- Max altitude: Larkya La (5,135 m/16,847ft)
- Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
- Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
- Visit Tsum valley (one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys known as ‘Beyul’ ), ancient monasteries, and remote villages
- Offers beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal, and many other snow-capped peaks.
- Visit traditional Buddhist monasteries, experience remote Tibetan Buddhist culture
- Less crowded and a chance to experience remote Nepali villages
- Adventurous and challenging trek, trek over Larkya La
- Tibetan Buddhist culture
- Popular for herbs such as nirmasi, timur, etc. and farming is limited to potatoes, buckwheat, barley, vegetables, etc.
- Sheep, yak, and langur monkeys are some animals found at this high altitude.
- People practice polyandry system
- Observe unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning and others.
Tsum Valley Trek takes you to the restricted paradise in the Manaslu region that let you discover the isolated countryside of Nepal. Trekking around the Tsum valley came into existence only after 2008. The trek requires serious hardship. Only a few numbers of trekkers make it up to the mysterious valley. Initially, this valley used to be the trading link to Tibet.
It is the hidden treasure of Nepal and the valley of happiness that carries mystery, myth, and majestic beauty. The secret Tibetan Buddhist land is one of the world’s most remote Himalayan valleys. Trekking to Tsum valley let you explore from the incredible landscape to the unique culture. Originally, the name of the valley came from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ which means vivid. The valley lies in northern Gorkha, to the east of Manaslu, bordering Tibet. The majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges makes for rewarding hiking every day.
In addition, the valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The valley is dotted with numerous Mani walls and chortens. While, you can see a quaint monasteries including Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Dephu Doma Nannery Gompa, and Milarepa Gompa.
Shear Khola (river) starts from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and the east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal drain this valley. Later it meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.
Facts and History
In fact, Tsum is considered to be ‘Beyul’, the holy hidden valleys of happiness which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practices.
In ancient times, the Tsum valley was a separate geographical area with the name “Tsum Tso Chuksum”. It means the thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Most importantly, the ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still unexplored and untouched.
Likewise, the untouched and hidden Tsum valley is a preservation of ancient Buddhism. According to the stories, a Buddhist saint named ‘Milarepa’ meditated in the caves in the mountains. The local people have a great faith to worship and pray Gautam Buddha, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and some other Bodhisattvas. The people also strongly believe in the reincarnation of the Lamas.
Several Buddhist monasteries are giving life to the Tibetan culture. The colorful flags and the Mani walls encourage the trekkers to further follow the trail with courage. Walking through the beautiful shaded forest of pine, juniper, and Rhododendron, the trek will amaze the trekkers with the splendid views of the Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mount Manaslu (8,163 m).
This is a sample itinerary of the Tsum Valley Trek. We shall customize the program as per your needs and preferences.
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Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.