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The word difficult in this context depends on how fit you are and how much of an adventurer you are. The several difficulties one may face during the Manaslu Climb are:
Yes, absolutely. Don’t forget to get your climbing insurance for Manaslu Climbing, which will also cover your trekking insurance. It is, in fact, a condition of joining any of our trips so that you are protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to trip cancelation, flight delays, epidemic, pandemic or other medical issues and accidents. If you are planning for trekking, then it is best if you include high-altitude medical insurance that covers air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs.
Note that in the event of any sickness or injury or any of the above stated cases, the cost of emergency treatment, evacuation and rescue is incredibly shocking. Therefore, we strongly recommend travel insurance for each individual that signs up with Himalayan Glacier. We do not arrange or sell insurance to our clients, so we advise you to do it on your own at your native country. There are many reliable insurance companies around the world from whom you can manage your travel insurance.
Normally, all our guides are very fluent in English and their ethnic languages, but if you require a guide who can speak in other languages such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian and more, you need to inform us about your requirement during the time of booking your trip.
With a number of years of climbing experience up on their sleeves, there is nothing for you to worry about our crew’s equipment; they are always fully equipped. Also, all our climbing crew members are fully insured for their lives for each of their trips.
The direct answer is No. The government of Nepal doesn’t allow solo travelers into Manaslu region, just even for trekking. It is a requirement that there should be at least two persons to trek into this region or climb the summit. Furthermore, you will need to trek and climb with a licensed guide and crew members only. A professional guide will help guide in route navigation and they are really helpful during emergencies. Your porter will carry the baggage for you thus allowing you to enjoy the long walks without much burden on your back.
Diamox is a medicine that can be taken during mountain sickness. All our guides carry with them an extensive first-aid-kit that will include most of the required medications. If you feel the altitude hitting on you, tell your guide and he will do the necessary thing. However, you need to carry your own extra medications that you have been regularly using.
You are attempting to climb an 8-thousander, so there is no question about the physical condition you should be in. All we can say is that you should be in the best shape of your life! For those who are seasoned climbers and are out on frequent adventure trips, you must be sure that you are comfortable waking for 5 to 9 hours with quite a hefty backpack. Start working out at least three months ahead of your trip with daily day-long hikes with a substantial weight on the back. Although the daily challenges will be different during the work-out phase, but your trip becomes smoother when you are both physically and mentally prepared.
The entire Manaslu Climb covers a time of more than a month traversing through several villages, climbing glacial ridges and moraines even in the harshest conditions than anticipated. In such situations, climbers can’t cope with the trail unless they have the best trekking equipment. It will be a lot easier to complete the expedition with the availability of the right equipment.
Although the packing list may vary from season to season, ensure that you have the right clothing and essentials for your expedition.
Fleece Jacket/Down jacket
First aid kits and supplies
Miscellaneous items like power banks, chargers, toiletries etc.
Yes, definitely you are free to customize the trip your way. We have a standard itinerary, but if you wish to plan your own itinerary, then we will help you customize your trip based on your budget and convenience.