Trekking in the Sacred Tsum Valley
Many of my friends from the West have said to me: “Nepalis are some of the friendliest and most charming people on earth.” In over two decades of trekking in Nepal, after my trek to Tsum Valley, I’ve found that the Tsumba’s (inhabitants of the Tsum valley) are the friendliest people in Nepal.”
The Tsum valley lies in the North East end of Gorkha district and borders Tibet. The Ganesh Himal range (which are a series of 7 peaks over 7,000 meters), Sringi Himal and many other un-named peaks loom over this mystical valley. The people of this region are of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is evident in the many monasteries, chortens and Buddhist gates. Some Tsumba’s also practice polyandry – an ancient Tibetan practice where one woman takes in several brothers as husbands.
Tsum valley is also one of eight Beyuls in the Himalayas. Beyuls are valleys that have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava as refuges for when the earth is on the verge of destruction. One will certainly feel the spiritual energy while hiking in the wide valleys from Lama Gaon to Nile. Within this stretch lies the Milarepa cave (with the foot imprint on a rock), the Rachen Gompa (a huge nunnery and monastic school), Mu Gompa (the most important monastery in the region) and numerous mani walls and stupas that dot the landscape. One will encounter very few locals and trekkers in this stretch and hence it is ideal for meditating while walking (I am sure seasoned trekkers understand what I mean).
The Tsum valley was opened for trekking in 2008 and hence only has basic infrastructure for tourism. I would certainly encourage small groups of under 4 people to use family owned tea-houses though larger groups must take tents and a camping staff. In my prediction, the region should be prepared to welcome lodge-style trekking in about a year.
The awesome thing about trekking in this region is that it is accessible for atleast 9 months in a year. Besides the monsoon months of June, July and August, one can trek in this region any other months of the year.
Grand Asian Journeys, for the first time, is offering a hybrid trek: we will be using local-family owned lodges while on the Manaslu Circuit Trail. But for the Tsum Valley and the Ganesh Base Camp portion of the trek, our professional camping staff will support the trek. Find out about this trek here: The Tsum Valley Trek
Contact Jwalant Gurung: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.