In the Tibetan language ‘Be’ means hidden and ‘Yul’ means valley.
Long ago, during the eighth century, when Guru Padmasambhava, the saint credited with spreading Buddhism into the Himalayas and Tibet was in Tibet, he forecasted in the presence of Tibetan King Trisong Detsen and others at Samye Monastery that in the distant future, when there would be warfare, strife, and difficult circumstances in the world, good people and dharma practitioners should travel to ‘Beyuls’ or hidden valleys situated south of the Tibetan Himalayan range for refuge.
Guru Padmasambhava is said to have empowered 108 of these havens, places where there would be perpetual peace and prosperity, and where spiritual progress would be facilitated.
Out of the 108 beyuls, only 7 are well documented in classical texts – 4 of which are in Nepal.
The 4 Beyuls in Nepal are ‘Kyimolung’ (Valley of Peace ) in Gorkha district, ‘Namgo Dagam’ ( Valley of ) in Rasuwa district, ‘Yolmo’ ( Valley of ) in Sindupalchowk district and ‘Khenpalung’ ( Valley of ) in Sankhuwasabha district.
Shambhala Trekking’s scholar guides will guide you to these sacred valleys with full explanation of the significance of these valleys, as Beyuls are also associated with certain Buddhist practices. All of these valleys lie off the main trekking trails in very picturesque areas and offer unique scenery and culture.