Tsum Valley Trek is a fantastic trekking destination for the adventurer who wants to explore the hidden corner of Nepal. This wonderful trek leads you to far north mid-west Himalayas tucked between a massive range of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range. Since the region is less explored in comparison to other trekking regions only a few travelers have made to this high and mysterious valley.
The starting and ending point of the trek is Arughat, a 6-7 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek passing through dense forests, terraced fields, and villages leads you through the Budhi Gandaki valley. As you leave the main Manaslu trail and enter into Tsum valley, you’ll get a feeling of entering into the main hidden valley. This hidden valley is beautifully encircled with Baudha Himal and Himchuli from the west, Ganesh Himal from the south, and Sringi Himal from the north.
While on the trek you’ll pass through lower Budhi Gandaki regions of Macchakhola, Jagat, and Philim. Here you’ll witness unique culture and religion which is highly influenced by Tibetan origin. Basically, the people of Tsum valley belongs to Tibet origin. During your visit to Tsum valley, you’ll get a chance to be part of festivals like Lhosar, and Saka Dawa, Dhachang. Due to its remoteness, the culture and tradition of this valley remain unspoiled for centuries.
Tsum Valley Trek Highlights
- Venture in the world’s remotest Himalayan valley- Tsum Valley.”
- Walking through a stunning off-the-beaten trail
- Magnificent views of Ganesh, Himchuli, Sringi, and Boudha Himal
- Experience unique and unspoiled culture and tradition of Tibetan Buddhists people
- Explore sacred ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls
Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty
Despite the fact that mountaineering or any other technical climbing experience isn’t required but it’s not easy too. The good physical condition with intense stamina level for 6-7 hours of hiking and strong mental assurance is sufficient to complete this adventurous trek. So, before embarking the trekking journey, you can get an adequate experience of climbing, cycling, running, swimming, one-day hike, and tough climbing.
Best Time for Tsum Valley Trek
The best time for Tsum Valley Trek and Climb of Virgin Peaks are March to May during spring and September to October during autumn. During these seasons, the weather remains stable and the mountain views are also best.
Manaslu Trek Permits
It is mandatory to obtain permits for the Tsum Valley Trek. This is because there is a certain restriction imposed to protect the unique culture of the region. Therefore, the Mansalu Tsum Valley needs three different kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.
- Manaslu Restricted Permit
- Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
- Tsum Valley Restricted Valley
Tsum Valley Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (535m) 6 – 7 hrs
Day 04: Drive to Soti-Khola and trek to Machha – Khola (930m) 4 – 5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1,350m) 5 – 6 Hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lokpa (2,240 m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling (2,363m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Chokhangparo (3,010m) 5 – 6 Hrs
Day 09: Trek to Nile (3,361m) 4 – 5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Dumje (2,440m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Eklebhati
Day 12: Trek to Tatopani.
Day 13: Trek to Lapu Besi.
Day 14: Trek to Soti-Khola & drive to Arughat and continue to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.