The Tsum Valley Trek is a hidden jem among the trekking routes of Nepal. The Tsum Valley is an important pilgrimage route and is located to the north west of Kathmandu in a region called Gorkha. This trek takes you into one of the most secluded hidden valleys in the Himalayas which until recently was a restricted region and is completely different in both culture and topography to any other region of Nepal. The people of the Tsum Valley or Tsumbas are of Tibetan origin with their own ancient dialect, culture and Buddhist religion and this route was once a very important trade link with Tibet.
This valley is one of the least explored areas of Nepal and allows trekkers to experience the natural beauty and culture of the area in it’s pristine and peaceful state without the hustle and bustle of tourists on the busy trekking routes. The Tsum Valley trek is unsurpassed in it’s majestic natural beauty with several mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and others.
As an area with a long history of Buddhism the valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), Chortens and mani walls. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains and the valley has stories of both Milarepa and Guru Padmasambhava.
Also rich in wildlife particularly the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which can be seen in large herds, hunting and fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley making it a great location to see these wild animals.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 2: Half day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 8 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft) 6-7 hours
Day 6: Trek to Jagat (2340m/7676ft) 6-7 hours
Day 7: Trek to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft) 4-5 hours
Day 8: Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) 6-7 hours
Day 9: Trek to Chokhang Paro (3,010m/9,903ft) 4-5 hours
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) 5-6 hours
Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft) 3 hours
Day 12: Rest day in Mu Gompa for acclimatization
Day 13: Trek to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave 5 hours
Day 14: Trek to Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Day 15: Trek to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft) 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek to Khorlabeshi (970m/3182ft) 6-7 hours
Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 6-7 hours
Day 18: Trek to Arughat 4 hrs then drive to Kathmandu 7-8 hours
Day 19: Departure from TIA
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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
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