Day 7 Manaslu Circuit: Trek to Samdo During Manaslu Circuit Trek

3 March, 2024 By Dambar Khadka

On the Manaslu Circuit trekking, day seven is a trek to Samdo. The sixth day is an acclimatization day. As a result, the journey from Samagoan to Samdo on the seventh day comes with a lower chance of altitude-related sickness. The trek to Samdo begins with a warm morning meal at Samagaon’s teahouse. Taking the main trekking route and walking alongside Budhi Gandaki Nadi river, you’ll make your way to Samdo from Samagaon.

Samdo trekking route

The trek from Samagoan to Samdo takes you through beautiful landscapes, including forests, suspension bridges, and high-altitude terrain. The trek to Samdo is short in distance; however, trekkers face some altitude gain upon reaching Samdo from Samagaon. While Samagaon is at 3530 m (11581 ft), Smado lies at 3690 m (12106 ft). The trekkers gain 160 m (525 ft) on the trip. 

The trek to Samdo provides the breathtaking beauty of the mountain ranges, glaciers, and Budhi Gandaki River. Along the way to Samdo, you’ll visit the monasteries, interact with the locals, and feel the untouched beauty of the area. The breathtaking mountain views and scenery near the Tibetan border are best when hiking to Samdo. Simultaneously, you can get into the Manaslu area’s biological diversity and biodiversity. 

The trek from Samagoan to Samdo is easy but requires good physical fitness and mental resilience. Hence, the trek to Samdo combines gentle walks, cultural exploration, and natural beauty. 

Passing through the mesmerizing landscapes of the region and visiting different chortans and monasteries, you’ll get to Samdo with a 4-5-hour trek. However, the time depends on your walking speed and how long you rest. Upon reaching Samdo, you’ll cover 9 km (5.59 miles). All along the journey to Samdo, you’ll cross suspension bridges twice over Budhi Gandaki. 

Throughout the trek to Samdo from Samagaon, there are no settlements for the people and no tea houses along the way. However, you’ll find some Kharka, including Lela Kharka. So trekkers should carry a refillable water bottle and bring light, energy-giving foods. 

Samdo Village

Samdo is a small settlement in the Manaslu Circuit located at 3690 m (12106 ft) above sea level. The village is a traditional town in the Manaslu region with a Tibetan influence and culture. Samdo lies in the Gorkha district of Nepal. The city is generally cold because Samdo is at a relatively higher elevation.

During the winter, Samdo faces freezing temperatures at night, and daytime temperatures range around 0 degrees Celsius. The summer season is warmer, but not as much as in lower elevations. The temperature ranges from 10–15 degrees Celsius during the day. Similarly, the village faces temperatures around 10–12 °C during the day and -5 to 5 °C at night in the spring. Furthermore, during autumn, the temperature ranges from 8 to 10°C during the day and -2 to 5 °C at night. 

The inhabitants of Samdo have relied on trade, agriculture, and animal husbandry to sustain their lives since ancient times. The locals are mainly involved in yak herding. There is a belief that yaks symbolize strength and resilience in the region.

Local Culture During Trek to Samdo

The Khampa community mainly lives in Samdo village. The Khampas are a different ethnic group with Tibetan origin, known for their strength, strong sense of identity, and unique cultural practices. The people know the Khampa community as aggressive among the Tibetan subgroups. However, you’ll not find any aggressiveness among the locals of Samdo. When exhausted trekkers get to Samdo, the inhabitants welcome them with open arms, bringing warm smiles and delicious food to boost their moods. 

The Khampa people of Samdo showcase pride in their culture, which trekkers can see through their clothing and architectural style. The Khampa people of Samdo wear beautifully woven clothes adorned with colorful designs and patterns that reflect the region’s rich cultural heritage. Similarly, the architecture of Samdo village is made up of stone houses carved with elegant wood, showcasing the Khampa people’s artistry and creativity.

The Khampa people of Samdo follow the Buddhist religion. The monasteries, chortens, and mani walls are the significant sites where Samdo people pray. Throughout the year, residents gather to celebrate religious festivals and ceremonies, performing traditional dances in honor of their religion.

For trekkers, Samdo is a village that allows you to learn about the unique ethnic group of Samdo. Trekkers have much time to explore the Samdo village, as the trek from Samagoan to Samdo is short.

Views

Along the way to Samdo from Samagaon, you’ll enjoy the view of nature and the region’s culture. The trek provides stunning scenery of the Himalayas, with each step presenting a fresh and untouched panorama of nature. As you make your way to Samdo from Samagaon, the snow-capped mountain of Mount Manaslu will accompany you. 

Views of Manaslu Circuit trek

The trail to Samdo passes through the green forest and river of Budhi Gandaki Nadi. The stunning views of the flowing river, waterfalls, and beautiful lush forest make your hike even more enjoyable. 

As you get to Samdo, you’ll see the breathtaking view of Manaslu North if the weather is clear.

Walking distance 

The trek to Samdo generally begins in the village of Samagaon. Trekkers start their hike to Samdo after the acclimatization day at Samagaon. The distance from Samagoan to Samdo is relatively shorter.

The walking distance to the Samdo generally depends on your walking speed. The distance also varies if you take any side trips along the way. However, if you walk through the main trekking trail without taking any side trips, you’ll cover approximately 9 km (5.59 miles) upon getting to Samdo directly from Samagaon. The time taken for the trek depends on the trekking speed. But generally, trekkers get to Samdo within 4 hours, which takes 5 hours maximum. 

Lodges/hotels

Village Samdo lies in the restricted region of Manalsu at a higher elevation. So, the modern facilities are not accessible due to their remote location and lack of transportation facilities. Hence, on the Samdo and throughout the journey to the Manaslu Circuit trek, you’ll stay in a local tea house or lodge with basic facilities.

Although tea houses are essential, you’ll get the necessary accommodation facilities. The tea houses of the Samdo provide basic, comfortable, and simple shared beds. Tea houses offer amenities on the bed, including a cover and pillow, and you need a sleeping bag for warm and comfortable sleep on your own. 

Although the facilities are essential in the eta house of Samdo, they are authentic and elegant. Throughout the stay, you’ll feel like you’re local to the area. The warm hospitality of the locals and their love and respect for you provide your body with relaxation even in the bare bed. Furthermore, the tea houses of Samdo are safe for you, and Boundless Adventure doesn’t compromise your safety. 

Foods 

The tea houses of the Samdo provide local and hygienic food to the trekkers. As you get to Samdo, you’ll have lunch and dinner there, and the next day, you’ll leave Samdo with breakfast there. The tea houses in the Samdo provide delicious meals, and meals come directly from the farm to the kitchen. Therefore, you’ll have healthy food at tea houses, vital to your trekking journey. 

The tea house offers a variety of food options from Nepali local cuisines, including rice, curry momos (dumplings), and other items that Nepali people have as international dishes. Various noodle options, including fried and soup, are available at Samdo’s tea house. However, if you prefer international dishes, you can also have them. Yet we suggest you taste and have local dishes, as they are more hygienic and affordable. Furthermore, we recommend you be vegetarian throughout the journey, as it will make your trek more memorable. 

In addition to food options, you can have hot beverages, including black and milk tea. Also, ginger, honey, and lemon water are available at the tea houses, but you must pay extra for the beverages. 

Electricity, WI-FI, and Hot shower

On the journey to Manaslu Circuit, Samdo village has an electricity facility and a hot shower. However, the Wi-Fi facility is minimal. The electricity facility is also limited, but not like WIFI. The tea houses in Samdo have a facility for solar energy and hydroelectric systems. But there is no certainty that the electricity will be available for 24 hours; we recommend that trekkers carry a power bank and portable charger to ensure they have access to power during their trek to charge their electronic devices. Also, consider bringing a 2-pin adaptor. 

The WI-FI facility is not available at the Samdo; however, you can take data for the internet connection on your phone. Two different SIM cards have a network facility at the Samdo: Ncell and NTC.

The tea houses in Samdo offer heated hot showers using gas or solar heating systems. However, the cost of a hot shower is extra. During peak seasons, hot showers may be unavailable. Before starting the trip, it is advisable to inquire about the availability of hot showers. 

Guide 

Due to the location in the restricted area, trekking in the Manaslu Circuit required hiring a guide. Being a part of Manaslu Circuit trekking in Samdo also requires hiring a guide. While hiring a guide is mandatory, it is also the best decision that none of the trekkers regret. However, when hiring a guide for the Samdo trek, choosing an experienced guide is necessary. Also, a guide should be licensed and knowledgeable about the area of the Manaslu circuit, including Samdo village. 

Just allow Boundless Adventure to arrange your overall trip with a guide who can make your overall journey more enjoyable. So before starting your trip, contact us for your Manaslu Circuit trek and to hire an experienced guide. To contact us, WhatsApp us at +977 9851033819. 

Hiking trail

The trail from Samagoan to Samdo is easy, with a gentle climb through the grazing ground of the yak meadow. The hiking trail to Samdo appears clear, with clear indications that are easy to recognize. Trekkers can easily find the way by themselves without requiring route-finding abilities along the way to the Manaslu conservation area.

Although there can be some obstacles along the way to Samdo, including rocks, tree roots, and minor stream crossings, trekkers can easily pass and don’t find any difficulties. Along the trek to Samdo, trekkers can expect a gentle and straightforward hiking trail. Furthermore, the short duration of the trek allows the trekkers to hike while taking a break and relaxing along the way, making the trekkers not feel hectic. 

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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