Situated high in the Himalayas and towards the end of the Tsum Valley trek, near the border with Tibet, this is a remote and beautiful part of Nepal. Home to yaks, native deer, Himalayan bears, snow leopard and rumoured to be occupied by the mythological yeti. In January this year when I was there, the temperatures dropped well below zero C. On a few nights it was minus 15. Winter is dry and cold but great for trekking as it rarely rains or snows. A sleeping bag with at least minus 20C is recommended.
Close to the Tibet border, this region is populated by Buddhist villagers who are mostly self sufficient. Staple crops are barley, maize, rice, potato, garlic.