Max Altitude: 3700m
Best Time: Mar-May, Oct-Dec
Activities: Cultural Trekking and Hiking
Group Size: 2+
Trek Duration: 15 days
Duration: 17 days
Tsum Valley, also known as the ‘Hidden Valley’, is an exclusive trekking destination with beautiful vertical routes that takes trekkers up through beautiful terrain.
Part of a restricted area, this trek only opened to tourists in 2007 as part of an effort to make a Trans Himalaya Regional trail across Nepal. Tsum' is derived from Tibetan word 'Tsombo' which means vivid. Traditionally the Tsum Valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chhuksums,' which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The altitude in Tsum Valley varies from 1905 in Lhokpa to 5093m at Negula Dhojyang Pass on the Tibetan border. The valley occupies an area about 1663sq.km and is surrounded by the Buddha 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 Chumchhet (Lower Tsum). Due to its remoteness ancient relics are still seen all around the valley.
Chhumchhet and Chhekampar are two of the most remote villages in the Gorkha district. Despite having tremendous potential for tourism development, Tsum Valley is yet to reap benefits from its immense tourism prospects because of its recent opening. People in the Tsum Valley still practice a polyandry system (one woman with multiple husbands), and they have a very unique cultural tradition and their own dialect. They celebrate unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Daka Dawa, Faning, and others. If you plan accordingly, it is possible to go during one of these festivals. Many Tsumbas (residents of the Tsum Valley) report that they have seen or found the signs of Mehti, commonly referred as the 'Yeti' or ' Abominable Snowman'.
The trek starts from Soti Kholat and follows the snaking Budi Gandaki River before passing through a beautiful deep gorge before climbing up
in order to offer glorious panorama of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Baudha Himal.
Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Trek preparation day / Sightseeing trip if interested.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 7-8 hours.
Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Trek Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
Day 07: Trek Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
Day 09: Trek Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
Day 11: Rest day, Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Day 13: Trek Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Trek Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3182ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
Day 17: Drive Soti Khola to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft): 7-8 hours
Camp / Lodge footwear
Polar fleece pullover(s) and/or jacket
Sleeping Bag + inner sheet
Map / books
Down jacket - depending on season and area visited
Gortex Jacket / Polo Jackets
Small day pack
Torch with battery
First aid equipments and medicine
Water carrying bottles
Water purifying drops
Camera, film with batteries