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Tsum Valley Trek takes you to one of the most isolated regions of Nepal. Tsum is a hidden valley, surrounded by gigantic mountains and hills so it is an incredible experience of exploring such a valley which is unseen and unexplored. The name Tsum is inspired by the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which refers to bright or vivid.
The major attractions of Tsum Valley Trek include the unity in diversity among people, the sacred history of the region, the peacefulness in there, and the astounding sceneries of Ganesh Himal ranges, Siringi Himal ranges and several other peaks. Various ethnic groups like Gurung, Sherpa, Bhotia, Brahmins and Kshetris are resident in there and their mutual harmony influences to reside with unity. Despite being identical in terms of ethos, foods, uniforms, and festival celebrations, the synchronization among them really teaches a lesson to the world about unity.
Tsum Valley is such a nonviolent place on earth where it is not allowed to carry any weapons, even the military and soldiers don’t carry arms. As well as, it is strictly prohibited to kill any animals in the name of slaughter for religions. Thus, Tsum Valley is still a restricted area which is not allowed for trekking unless you are certified with a valid permit. Generally, the special permit for Tsum Valley is valid for seven days. Since Tsum Valley Trek routes are inbounded within Manaslu Conservation Area, one should have Manaslu Conservation Area Permit along with TIMS card and Tsum Valley Special Permit in order to embark on this trek.
Linked with the Tibetan border, the lifestyle and culture of Tsum Valley are highly influenced by Tibetan culture. Buddhism is the major religion of the region and hence Buddhist monuments are arts such as Monasteries, Chortens, Mani Walls and Prayer Flags are also appreciable during the trek. While on the other hand, there is a cave which is dedicated to the highly incarnated “Lama” and it is really amazing to explore such a mystical fact during Tsum Valley Trek.
Most of our hikes will be uphill and downhill thru the river banks of Budi Gandaki River and the lush bushes. Crossing suspension bridges and passing by the small settlements and exploring the ancient trading centre such as “Philim” is also adorable during the journey. Himalayan Wildlife such as Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, Snow-leopard, Himalayan Marmot, Yaks, Mountain Pika, Tibetan Snow Cock and alpine vegetations including Rhododendron, oaks, Yarchagumba, pine, juniper and so on dwells along the trail to cheer up the trekkers.
Trekking in Tsum Valley not just enlightens the trekkers with achievement, lifetime experience and soulfulness but also allows them to contribute in social and environmental awaking. The cost from the permit is utilized in developing manpower and spreading awareness in order to develop and upgrade the lifestyle of the indigenous people. Whereas, the locals are directly benefited by the trek since the local products are promoted as well as they get income-generating opportunities. In this way, Tsum Valley Trek is very helpful in civilization with the help of tourism in Nepal.
Tsum Valley Trek is a B-grade difficulty trek which means it is a quite arduous trekking experience. One should be physically fit and prepared enough to tackle the challenges and difficulties during the trek. Walking through the off-the-beaten trail for hours on narrow and two-footed paths which are really risky. Along with that, there are several rock-falling sites and landslide-prone areas along the trail which is really challenging if you don’t have proper knowledge of trekking and an experienced instructor along with you.
Time-frame should be planned very wisely in order to achieve the successful Tsum Valley Trekking experience. Since the winter is snowy and pathways get blocked as well as difficult due to heavy snowfall and during summer there are more probability of floods and landslides and also the leeches, it is not recommended. Nepal Mountain Trekkers recommends you to plan the trip during the months of autumn or spring in order to gain a complete Tsum Valley Trekking experience. Including the jaw-dropping sceneries, blossoming of flora and fauna and the travellers’ safety.
“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
While you are on Tsum Valley Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
Yes you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Tsum Valley Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Tsum Valley Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Tsum Valley Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
The Tsum Valley Trekking region lies to the east of the Annapurna region, the culture, traditions and lifestyle of local inhabitants are particularly Tamangs, Gurungs and people of Tibetan origin at higher elevations.
Yes, since you would be passing by Annapurna Conservation Area and because the Tsum Valley Trekking trail comes under two restricted areas i.e. Manaslu and Tsum Valley, you would be requiring Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Tsum Valley Special Permit (Eight Days Only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card.
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. As well as, the restricted area is not allowed to trek solo without a certified person with you so it is not possible to go for solo trekking in Tsum Valley.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.
During Tsum Valley Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.
The best time to go for Tsum Valley Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.
The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate graded and somehow physically demanding due to high altitude walks and off-the-beaten trail. You ought to walk 6-7 hours every day and you must be physically fit as well as well prepared before you embark on this trek.
Tsum valley is special for being able to enchant the visitors with its diversity in topography and richness in Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions.
Obwohl die Agentur noch relativ "jung" ist, so kann ich sie nur bestens und von Herzen empfehlen!
Dies nicht nur, weil Ramesh und all seine Guides sehr zuvorkommende, hilfsbereite, einfach liebe und tolle Leute sind und einen guten Job machen. Sondern auch, weil das Wissen und Können, dass mit den Leuten in diese junge Agentur hineingekommen ist, "riiiesig" ist!
Ich kenne Ramesh seit 13 Jahren, war mit ihm, oder über seine Agenturen bereits über sieben mal auf diversen Trekks. Immer war alles ausgezeichnet organisiert. Dass heisst nicht, dass immer alles so lief wie geplant, aber dank der jeweiligen Begleitungen konnte immer alles umorganisiert, alle und jegliche Probleme gelöst werden.
Ramesh kennt sein Land sehr gut, war bereits als Porter unterwegs auf den Trekkinrouten. Diese Erfahrungen kommen seinen Gästen zu gute und fast alle Wünsche und Anliegen können erfüllt werden und auch Trekkinrouten abseits der grossen Touristenrouten sind dank seiner Planung machbar.
Und auch ich kann nur empfehlen, immer einen Guide auf Trkking mitzunehmen. Den nicht nur Kenntnisse über Land und Leute werden vermitttelt, auch der Zugang zu vielen Familien und Orten ist viel rascher und intensiver möglich, wenn einheimische Begleitung dabei ist.
Diesen März waren wir ins Tsum-Valley unterwegs. Ein weiteres, schönes Tal, dass einem die Tibetische Kultur nahe bringt und die Herzlichkeit der Bewohner einem unvergessliche Erinnerungen bescheren.
Our family came to Nepal and found Ramesh while we were staying at Hotel Horizon. He was incredibly helpful in arranging a trek that we could do with our 6 month old daughter. We did an 11-day trek to Tsum Valley with Suman, Daljit and Ammar, who all took amazing care of us and our friend who trekked with us. The trek was ideal for us, since we wanted to go someplace with less tourists, and where we could learn about local culture as much as possible. We stayed in comfortable guesthouses and one monastery, and had wonderful interactions with our hosts along the way. Suman even helped us arrange a blessing with a local Lama in the Tsum Valley to pray for our family. The views the whole way were incredible, the people won our hearts, and it was truly a lifetime highlight. Thank you so much Ramesh, Suman, Daljit, and Ammar! Hope to see you again
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