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12 Night 13 Days
Availability : Summer and Spring
Thamel Kathmandu
Manaslu Region
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15

Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa

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    Maximum Altitude: 5106m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

The Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the Manaslu Himalayas, providing a special route for adventurers who want both excitement and cultural experiences. Along the way, you get to see the stunning views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain globally. A key highlight of the journey is Pungyen Gompa, hidden at around 4,200 meters. This special place adds extra charm to the trek with its traditional Tibetan design and peaceful surroundings.

Approaching Pungyen Gompa, trekkers are greeted with wide views of snowy peaks, creating a beautiful setting for this spiritual place. The monastery is a calm spot, letting trekkers connect with the spiritual side of the Himalayas. The trek through Pungyen Gompa is a chance to experience the local culture, getting a glimpse of daily life and traditions in traditional Tibetan villages. These villages add to the journey’s charm, showcasing the strength and warmth of the mountain communities.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek through Pungyen Gompa isn’t just about stunning views; it’s also a cultural adventure, making it an unforgettable experience for those wanting a more private and genuine Himalayan journey. With its mix of natural beauty, cultural depth, and the peaceful atmosphere of Pugyen Gompa, this trek is a hidden gem among trekking routes, calling out to brave travelers to explore the heart of the Manaslu region.

Trip Overview:

  • Destination: Manaslu Circuit through Pungyen Gompa
  • Starting point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • No of Days: 13 days
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn season
  • Group size: 1-15 max

 Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa Highlights

  • Explore the ancient Pungyen Gompa, a significant monastery on the Manaslu Circuit, providing insight into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region.
  • Trek through varied landscapes, including lush green forests, terraced fields, and high-altitude alpine meadows, each offering a unique and captivating environment.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Manaslu range, creating a stunning backdrop throughout the trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by passing through traditional villages like Lho, Samdo, and Sama Gaun, where you can witness Tibetan-influenced architecture and customs.
  • The challenging Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,160 meters, is a high point of the trek that rewards trekkers with unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Traditional Villages: Experience the charm of traditional villages, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their way of life.
  • The majestic beauty of the Himalayas, with every step offering awe-inspiring scenery and a sense of connection with the natural wonders of the region.
  • Engage in cultural exchanges with local communities, fostering a deeper understanding of the traditions and lifestyles of the people along the Manaslu Circuit.
  • The sense of adventure and solitude as you trek through less-trodden paths, experiencing the remote wilderness of the Manaslu region.
  • The Manaslu Circuit Trek through Pungyen Gumba provides a holistic experience, combining adventure, cultural exploration, and the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa Itinerary

  • Day 1: Drive From Kathmandu to Maccha Khola – 930 m – 7 hrs
  • Day 2: Trek From Maccha Khola to Jagat – 1,340 m – 6 hrs
  • Day 3: Trek From Jagat Through Pewa to Deng – 1,804 m – 7 hrs
  • Day 4: Trek From Deng to Namrung – 2,630 m – 6 hrs
  • Day 5: Trek From Namrung through Lho to Shyala Gau – 3550m – 4 hrs
  • Day 6: Trek From Shyala Gau to Sama Gaun through Pungyen Gompa – 3.530 m – 4 hrs
  • Day 7: Acclimatization Day (Day side Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake)
  • Day 8: Trek From Sama Gaun to Samdo – 3,865 m – 4hrs
  • Day 9: Trek From Samdo to Dharmasala – 4,460 m – 4 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek From Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass – 3,590 m – 10 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek From Bimthang to  Goa – 2550m  – 7 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Dharapani and Drive to Besishar on sharing Jeep
  • Day 13: Drive Back to Kathmandu – 1400 m – 5/6 hours

 

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

Complementaries

Return After Trip Complete
  • Trekking Pole
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dawn Jacket
What to Expect
  • Explore the ancient Pugyen Gumba, a significant monastery on the Manaslu Circuit, providing insight into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region.
  • Trek through varied landscapes, including lush green forests, terraced fields, and high-altitude alpine meadows, each offering a unique and captivating environment.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Manaslu range, creating a stunning backdrop throughout the trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by passing through traditional villages like Lho, Samdo, and Sama Gaun, where you can witness Tibetan-influenced architecture and customs.
  • The challenging Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,160 meters, a high point of the trek that rewards trekkers with unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Traditional Villages: Experience the charm of traditional villages, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their way of life.
  • The majestic beauty of the Himalayas, with every step offering awe-inspiring scenery and a sense of connection with the natural wonders of the region.
  • Engage in cultural exchanges with local communities, fostering a deeper understanding of the traditions and lifestyles of the people along the Manaslu Circuit.
  • The sense of adventure and solitude as you trek through less-trodden paths, experiencing the remote wilderness of the Manaslu region.
  • The Manaslu Circuit Trek through Pugyen Gumba provides a holistic experience, combining adventure, cultural exploration, and the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa Photos
Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Drive From Kathmandu to Maccha Khola

Distance covered: 126km

Travel Duration: 7 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 930m/3051.18ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Starting the Manaslu Circuit Trek is exciting! It begins with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola, a lovely village sitting 930 meters high. During the drive, you’ll see beautiful landscapes with green valleys and winding rivers. The long journey not only takes you far but also helps you move from the busy city to the peaceful mountains. When you reach Maccha Khola, you’ll feel welcomed by its friendly atmosphere. This is where your adventure begins, promising a mix of nature and learning about the local culture. The drive is like the opening act, getting you ready for all the amazing things you’ll experience in the heart of the Manaslu region.

Day 2: Trek From Maccha Khola to Jagat

Distance covered: 22.5 km

Maximum Altitude: 1340m

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 6 hrs.

The walk from Maccha Khola to Jagat is a fascinating part of the Manaslu Circuit, taking about 6 hours and going up to 1,340 meters. When you start walking, you’ll see and hear the amazing things nature has to offer. The path leads through different places, like nice villages and by beautiful rivers, showing you lots of green plants and peaceful scenes. The 6-hour walk isn’t just about moving your body; it’s also like slowly getting into the beauty of the Manaslu area. Jagat, which is at 1,340 meters, is a friendly place with old-style stone houses and a cozy atmosphere. This part of the walk gives you a taste of what’s coming next on the Manaslu Circuit  a mix of natural beauty and interesting culture.

Day 3: Trek From Jagat through Pewa to Deng

Distance covered: 8 km

Maximum altitude: 1804m

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel duration: 7 hrs.

Trek from Jagat through Pewa to Deng is like going on a beautiful journey that takes about 7 hours and goes up to 1,804 meters high. As people start this journey, they see lots of amazing natural things. The path goes through different places, like Pewa and other nice areas, with pretty villages and calm riverbanks that make everything look like a picture. This 7-hour hike is not just about going a long way; it’s like really exploring the beauty of the Manaslu region. Deng, which is at the elevation of 1,804 meters, is a special place with old-style things and a friendly atmosphere. This part of the walk shows more of how beautiful the region is, getting everyone ready for more exciting things along the Manaslu Circuit.

Day 04: Trek From Deng to Namrung

Distance covered: 15km

Maximum altitude: 2630m/8727.03ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 6 hrs

Walking from Deng to Namrung is like going on a beautiful journey that takes about 6 hours and goes up to 2,630 meters high. As people walk on this path, they see lots of beautiful natural things. The way goes through different landscapes, showing how nice it is to travel from Deng to Namrung. Along the path, trekkers can see old houses  villages and pretty views, making a nice mix of experiencing both the local culture and nature. This 6-hour walk isn’t just about going a long way; it’s like slowly getting into the special beauty of the Manaslu region. Namrung is a friendly place with traditional culture and a cozy view. On this area trekkers see more of what makes the region so nice, getting them ready for more exploring along the Manaslu Circuit.

Day 5: Trek From Namrung through Lho to Shyala Gau

Distance covered: 17.2km

Maximum altitude: 3550m

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 4 hrs

The trek from Namrung to Shyala Gau, situated at an altitude of 3550 meters, is a captivating journey that unfolds the breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness of the Manaslu region in Nepal. Starting in Namrung, walkers follow a pretty path through green forests, where they can see amazing views of the mountains. The trail goes through the lovely village of Lho, with its traditional Tibetan-style houses and old monasteries.

As walkers go up to Shyala Gau, the scenery changes, and they can see the tall peaks of the Manaslu mountains. The trek takes about 4 hours and is a great mix of enjoying nature and learning about the local way of life. Shyala Gau, high up with wide views, is a peaceful spot for walkers to take in the beauty of the Himalayas and feel the calm of the mountains.

Day 6: Trek From Shyala Gau to Sama Gaun through Pungyen Gompa

Trek from Shyala Gau to Sama Gaun, nestled at an elevation of 3,530 meters, is a captivating journey through the stunning landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. Starting from Shyala Gau, trekkers embark on a roughly 4-hour adventure that leads them through the scenic route via Pungyen Gumba.

Pugyen Gumba is a quiet Buddhist monastery along the Manaslu Circuit in Nepal. It’s at a high place, about 3,530 meters up in the mountains. This place gives trekkers a calm and peaceful break in the beautiful Himalayan scenery. The monastery is known for its spiritual feeling and great views of the mountains around it. Going to Pungyen Gompa lets you learn about the local culture, with special flags waving in the wind and traditional ceremonies to see. People walking the Manaslu Circuit often feel comfort and peace at Pungyen Gompa, making it a part of the journey to remember.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day (Day side Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake)

The acclimatization day is a crucial pause in the trek, offering trekkers a chance to adjust to the higher altitudes encountered along the Manaslu Circuit. This designated day allows for a strategic break, ensuring a safer and more comfortable ascent. Trekkers have the option to embark on a side trip to either Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake, both providing unique and breathtaking experiences.

The journey to Manaslu Base Camp unveils panoramic views of the iconic mountain, while Birendra Lake offers a serene setting surrounded by the Himalayan splendor. This day is not just about acclimatization but also an opportunity to explore extraordinary destinations, making it a valuable and enriching segment of the Manaslu Circuit trek.

Day 8:Trek From Sama Gaun to Samdo

Distance covered: 16.4km

Maximum altitude: 3865m

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 4 hrs.

The walk from Sama Gaun to Samdo is a brief yet fulfilling part of the Manaslu Circuit, taking about 4 hours and reaching a height of 3,865 meters. As people start this journey, they see the stunning Himalayan views around Sama Gaun. The path goes through different kinds of landscapes, showing glimpses of snowy mountaintops and deep valleys, making the walk really beautiful.

Samdo, which is at 3,865 meters, is a friendly place with a special charm and the typical feel of mountain life. Even though it’s a shorter walk, this part of the trek gives trekkers a chance to experience both the local culture and the natural beauty.

Day 9: Trek From Samdo to Dharmasala

Distance covered: 11.7km

Maximum altitude: 4460m/14633ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 4 hrs.

Today morning we start our trek from Samdo to Dharmasala, which is up at 4,460 meters, is a tough but cool journey in the high mountains of the Manaslu region in Nepal. It takes about 4 hours, starting from the village of Samdo and going up to Dharmasala. The path goes through rough landscapes with some plants around, and you get awesome views of the tall peaks and the huge Himalayan area. As you go higher, the air gets thinner, making it feel like a real adventure. Dharmasala is a basic place to stay with simple rooms, and it’s an important stop for walkers going to even higher places. The trek lets you experience the mountain environment and the challenges of walking at really high altitudes.

Day 10:Trek From Dharmasala to Bimthang (3590 m) via Larkya Pass

Distance covered: 11.3km

Maximum altitude: 5106m/16751.97ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 10 hrs.

Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass is tough but exciting day on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It takes about 10 hours and goes up to a really high place, 5,160 meters at Larkya Pass. People on this journey go through a big climb at Larkya Pass, a super high point that shows off amazing views of snowy mountaintops and deep valleys.

 The pass itself is at 5,160 meters, which is a big achievement and lets trekkers see the awesome Himalayan landscapes. After that, going down into Bimthang, surrounded by greenery, gives a feeling of success in the middle of beautiful nature. Even though it’s a long and hard walk, this part of the trek becomes a really special experience, leaving trekkers with strong memories.

Day 11: Trek From Bimthang to Goa

Trek Duration: 7 hrs

The trek from Bimthang to Goa is a picturesque journey, spanning approximately 7 hours and descending to an altitude of 2,550 meters. As trekkers set out from Bimthang, they are immersed in the stunning landscapes of the region, featuring lush greenery and breathtaking mountain views. The trail winds through varied terrains, offering glimpses of the natural beauty that characterizes the Manaslu trek. Goa, situated at 2,550 meters, serves as a tranquil destination where trekkers can rest amidst the serene surroundings.

Day 12: Trek to Dharapani and Drive to Besishar on sharing Jeep

The last part of the Manaslu Circuit adventure is the trek to Dharapani and then driving back to Besishar on a shared jeep. During the trek, you’ll walk on a beautiful path, passing through pretty landscapes and traditional villages that show the area’s rich culture. Once you reach Dharapani, you switch to a shared jeep to start the journey back home. The jeep ride to Besishar is comfy and gives a nice view of the winding mountain roads. It’s a good time for trekkers to think about all the cool things they experienced during the trek. This mix of walking and jeep travel makes for a nice ending to the Manaslu Circuit.

Day 13: Drive Back to Kathmandu

Driving back to Kathmandu is the last part of the Manaslu Circuit, It takes about 5 to 6 hours.  As trekkers start this journey, they say goodbye to the mountains and slowly go back to the busy city of Kathmandu. The drive is like moving from the quiet mountains to the lively atmosphere of Kathmandu. Going on winding roads, trekkers can think about all the amazing things they saw during the trek and enjoy the last views of the Himalayan mountains. Returning to Kathmandu finishes the whole trip of the Manaslu Circuit, giving trekkers a feeling of success and lots of great memories from the awesome adventure in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gompa Route Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek Through Pungyen Gumba

FAQ

What is Pungyen Gompa on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Pungyen Gompa is an ancient monastery along the Manaslu Circuit Trek, serving as a significant cultural and spiritual site. It provides a glimpse into the religious heritage of the region.

How long does the Manaslu Circuit Trek through Pungyen Gompa take?

The trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days, depending on the specific route and the acclimatization pace of the trekkers.

What kind of landscapes can be expected during the trek?

The trek covers diverse landscapes, including lush green forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, and high-altitude terrain. The scenery changes as you ascend, offering a mix of natural beauty.

Are there views of the Manaslu mountain range?

Yes, the trek provides breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of the Manaslu mountain range, creating a stunning backdrop for the entire journey.

What is the Larkya La Pass, and is it challenging?

Larkya La Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass at 5,160 meters. It is one of the challenging highlights of the trek, requiring physical fitness and proper acclimatization.

How can one prepare for the high altitude during the trek?

Proper acclimatization is crucial. Trekkers are advised to spend a couple of days in higher-altitude locations, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness.

Are there accommodation facilities along the trek?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges in the villages along the trekking route, providing basic accommodation and meals.

Is a permit required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Yes, a special trekking permit is required for the Manaslu region, and trekkers are generally required to be part of an organized trekking group with a licensed guide.

When is the best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek through Pungyen Gompa?

The best times are during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to May) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (September to November) when the weather is generally stable.

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

While prior trekking experience is beneficial, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is feasible for trekkers with good physical fitness and a spirit of adventure.

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