Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu Expedition
Price inclusive $ 14019
30 days

“Manaslu Expedition: An adventure on top world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu of awesome beauty”

Highlights:

  • On top of the world with a classic climb on world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu
  • Sweeping panorama view of dramatic landscapes and peaks of Mid-West Nepal
  • An amazing journey with grand scenery on daily walks and climb of Manaslu
  • Trek and climb within beautiful landscapes of high hills-valley and stunning peaks.
  • Exploring Buddhist culture, traditional villages, and monasteries of Mid West Himalaya

Expedition at a Glance:

Highest access: 8,163m (26,763ft)
Duration:  49 Days
Group Size: 01 – 10 person
Co-ordinates:  28032’58’’ N, 84033’43’’
First summit: Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japanese team) in 1956
Location:  Lamjung District, Nepal
Arrival On:  Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
Grade: 4+
Accommodation: Hotel/lodge/Camp
Meals: B. L & D during the trek and climbing period and breakfast in Kathmandu
Best Season: Spring (April and May) and autumn (October and November)

Standing at 8,163m, Mt. Manaslu, located immediately next to Annapurna, is the world’s 8th highest peak in the world. Meaning “The Mountain of Spirit” in sacred Sanskrit dialects, the name Manaslu refers to an intellect or soul. It was first summit by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, memebers of a Japanese expedition in May 9, 1956.

Manaslu is a serrated wall of snow and ice soaring high in the sky. The incredible peak of Manaslu is buttressed by great ridges running roughly due east to west and north to south and many peaks rises from its narrow icy ridges. These ridges includes a host of peaks that stands at 6,000m – 8,000m.

Mt. Manaslu is technical and physically taxing peak, so each of climbers must have prior experience, excellent fitness and great adeptness at high altitude.

Manaslu Peak Expedition Route

Mt. Manaslu offers many climbing routes that leads us to the common summit and many of them have been used by legendary summiteers. However, we will use the standard and commercial route which was once used by Japanese expedition group in 1956 via northeast face.

First we walk along the Burigandaki Valley for several days high up to Samagoan – here we stay one more night for acclimatization. From here, we climb uphill via Birendra Tal to the base camp at 4,750m.

Camp 1 (5,700m/18,700ft) – 04 hours

Today we climb along the bamboo markers through incredible glacier to Camp 1. We use fixed ropes to cross crevasses and big gaps. We set a camp at 5,700m at the base of the north peak right above the glacier.

Camp 2 (6,400m/2,1000ft) – 05 hours

The climbing route to Camp 2 is quite technical. We will cross a giant icefall and snow covered crevasses. Follow the command of your guide strictly. Though the route is challenging, camp2 is nestled in the safest part of the route on a relatively plain area at 6,400m.

Camp 3 (6,800m/22,310ft) – 02 – 03 hours

Today we continue climbing high up to Camp 3 (6,800m) which is located beneath the col. We camp below the col to avoid the strong winds. The climb is quite easy and short; which offers us enough time to acclimatize and explore. Today the route don’t require to use ladders but there are some crevasses where you can jump to cross.

Camp 4 (7,500m/ 24, 606ft) – 04 – 05 hours

It is the last camp before the summit. Today we climb up via remaining glaciers and steep route of ice and snow. We use the proper gear as per the recommendation of our guide.

Camp 4 is often said a dead zone so we suggest you to take an extreme caution.

Summit (8,156m/ 26,759ft) and back to Camp 3 – 16 – 17 hours

Today is the day that we have been desperately waiting for. We start very early at around 1:00 AM. If everything goes as planned, we will summit the peak by 7:00 AM.

Just beneath the main peak, you will find another dummy peak. Crossing the peak and climbing via exposed ridge of 70m distance, we will reach the summit of Manaslu.

Initially, the climb is not difficult and technical but as we cross the dummy peak, it becomes steep to the summit.

We then descend back to camp 3 using ropes and other gears which takes 8 hours.

Best Time for Manaslu Expedition

Spring (April and May) and autumn (October and November) are the best of the year for Manaslu expedition. Though these seasons are favorable months, we still suggest you to get the clear insight of weather and snow conditions of the mountains which you are willing to climb.

Many climbers prefer spring and autumn for climbing expedition as this season is safe and success rate is high.

The snow begins to melt and it is easy to fix the ropes and other gear on the climbing route. Likewise, the visibility is high due to clear weather and the warm temperature makes your climb comfortable.

 

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and Manaslu Expedition Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu – Arughat (570m) – Soti Khola (730m)  to begin Manaslu climbing expedition

Day 04: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (930m)

Day 05: Machha Khola – Jagat (1,370m)

Day 06: Jagat – Philim (1,570m)

Day 07: Philim – Deng (1,540m)

Day 08: Deng – Ghap (2,165m)

Day 09: Ghap – Lho (3,180m)

Day 10: Lho – Sama Goan (Ro) (3,525m)

Day 11: Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Goan

Day 12: Sama Goan – Manaslu Base Camp (4,750m)

Day 13 -40: Manaslu Expedition Climbing Period

Day 41: Trek to Sama Goan after the Manaslu summit expedition

Day 42 -46: Sama Goan – Arughat

Day 47: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 48: Free Day at Kathmandu

Day 49: Final Departure

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), our airport representative will receive you and transfer you to the designated hotel. Look for our company name in placard or display card.

Note: If you happen to arrive Kathmandu before 4 PM, the briefing about the expedition will be held in the same day at hotel lobby or at our office. Make sure that you ask every questions regarding the expedition.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and Manaslu Expedition Preparation

The very next morning, we will proceed for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. After breakfast, at around 8:00 Am, we will host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel lobby and introduce you to your trek/climbing leader.

After the pre-trip discussion and breakfast, we will start a sightseeing trip at 9:45 AM in the morning. We will provide you a city guide and private vehicle at your disposal. Today we will visit some revered UNESCO heritage sites listed below:

Pashupatinath:

Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located about 5km east of central Kathmandu along the bank of holy Bagmati River. Non-Hindus are strictly prohibited to enter the main gate of temple; but you can clearly observe the temple and ongoing rituals from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. Here you can also observe the cremation process of Hindu bodies.

Pashupatinath is a square two-tiered pagoda temple; built on a single tire plinth; which is famous for its spiritual power all over the world.

Boudhanath:

Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddha stupa for Tibetan Buddhist in Kathmandu. Built in 5th century, this gigantic stupa has four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal direction; which observes the wrong deeds of people. Here you will find a Buddhist pilgrim making a holy Kora about the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Swayambhunath:

Swayambhunath; also called a monkey temple, is a hill stupa that overlooks the entire valley. It is believed that the stupa came in existence since around 500 CE. The main entrance of stupa has 365 stone steps which you need to negotiate to reach the main complex of stupa.

The rest of the day is spare for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel.

Overnight at hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu – Arughat (570m) – Soti Khola (730m) to begin Manaslu climbing expedition – 7 – 8 hours

After early morning breakfast, we leave for Sotikhola, the starting point of the trek. A westward 70km drive through forested mid hill route takes us to Malekhu. From here, we take a secondary tarred road to north through Trishuli River towards Dhading Bensi and bumpy 35 km dirt road to northwest takes us to Arughat on the Budhi Gandaki Valley. We then cross Ankhu Khola and drive further for 3 hours up west bank of river to Soti Khola.

Overnight at lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (890m/2,920ft) – 14km/ 6 – 7 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek with a gentle climb through forested route of Sal. We also come across several terraced ridges and waterfalls. The trail then gets narrow and sometime you may even have to walk alongside the cliff. The trial then take a downhill route through rice paddies before rising to the picturesque village of Labubensi (885m/2,800ft). After crossing a suspension bridge and Nauli Khola Falls, the valley begins to widen up and then descends down on to the gravel bank along the river before gaining height gradually to Machha khola.

Overnight at lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Machha Khola – Jagat (1,370m)

The trail continues to follow the river with minor ups and downs. We cross Tharo Khola River and enter into the village of Khorla bensi. After few more ups and downs, we reach a small hot spring in Tatopani. From here, we ascend over the hill and then cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. Further, we continue via wide and well-structured staircase along a landslide area to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we again ascend a stone stairs and then descend down to the river to climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Finally we cross the west bank of river and climb over the ridge before rising gently towards the village of Jagat.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Jagat – Philim (1,570m)

Today we cross a tributary and continue moving via cliff-side trail towards Salleri with the great views of the Shringi Himal (7,187m/23,580ft) to the north. Then we drop down to Sirdibas which offers the first aroma of Buddhist culture. Crossing another suspension bridge takes us to the east bank of river; from where we climb up to the prosperous village of Philim. Philim is a stunning Gurung settlement which houses Chhling Sandu Gompa surrounded by an ancient terraced fields.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Philim – Deng (1,540m)

Today we take a northern route just above the lowest house in the village and walk on a leveled trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The trekking route drops to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek walk along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then walk through a boamboo forests to the Deng Khola. We cross the river before reaching the tiny village of Deng.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Deng – Ghap (2,165m) 6 – 7 hours

After walking beyond Deng, we cross the River and rise towards the village of Rana (1,910m). We then rise to the village of Bhi and then head west up the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Further we pass through forests and mani before reaching to Ghap.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Ghap – Lho (3,180m)

Today we climb through the village of bamboo and bird-filled forests before crossing the North bank of sheer rocky walls. The river then becomes constricted by hard rocks; a small wooden bridge takes us south bank as the river flows on thunder pace below. ON the way, we can enjoy the great views of Tibetan highlands: that adds its volume to the lower river at its confluence. We then reach Namrung, the permit check post, is the entry point to Upper Nupri (western mountains. The people of region are the descendent of Tibet and wear traditional attire – Chubas.

The trail then goes through the maize and barley fields to Barsam which is gentle. Climb steeply towards Lihi (2,900m, homes are grouped in clusters beneath one shingled roof).

We then walk on a side valley, cross the Hinang khola before cimbing steeply to the chorten land marking the ice walls of Himal Chuli to the south. Beyond are the apple orchards and houses of Sho (2,960m). We continue upwards with good views to the small hamlets of Shrip.

From Shrip, we walk on winding path towards Lho: and enjoy the world’s 8th highest peak (8,156m/26,760ft).

The stunning Ribung monastery perched above the village houses – 150 monsk.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Lho – Sama Goan (Ro) (3,525m)

Today we drop down steeply to come across the Damonan Khola tributary. Then we follow a stream up through magnificent mixed forest and short ascend takes us to a adversely deforested plateau. Here we can witness peaks rising on all sides: Himal Chuli (7,893m) and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chulu, 7,873m) to the south and Manaslu and glacier ahead and snow-capped peaks to the north and west.

Later we cross a new suspension bridge over the Numla Khola that flows Manaslu’s Pungyen Glacier. Then we drop down to the broad valley past a school and extensive field to a large chorten.

Now we enter the village of Sama through a yellow kani and line of stone mani walls. From here, we can witness the Upper Manaslu and Naike ridge.

Overnight in lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Goan

Today we explore the village of Sama which is Nupri’s regional center. We will explore its architecture, customs and households. We can see many items made for trade in Tibet that includes Chubas and Woven Rugs using local or imported yarn for sheep and goats.

A little further of village is ancient Kargyu Chholing Monastery (700 years old). The monastery offers fascinating architecture and great woodworks. We can also visit the Birendra Tal (3,450m) located below the glacier.

Overnight in Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Sama Goan – Manaslu Base Camp (4,750m)

Today we climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to Pungyen Gompa. We continue towards Birendra Tal and beyond the Birendra Tal, we need to climb about 1200m (3 – 4 hours) to the Manaslu Base Camp.

Camp Overnight

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 – 40: Manaslu Expedition Climbing Period

The Manaslu Expedition Climbing Period includes pre-climb training and gradual ascend to the top via camp 1, 2, 3 and 4. It also includes downhill descend back to the base camp.

Day 41: Trek to Sama Goan after the Manaslu summit expedition

Retrace your back via same route to Sama Goan. We will enjoy a short visit around the village with early arrival from the Base Camp.

Overnight in Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 42 – 46: Sama Goan – Arughat

From Day 43 – 47, we hike downhill back to Arughat via Nyak, Jagat, Maccha Khola and Arkeht to Arughat.

Day 47: Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River with great views of green hills, mountains, terraces and villages on the both sides of road.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 48: Free Day at Kathmandu

Today we will enjoy a leisure day at Kathmandu. We can explore the remaining landmarks of Kathmandu which we were unable to explore on Day02. In the evening, we will attend a farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 49: Final Departure  

Your adventurous expedition in Nepal comes to an end today. An airport representative from High Five Adventure will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Farewell!!!

Cost Details

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Pickup and Drop Services via private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu in B & B basis
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (professionally trained wilderness first aid & altitude sickness
  • An experienced local porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • An experienced high altitude cooks with helper
  • All the staffs salary, insurance, transportation and accommodation
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary (Kathmandu – Arughat – Kathmandu)
  • Common climbing gear – Rope, ice bars, ice screws and snow bar
  • Full board meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation at hotel/lodge/camp during the trek
  • All camping accommodation for staff
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle
  • Trekking Permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit)
  • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking Permit during the expedition period
  • Climbing royalty and permits to climb Mt. Manaslu
  • One experienced, trained, government licensed and 3 or more time summiteer climbing guide per person.
  • Medical consultation service at the base camp with the HRA clinic at the base camp
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff
  • Satellite phone for communication
  • Oxygen cylinder for each members
  • Gamov Bags for high altitude sickness
  • EPI cooking gas and stove in camp one, two and three

Cost does not include on:

  • Lunch & Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (expect for welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee and international flight
  • Personal nature expenses – any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate bars, laundry, phone calls and more
  • Clothing, personal medical kit and trekking gear
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Tips for guide and porter

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