Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu Region’s least explored trekking location, is a cultural treasure, in which no trekkers were went before 2008. A breathtaking valley riddled with holy mountainous, monasteries. The trek to Tsum Valley starts from Arughat just as the Trek to Manaslu Circuit ends. Half of the way during Tsum Valley Trek crosses Manaslu Circuit trails and deviates at Philim towards the Lower Tsum.
Sacred Tsum Valley
Since The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very prominent in Tsum and the landscape is breathtaking with stunning trees and valleys overlooked by the giant Ganesh Himal. Tsum derives from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ meaning vibrant and after visiting Tsum you’ll understand how the valley got its name.
Tsum Valley Trekking is based on family lodes trekking from Homestay. Nevertheless, this region sometimes asks to be content with basic food arrangements and lodges unlike other Nepal trekking regions, this moderately adventurous trek in Nepal highlights the region’s two largest monasteries, Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, which are schools for young monks and nuns.
The isolated land of Tsum Valley is also an important pilgrimage path, as it is claimed that this valley ‘s great Buddhist Guru Milarepa had once meditated on the mountain caves. The Tsum Valley Trek trails are one of the strongest parts of Nepal ‘s Great Himalayan Trail, which runs at the foothills of the Himalayas from east to west.
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The Tsum Valley is combined with the Manaslu Circuit starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar by many. Besisahar is the baseline for the Annapurna Circuit. The trail begins low, traversing verdant countryside and small Hindu villages.
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You enter from the main trail into Tsum Valley and you will soon find yourself in gorgeous vistas of pine and rhododendron. The valley opens to the east to show spectacular scenery and small villages in Tibetan architecture. There are basic guesthouses along the trail, so you can choose whether to camp or stay in the tea/guesthouses.