Best Recommended Side Trips In Manaslu Trek
18 Aug 2019 Dil Gurung
Manaslu trek another famous trekking route in Nepalese Himalayas, a trail taking around the world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and crossing over dramatically Larkya la pass. Manaslu circuit trek is blooming into the Nepalese tourism since camping trek is cut-off and the tea house is opened along the Manaslu trek route. Also, it believed the alternative path of classical Annapurna circuit trek due to the jeep road extend up to Pisang village. On the Manaslu circuit trek can do a lot of site trek both east and west bank of Buri Gandaki river and above the wild valley. Plus-point of Manaslu trek can do a day trip to Tibet border called Rui La pass and step-in to Tibet without a visa.
Syarang Gumba (4130 m)
Kal Tal (Kalchhuman Lake)
Kal Tal (3700 m), One of the fresh watery isolate lake lying above Prok village en route of Manaslu trek. Should travel on off the beaten path into the dense mixed forest of wild flora
Hinang Gompa (3200 m)
The Buddhist monastery set out-track of Manaslu circuit trek and can visit from Lhi village. A sacred Buddhist sites set above the tiny Hinang village with facing mount Himal Chuli. The untouched land can reach after an hour off-road trekking on the green and yellow color pine forest. A branch trail leading ascent along the small stream which originate follow down from Hinang glacier. The monastery has great value on local where some local kids (boy and girl) are practicing Buddhism also can see two monasteries that for nunnery and monk. The main monastery has beautiful ancient wall painting with three statues including future Buddha “Maitreya”, Padmasambhava and Avalokiteśvara
Pungyen Gompa (3980 m) and glacier
Great place for side trip en route of Manaslu circuit trek. Beautiful green plateau on foot of Mount Manaslu, Hiuchuli and peak Dr. Harka Gurung. Pungyen gompa has a Buddhist temple and some compartment for monks. Also individual quarters for the monks’ meditation and retreats. Pungyen Gompa, a huge yak pasture is surrounded by several high mountains. No accommodation facilities here but occasionally can accommodate with monks in a dormitory with simple meals like barley porridge “Champa” with butter/salt tea. Worth to spend overnight either in a tented camp or in monks hostel, can rent a tent from Shyala or Samagaon. The nearest human settlement of Pungyen Gompa is Shyala and Samagaon, a detour will be around 4/5 hours for up and down. Day trek to Pungyen Gompa is pretty tranquil with short ascending up on alpine terrain. Follow small branch route from near to suspension than can also see the footprint of yak and gentle climbing up on grit trail to the small summit then hike continued on the large grassy ground to the Pungyen Gompa with enjoying the surrounding view.
Manaslu Base Camp Day Trip
One of the fabulous day trek to Manaslu base camp (4800 m), it is a long and hard day trek with steeply climbing up in the thin air. It is a recommended day trip for acclimatization day which is preparation against Larkya La pass. Hiking with pack lunch and energy bar as well as drinking water because of no tea shop en route of Manaslu base camp. The trail starts in the moraine with following flatten path up to small stone hut then exposed on a steeply up on the sloppy hill above the huge valley with picturesque sights of Birendra lake. A further route to MBC is steady upon pebble but each of your steps offers an impressive view of the larger glacier with the wider alpine valley below. The path is pretty narrow further-up also grit as well, your body might feel hard but rewarded with a breathtaking view of Mount Manaslu and glacier. Manaslu base camp has a sign of traditional stone stupa where colorful prayer flags fluttering against killer mount Manaslu. During the Mount Manaslu expedition period, can meet up with bold people and listen to their climbing experience. After taking amazing photoshoot and picnic walk down on a thrilling path to Sama.
It is one of the hidden cave where need to go through wilderness trail into the dwarf flower shrubs. It is one of the secret places where Buddhist saint Milarepa had done meditation while roaming across the Himalayas. It is a short day tour in the less-visited area thus, can spot wild animals and birds of high altitude.
One of the beautiful Himalayan turquoise lakes, Manaslu glacier is the water source and exit to Buri Gandaki River. The huge Manaslu glacier is followed down from base camp and it comes all the way to the bottom of the large cliff and turns on the turquoise lake. The lake name is driven from our late King Birendra. The beautiful blue and green color Birendra Lake situated 60-min away from the lodge. It is one of the easiest physical exercise acclimatizations around Samagaon where the walk contains mostly flat thru alpine forest also possible to encounter the multiple birds. On way to hotel visit Tibetan cultural flavor Buddhist monastery, Nubri Pema Decho Ling then take a rest.
Rui La Pass (5000 m)
Rui La pass, border of Nepal and Tibet, the frontier is separate by fence and iron pole. Most probably there will be no security from both sides then walk further Tibet side. Rui La border is laying between two high Rocky Mountains and such a windy ridge where Tibetan prayer flags are blowing with the wind. Also, have some concrete pillar where both Chinese and Nepalese characters are written with some numbers. Rui