Mt. Manaslu (8163meter /26,763ft) is the highest peak of the Gorkha massif and the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is also known as “Kutung”. Mt. Manaslu is the highest peak within the Gorkha District and is located about 64 kilometres (40mi) east of Annapurna. Gentle ridges and glaciers of the mountain offer easy ascents from all directions, which eventually conjures into a peak that dominantly towers above its surrounding landscape when seen from a far.

Mt. Manaslu is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world and often called killer Mountain. Manaslu expedition can be taken as a training expedition for Mt. Everest expedition.

The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” and may roughly be translated as “Mountain of Spirit”. It was surveyed for the ascent by a Japanese expedition in 1952 and was attempted upon with a few tries between 1953 and 1956. Manaslu was eventually climbed by another Japanese expedition in 1956 and has been 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). It is surrounded by heavy cloud and snowfalls. After walking for three hours we reach camp 1 (5500m). It is a safe and easy climb from Base Camp to Camp 1. It takes nearly six hours to reach camp 2 (6400m) from camp 1. Between camp 1 and camp 2 there are many crevasses and is difficult to climb. It takes another 6-7 hours to climb from camp 2 to the last camp 3 (7400m). Between the camp 2 and camp 3, there are chances of avalanches and consists of steep sections of snow and ice with relatively safe towards the last camp 3.  This camp 3 is surrounded by beautiful peaks.

You will reach the summit, your final destination of the expedition within 8-9 hours from the last Camp 3. From the summit of Mt. Manaslu you will enjoy beautiful peaks all around. After the summit, you descend slowly. As 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 casualties because of this.

Trip Highlights

  • 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(1300m)
Day 05: Trek from Dharapan to Tilje (2300m)
Day 06: Trek from Tilije to Bhimtang (3590m)
Day 07: Acclimization at Bhimtang
Day 08: Cross Larkya pass and trek to shamdo (3875m)
Day 09: Trek from Shamdo to Sama Gaon (3780m)
Day 10: Trek from Samo Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m)
Day 11-32: Climbing Period (Mt Manaslu Summit 8163m) and return to Base camp
Day 33: Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Sama Gaun
Day 34: Trek from Sama Gaun to Namrung (2670m)
Day 35: Trek from Namrung to Philim (1606m)
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

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