Mt. Manaslu is in Mansiri Himal range in Gorkha, Nepal. Massif with an altitude of 8161m is world’s eighth highest peak. Mount Manaslu Expedition (8163m) was first climbed in 1953 by Japanese. It is also known as a Kutang. The meaning of this mountain is adopted from Sanskrit language meaning ‘Intellect’ or ‘Soul’ similar to the meaning of the Mansarovar(Mount Kailash) in Tibet. Japanese regard Manaslu as ‘Japanese Mountain’ because Japanese people were the first to successfully submit. The villagers of Samagaon (Village) told that the first Japanese team had been responsible for an avalanche that destroyed a monastery (Pungen).
Many foreigner climbers’ enthusiasts are very much curious to climb Mount Manaslu (8163m) because one of the very popular technical and adventures mountains in the world. Manaslu Expedition is an imposing mountain being a 3092m prominence. It extends from crops cultivation area to the area permanently covered with snow and ice; the beauty of Manaslu look like a serrated wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky. This area is still restricted zone and to allow a limited number of groups and only organized trekkers in groups can trek in this area. Manaslu is a possible wilderness area to live snow leopard. Yet the trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Lots of people residing in this area especially in the upper Budi Gandaki (river) Valley are Tibetan. Mt. Manaslu Expedition requires more time than other 8000m Peaks in Nepal due to needing the long approach to reach to the base of the mountain. This Manaslu Expedition is one of the most dangerous mountain climbing activities. The Manaslu expedition is much more technical and challenging than Cho Oyu and Sishapangma, so each climber has to have excellent physical and mental preparation as well as a high level of climbing proficiency and altitude adeptness at the higher elevation.
Explore Manaslu offers a complete service to maximize the success of achieving the summit of Manaslu. Also, you can do small larkyla peak climbing experince with us. Our motto is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress-free and comprehensive service to maximize summit on time. We do provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services.
Our Manaslu Expedition starts at the low elevation of 950m in Arkhet and rises gradually over next 10 trekking days. From the village of Arughat/ Arkhet situated in the low country, the trek climbs through narrow gorges, rhododendron forest, and local pastures to emerge into the higher alpine zone with Tibetan border Himalaya.
About our Manaslu Expedition Route
Manaslu Expedition follows the Budigandaki Valley trail up to Samagoan and our first acclimatization day is scheduled at 4600m before we head up to Manaslu Base Camp at 4750 m. Manaslu Glacier is known as the serious crevasses and dangerous sections so carefully follow marker wands and use fixed ropes to cross. We make our Manaslu Expedition Camp 1 day at 5700m at the bottom of the North Peak which is the heavily crevassed glacier. Expedition Camp 2 is located at the safe section of the climb on a relatively flat area at 6400m although there can be a lot of snow accumulation. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is one of the shortest days about 3 hours to reach. We make our Camp 3 at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the col to avoid the very strong winds. The route continues up until remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp 4 at 7400m is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. Finally Manaslu expedition Summit Day starts from the late evening. And the route immediately heads up a moderate slope from the summit camp before arriving at the first of the summit tables. The ultimate summit is reached by an exposed technical traverse for around a distance of 70 meters – this section needs to have fixed ropes in place. The climb from Camp 4 to the summit takes between 6-9 hours and more 3-5 hours for the descent to Camp 4. Next day we return to Base Camp to end our successful attempt to climb magnificent Manaslu. We use trusted climbing tents/ qualified Sherpa and helper on while on our challenging expedition climb to Manaslu Peak.
Our skillful cooks will prepare 3 delicious hot meals and boil plenty of drinks each day in base camp, as well as in Camp 2 on the mountain. This meals will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our Sherpa helper will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask only members to bring 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. On summit day you will be at high elevation and you will be affected by the altitude with very limited appetite and for the period so it is important to have flavors you most likely will consume.
We cannot cater for specific personal and uncommon foods and flavors to the climber. If you have any unusual, non-standard or specific personal, cultural or religious dietary requirements, which can only be satisfied with imported product, we ask you to bring your own imported daily snack and energy foods on our references.
We are not able to provide “snack” food such as chocolate or “energy bars”. We would ask you that bring or buy your own “snack” or daily cold energy food in Kathmandu or in the home country. From our experience 3-6 kilos/6-12 pounds is a sufficient amount for each individual. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported brands of power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, “freeze-dried meals”, imported cheese and sausage may not be available in Nepal. If you want these items, you must bring them along from western country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. we have enough time and schedule in Kathmandu for shopping or arranging Gear too.
Miscellaneous Practical Items:
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
- 1 compass or GPS;
- 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
- 1 digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
- Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are also useful;
- 3 Water bottles (1lit) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle)
- 1 plastic cup and spoon;
- 1 small folding knife;
- Binoculars (optional);
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
- Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
- Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
- dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example paperback books, playing cards, iPod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
- travel clothes for base camp and in town;
- Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as traveling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions if you fell doubt.
During Summit Mt Manaslu, some climbers prefer without supplemental oxygen, but most of the members would prefer to have oxygen. We only allow members to climb Mt Manaslu with the supplemental oxygen. How much oxygen one requires is an individual decision; some people want 1 bottle, others want 1, 2; our only requirement is that every expedition team member must have at least one oxygen bottle for emergency as for personal use, which will constitute at the minimum an emergency supply for climber to get down to at least camp 4. Our climber guide quiet and experience indicates five oxygen bottles is a sufficient for average climber. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and Snap-On fittings which require no tools. We have a more than 40% refund policy on unused oxygen bottles, and masks, hoses, and regulators if it is in good condition.
Note: You have to carry your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the guideSherpa’s will help stock the high camps. If possible do share in carrying extra bottles during the summit. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal another helper.
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Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Welcome to Nepal, upon your Nepal arrival our representative welcome at the airport.
Day 02: Kathmandu city tours and preparation for Expedition.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arkhet/SotiKhola (760m) 8h.
Day 04: Trek from Sotikhola to MachheKhola (820m). 6h.
Day 05: Trek from MachheKhola to Jagat (1360m) 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1590m).3h
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Ghap (2300m). 5/6h
Day 08: Trek from Ghap to Lho village (3180m). 6h
Day 09: Trek from Lho village to Samagaun (3360m). 5h
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaun
Day 11: Trek to Mbc (Manaslu Base Camp)
Day 12: Puja ceremony at (Manaslu Base Camp)
Day 14-41: Manaslu expedition climbing period
Day 42: Trek do SamaGoan after the Manaslu expedition
Day 43-47: Trek back to Arughat
Day 48: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 49: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 50: Manaslu Expedition ends / airport transfer for the flight back home
- Arrival and departure transfers by private car
- 4 Nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
- Climbing permit for mountain Manaslu 8163meter spring
- Food for trekking and expedition period in Manaslu B.C.
- Expedition staff: 1 base camp guide 1 cook-1cook helper
- Drive Arughat to Manaslu B C & base camp to Arughat
- Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
- Equipment allowance, daily allowance- liaison officer-staff
- Life, medical & rescue insurance by helicopter Nepali staff
- 1 tent for 1 person for BC in north face / similar company
- Mattress , dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table and chair
- 1 member 30kg persons climbing equipment. climbing food
- Satellite phone (pay calls) Annapurna conservation permit
- Solar panel for batteries charging and lighting in base camp
- Required porters and yak to carry luggage’s and other essentials supplies
- All wages, equipment’s, medical and accidental Insurances for all staffs during the trip
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Transportation to Arughat and return by bus (Private jeep available with an extra charge)
- Personal equipment for climbing
- Personal and medical Insurance
- Climbing food, gas, stove above BC
- Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu, Nepal
- Rescue evacuation by helicopter
- Walkie talkie and satellite permit, Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication with company staff and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
- Poisk Oxygen and mask regulator
- Personal expenses, bar, beverage bill
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses
- Garbage deposit USD 3000.00 (sharing of the total person) and deposit
fee will be not refunded if the climber don’t take back their garbage
Personal Climbing Equipment’s
Explore Manaslu Team has compiled a list of essential equipment’s, personal medical provisions, and summary of medical items to encounter during 8000m expeditions. And to help climbers in preparation and provisioning for mountaineering expedition.
This list should be considered as an essential summary for expeditioners. Embarking on the adventure are encouraged to conduct further study and practical exercises to familiarize themselves with the equipment, medical terminology and more. Understanding of medical conditions that related to high elevation, cold, wind, excessive sun radiation as well as injuries likely to sustain in the outdoor situation.
Essential Personal Climbing Gear:
- Alpine Harness: Climbing Harness should be light and simple in design, easily can put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
- Crampons: Crampons are perfectlyfit to boots; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice.
- Ice axe: Ice axe should be latest versatile with light for general purpose.
- Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used while gloves or mittens.
- Multi-LED Head Lamp: High quality Multi-LED Head Lamp with spare batteries are essential, we do not recommend single bulb lights due to its low reliability and a single point of failure.
- Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
- Rappel device: Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your Rappel device and you will at some stage
- Ski poles: Very handy and familiar for adjustable types are the best and are recommended
- Slings: Must be one 3m (10ft) and others three 2m (6ft).
- Masks, hoses, and regulators: Good quality for your personal safety.
- Altimeter :
- Climbing helmet: Climbinglight weight helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs.
For under garments items we recommend you to used Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company develop according to climbers and mountaineers needs and utilizes with the best quality. They are superior companyand export Icebreaker quality. The quality clothes are essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool. And it matches cotton softness and polypropylene with insulation and breath-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm.It’s have natural nano-tube construction with antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so it is suitable for expedition and trekking.
- One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino around 150 or light one 200.
- Two long Icebreaker Merino around 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
- One polar fleece pullovers in medium weight.
- One polar fleece jacket.
- One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood which should be accommodate climbing helmet.
- Lightweight down jacket for base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
- One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit, for high altitude use.
Note: Your clothing should be dry,so bring waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
- One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
- One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
- Scarf or neck sleeve
- Face mask
- Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
- Glacier Sunglass with side shields
- One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
- Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions
- Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
- One pair walking shorts
- One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
- Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
- One pair Icebreaker Merino around 200 weight thermal bottoms one.
- One pair polar fleece trousers
- One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs should be Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
- One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)
Note: Your clothing should be dry, so bring waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
- One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
- One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
- One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
- One pair down booties (optional)
- Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
- Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
- Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
- Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
- Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.
Travel and Sleeping Gear
Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
- One medium size rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, should be fit in airplane).
- Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment safety. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
- For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 C (-30 F). In the high camp, you can sleep with your down (duvet) inside your sleeping bag.
- For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
- At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
Note: Your clothing should be dry, so bring waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
- Personal hygiene supplies;
- Two tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 30);
- One toothpaste/brush set;
- 2 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small synthetic towel;
- Hand wipes.
- Note: Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits,
- Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader about any medical private issues before the climb.
- One skin blister repair kit.
- Personal medications are inexpensive available in Kathmandu also, with doctor’s prescription may not.
- One small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
- One small bottle of anti-headache pills.
- One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
- One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy.
- One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with doctor’s prescription.
- One small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please contact us.
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are harm for a respiratory depressant in high altitude.
- One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
- Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.