Things you should know before going on Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek itinerary
Tsum Valley Trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar. From here, you begin trekking through lush forests and villages like Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Chisapani, Chumling, Chhokangparo, and the Nile. The trail take you to Mu Gompa, where you spend a couple of days for acclimatization and explore the area. Further, the trail gradually descends to Arughat and takes you back to Kathmandu.
Tsum Valley Trek difficulty
Tsum Valley Trek can be challenging if you are a novice trekker. The trail takes you above 3,500 meters above. You have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day. The trail can get steep and rugged in some parts. Overall, you have to be in good health and physical condition to go on this adventurous journey.
Best time to go on Tsum Valley Trek
To have the best trekking in the Himalayas weather and climate is very important to take into consideration before booking any trip. The most preferred time to go on Tsum Valley Trek is from March to May and September to December. June to August is the rainy season, and it is not a good time to go on Tsum Valley trekking. Likewise in winter from January to February all the lodges get closed due to the harsh cold and heavy snow-fall.
Food & Accommodation during Tsum Valley Trek
Depending upon the availability, you either stay overnight in a tea house or lodge. Either option offers basic services with a shared room and common washroom. You might get services like a hot shower and charging facilities in some villages, however, you might have to pay a few extra bucks. Likewise, in cities, you spend the night in a nice tourist standard hotel.
You get three meals a day during the trek. The meals are not so flavorful like big cities, you get a variety of options to dig in. All the meals are delicious, fresh, nutritious, and hygienic. You can see a combination of Nepali, Tibetan, and western cuisine. Similarly, different types of teas, coffee, and soups are also available for snacks. As the region is very remote, we advise you to carry enough snacks and bars to have on the way.
Things you will get to see & experience during the Tsum Valley Trek
Experience off-the-beaten trekking in the Himalayan terrain
Tsum Valley Trek involves several trodden paths. The trail includes numerous steep climbing on a rugged path. The trail in this part of Himalayas is more on the tough side and test your physical endurance. It can get tricky at some time, therefore make sure carefully and follow the lead of your guide.
Trek through adventurous lush forests and picturesque villages
During the Tsum Valley Trekking, you pass by numerous dense forests, which is home to several species of flora and fauna. You get to see a range of vegetation and wild-flowers. Like Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, unique birds, etc can be spotted on the way. Similarly, the trail also passes by lovely mountain villages. Every village you pass through offers something different from one another.
Explore wonderful and hidden Tsum Valley
Tsum Valley is a hidden and sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. The valley boasts centuries-old rich cultural heritage. People here are said to be the descendants of Tibetans. They have their own unique dialect and are known as Tsumbas. The entire valley is very rich in flora and fauna. The remoteness of the region has kept it unspoiled and untouched by the travelers.
Get to experience a strong cultural heritage and unique life of locals
The locals here are kind, humble, and friendly. Residing far away from modern society and advancement, people here are highly committed to their family, community, and faith. Buddhism is the main religion followed by the locals in this region. A very famous Buddhist saint called Milarepa is believed to be mediated in one of the caves in mountains here. On the trail, you come across many monasteries, stupas, mani walls, and prayer flags.
Visit ancient monasteries like Rachen Nunnery and Mu Gompa
In 1936, Dukpa Rinpoche who meditated in the caves of the valley established Rachen Nunnery and Mu Gompa. Later, his incarnation took care of the monastery till 2002. These monasteries offer an ancient and rich culture and tradition of the region.
Witness stunning sceneries and tempting views of the Himalayan Mountains throughout the journey
During Tsum Valley Trek, you get to see the outstanding views of the Himalayan mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Boudha Himal (6,672 m), Shringi Himal (7,161 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), etc. Likewise, you get to see the breath-taking landscape and lush green hills.