Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2019 | Change

via Punggen Gompa side trek (3 days)
Manaslu Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Samagaon and Punggen Gompa

Difficulty: moderate
via Punggen Gompa

This tiny monastery at the foot of Manaslu makes up in location for what it lacks in size. The day trip from Samagaon to Punggen Gompa offers spectacular views of the mountain.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Punggen Gompa at 3870 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 5.2°C (41°F) and lows down to -10.8°C (13°F) at Punggen Gompa.

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Sat Dec 14 (day 1)

Samagaon (3530 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.2°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.8°C (16°F) in December.

Samagaon

Rating: | 6 reviews
Highlights: Manaslu Base Camp and Samagaon
Difficulty: strenuous
High above Samagaon, this day hike follows a ridge overlooking the clear blue lake of Birendra Tal with panoramic views across the valley. It’s a strenuous climb that offers rewarding views during the ascent to the basecamp of the world's 8th highest peak. Images from via Manaslu Base Camp Side Trek

Sun Dec 15 (day 2)

Punggen Gompa (3870 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -10.8°C (13°F) in December.

Punggen Gompa

Samagaon (3530 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.2°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.8°C (16°F) in December.

Samagaon

Rating: | 6 reviews
Highlights: Manaslu Base Camp and Samagaon
Difficulty: strenuous
High above Samagaon, this day hike follows a ridge overlooking the clear blue lake of Birendra Tal with panoramic views across the valley. It’s a strenuous climb that offers rewarding views during the ascent to the basecamp of the world's 8th highest peak. Images from via Manaslu Base Camp Side Trek

Mon Dec 16 (day 3)

by Petr (Czech Republic) on Nov 26, 2019

Around Manaslu via Kal Tal, via Tsum Valley, via Punggen Gompa, via Ganesh Himal Base Camp, and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

Truly spectacular. Wow

by Renae (Australia) on Oct 28, 2019

Around Manaslu via Punggen Gompa and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

This is a nice cruisy side trip that is good for acclimatisation. We took a packed lunch and picnicked before coming back down.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Petr (Czech Republic) on Nov 26, 2019

Around Manaslu via Kal Tal, via Tsum Valley, via Punggen Gompa, via Ganesh Himal Base Camp, and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

Base camp was truly amazing as well as good for acclimatisation

by Renae (Australia) on Oct 28, 2019

Around Manaslu via Punggen Gompa and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

We loved this side trip! Great for acclimatisation and for a challenge. It is a long day so start early and take a packed lunch and snacks. Well worth the effort and the views on the way up.

by Lily (USA) on Dec 2, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Phurwa Sherpa

Spectacular, so glad we did it!

by David (New Zealand) on Nov 6, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Dawa Sherpa

The day we went to the Monastery (rather than Base Camp) was a day of celebration. We met the Monks who had come to pray and it was a very surreal experience surrounded by the snow covered high peaks whilst listening to the incantations. Beautiful spot.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Joel (Canada) on Jun 4, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Ang Rita Sherpa

If possible I would recommend a day trip to Manaslu base camp. It is not only a great way to acclimatize as it follows the climb high sleep low rule but is also amazing to see where a push for the summit of Manaslu all begins. Although the peaks are intimidating from the teahouse villages, seeing the peak from base camp really puts into perspective how massive the mountains truly are.

by Petr (Czech Republic) on Nov 26, 2019

Around Manaslu via Kal Tal, via Tsum Valley, via Punggen Gompa, via Ganesh Himal Base Camp, and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

Base camp was truly amazing as well as good for acclimatisation

by Renae (Australia) on Oct 28, 2019

Around Manaslu via Punggen Gompa and via Manaslu Base Camp led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

We loved this side trip! Great for acclimatisation and for a challenge. It is a long day so start early and take a packed lunch and snacks. Well worth the effort and the views on the way up.

by Lily (USA) on Dec 2, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Phurwa Sherpa

Spectacular, so glad we did it!

by David (New Zealand) on Nov 6, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Dawa Sherpa

The day we went to the Monastery (rather than Base Camp) was a day of celebration. We met the Monks who had come to pray and it was a very surreal experience surrounded by the snow covered high peaks whilst listening to the incantations. Beautiful spot.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Joel (Canada) on Jun 4, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Ang Rita Sherpa

If possible I would recommend a day trip to Manaslu base camp. It is not only a great way to acclimatize as it follows the climb high sleep low rule but is also amazing to see where a push for the summit of Manaslu all begins. Although the peaks are intimidating from the teahouse villages, seeing the peak from base camp really puts into perspective how massive the mountains truly are.