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Manaslu Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Mt Manaslu at 8,163 meters – 8th highest mountain of the world
  • Magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other surrounding snow capped peaks
  • Explore the sub tropical dense forests as well as many traditional villages with warm friendly locals.
  • Opportunity to gain climbing experience over 8000 meters altitude.

Trip Introduction;
Mount Manaslu 8,163 meters is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Located in the mid west part of Nepal, the mountain rises spectacularly above its surrounding foothills allowing us to explore the diverse landscape while offering a challenging climbing experience. The name of the mountain ‘Manaslu’ literally stands for ‘Mountain of the Spirit’ and is derived from Sanskrit word – Manasa, meaning ‘soul or spirit’. The climb of Mount Manaslu is considered difficult with several technical sections and extreme challenges. Mount Manaslu was first ascended on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu who were members of a Japanese Expedition team. As the climb to the summit includes setting up several camps above base camp, high level of technical climbing experience with good physical condition is highly recommended for expedition of Mt Manaslu. Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is an excellent opportunity for adventure seeking climbers to gain climbing experience over 8,000 meters altitude.

Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a couple of days sightseeing around Kathmandu and making necessary preparations for the climb, we will take a long and scenic drive from Kathmandu towards Soti Khola – the starting point of the trek. From there we will trek following the main Manaslu circuit trail that passes through several remote villages and terraced farmlands towards Manaslu Base Camp. Once at the base camp our Sherpa crew will quickly set up the camp and make necessary preparations for further ascent to reach the summit of Mount Manaslu. We will need to set up additional camps above base camp before reaching the final peak summit. Fully acclimatized and properly equipped with all the climbing gears, we will follow the instructions given by experienced climbing experts and head towards the summit of world’s 8th highest mountain. Our tiring climb is rewarded with breathtaking views of high valleys and surrounding mountains. We will spend short quality time at the summit before descending down following the same route. Having achieved our target summit of Mt Manaslu, we will retrace our steps following the same trail back to Soti Khola. Our adventurous and challenging Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a scenic drive from Soti Khola back to Kathmandu.
Other trips we offer inside Manaslu Region; Manaslu Circuit Trekking, Larkya Peak Climbing

Find our day to day Itinerary of Mt. Manaslu Expedition through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be greeted and then transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu & Climbing Preparations.
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
We will spend our day sightseeing around some of the attractive world heritage sites within Kathmandu valley. Also, today we will complete all the necessary paper works and other preparations required for Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola [712m/2335ft] [9-10 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we will take a scenic drive over the zigzag hilly roads towards Soti Khola – the starting point of the trek. Soti Khola is located at the north of market town – Arughat. It takes approximately nine to ten hours to reach Soti Khola from Kathmandu. During our drive we will have opportunity to observe the daily survival activities of local people while our drive passes through several roadside market towns and villages. After a long day’s drive we will arrive at Soti Khola for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [883m/2896ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Soti Khola we start our trek by crossing the bridge and then climb over a big rock before eventually descending back down to the banks of the Budi Gandaki river. Our trek goes along the steep rocky trail as we head towards the Gurung village of Labishe at 880 meters above the sea level. After some time of trekking from Labishe, we will arrive at Maccha Khola for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat [1415m/4641ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Machha Khola and trek along the course of Buri Gandaki river before climbing and descending through several ridges. After some time of trekking the valley widens allowing us to follow a good trail towards the village of Jagat. Jagat is a common village name in the high mountains meaning ‘custom post’ and is the traditional tax collection point for trade to and from Tibet. We will spend our overnight at Jagat.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng [1804m/5917ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Jagat our trail heads towards Setibas, where we can see several beautifully painted Mani walls which indicates that we are entering Tibetan influenced region. Our trail continues further up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola, and towards Philim. From there we descend passing through the grassy slopes and head for the crossing the Buri Gandaki river. Our trail becomes a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to reach the tiny village of Deng. This region is inhabited primarily by Gurung ethnic communities who have been practicing Buddhism for a rather long period of time.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung [2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Deng and follow the trail that comprises of several ups and downs until we arrive at Ghap. Ghap is a rather small village consisting of five or six stone houses and is famous for its Mani wall with distinctive carvings of Lord Buddha. Our trail from there is a long climb through dense bamboo and rhododendron filled forests all the way to Namrung – a village with lovely stone houses and a police check post that controls access to the upper part of the valley.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon [3541m/11614ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we leave Namrung by crossing Therang river along an easy trail that passes a waterfall on the left side before entering the scattered village of Barchham. Our trail climbs for a rather short time to arrive at the village of Lihi. From there we will descend to cross Hinan (Khola) river before ascending to reach the village of Sho. During our trek today, we can enjoy spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli dominating the Skyline. Our trail dips through Numla river as we gently descend and then follow the flat trail that leads to the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.
By now we have reached over 3,500 meters above the sea level. Hence, acclimatization is very essential to avoid mental and physical altitude sickness and to ensure the successful summit climb of Mt Manaslu. One of the most popular places to visit is the – Pung Gyen Gumba which is situated beneath the east face of Manaslu. Alternatively, we can relax and make exploration around the busy village and gompas of Samagaon.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp [4400m/14432ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
After spending a full day rest at Samagaon, we will follow the trail that climbs steeply over the glacier moraine. Our trail passes through serene and beautiful glacial lake – Birendra Kund which lies at the foot of the glacier with mesmerizing reflection of Manaslu and its northern icefall. Our uphill trekking can be very tiring so resting every now and then helps in restoring energy much needed when trekking in higher altitudes. Once we arrive at the campsite, our Sherpa crew will quickly set up the Base Camp and start making necessary preparations for setting up additional camps at higher altitudes before attempting the main summit climb of Mt Manaslu.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11-35: Climbing period of Mt Manaslu [8163m/26774ft] and descend back to Base Camp.
We will spend several day doing climbing training practices with adequate acclimatization. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works from carrying all the necessary climbing gears, setting up at least four additional camps at higher altitudes above base camp and providing healthy meals while we engage in climbing training activities. Fully equipped with all the necessary climbing gears and with proper acclimatization we will follow the footsteps and guidance of our experienced climbing experts. Overcoming several technical climbing sections and taking the weather conditions into consideration we climb towards the summit of Mt Manaslu – 8th highest mountain in the world. Once at the top we are rewarded with mind blowing views Ganesh Himal, Manaslu North, Himal Chuli and views of high mountain valleys. We will spend short quality time at the summit and descend following the same route back to the base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 36: Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaon [3-4 hrs Trek]
After achieving our target – summit of Mt Manaslu, we prepare for our return journey. We will make a relaxed start and then retrace our steps on the same trail that descends through the glacier moraine. After achieving a lifetime experience, we trek back to reach Samagaon for spending our overnight after the successful summit climb of Mt Manaslu – the 8th highest mountain of the world.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 37: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3872m/12700ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Today we leave Samagaon and follow the trail that runs north and parallel to Budi Gandaki river. Our trail heads through the summer herding area of Khormo Kharka, from where we can enjoy magnificent view of Manaslu from the mani wall. Our trek continues as we climb uphill for about an hour before descending down to a bridge over the river. After a short ascent, we will arrive at Samdo – which is basically a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40 homes.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 38: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Pedhi [4494m/14740ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Samdo and follow the trail that descends for the crossing of the bridge over the Gyala (Kholo) river. Our trail climbs to a large pile of Mani stones just above Larkya Bazaar. We continue our trek heading higher up with magnificent views of Larkya Peak and the north face of Manaslu. After some time of trekking we will arrive at Larkya Pedhi where there is a large emergency shelter with recently built tea houses.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 39: Trek to Bimtang [3720m/12201ft] via Larkya La Pass [5135m/16842ft] [8-9 hrs Trek]
Today we start early as it is going to be a long day of trekking. We will follow the trail that climbs up a ridge, eventually ending up on top of the moraine at 4,690 meters. From there we climb more steeply towards the top of Larkya La Pass at 5,135 meters. From the top of the pass we will have amazing views of Himlung and Cheo Himals, Menjung, Gyagi Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. We descend steeply through icy and snow covered trail. An easy gradient finally leads us to Bimtang.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 40: Trek from Bimtang to to Dharapani [2006m/6579ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
From Bimtang, our trail descends passing through pine and rhododendron filled forests to Hompuk and down to a fork of the Dudh Khola. From there our trail can be a little difficult as it follows across some large landslide affected areas to the scattered settlement of Kharche. Our trail from there is a downhill trekking towards the large Gurung village of Tilije. We will cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river to reach Dharapani for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 41: Trek from Dharapani to Syange [1194m/3916ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Dharapani and follow the trail that climbs up and away from the Marsyangdi river to a broad flat valley. Soon our trail reaches the village of Tal. The village lies at the foot of a large waterfall. Our trail heads towards Chyamje, crossing the river once again. From there we will descend through forests of rhododendron and pine to arrive at Syange.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 42: Drive back to Kathmandu [8-9 hrs Drive]
Today we will take a drive from Syange back to Kathmandu which takes approximately eight to nine hours of drive journey. At, first the drive may not seem pleasant because of the bumpy roads but once we are on the highway – the zigzag road offers beautiful riverside scenery on our way back to Kathmandu. In the evening feel free to explore the busy market streets of Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 43: Leisure day in Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. Also, walking around the shopping streets of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Manaslu Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: 
Hotel/Resort
Meals: 
BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 44: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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Your Program Duration = 44 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including City guide, entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for mount Mt. Manaslu Expedition
  • All essential trekking permit and Conservation Area fees
  • Tea House accommodation during pre-climbing & Post- Climbing journey [Day 4-11 & Day 38-42]
  • Camping accommodation during climbing from Day 12 to Day 37.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide Team
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipments – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • Personal climbing gears
  • Your Personal Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cost of personal nature expenses
  • Tips & Summit Bonus for staffs

Important Info

Essential Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness; It should be simple designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons; It should be fit with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe; used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender; also known as Jamar, used for ascending on rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp; multi led head lamp with spare batteries are essential.
  • Karabiners; requires minimum 2 locking carabineers (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regular.
  • Rappel Device; includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles; Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings; requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Masks, Hoses and Regulators; recommended good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter Watch;
  • Climbing Helmets; It is an essential gear to be safe from possible ice falls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable.

Clothing:

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

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Reviews

Mount Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions

We decided to book our Manaslu expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. And now having complete the expedition successfully, we don’t have words enough to thank all the help and support we received during the whole time. The team work was just amazing.

Everything was very well setup, we had individual tent with comfortable mattress. Our dining tent had a heater and had plenty of hygienic food. The point is , we were all well fed with fresh and healthy food.

Our Sardar (climbing guide) Ang-Dawa Sherpa was one of the best technical climbing guides, we’ve ever known. He always made right decisions and took care of every one of us individually. Our entire Sherpa team did the fantastic job of carrying the group gears, food, tents and other necessary things.

Without their support we could not have climbed the summit of Manaslu.

So thumps up for excellent staff !!!

We were provided with best oxygen masks and cylinders which worked smoothly during the summit day.

Everything was just perfect !!! The feeling at the top was just OMG !! We did it !!

We strongly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition not only for trekking and peak climbing but also for the expedition of high mountains over 8000 meters. We are sure, you won’t be disappointed.

Visited September 2012

Florian and Group – FRANCE

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