Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. Tsum Valley traditionally was a culturally distinct geographical region known as 'Tsum Tso Chucksums', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory and lies in Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum Valley is recently opened for foreign tourists. It has a unique importance in cultural aspect. The monasteries and the traditions are the major attractions of the valley. It is situated at an altitude from 1,905 meters (6,250ft) at Lokpa to over 5,093 meters (16,710ft) at Ngula Dhojhyang Pass on the Tibetan border having an area of about 1,663 sq.km. Tsum Valley popularly known as the "Hidden Valley" surrounded by the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. The valley includes two remote villages, Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) and Chumchet (Lower Tsum). The valley is yet untouched to the modern world. Due to its pristine state and remoteness, the unique culture of this valley has remained unspoiled for centuries.
The Tsum Valley trek can also be combined with Manaslu Base Camp as an extended trek.
Tsum Valley - Manaslu Base Camp Trek Itinerary:
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (608m/1,995ft).
Day 02: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft).
Day 03: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2,054ft).
Day 04: Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft).
Day 05: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft).
Day 06: Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft).
Day 07: Trek Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m/9,944ft).
Day 08: Trek Chhokangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,027ft).
Day 09: Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,140ft).
Day 10: Rest day at Mu Gompa.
Day 11: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachhen Gompa (3,240m/10,630ft).
Day 12: Trek Rachhen Gompa to Dumje (2,440m/8,005ft).
Day 13: Trek Dumje to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft).
Day 14: Trek Lokpa to Bihi (2,130m/6,988ft).
Day 15: Trek Bihi to Namrung (2,630m/8,629ft).
Day 16: Trek Namrung to Sama Gompa (3,520m/11,549ft).
Day 17: Excursion to Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m/14,436ft) and Sama Gaon (Village).
Day 18: Trek Sama Gompa to Samdo (3,875m/12,714ft).
Day 19: Trek Samdo to Dharmashala (4,460m/14,633ft).
Day 20: Trek Dharmashala to Bhimtang (3,590m/11,778ft) crossing over Larkya la pass (5,160m/16,929ft).
Day 21: Trek Bhimtang to Tilche (2,300m/7,546ft).
Day 22: Trek Tilche to Tal (1,700m/5,577ft).
Day 23: Trek Tal to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,298ft).
Day 24: Trek Bahundanda to Besi-Sahar (823m/2,700ft).
Day 25: Drive (175km) from Besi-Sahar to Kathmandu.
Weather in the Tsum Valley:
Trekking in Tsum Valley is the best in spring (mid March to mid May) and autumn (Sept to mid Nov). April and early May is a good time to see the trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape. Some passes may be treacherous in snowy conditions.
High Altitude Warning:
Altitude sickness is a serious concern in the Tsum Valley trek that can affect even young and healthy people. The only medicine to high altitude sickness is to descend, descend and descend. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath.
We are very much concerned of your safety and our guides are aware of such situations how they should be dealt with.
We have categorized Tsum Valley trekking as medium-hard trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who have courage to walk at least 5-6 hours each day. You might even need to walk 6 to 7 hours or more on some days. However, if you have passions, good health with average physical fitness and self confidence, the Tsum Valley trek can be completed successfully. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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