Tsum valley trek
Tsum valley trek is a remote and less-traveled trekking route located at northern Gorkha district, close to the border of Tibet. It was opened for trekking in 2008. This trek is a popular challenging trekking destination for those who love to explore remote areas and experience the unique culture and traditions of the Himalayan people in Nepal. The trek starts from Arughat, follows the Budhi Gandaki River and passes through beautiful waterfalls. As you ascend higher, you will come across stunning vistas of the snow-capped mountains and valleys.
Tsum valley is a hidden valley known for its rich Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, and traditional way of life, at the foothills of Ganesh Himal (7422 m). The trek takes you to the Rachen Gompa and MU Gompa, which are the main attraction of this trek. MU Gompa is a 400 years old monastery, which is home to over 100 monks. It is the oldest and largest monastery sits at an altitude of 3700 m in the Tsum valley. Along the way, you will observe mani walls, prayer flags, and chortens.
Overall, Tsum valley trek is adventurous trekking routes that lead you through countless beautiful small villages, including Machhakhola, Jagat, Chumling, and Chhekampar, where you can explore the unique culture of local people and experience the warmth hospitality. However, it is a moderate to thrilling trek that requires a good level of fitness and experience in high- altitude trekking (it’s better if you have an experience but not compulsory).
Culture and Religion in Tsum valley
Mostly, the local people of Tsum valley are of Tibetan origin and communicate in a unique language. They have a strong faith in Buddhism. People of Tsum valley pray Buddha Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and some Bodhisattvas. They also place a player flags, mani walls, khata, burn butter lamps in monasteries and believe in the reincarnation of lamas. Majority of the people celebrate Lhosar festival, which falls in the month of January/ February. It is celebrated for 10-15 days to mark New Year, visiting monasteries and erecting new prayer flags in a home. They also exchange wishes and greetings by offering delicious foods. Another main festival of Tsum valley people is Dhuchyang festival, which falls in the month of December/ January. It is celebrated by visiting monasteries and offering prayers. People exchange greetings by riding well decorated horses in traditional attire and jewellery.
Foods and lodging
All the trekking in Nepal, are base on teahouse which means staying and eating in local lodges. The rooms are basic and usually come in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blanket, mattress, a pillow and a sharing bathrooms, and the view is spectacular from the rooms of the mountain tea houses. Likewise, single rooms are available and they will provide for a solo female traveler.
We eat at teahouses and although the foods is plentiful and delicious. They offer a variety of potatoes, noodle dishes, rice and seasonal vegetables, and soup. During breakfast, you can have French toast with jam, honey and peanut butter, corn flakes, pancakes, porridge with milk. At the time of Lunch, you can have variety of thukpa (noodle soup), Nepalese local food Dal and Bhat, momo (dumplings), Tibetan/ chapatti bread, macroni, spaghetti, Sherpa stew, sandwiches, pizza, spring rolls, and yak steak. Moreover, deserts and snacks include rice pudding, fruits snicker, apple pie and hot drinks like black/ milk coffees, black/ mint/ ginger/ green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot pineapple juice etc. In some areas, you will find fresh seasonal fruits.
Suitable time to trek
The spring season (March to May) is one of the best seasons to travel to Tsum valley since the weather is often clear and warm, with moderate day time temperatures and milder night time temperature. The path is lovely, and trekking is simpler without rain or snow.
The autum (October to November) is another best seasons with the skies being clear once more after the monsoon rains and the landscape still as lush and hills are covered by green forests. The heavier clouds are gone now, and the summit of the mountain is once more clearly visible.
The winter and monsoon is also considered as the best seasons for the adventure seekers and who want to attempt thrilling and challenging trek during the trip in Nepal. The path is slippery and muddy, which makes the trail difficult and risky.
Guide and Porter
Tsum valley trek is a restricted area trek, so you need a special permit to enter the area. Therefore, all trekkers are required to obtain services of licensed trekking guide and to obtain permit through authorized trekking agencies registered with the government of Nepal.
Nepal Holiday Treks and Tours Pvt. Ltd. is a reliable and reputable company that can provide technically competent guides who are excellent in safety performance. They are friendly, fluent English speaking, well- trained and licensed guide with guide insurance. They always carry essential safety equipment, gear, and first aid kids.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all the trekkers, who want to participate in any trek and tour programs on the mountains in Nepal. The Tsum valley trek is a high- altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Travel insurance can cover you financially in the event of an accident, a medical emergency, a flight cancellation or delay, or lost or stolen luggage. It also offers you with peace of mind and financial protection in the event of an unforeseen accident.
When buying travel insurance for Tsum valley trek, make sure that it covers high altitude trekking and emergency helicopter evacuation, as these can be expensive without insurance. According to your plan, you can also obtain additional coverage of activities like hiking, mountaineering, and adventure sports. At the time of buying it, read the insurance documentation thoroughly and understand the coverage.
Altitude sickness is common in mountains above the altitude of 3000 m. Headache, nausea, tiredness, shortness in breathe, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, rapid pulse and extreme dehydration etc are the symptoms occur when your body tries to adjust to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. If any of these symptoms are seen on you while trekking in Tsum valley you should immediately get the medical help before it is too late.
Here are the tips which has been tried our experienced trekking guides to prevent altitude sickness.
Stop and rest where you are
Make sure you’re drinking enough water
Do not smoke, drink alcohol or exercise
Eating foods and drinking fluids that contain carbs
Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you and mountains are calling you.
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On the beginning of our trekking; we will be taking a drive for approximately 6 and half hours driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. We will be staying overnight in a lodge in Arughat Bazaar.
The path follows the route leading along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through greenery of the hills as well as green lush forest and most of the villages along the way. The forest of Sal and chilaune will lead you to Liding which lies on the banks of Budhi Gandaki where we stay overnight at a teahouse.
The 6 hours trekking route through forest, greeneries, mini waterfalls will lead you to the Mongolian village of Lupu Besi. The zigzag trail will finally lead you to Khorlabeshi and then Machha khola meaning Fish River. We will be staying at a teahouse here in Machha Khola (930 meters).
We will be moving ahead through Tatopani the hot springs and Khola Bensi a village from where we will ascend up with some of the challenging trails. We will be crossing a suspension bridge over a river at a place called Lauri to reach Jagat at 1440 meters where we stay overnight in a guest house.
On this day we will be hiking for approximately six or seven hours ascending gently towards the flat route. We will be reaching a beautiful village of Gurung inhabitats before we reach Philim crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. We will climb up to Lokpa at 2240 meters which lies under Tsum valley where we will stay overnight in a guest house.
We will be ascending the route to Chumling located at 2600 meters which is the south face of Shingri Himal. We can amble around the Chumling village where there are a lot of Gombas of Tibetan styles where you can enjoy the artistic scenarios. We will be staying overnight at a lodge after all the travel.
The trail becomes more tough and lengthy as we climb upwards from Chumling and reach Chhokangparo at 3010 meters which inhabitates two settlements Chhokang and Paro. The superb views of Ganesh Himlal can be observed with during today’s Trekking. You will be staying at a guest house in Rachen Gompa at 3300 meters of altitude.
We will today be trekking through the last village in Tsum Valley named Nile at 3361 meters. The final destination for today will be Mu Gompa at 3700 meters of an altitude. This trail to Mu Gompa is used as the trail for import and export from Tibet with the help of yak for local villagers. You will also be observing this whole scenario during this trek. We will be staying overnight at a guest house in Mu Gompa on this particular day.
This particular day we will not move further but will be staying at Mu Gompa enjoying the spectacular views of snow covered peaks as well as strolling around for the whole day. We will be staying overnight at a guest house in Mu Gompa.
We will be descending through Mu Gompa to reach Rainjam at 2600 meters all the way through Chhule at 3347 meters where we could enjoy the beautiful scenarios of Punchen Mountain which is a unique gift of nature. We will stay overnight at Guest house in Rainjam.
We will be walking enjoying the views all the way from Rainjam to Gomba Lungdang which homes to beautiful as well as giant monastery that shelters the female monks. We can observe the spectacular sunrise through the Ganesh Himal. We will stay overnight at the Gompa on this particular day.
We will be descending from Gompa Lungdang to Rainjam enjoying the closest and the most attractive view of Ganesh Himal. Our destination will be Ripchet which is a village which lies on a rural area of Nepal. We will be enjoying home stay at Ripchet.
We are descending today through the dense pine forest where you will be observing the inhabitant of different species of birds as well as Musk Deer on the way. Reaching at Philip at 1700 meters we will find a better lodge to stay in.
We will be continuing our descent from Philim too to Khorlabeshi at 930 meters following the path at the bank of river Budhi Gandaki. You can enjoy the hot spring in Tatopani where you can relax in the warm waters. We will be staying overnight at a tented camp in Khorlabeshi.
We will be passing through some villages as well as few waterfalls on the both sides of the river. Reaching Soti Khola at 730 meters; you will be staying overnight at a guest house.
Walking for about 5 hours we will reach to Arughat from where we had started our trekking. We will be staying overnight at a lodge in Arughat.
We will be enjoying our 6 hours trip from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu.
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