Remote and less crowded trekking area Tsum Valley is hidden gems of Nepal. Remote high Himalayan land Tsum valley is bordering to Tibet. The scenery of the Himalayas is stunning with beautiful forest, scenic landscape, and prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture. Tsum came from the Tibetan language which meaning is vivid in Nepali. Tsum valley is a combination of natures, cultures, and peoples. Tsum Valley as a holy hidden valley of happiness was described by Guru Rimpoche in the eighth century. There are century’s oldest monasteries. Piren Phu is the oldest monastery where Milarepa meditated. Trekking starts from Arughat and enters first at the Manaslu conservation area. Trekking reaches up to Mu Gumpa via several unique Tibetan style villages. Down to the valley and climb to another part of the trek to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Most of the trekkers love to combine Tsum Valley Trekking with Manaslu Larke Pass.
Our 20 days Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary includes preparation time and one-day exploration in major attraction in Kathmandu before departure to trekking. The first-day trekking is driving toward Sotikhola. It is an option either taking a private jeep of the drive with the local bus. The local bus is not comfortable and not recommended too. We enter first at Manaslu Conservation Area before reaching Tsum. Newly build local tea houses are in entire the trip but do not expect luxury accommodation. Although our guide will choose the best one among simple. We also will get a chance to accommodate the inside of the monastery in Mu and in Gumba Lungdang. Visit several monasteries and nunneries. The biggest monastery is Mu Gumba which is only for the male monks. Rachen Gumba is another big monastery which is only for a female monk. Piren Phu gumba is the oldest one in the area. The area is surrounded by soaring Himalayas of Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli, Sringi Himal, and Ganesh Himal. If we make a camping trek in this area, we can reach up to a high pass of 5,090 miters till the Tibet border.
Tsum valley is only open for foreigners to visit from 2008. Since it is a newly open trekking area, here are less crowded of trekkers. No airport and no road access. Tsum Valley is also one of the restricted areas by the Nepal government. Special restricted permits need to enter the area. Minimum 2 trekkers need to obtain a trekking permit. If you are single trekkers who want to visit Tsum Valley, Nepal Highland Treks can join with our small trekking group. You also can customize the trekking itinerary either to make it shorter or to make it longer. The best time for Tsum Valley Trekking is from March to May and September to November. Winter season of December to February month still can trek in the area.