Manaslu Expedition- 57 Days

Manaslu, 8163m, is recognized as a suitable first-time 8000 meter peak since the classic North-East route follows a relatively straightforward line to the summit.   Although Manaslu doesn’t have extremely technical sections, the altitude alone excludes novice climbers.  Manaslu poses all the adventure and risk that comes with being one of the highest mountains in the world. That being said, the Northeast aspect of the mountain is accessible due to less objective hazard.

Mt Manaslu, the world's 8th highest peak, is situated in Gorkha District of western Nepal.  Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expeditions operate full service, guided expeditions to climb the North-East face of Manaslu in both the pre and post monsoon seasons.

We welcome experienced mountaineers who have already climbed peaks up to at least 6500 meters and are competent on glaciated mountains.  Climbing Mt. Manaslu under the leadership of experienced guides defines a perfect opportunity to enter the world of 8000m peaks. Many mountaineers climb Manaslu as training for a future attempt of Mt. Everest. 

Our expeditions are led by our expert climbing guides who are familiar with the risks of glaciers and the objective dangers of high peaks, having led successful expeditions to 8000-meter mountains in Nepal and Tibet. As well as gradual acclimatization, safety measures are taken to minimize risks in exposed or dangerous areas.   

A skilled support staff of capable Sherpas completes the team.  They carry the expedition gear which includes high-quality safety and mountain equipment. They provide the well organized and efficient logistics which is an important component of a successful expedition.  Our cooking staff specializes in nutritious, generous and tasty meals to provide the energy that is so vital at high altitudes. 

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions limit the expedition to eight climbers with their support crew in order to maintain our standard of logistical service as well as safety.  The Sherpa to climber support ratio is 1:2. However, additional Sherpa support is also an option for climbers who would like assistance to carry their personal gear. 

Comparison to other Peaks

Manaslu is only slightly more technical than Cho Oyu or Shishapangma due to the crevassed glacier, seracs and ice.  However, the weather on the North-East route is sometimes unpredictable.  Clouds and snowfall increase the risk, and extra care must be taken to avoid crevasses and avalanches.

The Manaslu expedition starts from Arughat Bazar, approximately a 6 hr drive from Kathmandu.  This beautiful 8-day trek into base camp gives the mountain a remote feel. We follow trails up the ridges of valleys, through beautiful forests and villages, gradually gaining altitude.  The last village before Manaslu Base Camp is Sama Goan.   From here we finally get our first clear view of Manaslu. From Sama Gaun, 3400m, it is a long trek up a hill that seems to have endless false crests, that takes us to Manaslu Base Camp.

Expedition Route

Safety is our number one priority, and for this, cautious acclimatization is vital.  We will spend a few days at Base Camp, 4800m, before setting out on the Manaslu glacier. During the Manaslu expedition we will make several ascents and descents between the camps.   The condition of the route is highly affected by weather conditions.  Our Sherpas will break the trail through the snow and fix the ropes that are used on much of the route to the summit.  Bamboo poles are useful as markers in the snow.

The route from Base Camp to C1, 5700m includes rock scrambles on moraine and dangerous sections of heavily crevassed glacier where we use fixed rope.   Camp I sits on a protected shoulder of the Manaslu glacier at the foot of the North Peak, a satellite mountain of Manaslu. The first climb to Camp I usually takes between 2-4 hours. We drop off a load and return to Base Camp the same day.

The most technical section of the climb is between Camp I, 5700m and Camp II, 6400m, as there is a steep wall of seracs which is prone to collapse.  We appreciate the safety of the ropes fixed by the Sherpas. It takes about 3-6 hours to climb to the flat area where we set up Camp II. 

The route continues up the remaining glacier weaving through seracs and becoming steep as we approach Camp III, 6900m, on a flat saddle below the col.  There can be very strong winds at this camp. If conditions are good, Camp III can be reached in less than 3 hours. 

The route to Camp IV, 7400m, has some short steep sections of ice and snow. It can take between 4-8 hours, depending on conditions.  Camp IV is on an exposed traverse which is the beginning of the summit plateau.  It is just a place to rest and eat in preparation for the summit bid, far too windy to stay very long.  

The main challenge of the summit is due the altitude and the fact that it is father than it appears.  The climb starts out with moderate slopes of snow and some blue ice. After traversing three plateaus there is a steep climb with some exposed sections to reach the true summit.



Trip Highlights


  • A beautiful trek up a remote valley, through villages and forests provides gradual acclimatization
  • chance of  summit success is maximized with expert climbing guide (more than 10 years experience on 7000-8000m peaks, including Manaslu)
  • excellent logistical support: experienced staff provide efficient service with best quality gear and provisions
  • safety equipment and gamow bag
  • Satellite phone for communication
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at the Yak and Yeti Hotel


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 3 : Drive to Gorkha & arrange Porters.Overnight in Camp.

Day 4 : Drive to Gorkha & arrange Porters. Overnight in Camp.

Day 5 : Trek to Khursani Bari. Overnight in Camp

Day 6 : Trek to Macha Khola. Overnight in Camp.

Day 7 : Trek to Jagat, 1250m. Overnight in Camp

Day 8 : Trek to Nyak. Overnight in Camp.

Day 9 : Trek to Prok. Overnight in Camp

Day 10 : Trek to Namru. Overnight in Camp

Day 11 : Trek to Lho, 2250m. Overnight in Camp

Day 12 : Trek to Sama Gaun, 3250m. Overnight in Camp

Day 13 : Trek to Manaslu Base camp

Day 14 : 14-47 Climbing Period. Mt. Manaslu.

Day 48 : Cleaning up Base Camp

Day 49 : Trek back to Sama Gaun. Overnight in Camp.

Day 50 : Trek back to Nyak. Overnight in Camp

Day 51 : Trek back to Jagat. Overnight in Camp

Day 52 : Trek back to Macha Khola. Overnight in Camp

Day 53 : Trek back to Arukhet. Overnight in camp

Day 54 : Trek back to Gorkha. Overnight in Camp

Day 55 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 56 : Shopping Day in Kathmandu. And Nepali Culture Show with dinner in the evening

Day 57 : Departure from Nepal

Cost Include(s)

  1. Airport – Hotel- Airport transportation.
  2. 4 nights' accommodation at standard Hotel Shakti in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  3. National Park fee and Expedition permit
  4. Camping equipment: sleeping tents, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tent
  5. Foam Mattress, Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments
  6. Three meals a day during the trek (Wake up morning tea or coffee. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  7. Sirdar, Cook, Sherpas, Kitchen boys and Porters for your trip.
  8. Camping and Kitchen equipment, food
  9. Daily wages for Porters and all Nepali staff
  10. Insurance for Porters and all Nepali staff
  11. Equipments for Porters and Nepali staff
  12. Transportation Kathmandu – Gorkha/ Arughat/ Kathmandu
  13. Nepali culture show with dinner
  14. All the land transportation from starting to ending of itinerary
  15. 2-4l bottles of oxygen, mask and regulator
  16. Gamow Bag and emergency oxygen
  17. Garbage deposit fee

Cost Exclude(s)

  1. Visa for Nepal
  2. Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travels insurance and all items of a personal nature.
  3. Mountain, road or river rescue or any other emergency evacuation charges.
  4. Expenses incurred as a result of illness and any other unforeseen situation and events.
  5. Airport departure tax
  6. Soft or hard drinks, Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  7. Climbing Equipment for Climbing Sherpas and Liason Officer
  8. Personal and group climbing equipment for the Expedition
  9. High Camping Equipment, Kitchen Equipments and High foods
  10. Garbage Deposit USD 4000.00 (Sharing with other member)
  11. Filming permit
  12. Waki takie permit
  13. Summit bonus
  14. Tips for staff
  15. Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley with all applicable entrance fees as per our itinerary.

Advice for Summit Bonus and Tips

  • USD 80-150 for support staff who stay at base camp
  • USD 100-200 for Sherpa who accompanies you up to the base camp
  • USD 300-500 for Sherpa who accompanies you up to the top of the summit

Single Supplementary US$ 400 per person (Includes single hotel room in Kathmandu , single room/tent on trek, single tent at Base Camp)


Why Climb Mt. Manaslu with Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions a Nepal-based owner operated company who can make your dream of reaching the summit of Mt. Manaslu a reality for a reasonable price
  • It is the perfect option for experienced, confident climbers want high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators
  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise safety
  • We use only the best quality equipment in the market
  • We take care of details of your expedition which will help you keep both comfortable and healthy
  • One veteran Sherpa climbing guide accompanies each climber to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather and personal climbing pace
  • Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 8000 meter summits.

Single Supplementary US$ 400 per person for single hotel room in Kathmandu

Option for Climbers Using our Base Camp Service: While you may not require a climbing guide, you may require a Personal Sherpa to help carry your gear and to help on an everyday basis. A Personal Sherpa assistant can be arranged for $5000.


Our package includes 2 bottles of oxygen, which will be pre-placed in the higher camps for you to use. Oxygen cylinders hold 1800 liters, which at 3 liters/minute, last 10 hours. One bottle and regulator weighs about 7.3kg total. You will not carry more than one bottle at a time. Most climbers use oxygen above 7000m, at 1 liter/min. for sleeping and 3 liter/min climbing. This means a total of 3600 liters (2 cylinders) are needed for the summit and descent back to Camp III.

Extra oxygen bottles are available for $600 each. They must be ordered at the time of booking.

We use the latest, most advanced, oxygen mask to ensure efficient delivery less wastage.


We maintain extra oxygen at base camp for medical emergencies. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit throughout the expedition. Our guides are certified in first aid for high altitude. We carry a Gamow bag during the trek up to Advanced Base Camp, where it will be kept during the climb.


Each climber/Sherpa team is issued a VHF hand held radio and satellite phone. The satellite phone can be used for communication during the trek and the expedition for calls or internet. GSM cell phone network is extremely limited in the region.

Camp Information

Sherpas will do all of the cooking/melting at Camp I, II, III, and IV.

Personal Gear

For the most part, you will only need to carry the items which you require during the day while climbing. Your Sherpa guide will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 57 Days

Price : US $7999 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 4E

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:8163m

Transport:By Road



Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Expedition:All meals in lodges during Trekking & Camping

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