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Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu Expedition

Key Information

Trip Duration:

37 Days

Maximum Altitude:

8,163 m

Difficulty Level:

Hard

Suitable Season:

Spring / Autumn

Accommodation:

Lodge / Tent

Start/Finish:

Kathmandu

Location:

Manaslu Region

Group Size:

Min 2
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Manaslu Expedition Overview

Trip Highlights

Discover the majestic Mt. Manaslu, standing proudly at 8,163 m in the Manisiri Himal Range, ranking as the 8th highest mountain globally.Explore the diverse landscapes of Manaslu, featuring broad glacial valleys, long ridges, and moderate slopes, offering an unparalleled adventure for mountaineers.Unveil the cultural richness of the region as you trek along the Budhi Gandaki river, passing through picturesque villages adorned with unique traditions and customs. Ascend through dense forests and challenging terrains, experiencing a thrilling 9-day journey that culminates at the Manaslu Base Camp.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Sama Gaon, a beautiful village where acclimatization and relaxation harmonize. Don't miss the chance to visit the enchanting Buddhist Monastery, a major highlight of the stay.

Embark on a challenging summit to Mt. Manaslu, requiring the establishment of four camps above the Base Camp. The ascent presents varying terrains, from moderate angled snowy slopes to steeper sections, with experienced Sherpas guiding the way.

Witness the grandeur of the Manaslu Summit, a pinnacle of achievement in mountaineering, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.

Experience the allure of the Manaslu region, offering a perfect blend of thrill, excitement, and captivating natural beauty.

Prepare for your adventure with the recommended Gears and Equipment for the Manaslu Expedition, ensuring a safe and successful journey to this serene giant peak

Optimal Season for Mt. Manaslu Expedition 

Start on the ultimate Himalayan adventure during the Autumn season, spanning mid-September to mid-January. This magical time offers lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and a thriving ecosystem, providing the ideal backdrop for a Manaslu Expedition. While expeditions are feasible at other times, considerations of cold and rain may influence the overall experience.

Special Offer: Mt. Manaslu Expedition 2023 Autumn – Reservations Now Open!

Experience the pinnacle of adventure with the upcoming Mt. Manaslu Expedition in Autumn 2024. Secure your spot now for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas. For those seeking a more personalized adventure, Sole Encounters Trekking  is ready to organize private trips to any thrilling destination, catering to groups of nine or more.

Exclusive Option: Heli-Assisted Mt. Manaslu Expedition 2023

Discover a unique approach to the Mt. Manaslu Expedition with Heli-assisted transportation to Samagao and back. For inquiries about this extraordinary experience, don't hesitate to reach out. Your epic adventure awaits!

Manaslu Expedition Itinerary Expand All Close All

Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from the Sole Encounters Trekking team will be readily available to welcome you. After completing the necessary procedures for obtaining your Nepal Entry Visa, we will have a meet-and-greet session. Following this, you will be smoothly transferred to your chosen hotel (ranging from 3-star to 5-star based on your preference). Take this opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate for the day ahead

Food
Breakfast / Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Day Two:  Preparations, and Expedition Briefing at the Department of Tourism

On the second day, our focus shifts to essential official procedures, permit acquisition, and a comprehensive briefing about the upcoming expedition. This crucial step ensures that all necessary documents are in order for a seamless journey. Additionally, you have the option to explore the vibrant touristy town of Kathmandu, indulge in shopping for any vital items required for the trip, and enjoy the local cuisine. Pack your bags meticulously as we embark on our adventure early the next morning. Take this time to meet fellow expedition members, share experiences, and savor the charm of Kathmandu

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Start the day with an early morning wake-up call and a hearty breakfast to energize for the exciting journey ahead. Our private jeep awaits to transport us to Aarughat, and we embark on this picturesque road trip, savoring the breathtaking sceneries lining the highway.

As we traverse the winding roads, the approximately 9-hour drive provides a perfect opportunity to relax and soak in the natural beauty surrounding us. The journey allows for ample rest, ensuring everyone is refreshed upon arrival in Aarughat.

Upon reaching Aarughat, a charming town nestled in the foothills, we settle into a pre-booked teahouse for a comfortable overnight stay. This marks the beginning of our adventure, setting the stage for the exploration that lies ahead

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
950

Embark on the trekking phase of our adventure, commencing from Aarughat. After a nourishing breakfast at the teahouse, we hit the trail, immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of the region.

The trek takes us through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to quaint villages, offering glimpses of local life and culture. Ascending and descending, we navigate the terrain, each step revealing the unique charm of the journey.

As we make our way to Khanchowk, the trail unfolds with captivating views, creating a sense of accomplishment with every stride. The trek duration and terrain conditions are thoughtfully considered to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Upon reaching Khanchowk, we settle into our accommodations for a well-deserved rest. This trekking day lays the foundation for the extraordinary moments that await in the days to come.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
900

start on a captivating trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola, where the evolving landscapes and ecosystems promise an intriguing journey. The trail unfolds with mesmerizing views of picturesque mountain peaks, complemented by the unique charm of varied terrains.

As we traverse this enchanting route, be prepared for the spectacle of raging rivers, verdant forests, and heartwarming villages that add depth to our trekking experience. Each step reveals the natural beauty of the surroundings, creating memories that will resonate for a lifetime.

The approximate altitude gain and walking hours are integral aspects of this trek, ensuring a balance between adventure and comfort. The dynamic scenery and diverse elements encountered along the trail make the trek to Machhakhola an unforgettable chapter in our expedition.

(Note: Specific altitude and walking hour details can be obtained from local trekking agencies or recent trekking reports to ensure accurate and updated information.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
870

Commencing our day with a hearty breakfast in Machhakhola, we embark on an early start. The trail leads us through the gorge, tracing the path of the river. We navigate the undulating hills, ascending and descending through dense forests, immersing ourselves in the ever-changing landscapes.

Throughout this 6-8 hour trek, the journey unfolds with breathtaking views of marvelous mountain peaks, providing a visual feast for trekkers. As we traverse the captivating terrain, unique sights and natural wonders accompany us every step of the way.

Our day's adventure concludes as we reach Jagat, a destination nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Here, we find a welcoming haven to rest and rejuvenate for the night, preparing for the continuing journey into the enchanting Manaslu region

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1390

On Day  of the itinerary, the trek advances from Jagat to Deng. The path winds through enchanting landscapes, showcasing terraced fields, dense forests, and quaint villages. As you navigate the terrain, interactions with local communities reveal insights into their daily lives and cultural traditions. The adventure is heightened by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River on suspension bridges.

Deng, situated at a specific altitude, serves as the day's destination, providing a tranquil atmosphere and a glimpse into the traditional mountain lifestyle. The day's trek offers a blend of physical challenges and cultural encounters, crafting a memorable and immersive experience on the Manaslu Circui

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1890

the journey advances from Deng to Namrung, covering a specific walking distance and ascending to a particular altitude. The trail unfolds a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, meandering through lush forests and charming villages. The picturesque landscapes of the Manaslu region offer glimpses of diverse flora and fauna. Namrung, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, serves as a scenic stopover with its traditional architecture and friendly locals, providing a unique cultural experience

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2660

 the trek carries you from Namrung to Samagaun, weaving through the captivating landscapes of the Manaslu region. The ascent unfolds breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks, guiding you through picturesque villages and terraced fields, offering a rich cultural tapestry. Samagaun, your day's destination, is a Himalayan village nestled amidst majestic mountains.

The trek, beyond its physical challenges, facilitates cultural interactions with local communities. Upon reaching Samagaun, you'll be immersed in a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, making this segment of the Manaslu Circuit trek truly memorable.

Samagaun, with its history steeped in local traditions, becomes a destination where trekkers often spend about two nights. This extended stay allows exploration of the village's rich cultural tapestry, including religious practices and customs. Visitors can engage with locals, gaining insights into their way of life, rituals, and traditions.

Activities in Samagaun may include exploring ancient monasteries, witnessing religious ceremonies, and interacting with the friendly locals. The village offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for contemplation and relaxation amidst the Himalayan splendor. Additionally, Samagaun serves as a gateway to various hiking places, providing trekkers with the opportunity to explore the surrounding natural beauty and diverse landscapes

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

At these higher altitudes, acclimatization is essential before ascending further. Health experts recommend staying active, and a suggested way is to explore the Pugyen Gompa (4070m) with a one-day hike between Syaula and Sama. Time permitting, an option is to continue up the valley to the rugged Pugin glacier. Another choice is a challenging trip to Birendra Tal lake (3650m) and a demanding ascent to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). North of Birendra Tal is believed to be Milarepa's Cave, a famous Buddha, known as a meditation retreat for the Buddhist saint. 

For acclimatization, consult with your guide. If you're considering the long hike to Manaslu Base Camp, be prepared for extended hours. If this isn't your preference, opt for a shorter hike, explore the village, and enjoy rest in the teahouse

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

Having acclimatized in the welcoming embrace of Sama Gaon, our journey takes us to the base of the majestic Mt. Manaslu, the world's 8th highest mountain. Positioned at an elevation of 4700 meters, the Manaslu Base Camp is strategically located just above Sama Gaon.

This crucial leg of the trek provides a pivotal rest point for mountaineers, serving as a preparatory stage for the impending summit. The route unfolds with panoramic views and unique terrains, making the trek to the Manaslu Base Camp an integral and awe-inspiring segment of our expedition

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4700

This critical phase spans 25 days, encapsulating the essence of our journey as we strive to conquer the world's 7th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu. Throughout this period, the expedition leader, in collaboration with team members, will craft an itinerary that remains adaptable and responsive to weather conditions and the preparedness of the entire team.

A significant portion of these days will be devoted to comprehensive training sessions, where climbers will enhance their skills in rope techniques, crampon usage, traversing rocks and ice with the aid of fixed ropes, and crucial acclimatization exercises. The establishment of four camps above the Base Camp adds strategic waypoints to our ascent.

Experiencing the actual conditions at higher altitudes, the expedition leaders will lead rotations between the camps, ensuring that all team members are well-acquainted with the challenges ahead.

As the perfect moment for the summit push approaches, a predawn start is planned. This early commencement not only allows for a sunrise summit, creating a moment of unparalleled beauty atop Mt. Manaslu, but also ensures sufficient time for a safe descent back to the lower camps, steering clear of the afternoon winds. This meticulous approach maximizes the chances of a successful summit while prioritizing the safety and well-being of every team member.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
8163

Following the triumphant summit of Mt. Manaslu, we embrace our responsibility as conscientious travelers by meticulously cleaning up any debris or waste at the Base Camp. Amidst the mix of joy, the lingering sense of accomplishment, and perhaps a touch of soreness, we prepare ourselves for the return journey, retracing our steps back to Sama Gaon

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4700

In the aftermath of our successful summit of Mt. Manaslu, we embark on the journey back by retracing our path, ultimately reaching the comforting haven of Sama Gaon. The day is dedicated to trekking through familiar terrain, surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Manaslu region.

As we make our way back to Sama Gaon, we reflect on the challenges conquered and the achievements gained during our expedition. The overnight stay in Sama Gaon allows for well-deserved rest, ensuring we conclude this remarkable adventure with a sense of fulfillment and appreciation for the journey undertaken

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

As we descend from the heights of Sama Gaon, our trek takes us directly to Namrung, bypassing Syala Village. This alternative route provides us with a fresh perspective on the breathtaking views, presenting familiar landscapes from different angles.

Immersing ourselves in the surroundings, we traverse the trail until we reach Namrung, where we settle for a restful overnight stay. This shift in our descent route ensures a diverse and captivating experience as we continue our journey through the stunning Manaslu region

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2660

We walk down in the Temperate zone with evergreen dense forests to reach Philim Village

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2000

Having enjoyed the hospitality of Philim Village, our trek leads us through dense subtropical forests adorned with coniferous species such as Pines, Fir, and Deodars, alongside the vibrant presence of Rhododendron trees. This enchanting trail guides us to our designated rest point for the day – the serene Machhakhola

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
870

Concluding our rewarding trek, we embark on the return journey to Kathmandu, traveling comfortably in a private tourist minibus. The scenic drive through the hillside provides a picturesque backdrop as we indulge in the beauty of the landscapes.

A well-deserved stop for lunch midway adds to the journey's pleasures, allowing us to savor the local flavors. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we retire for the night in the comfort of a cozy hotel room, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories forged during our adventure in the Himalayas.

Food
Breakfast/ lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Concluding our rewarding trek, we embark on the return journey to Kathmandu, traveling comfortably in a private tourist minibus. The scenic drive through the hillside provides a picturesque backdrop as we indulge in the beauty of the landscapes.

A well-deserved stop for lunch midway adds to the journey's pleasures, allowing us to savor the local flavors. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we retire for the night in the comfort of a cozy hotel room, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories forged during our adventure in the Himalayas.Day 36: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Your schedule is free on this day, offering the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu with its rich cultural and historical treasures. Embark on a city tour to visit various cultural heritages such as Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas, Patan, and Basantapur Durbar Squares.

Stroll through the bustling streets of Thamel, where a myriad of services awaits, from laundry facilities to indulgent experiences like saunas and spas, topped with delightful dining at authentic restaurants. In the evening, we come together for a farewell dinner at a typical restaurant, complete with cultural shows. Alternatively, you can choose to explore local markets, indulge in shopping, or enjoy a last-minute massage for a perfect conclusion to your memorable journey.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

As your memorable journey with us comes to an end, we extend our sincere gratitude for choosing to explore with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd. We hope your experience has been filled with joy and satisfaction.

In the spirit of hospitality, one of our dedicated representatives will accompany you to the airport, ensuring you arrive comfortably and well in advance—3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time. Your safe journey back home is our utmost priority, and we express our heartfelt thanks for joining us on this adventure. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Safe travels

Food
Breakfast

Manaslu Expedition Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop transfers by Private Vehicles from International and Domestic Airport to Hotel.
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast plan.
  • A welcome dinner in 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu 
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to kathmandu  by Private Vehicles with guide and other staff.
  • Member personal climbing equipment transfer from Kathmandu-Arughat -Kathmandu (60 kg per member).
  • Full Board Accommodation during trekking to Manaslu  and back to Arughat after Expedition.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Fees.
  • One professional climbing Sherpa guide per member during the climbing period and summit Attempts.
  • 4 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.) per member with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator.
  • 2 bottle oxygen cylinders (4 liters.) per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides.
  • All staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM transportation.
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.).
  • Solar Power at Base Camp for electricity.
  • Satellite Phone available at Base Camp (with nominal charge as use).
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge.
  • Weather forecast report as necessary on daily basis.
  • Individual tent of Kailash brand for each member at base camp.
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • High Altitude tents: the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers.
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at higher Camps.
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp.
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, and local porters as well as Equipment cost.
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers. 
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. (E.g. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening.
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu.
  • Heaters at base camp in the dining tent.
  • Fresh vegetable supply from Pokhara/Kathmandu during the expedition.
  • Special high foods for members and Sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu      
  • Route Fix charges to Summit and Higher Camps
  • Emergency oxygen during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit (For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber during climbing.
  • Garbage deposit Shipment Charges applied by the Government of Nepal.
  • Manaslu Expedition Mountaineering Royalty, fee and all official formalities of all documents for climbing.
  • Farewell dinner in Restaurant in Kathmandu after return from Expedition.
  • Applicable fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by the Nepal government and All Company service charge

Manaslu Expedition Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • An extended stay in the hotel after 4-nights in Kathmandu.
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses, personal nature expenses such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal member's baggage exceeding 60 kilogram.
  • Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, and emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during an Manaslu  Expedition
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed
  • Drone & Special filming permit
  • Extra oxygen other than 4 bottles
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus $1560, calculate some tips for basecamp cook (350$ ) and other staff too.
  • Any other extra expenses other than those mentioned in the Cost Includes section,

Manaslu Expedition Altitude Profile

Manaslu Expedition Fixed Departures

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Start Date
Trip Duration
Cost Per Person
Availability
Join Group
1
2024-09-07
20 Days
USD 30000
Available
2
2024-09-07
20 Days
USD 30000
Available

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Trip Notes: Important Considerations

Please take note of the following essential information:

  • Weather Dependency: Trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas are subject to weather conditions. While we strive to plan our trips during favorable times, unforeseen circumstances such as road blockages due to extreme weather may occur. In such instances, any additional expenses beyond the itinerary's total days will be the responsibility of the client. Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd will, however, make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides.

  • Missed International Flights: Sole Encounters is not liable for compensation in case of losses due to missed international flights. We are committed to assisting in making necessary arrangements to minimize potential losses. To mitigate the risk of missing flights, we recommend allowing flexible time frames before and after the trip departure.

  • Itinerary Adjustments: Traveling in remote areas with challenging climates and terrains may necessitate adjustments to our itineraries. Trail distortions can occur, requiring flexibility in our plans. Rest assured, we guarantee that the quality of service will not be compromised under any circumstances.

Thank you for choosing to embark on this expedition with us!

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