Tsum valley trek is one of the world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys in the Northern part of the Gorkha district which is the Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys of Nepal. Tsum Valley trek in Nepal is a recently opened trekking route in the Manaslu region of mid-western Nepal.

The Nepal government officially opened this trekking route in the year of 2008 for foreign tourists and ever since this area has been quite popular among trekkers who like to get off the ‘beaten trail’ and learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The local people are mostly Tibetan origin and practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Tsum Valley Trekking Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with Mani / Prayer walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

The Tsum Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains.

Another trekking route Manasalu trek or Manaslu circuit trek is the most popular trekking route of the Manaslu region and Tsum Valley is situated on the northern part of Gorkha near to Tibetan Border. The development of this sacred valley has been bypassed from the mainstream for centuries because it is located in a remote area and far from the cities. This route was restricted by the government before 2008, which is still on the dark side in comparison to other most popular trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Everest Base Camp Trek (Click for more..). so very few advantageous travelers have made this mysterious valley trek. The one can have a good opportunity to witness the typical ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, religion and lifestyle of the people who remain unchanged for centuries.

Furthermore, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

This area is still restricted to a limited number of organized groups so independent trekkers are not permitted in this region.

The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

The trek starts and ends to Aurughat, Gorkha, which only a few miles away from Kathmandu. During the trek, we will pass through Budhi Gandaki river, alpine forests, Glacier River, with many waterfalls and suspension bridges, through several villages, gompas ( Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa) monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, and Milarepa’s Cave. where an individual can see an ever-extending mountain range, like Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier.

Author's Bio: 

Jagat Thapa
Kathmandu Nepal