TSUM VALLEY PILGRIMAGE TREK
27 May 2022 Bodhi Adventures
Tsum Valley is known for sensational mountain vistas, unrivaled fascinating Himalayan Buddhist culture and Non-Violent tradition. The trek offers biological diversity, for example, the lower part is covered with lush green forests and flowering rhododendrons in the spring. The gushing Budhi Gandaki River and its tributary river Syar Khola whose source resides in high mountains, cuts gorges and tight valleys. Not to forget the most impeccable scenery you can imagine of far-reaching mountain views with Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Among the less known, remote and pristine one, hidden gem, visiting the Tsum Valley as HIDDEN VALLEY OF HAPPINESS, is referred to in ancient Buddhist texts as a sacred pilgrimage site and practice of Buddhism even at the time of warfare and political unrest, prophesied by Guru Padma Sambhava in 8th century. Actually, both enchanted Tsum and Nubri valleys are rich in ancient art, culture and religion with several unique monasteries, artistic Chorterns and Mani walls made up stone slabs inscribed with Buddhist prayers.
Both valleys are considered to have religious significance. Tsum valley primarily because of Yogi Jetsun Milarapa, a legendary Buddhist sage, is said to have meditated in sacred cave, known today as Piren Phug (Pigeon Cave), is near a village called Lamagaun. According to one tale, the sage, who often disguised himself to beg for food in the village, once became victim to the misbehavior of one of the village women who gave him a meager half-piece of bread. Soon thereafter, this woman’s field became totally barren. Today, too, you’ll see a small plot of land in the village in which nothing grows.
The trek spans from 600 meters to 4,000 meters elevation – one of the Nepal’s Himalayan gems. Undoubtedly this Tsum valley suits best to those who are looking for off the beaten track and spiritual adventure trek in Nepal. It is one of the restricted areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory to hire a licensed trekking guide. It is advisable not to miss this trekking route, which is part of the Great Himalayan Trail and easily done staying in the local teahouses.
Tsum Valley trek with attractive perspectives of Shringi Himal 7161m, Himalchuli 7893m, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) 7871m, Mt. Manaslu 8163m, Ganesh Himal II 7118m and other beautiful peaks. Offering panoramic views of lakes, different species of birds, plants, mammals, vegetation, waterfalls and flora fauna. This region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals. Such as the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar and Blue-sheep – Keep your eyes open!!
We start our Tsum Valley trek from Soti Khola after a drive from Kathmandu via the Aarughat. Then trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the Manaslu trekking with Tsum valley is in the region known as Tusm Nubri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates, Chortens and monasteries as does the topography changes.
Tsum Valley Trek officially opened for trekking in 2008. Mt. Manaslu 8163m is one of eight thousander out of eight in Nepal. From Soti-khola to Kathmandu you can drive via public bus/private jeep as your demand. We offer affordable price with local manual and sturdy porters in with Tsum valley at any time of our client’s request You simply need 16-17 days for this Tsum valley from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.