Mt Manaslu Expedition with Himalayan Global Expedition, to Mt. Manaslu (8163meter /26,763ft) is a trip that defins the mountaineering spirit of a person. This is the highest peak of the Gorkha massif and the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is also known as “Kutung”. It is located about 64 kilometres (40miles) east of Annapurna. Gentle ridges and glaciers of the mountain offer easy ascents from all directions. These eventually conjure into a peak which dominantly towers above its surrounding landscape when seen from afar.
Mt. Manaslu is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world and often called the killer Mountain. Manaslu expedition is also considered as one of the best training expedition for Mt. Everest expedition.
The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” and is roughly translated as “Mountain of Spirit”. It was surveyed for ascent by a Japanese expedition in 1952 and attempted upon with a few tries between 1953 and 1956. Another Japanese expedition in 1956 eventually scaled Manaslu and thus forever regarded as “Japanese mountain”.
Mt. Manaslu Expedition Route
Mt. Manaslu Expedition trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, a village in Gorkha district. And then the trek follows up to Manaslu Base Camp (4750m). Heavy clouds and snowfalls almost always surrounds the base camp. After a safe and easy climb of three hours we reach camp 1 (5500m). Subsequently, it is a six hours climb to camp 2 (6400m) from camp 1. Between camp 1 and camp 2 there are many crevasses and is a difficult route. It takes another 6-7 hours from camp 2 to the last camp 3 (7400m). Between camp 2 and camp 3, there are chances of avalanches. This part of the climb consists of steep sections of snow and ice with relative safety towards camp 3. Camp 3 is surrounded by beautiful peaks and breathtaking sceneries.
The summit, our final destination of the expedition is within 8-9 hours from the last Camp 3. From the summit of Mt. Manaslu we enjoy beautiful panorama of the Himalayas. After the summit, we descend slowly. Compared to climbing, it is easier and faster to descend, however, sometimes, heavy fog and dense white-out cover the entire section till camp 3. There have also been numerous casualties because of dense white-out.
- Mt Manaslu is the world's 8th highest peak.
- A beautiful expedition up a remote valley, through villages and forests
- The route from Manaslu Base Camp to Camp 1( 5500m) includes rock scrambles on the moraine.
- The most technical section of the climb is between Camp I ( 5500m) and Camp II ( 6400m)
- The route to Camp III (7400m) has some short steep sections of ice and snow.
Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel
Day 02 Pre-trip Meeting, Briefings and Rest in Kathmandu
Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (950m)
Day 04 Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani(1,300m)
Day 05 Trek from Dharapan to Tilje (2,300m)
Day 06 Trek from Tilije to Bhimtang (3,590m)
Day 07 Acclimization at Bhimtang
Day 08 Cross Larkya pass and trek to shamdo (3,875m)
Day 09 Trek from Shamdo to Sama Gaon (3,780m)
Day 10-32 Climbing Period (Mt Manaslu Summit (8,163m) and return to Base camp
Day 33 Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Sama Gaun
Day 34 Trek from Sama Gaun to Namrung (2,670m)
Day 35 Trek from Namrung to Philim (1,606m)
Day 36 Trek from Philim Village to Machha Khola (883m)
Day 37 Trek from Machha Khola to seti khola
Day 38 Trek from seti khola to Arughat (950m)
Day 39 Drive From Arughat to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 40 Rest Day in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
Day 41 Transfer to Airport for Final Departure