Mt. Manaslu Expedition

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 39 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 37 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 8163m
  • Best Season: Spring / Autumn
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs
  • Styles: Tea House / Camping
  • Starting point of trek: Soti Khola
  • Finishing point of trek: Beshi Shar
  • Meals and Drinks: Guest houses managed by local people/ Camping food by our expert cook

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Mount Manaslu is situated in the west-central part of Nepal in Mansiri Himal Range lies in Gorkha District. The mountain(8163m) is ranked the eighth highest in the world so it allures the world mountain climbers to summit it once in their lives. The Manaslu stands dominating surrounding its peaks are Nagdi Chuli (7871m) Himchuli (7893m) and Budha Himal (6672 and Saula (6235m) and Manaslu North (7157m). Above camp ii frequently avalanches take place, icy and sharp route exhibits crevasses and in the sometimes unexpected occasion, a strong wind blows over the camps and routes.

There are many option routes from the Base Camp (4700m) to summit (8163m) but the best and often used by mountaineers is the northeast face. The route requires maximum mountain techniques and skills to ascend and descend. Even though challenging and a lot of obstacles the mountain was first time successfully summited by a Japanese expedition team member Toshio Imanish and Gyalzen Norbu (Nepali sherpa climber) on 9 May 1956. Since then about more than one thousand of the followers of the expedition team members and Sherpa climbers have been on the top of the Mt Manaslu till now. Above the base camp, 4 caps are set to summit the Mount Manaslu. Camp I (5300m), Camp ii (6200), Camp iii ((6800), Camp IV (7400m) and summit (8163m).

To access to Mt Manaslu is by bus/ jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola 125k in Gorkha District. The trail follows along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River crossing and re-crossing on the left right. The trek offers gorges with pyramid formed of cliffs passing villages of Gurung and Tibetans. During the treks, each entering and exit point of the village is signed with a gate on it Chorten, it can be seen from above Jagat to Samdo. About six decades ago this route was used for the salt trade between Nepal and Tibet, China from Samdo but we will not reach Samdo which is a camp day further Sama Gaon.

The trail passes through huge cliffside shelves up and down crossing on suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River. Manaslu Trek rewards with views of Ganesh Himal range and Shring Himal to the east direction and to the west direction mountain views are Budha Himal, Rain Peak, Himal Chuli North, and Nadi Chuli, Manaslu and Manaslu North. We stop at Sama Gaon from where a branch trail off to the left side up to Manaslu Base Camp.

Annapurna Discovery Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd is always ready to serve with qualified, professional, skillful techniques, long experienced climbing mountains Sherpas for who are interested and loving to summit Mt. Manaslu in Spring and Autumn season.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m) (5 -6hrs)
  • Day 04 Soti Khola to Khorlabeshi (975m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 05 Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1410m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day 06 Jagat to Deng (1920m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day 07 Deng to Namrung (2630m) (6-7hrs)
  • Day 08 Namrung to Lho (3200m) (4-5hrs)
  • Day 09 Lho to Sama Gaon (3875m) (5hrs)
  • Day 10 Acclimatization in Samagaon
  • Day 11 Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m) (4hrs)
  • Day 12-30 Manaslu climbing period
  • Day 31 Base Camp Cleaning
  • Day 32 Base Camp to Sama Gaon
  • Day 33 Sama Gaon to Namrung (2630m)(6-7hrs)
  • Day 34 Namrung to Philim (1570m)(6-7hrs)
  • Day 35 Philim to Khorlabeshi (6-7hrs)
  • Day 36 Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (max. 5hrs)
  • Day 37 Soti Khola to Kathmandu by bus/jeep
  • Day 38 Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 39 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel. A[U1] short briefing will follow by concerning the necessary information about your Expedition.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

On this day you are busy to visit ancient local traditions and places. In Kathmandu there are many Buddhist and Hindu temples like Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhu, and Durbarsqaure.

Day 03 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m) (5 -6hrs)

We start from Kathmandu by bus or jeep to Soti Khola ,Gorkha. We drive Kathmandu –Pokhara Highway through Dhading on our journey we see mountains, valleys, rivers and rocks. After 5-6 hrs driving we reach to our destination.

Day 04 Soti Khola to Khorlabeshi (975m)(5-6hrs)

Beyond Khorlabeshi the trail that is into the steep valley side which is densely forested. Crossing a number of small villages to tuck into the hillside then we reach to a widening of a valley. We can see a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki. Again we descend to the wide sandy and riverbed to the village of Lapbesi and at Machha Khola after this point flat trail along the Budhi Gandi Khola reach in one hour to Khorlabeshi village of Gurung Community.

Day 05 Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1410m) (6-7hrs)

Today we follow up a stream hot springs at Tato Pani. We turn to the right bank by way of a suspension bridge. Quite exposing and challenging trail to some parts of forest then to Dobhan. The Budhi Gandaki flows impressive way from above Dobhan. The path traverse on the bottom of mighty rocks cliff. We cross the river on a suspension bridge then following up to Jagat.

Day 06 Jagat to Deng (1920m) (6-7hrs)

The trail is followed down a long series of stone steps to the river then climb up to Saguleri from where we can see the impressive Sringi Hima l(7187m). We follow right side towards the Ganesh Himal. From Gata Khola the trail leads upwards, through a gorge passing rocky cliffs which stands with parsley pine trees then finally destination village of Deng.

Day 07 Deng to Namrung (2630m) (6-7hrs)

Trail to Namrung offers impressive valley and beautiful forest. Trekking day crosses the highest number of bridges. The trail between Philim and Ghap part is danger zone of landslide and rolling down stones by wild animal and strong wind. This route offers an amazing long falling We cross the villages of Lama and Mani stones. Beyond Ghap climbing up through a thick forest of alpine and you reach Namrung village in three hours. Namrung where permit is checked.

Day 08 Namrung to Lho (3200m) (4-5hrs)

We walk through the Tibetan village of Sho at 3000 meter. We see charming view of the Manaslu North then continue to Lho village at 3200 meter where a lovely but small monastery chortens and manis are scattered where a view of Ganesh I and peak 29 can be seen. The village is situated at the bottom of the Manaslu. It has several guest houses scattered in the village.

Day 09 Lho to Sama Gaon (3875m) (5hrs)

From Lho the trek trail climbs up through charming pine forest. As the forest part is past then there Shyala village which has more than two dozen of lodges are spread along the trail. From Shyala the trail flat and down and climbs to Samagaun this is a big village stands with traditional houses, monastery, several Lodges Mountain views Manaslu Base camp route separates on the left side up.

Day 10 Acclimatization in Samagaon

On this day, we will explore the surrounding area of the village and monasteries.

Day 11 Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m) (4hrs)

Day 12-30 Manaslu climbing period

Day 31 Base Camp Cleaning

Day 32 Base Camp to Sama Gaon

Day 33 Sama Gaon to Namrung (2630m)(6-7hrs)

Day 34 Namrung to Philim (1570m)(6-7hrs)

Day 35 Philim to Khorlabeshi (6-7hrs)

Day 36 Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (max. 5hrs)

You are assisted by our staff to reach at the airport three hours before of your plane leave.

Day 37 Soti Khola to Kathmandu by bus/jeep

Day 38 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 39 Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Licensed trained trekking guide.
  • Porters to carry a bag pack
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) included coffee & tea
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • City tour guide service free in Kathmandu (Durbar square, Swayambhu, Boudha stupa.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff
  • Rescue travel insurance trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency, lost theft and damage to baggage

Equipments & Gears

Climbing Gears (personal)

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/ Jumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Ice crew
  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer

Head clothes

  • Light balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Neck cover
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

Hiking shorts

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
  • Down vest/jacket     

Feet clothes

  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters

Hands clothes

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  •  Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated -30 degrees (extra sleeping bag rated -15-20 for base camp)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Large plastic to keep clothes dry
  • Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg
  • Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 water bottle contains more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water
  • Toilet papers
  • Earplugs
  • Electronic charging devices

Medical

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pills Anti-headache
  • Pills anti-diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Diamox
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • First-aid tape
  • Sunscreen

Free time (your choice)

  • Binocular, camera
  • Pen and notebook
  • Reading books
  • Indoor games

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