The Tsum Valley Trek is a remarkable trip to the remote and culturally rich region of Tsum Valley in Nepal. The Tsum Valley lies within the Manaslu Region in the northern part of the Gorkha district, bordering Tibet. From pristine landscapes to the ancient Buddhist monasteries and the warm hospitality of the local people, the Tsum Valley Trek is an unforgettable adventure. The Tsum Valley Region has been open for trekking since 2008, making it a relatively new and less explored destination and lies within the Restricted Region of Nepal.
Trekking in Tsum Valley requires a good level of physical fitness. Walking along the Budhi Gandaki River, the journey to Tsum Valley takes you through alpine meadows, glacial rivers, towering cliffs, and to the vantage points of Piren Phu and Ganesh Himal Base Camp offering the dramatic scenery of Himalaya ranges like the mighty Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal.
The Tsum Valley is also known as the "hidden valley of happiness.". The Tsumba people, who are of Tibetan origin, inhabit this region and are known for their friendliness and simplicity. The warm hospitality you receive as you stay in their traditional lodges, savoring the authentic Nepalese cuisine, will reflect this title.
Your journey to 16 Days Tsum Valley Trek offers a unique cultural and traditional experience to their preserved ancient Buddhist Heritage. During the trek, you come across numerous monasteries, chortens (Buddhist shrines), and Mani walls adorned with prayer flags. A visit to the Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, is a spiritual and enlightening experience.
The 15-night 16-day Trek to Tsum Valley offers a perfect blend of adventure, natural beauty, cultural exploration, and spiritual discovery in the less crowded region of Nepal.
Trekking in the Restricted Region has its different charm. Restricted Region trails are less crowded and usually in the most rural part of the country with untouched nature and ancient cultures.
Nepal has allocated a few parts as restricted regions. This is to prevent the overflow of international tourists. These regions are susceptible due to various reasons, including the climate and ethnic values, and hence Restricted Regions are carefully monitored by government officials.
Apart from the general trekking and Conservation Area or National Park fees, if you are traveling to a Restricted region, you will also have to pay additional Permit fees, varying from place to place. Further, single travelers are not allowed to trek in this region. There need to be at least two travelers traveling in the Restricted Region apart from your guide and crew members.
The permits are issued by government-registered Trekking Companies in Nepal. While the trekking permits can be issued before you arrive in Nepal, issuing the Restricted Region permits requires a hard passport copy of the traveler. So make sure you plan to stay for additional days in Kathmandu.