Mount Manaslu Expedition is the 8th highest mountain in the world. it is located in the midwest 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‘. Mount Manaslu is difficult with several technical sections and extreme challenges. Manaslu Expedition is an excellent opportunity for adventure-seeking climbers to gain climbing experience over 8,000 meters altitude.
Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu have first ascended Mount Manaslu on May 9, 1956. They were members of a Japanese Expedition team. As they climb to the summit includes setting up several camps above base camp you need a high level of technical climbing experience with a good physical condition is highly recommended for the Manaslu expedition.
Manaslu 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. Seti Khola is 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 a 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 the 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. Finally, our adventurous and challenging Manaslu Expedition ends with a scenic drive from Soti Khola back to Kathmandu.
Other trips we offer inside Manaslu Region: Larkya Peak Climbing
Equipment Needed During Climbing
30 min Drive
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuvan 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.
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.
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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 day sightseeing.
Meals: BB Plan
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 the 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.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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.
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.
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 the 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 practising Buddhism for a rather long period of time.
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.
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.
By now we have reached over 3,500 meters above the sea level. Hence, acclimatization is 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.
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 the serene and beautiful glacial lake – Birendra Kund which lies at the foot of the glacier with a 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.
25 days climbing toward Mt. Manaslu
We will spend several days 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.
3-4 hrs Trek
After achieving our target – the 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 in the world.
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 a 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.
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.
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 Himal, Menjung, Gyagi Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. We descend steeply through the icy and snow-covered trail. An easy gradient finally leads us to Bimtang.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Manaslu Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.
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The difficulties of Manaslu Expedition depends on these common factors:
Yes, you need to get climbing insurance for Manaslu Expedition ( 8163 M ) which will also cover your trekking insurance.
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You Should Bring:
Personal Climbing Gears:
Group Climbing Gears:
Rucksack and Travel Bags
Depending upon the steep hills, slopes and difficulties and high altitude of the trail one porter can carry 25 kilograms of weight.
Usually, we provide one porter for one client.
But, We will also provide porter according to the size of your group if needed.
If there is an emergency, our climbing guide will help you during difficult situations with safety care, medical treatment and communication services.
Communication is also available as the internet and satellite phone, so a guide would help you if something critical situation occurs.
Mount Manaslu is the world's 8th highest peak having 8,163 meters tall. During trekking, we cross the various remote villages of Manaslualongsidee we trekking on Manalsu Circuit also. Mount Manaslu is very tough/ difficult having a remote location, suddenly changing weather and many technical sections on the way. It is a popular mountain with the best trekking route that is Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Things You Should Know?
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 teamwork was just amazing.
Everything was very well set up, we had an 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 the 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 thumbs up for excellent staff !!!
We were provided with the 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.
Florian and Group
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