What are the things you need to See and Do in the Tsum Valley Trek?


25 Aug 2023 Chandra Gurung

Tsum Valley Trek: Introduction

The Tsum Valley Trek is a hidden gem that offers unmatched natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is located in Nepal’s magnificent Manaslu Conservation Area. This valley offers a beautiful and rare combination of spiritual importance, cultural diversity, and diverse natural beauty. This trek is comparatively less explored but offers a hidden culture and landscape that has never been seen before. In this article, we will include the things one must do and see in this trek. This article offers all the steps you need to do for the Tsum Valley Trek and the things you will experience:

Step-1: Arriving at Kathmandu and Pre-Trek Preparation

i) Getting to Kathmandu

The moment you step in the Tribhuvan International Airport marks the beginning of this amazing journey. As soon as you land in the airport you will be welcomed by the staff of your hotel. You will be welcomed by the combination of excitement and Nepal’s rich cultural history. Kathmandu, located in a valley enclosed by great peaks, gives a sense of both historic and modern energy.

ii) Organizing Necessary Permits and Documents

You must require administrative procedures for this trek. These include the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. These permits are mandatory for exploring the beauty of the region and contributing to its conservation efforts.

iii) Acclimatization and Physical Fitness

In this trek, You will be trekking in a high altitude so proper preparation is required. So it required proper acclimatization which includes short hikes, yoga, cycling, meditation, and so on. This can help in your physical as well as mental health for the trekking challenges that lie ahead.

Step-2: Starting the Trek: Kathmandu to Arughat

i) Journey to Arughat

Here the Tsum Valley trek officially begins with a beautiful journey from the capital to Arughat. This journey will mark the change in the landscape and shift from the urban area to more peaceful and mesmerizing rural villages. You will pass through hills and twisting roads along the way.

ii) Understanding the Local Culture and Traditions

This village is the gateway to the Tsum region. This region introduces the local cultures and traditions. You will get to participate and understand local culture and traditions.

iii) Experiencing the  Beauty

We can experience the great natural beauty in Arughat. You can find high hills, rivers, and mountains in this region which is the identity of the region. This is also the starting point of our trekking journey.

Step-3: Exploring the Hidden Gem: Chumling Village

i) Reaching Chumling Village

Chumling village is the hidden thing of the Tsum Valley trek.This is a beautiful village after Philim. The journey to the village is a remarkable and challenging journey that passes through bridges, climbs up hills. Chumling village lies in the heart of the Himalayas.

ii) Experiencing the Local Lifestyle and Hospitality

Chumling is not just about landscapes and monasteries. it’s a place where you get into the local lifestyle. You can get to experience village lifestyles and living as the locals do. Sharing meals, stories, and daily routines developed a  deep connection with them.

Step-4: Encounter with Ancient Monasteries: Chhokangparo

i) Trekking to Chhokangparo

Path to Chhokangparo shows us the breathtaking view of the ground and the sky. The air is filled with the traditional flags. This path includes both spiritual and physical height.

ii) Exploring the Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa Monasteries

Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa are located in Chhokangparo .These holy sites are home to great artwork and scriptures that reflect history. A sense of calm and wisdom is created by the rhythmic songs, the smell of incense, and the quiet presence of the monks.

Step-5: Crossing the Larke Pass: Dumje and Gonyang

i) Trekking through Dumje and Gonyang

After leaving Chhokangparo you will be heading towards the Dumje and Gonyang which is a path of exploration and dedication. Every step from here takes us closer to the larke pass.

ii) Admiring the Panoramic Views from the Larke Pass

The accomplishment of crossing the Larke Pass is remarkable. The region is one of the important part of this trek where we can have a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys. An unforgettable memory is created by the clear mountain air, the uneven terrain, and feeling of success.

iii) Indulging in the Mesmerizing Landscapes

The beauty and scenic beauty of Dumje and  Gonyang is a work of art created by nature. Pointed hills, peaceful nature, rivers mark your journey. These areas’ pristine beauty acts as a reminder of  the purity and resilience of the natural world.

Step-6: Discovering the Untouched: Chhekampar and Chule

i) Reaching Chhekampar Village

Chhekampar is a rural village which is untouched by modernization. This village is surrounded by stunning beauty and unexplored beauty from the human world. The journey to this village is a  trip into the heart of nature.

ii) Witnessing the Untouched Beauty of the Region

The high landscapes, vibrant weather, and peaceful surroundings mark the unexplored nature of the region. This region is far away from the hectic modernization. This region shows the harmony between humanity and nature.

Step-7: Experiencing the Cultural Marvel: Rachen Gompa

i) Learning about the History of Rachen Gompa

You will reach Rachen Gompa after crossing Tatopani. The journey from the tatopani to the Gomba is a connection between nature and culture. The history and importance of Rachen Gompa is nested in the background of the Himalayas which is keeping the ethics of this area.

ii) Exploring the Intricate Artwork and Murals

The walls of the Rachen Gompa are covered with beautiful paintings, and artistic creations that speak about the stories of enlightenment and spiritual insight.

iii) Engaging in Spiritual Practices

At Rachen Gompa, you have the opportunity to engage in spiritual practices. The presence of the monks, the peacefulness of the surroundings, and the echoes of ancient songs create an environment of reflection and self-discovery.

Step-8: Marveling at the Majestic Manaslu Mountain

i) Capture the Breathtaking Views of Mount Manaslu

As the journey passes by , you’ll view Mount Manaslu. It is the eighth-highest mountain in the world.  its snow-capped summit rules the skyline. Every view provides a fresh angle on this magnificent giant.

ii) Immersing in the peaceful Ambiance

The surroundings of Mount Manaslu give the area an air of peace. This, a pointed peak carries majesty, inspiring  nature.The peace serves as a reminder of how little human attempts are in comparison to the magnificence of nature.

iii) Witnessing the Sunrise and Sunset Over the Mountains

When dawn ends and the rising sun’s rays kiss the mountain gives a spectacular view of the mountain.The light of orange and gold marking the snow create a mesmerizing view. Similarly, You can also witness  the sunset’s warmth  over the pointed peaks.

Step-9: Interacting with the Local Communities: Phurbe and Burgi

i) Experiencing the Warm Hospitality of Phurbe Village

Phurbe village is a remote village through Tsum valley trek. In this village you’ll be warmly welcomed by the happy and welcoming faces of the people residing there. Your closeness with the people increases and bonding will be great.

ii) Participating in Traditional Ceremonies and Festivals

You will get a chance to watch the traditional festivals of the people of that region.These festivals will be a way of knowing the community’s cultural importance. Your participation can help you to understand more about the festivals and be a great part of the event.

Step-10: Diving in Nature: Chhule-Nile

i) Trek through the Lush Forests and attractive Landscapes

The journey from Phurbe to Chhule-Nile is a path that shows the work of nature. Dense forests, twisting paths, and stunning views surround your way to the Nile. With each step, you’re immersed in the symphony of nature’s melodies.

ii) Enjoying the Tranquility and Peacefulness of the Region

Except for the physical beauty chhule-Nile is a place of quiet and calm. In this region, there is not any presence of urban distractions making it suitable for fully immersing into the sound of nature. This includes the sound of the rustling of leaves, streams of water and the kind whispers of nature.

Conclusion: Best Things to See in Tsum Valley Trek

This concludes the Tsum Valley trek as a spiritual journey through nature, culture, and the human soul. In addition to the physical journey, the journey shows how committed, interested, and aware you are about the surroundings. This can be a great trek for discovery, connection, and self-belief and applicable for an experience as well as a beginner looking for a something new trekking experience.