Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located forty miles east of Annapurna and dominates the Gurkha massif. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. This mountain was previously known as Kutan l. ‘tang’ being the Tibetan word for flat place, thereby describing the mountain’s general summit. The name was later changed to Manaslu, which is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit.
The first ascent of this peak was in 1956 by T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japanese expedition). The peak was not climbed again until 1971 when a Japanese team made the second ascent. It was not until 1997 that Charlie Mace made the first American ascent. There are a half dozen established routes on the mountain today, the south face being arguably the toughest in climbing history.
All routes to the base camp of Manaslu begin in Kathmandu. Expedition Time: Approximate time 45 days. Bus from Kathmandu to Gorkha. Trek through forest to Macha Khola. Trek along riverbanks of Budhi Gandaki to Jagat. Continue along the river to Deng. Continue along river to Ghap, a Buddhist village. Continue along river to Sho. Trek to Pungen Gompa. Rest day. Trek to Sama Gaon. Trek to Manaslu base. Rest in Manaslu base.
Trek Out: Trek down to Samagaon. Trek down to Nyak. Trek down to Jagat. Trek down to Macha Khola. Trek down to Arughat. Trek down to Gorkha. Bus to Kathmandu.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, we will head out for city tour of Kathmandu valley and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swyambhunath Stupa. After the tour is over, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 feet], 8 - 9 hours
After early breakfast we will start our road trip which will be a long one. It will take approximately 5 to 6 hours to reach Sotikhola via Dhading. We will see more of roadside Nepal that displays many villages, rivers, farms, terrace farming, mountains and sceneries. We will enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 feet, 6 - 7 hours
After breakfast we will cross Soti Khola (River) via an old bridge and trek towards Maacha Khola. This route is above the magnificent Budhi Gandaki River and via Sal forests. There are two waterfalls on mountains and the trail is just below a cliff that will reach to Maccha Khola. The route will take us through a classical Gurung village known as Labubesi. The route will follow uphill elevation and downhill after we cross Labusbesi. It finally descends down along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki until we reach Maccha Khola after crossing a suspension bridge.
Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 feet], 6 - 7 hours
We will be trekking to Jagat on this day. The trail is uphill and downhill all the time so it requires much energy than earlier treks. We will have lunch at Tharo Khola and reach Khorlabesi by noon. One can enjoy hot spring water along the way at Tatopani. It is our resting point. After crossing Budhi Gandaki again, via a suspension bridge we will reach dobhan. We will reach Jagat at evening and stay overnight there
Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 feet], 6 - 7 hours
Today’s trek is technical and requires utter dedication as we will be walking for 6 hours approximately. We will initiate the trek by crossing and after few minutes we will reach sirdibas. This route is a wide one that welcomes trekkers warmly. We will have lunch at Ghatta Khola. The trek is uphill from here until we reach Philim which is a typical gurung village. We will rest for few and head towards Ekle Bhatti. There is a gorge on the way and it will lead us to pasture meadows and slopes. Further uphill we cross Deng khola and reach Deng Village. Overnight in Deng.
Deng - Namrung [2630m/8626feet], 6 - 7 hours
On this day, we will trek relatively longer and our destination will be Namrung. The route to Namrung from Deng is full of panoramic views various mountains including Makalu and Manaslu. We will encounter many landslides and landscapes, gorges and forests on our route. Although Namrung is a remote place, it is also the business center of the district. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 feet], 6-7 hours
Early morning we will wake up for sunrise view and also see Siring and Ganesh Himal. Namrung is perfect view point to see and feel the surrounding glorious mountains and villages. One can slso see Himalchuli on a clear day if weather favors us. Our trek is steady and gradual up climb passing through forests and rivers. We will also travel via few villages and all along the way, the views of Ganesh and Simnang Himal is sure to catch everyone’s eyes. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. Samagaon is a small village surrounded by mountains and is best place to rest because of moderate and cool climate. We can also hike around evening and view glaciers nearby. Overnight at Samagaon.
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. We will visit Pongyen Gumba which is nearby. Overnight in Samagaun.
Samagaon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 feet], 4 - 5 hours
We will trek along Budhi Gandaki River by initially descending towards the river. The trail that we will follow will lead us to the Manaslu Base camp. Our trails is known as The Larkya la Trail which passes several villages as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing few forests. We cross the river and reach Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Rest Day in Samdo
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight in Samdo. GayaLa pass could be another option during day time for hiking if any member wishes to do so.
Pre Climb Preparation and Trek to Base Camp
Our climbing experts will guide and provide training regarding peak climbing and proper ways of handling climbing gear. This training is sure to boost the climber’s confidence and skills. We will trek shorty to reach Manaslu base camp. Overnight at Base Camp.
Manaslu Summit Climbing Period
These days are the major climbing days for us to ascend the summit of most awaited Mt. Manaslu. After some day’s acclimatization and exercise we will be taken to the higher camps to be closer to the summit of (8,163m) where we will be provided food for high altitude. We are allowed to trek from lower camps to higher camps or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization.
Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 feet], 4 - 5 hours
On this day we will begin ascending over Budi Gandaki River and cross tow steams on our route. We will encounter Larkya Glacier nearby the valley of Salkha Khola. We will witness a typical snow glacier and rest there for few. Gradually climbing up we reach Dharmasala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk on this day will leave plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 feet] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 feet], 8 - 9 hours
After breakfast we will climb a small hill to reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. This valley is best to enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Again, we will walk across moraines of the glacier, making a slow and steady ascent which becomes steeper and steeper. From Larkya La pass, we will witness outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is not recommended to stay overnight at Larkya La because evening walk towards Bimthang via low pastures with the evening cloud coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by will be an experience you will never forget. Overnight in Bimthang.
Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544feet], 5 - 6 hours
Bimanthang is a viewpoint to enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. Our trek today will be downhill and slow descend crossing Sangure Kharka, a grazing pasture which is over Dudh Khola. Our route will lead us through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche situated at an altitude of 2785 meters. We will rest at a village known as Gho and start our treak again towards Tilije as there are better lodges in Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.
Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 feet], 5 - 6 hours (1700)
We start our trek from the lodge via stone paved trail which passes right across the village. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola and ascend up towards Tal. Enroute we will travel via a beautiful village, Thonje village. There is a police check post and we are required to show documents. We make sure that we have packed all the documents in order to avoid unnecessary hassles at check post. We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. The trail joins with Annapurna circuit after we cross dharapani. Further down the circuit track, we will cross Marshyangdi Khola via a bridge and reach the village of Tal., which situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal.
Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 feet], 6 - 7 hours
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.
Syange – Kathmandu, 8-9 hours
We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money and airport is at Pokhara only, so we suggest a road travel. Roadside scenery is much more experiencing than flight. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost
- All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
- Accommodation 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3-star hotel)
- Drive From Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Back to Kathmandu by private Vehicle
- Manaslu Expedition Climbing Permit.
- Garbage Deposit
- Government Liaison Officer.
- Guesthouse, accommodation during trekking
- All Meals (Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the Trek and Climbing Time in Base Camp.
- Manaslu Conservation Fee.
- Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
- Climbing Sherpa Guide
- Climbing Sherpa (Assistant)
- Cook and Kitchen Staff for the Base Camp
- Required Number of Porter.
- Group Climbing Equipment’s (Fixed rope, Main rope, Ice hammer, Snow Bar, Ice screw)
- Walkie-talkie radios set.
- Tents for Base Camp- High Camp-Camp 1 & Camp 2
- Kitchen Tents, Dinning Tents and Toilet Tents in Base Camp.
- Emergency medical kits
- Insurance for all of the team staffs (Nepali)
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu