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Manaslu Expedition

"eighth highest mountain in the world"

Activity
Expedition
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Manaslu
Trip Basis
Hotel / Lodge with camping on mountaineering.
Trip Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Highest Elevation
8163m / 26,781 ft Top of Manaslu
Total Trip
Moderate to Adventurous
Season
April to June and September to November.
Highlights
“Trek and climb of classic and world’s 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163m, Fantastic scenery from the start to an end of the trek and climb. Dramatic landscapes from warm paddy fields to arctic cold zone Enchanting woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. Exploring villages and monasteries of Tibetan origin at Upper Manaslu”     
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic adventure destination Mt. Manaslu Expeditions on world 8th highest mountain standing at the height of 8,163m / 26,781 ft. high.
 
Mt. Manaslu first summitted and explored in early May 09th 1956 by Japanese Expeditions led by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.
 
Mt. Manaslu located in the Mid North West of Nepal Himalaya first opened for western travelers and adventures in 1991, but the climb to this world 8th highest had been open for since 1950’s till today.
The area was pioneered and explored by H.W. Tilman in early 1950.
 
Mt. Manaslu also called as Kutang by local and in Tibetan language, the word Manaslu derived from Sanskrit “Manas” meaning ‘spirit of the mountain or the soul’ (like Lake Manasarover around Mt. Kailash in Tibet).


On this fabulous adventure with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition to Mt. Manaslu Expeditions led by our expert team of mountaineering guides and staff who have climbed several high Himalayan peaks many times including Mt. Manaslu.
 
The climb is undertaken after much preparation with proper acclimatization including excellent logistic and Sherpa support throughout the expeditions with safety measures.

Day 01:         Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03:   Free day in Kathmandu preparation for Manaslu expedition.
Day 04:         Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat -07 hrs
Day 05:         Trek to Machha khola 930m - 05 hrs
Day 06:         Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs
Day 07:         Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs
Day 08:         Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs
Day 09:         Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs
Day 10:         Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs
Day 11:         Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
Day 12:         Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,400 m - 05 hrs.
Day 13-14:   At Base Camp preparation for the climb.
Day 15:         Trek and climb to Advance Camp 5,980m-04 hrs.
Day 16-35:   (20 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.
Day 36:         Back to Base Camp.
Day 37:         Clean up and packing.
Day 38:         Trek to Samagaon.
Day 39-42:   Trek back to Soti-Khola.
Day 43:         Drive back to Kathmandu via Dhading.
Day 44:         In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.      
Day 45:         Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Personal mountaineering Gear For MANASLU Expedition & Equipment list

 

S. No.

PARTICULARS

Q, T.

  1.

Sleeping Bag (-30*)training (-40*) Expedition

1

  2.

Sleeping Bag Liner)

1

  3.

Down or Feather Jacket  (training) (Father suit) expedition

1+1

  4.

Gore-Tex Suit

1

  5.

Personal First Aid Kit

1

  6.

Woolen Hat

1

  7.

Fleece Hat

1

  8.

Gore-Tex Gloves Down globe

1+1

  9.

Thin  Gloves (With Goretax and Fleece)

3

10.

Fleece Jacket

1

11.

Fleece Trouser

1

12.

Rock Climbing Trouser (Flexible)

1

13.

Trekking Boot

1

14.

Camp Shoe (Sport Shoe)

1

15.

Sandal

1

16.

Woolen Shocks (Thick)

2 Pair

17.

T-Shirt

3

18.

High neck

2

19.

Rain Punch

1

20.

Carry Mattress

1

21.

Snow Gaiter

1

22.

Thermos

1

23.

Snow Glass (100 % UV Protect) Show googols expedition

1

24.

Sun Glass (UV Protect)

1

25.

Head Torch

1

26.

Battery Enough for 30 days – Extra Bulb

 

27.

Water Bottle

1 Lt.

28.

Pocket Knife

1

29.

Washing Soap, Towel, Tooth pest, Tooth Brush etc.

 

30.

Sun Lotion Enough + 30 -40 SPF

 

31.

Lip Guard sun blog

 

                                 
Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 - 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

Day 01:         Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding Mt. Manaslu Expeditions and trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02-03:   In Kathmandu tour and preparation for Manaslu expeditions.
Two days in Kathmandu for Manaslu expeditions preparations packing and buying necessary equipments and high altitude foods, final meeting and collecting permits and other documents related with the expeditions. On this day interested people can book for a tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, Kathmandu valley steeped with historical / cultural monuments and world heritage sites.
 
Day 04:         Trek to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs.
Starting this wonderful Mt. Manaslu Expedition with an interesting and exciting drive following the Trisuli River for a while along the busy main highway of Nepal that connects various destination within Nepal, and leaving the main road our route heads across the river to mid hill town of Dhadingbesi, and then on the dirt track for few hours reaching warmer sub tropical area near Burigandaki river at Arughat bazaar a busy village with shops and stores.
 
From Arughat village continue drive on rough dirt road following Buri Gandaki River upstream through scattered farm fields and villages with views of Ganesh II at 7,118 m, Ganesh IV 7,104 meters. Then drive winds up in some sections to reach at Arkhet village, from here short ride brings you at Soti Khola a small village for overnight stop.

Day 05:         Trek to Machha khola 930 m - 05 hrs.
After a nice stop at Soti-Khola, beginning our first day walk with a short descent to reach a river side with small tea shops, walk continues on the nice paved stone steps to cross Nauli Khola (stream) overlooking at waterfalls and then coming at Khanigaon a small village wand then walking on the gradual path to cross another bridge to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola, a small farm village by the stream where fishing is popular here as the name Machha khola meaning fishing stream.
 
Day 06:         Trek to Jagat 1,410 m - 06 hrs.
From here leaving the warmer to little cooler area as the morning walk continues following the Buri Gandaki river upstream passing many small villages with Khorla Beshi, after few breaks in between walk carries on the winding trail to reach Tatopani a place with hot spring  as the name of this place Tatopani meaning hot water because of the natural hot springs located in the midst of a forest, after a nice stop walk leads passing few villages of Dovan and Yaruphants, by the river Buri Gandaki after crossing a bridge with a short climb to our overnight halt at Jagat village a moderate size and populated village with nice typical Nepali style houses with great number of shops and lodges.
 
Day 07:         Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.
After Jagat village walk heads higher with more elevation and getting cooler leaving the rice fields and terraces and walking past several farm villages and coming at Sidibas Bazaar, a nice small farm village  and then leading to an uphill to cross a small bridge at place over Nagjet, to reach at Philim village a nice large farm village and populated with nice houses with well tended farm fields with wheat’s and barley growing on terraces, then slowly heading up hill to reach a large rocky top walking into bamboo forest and coming to a clearing on leaving the forest at Dyang village for overnight stop.
 
Day 08:         Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs.
From this village onwards you can notice the difference of the villagers of Tibetan origin and culture and traditions. After Dyang a slow descent then walking by the river side, and then crossing the fast torrent river to reach Bihi Bazaar a small farm village with small stores and tea shops, and then continue walk for few hours to Ghap village for overnight stop.
 
Day 09:         Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs
Walk continues on this pleasant morning  with scenic surrounding on reaching upper side of Manaslu area, and then following Budhi Gandaki River, after crossing the river, leading into scattered small farm villages and nice well maintained terraced of millets, wheat’s or barley ( as rice are grown only in warmer area below 1,900 meters) with few breaks in between and walking through Numrung village with first close views of majestic Mt. Manaslu North Face at 8,163 meters high with line of adjoining peaks.  After enjoying the grand views of mountains walk leads past Banjham, Lhi and Sho small village and with another couple of hours walk to reach our overnight place at Lho village also called as Lho Bazaar.
 
Day 10:         Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 06 hrs.
After Lo-Gaon with views of sunrise over Mt. Manaslu, today’s walk is quite long but with great views as the walk leads to Upper Manaslu with high hills and mountains on both side of this valley to reach the main village of this region at Samagaon.
 
Walk leads further with dramatic views of mountains passing summer pastures and then finally reaching at Samagaon for last overnight stay in a lodge before our actual destinations to the summit of Mt. Manaslu.
 
Day 11:         Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
An important to have a rest day here at this altitude before heading towards Manaslu base camp and beyond, a short hike and explore the village with interesting monastery nearby with grand views of peaks with Mt. Manaslu.
 
Day 12:         Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,400m -05 hours.
After a nice stop at Samagaon, morning walk leads to gradual climb towards Manaslu Base Camp, as paths meanders on a winding track towards south.
 
As the walk progress with rapid gain in altitude with view of massive range of Manaslu and adjoining peaks, then reaching to our destination at the foot of Mt. Manaslu on a large summer pasture area, where our base camp will be set for the climb.
 
Day 13-14:    At Base Camp rest and preparation for the climb.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization and preparations to reach the summit of Mt. Manaslu, here our guide and leader will provide final briefing regarding the climb and technique skill required for the climb.
 
Day 15:         Trek and climb to Advance Camp at 5,980m - 04 hrs.
From base camp walk and cross a high plateau and then skirt around a ridge of lateral moraine heading towards at the foot of Mt. Manaslu, then after 4 hours of good walk with steep climb reaching high areas where a suitable camp site is located to set our Advance Camp.
 
Day 16-35:   (20 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.
From ABC with final preparation for the climb to the top of Manaslu, our expedition leader will control the daily routine of the expedition, normally establish camp I, at 5,260 meters and camp II, at above 5,600 m before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest. 

You might find it odd on losing altitude at Camp I and II after ABC as the walk and climb leads to up and down this will make acclimatization better for the climb.
 
Our team of climbing Sherpa will establish camp III, at above 6,700 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top.      


From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with climb and short descend to Camp I at 5,260 meters.  If there’s no snow a steep path leads up to an interminable scree slope which will be much support for the climb. 
 
The camp is located on a broad snow field at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier which is one of the few technical sections on route.
 
At about 7,500 meters the ridge is blocked by a line of ice cliffs here fixing ropes and snow bars.  Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for descent on this pitch, which is about 60 meters high. 
 
This is the toughest part of the climb but with less difficulty, high above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about 5,600 meters.
 
Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at 6,700 meters.  This is the highest camp and make the summit bid from here.  Summit day as always involves an early start.  Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled South West Face.
 
The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Annapurna-Lamjung and Ganesh Himal with adjoining peaks of Manaslu range Baudha and Himal Chuli. Normally it is possible to descend from the summit all the way to advance base camp on the same day.  This will depend on snow conditions and members fitness.
 
20 days for climb from ABC as the climb follows moraine towards the summit of Mt. Manaslu at 8,163m / 26,781 ft.
 
After an incredible adventure and overwhelming experience descend back safely towards Base Camp using few camps with long descend.
 
Day 36:         Descend back to Base Camp.
After an adventurous and challenging climb return back to Base Camp.
On this day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb and to organize departure from Manaslu base camp to Kathmandu.
 
Everything will be packed into the expedition drums for the return journey to Kathmandu. If the road is in good condition it is sometimes possible to go to Kathmandu in one day from the Base Camp.  More likely though, we might journey back across Manaslu valley enjoying its interesting culture.        

Day 37:         Clean up and packing.
All the Expeditions should be here by now to pack and ferry the load to the road head and to clean the base camp as it was before.
Start packing the climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where our leader-Government Liaison Officer will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to proper disposal sites or back to Kathmandu. Prepare everything for an early departure the next morning.
 
Day 38:         Trek to Samagaon.
After a successful climb of Manaslu and cleaning up the base camp, return trek to Samagaon walking back on route Birendra Tal a glacial lake at an altitude of 3,450 m. From here another two hours walk reaches back at Samagaon for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.


Day 39-42:   Trek back to Soti-Khola.
Retrace the journey back to Soti-Khola on downhill route reaching back into warm and semi-tropical area passing interesting villages of Philim and other farm areas of well tended terraces and enjoying hot spring of Tatopani on route Soti-Khola.
 
Day 43:         Drive back to Kathmandu.
After all the packing and reloading the gear in the Truck and Bus return journey is made through Dhading Besi as it is more accessible and shorter reaching Kathmandu on time.
 
Day 44:         In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day with optional sightseeing tour in our interesting cultural tour of Kathmandu valley with world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

This day also to submit reports of the expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department.
 
Day 45:         International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience on Mt. Manaslu Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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