Tradition & Culture in Tsum Valley
Tsum Valley is mostly influenced by Tibetan Buddhists culture. The isolation of this region has preserved the tradition and culture of this region. People still live the same as they used to do hundreds of years back. People residing here have there own dialect, culture, art, and religion. They follow a completely different lifestyle than us. All the brothers in a family get married to a single girl, which is known as polyandry. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the Tsum Valley Trek, we will stay in the guesthouse. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations. Please understand that the services in the guesthouse will be very basic and also all the teahouse does not come with attached washrooms.
Meals & Drinking Water during Tsum Valley Trek
In Tsum Valley Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the guesthouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu, you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the guesthouse and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-7 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great but, it's not mandatory to go on Tsum Valley Trek.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Tsum Valley Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to go the Tsum Valley Trek. In Monsoon the trail becomes slippery and region also gets affected by landslides where, during the winter, the climate become harsher and heavy snow blocks the trail.
Tsum Valley Trek Permit
Tsum Valley is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. Moreover, you will also need to get Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Tsum Valley Trek:
From September to November: USD 35 for the first 8 days
From December to August: USD 25 for the first 8 days
ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)
MCAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on the Tsum Valley Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Tsum Valley Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed this package to give you all of the Tsum Valley Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.