Day 6 at Samagaon Acclimatization Day

2 March, 2024 By Dambar Khadka

Day 6 is your resting day, known as Samagaon Acclimatization Day. What is acculturation? Acclimatization is adapting to the surrounding environment concerning its temperature, humidity, altitude, level, and presence of certain chemicals.

In the words of Trekking, Acclimatization gives a similar definition to adapting to the surrounding climate. As you reach Samagaon, the upcoming environment will be vastly different. Samagaon is at a high altitude of 3530 meters above sea level. Samagaon is a suitable point for Acclimatization, as you’ll ascend to a higher altitude from Samagaon in the upcoming days during Manaslu Circuit Lodge Trekking.

Samagaon Acclimatization Day

After waking up and having a sound sleep at the lodge in Samagaon, you will have a warm breakfast. You will rest for several minutes after having breakfast. Then, you will take a side trip to adapt to the surrounding altitude. There are several options for utilizing the acclimatization day, including exploration of Samagaon and its culture; you can take a side trip to either Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake.

Samagaon and the surrounding culture:

Samagaon is a village in the Gorkha district, 3,530 meters above sea level, at the foot of Manaslu, under the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is a village development committee. The trail to Manaslu Circuit lies through the village of Samagaon, the best place to rest during the trek. Samagaon provides a stunning view of Mt. Manaslu, which blesses your eyes.

According to the Nepal Census of 1991, the total population of Samagaon is 665, with 179 houses. You must be curious about why there was no census information before 1991. The reason is that, before 1991, the authorities restricted all villages to Jagat and above, and no entry was allowed to explore the area. However, in 1991, the authorities granted the exploration of the restricted area by obtaining a special permit. 

To explore the Manaslu Circuit, one must obtain a special restricted area permit. Other restricted areas include the Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, and Kanchenjunga Trek. The trustworthy trekking agency Boundless Adventure can provide a special permit for these areas

The inhabitants of Samagaon are Tibetan Buddhists and follow Buddhism. There is a belief that they are migrants from Tibet who later became a part of the village of Nepal. The inhabitants of Samagaon follow Buddhism, and many Buddhist pilgrimage sites are in the Manalsu Circuit, including Mane, Monastery, and Chorten.

One of the famous monasteries of Samagaon is Punggen Monastery (Gumba). Punggen Gumba is a holy place situated at an altitude of 4050 meters above sea level. Different rocks of different sizes and Titanic mountains surround the massive grassy ground at the end of the area.

Punggen Monastery lies at the foot of Mt. Manaslu, which provides a spectacular view. It is an austere monastery with several dormitories for the monks. The monks are responsible for daily activities, including morning prayer and chanting. You can explore the cultural activities inside the monastery, as the monks living there are friendly and hospitable.

Buddha Purnima is the main festival of the inhabitants and the special day on which Lord Gautama Buddha was born in Nepal. People celebrate the day of Buddha Purnima as a joyful occasion, the day on which Lord Buddha was born, the day in which Buddha attained the state of Nirvana. The inhabitants of Samagaon also celebrate another festival, Lhosar.

Birendra Lake Explore the Samagaon Acclimatization

Birendra Lake is a renowned lake located at Manaslu Glacier, 3450 meters above sea level. To reach it, you have to ascend from Samagaon Village. It will take 45 minutes to reach Birendra Lake, spread over three squares. 

On your way to Birendra Lake, you will also see the Statue of Rimpoche, the Second Buddha. Guru Rimpoche is a form of Buddha who teaches enlightenment, emphasizing Tantras. Guru Rimpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, is one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism. You can glimpse the statue of Guru Rimpoche on your way to Birendra Lake.

Birendra Lake is a perfect viewpoint that provides mesmerizing views of the surrounding environment. From the lake, you can see the stunning scenery of the snow-capped mountains and
Glaciers, including Mount Manaslu, Punggen Glacier, and Yamnag Glacier. Several inclined hills surround Birendra Lake, along with stony ground containing many stones.

 The water inside the lake is fresh and blue. On the bank of the lake, you will find a symbol of good luck made by visitors through several rocks, big, medium, and small. The construction involves placing large stones at the bottom, medium stones in the middle, and small rocks at the top.

You will be amazed by the beauty of Birendra Lake, which is clean and clear. Especially on a sunny day, you can see the fascinating reflection of the sun and the surrounding hills and snow-capped mountains in the lake.

Hiking to Manaslu Base Camp:

Manaslu Base Camp lies at 4400 meters above sea level. It is east of Birendra Lake. The glaciers, including Manaslu Glacier, Syacha Glacier, and Yamnang Glacier, surround Manaslu Base Camp. You can have a spell-binding view of the snow-capped mountain Mt. Manaslu from the Manaslu Base Camp. Mt. Manaslu, known as Kampungge Himal, is 8163 Meters above
sea level. 

Mt. Manaslu is the world’s eighth-highest mountain. The Manaslu Base Camp trek passes through a remote area far from modern influences, providing travelers with inner peace. 

Nepal is a well-known destination for tours and Trekking. One of the most famous trekking areas is the Everest region, where the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, lies. The trek to Everest Base Camp experiences much crowding as people worldwide come to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt. Everest and the natural scenarios of a mesmerizing country. 

Manaslu Base Camp is quite famous for discovering yourself throughout the trek. Why do people take a vacation, or why do people want a break from day-to-day life? Of course, it is because daily life sometimes feels like a burden. At some point in life, people feel exhausted doing the same thing repeatedly and dealing with the same people daily. 

You surely want a break to be free from the chaotic life and to immerse yourself in nature and the surroundings because nature heals and gives us spiritual and mental energy. Similarly, even though the trek to the Everest region is most renowned worldwide, people also like to visit Mt. Manaslu because of its less crowded and peaceful trail.

High-Altitude Sickness

What is the cause of high altitude sickness? High altitude sickness is caused by rapidly ascending to a higher elevation without letting your body adjust and adapt to the surrounding environment, which reduces oxygen and changes air pressure. Putting a lower oxygen level in the air and blood causes high-altitude sickness. 

As mountain climbers rapidly ascend to higher elevations, they will likely experience high-altitude sickness. Usually, when trekkers hike above 3000 feet without Acclimatization, there is a higher possibility of suffering from high-altitude sickness. There are three stages of high-altitude sickness, including acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

High-Altitude Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Racing Heart
  • Dizzy and Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced Performance and Co-ordination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling exhausted

How do you care for high-altitude sickness?

Some of the measures to cure High-Altitude Sickness are as follows:

  • Stop your journey and acclimate
  • Descend in case of High-Altitude sickness worsen
  • Medication Pills, including acetazolamide, dexamethasone, and nifedipine. 

Preventive Measure

One of the most effective methods to avoid high-altitude sickness is Acclimatization. Acclimatization helps your body adapt to the surrounding temperature, balancing your inner body temperature and outer environment. Other measures to prevent high-altitude sickness during mountain climbing include Trekking and hiking in the Manaslu Conservation Area.

  • Consult your doctor if you have diseases related to the heart and lungs. 
  • Involve yourself in physical activities, including Aerobic training.
  • Practice Yoga breathing rhythms.
  • Make a habit of drinking large amounts of water.
  • During the trek, slowly ascend to a higher altitude to get your body to adapt to the surrounding environment.

Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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