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Trip Overview of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek in the Manaslu region is a remote trek area of Nepal. It is the restricted area trekking where one needs a special permit from the government to visit. We will trek in the land of Tibetan Buddhists with their distinct art, culture, and religion. This amazing Tsum Valley is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

This fantastic trek is filled with natural beauty and cultural values. Furthermore, it is also a virgin trek. As it was opened in 2008 for tourism, it has not been much explored. The incredible Himalayas surround it. In addition to that, the green forest areas add charm to the place.

Tsum Valley Trek starts with a breathtaking 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. Along with that, you get to enjoy the sightseeing of Kathmandu City as well. Furthermore, Trek has the right paths combined with dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. Also, this trek leads you to the Budi Gandaki River Valley through the less explored community of Tsum Villages. The valley is fertile with ancient culture and tradition with Buddhist monasteries, Chortens and prayer flags, monuments, etc. The most extended Mani walls at Dzong and Purple are one of the main highlights of Tsum Valley.

Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well-known for its centers of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley, the Manaslu area in Nepal, and the southern parts of Tibet.

 

Manaslu Tsum valley trek

For an extension, you can combine the Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley Trek so that you have ample days to enjoy your holidays further and explore additional spots that change your perspective beyond your daily life limits. Also known as Manaslu Circuit Trek, this route takes 2 weeks of your life and adds a noble experience to your timeline for lifelong. People have never regretted getting into the Manaslu region, but in fact, have asked for another trek around even more beautiful places that exist in the country. This trekking package of ours is completely organized and has been well–planned. Booking the trip is just a click away, and there is nothing that you should really be worrying about thereafter

discover the unique lifestyle in Nepal inspired by the Tibetan Buddhists in the deepest valleys of the country where cultures are still well–preserved. The Tsum Valley Trek takes to some of the most isolated places in the country and through remote settlements meant for relaxation purposes. As you get into the community, you’ll find everything else and yourself with a completely different experience.

The ambiance seems out of the world, unlike any place on Earth. There are a thousand reasons why the Tsum Valley Trek has been one of the most alluring trekking packages in the country. Nepal is rich in all kinds of natural beauties. From lush vegetation forests to rough rocky trails, developing crowded cities to isolated settlements, rain shadow area to the land of snow and ice, everything is a part of the country that makes its visitors delighted to have the options.

Tsum valley trek Trip highlights

  • Amazing Landscapes and vegetation
  • Stunning mountain views
  • Trek through the silent and green routes
  • An excellent way to explore Buddhism
  • Peaceful trekking experience
  • Walking through off-the-beaten-path of the Manaslu region.
  • Most beautiful view of Mount Ganesh Himal, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Churen Himal, and Poshyop glacier.
  • Tsum valley Great cultural and spiritual experience

Visit the best monasteries

in Tsum valley trek the shiny mountains are always spotlighting the exploration of any kind. The creation is known to be one of the most beautiful things Mother Nature has ever made. Especially in the context of Nepal, mountain peaks hold a very superior value as numerous peaks that are the world’s highest are a part of the country. To be exact, 8 of the 10 highest ones in the world are owned by Nepal. And apart from them, hundreds of others still exist. And besides the mountain peaks, valleys are equally beautiful too, among which Tsum Valley is one of the most popular ones. It was a restricted area previously until it was allowed for trekking in 2008. Ever since then, the valley has been receiving an increasing number of visitors every year.

In addition to that, It also goes through amazing places like Soti Khola, Jagat, and Chisopani. The bio-diversity and vegetation of these places are beyond beautiful. You can observe the rare species of plants and flowers — also, the mesmerizing rivers and lakes in the Tsum Valley trek. Buddhism stands for peace, which is lacking in many of your lives these days. And which can be the better place to restore your inner peace and harmony than the gorgeous Tsum Valley. We can also Also visit Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa in Tsum Valley.

Mu Monastery

Mu Monastery was established in 1895 AD with the Lama Sherab Dorje Drukpa Rinpoche of the Drukpa Kagyu sect. To be here is quite a longs ten-hour walk from Chhekam in the Tsum Valley and is situated at an altitude of 3510m. The monastery has been undergoing restorations since 1998 and new buildings are now being constructed for the monks. In this monastery, there have religious books, including Kangyur, a life-size statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

Some of the most striking objects in the monastery are the statues of Buddha Amitabha. There are two special occasions celebrating in this monastery: Ngyungne, which celebrates in September/October by fasting for world peace, and Yaarney, which involves the reading of sacred texts and rituals. Campsites and clean drinking water facilities are available for tourists.

Tsum valley 10 days Trek

We can offer the short Tsum valley trek in a 1o days trip if you have a lack of time. the itinerary follows the lower Manaslu trail. Our trek starts from Arughat [530m/1739ft], a place about seven hours of drive from Kathmandu city. Most of the time during the initial phases of the trek, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush forests of Rhododendron, Pines, and Oak.

The green atmosphere inevitably elevates your mood, ultimately forcing positive vibes in your body, Thus making it the best week of your lifetime. With friends or your family, or even with newly made acquaintances, the trip proves itself unregretted and leaves no residue to grief over. Apart from the Buddhist culture, the Tsum valley 10-day trek offers its travelers fantastic views of mountains like Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himalchuli.

The stunning views of these mountains will make your journey unforgettable. The sunrise and sunsets in the sacred mountains of a virgin place are to die for. So, if you want to take a break from your daily stressful life and enjoy some time in peace, Then, the Tsum Valley trek is perfect for you.

Tsum valley trek cost

Our full board Tsum valley trek cost for 18 days is USD 1690. If we make just 10 days trip it will be much cheaper. We can offer the seasonal cost also September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best seasons to experience Tsum Valley Trek. During this time, the weather is very comfortable; neither very cold nor scorching. Tsum valley trek is the best route to gets cultural values. Consequently, bringing new energy and fresh perspectives to your life. So, the Tsum Valley Trek is one of the best treks in the country. If you travel in the offseason time we have a special discount on the cost.

Tsum Valley Permit

You will also have to have Tsum Valley Trek. And it costs USD 40 for all the foreigners and SAARC members. It is also free for internal tourists.
However, this cost might change in some months. Also, there might be fluctuations in certain seasons. So, if you need the price on any exact day. Please do contact us and we will provide you with the information as soon as possible.
However, the general average cost of the Manaslu Trekking permits costs around USD 30 to USD 35 daily. It covers your food, accommodations, and travel costs. If you want to know any major details, please do let us know, so that we can customize it for you and provide you the most affordable cost.

 

The best season for Tsum valley trek

Nepal is one of the best countries for trekking and hiking experience. People from all around the world come to enjoy trekking and perceive the beauty of Nepal

1) Spring season
The best time for Tsum valley trek  Nepal is considered the spring season which falls from the early of March to the end of May. The weather of this season is very good for doing long as well as short treks. During this season Himalayan trekking is the best idea as the mountain views are clear. One of the best things about trekking during this month in Nepal is you can see the rare birds and animals of Nepal.

2) Autumn season
Undoubtedly autumn is also one of the best times for the Tsum valley trek in Nepal. From early September to the end of November autumn season lasts here. Since there is no chance of clouded weather, Trekking to the Himalayan region is the best idea during this month. You can get a clear view of the mountain ranges. One of the main festivals of Nepalese Dashain and Tihar falls on this season so, along with trekking you will also get a chance to observe and celebrated Nepali culture.

3) Summer/ Monsoon season

These seasons start from early June to the end of August at the same time. Summer is the hottest time of the year and the rain of the monsoon minimizes the hotness so doing long treks. If you do not like to trek in the crowd, these seasons are the best time for you. Finding a place for accommodation will not be difficult. Monsoon is the best time for planting new crops on the field, you will get to know the traditional style of farming in most of the places. this is not the best time for the Tsum valley trek.

4) Winter season

Winter in Nepal starts to form from early December to the end of February. Generally, people do not prefer to trek in Nepal during this season because of the cold weather. Of course, the weather will be cold but you will not feel cold during trekking. Usually, Tsum valley short treks are preferred during this season. Visiting Chitwan national park, Baridya national park, and other conservation centers are best during this time of the year.

Packing list for Tsum Valley trek

The Tsum valley trek is a long and high-altitude trek so we need to pack accordingly. The main thing to remember is you need enough warm clothing for this trek. The total luggage you can make is 15  kg for our porter per person. Porter carries 30 kg total. You can use our duffle bag if you don’t have one or if you have more luggage you can store it in a Kathmandu hotel. you need a small day pack to carry your daily usage items such as water, camera, sun lotions, and extra layers.

  • Trekking or hiking boots with good ankle support and a nice sole.
  • Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter
  • Good sleeping bag with -20 degrees celsius and sleeping bag liner
  • Base layers of light, wicking material (Long & Short sleeve)
  • Mid layer shirt or light fleece
  • Mountain fleece/light Primaloft or down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (lightweight)
  • Shorts 2 pair for the lower part of the trek
  • Trekking Socks Wool socks (bring a few pairs of varying thickness)
  • Three-quarter length or full-length trekking trousers (mid-weight)
  • The thermal inner  base layer
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Good quality sunglasses
  • Sunblock and lip salve
  • Sunhat, and woolen cap for the night
  • Trekking poles/sticks
  • 2 Drinking-Water Bottle (1 liter) – the bottle will be filled each day
  • Water purification tablets/iodine
  • Small first aid kit e.g. plasters, paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, etc
  • extra clothes and trainers after, this is helpful while you make an evening walk from the lodge.
  • Flashlight, with spare batteries
  • In addition, it’s useful to have a pair of training/approaches or other comfortable shoes for walking around the city.

Some additional items

  • Crampons if you are trekking in the winter
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Face/Body Wipes
  • Small Locks
  • Portable Charger
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  •   Face/body wipes
  •   Biodegradable washing liquid
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport

Why trekking in Tsum valley

Tsum valley trekking is the best way to explore the hidden Mountains of Nepal, You get the best opportunity to get connected to nature and also get to explore the lifestyle of the local people of this little world. This has always been quite famous to date. It is highly rich in natural beauty and bio-diversity. One can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of mountains, rare plants, and wildlife, green, and pollution-free environments are enough to add memories to your life.

Spectacular mountain views

The mountain views are stunning and so adorable. You just want to look at them. The days are sunny and bright and there is no presence of clouds, so it makes it easier for you to get amazing views of the mountains.

The trekking route of Tsum valley trek is comfortable and exciting at the same time. It is surrounded by flowers and rare plants. The entire route is surrounded by great sceneries and mountain views. It keeps your trek interesting and memorable.

Basic local accommodations and a variety of local food.

You can get comfortable and cozy accommodations to take a rest. Most of such accommodations have a great view in them. Also, you will get to enjoy a variety of local food. You also get to enjoy the rarest flora and fauna during this trek. Trekkies can get views of that amazing and rare wildlife, birds, and plant species. Definitely, this is another major reason, why people go on a trek to Tsum valley trek. It is just a peaceful place. You will be completely surrounded by nature in its various forms. It is the best place to have clean and fresh and not-at-all polluted water.

 Waterfalls and rice terraces

There are many waterfalls in the way. You can just take a break and jump in those waterfalls. Plus they had a lot of beauty to your pictures. While you are trekking in the summer and rainy season You can enjoy the waterfalls. You can chill and relax in these so beautiful waterfalls and forget any kind of stress.

 

The religion of Tsum valley

The Tsum Valley is a Buddhist village that has a long history of Buddhism. People believe the Th Buddhist saint Milarepa did a meditation in the caves of these mountains. The valley was called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. We can also visit these ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom now. As this is a remote part of the country and not easily accessible. As the development and other facilities are just starting here,  As a result, They can still have a unique culture and lifestyles not touch by Western influence.

Climate

The Tsum Valley trek has four distinct climatic zones: sub-tropical (between 1000m and 2000m), cool temperate (between 2000m and 3000m), sub-alpine (between 3000m and 4000m), and alpine (above 4500m). So we can get a big difference in the Temperatures between these zones. Winters are very cold from December to February. The temperatures in the upper subalpine, and alpine regions drop below freezing and snowfall occurs for up to six months. While the down part of the trekking trails sub-tropical and cool temperate regions are quite warm. Summers are hot in the lower regions,  with daytime temperatures between 22°C and 34°C.

However, summer temperatures in the sub-alpine and alpine regions rarely go above 10°C.  The monsoon is starting in June and stay until the last week of September. The rest of the year Tsum valley trek areas are mostly dry. The average rainfall is around 1900mm per annum. It has more rain in the southern part of the valley is generally wetter than the upper[part of the valley. Clear skies from October to December and April to June provide magnificent views of the surrounding mountains

Some attractions along the Tsum valley trek

Shiar Lookout

The line of Shiaar Gorge Lookout overlooks the spectacular Ngak cliffs. which is at the bottom of the gorge flows the roaring Budhi Gandaki. The lookout is an hour’s walk from the junction of the trail leading to Manaslu.

Lokpa

This is the first village when we enter our Tsum Valley trek. Before the construction of the Philim-Chhekampar trail, the path to Chhekampar used to pass over the mountains through the village of Anga Sejong. Some settlements have emerged along with parts of this trail. The people here are mostly farmers and grow potatoes, Gucchi mushrooms, and soya beans.

Sardi Gorge

The small two streams of the  Sardi Khola and  Shiar Khola meet about 200m downstream from a wooden bridge. The alder-covered banks of the river provide peaceful noon resting place or overnight campsite under overhang cliffs. When we cross the bridge, the trail starts ascending to the  Sardi Danda. Sardi DandaThe old trail to Sardi Danda ascends through dense forest with many varieties of rhododendron. We can also get the best view from here which is the Thieastern views of the Sringi Himal range.

Ghumlung

This is the forest name and here we can find the old trail meets the new trail. Afterward, we will trek to the Chumchet village, Chyata Khola, and Ripchet, a settlement of about 50 households. Along the trail, we can get spectacular views of Baudha Himal (to the west) and Ganesh Himal (to the east).

Lungbhu

This small place of Lungbhu lies at the base of a vertical cliff along the Dhamja Khola. If you are planning camping here this is the best place which is scenic and wide open.

 

 trek map

While you are on the trail of Tsum valley having a good trekking map is essential. Manaslu Tsum Valley is a spectacular remote trek in Nepal. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek map provides detailed information and major things insight and clear pictures of the mountains. You can buy a different map for this trek most popular one is the map of The Himalayan Map House, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek map, which can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara, or online.

The trek trail map route follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki, spectacularly tracking back and forth across the river through spidery suspension bridges to the Tsum Valley threshold. For the longer time itinerary, we can add the route map of Nar Phu Valley Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek. Enjoy the best route of the Western part of Nepal in a beautiful hidden valley nestled in Nepal’s western Himalayas. Tsum Valley was opened for tourists only in 2008.

Why Trekking in Tsum Valley

Tsum valley is a new trekking route with fewer tourists and a more culturally rewarded trek. It has only a few trekkers on the trail. The trek start and endpoint is Soti Khola, an Eight hours drive from Kathmandu. The starting part of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. While we will meet the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, We will start entering truly into the hidden valley. During the walking, We will pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. On our Tsum valley itinerary, we will walk in the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim. We can visit different ancient Gombas of the region such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.

Walking through the off-the-beaten path of the Manaslu region to get a deeper insight into the less explored Tsum Valley.
visit different Chortens, monasteries, and Gompas which reflect the direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism.  Enjoy the best panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Poshyop glacier. Passing through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges. Encounter with the locals of the region, lamas, and know about their unique way of life.

Tsum valley is the best trek in the Manaslu region

The Tsum Valley is situated in the Manaslu region, high up near the Tibetan border, the whole area has a definite Tibetan Buddhist feel to it and is quite different from the surrounding countryside. The Tsum valley was a restricted area until 2008, Tsum Valley is relatively un-trekked by hikers, yet the starting point is only 7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Most of the days have trekked at altitudes over 3,000m. This is a moderate grade difficulty trek With the altitude and walking days stretching from 5 to 7 hours, a fairly good level of fitness is required for this trek.

We will trek through pine forests, along raging rivers with cascading waterfalls and incredible suspension bridges. It gives us immense pleasure trekking through fascinating villages and to several gompas, monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, not to mention Milarepa’s Cave. Enjoy the best view of Mount Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal, and the Poshyop Glacier.

If you are fascinated by Tibetan culture as well as mountains, Tsum Valley offers them the opportunity to witness Tibetan Buddhist people in their villages. There are monks and nuns in their respective religious orders and the spectacular views of the Himalayas in an almost pilgrimage trek into this hidden valley. We can arrange the Tsum valley trek separately or can do Tsum valley with the Manaslu trek if you are having more time

Best Time

Weather and temperature are the most important factors to take into consideration for the best season trekking in Nepal. March to May, September to November is the busiest season for the Tsum Valley trek. Heavy snowfall in the winter season from December until February closed the lodge at Mu Gumpa, From June to August is the rainy season. We do not recommend trekking in the winter and rainy season to anyone.

March to May – Spring

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Tsum ValleyTrek. The weather is very favorable throughout the trek. Stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. From Mid March temperatures start increasing to hot and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. In April & May, low land start getting hot, high in the mountain is neither cold nor hot in the daytime. Nighttime is comparatively colder than daytime. this is the main season for an expedition in Nepal and for Mount Manaslu. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at their best with a variety of colors.

September to November – Autumn

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Tsum Valley trek. This season main trekking season of Nepal due to the favorable weather. When the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the nighttime. During this time of the year, we can enjoy the clear sky and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Tsum Valley trek, usually between mid-September to end. This is the festival season also in Nepal as the main festival of Nepal Dashain and Tihar liest in October and November.

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Manaslu region and it is eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. Until November the trail is busy it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are warm and stable. Mostly early morning we can get the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. More cold in the mountain start in December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

We can still get the best view in December and it is a good time for the trek and great for Christmas and New Year’s break. January and February are really cold and need to think about a higher altitude trek. as the weather is very cold and snowing, some high pass trails can be blocked. It is always hard to predict the mountain weather and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.


Tsum Valley Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 18 Days from arrival to Departure in Nepal

Max. Altitude: 3,700m/12,136ftat Mu Gumpa

Best Travel Time: September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best seasons to experience Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Snippets: 18 days, 3 night’s hotels, 14 nights’ Lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu, three meals a day ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek are included.

Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.

Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.

Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek; the maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg. If you have any items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.

Trek Grade: Moderate

Tsum valley trek is a moderate level of the trek route. The moderate level of trekking is about 5/6 hours walking with the lunch stop en-route and arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Most trek days are 5 to 6 hours long so we may take a lunch stop en-route in this grade we will also use some smaller, less well-traveled trails that may be rockier underfoot and a little steeper. These Moderate grade treks go up to 4100m height and durations are 5 to 08 days.

The moderate grade trek overall is not that long, usually 7 – 10 days in total. There will be we can have a chance to get the altitude sickness above 3000m. making sure to climb high and come to sleep at low after 3000m We suggest that if you are a reasonable level of fitness. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip – it might be your first ever trek.

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