Tsum Valley Trekking: “A Journey to the Hidden Valley of Happiness”
Tsum Valley, also known as “Beyul Kyimolung” or the hidden valley of happiness, is a sacred refuge for spiritual practice believed by Buddhists to exist when the world becomes too corrupt. Located in northern Gorkha, this valley was a restricted area until 2008 and is rich in ancient art and culture of the Tsumba community.
The journey to Tsum Valley is a trekking adventure that begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, passing through the town of Arughat. As you climb through the farming hamlets of Lapubesi and Khorlabeshi, you’ll reach the village of Jagat, which marks the beginning of the special permit region.
Moving away from the mainstream Tsum Valley Trekking Route, you’ll embark on an off-the-beaten-path trail that emits an exciting air of discovery. Trekking through forests of pine and rhododendron, surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and gurgling streams, you’ll reach the villages of Chisapani, Chumling, and Chhokangparo. These villages are home to the Tsumba community, which has its own unique culture, dialect, and way of life that will surprise visitors.
Continuing on the trail through the windswept country of Upper Tsum Valley, surrounded by the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal Range and Shringi Himalayan Range, you’ll reach Nile village. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Piren Phu, where Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the 11th century, and Rachen Gompa, an ancient nunnery.
Close to the Tibetan border, you’ll trek to the west bank of the valley, enjoying Tibetan landscapes along the way before climbing up to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the Manaslu region. This cryptic monastery will leave you awestruck with its many monasteries decorated with prayer flags and Mani stones, showcasing the true virtues of Tibetan Buddhism.
As you follow the same trail back to Kathmandu, you’ll have everlasting memories of your Tsum Valley Trekking experience, filled with beautiful scenery, cultural richness, and spiritual discovery.