• MANASLU TREK AND SERENITY
    OF SERANG GUMBA

Manaslu Trek and Serenity of Serang Gumba

The Manaslu trek with Serang Gumba offers breathtaking mountain vistas and rich cultural experiences. Highlights include the stunning views from Pungyen Monastery and the significant Buddhist landmark Serang Gumba

Country
Nepal
Duration
22 Days
Difficulty
moderate
Activity
Expedition
Max. altitude
5100m
Best season
Spring - Autumn
Accomodation
Hotel - Tea house- Tent
Meals
Included
Start/End Point
kathmandu-Manbu/Nache village- kathmandu

Experience the breathtaking Manaslu trek with Serang and Pungyan Monastery, renowned for its stunning mountain vistas, rich cultural encounters, and spiritual awakening. This trek showcases diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to high mountain terrains, including Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal views. The Budhi Gandaki River's gorges and valleys add to the scenic beauty.

Trekking Experience and Scenic Beauty

The Trekking to Serang and Pungyen Gumba is an adventure in itself. Trekkers will traverse diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rugged mountain trails. The trek provides an opportunity to witness the region's rich biodiversity, including various species of flora and fauna. The panoramic views from Serang and Pungyen Gumba are truly awe-inspiring, offering a unique perspective of the Manaslu and Himalchuli ranges.

Serang Gumba in Kutang valley

Serang Gumba, prophesied by Guru Padma Sambhava in the 8th century as a Beyul – Hidden Sacred Land, is the heart of Kyimolung, known as the "Happy Valley" or "Valley of Peace." This sacred pilgrimage site is nestled in northern Gorkha, surrounded by Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Shringi Himal.

Pungyen Gumba in Nubri valley

Pungyen Gumba, also known as Pungyen Monastery, is a hidden gem located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of approximately 4,000 meters, this remote and serene monastery offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the majestic Himalchuli and Manaslu ranges.

Pungyen Gumba can be accessed as part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, one of Nepal's most rewarding trekking routes. The monastery is near Shyala and Sama village, the trek's highest point at 5,160 meters. The journey typically begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Manbu village, followed by several days of trekking through the beautiful and varied terrain of the Manaslu region.

Historical and Cultural Significance

Both Serang and Pungyen Gumba holds great spiritual importance for the local Tibetan Buddhist community. The monastery serves as a center for meditation, prayer, and religious ceremonies. It is a place of deep tranquility and spiritual awakening, attracting pilgrims and trekkers seeking a peaceful retreat amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Trekking Route for Serang and Pungyen Monastery

The trek ranges from 600m to 5160m in elevation and is ideal for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path, physically challenging, and spiritually enriching adventure. As a restricted area, a licensed guide is mandatory. The route, part of the Great Himalayan Trail, can be completed in 21 days, staying in local teahouses.
Our Route Starting from Soti Khola after a drive from Kathmandu, the trek follows the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through areas with strong Tibetan influence. The highest point is the Larkya Pass at 5160m, offering spectacular views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Larke Peak, Annapurna II, and Mt. Manaslu.
Descend through the alpine valley at Bhimthang, following the Dudh Khola to join the classic Annapurna circuit at Dharapani. The trek concludes at Besisahar, with transport options back to Kathmandu.This trek offers panoramic mountain views, rich biodiversity, and the chance to see wildlife like snow leopards and blue sheep. Our affordable packages include experienced guides and porters, ensuring a memorable trek. Allow 21 days from arrival to departure from Kathmandu for this incredible journey.

 

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our local team warmly welcomes you at the airport. You will then be escorted to the hotel, where you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. The itinerary includes a briefing about the trek's progress and presentation, followed by leisure time. If you arrive in the morning, you'll have the entire day at your disposal. This can be used for rest or for those interested, to explore the surroundings freely. It's an ideal chance to deeply experience Nepalese culture and indulge in the local culinary delights.

Transfer to hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1350 m
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Have breakfast and then you have the whole day to explore the best Kathmandu Sightseeing spots with your guide. You can visit and explore one of the most famous Shiva temples, Pashupatinath, recognized as the monkey temple; Swyambhunath, the largest Stupa in the world, also called Boudhanath Stupa; and finally the Royal Palace, Kathmandu Durbar Square. The next day, you will begin your trek on the Annapurna Circuit, so you have to check your equipment to make sure that you are ready for your adventure and climb. Have dinner and stay overnight in the same hotel in Kathmandu
 
Day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We leave by bus in the direction of  Arughat- manbu. The road offers great views of the Trisuli River Valley, but shortly after the road turns away from it, we turn north through beautiful tropical scenery. At Arughat Bazaar we change vehicles. We go up the course of the Budhi Gandaki, through fields and rice paddies, to Manbhu, passing through the villages of Arkhet, Almara Lapubesi, and machhakhola.

Drive in a private vehicle
Final altitude:1300m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

In the early morning, after enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will begin our trek by walking along an uphill road, passing through the scenic Dhunchet village. As we continue our journey, we will cross a river using a suspension bridge, and then start a gradual ascent that will take us approximately 2 hours until we finally reach the charming Yarsa village.

6 hrs of walking
Final altitude:930m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

In the early morning delightful breakfast to energize ourselves for the day ahead. Our trek commences as we walk along an uphill road, passing through the picturesque Kashi Gau village, surrounded by its serene beauty. Crossing a river via a suspension bridge, we continue on our path and eventually arrive at the enchanting Kaerauja village. Here, we are greeted with breathtaking views of majestic mountains, including the awe-inspiring Ganesh Hilam and Buddha Himal. As we proceed further, the trail involves some ascent, offering us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the surrounding landscape. For the next 2 hours, we walk along an uphill road, relishing the natural beauty and soaking in the essence of this scenic region. Finally, our journey brings us to the  Runchet village, where we can enjoy a well-deserved rest and embrace the warm hospitality of the gurung locals.

7hrs of walking
Final altitude:1900m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge


In the early morning, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on our trek along the scenic trail, passing through the charming Hulchowk village. We take a break for lunch, and then we descend to Dova. Continuing on, we gradually ascend and cross a river using a suspension bridge, leading us to the breathtaking Jagat village. Here, we are treated to stunning mountain views, including the majestic Ganesh Himal and shiringi Himal. Notably, Jagat serves as a checkpoint for obtaining a special permit, allowing us to explore restricted areas safely.

6hrs of walking
Final altitude:1500m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

We begin our trek by walking along a stone path, crossing a river, and passing through the scenic Salleri village. Continuing on, we reach Sirdibas and then Philim village. After a rewarding morning of trekking, we stop for a well-deserved lunch break in Chisopani village. Our journey continues as we cross a long waterfall, and eventually, we arrive at Nyak Phedi. Continuing onward, we reach Pewa village and finally make our way to Deng, marking another milestone in our unforgettable trekking experience.

7hrs of walking
Final altitude:1350m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

As we trek through the area, we come across several "Tibetan" villages, each with engraved stone walls and prayer wheels, showing us how their culture differs. The path can be a bit challenging at times due to rockslides. We also walk through a lush and damp forest where we might spot some monkeys, who are friendly and not aggressive. Before we reach the village of Rana and bhi vilage, we encounter a steep uphill climb. Bhi village is a lovely and traditional village with a unique stove right in the middle of the main street, and we can see local women busy weaving on their looms.

6hrs of walking
Final Altitude:2200m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

Manaslu trek with Serang Gumba offers sensational mountain vistas, rich culture, and spiritual awakening. The trek showcases diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to flowering rhododendrons. The Budhi Gandaki River flows through gorges and valleys. Serang Gumba, known as Kyimolung, is a powerful Buddhist site, considered a Beyul or Hidden Sacred Land, offering spiritual realization and stunning mountain views. Located in northern Gorkha, it is nestled between Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Shringi Himal.

6hrs of walking
Final Altitude:
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge


Manaslu trek with Serang Gumba offers sensational mountain vistas, rich culture, and spiritual awakening. The trek showcases diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to flowering rhododendrons. The Budhi Gandaki River flows through gorges and valleys. Serang Gumba, known as Kyimolung, is a powerful Buddhist site, considered a Beyul or Hidden Sacred Land, offering spiritual realization and stunning mountain views. Located in northern Gorkha, it is nestled between Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Shringi Himal.
follow the same route to bhi village. after bhi we cross the bridge and slight ascent to a ghap village

4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2700m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

The path can be a bit tricky as we ascend to the small villages of Gapshe. We cross through a humid forest where we might spot some monkeys, but they are not aggressive. Before reaching the village of Namrung, we face a steep climb. Namrung is a beautiful typical village with a unique stove in the middle of the main street, and we can see women working on their looms. we pass through superbly cultivated plateaus and various villages like Baksan, Lihi, and Wangsang. As we walk against the backdrop of Manaslu, the scenery is strikingly picturesque, with the mountain standing out immaculately against the colorful fields. We reach Shyo, offering us splendid views of the Ganesh Himal and the Himal Chuli. Along the way, we encounter a series of beautiful chortens and mani walls. Reach in lho we take the opportunity to visit the village, its school, and its small monastery.

7hrs of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3200m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 We also have a beautiful view of the Manaslu  Himal. We visit Lho Monastery before continuing to Shyala. From Shyala we head towards Sama then we branch off towards the old monastery of Pung Gyan at 3,870 meters above sea level. This stage is a little-used variant of the Manaslu tour and allows us to perfect our acclimatization. We are in a wild environment between a rock and grassy plateaus. The panorama is exceptional and we admire the Manaslu which is getting closer to us every day. We are not far from the glaciers and the chortens and mani walls remind us of a human presence from a not-so-distant time. We retrace our steps to take the "classic" path and go to the village of Sama.

7hrs of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3500m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Acclimatization day. We visit the superb Tibetan village of Samagaon, the monastery, and the cells of the nuns, we make a short detour to Lake Birendra Kund (3,570 m) located at the foot of Manaslu. For the fittest and best acclimatization, it is possible to climb to the base camp of Manaslu at 4,850 meters (+1,350 m, -1,350 m, and about 10 hours of walking), for this, you will have to leave very early in the morning and plan a picnic. 

7 hours of walking
Final altitude: 4800m base camp
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

We continue our progress towards the long Mani wall of Kermo Manan and the village of Samdo (3,800 m) located very close to the Tibetan border, not far from the confluence of the Sama Chu with the Budhi Gandaki, and which is home to a community of Tibetan refugees. A caravan trail joins Tibet by the Lajyung Pass (5,096 m).

7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,980m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house


Altitude acclimatization day. It is possible to discover the surroundings of Samdo before continuing our progress toward Dharamsala. A stone hut only. The highest camp of the trip, the night will be cold.

4hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4470m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house


Departure early in the morning, going up the course of the Larke Khola. The progression is easy at first, then becomes much steeper at the end of the ascent of the Larkya pass, the altitude of which varies quite significantly depending on the sources, from 4,910 m to 5,220 m. In any case, we have a great view of Tibet border peaks such as Cheo (6,812m), Nemjung (7,140m) and Himlung (7,126m), as well as Kang Guru (7,010m), Gyaji Kang (7,036 m) and even Annapurna II (7,937 m). On the other side of the pass, we often descend on snow, then scree, to reach the glacial valley of Bimtang, from where we can see the west face of Manaslu.

9 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

we descend the valley of the Dudh Khola River to the wooded with rhododendrons and conifers forest to arrive at the surki Khola. We still cross mountain pasture hamle4hours of walking

4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2700m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

After enjoying an early breakfast, we will begin our trek by walking towards Tiliche village. We'll cross the Dhukh Khola and venture into the lush forest. Along the way, we'll visit a small monastery. Continuing on the forest trail, we'll come across a suspension bridge that we'll cross. Following that, we'll ascend about 200 meters, leading us to the charming Nach village.

6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2400m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

After a private jeep drive to Besisahar, we will change vehicles to continue our journey to Kathmandu.

7-8 hours of walking
Meals: breakfast – lunch 
Accommodation: night in the Tea house

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.


Trip Included

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 3 nights sharing a twin bedroom at the hotel (3 Star category) in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • PERMITS : All necessary paper works: Trekking Permit including MCAP and special permit, TIMS Card & conservation entry fee.
  • SPECIAL PERMIT: Manaslu valley restricted permit
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • MAP : Manaslu Region Trekking map.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Land Transportation: Kathmandu – machha khola and while returning Dharapani - Kathmandu (by reserved Jeep/bus, as per itinerary)
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
  • FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing basis in tea house/camp during the trek.
  • GUIDE : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.

Trip Excluded

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepal Visa fee is US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU & POKHARA : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
  • TOILETRIES: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE: Internet facilities during the trek is not included.
  • TIPS: Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
  • EXTRA: Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Notes: Costs may be prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking/tour days get modified.

Note: For unforeseeable reasons at this stage of climatic hazards, form or deformity of the participants or others (state of the roads, traffic, case of force majeure . your guide or guide may have to adapt the program, if necessary for the smooth running of your trip. He remains the sole judge and guarantor of your safety. Walking times are given as an indication and may vary from one participant to another.

Trip Organization

Your Guide and Team

Your guide, from your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure, is responsible for the success of your trip and oversees your team. Do not hesitate to ask him questions, respect his position as the team leader, and above all follow his advice! Often your guide is the only English-speaking member of the team. In the mountains and, especially when during high-altitude travels, your guide is responsible for the safety of the group. The instructions he gives and the remarks he makes to all participants must be carefully followed. The interest and safety of the trekking group must be preserved, even when it may be to the detriment of an individual member of the group.

Your Nepalese team may consist of several people, each with different responsibilities. They are:

The Guide Leader (Sirdar) is responsible for and leader of the whole team, and is treated with respect by all. Often he has earned his position by starting as a porter and rising through the ranks.
The Assistant Guide is actively helping clients under the leader’s direction and set camp. 
The Porter is the load carrier for the trekking group. As Nepal is a mountain country with few roads, porters are employed to carry loads. Compliance with regulations and common courtesy dictates the maximum weight carried and the minimum wage paid. Porters are provided with gear based on the routes they follow, and with insurance for alpine treks.
Each trekker is allotted the following maximum weights per person: Lodge (tea house) Accommodations: 15 kg maximum; Tent Camping: 22 kg maximum; Expeditions/summit ascents: 20 kg maximum. The porters are given a premium wage for carrying loads over 30 kg. 
In addition, the  Alpinist club takes care to take out insurance for the Guide and porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for crossing passes at altitude (even if wearers often refuse to put on shoes due to lack of habit).

Accommodations in Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, you will accommodate in a hotel. We use different hotels depending on availability. The two preferred hotels are:

Hotel Ramoda: Located in the heart of Thamel, this hotel is ideal for walking the bustling streets of Kathmandu. The spacious rooms all have a bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. A fully equipped and active dining room is available for all meals, and the breakfast buffet offers a wide choice of foods. The hotel offers currency exchange, laundry services, and luggage storage.

 Sampada Garden: Located just 20 minutes on foot from Thamel and  Durbar Square, this hotel is convenient for exploring Kathmandu. The rooms have all the necessary comforts for your stay: air conditioning, bathroom, and Wi-Fi. Breakfasts are served as a generous buffet. The hotel provides currency exchange, laundry services, and luggage storage.

Accommodation during the  Manaslu trek 

For lodge accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken from the lodge's dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu: 
Here is a typical one-day menu: 
breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
Lunch: a main course, tea or coffee
Dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee
During the trek, tea or coffee is served with meals. Two cups per person are included. Apart from these included menus, other drinks and foodstuffs will be at your expense.
Water: provide tablets (Hydroclovazone, Micropur, or another type) to disinfect the water you put in your water bottle, depending on the source and on the advice of your guide. It is sometimes possible to buy purified water and refill your water bottle without having to buy bottled water. You can also buy mineral water in the cities (not included in the price) but its ecological balance is poor, as you know. Also, we do not recommend it.

Preparation for the Trek
Preparing for the trek requires several months of preparation with 4 to 6-hour walks every weekend for stamina and participating in a sport that required short periods of high exertion.

Medical check-up
Being in good health is essential to fully enjoy your Alpinist Club trip. If your last medical visit was more than four years ago, please get another general physical exam and tell your doctor the nature of your trip (climate, altitude, difficulty, etc.). The altitude also has the effect of reviving dental problems or other chronic pain, so getting a dental checkup is also prudent. If you are undertaking a high-altitude expedition, we advise you to consult a mountain medicine specialist.

Acute Mountain Sickness
This trip takes place at high altitudes, so some people may experience altitude-related discomforts like headaches, loss of appetite, and swelling of limbs. Most of these symptoms usually go away within a few days, but sometimes they can develop into a serious illness: pulmonary or cerebral edema. There are no preventive drugs for AMS. Diamox diuretic is often effective for symptomatic relief, but you should first check with your doctor to verify that it is not contraindicated for you. Think about it before you go.


Your personal trekking gear

Your personal trekking gear


  • woolen hat 
  •  fleece hat 
  •  T-shirt 
  •  Thermal full t-shirt (base layer) 
  •  Fleece jacket 
  •  Down jacket
  • light insulating wear (mid-layer) 
  •  Gore-Tex jacket 
  •  Thermal Trouser (base layer) 
  •  Trekking trousers (flexible ) 
  •  down pant 
  •  Gore-Tex pants 
  •  Gore-Tex gloves 
  • thin/warm gloves 
  •  Rain punch 
  •  woolen shock (thick) 
  •  sandal 
  •  camp shoes (sports shoes) 
  •  Trekking boot 
  •  sun /glacier glass (uv protection) 
  •  snow gaiter (also buy in Nepal ) 
  •  sleeping bags or liners (if possible ) 
  •  personal first aid
  •  pocket knife
  •  washing soap, towel, tooth pest/ brush
  •  sun lotion enough +30 /50 & lip guard
  •  Trekking poles (u can buy in Nepal as well)
  • headlights, water bottles, Thermos
  • books, a camera, playing card

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Alternative Route Sranga Gumba

Our trek along the Manaslu Circuit - Alternative Route was truly unforgettable, thanks to our guide Buddha Gurung and porters Bibek and Dhanrajl. Exploring the alternative route was a highlight, immersing ourselves in village life and experiencing homestays along the way, which provided an incredible insight into Nepalese culture. Buddha's knowledge and approachability ensured a safe and enjoyable experience, while our friendly porters, who spoke excellent English, added to the camaraderie of the journey. Subash was fantastic in coordinating everything via email and even assisted us with organizing additional aspects of our trip after the trek. It's evident that this company genuinely cares about ensuring a memorable experience in Nepal. We highly recommend booking with them for your next adventure.

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  • Tibetan populations and monasteries
  • At the foot of Manaslu Himal 8160m
  • A route still little frequented
  • Possibility to continue with the tour of Manaslu
  • Maximum altitude 5,100m larkya pass

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