Tsum Valley Trek: Uncovering The Untouched Beauty

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Duration

12 nights 13 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Tsum Valley Trek is an expedition into the serene heart of the Himalayas, offering more than just breathtaking landscapes. Furthermore, situated in remote Nepal, this trek is a haven for nature enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility.

With its rugged terrain and spiritual ambiance, it Attracts hikers, Fitness enthusiasts, and those yearning for an escape from the daily grind.

Tsum Valley:

Nestled in the remote regions of Nepal, Tsum Valley is renowned as the “Hidden Valley of Happiness”. This secluded sanctuary boasts ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage.

Home to rare wildlife species like the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep, the Tsum Valley offers trekkers a chance to immerse themselves in pristine natural beauty. Additionally, visitors can experience a unique cultural journey while exploring the Tsum Valley’s deep-rooted Buddhist traditions.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

There is a possibility to extend your Tsum Valley trek by including the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It can take approximately 17 to 20 days. The trek offers a captivating journey through the remote and picturesque landscapes of the Himalayas.

This trek combines the Manaslu region’s rugged beauty with the Tsum Valley’s cultural richness, providing trekkers with a unique and unforgettable adventure.

Moreover With stunning mountain views, ancient monasteries, and encounters with warm-hearted locals, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek promises an experience that’s both challenging and deeply rewarding.

Trail Geography, Flora, and Fauna in the Tsum Valley:

The Tsum Valley trek unfolds through a variety of trails – from gentle walks along the river to challenging ascents up rugged hills. The geography presents a stunning sight with Steep canyons, dense forests, and tall mountains. Additionally, it offers views of the Ganesh Himal.

Steeped in history and mythology, the Tsum Valley is believed to be a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. The Tsum Valley is steeped in history and mythology. The flora and fauna are diverse, with the region home to rare species such as the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep.

Hikers can also admire old landmarks and stone walls scattered across the scenery, contributing a deep sense of history and spirituality to the trip.

Challenges in Tsum Valley:

Considered moderate to challenging, the Tsum Valley Trek is suitable for those with good physical fitness and some trekking experience.

Trekkers should anticipate considerable walking distances, elevation gains, and basic trail conditions due to the valley’s isolation. Additionally, acclimatization days are essential to adjust to high altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary:

Exploring the Tsum Valley demands a well-planned itinerary. Therefore, a typical Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary spans around 14 days, encompassing various highlights such as ancient monasteries, remote villages, and stunning landscapes.

It includes acclimatization days to ensure trekkers adjust to the altitude, allowing for a safer and more enjoyable journey. Each day offers unique experiences, from gentle walks along the riverbanks to challenging ascents through rugged terrain.

The itinerary balances adventure with opportunities for cultural immersion, making it a memorable trekking experience. We have provided a comprehensive itinerary for the Tsum Valley trek below. Please feel free to review our day-to-day schedule.

Food and Accommodation:

Accommodations in the Tsum Valley are a mix of homestays and basic teahouses, offering a unique opportunity to live closely with local families and cultures.

The food is simple yet nourishing, primarily Nepali cuisine with Tibetan influences. Additionally, it includes dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and Tibetan bread. Menus may vary, but the focus is consistently on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Weather Conditions on the Tsum Valley Trek:

The best seasons for the Tsum Valley Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these periods, trekkers can expect clear skies, moderate temperatures, and the best views of the Himalayas.

Winter can be harsh and summer brings monsoons, challenging the trails and obscuring views.

Tips for Safety and Precaution during the Tsum Valley Trek:

Safety is paramount in the Tsum Valley trek. It’s vital to listen to your guide, stay hydrated, and adjust to the altitude properly. Always prepare for sudden weather changes and carry essential medical supplies.

Trekkers should inform guides of any health issues and travel insurance is a must for emergency evacuations.

Gear and Packing Needed for Tsum Valley Trek:

A comprehensive gear check before the trek ensures you are well-prepared. Additionally, essential items include sturdy hiking boots, thermal layers, a waterproof jacket, a sleeping bag, and a sun hat.

We provide a detailed gear list and can assist in organizing any necessary equipment to ensure your trek is as comfortable and safe as possible.

Tsum Valley Trek Map:

Navigating the Tsum Valley requires a reliable Tsum Valley Trek Map. A detailed map outlines key landmarks, trails, villages, and elevation profiles, aiding trekkers in planning their routes and estimating travel times.

Moreover, it serves as a valuable navigation resource, especially in remote areas with limited signboards.

The Tsum Valley Trek Map also highlights points of interest, such as monasteries, viewpoints, and teahouses. This enhances the trekking experience by offering insights into the region’s geography and culture.

Electricity and Internet on the Tsum Valley Trek:

Electricity and internet services are limited and often unreliable in the Tsum Valley. Solar power is the primary source of electricity in many teahouses, and internet access, where available, is slow.

Trekkers are advised to bring spare batteries and embrace the digital detox as part of the experience. Embarking on the Tsum Valley Trek is to step into a world of untouched beauty, ancient traditions, and breathtaking landscapes.

It’s not just a physical journey but a voyage of personal discovery and connection with nature. Additionally, Whether you’re seeking adventure, fitness, or a moment of peace, the Hidden Valley of Happiness welcomes you with open arms and endless trails.

Highlights

  • Remote and Pristine Environment: Explore one of Nepal's most secluded valleys, offering unspoiled natural beauty and tranquility.
  • Rich Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture, visiting ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls.
  • Diverse Flora and Fauna: Witness the diverse wildlife, including the rare Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep, amidst a backdrop of lush forests and alpine landscapes.
  • Spectacular Mountain Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Ganesh Himal range and other towering peaks surrounding the valley.
  • Homestay Accommodations: Experience authentic Nepalese hospitality by staying in local homestays and teahouses, offering a deeper connection with the Tsumba people.
  • Moderate to Challenging Treks: Suitable for trekkers looking for an adventure that tests their physical fitness and endurance in a high-altitude environment.
  • Spiritual Journey: Engage in a profound spiritual experience, visiting sacred sites and learning about the valley's rich Buddhist traditions.
  • Limited Tourist Footprint: Due to its remote location, the Tsum Valley sees fewer tourists, providing a more intimate and exclusive trekking experience.
  • Sustainable Travel: Contributing to the local economy and promoting responsible tourism practices in one of Nepal's protected conservation areas.
  • Digital Detox Opportunity: A chance to disconnect from digital devices and reconnect with nature, with limited electricity and internet access.
  • Seasonal Beauty: Ideal times to visit are during spring and autumn, offering clear skies, moderate temperatures, and the best mountain views.

Included/Excluded

  • Kathmandu - Machha Khola delux bus/shared jeep,
  • Soti Khola to Kathmandu Bus
  • 3 Night twin-sharing/double accommodation, including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost),
  • All the necessary permits and taxes
  • Twin-sharing teahouse accommodation during the treks
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including one hot drink and seasonal fruits.
  • One duffle bag, Sleeping bag, down jacket to be returned after the trek.
  • Strong porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every two clients ie: 10kg each )
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Travel Makers South Asia's trekking guide.
  • Insurance for food and accommodation for staff.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with a car/van with a certified tour guide.
  • An executive farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Trek completion certificate and map.
  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu.
  • Any beverages inc. water.
  • Insurance and international flights.
  • Tips for your staff.
  • Gas showers, wifi and charging at high places

Itinerary

Time: As per your ticket
Distance: N/A
Altitude: 1,350 meters
Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal, nestled at an elevation of 1,350 meters.
Surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas, your adventure begins in a city that's a melting pot of history, culture, and spirituality.
Upon arrival, our welcoming team will escort you to your hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your journey.
This day offers you a moment to acclimate and soak in the unique atmosphere of Kathmandu, with its bustling streets, ancient temples, and the warm smiles of the locals.
Take this time to rest and gear up for the unforgettable trek that awaits you.

Time: 7-8 hours
Distance: Approximately 130 kilometers
Altitude: 870 meters
Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, a journey that takes you through winding roads, offering glimpses of rural life and the natural beauty of Nepal.
This 7-8 hour drive marks the transition from urban landscapes to the serene realms of nature.
Descending to an altitude of 870 meters, Machha Khola is a charming village by the river, setting the stage for the trekking days ahead.
This day is a blend of anticipation and excitement as you edge closer to the heart of the Himalayas.

Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 22 kilometers
Altitude: 2,340 meters
Today’s trek from Machha Khola to Jagat is your first step into the wilderness, leading you through diverse terrains and local villages.
As you ascend to 2,340 meters over 6-7 hours, witness the harmonious blend of nature and Nepalese culture.
Jagat, a small yet welcoming settlement, serves as a checkpoint into the Manaslu Conservation Area.
The journey to Jagat not only challenges the body but also invigorates the soul, offering breathtaking views and the chance to connect with the earth in a profound way.

Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers
Altitude: 2,390 meters
Continue your ascent to Lokpa, the first gateway to the hidden valley of Tsum.
This 5-6 hour trek covers roughly 10 kilometers, taking you through lush forests and alongside rushing rivers, culminating at an altitude of 2,390 meters.
Lokpa offers a serene stopover, with vistas that encapsulate the untouched beauty of the region.
This leg of the journey not only brings you closer to nature but also offers a glimpse into the secluded lives of the Tsum valley inhabitants.

Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
Altitude: 2,390 meters
Embark on a journey from Lokpa to Chumling, also known as Lower Tsum, maintaining the altitude of 2,390 meters.
This 5-6 hour trek spans around 8 kilometers, leading you into the heart of the Tsum Valley, known for its mystical allure and spiritual significance.
Chumling, perched gracefully in the valley, offers panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal range, serving as a reminder of the vastness and beauty of our world.
The day ends in a peaceful retreat, allowing for a deeper connection with the self and the surroundings.

Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Altitude: 3,010 meters
As you venture from Chumling to Chokhangparo, ascend to the elevation of 3,010 meters through a trek lasting 4-5 hours over a distance of about 6 kilometers.
Chokhangparo, nestled at the higher reaches of the Tsum Valley, offers a vantage point for awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan tapestry.
This day is marked by a gentle climb through terraced fields and past Buddhist monuments, reflecting the spiritual essence of the valley.
The evening in Chokhangparo is a time for reflection under the starlit sky, amidst the silent echoes of the mountains.

Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers
Altitude: 3,361 meters
Today's journey takes you from Chokhangparo to Nile, reaching an altitude of 3,361 meters over 5-6 hours.
This trek, covering around 8 kilometers, unfolds through landscapes dotted with traditional Tibetan-style houses, ancient gompas, and fields of barley.
Nile, the last northern settlement of the Tsum Valley, stands as a sentinel to the mysteries that lie ahead.
As you settle in Nile, the sense of being at the edge of the world is both exhilarating and humbling, offering a moment to ponder the vastness of nature and the journey within.

Time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers
Altitude: 3,700 meters
A shorter trek of about 3 hours leads you from Nile to Mu Gompa, an ascent to 3,700 meters.
This day is a spiritual ascent as much as it is physical, with Mu Gompa, a significant Buddhist monastery, offering insights into the region's religious heritage.
Situated near the Tibetan border, this place is a haven of peace and spirituality, surrounded by the stark beauty of the high-altitude landscape.
The journey to Mu Gompa is a testament to the enduring spirit of those who seek the essence of the Himalayas.

Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: Approximately 14 kilometers
Altitude: 2,386 meters
Begin your descent back into the heart of the Tsum Valley, trekking from Mu Gompa to Chumling over 5-6 hours.
This journey of approximately 14 kilometers takes you through changing landscapes, as you leave the barren highlands for the lush greenery of Chumling.
The return to this familiar village offers a sense of completion, a circle closing, as you reflect on the journey that has transformed you, step by step, breath by breath.

Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 20 kilometers
Altitude: 1,570 meters
Continue your descent to Philim, a journey of 6-7 hours covering around 20 kilometers.
This leg of the trek moves you through diverse ecosystems, showcasing the rich biodiversity of Nepal.
Philim, a vibrant Gurung village, offers a warm welcome with its rich culture and traditions.
At an altitude of 1,570 meters, it's a place to rejoice in human connection, surrounded by the beauty of nature, marking the nearing end of an epic journey.

Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 22 kilometers
Altitude: 700 meters
Embark on the trek from Philim to Soti Khola, descending to 700 meters over 6-7 hours and covering 22 kilometers.
This journey through the lower valleys is a reflective passage, as you move closer to the end of your trek.
Soti Khola, with its serene river and lush surroundings, offers a tranquil spot to rest and gather your thoughts, celebrating the journey that has led you through the heart of Nepal's natural wonders.

Time: 7-8 hours
Distance: Approximately 130 kilometers
Altitude: 1,350 meters
The drive back to Kathmandu from Soti Khola, lasting 7-8 hours, is a journey back to where it all began, but with a heart full of memories and a spirit enriched by the experiences.
As you re-enter the bustling streets of Kathmandu, there's a renewed appreciation for the journey and the countless stories that you now carry within you.
This return to civilization is not just a physical return but a reintegration, with a deeper understanding of the world and yourself.

Time: As per your ticket
Distance: N/A
Altitude: N/A
On your final day, as you prepare for departure, there's a moment of reflection on the journey that has been.
The mountains, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs have all woven into the fabric of your story.
Kathmandu bids you a warm farewell, not as a stranger but as a friend who has shared in the wonders of Nepal. Until we meet again, carry the spirit of the Himalayas with you, wherever your next adventure lies.

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13 Days

Languages

English

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