Tsum Valley or Chum Valley Manaslu trek are a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley located in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Shringi Himal and meet in Budhi Gandaki at Nyak. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges, that tranquil Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and seek a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with many walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. The traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chuksum', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today.
Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its perfect culture make Chum valley trekking excellent. The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep, which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Tsum valley trek also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. Tsum Valley was newly opened in 2008 for trekking so that there is basic guest house or monastery stay, it is friendly, and sometimes sleep in Gomba.
Originally, Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek start from Gorkha Bazaar, where the King Pirthivi Narayan Shah born “the founder of Nepal'', interest to visit his palace and Kalika Temple, but now a day the seasonal road drive to Aarughat or continues for Sotikhola, 2-3 days trekking from Gorkha. It takes 6/7 hours drives from Kathmandu to Aarughat and one-hour drive to Sotikhola or Machhekhola. Trekking trails follow the Budi Gandaki River all the way to Nyak, then you need to cross the river and turn right. A one-week trek to Tsum Valley and returning the same way to Nyak to catch the main trekking trail to Manaslu. The trek continues to Samagaun, Samdo to cross the Larkya La then catch the Annapurna main trail in Dharapani, walk down to Besi Sahar or possible seasonable Jeep drive. It is also an opportunity to continue trekking to Annapurna Circuit and end your trek in Pokhara. It is also possible to visit the only Tsum Valley, which takes 12-14 days returning the same way to start/end trek in Soti Khola. If the given itinerary is not matched as your time frame and interest, let us know, we redesign another itinerary for you.
Asian Hiking Team organizes Tsum Valley Manaslu trekking as full board camping or Guest houses /home stay trekking as client’s request. . Our guides have many years of guiding experience in the Manaslu region. Many of our guides originally came from that area. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation.