Manaslu Expedition- 46 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.

 

Planning to climb Manaslu Peak in 2020 and 2021  ?

Email us: info@annapurnafoothills.com 

 

We have a Guaranteed Departure for Mount Manaslu Expediiton this Autumn 2019. We have few spaces available to join. We are looking  forward to make a small group for our September 3rd 2019 Departure. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun and it is a great saving too. We are providing great offers to join this deparutre date as well, $ 15900 USD per person, all inclusive price. 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • The journey to the summit of Eighth highest mountain in the world 
  • Beautiful trek up a remote valley, through villages and forests provides gradual acclimatization
  • Excellent logistical support: experienced staff provide efficient service with best quality gears and provisions
  • Local, expeeienced and friendly Sherpa team during the expedition.
  • Manaslu Summiter Climbing Sherpa for the team.


 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation and Documentation Day in Kathmandu, 1300 m

Day 3 : Jeep Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat, 720m

Day 4 : Trek from Soti Khola – Machha Khola, 900 m

Day 5 : Trek from Machha Khola – Jagat, 1340m

Day 6 : Trek from Jagat to Deng, 1860m

Day 7 : Trek from Deng to Namrung, 2540m

Day 8 : Trek from Namrung to Lho, 3200m

Day 9 : Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon, 3541m

Day 10 : Trek to Manaslu Base camp

Day 11 : 11-38 ( 28 Days) Climbing Period. Mount Manaslu.

Day 39 : Cleaning up Base Camp

Day 40 : Trek back to Sama Gaun.

Day 41 : Trek back to Nyak.

Day 42 : Trek back to Jagat.

Day 43 : Trek back to Macha Khola.

Day 44 : Trek to Soti Khola and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 45 : Shopping Day in Kathmandu. And Nepali Culture Show with dinner in the evening

Day 46 : Departure from Nepal

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
03 September, 2020 18 October, 2020 US $15900 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

  • Airport – Hotel- Airport transportation.
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan sharing basis (Twin Bed Room)
  • National Park fees and Expedition permit.
  • Annapurna Foothills Tshirt and duffel bags 
  • Camping equipment: sleeping tent and foam mattress, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tent
  • Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments
  • Three meals a day during the trek and camping (Morning tea or coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Base Camp Manager, Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters for your trip.
  • Camping and Kitchen equipment
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent
  • Daily wages for Porters and all Nepali staff
  • Insurance for Porters and all Nepali staff
  • Equipment for Porters and Nepali staff
  • Government Liaison officer, his all allowance, food, tent
  • Nepali culture show with welocme and farewell dinner
  • All the land transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gamow Bag and emergency oxygen
  • 2 oxygen bottles per member witht Mask and Regulator. (for use only)
  • Satellite phone service (pay calls)
  • Celebration Dinner last night in Kathmandu
  • Solar panel for batteries charges and lights
  • Garbage Fee
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee 
  • Above Base Camp, High Altitude Tents, High Altitude Meals, EP Gas burner and cooking pot for members  
  • Manaslu summiteers Climbing Sherpa (01 Sherpa: 01 Member Ratio) 
  • Walkie Talkie Permit
  • Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope required during the climb. 

Cost Exclude(s)

  1. Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  2. Your personal & medical insurance during the expedition.
  3. Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu 
  4. Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  5. Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone

 

Advice for tipping support staffs and Summit bonus for Climbing Sherpa

 

  • USD 100-150 for support staff / helpers who stays at base camp
  • USD 250- 400 for base camp Head Cook 
  • USD 250-500 for Sherpa/Base Camp Guide who manages the base camp 
  • USD 1000-1400 for Climbing Sherpa who accompanies you up to the top of the summit

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.

 

Oxygen

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.

Medical

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.

Communication

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 : 46 Days

Price : US $15900 p/p

Trip Grade : Very Strenuous

Group Size:2 - 6 Persons

Maximum Height:8163m

Transport:By Road

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:5 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

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

Best Season:September- December

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