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TSUM VALLEY-NEW DESTINATION IN THE HIMALAYA…
2012-05-02
,  Expectations of the trek

Visiting Tsum Valley is like walking back in time. Other than a handful of small changes, the sights and ambience of this sacred valley remain timeless. Patches of purple-hued amaranth interspersed with fields of brown barley, dzos and yaks grazing in grassy meadows, rustic stone houses hugging the trail, long stretches of hand-carved many stones and stacked many walls, ancient villages dotting the landscape, rock chortens perched high on ridges, waterfalls cascading off soaring cliffs, rivers tumbling wildly down precipitous gorges, snow-capped Himalayan peaks scratching the deep blue sky, high remote mountain passes threading into Tibet, maroon-robed Buddhist monks and nuns fingering prayer beads, and hard-working kind-hearted villagers warmly welcome you into this scenic and soaring valley where Tibetan culture is still celebrated today. 
Choosing right company, responsibilities of companies, staff etc.
Eco Trek has been a leading Himalayan trekking and tour company since 1992. We strive to provide memorable, stimulating and culturally-enriched travel odysseys in the Himalayas, while endeavoring to minimize our environmental impact and support traditional Nepali culture in the process.

We practice environmentally-sensitive tourism, including trash clean-up and reforestation projects, and support fair-trade and environmental organizations like school and children,  the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

We re-invest Eco Trek profits to help build new schools and provide scholarships to needy Nepali students. We train Nepali youths to become professional guides, cooks and trekking assistants in the spirit of creating a win-win team that benefits everyone…staff and trekkers alike. We also pay our hard-working porters and staff higher wages and endeavor to support them in both the off-season and retirement. We buy most of our trekking food in local villages, promote and stay at locally-run guesthouses and camps, and encourage village businesses to adopt minimum-impact methods. We minimize our use of campfires to save firewood, and help provide appropriate clothing and gear to our porters and guides.

Commitment to Safety 
            All of our treks are led by qualified guides who have been trained in first aid,
            basic or advanced  mountaineering skills, environment and other  related fields.
            We pay extra attention to health concerns, including water and food.
            We are a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association and the Trekking
             Agents Association of Nepal.

Preparing for the trek
           Trekking Tsum valley requires strong hiking skills and very good conditioning due to
           significant elevation gain,numerous high altitude camps,
           some rough trails and greater distances. You will probably walk about 20km (12 miles)
           a day for 21 days, so it is noticeably more difficult than  popular treks like Annapurna
           or Everest Base Camp.
           Bring warm clothing, a walking stick or poles and comfortable but supportive hiking shoes.
           Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing    at higher elevations, so bring a warm
           sleeping bag…as well as a light sleeping sheet for  warmer nights in lower  valleys.
           Please help keep Tsum Valley clean by bringing a re-useable water bottle that
           can be refilled with boiled or   filtered drinking water (provided free by Eco Trek daily),
            rather than buying water in disposable plastic bottles along the way.

          Medical care is scarce to non-existent in this remote valley, so bring sufficient medicine
          and first aid supplies for your personal  needs…as well as local people
          who may occasionally request your help.   
Participation in local activities
        *Festivals, including Losar (Tibetan New Year in Jan/Feb), Dhachyang (Horse festival in Feb),
          Saka Dawa (Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death in May),
          Faning (food celebration in Aug).
        *Mask dance in June/July,

 Sites, side trips, volunteer work
         * Milarepa Piren Phu cave
         * Mu Gompa monastery
         * Rachen nunnery
         * Gumba Lungdang nunnery
         * Dheron Gumba nunnery
         * Health camps
         * Trash clean-up
         * School visits
         * Ganesh amphitheater
         * Cascading waterfalls
         * Medicinal plants and herbs (over 50 varieties)
         * Wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep,
            ghoral and the elusive snow leopard
         * Handicrafts, including bamboo baskets, wooden masks and teacups, wood jugs and
            kitchen implements, musical instrument (dhagen), yak wool blankets, kimonos and mattresses
Tsum valley-new destination in the himalaya


Quotes:
          Trekking in Tsum Valley is not only a journey to a beautiful, inspiring and secret hideaway…but
          also a journey back in time,where ancient Tibetan traditions and cultures are still alive
          and being practiced today. It’s a genuine ‘off-the-beaten trail’gem of an experience!
         -Jack Moore, Mt. Shasta, California, USA



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