basic tea house and Homestay these days; however, we will stay overnight at Ganesh Himal Base Camp where tea houses, Lodges are not available so Camping arrangements are required for staying at Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Visit Himalaya treks offer tea house, homestay base trek to Tsum valley combined with Manaslu Circuit Trek without Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Machha Khola (930 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1120 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Lhokpa (2240 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Chumling (2368 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010 meters).
Day 08: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010 meters).
Day 10: Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200 meters).
Day 11: Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200 meters).
Day 12: Explore Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek back to Gumba Lungdang (3200 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Lhokpa (2240 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Jagat (1120 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Machha Khola (930 meters).
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
We leave early in the morning for Sotikhola via Arughat. We stay on a highway in the morning but most part of the driving is done on the dusty newly built roads. We camp at Machha Khola (9 to 10 hours’ drive)
The trail stays relatively easy in the morning and goes through Khorlabesi. A brief stop at Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, following by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. (5-6 hours)
The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, The trail steadily loses height and enters Tsum valley. A relatively comfortable path follows and a final brief climb ends at Lhokpa. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) and Shringi Himal (7161 meters) appear on opposite directions at Lhokpa. (5-6 hours)
After crossing suspension bridge in the morning, a steep ascent follows for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, the ascent starts to turn into a gradual nice walk and reaches Chumling. It is a short day as the trek enters into higher elevations. (4 hours)
The day’s trek is relatively on an easy terrain as the trek heads higher into Tsum Valley. The trail follows one of the tributaries of the Budhi Gandaki River and follows it for most part of the day. After passing a small monastery, the trail crosses another tributary and slowly starts to ascent. The climb ends at Chhokangparo, the biggest settlement of Tsum Valley. Several mountains can be viewed from this village. (6 hours)
An easy trek leads through several small villages of Leru, Ngakyu and finally Lamagaun. After a brief visit to the Milarepa Cave, the trail continues on the riverbed and passes villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun and reaches the twin village of Chule and Nile. Still staying with the river, the trail now starts to slowly climb through a narrow valley. A final brief steep climb leads out of the valley and ends the day at Mu Gompa. (6-7 hours)
The trek retraces back on the same route until the village of Lar and then takes a different route back to Chhokangparo via Rachen Gompa. However, the terrain is similar to the one taken the day before. (5-6 hours)
The trail now descends down to the village of Dumje and a long steep climb in a different valley follows. The terrain slowly turns easier but still continues to climb and only ends at Gumba Lungdang. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) stands tall and close to the monastery adding an edge to the already serene environment. (5 hours)
Trek toward to Ganesh Himal Base Camp through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge, bearing left to two rude stone huts beside a large boulder in a kharka. The track continues between the huts and up, veering to the left, The track is clear through cut silver pines then into birches and up the true right of a birch-lined dry creekbed. Eventually you emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Torogumba glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and you will find several tracks on the moraine wall that give superb views of the cirque of mountains and it is a most beautiful Camping spot stay overnight at Camp. (5 hours)
After breakfast hike along the torogumba Glacier toward to Ganesh Himal I (Yangra) for closer view. Explore around and back to Camp stay overnight at Camp.
Trek back to Gumba Lungdang following the same trail we walked on our way up to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Arrived at Gumba Lungdang evening attend regular puja in monastery stay overnight at Camp.
The trek once again retraces back on the previously travelled route back to Chumling via Dumje. Still continuing on the same route the day’s trek finally ends at Lhokpa. (6 hours)
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (6-7 hours)
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (5-6 hours)
We drive back to Kathmandu (7-8 hours drive) check in Hotel evening cultural dinner stay overnight at Hotel.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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My son and myself did the Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit trek with Visit Himalaya Treks during the first half of May. The Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit trek was attractive to us because it is less crowded than some of the other treks and the Tsum Valley in particular has a lot of Tibetan culture.
Himal from Visit Himalaya Treks was very helpful and it was very easy to arrange the trek over email. We arrived a day earlier than planned due to the airline cancelling our original flight but it was no problem to leave a day early on the trek as well. The guide Hari and the porter Hom were great. They are very helpful along the trail and in the tea houses, very safety conscious, and walked at our pace rather than their own. In fact they even went back and rather amazingly "rescued" a walking pole I had dropped down a very steep rockfall.
The trail is spectacular, in Tsum Valley, Ganesh Himal and on the Manaslu trail. There are some climbs into Tsum Valley but once there, it levels off you are effectively in Tibet; Buddhist flags and mani walls everywhere and just about everyone wears the traditional dress. On the Manaslu trail there are high mountains all around (start walking early to get the best views during this time of year). The trail gradually rises over several days and an extra day to acclimatise made sure we had no problems with the altitude; the intinary works very well. Crossing the pass is not that easy if you are out of shape like me but spectacular.
All in all we were very happy with Visit Himalaya Treks and we highly recommend them; we will certainly book with them again when we go to Nepal.