Manaslu is one of the eight-thousanders rising 8,163m/26,758 ft. above sea level and is considered as one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb creating a challenge for the trekkers. Located in Gorkha district, the word ‘Manaslu’ is originated from the Sanskrit word “Manias” which means “Soul”. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock climbing.
The route to Manaslu Base Camp (4823m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Manaslu (8163m) to the north. It was first climbed in 1952 by Sir Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. Till now, more than 160 climbers climb the Mount Manaslu.
The approach to Manaslu is stunning with the long ridges and wide glacier valleys make for a possible approach from all directions. The peak towers steeply above the surrounding landscape. Normally, most of the climbers use the route of Northeast ridge to ascend to the summit, this is the standard fixed route. There are 6 different climbing routes on Mt. Manaslu. The South face is the most challenging. The standard route follows a relatively straight forward line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Normally, four camps are set up after Advanced Base Camp. However, some of the strong climbers do a summit push from camp three. From the Base Camp, climbers have to bear a few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses from Camp I to Camp II, slippery snow climbing is required from Camp II to Camp III and the possibility of facing avalanches from Camp III to Camp IV during the attempts. After the big avalanche in the spring of 2013, there are 3 to 4 sections in the icefall’s where there are 3-5 meters long latter’s in place.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel
Day 2-3: Manaslu expedition preparation & Cultural tour, Hotel
Day 4: Drive to Sotikhola (8 to 9 hours), Lodge
Day 5: Trek to Machha khola (6 to 7 hours), Lodge
Day 6: Trek to Jagat (6 to 7 hours), Lodge
Day 7: Trek to Deng (6 to 7 hours), Lodge
Day 8: Trek to Namrung (6 to 7 hours), Lodge
Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (6 to 7 hours), Lodge
Day 10: Rest Day in Sama Goan, Camping
Day 11: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp, Camping
Day 12-40: Climbing Period for Manaslu (8163m.), Camping
Day 41: Trek back to Sama Goan after the Manaslu expedition, Camping
Day 42-43: Retrace your trial back to Arughat, Lodge
Day 44: Drive back to Kathmandu, Hotel
Day 45: Free Day (Rest Day) in Kathmandu, Hotel
Day 46: Manaslu Expedition Ends/ Airport transfer for final departure
You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in hotel
Shopping and Trek preparation day
Today we drive to Arughat which will take about 8-9 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. The first is to Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, this will take 4 hours. From there it’s another 4 hours to Arughat. From there it’s another 4 hours to Arughat and then another 1 hour to Sotikhola. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Sotikhola.
Today we begin our trek. After we cross the river we trek through beautiful Sal forest before climbing onto a ridge above the rapids of the Budhi Gandaki. When we reach Khursane the trail meanders up and down past two stunning waterfall on the rocky trail clinging to the cliff. The trail then descends past rice terraces before ascending to the Gurung village of Labubesi. After further climbing the valley eventually opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders through a wide gravel river bed where we walk along to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola
After crossing the Machhi River and Khrola besi we dome to a small hot spring called Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali). The trail then follows a heavily forested area toward Dovan. Below Dovan there are huge rapids on the Budi Gandaki. As we ascend leaving the rapids behind the scenery begins to dramatically change before arriving in Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Today we begin by trekking to Sirdibas via Salleri before continuing onto GhatteKhola then onto Philim which is a large Gurung village where we are introduced to Gurung culture. From here we walk past millet fields to Ekle Bhatti before entering a steep gorge before descending to cross the Budi Gandaki. As we continue the valley widens and we trek through bamboo forests before crossing the Deng Khola and reaching the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
This morning it’s a short walk as we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb steeply to Rama (1910m). From here we walk on to Bhi through dense forest via Prok Village from where we see some magnificent views of Siringi Himal. From here we cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several Gompa’s. The trail follows the river through dense forest and through a narrow gorge before opening for our last steep climb to reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
From Namrung village we can experience great views of Siring, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. After climbing steadily through forest we reach Lihi, a beautiful village with many Chortens and barley terraces. From here the trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. Further along the trail we reach Sama village where we can experience extraordinary views of Mt Manaslu and explore the Ribung gompa. Today we finish in Samagaon where we spend the night.
Today we spend the day at Samagaon for rest and acclimatization. Here we can explore the Sherpa and Tibetan culture, the manimani stones and Buddhist scenes of the area. We hike up a hill near Sama village to an old Pungyen Gompa monastery where we have great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.
Early morning after breakfast we continue our walk to Manaslu Base Camp
Climbing period for Mt Manaslu. Accomodation on camp (B/L/D)
Trek back to Sama Goan after the Manaslu expedition, Camping
Retrace your trial back to Arughat, Lodge
Today we drive back to Kathmandu. Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy the hill and mountain landscapes as we follow the banks of Trishuli Rivers. Here we can see beautiful villages and farming terraces before arriving in Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu there is the opportunity for some last minute shopping. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner and time for us to recount the trip while enjoying traditional cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu
Free Day (Rest Day) in Kathmandu, Hotel
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.