Pungyen Gompa side trip on the Manaslu Trek
Is the day’s side trip (6 hours round trip) from the Manaslu Trek to Pungyen Gompa worth it? Have a look at the video and decide for yourself!
Villagers and western pilgrims hike to a Buddhist monastery near Samagoan, Nepal (near the Tibetan border). Shot with a Canon 7D and a monopod in late November, 2010.
Guy Shachar writes (on his very useful blog):
Base point: Shyala or Samagaon
It is a day trip that starts in a branch of the trail between Shyala and Samagaon. From the branch it takes about an hour to reach a Yak pasture area and additional one and a half hours to reach the Gompa, which is located at the end of a vast grassy plateau surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This is one of the best places to get a view of Mount Manaslu and its surroundings, but again – the effort is worth only on a clear day. The Gompa includes a small prayer hall and some monk dormitories built into the mountain. There are no accommodation facilities here but it looks like a tempting place for camping. Morning views from here will probably be awesome.