Tsum Valley (Hidden Valley) is located at an altitude of 1905 to 5093 meters and is rich in Tibetan culture, traditions, and ancient art and mostly untouched by modern civilization.
Tsum Valley is bounded by Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli in the west, Ganesh Himal in the south, and Siring Himal (7187m) in the north. The trail passes through two significant villages in the region, Chumling (Lower Tsum) and Chhaikampar (Upper Tsum). The valley is rich in Tibetan culture with numerous mani walls, chortens and prayer flags adorning the trail and is home to some of the holiest of Tibetan monasteries where the famous sages Guru Rinpoche and the Tibetan philosopher Milarepa once worshipped in nearby caves. It is a place where the trekker can discover oneself and discover peace through meditation.
A visit to this serene valley close to Tibet is alive with wildlife such as the famed blue sheep and Himalayan Thar and its pristine landscape is a sight to behold. The Tsum Valley is predominantly inhabited by Tibetans and even has its own dialect with most villagers dressed in traditional clothes and are devout practicing Buddhists. Their homes also reflect their unique Tibetan architecture.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - without the attached bathroom - until Samagaon which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
Tsum Valley is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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Based On 2 Reviews
Tsum Valley Trek is a 24 day trip with 16 trekking days. It was an amazing experience with a magnificent view of Manaslu and other mountain ranges. I also learned about local culture from trekking through local villages. There were some long days but well worth the effort. The crew was always there to let a hand. I am very slow going down but never was left on my own or rushed as a crew member was always there with me.
I had never been to Nepal, which was a hole in my outdoor resume. I am a climber, but at 63, I decided I'd rather do a trek in Nepal than a climb. I was delighted with my experience and the professionalism of the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. I found that, contrary to what I thought before I went on the trip, my experience was at least as much cultural as it was loving being in the mountains. I want to thank Sherpa Expedition and Trekking for an excellent holiday.
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