Rupina La and Tsum Valley trek is organized for the ones who love walking in the high mountain region throughout their long holidays in Nepal. This is one of the newly opened beautiful and courageous trekking routes in the Manaslu region. This trekking provides us an opportunity to approach both Himalayan human culture and pure nature. Rupina La Pass trekking route is only accessible during October. It is one of difficult trekking route in other months. after pass, a route is full of narrow and rocky trails one hours and glaciers.
However, Tsum Valley trekking is good except in January and February. We go to Baluwa via 12 kilos (near Gorkha) from Kathmandu by bus and stay there overnight. Then we walk through a big and beautiful Gurung village, Barpak, in the direction of the everlasting snow peaks. Barpak, a beautiful Gurung village of Gorkha was the epicenter of the devastating earthquake (7.8 Magnitude) that took place on 25th of April 2015. The entire village was totally ruined by the earthquake. At least 25 people and many domestic animals: buffaloes, cows, goats, sheep, hens etc were buried and killed. Many were adversely injured. Out of the 1400 houses of Barpak and Laprak, only 41 were standing safely. Up to Barpak the telephone service is available and after this, there will be no communication service available for about a week ahead until we reach Nyak before we start trekking in Tsum Valley region. However, in Tsum Valley area the communication service is available in several points. Sky mobile phone service is also available around Tsum Valley area.
The hidden valley of Tsum is encircled by the Buddha Himal and Himalchuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south & Sringi Himal to the North. It is a holy Himalayan pilgrimage situated in northern Gorkha. ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. Customarily, Tsum valley was a separate geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Churkoe Himal, Boudha Himal ranges, this peaceful Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin & speak their own dialect. They have their own unique culture, tradition, & dialect. They celebrate the unique festival like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, and Fanning. Well, experienced Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition team leader will translate if we wish to know about the culture and tradition of the locality. Many residents of this valley claim they have seen or found signs of ‘Yeti’ or ‘Abominable Snowman.
Rupina La and Tsum Valley trekking route gives us glimpses of a diversity of flora & fauna and people with different religion and cultures. On the way to Philim, there are many waterfalls on both side of the Budhi Gandaki River, & over one hundred bird species live in the forest. Each individual will enjoy the mix of bird-song and the roaring sound of the river. Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim provide unique hospitality with culture & religion.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03 Kathmandu – Baluwa (1380 m) 7-8 hours
Day 04: Baluwa – Barpak (1915 m)3-4 hours
Day 05: Barpak – Gar Kharka (2900m) 6- 7 hours
Day 06: Gar Kharka – Forest camp (3440m) 6-7 hours
Day 07: Forest camp – Samrung Kharka Base camp (3800m) 5-6hours
Day 08: Samrung Kahrka Rest/Acclimatization day
Day 09: Samrung Kharka- Rupina La (4720m) – Baudha Himal BC (3600m) 6-7 hours
Day 10: Baudha Himal BC- Zhong Khaka (2960m) 5-6 hours
Day 11: Zhong Khaka- Nyak (2340m) 5-6 hours
Day 12: Nyak – Lokpa (2240m) 4-5 hours
Day 13: Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m) 4-6 hours
Day 14: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m) 4- 5 hours
Day 15: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m) 5-6 hours
Day 16: Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m) 3-4 hours
Day 17: Mu Gompa Rest/ Sightseeing hiking day (3,700m) Mu Gompa Rest/ Sightseeing (3245m) Via milarepa cave visit 4-5 hours
Day 18: Mu Gompa to Lamagaun (3302m) 4-5 hours
Day 19: Lamagaun -Chumling (2,386m) 5-6 hours
Day 20: Chumling to Philim (1,570m) 6-7 hours
Day 21: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m) 6-7 hours
Day 22: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m) 6-7 hours
Day 23: Soti Khola to Kathmandu (600m) by vehicle 6-7 hours
Day 24: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or Sightseeing in Bhaktapur(1337) 3-4 hours
Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu(1337)
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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.
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.
Today, we start trekking from Kathmandu. We begin our trekking with a bus ride from Kathmandu. We pass through Thankot, the gate point of Kathmandu Valley. We follow Prithivi Highway which contains many uphill and downhill fine tarred road. We follow the famous river Trishuli until we reach Mugling. After 15 minutes bus ride from Mugling., we reach Khaireni and diverted to 12 Kilo leaving Kathmandu Pokhara Highway. From 12 Kilo we follow Daraudi river via Chhepetar . We follow offroad from Chhepetar and reach Baluwa. We stay overnight near Darkhu Khola riverside.
Today, we start walking from Baluwa with a flat path for 1 hour to cross Rangrus bridge where Tangrung Khola and Rangrus Khola meet. Later we start climbing uphill up to 3 to 4 hours. The trail contains Jungle and green hills which lead us to Barpak. Barpak is a famous Gurung village which contains about 1100 houses. This is facilitated by communication, schools, and clinics. Here is Boudha Gompas and Monasteries. The splendid view of Boudha Himal is seen from here. 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. We stay overnight at Barpak.
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 blueberries 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.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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.
The path contour along the mountainside. We pass through areas of forest, but we also regularly get a 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 the primitive and traditional type here.
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.
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 the panoramic view of Shringi Himal. We visit the old Chumling gompa, walking through stone-paved streets of the village. We spend the night here.
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.
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 hydropower), 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.
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 the rest of the interesting places tomorrow. We spend the night inside Gompa here since the accommodation facility is available for the tourists too.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi through Jagat and Tatopani. We walk down to Sirdibas and we finally reach Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant, very big farmland. 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.
The trail we walk today 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.
The rough road runs from Soti Khola to Arughat. We may reserve a vehicle that takes us Soti Khola to Kathmandu via Arughat. 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.
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.
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye.
Max Altitude: 4720 meters
Best Season: Oct – Nov and March-May
Difficulty Level: Moderate
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So, trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So, a tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit.
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programs during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to ensure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.