Tsum Valley Trek

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Duration

15 Days 14 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Tsum Valley Trek is Nestled in the northern part of Nepal and offers an enchanting journey through a remote and culturally rich region. Tsum Valley, often referred to as the “Hidden Valley of Happiness,” is a pristine Himalayan gem that remained isolated from mainstream tourism until recent years. The trek takes adventurers on an unforgettable expedition, allowing them to explore unspoiled landscapes, ancient monasteries, and encounter the warm hospitality of the local people.

The region’s unique charm lies in its distinctive Tibetan-influenced culture and tradition, with its residents predominantly adhering to Buddhism. Trekking through this sacred valley allows visitors to witness centuries-old monasteries, adorned with colorful prayer flags, and engage with friendly monks who impart a profound sense of spirituality.

As trekkers traverse along the trails, they are greeted by panoramic views of majestic snow-capped peaks, including the Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal ranges. The trail meanders through lush forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages, providing a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles of the Tsumba people.

The Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate to challenging adventure, taking around 14 to 18 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary and starting point. It is ideal for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, away from the hustle and bustle of more popular routes in Nepal.

Embrace the allure of the Tsum Valley Trek and embark on a transformative journey that combines breathtaking landscapes, cultural immersion, and a deep connection with the Himalayan way of life.

Essential Tips for a Successful Tsum Valley Trek

  • Obtain the necessary permits and documentation required for the Tsum Valley Trek. This typically includes the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP).
  • Ensure you are in good physical condition before undertaking the trek, as it involves challenging terrains and high altitudes.
  • Plan for acclimatization days during the trek to adjust to the increasing altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing (layering is recommended), a warm sleeping bag, a waterproof backpack, and a first aid kit.
  • Tsum Valley is culturally rich, and it’s crucial to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly and ask for permission before taking photographs of people and monasteries.
  • Carry enough cash as there are limited ATMs in the region. Be prepared for higher food and accommodation costs than in more popular trekking areas.
  • Carry some high-energy snacks to keep you fueled during the trek. Also, treat all drinking water to avoid waterborne illnesses.
  • Choose the best time to visit, usually during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is favorable and the views are stunning.
  • Consider hiring a local trekking agency or guide to ensure a safe and well-organized journey. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture and help with logistics.
  • Learn some basic Nepali phrases or carry a phrasebook to communicate with locals, as English proficiency may be limited in remote areas.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles, minimize your impact on the environment, and avoid using single-use plastics.
  • Carry emergency contact information of local authorities and your embassy in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Tsum Valley Trek Safety Considerations

  • Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness as you ascend to higher elevations. Acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and descend immediately if symptoms like headache, dizziness, nausea, or shortness of breath occur.
  • Ensure you are in good physical condition before starting the trek, as it involves challenging terrains and long hours of walking.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains. Carry proper clothing and gear to protect against rain, cold, and strong winds.
  • Consider hiring experienced local guides and porters to navigate the trails safely and carry your heavy loads, allowing you to focus on the trek without strain.
  • Stay informed about the current trail conditions, including potential landslides or rockfalls, and adjust your itinerary accordingly.
  • In remote areas like Tsum Valley, mobile network coverage might be limited. Carry alternative means of communication, such as satellite phones or emergency beacons.
  • Consume only boiled or purified water and eat well-cooked food to avoid foodborne illnesses. Carry water purification tablets or filters as a backup.
  • Use reliable and well-fitted trekking equipment to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries.
  • Trek with a group or at least one partner, as it enhances safety during emergencies and helps with navigation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation procedures in the area and have travel insurance that covers helicopter rescue if needed.
  • Follow guidelines to protect the local culture, environment, and wildlife. Do not disturb or provoke animals you encounter.
  • Avoid venturing off the designated trekking trails to prevent getting lost or encountering potential hazards.
  • Inform your trekking guide about any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies to ensure appropriate care during the trek.
  • Carry a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, trekking agencies, and embassy information.

Highlights

  • Tsum Valley offers an off-the-beaten-path experience, allowing trekkers to explore a remote and secluded Himalayan region.
  • Encounter the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions of the Tsumba people, who practice Buddhism and reside in picturesque mountain villages.
  • Visit centuries-old monasteries adorned with colorful prayer flags, offering a spiritual and meditative ambiance.
  • Enjoy breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal ranges, as you trek through the valley.
  • Explore Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, and immerse yourself in its sacred and serene surroundings.
  • Trek through dense forests of rhododendron and pine, and pass by terraced fields cultivated by local farmers.
  • Experience the genuine hospitality of the Tsumba people, known for their friendly and welcoming nature.
  • Spot various wildlife species like the Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, and diverse birdlife while trekking in the region.
  • The Tsum Valley Trek offers a moderate to challenging trekking experience, making it ideal for adventure enthusiasts.
  • Participate in local festivals and rituals, gaining insight into the cultural and spiritual significance of the region.
  • Capture stunning landscapes, traditional architecture, and vibrant monasteries for memorable photographs.
  • From serene alpine meadows to rugged mountain terrain, Tsum Valley boasts diverse and captivating landscapes.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Depart early from Kathmandu and drive to Maccha Khola.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive through hilly landscapes and picturesque villages.
  • Reach Machha Khola, a small village on the riverbank.
  • Overnight stay in Machha Khola.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek and pass through tropical forests and terraced fields.
  • Cross the Tharo Khola and trek along the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Reach Jagat, a charming village with traditional houses.
  • Overnight stay in Jagat.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through beautiful landscapes, enjoying occasional views of Ganesh Himal.
  • Pass through the village of Philim and follow the trail towards Lokpa.
  • Overnight stay in Lokpa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek through forests and cross the Siyar Khola.
  • Ascend to the village of Chumling, which offers breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal.
  • Overnight stay in Chumling.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Cross the suspension bridge and ascend to the upper Tsum Valley.
  • Pass through the village of Gho and follow the trail to Chhokang Paro.
  • Overnight stay in Chhokang Paro.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through the beautiful Tibetan landscapes and enjoy views of the Himalayas.
  • Reach Nile, a village known for its ancient monasteries and cultural significance.
  • Overnight stay in Nile.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region.
  • Visit Dhephyudonma Gompa, a nunnery with stunning mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in Mu Gompa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek and visit Rachen Gompa, another important monastery in the area.
  • Explore the cultural heritage and unique architecture of the monasteries.
  • Overnight stay in Rachen Gompa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through forests and visit the small village of Gumba Lungdang.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal range.
  • Overnight stay in Gumba Lungdang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start the trek towards Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
  • Reach the base camp and marvel at the majestic Ganesh Himal peaks.
  • Overnight stay at Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Lokpa, retracing your steps.
  • Overnight stay in Lokpa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the descent and reach Jagat.
  • Overnight stay in Jagat.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through terraced fields and villages along the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Reach Lapu Bensi, a small settlement.
  • Overnight stay in Lapu Bensi.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Arughat Bazaar, the starting point of the trek.
  • Enjoy the last day of trekking through diverse landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Arughat Bazaar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • ake a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

Durations

15 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Tsum Valley Trek is a cultural and spiritual trek that takes you into the remote and secluded Tsum Valley, located in the northern Gorkha region of Nepal. The trek offers a unique opportunity to explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages, and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes.

The duration of the Tsum Valley Trek can vary depending on the chosen itinerary. Typically, the trek takes around 14 to 21 days to complete, depending on the starting and ending points and side trips.

The Tsum Valley Trek is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek. It involves some steep ascents and descents, as well as high altitude hiking. Trekkers should be prepared for long walking hours and changes in weather conditions.

The best time to do the Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Yes, trekkers need to obtain two permits for the Tsum Valley Trek: a restricted area permit (Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit) and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These permits are usually arranged by trekking agencies.

While previous trekking experience is not mandatory, having some prior trekking experience will be beneficial, especially in terms of acclimatization and stamina for long walking days.

Yes, there are teahouses available along the Tsum Valley Trek route. However, compared to more popular trekking regions like the Annapurna or Everest region, the teahouses in Tsum Valley may offer more basic facilities and accommodations.

Solo trekking in the Tsum Valley is not allowed. The area is a restricted region, and trekkers are required to be accompanied by a registered guide. This measure is in place to ensure the safety and preservation of the unique culture and environment in the Tsum Valley.

The highest point of the Tsum Valley Trek is at Mu Gompa, which lies at an altitude of approximately 3,700 meters (12,139 feet). However, trekkers can also do side trips to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, which reaches an altitude of about 4,200 meters (13,780 feet).

The Tsum Valley Trek is generally safe for trekkers. However, as with any trek in the Himalayas, it is essential to be prepared and take necessary precautions, such as proper acclimatization, following your guide's advice, and being cautious of the weather and terrain conditions.

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