Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu located on the north side of Gorkha district along the Budi Gandaki valley. Manaslu mountain was previously known as Keaton l. 'tang' being the Tibetan word for flat place, thereby describing the mountain's general summit. Manaslu was then renamed Manaslu, which comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa" meaning "intellect" or "soul". Many consider the three peaks of Manaslu as Japanese peaks as they were the first to reach its summit in 1956. There exist half a dozen different routes on Manaslu today. The Manaslu south face of this ‘Mountain of intellect’ is arguably the toughest in climbing history as well as peak 29 is very famous located in this area too. It was first climbed by T. Imanishi & G. Norbu in 1956.

The main Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp, caravan route takes off at Samagaon and Sama Gompa, where, incidentally Manaslu is called Kambung - after a local God. It was here in this selfsame village back in 1954 that the second Japanese expedition met with bitter resistance from the locals. They blamed the presence of the heathen foreigners for the avalanches and pestilence on the valley. They felt that the Japanese had insulted the God's dwelling in the mountains, thereby angering them into creating such adverse conditions. Nowadays the climbers attracted to climb this beautiful mountain and from the summit you can see many mountains of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal range as well as Tibetan dry land.

From samagau head up to Manaslu Base Camp at 4750m. On the Manaslu Glacier, we carefully follow the bamboo marker wands and use fixed ropes to cross the serious crevasses and dangerous sections. We make our Manaslu Expedition Camp 1 at 5700 meters at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area. Expedition Camp 2 is located in the safe section of the climb in a relatively flat area at 6400 meters, although while at this campsite there can be a lot of snow accumulation. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is one of the shortest days and only takes around 3 hours. We make our Camp 3 at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the col to avoid the very strong winds so we ensure that all our tents are anchored properly. The route continues up the remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp 4 at 7400 meters, which is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. Finally, we have to traverse past, sadly exposed remnants of former expeditions smashed tents and dumped garbage to reach the Summit Camp a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hours climb.

Asian Hiking Team suggests our every climber to hire the Heli Copter Charters for transport the whole gears needed for the expedition from Kathmandu/ Sama Gompa/ Kathmandu due to the caravan trail start from Gorkha.

From samagau head up to Manaslu Base Camp at 4750m. On the Manaslu Glacier, we carefully follow the bamboo marker wands and use fixed ropes to cross the serious crevasses and dangerous sections. We make our Manaslu Expedition Camp 1 at 5700 meters at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area. Expedition Camp 2 is located in the safe section of the climb in a relatively flat area at 6400 meters, although while at this campsite there can be a lot of snow accumulation. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is one of the shortest days and only takes around 3 hours. We make our Camp 3 at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the col to avoid the very strong winds so we ensure that all our tents are anchored properly. The route continues up the remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp 4 at 7400 meters, which is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. Finally, we have to traverse past, sadly exposed remnants of former expeditions smashed tents and dumped garbage to reach the Summit Camp a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hours climb.

Day by day itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfers to Hotel (B).

Day 02 - Day 03: Kathmandu free day- Official works for expedition and briefing by officer of Ministry of Tourism (BB).

Day 04: Kathmandu to Aarkhet Bazaar (620m), by Jeep/ Local Bus 6 -9 hours, overnight hotel (B/L/D).

Day 05: Aarkhet to Machhekhola (870m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 06: MachheKhola to Jagat (1340m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 07: Jagat to Deng (1860m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 08: Deng to Namrung (2630m), 5-6 hours 2300m, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 09: Namrung to Lho (3180m), 4-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 10: Lho to Samagaou (3360m), 4-5 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 11: Acclimatization rest day in Samagaou, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 12: Sama Gompa – High Camp. Tented Camp (B/L/D).

Day 13: Manaslu High Base Camp set up and preparation. Tented Camp (B/L/D).

Day 14-28: Climbing period of Manaslu 8163 meter. Tented Camp (B/LD).

Day 29: High Camp – Samdo Village. Tented Camp (B/L/D).

Day 30: Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m) 4-5 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 31: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590m), 8-10 hours, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 32: Bhimtang to Tilije 2360m, Overnight Lodge /Tea house (B/L/D).

Day 33: Tilije to Dharapani(1700m), 4-5 hours, and drive to Besi Sahar 3-4 hours Overnight Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 34: Besi Sahar to Kathmandu drive by tourist coach 4/5 hours, Overnight Hotel (B/L).

Day 35: Kathmandu free, overnight hotel, (BB).

Day 36: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey (B).

Note: It is possible after summit return same way to Kathmandu or take a Helicopter.