It is a well-known fact that Nepal is a country full of mountains. Not just mountains, but peaks above 8000 meters.
Mt. Manaslu is one of them. It is the eighth highest mountain in the world, with an astounding height of 8163 meters. Climbers claim it is one of the similar technical as Mt. Cho- Oyu 8201m and Mt. Shishapangma 8013 m climb. It is a remote and stunning 8000er perfectly suited for professional climbers. For mountaineers, it is a perfect mountain to train before making an attempt to summit other peaks like Everest, Annapurna, K2, or Kanchenjunga.
In 1956, two mountaineers, Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu submitted the Manaslu Peak for the first time. However, it was only in 1991 that the peak was legally opened for climbing for all. Manaslu remains a secluded mountain with very few organized expeditions happening in a year.
The expedition for Manaslu starts from its base camp at the altitude of 4700m. The most popular route for climbing is the northeast route of the mountain. We utilize four different camps along with the base camp as a headquarters for our expedition.
Camp I: The Camp I is set up at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier at an altitude of 5700 meters. The climb from base camp to camp I takes about 2-3 hours.
Camp II: Camp II is set up at 6400 meters on a flat surface. The climb from camp I to camp II is the most technical part of our climb and usually takes 3-6 hours.
Camp III: Camp III is set up at 6800 meters, just below the col to avoid strong winds. However, it is always susceptible to winds. The climb from camp II to camp III is the shortest of all. It takes 1.5-3 hours.
Camp IV: The final camp that is camp IV is set up at 7400 meters. It takes 4-8 hours to reach camp IV from camp III.
Short History of Manaslu Peak
The Manaslu Peak derives its name from the Sanskrit term “Manasa” meaning “intellect” or “soul.” Manaslu, in general, translates to “Mountain of Spirit.” It lies in the Gorkha district of Nepal 64km east of the Annapurna. Following the first ascent of Manaslu, several attempts were made to summit the peak from Japanese expedition teams. Locals around consider it to be a sacred mountain and thus were skeptical about allowing the Japanese to climb until 1971.
Why You Will Love Manaslu Expedition
- Climb the world’s 8th highest peak at 8163m–one of the most technical climbs.
- Takes you to the remote wilderness of the Manaslu region and offers 40 days of unmatchable adventure.
- Stunning views of peaks like Manaslu, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Kangru, Himal Chuli, Shingri, and many more.
- Experience the serenity and spiritual energy of this “Beyul”: hidden valleys.
- Mystifying flora, fauna, and wildlife, lifestyle and landscapes of Manaslu region.
- Immerse yourself into the traditional Tibetan lifestyle and experience the Buddhist culture and tradition.
- Be a part of an economical and yet highly technical expedition.
Is Manaslu Expedition Right For You?
- Manaslu expedition takes you through one of the most remote and secluded regions of Nepal. It is one of the spiritual hubs with serene wilderness and soul-enriching tranquility.
- Not only is Manaslu mountain the 8th highest mountain in the world, but it is also one of the challenging mountains in terms of its technicality of climbing. For an avid climber, it is an inspiring and challenging mountain to summit.
- Unlike the Everest expedition, the Manaslu expedition gets very few climbers and thus is less crowded. If you’re looking for a peaceful experience in the mountains, Manaslu is an ideal choice for you.
- The budget you need for the Manaslu expedition is significantly low compared to other popular expeditions in Nepal.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Manaslu Expedition
|Days||Itinerary||Altitude(in meters)||Duration(in hours)|
|Day 01||Arrive in Kathmandu||1400||-|
|Day 02||Rest in Kathmandu, Briefing, and Preparation||-||-|
|Day 03||Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat||950||7|
|Day 04||Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola||1165||5|
|Day 05||Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola||1330||6|
|Day 06||Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat||1350||4|
|Day 07||Trek from Jagat to Dang||2300||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|Day 08||Trek from Dang to Namrung||2550||6|
|Day 09||Trek from Namrung to Lho||3150||5|
|Day 10||Trek from Lho to SamaGaun||3780||4|
|Day 11||Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gaun||3780|
|Day 12||Trek from Sama Village to Manaslu Base Camp||4700||4|
|Day 13- Day 31||Climbing period(Base camp- Summit- Basecamp)||8163||-|
|Day 32||Preparation to return to Kathmandu. Clean Basecamp||4700|
|Day 33||Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaun||3541||3|
|Day 34||Trek from Samagaun to Namrung||2670||6|
|Day 35||Trek from Namrung to Philim||1606||6|
|Day 36||Trek from Philim to Macha Khola||883||6|
|Day 37||Trek from Macha Khola to Arughat||606||8|
|Day 38||Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu||1400||2020-07-08 00:00:00|
|Day 39||Leisure day in Kathmandu||1400||-|
|Day 40||Transfer to KTM airport for final departure||-||-|