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The Tsum valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in the trans-himalayan region behind Mt. Manaslu and set against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh himal, Sringi himal and Baudha himal. Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word Tsombo which mean vivid. Tsum valley traditionaly is a very distinct place geographically and culturally called “Tsum Tso Chuksum” meaning the thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.
Tsum valley is unexplored so many religious and archeological relics are still intact at many places. Tsum valley comprises of two valleys Chhekampar village as the upper Tsum and Chumchet the lower Tsum. Tsum valley has been a remote area far away from the modern approach of the science and technology development holding the age old pure and unique culture.People here practice polyandry system with unique culture, tradition and a dialect of their own. Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning among others are festivals observed here.
The local people here are mostly of the Tibetan origin with their own dialect. Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of their mountains. The residents of Tsum valley are called Tsumbas. The most interesting fact is that many Tsumbas have claimed to have seen or encountered “Mehti,” most commonly referred as the ‘Yeti’.
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