Manaslu Expedition

First surmounted by the Japanese team "North Face" in 1953, Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world with the amazing height of 8163m above the sea level, also known as "Kutang" that is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of Nepal Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa" which means "intellect" or "soul".

This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to other more popular regions of Annapurna and Khumbu region. Together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu makes this trip one of the classics yet unspoiled trekking adventure in the Himalayas. It extends from crops cultivation area to the area permanently covered with snow and ice, hence it looks like a serrated wall of snow and ice hanging on the sky.

The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in an Expedition that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar. Manaslu Mountain is not for the debutantes; for this expedition, demands a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical skill and altitude experience of 7000 m. 5+ rock and Ice climbing experience, capable of 6/7 hour walk a day and for the Summit day 8/10 hours walk. This package includes Larke-La pass as well.
Trip Code: ME81
Starts: Sotikhola
Finishes: Tilje
Duration: 50 Days
Difficulty: Very Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Sep-Nov
Elevation: 8156m/ 26758.5ft
Trip Views: 935
Activities: Mountaineering
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 21
Lunch: 19
Dinner: 18
Bus
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Lodge: 2 Night(s)
Teahouse: 12 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshi Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, member of a Japanese Expedition.
  • Just as the British consider "Everest" their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese Mountain.
  • Unlike many other regions, this valley is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including snow leopards and pandas as well as unique floras and faunas.
  • The region is rich in the unique cultures and tradition of Tibetan Villages and also rich in Mani walls, Monasteries and prayer flags.
  • The principal peaks we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal.
  • The region is rich in eco-diversity and also includes 19 types of forests and other forms of dominant vegetation.

Why this Trip

  • Manaslu Expedition proffers its trekkers with a lifetime experience of deep satisfaction that includes the beautiful memories of Himalayan views, unique floras and faunas, endangered animals which also includes snow leopard and panda, glacier climbing steep section of snow and ice, Mani walls, Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags, alluring landscapes along with the interesting nature of Nepal.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
  • • 5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    After you arrive in Kathmandu Airport, our representative will already be there to pick you up from the airport to the hotel without any problems. S/He will escort you safely to the hotel and also helps you in the hotel check-in process. At evening, we will discuss about the detail itinerary of the whole trip, trekking permits and TIMS.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick-up
    • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • placeDAY 2 : FINAL PREPARATION
    We have the whole day to prepare fully for our journey to the Himalaya. We have enough time to shop and also the formalities are done today. The briefing and final preparation is done.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sight-seeing around Kathmandu Valley
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO ARUGHAT
    At morning, we gear up for adventure waiting for us. We take Jeep and drive all the way to Arughat. From Arughat, we pass through Hydroelectricity Project, well cultivated rice/millet fields until Maltar. After certain walk, Buri Gandaki Valley appears with the narrow and steep trail crossing through Arkhet Khola and finally reach Soti Khola where we stay for the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

    • Private jeep service to Soti Khola
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO MACCHAKHOLA
    After walking for a short from Soti Khola, we reach Labu Besi (a Gurung Village). We rest there and explore the place for a while and continue our further journey to Machha Khola (900m) from where we can access to the area of Ganesh Himal where we stay for that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO JAGAT
    Leaving Machha Khola and passing through Khola Besi, we reach a hot spring called Tatopani. Here we can relax for some time and continue our trek to Jagat (1410m ) following the deep forest then reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. We rest at Jagat after reaching there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • -
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO BHI PHEDI
    On sixth day, we make mind for Bhi Phedi. After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri with the alluring view of Sringi Himal (7,177m), we continue toward Sirish Gaon. Gandaki Valley narrows from here. After ascends and descends walk from Sirish Gaun, finally we reach Bhi Phedi. We stay at Bhi Phedi and rest there for that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO NAMRUNG
    The trails from Bhi Phedi crosses Buri Gandaki to south and cross the forest. After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namrung, there is a police check post again. We cross through that point and walk through the village trail and reach Namrung which is the end point for today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO SYALA
    From Namrung, we depart for scenic village of Syala. Syala is a beautiful village that offers 360 degree view of Panorama. The trail to Syala is beautiful with the scenic views of natural landscapes and unique village of the area. After some hours of walk, we reach Syala and rest there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO SAMA GOMPA
    We wake up early in the morning to see the beautiful sunrise view from Syala. After our morning breakfast, we leave behind Syala and move forward for our today's destination; Sama Gompa. The trail to Sama Gompa is beautiful with its natural beauty along with the Buddhist Gompas and Monasteries. We stay at Sama Gompa tonight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Today is the acclimatization day so we do not have to walk further today. We rest at Sama Gompa and roam around the place to get our bodies used to being in higher altitude with thin air. Acclimatization is the key for success trek so today, we rest there for our good trek further.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Tour around Samagaon
  • placeDAY 11 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Meanwhile we are acclimatizing our bodies we explore the nearby places.We hike up to Pung Gyen Gumba situated beneath the east face of Manaslu. Alternatively, we can relax and make exploration around the busy village and Gompas of Samagaon.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Tour around Samagaon
  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO MANASLU BASE CAMP
    Today, our trail transverse through glacier moraine and beautiful glacial 'Birendra Lake'. The lake is situated at the foot of the glacier which reflects the beauty of the Manaslu through the reflection. Our Sherpa crew will go in advance to set up campsite at the Base Camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Our Sherpa crew will go in advance to set up campsite at the Base Camp.
  • placeDAY 13 : DAY 13 -41 (CLIMBING PERIOD)
    From today, our actual climbing period starts. These climbing days includes trekking and acclimatizing activity that together makes our climbing successful. We cross through different Campsites and finally reach the summit of Mount Manaslu after our great effort. We are then left behind with the spectacular views of Nepal landscapes and the alluring panoramic views of Nepal Himalayas. After we surmount Mount Manaslu, we then descend back to the Base Camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • -
  • placeDAY 42 : CELEBRATION AT SAMA GAON
    After conquering the summit of Majestic Manaslu, we return back to Sama Gompa. Making a relaxed start, we begin to retrace our steps on the same trail that descends through the glacier moraine. We trek back to reach Sama Gaon for spending our overnight. In the evening, we celebrate with our team.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Celebration party
  • placeDAY 43 : TREK TO SAMDO
    From Sama Gompa, we head towards Samdo via Kargyu Chholing Gompa and pass through different rivers, juniper and deep forest and stone huts of Kermo Kharka. From Kemo Kharka, taril gets rough as we cross through Buri Gandaki and after a long walk, we reach Samdo (3860m). We rest there at Samdo this night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 44 : TREK TO DHARAMSALA
    Today, we descend on wide trail from Samdo passing through many fields, rivers and reach Dharmsala(4470m) which is our ending point for this day. We stay at Dharmashala tonight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 45 : TREK TO BHIMTANG
    Today, the trail is going to be gentle climb beside a moraine. The trail becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses through moraine to the south steep & grassy slope. We cross through the Larke Pass ( 5213 m) and reach Tauhuche. Later, we head towards Bhimtang to spend the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 46 : TREK TP TILIJE
    The trail drops from Bimtang and cross the glacier stream. After climbing over the glacier, we enter rhododendron forest to reach Hompuk (3430m). We pass through Karache ,Gho and finally rach Tilije( 2300m) to spend our night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • -
  • placeDAY 47 : DRIVE TO BESI SAHAR
    We now end our trekking session and hop onto jeep and move towards Besi Sahar of Lamjung. After reaching Besi Sahar, we fresh up and rest there at Besi Sahar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Jeep ride
  • placeDAY 48 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    From Besi Sahar, we head back to Kathmandu which will take us about 6-7 hours of drive. We pass through Trishuli River and picturesque Villages in the way to Kathmandu. We stay at the same hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Jeep
    • Bus
  • placeDAY 49 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    We have our further trip to roam around Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will take you to the important places with in the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You’ll be acquainted with historical &cultural places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist shrines including Swoyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Durbar Squares inside the Valley, Pashupatinath Temple and other important temples and monuments. We return back to the hotel after our city tour and fresh up and rest there at the hotel

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Service to Bhaktapur and other historical sites on a private car/jeep
  • placeDAY 50 : DEPARTURE
    This is the last day of the entire trip. We have free morning for packing the things up. You can roam around Thamel and Freak Street for shopping and trying some Nepali cuisines as well as street foods. We will eat together in the afternoon and accompany you to the airport and safely depart you wishing you a warm farewell until next time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Shopping arrangements
    • Airport Drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport
    • Arrival assistance at the International Airport by Swotah representative while arriving and departing
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on B/B basis
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Durbar Square)
    • Local English-speaking Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
    • All trekking and camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis
    • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the peak
    • Trekking Permit and Local permit
    • Climbing permit for Manaslu Expedition
    • Oxygen bottles for Climber and Sherpa with mask and regulator
    • Experience sherpa guide 
    • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period as per the size of the group
    • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs
    • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs
    • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required
    • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period
    • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek 
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Manaslu Region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videos of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation

     

  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is not included for Kathmandu
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue (it will be covered by the insurance company)
    • International flights
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)
    • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets
    • Personal climbing equipment;
    • All kind of Personal Expenses;
    • Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with another member) if applicable
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended;
    • Tips for guides and porters (It’s encouraged to tip);
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg);
       


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 8000 m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate 'Manaslu' as 8.
  • 6. Who can climb Manaslu ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized guides/Sherpa's to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    During Camping, our expert Camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we Jeep, bus, car whatever suitable to transfer Arughat and come back to Kathmandu from Besi Sahar.
  • 11. What is the best season for Mount Manaslu expedition ?
    August to November and March to May are two climbing season in Nepal.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies, like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your Guide know about your problem and subsequently, as soon as we are informed of a situation, we'll send a emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    Most of the times, not. But in emergency cases, yes. Still, We customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide and company.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take almost 2 months to climb it and to return only a few days, so to complete this mountaineering you need at least 60 to 70 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    Yes, Our Sherpa's are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It's not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic - communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpa's.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. you have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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