Manaslu Expedition 2019

Manaslu Expedition 2019

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 8163m

Location: North/West Nepal (Gorkha)

Duration: 40 days

First Ascent: Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition 1956, May 9

Best Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Hotel and Camping

Climbing Route: North-south routes

Grade: Mountaineering VII

Transportation: By Road

Group Size: Maximum 15

Major Activity: Mountaineering

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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. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.

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 well organize Manalsu Expedition who has lead experience climbing Sherpa. The trekking routes we mention drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, trekking all the way to Samagau you can stay hotel or lodge and heading to Manaslu base camp. After ascent Manaslu either you can pass over the Larky La pass or you can continues trek to Sotikhola. Asian Hiking Team itinerary mention same  way return to Sotikhola. 

 

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).

Start Trekking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start Climbing from Day 12 to Day 32

Sama Gompa – Manaslu Base camp

 

Camp I - 5700m

Camp II - 6400m

Camp III - 6800m

Camp IV - 7400m

Manaslu Summit 88163m

End Climbing

Day 33: High Camp – Sama Gau, overnight at Hotel/ Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 34: Trek from Samagau to Namrung 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 35: Trek from Namrung to Jagat, 8-10 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 36: Jagat to Machhekhola Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 37: Machhekhola to Sotikhola, 5-6 hours Overnight Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 38: Sotikhola to Kathmandu drive by tourist coach 7-9 hours, Overnight Hotel (B/L).

Day 39: Kathmandu free, overnight hotel, (BB).

Day 40: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey (B).

Note: It is possible after summit return over the Larky Pass or take a Helicopter.