Photo Courtesy: Kelsie DiPerna.
Known as the land of Tsumbas, Tsum Valley, was opened around 10 years ago which was previously a restricted tourist area. The region of Tsum is one of the most raw and virgin place of Nepal for an adventurous trekking. If you are a thrill-loving person then this place is naturally designed for you – the trekking route challenges you on a physical and a mental level. And yeah, you guessed it. This place is not a commercial place either, where you will be enjoying in eateries and coffee places, plus, you will be disconnected from internet and reception usage.
The valley of Tsum touches the border of Tibet in the east side. So you will be trekking through ancient Tibetan and Buddhist monasteries. On an average, everyday, you will travel about 6-8 hours until you finally reach the highest point of the region, MoGompa (4000 m.). Take a reminder, because most of the times you might have to be dependent on a tent house, nevertheless, there are possibilities of traditional home stays.
Since we all travel for exploring beautiful nature, Tsum Valley has plenty of beautiful mountain ranges to offer. You will be witnessing Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Sringi Himal, and Baudha Himal. Millareppa cave is another popular and special place of this region.
Tsum valley is also a culturally diverse place. In the lower valley of Tsum, there are Gurung and Magar villages whereas in upper valley there are mostly Tibetan villages. As a supper, you will be eating local food like the locals such as Chapatis, Dal Bhat, Noodle Soup, etc.
Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m).
Soti Khola (700m) to Macchakhola(869m)
Specifics: 6.5 hours; 19.2km trekking distance; 227 flights; 169m net elevation gain.
Macchakhola(869m) to Jagat(1340m)
Specifics: 6.5 hours; 22km trekking distance; 226 flights, 471m net elevation gain.
Jagat(1,340m) to Lokpa(2,240m)
Specifics: 6.25 hours; 17.8km trekking distance; 249 flights; 900m net elevation gain.
Lokpa(2,240m) to Chookang Paro(3,031m)
Specifics: 9 hours; 25.4km trekking distance; 341 flights; 791m net elevation gain.
Chhokang Paro(3,031m) to Nile(3,361m)
Specifics: 5 hours; 9.7km trekking distance; 90 flights; 330m net elevation gain.
Nile(3,361m) to Mu Gompa(3,700m)
Specifics: 3 hours; 7.9km trekking distance; 65 flights; 339m net elevation gain.
Mu Gompa(3,700m) to Chhokang Paro(3,031m)
Specifics: 5.25 hours; 18.4km trekking distance; 42 flights; -669m net elevation gain.
Chhokang Paro(3,031m) to Gumba Lundang(3,200m)
Specifics: 5 hours; 14.9km trekking distance; 251 flights; 169m net elevation gain.
Gumba Lundang(3,200m) to Chumling(2,386m)
Specifics: 5 hours; 17.8km trekking distance; 115 flights; -814m net elevation gain.