Nepal offers such diversity that the visitor may experience any lifestyle from the stone age, in the far west and high hills, to the jet age of Kathmandu. Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys, which is a popular and new trekking destination. It was impossible to get to Tsum Valley, and it's permit for restriction until 2008. Tsum Valley knows as a hidden village, lies in the northern part of Manaslu. Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be surprising for many visitors.
It is surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks, including Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the north. The northern terminus of the valley is bounded by three high passes to Tibet, including Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093m) to the east, and Thapla Pass (5326m) to the west.
All travel is done on foot, a long time-worn trails that feature many ancient Chorten and carved mani stone walls inscribed with prayers and depictions of deities. The Tsum valley has been the main attraction of many trekkers now for its unique Tibet culture, old monasteries, mani walls and the development of good teahouses/guesthouses along the trail of Tsum valley treks of Nepal.
Destination: Manang, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Maccha Khola - Jagat - Chisopani - Chumling - Chokhangparo - Nile - Mu Gompa - Burgi VIllage; Milarepa Cave - Chumlig - Philim - Khorlabesi - Soti Khola - Kathmandu; Arughat
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: Spring and Autumn
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.