Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu Expedition
30 days

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


“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:

Accommodations:                   Hotel-lodge and camping from base camp above.
Trekking Grade:                      Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing Grade:                      A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities:                                Both ways scenic drive – trek and climb
Expeditions Durations:            39 Nights & 40 Days (With drive both ways)
Total Trip:                               45 Nights & 46 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons:                                  April to June or in early September to Mid October


Mt. Manaslu Expeditions stands as world 8th highest mountain of great beauty with its satellite peaks Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli that makes a massive Manaslu range of mountains of Nepal Mid West Himalaya, the main peak at 8,163m and 26,781 ft. high.

Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by the Japanese team of Toshio Imanishi with Nepalese Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa in early May 09th 1956 and the early pioneer and explorer to this area were H.W. Tilman around 1950s.

The mountain also called ‘Kutang’ in the local language of Tibetan origin and language, as upper Manaslu area mostly habitat by highlanders of strong Tibetan influence in culture and Buddhist religions, located on the old caravan trade route to Tibet also.

Mt. Manaslu derived from Sanskrit “Manas” meaning ‘spirit of the mountain or the soul’ (like Lake Manasarover of Mt. Kailash within Tibet).

Mt. Manaslu Expeditions with High Five Adventure is an enjoyable journey with moderate-adventurous to demanding walk and climb all the way on top of the summit, where you can marvel glorious views of Annapurna-Ganesh Himal and other Manaslu groups of mountains.

Our adventure involves an overland drive both ways with an interesting journey from warm sub-tropical temperature to alpine cooler climate around mid hills visiting traditional villages of immense Buddhist culture around Dyang-Logaon-Samagoan and then heading towards complete wilderness around the arctic zone of remorseless ice-fields and glaciers at Manaslu base camp and beyond.

After a challenging technical effort conquering the world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and feeling high in Great Spirit, along descend leads to follow Buri-Gandaki River downstream right from its glacier source to warmer areas of Soti-Khola and Arughat village for the drive back into hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu where this magnificent and overwhelming adventure to Mt. Manaslu Expeditions concludes.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your hotels.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Manaslu Expeditions with the optional tour.
Day 04: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat -07 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Machha khola 930m – 05 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m – 04 hrs
Day 09:  Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m – 06 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m – 05 hrs
Day 11: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
Day 12:  Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,400 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13-14: At Base Camp preparation for the climb.
Day 15: Trek and climb to Advance Camp 5,980m-04 hrs.
Day 16-35: (20 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.
Day 36: Back to Base Camp.
Day 37: Clean up and packing.
Day 38: Trek to Samagaon – 06 hrs.
Day 39-42: Trek back to Soti-Khola.
Day 43: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 44-45: In Kathmandu to submit the expedition’s reports and optional sightseeing tour.
Day 46: International departure for homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach at Kathmandu via airlines and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where you will be greeted with warm welcome by High Five Adventure staff and guides, and then transfer to your hotel where you will be joined with other members of Mt. Manaslu expedition, here our guide and group leader will information and brief with wide information regarding the trek and Mt. Mt. Manaslu expedition.

Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Manaslu expeditions.

With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipments for the expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.

For interested people can join in city tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites of impressive historical and cultural monuments.

Day 04: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs.

Starting this wonderful Mt. Manaslu Expedition with an interesting and exciting drive following the Trisuli River for a while along the busy main highway of Nepal that connects various destination within Nepal, and leaving the main road our route heads across the river to mid hill town of Dhadingbesi, and then on the dirt track for few hours reaching warmer sub tropical area near Burigandaki river at Arughat bazaar a busy village with shops and stores.

From Arughat village continue drive on rough dirt road following Buri Gandaki River upstream through scattered farm fields and villages with views of Ganesh II at 7,118 m, Ganesh IV 7,104 meters. Then drive winds up in some sections to reach at Arkhet village, from here short ride brings you at Soti Khola a small village for overnight stop.
Day 05: Trek to Machha khola 930 m - 05 hrs.

After a nice stop at Soti-Khola, beginning our first day walk with a short descent to reach a river side with small tea shops, walk continues on the nice paved stone steps to cross Nauli Khola (stream) overlooking at waterfalls and then coming at Khanigaon a small village wand then walking on the gradual path to cross another bridge to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola, a small farm village by the stream where fishing is popular here as the name Machha khola meaning fishing stream.

Day 06: Trek to Jagat 1,410 m - 06 hrs.

From here leaving the warmer to little cooler area as the morning walk continues following the Buri Gandaki river upstream passing many small villages with Khorla Beshi, after few breaks in between walk carries on the winding trail to reach Tatopani a place with hot spring  as the name of this place Tatopani meaning hot water because of the natural hot springs located in the midst of a forest, after a nice stop walk leads passing few villages of Dovan and Yaruphants, by the river Buri Gandaki after crossing a bridge with a short climb to our overnight halt at Jagat village a moderate size and populated village with nice typical Nepali style houses with great number of shops and lodges.

Day 07: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

After Jagat village walk heads higher with more elevation and getting cooler leaving the rice fields and terraces and walking past several farm villages and coming at Sidibas Bazaar, a nice small farm village  and then leading to an uphill to cross a small bridge at place over Nagjet, to reach at Philim village a nice large farm village and populated with nice houses with well tended farm fields with wheat’s and barley growing on terraces, then slowly heading up hill to reach a large rocky top walking into bamboo forest and coming to a clearing on leaving the forest at Dyang village for overnight stop.

Day 08: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs.

From this village onwards you can notice the difference of the villagers of Tibetan origin and culture and traditions. After Dyang a slow descent then walking by the river side, and then crossing the fast torrent river to reach Bihi Bazaar a small farm village with small stores and tea shops, and then continue walk for few hours to Ghap village for overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs

Walk continues on this pleasant morning  with scenic surrounding on reaching upper side of Manaslu area, and then following Budhi Gandaki River, after crossing the river, leading into scattered small farm villages and nice well maintained terraced of millets, wheat’s or barley ( as rice are grown only in warmer area below 1,900 meters) with few breaks in between and walking through Numrung village with first close views of majestic Mt. Manaslu North Face at 8,163 meters high with line of adjoining peaks.  After enjoying the grand views of mountains walk leads past Banjham, Lhi and Sho small village and with another couple of hours walk to reach our overnight place at Lho village also called as Lho Bazaar.

Day 10: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 06 hrs.
After Lo-Gaon with views of sunrise over Mt. Manaslu, today’s walk is quite long but with great views as the walk leads to Upper Manaslu with high hills and mountains on both side of this valley to reach the main village of this region at Samagaon.

Walk leads further with dramatic views of mountains passing summer pastures and then finally reaching at Samagaon for last overnight stay in a lodge before our actual destinations to the summit of Mt. Manaslu.

Day 11: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.

An important to have a rest day here at this altitude before heading towards Manaslu base camp and beyond, a short hike and explore the village with interesting monastery nearby with grand views of peaks with Mt. Manaslu.

Day 12: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,400m -05 hours.
After a relaxing overnight stops at Samagaon, morning leads to gradual climb towards Manaslu Base Camp, as the paths meanders into winding trail heading towards south.

As the walk progress with rapid gain in elevation with glorious view of Manaslu and adjoining peaks, then our walk reaches our destination at the base of Mt. Manaslu on a wide summer pasture area, where our base camp will be set for the climb.

Day 13-14: At Base Camp rest and preparation for the climb.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparations to reach the summit of Mt. Manaslu, here our guide and leader will provide final briefing regarding the climb and technique skill required for the climb.

Day 15: Trek and climb to Advance Camp at 5,980m - 04 hrs.
From base camp walk and cross a high plateau and then skirt around a ridge of lateral moraine heading towards at the foot of Mt. Manaslu, then after 4 hours of good walk with steep climb reaching high areas where a suitable camp site is located to set our Advance Camp.

Day 16-35: (20 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.
After Advance Base Camp in completing our final preparation then head for the climb to the summit top of Mt. Manaslu, establish camp I, at 5,260 meters and camp II, at 5,600 m above before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest. 

You might feel odd on losing altitude at Camp I and II after ABC as the walk climb leads involves up and down which is perfect to get acclimatize better for the final assault.

Establish camp III, above 6,700 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top.         

From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with climb and short descend to Camp I at 5,260 meters.  If there’s no snow a steep path leads up to an interminable scree slope which will be much support for the climb. 

Above 7,500 meters the ridge is blocked by a line of ice cliffs where fix ropes and snow bars required.  Normally will have one rope for the ascent and another for descent on this pitch, which is about 60 meters high. 

This is the toughest part of the climb but with less difficulty, high above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about 5,600 meters.

Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at 6,700 meters.  This is the highest camp and make the summit bid from here.  Summit day as always involves an early start.  Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled South West Face.

The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Annapurna-Lamjung and Ganesh Himal with adjoining peaks of Manaslu range Baudha and Himal Chuli. Normally it is possible to descend from the summit all the way to advance base camp on the same day.  This will depend on snow conditions and members fitness.

20 days for climb from ABC as the climb follows moraine towards the summit of Mt. Manaslu at 8,163m / 26,781 ft.

After an incredible adventure and overwhelming experience descend back safely towards Base Camp using few camps with long descend.

Day 36: Descend back to Base Camp.
After an adventurous and challenging climb return back to Base Camp.
On this day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb and to organize departure from Manaslu base camp to Kathmandu.

Everything will be packed into the expedition drums for the return journey to Kathmandu. If the road is in good condition it is sometimes possible to go to Kathmandu in one day from the Base Camp.  More likely though, we might journey back across Manaslu valley enjoying its interesting culture.

Day 37: Clean up and packing.
All the Expeditions should be here by now to pack and ferry the load to the road head and to clean the base camp as it was before.
Start packing the climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where our leader-Government Liaison Officer will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to proper disposal sites or back to Kathmandu. Prepare everything for an early departure the next morning.

Day 38: Trek to Samagaon.
After a successful climb of Manaslu and cleaning up the base camp, return trek to Samagaon walking back on route Birendra Tal a glacial lake at an altitude of 3,450 m. From here another two hours walk reaches back at Samagaon for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 39-42: Trek back to Soti-Khola reserve of 4 days to the end of the walk at Soti-Khola.
We have reserved four days to retrace the journey back to Soti-Khola on downhill route reaching back into warm semi-tropical area through lovley villages of Philim and other farm areas with well tended terraces and enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani on route Soti-Khola.

Day 43: Drive back to Kathmandu.
After all the packing and reloading the gear in the Truck and Bus return journey is made through Dhading Besi as it is more accessible and shorter reaching Kathmandu on time.

Day 44-45: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Two days as spare and free day in case of delay on drive back to Kathmandu depending upon road and weather conditions, on this day busy sorting out climbing equipments, where our leader and guide will submit the expeditions report to concern department.

On this free day you can join in our guided tour of interest with culture and heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquakes.

Day 46: International departure for home ward bound.
Mt. Manaslu Expeditions completes today here in Kathmandu, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to next respective countries and port of call, transfer to airport with mesmerizing and exciting adventure with High Five Adventure and its cheerful friendly guides and staff.

Cost Details

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus. Hotel in Kathmandu: Two night's tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast basis. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals During Trek: Your standard meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking. Tea or coffee four times a day in cup during the trek
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashipati Temple
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permits Toilet paper during the trek
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport pick up and drop by car or Van.
  • Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu). Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight) Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.


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