Tsum Valley Trekking, a magnificent journey into remote and isolated country beyond Nepal North Mid West Himalaya, sandwiched between great range of mountains of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, Tsum known as valley of Happiness in local native language of Tibetan origin.
A fascinating adventure that leads you into hidden areas and Shangri-la of Himalaya away from maddening crowd of modern civilization into pristine wilderness of mountains-windswept beautiful country with impressive local culture of Tsum valley.
A perfect adventure destination for people who bored walking on mainstream trekking trails on popular routes, as this trip allows you being in complete tranquil in the harmony of interesting colorful culture and ancient traditions as it was past hundred of centuries.
Tsum Valley Trekking, commence with an interesting overland journey into Nepal Mid Western areas of Gorkha district, where walks at first leads on same tracks of Manaslu route and then on leaving the raging Buri-Gandaki River heading into unknown and hidden areas at Tsum valley.
Walk leads into nice lovely farm villages and forest filled with enchanting rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pines trees, as walk proceeds leaving the green vegetation and tree lines behind for wild windswept country similar to dry Tibetan landscapes which is close beyond Mu Gompa our final destination around Tsum Valley.
With ample to explore within beautiful Tsum and its traditional villages exploring the areas with tour of impressive monasteries of Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, then heading back to the road head at Soti-Khola for scenic and exciting drive back to Kathmandu with fond memories and magnificent adventure on Tsum Valley Trekking.
Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where drive leads on interesting and exciting Kathmandu & Pokhara highway to reach at Arughat town and beyond to Soti-Khola village.
On drive views of mountain and scenic landscapes as journey leads past number of farm villages and towns and then ending the drive at Soti Khola small farm village for first overnight stop within Nepal Mid West region.
First day walk from Soti- Khola leads to a short climb for a while with rest of the walk on gradual winding uphill trail through terraced farm fields and villages.
As our route enters into cool forested area in a gorge following torrential glacial Buri-Gandaki River upstream, as the path follows with a climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after a good walk of near six hours reaching a moderate size village at Maccha-Khola for overnight stop. (Name of the village means a fish stream)
After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows.
After a pleasant stop, walk to Dovan and Yaruphant villages and then at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
After Lakuwa village and leaving Buri-Gandkai River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes looks similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.
After Chokan-paro heading closer towards upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley within windswept country exists only few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.
Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular Buddhist poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
Morning walk starts on reaching our highest point at Mu Gompa of the adventure, as walk continues with a climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.
Rest and free day at Mu Gompa to explore the village with visit of old Mu Gompa enriched with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.
After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
Today our last day around Tsum valley, as morning leads to long descend to reach Chumling village pastg farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walks reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop within Tsum areas.
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.
This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)
From here onwards into warmer area of paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River past small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat.
Walk further descends to Yaruphant, then he towards lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending our long day walk at Tatopani for overnight stop, a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy in the hot springs and relax. The local believes warm spring water have a natural power to cure various diseases.
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further past terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.
Morning drive back to Kathmandu on same interesting highway with exciting time as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six hours journey reaching in Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.
The best time for Tsum Valley Trekking is during the spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November) when the weather is mild, and the skies are clear. During these seasons, the views of the Himalayan peaks are stunning, and the trails are not too slippery.
The Tsum Valley Trekking usually takes around 15 to 20 days, including the days for acclimatization and rest. However, the duration of the trek can be customized according to your preferences and fitness level.
The Tsum Valley Trekking is a moderately difficult trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. The trek involves long and steep ascents and descents, and you will be walking for several hours a day. Proper preparation and acclimatization are necessary to complete the trek successfully.
Yes, you need two permits for Tsum Valley Trekking: the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
During Tsum Valley Trekking, you will be staying in tea houses or guesthouses that offer basic amenities such as a bed, blanket, and shared bathroom facilities. The accommodation is simple but clean and comfortable. In some remote villages, you may have to stay in camping tents.
The highest point of Tsum Valley Trekking is the Mu Gompa at an altitude of 3,700 meters (12,139 feet). Proper acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness.
During Tsum Valley Trekking, you will get a variety of food options ranging from local Nepali dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentils) to international cuisine like pasta and pizza. The tea houses and guesthouses also offer snacks, tea, coffee, and soft drinks.
Tsum Valley Trekking requires permits, and you must be accompanied by a licensed guide. You can hire a guide and arrange for permits through a trekking agency or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
You should pack warm clothes, comfortable trekking shoes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and toiletries. It is also advisable to carry a camera, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Tsum Valley Trekking is generally safe, but it is always advisable to trek with a licensed guide and follow their instructions. You should also be prepared for unexpected weather changes and carry adequate warm clothing and equipment. It is important to take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness and stay hydrated.
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