Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp 20 Days
Duration: 20 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3920 m
Accommodation: teahouse/ homestay
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The remote Ganesh Himal Base camp trek in the Tsum Valley is an undiscovered trail. Tsum region is located nearby the border with Tibet in the Manaslu region. The entire landscape breathes ancient Buddhism. Tsum, or Chum, is a derived Tibetan word of Tsombo; which means vivid. During the Ganesh Himal Base camp trek, you will be accompanied by the ever-present Ganesh Himal mountain. Passing by local villages and ancient monasteries.
A private jeep will bring you to the starting point of the Tsum Valley and Ganesh Himal Base camp trek. From the local village of Macha Khola, the trail begins. You start at a low altitude passing by small settlements and following the course of the Burhi Gandaki river. Soon after Jagat, you hike into the Tsum Valley. Here you will find yourself in pine and rhododendron forests. Climbing to the upper valley of Tsum you enter a wide and flat landscape at Chokang Paro and Chule-Nile. Nearby Chule-Nile is an ancient gompa (monastery) which is well worth a visit. The gompa also offers a beautiful viewpoint.
Mu Gompa is a few hours away located very close to Tibet. A beautiful day hike from this village into the valley takes you closer to the border. The biggest monastery in the region is in Mu Gompa and a visit should not be missed. The interior is beautifully painted with Buddhist murals. After that, you continue the Ganesh Himal base camp trek into the Ganesh Himal valley. In this side valley, you find the hidden gompa of Gumba Langtang. The Ganesh Himal BC is only a day hike away. After visiting the base camp you continue the trek to Ripchet. From here on you track back to Macha Khola where the Ganesh Himal Base camp trek ends. With a jeep, you will travel back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop of Hotel in Thamel
Day 02 Free day at leisure Kathmandu; preparations for permits
Day 03 Private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar (930 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Chumling (2385 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Chokang Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Chule Nile (3347 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 10 Day hike to Dupchet at Tibetan border
Day 11 Trek to Chokung Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3206 m – 6.5 hrs.)
Day 13 Day hike to Ganesh Himal BC (3920 m), overnight at Gumba Lungdang (3206 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Rest day at Gumba Lungdang
Day 15 Trek to Ripchet (2470 m – 6 hrs)
Day 16 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 18 Trek to Macha Khola (930 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 19 Private drive Macha Khola to Kathmandu ( 8hrs.)
Day 20 Pick up hotel and drop off Kathmandu International Airport
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
– Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel in Thamel
-Return private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
-3 nights in 3* Hotel (including breakfast) in Thamel in Kathmandu; shared room for 2 persons
-16 nights in teahouse room during trek; shared room for 2 persons
-3 meals per day during trek; breakfast/ lunch/ dinner
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, maximum luggage 12 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide & porter(s)
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Tsum Valley restricted area permit, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)