Tsum Valley Trek

Overview

The Tsum Valley Trek takes you on a journey into a remote and secluded valley in the Gorkha district of Nepal, offering a truly unique and authentic cultural experience. This off-the-beaten-path trek immerses you in the ancient Tibetan Buddhist way of life that has been preserved for centuries in the isolated villages of Tsum Valley.The trek begins in the town of Arughat and follows the Budhi Gandaki River, gradually ascending through lush forests and traditional villages. As you enter the restricted Tsum Valley region, you’ll be greeted by a landscape that seems frozen in time, untouched by modern influences. One of the highlights of the trek is the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries and gompas (Buddhist shrines), where you can witness the rich spiritual practices and traditions of the local people. The villages, such as Chhokang Paro and Chhule, are home to warm and welcoming communities, offering a glimpse into their daily lives and customs. The natural beauty of Tsum Valley is equally captivating. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from terraced fields and rhododendron forests to high mountain passes like Ngakyu La and Mu Gompa, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal. The Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate to challenging trek, with some high-altitude sections reaching up to 3,700 meters (12,139 feet). It’s a journey that rewards trekkers with a unique cultural experience, breathtaking mountain vistas, and the opportunity to explore a region that has remained largely untouched by modern tourism. Due to the remoteness and restricted nature of the trek, a special trekking permit is required, ensuring that the region’s pristine natural and cultural heritage is preserved. The best seasons to undertake this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather conditions are favorable, and the trails are relatively dry.

Trek's Highlight

  • Explore amazing landscapes and vegetation.
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Himchuli, Manaslu, and more.
  • Trek through silent and green routes, away from the crowds.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture and traditions of the region.
  • Experience the peaceful ambiance of the Himalayan valley.
  • Visit the off-the-beaten-path villages of Tsum Valley.
  • Witness the beauty of Mount Ganesh Himal and other peaks.
  • Discover the ancient monasteries and cultural treasures of the region.

Itinerary

A 7-8 hour journey by bus or a 5-hour drive by jeep. Overnight in a guesthouse with meals provided. Altitude: Machha Khola (930m).

5-6 hours trekking. Guesthouse accommodation and meals included. Altitude: Jagat (1,290m).

Today's 4-5 hour trek gets more challenging with river crossings, ascents and descents. Lokpa is your destination, where you'll stay in a basic lodge with meals provided.

Brace for a strenuous 7-hour trek with steep uphill sections through forests. As you approach Domje, the landscape becomes rugged. Stay in a teahouse and interact with locals.

Venture deeper into Tsum Valley, passing Chhokang Paro village known for its monastery. The barren trail gains altitude. Overnight in a teahouse in Nile.

Explore the ancient Mu Gompa monastery on a 4-hour hike through a stark landscape surrounded by towering peaks. Stay in a teahouse near the monastery.

Begin descending from higher altitudes towards Chumling village. Pass through small settlements and interact with friendly locals. Stay overnight in a teahouse.

The 7-hour trek takes you through lush forests and past streams as you leave arid landscapes behind. Reach Sallery village and stay in a teahouse.

Final trekking day, retracing your steps to Machhakhola. Soak in the natural beauty one last time before staying in a teahouse.

After a short trek, board a vehicle for the 7-8 hour drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy final glimpses of the Himalayas on your way to the capital.

Includes

  • Experienced and licensed local trekking guide.
  • Trekking porter for carrying main packs.
  • Trekking permit and documentation fees.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Accommodation in tea houses on a twin-sharing basis.
  • All local land transportation to and from the trekking trail.
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff.
  • Guide and porter fees, including expenses.
  • All local taxes, VAT, and company service charges.

Excludes

  • Services in Kathmandu, including accommodation and meals.
  • Nepal visa fees upon arrival at the airport.
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and snacks.
  • Travel insurance covering rescue and medical emergencies.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Gratitude to trekking/tour staff and driver.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion section.
What essential items should I pack for the Tsum Valley trek?

Essential items include trekking or hiking boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag, base layers, waterproof gear, gloves, hat, sunglasses, trekking poles, water bottles, purification tablets, first aid kit, flashlight, and personal items.

Why should I choose the Tsum Valley trek?

The Tsum Valley trek offers opportunities for nature exploration, stunning mountain views, cultural immersion in Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and visits to ancient monasteries and villages.

What are some attractions along the Tsum Valley trek route?

Attractions include the Shiar Lookout, Lokpa village, Sardi Gorge, Ghumlung settlement, and various ancient monasteries and religious sites.

What types of accommodations are available during the trek?

Basic lodge/tea house accommodations are available, offering minimal facilities such as a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. Trekkers are advised to bring their sleeping bags.

What level of fitness is required for the Tsum Valley trek?

Trekkers should maintain a good level of fitness, as the trek involves 5-7 hours of walking daily. Pre-trek exercises such as running, cycling, or yoga can help build stamina.

When is the best time to embark on the Tsum Valley trek?

The best times for the Tsum Valley trek are from February to December, excluding the rainy season. Customized trekking dates are available for groups of 2 to 12 people.

Are special permits required for the Tsum Valley trek?

Yes, special permits are required for the Tsum Valley trek, costing USD 40 for foreigners and SAARC members. These permits grant access to the remote and culturally rich region.

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Tsum Valley Trek