About Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a journey to an enchanted and magical valley of the Himalayan region of Nepal. The unique cultures, lifestyle, and mountains of this region makes a beautiful amalgam of sustainability. Extremely remote and secluded, this area has very less developmental activities; in turn preserving the local lifestyle and traditions. In fact, the seclusion of Tsum Valley has given it the title of "Hidden Valley of Happiness.
Situated in the Gorkha District of Nepal, this trail falls in the Manaslu Conservation Area. The area is a home to many wild species including Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, etc. The trek that starts from Soti Khola takes us through numerous beautiful forests, rivers, and settlements. The rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests are gradually replaced by the alpine forests as we gain elevation. Maccha Khola, Soti Khola, Budi Gandaki, Tharo Khola, Deng Khola, and Ghatta Khola are some of the rivers that we encounter. The incredible views of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, will accompany us throughout the journey. We will also cross the challenging Larkya La Pass situated at 5220 m. This dramatic pass will present us with stunning views of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Himlung Himal. As the steep ascends and descends makes us physically tired, our energy gets boosted by the deep gorges, beautiful waterfalls, and glacial rivers.
The trek to Tsum Valley is an interesting one too. The valley presents stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges. This Hidden Valley is surrounded by Tibet on three sides, explaining a huge Tibetan Buddhist influence on the culture and traditions. The valley is a home to the cave where Milarepa had meditated. Thus, the area is considered to be very scared and pure. The Mani walls and Chortens have been made creatively with prayers and art carved into the stones. There are many Gumbas including Rachen Gumba, Mu Gumba, and Gumba Lungdang; all of them with the interesting age-old stories.