• Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Buddhist nun

    Buddhist nun Hrih Dol, Lungdang Gumba, 3400m

  • Tsum Valley, at an altitude between 2400m and 4000m above sea level, is a remote area in the Gorkha district. Its northern part ends at the border to Tibet. It takes three to four days of hiking to reach the entrance of the "valley of hapiness".  The inhabitants are merely touched by modern developments. They vowed to completely abandon violence against both humans and animals. Some live in polyandry: one wife with two or more husbands. In the 17th century the tsum region was also known as "Beyul Kyimolung", meaning "Hidden valley of happiness".  Is this a better way of living? If one believes an ancient buddhist myth: yes. No roads, no electricity, no social media, no distraction - hence plenty of tranquility, work and nature. The way of living in this  central himalayan valley seems to be an alternative model to our western civilization. See a short introducing film here.

     

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Tshewang and NIma Dorze share the same wife, a common tradition in some himalayan regions

    Tshewang and NIma Dorze, Chokung Paro

  • Together with my friend, author Titus Arnu, we spent three weeks in the valley in November 2016. Titus wrote a book about the valley and our experiences  which was published by Rowohlt Verlag. The SZ Magazin featured a reportage about our travel.
    In fall 2018 the Sieveking Verlag will publish a photobook with a broad range of my pictures from Tsum Valley. 

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Girl with her favorite calf, Rainjam

    Girl with her favorite calf, Rainjam

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Nuns after prayers in the nunnery Rachen Gompa

    Nuns after prayers, nunnery Rachen Gumba

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Sunrise at the end of Tsum Valley, Mu Gompa

    Nomad tent, Mu Gumba

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Monk at Mu Gompa monastery

    After morning prayers, Mu Gumba

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet. Last sunlight on the summits of the Ganesh Himal mountains.

    Peaks of Ganesh Himal

  • Tsum valley in Nepal is also said to be the valley of vegetarians, peace and happiness. Secluded in the high himalayan mountain range close to Tibet.

    Village Chhule