Tsum Valley Trek takes the visitors to the hidden valley of Tsum meaning “vivid” home to the direct descendant Tibetan people are known as Tsumbas, the Tsum Valley is located to the east of Manaslu, on the border with Tibet. This isolated hidden Shangri-La is just opened to trekkers in 2008. It remains relatively untouched, with ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. Each day you will walk between 5–8 hours, with the high point of the trek being 4,000m above the largest of the monasteries in the valley, Mu Gompa. You will be accommodated in lodges and traditional ‘home stays’ on this trek, rather than in tents. As the Tsum Valley is much undeveloped but with its unique culture and most hospitable people offers us friendly welcome in the traditional way to their home can be somewhat rudimentary and you can expect to eat similar food to the locals.
The trail to the sacred pilgrimage site of Tsum Valley heads upper Budi Gandaki River Valley through unexplored countryside inhabited by the Tibetan community and authentic Tsum Villages such as Chhokangparo, where the area is long considered as a Hidden land offers totally unspoiled culture and tradition of Tsumba with fabulous mountain view of Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himalchuli. The valley is extensively rich in culture and tradition dwelled with Buddhist monasteries, nunneries, chortens and prayer walls and significant religious monuments, the longest main walls at Dzong and Phurpe are great attractions. This trip can be combined with Round Manaslu Trek.
Best Season for Tsum Valley Trekking: Spring and autumn
Permit Cost: September-November USD 35.00 per person for the first 8 days. December-August USD 25.00 per person for the first 8 days