Tsum Valley Trek is one of the hidden treasures of Nepal surrounded by the Himalayas making it a hidden valley. Tsum Valley trek will lead us towards the Manaslu region but a short circuit covering the Tibetan abode of Tsum Valley which lies in the Gorkha district of Nepal.
Inhabited mainly by Tibetan people as the region was once part of Tibet, the Tsum Valley trek is a short visit to the Manaslu region. The region is diverse in terms of geography, flora, and fauna; moreover, Tibetan culture and religion will be the centre of attraction in this Tsum Valley Trek.
Our journey is to discover the virgin land far away from modernism as the Tsum Valley lies close to the border of Tibet people are more attached to the Tibetan culture and religion, for the Tibetan Buddhist followers the land itself is a pilgrimage site, it is the valley where Guru Milarepa meditate inside the cave.
So it is also known as the ‘sacred valley’ and ‘hidden valley’ surrounded by the Himalayas like Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli from the west, Ganesh Himal from the south, and Sringi Himal from the north making it the hidden treasure in the lap of the Himalayas.
The word Tsum itself originated from the Tibetan word meaning vivid, so the region is blessed with diverse nature and culture with beautiful forests, glaciers, rivers, etc. making it a hidden valley trek to one of the most forbidden valleys till 2008 AD.
Tsum Valley itself is home to some endangered species like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Eagles, etc. Trekking through the prayer flags, Chorten, spinning praying wheels, and visiting ancient monasteries all the way will give us immense pleasure in this region. Above all the welcoming gestures, lifestyle, culture, customs, and Tibetan hospitality will add a blend to our trek.
It is untouched by modernism, so polyandry marriage ceremonies are still practised in this region, where brothers shared a common wife as the Pandavas shared Draupadi in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. People here practise their own Tibetan culture and religion and speak their languages.
Till 2008AD, very recently it was a forbidden land for travellers, it was regarded as a restricted region in Nepal, but with time it has opened for the travellers to observe the native culture and visit the monastery, but we need to take special permit to travel in this region filled with vivid colours.
Trekking into the Tsum Valley a hidden germ of the Manaslu region is a more relaxing way to explore the age-old sacred Tibetan culture and religion in a short span of time which will help us know about the lifestyle of Tibetan people in the Tsum Valley. It is not as hard as the other trekking region of Nepal, as the highest elevation will be 3700 meters above the sea level thus making Tsum Valley Trek an easy short trek in the Manaslu region for all the age groups, as the trek is a slow ascent into the Himalayas.
So for travellers being at the lower altitude will keep away from fatigue, we can enjoy the living Tibetan culture and customs in Nepal far from the normally crowded trekking areas.
The itinerary can be customized according to your time frame and interest.