Tsum Valley Overview
Tsum valley which lies in Trans Himalayan region of Northern Gorkha bordering with Tibet against Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal and Boudha ranges, is a kind of a very unique valley where you will find all the unique cultures like polyandry (having more than one husband), local Tibetan people speaking unique Dialect, unique festivals, mask dances, saka dawa and many more. People in Tsum valley are called Tsumbas and they originally belong to Tibet who have their own ancient form of art, culture and tradition and language. Tsum valley lies at the altitude of 4060m and is highly protected by Manaslu Conservation area. Tsum valley was opened publicly to all trekkers in 2008 and since then the place has been gradually developing for tourism. Tsum valley holds a great traditional and historical values especially to Buddhist and Tibetan people. Tsum valley is divided into two parts Upper Tsum and Lower Tsum. Tsum valley is one of the Nepal’s remotest Himalayan valleys.
- Day 1- arrival at kathmandu
- Day 2- kathmandu- Sotikhola
- Day 3- Sotikhola-Machhakhola
- Day 4- Machhakhola- Jagat
- Day 5- Jagat- Lokpa
- Day 6- Lokpa- chumling
- Day 7- Chumling- Chokhang
- Day 8- Chokang- Nile
- Day 9- Nile- Mu Gompa back to Nile
- Day 10- Nile – Chokhnag paro
- Day 11- Chokhang paro- Lokpa
- Day 12- Lokpa- Jagat
- Day 13- Jagat- Machhakhola
- Day 14- Machhakhola- Sotikhola
- Day 15- Sotikhola-arughat Kathmandu
Best season to go
The best season to trek Tsum valley is no other than Spring (March- May) and autumn (September- November). In these season there is low chance of raining and trails are in best condition. This season offers you beautiful views of mountains, Rhododendron forest, greenery and clear blue sky. Monsoon season receives heavy rainfall which makes trails slippery and muddy. Winter season is extremely cold and covered with snow.
Safety and fitness
Tsum valley is moderately difficult trek especially for some beginners. You need to be physically and mentally stable and fit to do this trek. It is better if you have past experiences and have very good muscle strength. This trek is all about walking for 6-7 hours per day which can be very hard. It is better to prepare yourself by normal exercise, running, jogging to build your muscle strength. Since it lies at very high altitude it is very likely to suffer from mountain sickness. It is Important to stay hydrated and have nutritional food throughout the journey. If you experience any kind of difficulties in your health you need to talk to your friend or travel guide immediately.
Insurance- travel insurance is more of a mandatory thing to do before traveling anywhere. Do not forget to mention the maximum altitude you will be reaching because insurance varies and depends upon the height or elevation. You can always get more idea about travel insurance from travel agencies or insurance company itself. You can also get one in any travel agencies.
Visa and passports- for all the foreigners beside Indian, you will be needing a valid visa and valid passport to visit anywhere in Nepal. You can have your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu. You will also need two passport sized photographs for trekking permits.
Clothing and equipment
|Woolen t shirts/shirts||Backpack|
|Fleece jacket||Passport size photographs|
|Down jacket||Permit and travel insurance|
|Raincoat||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Trekking trousers||Wash kit|
|Sleeping trousers||Safety kit|
|Hiking shorts||Power bank|
|Water proof pants||Summer/winter hat|
|Sleeping bag||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Hiking boots||Trekking poles|
|Gloves and beanies||Camera|