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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

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!

Hike to Pungyen Gomba from Peter Kent on Vimeo.

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.

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