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January 25, 2013

Tsum Valley Statistics


6 clients, 1 Nepali guide, 2 sherpas, 1 head cook, 5 kitchen staff, 23 porters, 2 Buddhist monks, and one Mountain Madness guide.

13 tents including client tents, monk tents, a dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, porter tent, and sherpa tent.


January 24, 2013

Tsum Valley Trek 2012 Part 2

Tsum Valley is a beyul, a sacred Buddhist valley. Killing is prohibited and small monasteries abound. Monks and teachers from Tibet used to come regularly to the valley, and Buddhism has thrived here. In addition to traditional monasteries, every village has a lineage holder (sometimes two). A lineage holder passes Buddhist teachings and scriptures down from father to son instead of training someone else. [+] READ MORE

January 23, 2013

Debut Tsum Valley Trek 2012

Tsum Valley is idyllic, the quintessential Shangri-La conjured in Himalayan dreams. Snowy mountains in the distance, women in Tibetan dress harvesting millet or barley in the field, stone houses in small clusters, chortens all along the trail, dozens of small monasteries, children with sunburnt cheeks and runny noses full of curiosity, men ushering yak caravans to Tibet for trade, women spinning yak wool into yarn on drop spindles, and at times the world is quiet like you cannot imagine — only the sound of wind to break the night. We’ve stepped into another world.


November 15, 2012

MM Guides Depart For Himalayan First Ascents

Over the next month and a half, MM Gudies and Helly Hansen Ambassadors Matt Barela, Tino Villanueva and Alan Rousseau are heading deep into remote regions of Nepal to complete some personal missions.  On this expedition the crew of experienced mountain guides will be going after first ascents of peaks, waterfall ice climbs and technical mountaineering.  We will be receiving full updates from the team until they go completely off the grid as they enter the Rolwaling Valley, Sat Phone communication will keep us in tune with their progress.  Here is an introduction to their trip and the guys behind it.


November 7, 2012

It's Off-Season, Where Are Your Guides?

Time out from work, guides are busy getting after it on personal trips across the globe. Check out some of the stories of your favorite guides below! [+] READ MORE