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 classic 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: 544
Activities: Mountaineering
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Breakfast: 21
Lunch: 19
Dinner: 18
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 principle peaks we will see on this first part of or 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.

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  • • 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 Everest region.




  • 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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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

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