Lying At the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys in the central-western Nepal Himalaya's Kali Gandaki valley 40 miles east of Annapurna, Manaslu is world's eighth highest mountain. Manaslu offers an alternative to Cho Oyu for those who want to climb a more varied and challenging 8,000er. The Manaslu's long ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions culminating in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. At least six different routes to Manaslu exist today of which the south face is the toughest in climbing history. The first attempt to Manaslu was made in 1953 by a Japanese team from the Budhi Gandaki Valley, however, the first ascent was made only in 1956. The Japanese take pride in their adventures in Manaslu the same way the British do over Everest. In fact, all the three peaks of Manaslu were first summitted by the Japanese.
Manaslu offers itself as the best alternative to Cho Oyu in the autumn season. It is even seen by some mountaineers as a better training mountain for Everest than Cho Oyu. The climbing route follows a relatively straightforward line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Normally, four camps are set up during Manaslu climbing. A few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses from Camp I to Camp II. Slippery snow climbing required from Camp II to Camp III. Possibility of avalanches from Camp III to Camp IV.
Day to Day Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Expedition Preparation
- Day 03: Expedition briefing in Ministry of Tourism
- Day 04: Drive Arughat via Dhading
- Day 05: Arughat - Sotikhola 6 hours
- Day 06: Sotikhola - Machhakhola 6/7 hours
- Day 07 Machhakhola - Jagat
- Day 08: Jagat - Ukawa
- Day 09: Ukawa - Ngyak 5/6 hours
- Day 10: Nyak - Namrung 5/6 hours
- Day 11: Namrung - Syalla village
- Day 12 Syalla - Sama village
- Day 13: Sama Village
- Day 14: Sama Village - Manaslu Base camp
- Day 15- 41: Climbing Period for Manaslu 8163m.
- Day 42: Base camp - Sama village
- Day 43: Sama - Namrung
- Day 44: Namrung - Philim village
- Day 45: Filim -Machakhola
- Day 46: Machakhola - Soti
- Day 47: Soti - Arughat
- Day 48: Arughat drive to drive to Kathmandu
- Day 49: Kathmandu
- Day 50: Final Departure
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for Expedition
- Day 03: Kathmandu - Gorkha by bus.
- Day 04: Gorkha to Kanchowk 956 m
- Day 05: Khanchowk to Arughat 530 m
- Day 06: Arughat to Seti Khola 750 m
- Day 07: Seti Khola to Machha Khola 890 m
- Day 08: Machha Khola to Jagat 1350 m
- Day 09: Jagat to Ngyak 2300 m
- Day 10: Ngyak Sightseeing.
- Day 11: Ngyak to Namrung
- Day 12: Namrung to Syalla village
- Day 13: Syalla to Sama village.
- Day 14: Sama Village Excursion.
- Day 15: Sama Village to Manaslu Base camp.
- Day 16-40: Climbing Period for Manaslu 8163m.
- Day 41: Cleaning up Base Camp
- Day 42: Base camp to Sama village
- Day 43: Sama to Namrung.
- Day 44: Namrung to Philim village.
- Day 45: Philim to Machakhola
- Day 46: Machakhola to Seti Khola.
- Day 47: Seti Khola to Arughat
- Day 48: Arughat to Dhading and drive to Kathmandu
- Day 49: Leisure day at Kathmandu
- Day 50: Final Departures.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Per person in Group joing basis $23,000
What Is Included
- Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu/Lhasa
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu/Lhasa and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpas
- Airport transfers
- Satellite phone service
- Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles)
What Is Not Included
- International airfare and Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- Personal equipments and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced expedition cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
During the actual mountain climbing, we mostly use dry or dehydrated foods, including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items.
Health and Experience Requirements
Manaslu is one of the highest mountains on earth. Moreover, getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information
Equipment and Packing List
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A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs.
The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, the crew members fix the tents. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the camp site. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Our plan is to set up four camps in total, excluding the base camp. Please remember to acclimatize and take rest properly before you climb higher. Also keep yourself hydrated and take into account of the weather conditions. The Manaslu Base Camp lies at an altitude of 4,665m. The Base Camp is in a comfortable position on rock, which is protected from strong winds, but because of its particular location is susceptible to daily snowfalls as the valley cloud happens to condense at this altitude. The trek to base camp is a steep path through rhododendron trees adjacent to hanging glaciers and icefalls. From the Base Camp, about an hour’s walk takes us to the snout of the Larkya glacier. Make crampon point at the glacier. It may be necessary to change the method of climbing depending on snow conditions. Climb for about 2–3 hours before finally arriving at Camp 1 at 5,500 m. From Camp 1, climb towards a massive icefall. Passing under the icefall, gain a steep snow slope fixed with rope up to Camp 2 at 6,300 m.
Camp 2 is situated in one of the sheltered hollows produced by a series ice cliffs on the route. After Camp 2, pass through a series of snow shelves before ascending a steeper snow slope reaching a large col. Camp 3 lies on the col at an altitude of 6,700m. From Camp 3, the route goes directly up the steeper northeast slopes. Pass through short ice bulges reaching the upper snow slope leading to the Camp 4 at 7,300meters. The summit is close to Camp 4. Still, because of the snow slopes and steep sections, it’s a whole day’s work to get to the summit. Stop at a comfortable place near the summit and collect enough rope, oxygen and time for the final push. After summitting, descend to Camp 2 on the same day.
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the favorable weather for Manaslu climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
Our Manaslu expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
- HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
- High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa
- Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
- Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
The spring season of March to May and the autumn season of September to November is considered the best time for Manaslu expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.
Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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