A trek with an undeniable interest, in a very peculiar and special human, cultural and scenic environment, which still enjoys that spirit of discovery, of seeing new things, of participating in the life of its inhabitants and, perhaps, of having to adapt to the conditions of the route. A trek that we especially like because it is clearly much more than just walking.
18 days / 17 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
15 days’ trek
Medium. Landslides can make it challenging for people with vertigo
Highest altitude 3700m (or 5093m if you reach Ngula Bhanjyang pass)
Highest altitude overnight 3350m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Transfers in private vehicle and jeep
Tsum Valley is another world, a rather remote area that was not opened to foreigners until 2008. It is for this reason that it still retains a traditional culture very much its own, without having received much of the impact and massive influence from outside the valley, in what was formerly the small Kingdom of Tsum.
Most of its inhabitants are of Tibetan origin and have their own dialect. They are mostly engaged in agriculture and herds of yaks and naks, apart from trading with Tibet through the mountain passes, as it is almost closer to them than to the centre of Nepal.
Tsum villages are made up of stone houses with slab roofs and courtyards and enclosed threshing floors behind walls for protection, forming narrow, labyrinthine streets. Most of them are located on wide sets where there are good extensions of fields.
This is a very rich trek on a cultural level and with a strongly rooted Tibetan Buddhism, with a good presence of ancient monasteries and Gompas (temples), the characteristic square-based “chortens” (stupas) with paintings inside and long “manis” (walls with votive stones). The tradition says that the Guru Milarepa, present all over the Himalayas, meditated in some of the caves in the valley that are now the object of veneration and pilgrimage.
Here hikers contribute a small part of the economy, but it is not the main source as in other places. It is still an evolving valley in terms of accommodation and the houses are being fitted out to accommodate the small but increasing number of hikers who go into it, so they still have that air of a private home where travellers are welcomed. For this reason, this trek may vary slightly from year to year and forces us to review its conditions assiduously, so this program may vary slightly on the ground in the day to day.
The Tsum Valley is situated in the northeastern part of the Ghorka region, halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, and follows the course of the Siyar Khola or Shiar Khola, forming a curve oriented first to the east to turn north at its head. It is surrounded by elevations of about 6000 meters, while to the south it has the beautiful Ganesh Himal mountains with peaks of 7000 meters.
The trek shares the first four stages with that of Manaslu, following the Budhi Gandaki (river) and naturally, once the Tsum Valley is done, one could continue with the rest of the Manaslu trek in what would be an impressive trek. It starts in the lowlands of Arughat at about 600 meters, until shortly after passing Elke Bhatti, located at 1600 meters, to leave the route of Manaslu and enter the Tsum Valley by Lokpa, at 2240 meters, following the course of the river, until you reach Mu Gompa at 3700 meters and the Ngula Bhanjyang pass at 5093m. With this variation in altitude it is clear that the trek is changing landscapes, from the subtropical forests at the beginning, where the stages can be humid and hotter, to the subalpine and alpine areas, with pastures for the herds of yaks and beautiful peaks around us. For the more daring and fast walkers on the mountain, reaching the Ngula-La pass on the border with Tibet can be the icing on the cake.
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