Duration of Trips15 Days
Location: Manaslu Region
Type of Trip: Tea House Trek
Max. Altitude:3700m/12139ft (Mu Gompa)
Trip Grade:Moderate Trek
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Tsum Valley Trekking
The Tsum Valley is one of the hidden jewels of Nepal. This isolated valley is also referred to as the Beyul Kyimolung, the sacred concealed valley of joy, as named by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. Tibetan Buddhist culture is still dominant in the Tsum Valley, and the people are noted for their heartfelt hospitality. The scenery is most magnificent with stunning forests and Ganesh Himal looming overhead. Thetrek itself follows the Budhi Gandaki Valley through lush green forests, past hill villages and crosses terraced fields. Crossing the main Manaslu stream, one certainly gets the feeling of entering a hidden realm.
The word ‘Tsum’ is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means brilliant. The starting point of Tsum Valley Trek is Arughat Bazaar and the end point is Besi Sahar. This trek passes into the majestic environment of the Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal ranges. The societies of Tsum Valley are Tibetan in origin with their own ancient form of language, religion, culture and art. Some of the unique traditions of family life of these people may be shocking to foreigners. For example, often a number of brothers in a family will all marry one girl. Few visitors travel to this high, secret valley, which used to be part of an important trade route with Tibet. Indeed, the Tsum Valley was a restricted area of travel until 2008, and is certainly less travelled than other more-popular trekking regions of Nepal.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal, transfer to hotel / Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Machhi khola (870M) ~ 7hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 03Trek Machhakhola to Jagat (1410m) ~ 4hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 04Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2240m) ~ 6hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 05Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2385m) ~ 7hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 06Trek Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3031m ) ~ 6hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 07Chhokang Paro to Nile (3360m), 3-4hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 08Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3700 m) ~ 6-7hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 09Trek Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa (3240m) ~ 3 to 4hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 10Trek Rachen Gompa to Chumling (2386 m) ~ 7 to 8hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 11Trek Chumling to Philim(1570m) ~ 6 to 7hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 12Side trip to Lungdang & Genesh Himal Base / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 13Philim to Machha Khola (870m), 7-8hr walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 14Machha Khola to Kathmandu (1350m), 3-4hr walk+6-7hr drive
Day 15Final departure from Kathmandu
- Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- Restricted area permits, National Park permit (ACAP, MCAP) and TIMS fee
- Hotel in Kathmandu On BB
- English spoken trekking guide as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary.
- Supporting staffs (trekking porter), as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in tea house lodge along the trail.
- Overland transport by BUS/JEEP/CAR/VAN
- Visa & International flight ticket
- Lunch and dinner during your Kathmandu stay
- Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral/hot
- water/shower, tea-coffee, chocolate hot drinks), tips for the guide, porter & other staffs etc.
- Additional costs- extra days stay, in case of flight cancellation due to the natural calamities, bad weather forecast and other unforeseen circumstances
- Personal trekking gear for the trip
Note: Enjoy trekking to the remote and restricted region of the Tsum Valley that boasts of the ethnic Tibetan lifestyle and culture.
Where is the Tsum Valley Trek located?
-The Tsum Valley Trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal.
What is the elevation of the Tsum Valley trek?
-The altitude of Tsum Valley trek 3700 m / 12139 ft (Mu Gompa)
Trekking Season for Tsum Valley Trek ?
-During the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer favorable weather conditions, clear views of the mountains, and vibrant landscapes.
What is the Tsum Valley known for?
-The Tsum Valley, also known as the "hidden valley," is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley with ancient Buddhist monasteries and a preserved culture.
How long does the Tsum Valley Trek take?
-The trek usually takes around 15 days to complete.
Are permits required for the Tsum Valley Trek?
-Yes, a special restricted area permit is required due to the ecological and cultural significance of the region.
What should I consider before undertaking the trek?
-It is advisable to have prior trekking experience, be in good physical condition, acclimatize properly, hire a licensed guide, and obtain the necessary permits.
What can I expect to see on the trek?
-The trek offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes, remote villages, and opportunities to interact with local communities and experience their unique lifestyle and culture.
Is the trek physically demanding?
-Yes, the trek is physically demanding, involving high altitudes and rugged terrain.
What are some precautions to take during the trek?
-Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and following the guidance of a licensed guide are important to minimize the risk of altitude sickness and ensure a safe trekking experience.
What makes the Tsum Valley Trek unique?
-The trek provides a blend of exploration in the hidden Tsum Valley offering a remote and culturally rich experience in the Himalayas.
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