Walking holidays Rupina La & Tsum Valley 27 Days

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 0 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03 :Kathmandu – Gorkha (1160m) by bus5-6 hours

We set off early morning from Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway by bus/jeep. The bus goes down though the zigzag road and from a point called Abu Khaireni the road splits and we turn to the right.  The road to Gorkha is pitched and wide. The view around the road is very beautiful. It goes through the green jungles. We visit the historical palace of Gorkha which is situated on the hilltop. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified Nepal into a nation, was originally from Gorkha. Gorakhnath Temple is situated near by the Gorkha Darbar. The Statue of Ram Shah, the king of justice in ancient Gorkha is little bit away from Gorkha Darubar. The view from the Gorkha Darbar is spectacular. We visit to the museum too in Gorkha and spend the night in a hotel. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Gorkha -Baluwa (1380m) 6-7 hours

Even today the path goes both uphill and downhill. We walk enjoying the beautiful views of green hills and terraced cultivated field. Several beautiful villages with Gurung people in majority welcome us. We walk through both foot trails and the motorable road that goes upto Barpak. We walk along Daraudi River even today.

Day 06: Baluwa – Barpak (1915m) 3-4 hours
The path goes flat for some hours. At the point where Daraudi River and Rangrung Khola meet, we cross a bridge here. Then the path goes steep uphill up to Barpak. The views are alike the past days.  After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 the path has been slightly damaged by the landslides. But it has no that much effect on the trekking routes. Barpak is a very big and beautiful Gurung village which now has been totally ruined by the earthquake. The people are rebuilding the village gradually. The lodges where we spend the night are not much affected by the earthquake. They are safe. In the afternoon we have time to explore the village. Barpak is a large village consisting of a Hindu and a Buddhist area.

Day 07: Barpak – Gar Kharka (2900m) 6- 7 hours

Today we leave Barpak as well as the inhabited world for about a week ahead. No telephone service will be available too. We walk behind a large waterfall. Occasionally we see signs of human life. In the summer, shepherds stay here on the hillsides for grazing their cattle. We see several summer huts. From now on we follow a ridge towards the Rupina La. That means we always have beautiful views in good weather: we can see the massive south face of Baudha Himal.  We walk through a beautiful forest, full of mosses, red and blue berries and purple orchids.

The path goes flat today in the beginning. Then we climb almost along the Daraudi Khola. We cross Pauko Khola on the way through a wooden bridge. We then gradually head to the campsite, Gar Kharka, a pasture. The sunset view on the Bhauda Himal is stunning.

Day 08: Gar Kharka – Forest camp (3440m) 6-7 hours

The nature of the path for today also is almost the same as yesterday. It takes us through rhododendron forests and past abandoned pastures. We see many waterfalls and wild raspberries. We often cross a tributary and walk through beautiful old-growth forests. We camp on a large, spacious place in a summer meadow surrounded by forest. Hence it is called Forest Camp. The view from the camp is just the green hills around.

Day0 9 :Forest camp – Samrung Kharka Base camp (3800m) 5-6hours

We gradually climb along the Daraudi River and walk at first by the beautiful backwoods. We cross a wooden bridge over the Doraundi Khola and we walk on the path above the tree line. From time to time we find our way over big rock in the riverbed. The Rupina La is not yet seen. We walk to the Samrung Kharka base camp that lies at 3800 meters. The camp is in an open area.

Day 10: Samrung Kahrka Rest/Acclimatization day

Today is rest day especially for the acclimatization. For getting better or to be used to the altitude we may take a walk to a beautiful mountain lake: the Narte Pokhari where the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will lead us. Also we can prepare as well as possible for the crossing of the La Rupina the next day.

Day 11: Samrung Kharka- Rupina La (4720m) – Baudha Himal BC (3600m) 6-7 hours

We climb continuously for about four hours to reach the pass at 4720 meters. It is an awful pass from where the views are superb including the view of Baudha Himal in a far away distance. The way down is steep, long and difficult too. Deep down we see the big and incredible Glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal  and Baudha Himal and named as Chhilung Khola where we’re going to walk the next day. We camp at Baudha Himal BC at the altitude of 4000 meters.

Day 12 :Baudha Himal BC- Zhong Khaka (2960m) 5-6 hours

Today the path goes down. It will be a long walking with a lot of variety in the landscape today. The landscape slowly becomes less barren and we come through beautiful larch and birch forests. We walk through the moraine of the glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal and Baudha Himal, the glacier has formed Chhilung Khola. It is climbing and climbing, cairns show us the way. We walk along the Chhilung River and the path goes up and down with short, steep pieces. We come in bamboo and rhododendron forests. We cross many tributaries through the bridges. We camp at Zhong Khaka for the night.

Day 13: Zhong Khaka- Nyak (2340m) 5-6 hours

The path contour along the mountainside. We pass through areas of forest, but we also regularly get spectacular view in the front and behind of us: in the front rise the five peaks of the Ganesh Himal and behind of us we see the peaks of the Manaslu chain. Far below, we see is the deep gorge of the Budi Gandaki River. At the end of the day we walk down along a steep path to Nyak, a beautiful, authentic Gurung village. We can see the houses of primitive and traditional type here.

Day 14: Nyak – Lokpa (2240m) 4-5 hours

Today we slowly walk steep down through an old and slightly difficult t path to the river.  At the end of the path, at Nyak Phedi, we are on the route of the trek to Round Manaslu. We cross a new bridge at the point where two rivers: Lalung Khola that comes from Manaslu area and Siyar Khola that come from Tsum Valley meet each other. Then again we descend into the valley of the great Budi Gandaki. We arrive at a small but beautiful village of Lakpa from where we can enjoy the panoramic view of Himalchuli and Boudha Himal. We spend the night here.

Day 15 :Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m) 4-6 hours

Today our path goes down for half an hour towards Lungwa khola and we climb jig jag and difficult trail further for two hours heading north through pines and rhododendron forest. We need to be careful because sometimes rocks may come falling from the cliff. We reach Gumlung. We cross the Siyar Khola and finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can watch panoramic view of Shringi Himal. We visit to the old Chumling gompa, walking through stone paved streets of the village. We spend the night here.

Day 16: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m) 4- 5 hours

Today we cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. We enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. We walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village.  Another continuous 2 hours’ climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. From here we can again enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7893 meters) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). We spend the night here.

Day 17: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m) 5-6 hours

Since we are walking in the high altitude we need to be careful of altitude sickness while climbing above Chokhangparo. We walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Siyar Khola. We continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. We pass old historic Stupa of Buddha on the way to the village of Chhule. Now we climb upstream and cross the bridge and finally arrive at Nile. If we wish we can make our visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top place of the area. We spend the night Nile.

Day 18: Nile to Mu Goenpa (3700m) 3-4 hours

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. We walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. We slowly climb up to the Mu Gompa. Mu means sky in Tibetan. Hence Mu Gompa means the monastery that lies in the highest altitude. We look round the grand monastery, Mu Gompa first.  Then, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa, the nunnery monastery. We visit rest of the interesting places tomorrow. We spend the night inside Gompa here since the accommodation facility is available for the tourists too.

Day 19: Mu Goenpa Rest/ Sightseeing  hiking day (3,700m) Mu Gompa Rest/ Sightseeing   (3245m) Via milarepa cave visit 4-5 hours  

Since it is an open and spacious area in the high altitude, today we have rest here and make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region in the leadership of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide. Also this is destination of this trek. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, we may also think about getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m) or we may go for hiking to Bhajyo, a pass from where the views all around are really panoramic. While hiking to Bhajyo we see very big pastures for the Yaks on the way.

Day 20 : Mu Goenpa to Lamagaun (3302m) 4-5 hours

Today we trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Siyar Khola. Finally we arrive at Lamagaun, a village of Buddhist priests. We may climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave (piren phu) which is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal. We spend the night in Lamagaun.

Day 21: Lamagaun -Chumling (2,386m) 5-6 hours

We continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From there we continuously walk down to Gho, a small village. Monastery and stupas are seen here too. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes us again to Chumling where we will spend the night again.

Day 22: Chumling to Philim (1,570m) 6-7 hours

The path continues down to Lokpa where we had spent the night previously. After lunch we move ahead to south on a flat trail. We enjoy the splendid view of gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally we arrive at Philim, a beautiful Gurung village, after 6 or 7 hours long walk. A trail passes through this village that leads the passersby to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. There is a small cinema hall where films are shown. Hence the village got the name Philim. We spend the night here. Ama Samuha, a group of mothers in the village, will make our evening joyful with their cultural show.

Day 23: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m) 6-7 hours

Our trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi through Jagat and Tatopani.  We walk down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant, a very big farm land. The dry Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. We continue trekking to Dobhan where the two rivers meet. Finally we arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. Then again we continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day. We spend the night here.

Day 24: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m) 6-7 hours

The trail we walk toady crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. We head down again to the river and walk to Machha Khola village. We walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. We pass the two beautiful waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. We walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, we cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola. We spend the night here.

Day 25: Soti Khola to Kathmandu (600m) by vehicle 6-7 hours

The rough motor abale road runs from Soti Khola to Arughat. We may reserve a vehicle that takes us Soti Khola to Kathmandu via Arught. Or we may ride on the jeep that locally runs from Soti Khola to Arughat and from Arughat we may catch a bus to Kathmandu that runs on the Prithvi Highway along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. Now we are in the well facilitated capital city where we spend the night in a facilitated hotel after a number of days trek.

Day 26: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or  Sightseeing in Bhaktapur(1337) 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu(1337)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.