The remote Tsum Valley has only been open to trekkers since 2008. In the past few years several teahouses and pleasant homestays have also been opened along this route. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in close proximity to Tibet. Its unspoiled natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking area unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means “vivid”; the significance of which is abundantly clear as you gaze upon the sparkling mountain vistas. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and mani walls carved with deities and prayers.
The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the mountain caves and the ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries, and the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
ITrekNepal is one of the first trekking companies to offer fully-supported (17 day) treks with experienced guides into this exotic region. For anyone interested in a real adventure and who doesn’t mind some tough conditions, this is the place to be. The night sky is so brilliant with millions of stars, the mountain scenery so awesome, and ancient villages so unspoiled, you could not find a better place on this planet to experience the joy of trekking.