The sacred Himalayan pilgrimage Tsum Valley is situated in Nepal's midwestern part of the Gorkha district near the Tibetan Border. ‘Tsum’ is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ which means vivid. Traditionally, Tsum Valley was a currently distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chucksums', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. This secret Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, unique culture, and religion beside mountain scenery.
The trial of Tsum Valley Trek is strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya is a well-known seat of learning and meditation. Locals believed that in the 11th century, the Buddhist saint Milarepa used to meditate in the caves, and still now you can see his footprint when he flew into heaven after getting enlightened. As holy serene, people here never slaughter animals, even as sacrifices to the gods. People here have unique cultures and traditions, still following the polyandry system and they have their own traditions, dialects, and festivals. The Tsum Valley Trek offers extremely rich cultural and ancient beliefs. There are many Gumbas (monasteries), Chortens, and Mani walls (over 250m longest) at Dzong and Phurpe. The various altitude of the Tsum Valley trek goes from 1,905m in Lhokpa to over 5,093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border. The hidden treasure valley is surrounded by the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North.
The restricted area Tsum Valley Trek begins from Arughat Bazaar, after a 5 to 6-hour drive from Kathmandu. The trail follows the Budi Gandaki River bank most of the time through wild and unexplored villages; Chumling, Chhekamparo, Chule Nele to the Mu Gumba, and a side trip Gumba Lungdan with Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The Homestay concept Tsum Valley Trek is possible to make shorter and longer as your demands; most of the trekkers do this trip via the Larka La Pass and then over to Besisahar. So, it is also possible for just 11 to 15 days of the Tsum Valley Trek to start and end at the same point at Arughat. Nepal Mother House Treks organized the recently open Tsum Valley Trek by experienced local guides and porters according to our Client's requirements and holiday schedules. But the best time for this trip is September to November and March to May.
If you have more time and love to explore the Himalayas, then the Tsum Valley Trek can be combined with the Manaslu Circuit Trek and visit a side trip Tibet Border at Ruila Pass (4998m), Manaslu Base Camp, Pung Gyen Gumba, Serang Gumba, Porke Village, Kalo Tal, Hinang Gumba as Ultimate Manaslu Trek.