Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley â€“ a land of monasteries and hamlets with totally Tibetan population â€“ lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border and used to be a restricted area until 2008. Although the region lies within Nepal, the Buddhism influenced region is a world of its own. Traditionally, Tsum used to be a separate area different from both Nepal and Tibet. The Tsum Valley region is still less exposed in comparison to other tourist areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. Compared with other areas, The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area is full of imminent mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens, and mani walls.
TREK a to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. In the initial days of the trek, we explore the Budhi Gandaki Valley through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. We also visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region including the Milarepa’s Cave, Rachen gompa, Mu Gompa among others.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel – 1,300m/4,264 ft.
Day 02: Pre- trip meeting and preparation day for the trek / sightseeing on demand.
Day 03: Drive to Barpak (2000m/6560ft)
Day 04: Barpark to Laprak (2200m/7216ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Laprak to Khorlabeshi (875m/2870ft): 7-8 hrs
Day 06: Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 6 hrs
Day 07: Jagat to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs
Day 8: Philim to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours
Day 9: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours
Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours
Day 11: Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 hours
Day 12: Rest at Bhajyo (Cheekya)
Day 13: Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 hrs
Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5/6hrs
Day 15: Chumje for Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4/5hrs
Day 16: Bihi to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 hrs
Day 17: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 hrs
Day 18: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 19: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 hrs
Day 20: Samdo – High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4460m/14,628fy): 5hrs
Day 21: High Camp â€“ Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), 7/ 8 hours walking
Day 22: Rest day at Bimthang
Day 23: Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 24: Dharapani – Ghermu (1100m/3608ft): 7 hrs
Day 25: Ghermu – Besisahar (800m/2625 ft): 4 hrs
Day 26: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 7/8 hrs
Day 27: Rest day / shopping souvenir day/ sightseeing on demand.
Day 28: Departure