Tsum Valley is the area situated in the northern part of Gorkha district bordering with Tibetan plateau under Manaslu Conservation Area. There are 7 VDCs in MCA which are divided into three valleys- Nubri, Kutang and Tsum. The area provides habitats for 39 species of mammals, including many protected and endangered species like; Snow Leopard (Panthera uncial), Lynx (Felis Lynx), Gray Wolf (Canis lupus chanco), Musk Deer and Assamese Monkey and other Himalayan indicator species such as Blues Sheep and Himalayan Thar.
The major ethnic group in all VDCs, except Sridibas is Bhotia (also known as Lama). Majority of people follow Buddhism. People around Tsum valley speak Tsum Language that is mix of Tibetan and their own language. Tsum Valley is declared as the area of non-violence and killing of animals is strictly prohibited.
Agriculture is the main occupation and the main crops grown are karau (naked barley), buckwheat, maize, potato and wheat. Farmers also produce mustard, beans, and wheat and soya beans.
Total Trek Days: 9 days
Trekkers : Ashish Bhujel, Prakash Khadka and Ravi Sharma
|Route / Location||Means||Hours|
|Kathmandu to Arughat||Bus||8 – 9|
|Arughat to Soti Khola||Bus||2|
|Soti Khola to Machha khola||Trek||6.5|
|Machha Khola to Sridibas||Trek||8|
|Sridibas to Chumling||Trek||9|
|Chumling to Nyile||Trek||10|
|Nyile to Mu gompa||Trek||1.5|
|Mu Gompa to Nyile to Nagileru||Trek||6|
|Nagileru to Philim||Trek||10|
|Philim to Macha khola||Trek||8|
|Machha Khola to Soti khola to Arughat||Trek||9|
|Arughat to Kathmandu||NISSAN JEEP||7|
Total Trek Expenditure including travel, lodging and food – NRS 10,000.
Tsum Valley Bhasha
2. Aama: ‘Aan’
3. Kasto ramro thau: ‘Dhemete Shashi Kepa la’
4. Aama sanchai?: ‘Aama thabo yopa’
5. Baas paincha?: ‘De la dhesha rakhe raypay’
6. Pheri bhetaula: ‘Yang ka your tug wo chey’
7. Namaste: ‘Tashi Dele”
8. Khana khai sakyo?: ‘Khaala sha shashi him bey’
9. Dhanyabad: ‘Tu jhe chey’
10. Aila yaho basyo pachi pheri yahi aula: ‘Thang dampo Tsum Valey hyong pa hin’
11. Malai yo thau dherai ramro lagyo, ma pheri pani yahi auchu: ‘Dil ney Tsum kang machun ke po chun da dun he na’
12. Khana pakyo?: ‘Khaala jo cha sun ney’
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