Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu located in the north side of Gorkha district along the Budi Gandaki valley. Manaslu mountain was previously known as Kutan 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. 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 Japanese had insulted the Gods dwelling in the mountains thereby angering them into creating such adverse conditions. Nowadays the climbers attracted to climb this beautiful mountain and from 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 meter at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area. Expedition Camp 2 is located at the safe section of the climb on a relatively flat area at 6400 meter 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 meter 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 meter 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 suggest our every climber to hire the Heli Copter Charters for transport the whole gears needed for 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 meter at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area. Expedition Camp 2 is located at the safe section of the climb on a relatively flat area at 6400 meter 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 meter 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 meter 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.

Day 02: Kathmandu free.

Day 03: Official works for expedition and briefing by officer of Ministry of Tourism.

Day 04: Kathmandu – Gorkha by reserve Bus then transfer to Tented Camp.

Day 05: Gorkha – Khanchowk. Tented Camp.

Day 06: Khanchowk – Aurghat Bazaar. Tented Camp.

Day 07: Arughat Bazaar – Soti Khola. Tented Camp.

Day 08: Soti Khola – Machha Khola. Tented Camp.

Day 09: Machha Khola – Jagat. Tented Camp.

Day 10: Jagat – Chumet. Tented Camp.

Day 11: Chumet – Namrung. Tented Camp.

Day 12: Namrung – Sama Gompa. Tented Camp.

Day 13: Sama Gompa rest day for preparation heading Base Camp. Tented Camp.

Day 14: Sama Gompa – High Camp. Tented Camp.

Day 15: Manaslu High Base Camp set up and preparation. Tented Camp.

Day 16-30: Climbing period of Manaslu 8163 meter. Tented Camp.

Day 31: High Camp – Samdo Village. Tented Camp.

Day 32: Samdo – Larke – La 5220m. Pass. Tented Camp.

Day 33: Larke – La Pass – Bimtang. Tented Camp.

Day 34: Bhimtang – Tilje. Tented Camp.

Day 35: Tilje – Tal. Tented Camp.

Day 36: Tal – Syange. Tented Camp.

Day 37: Syange – Khudi. Tented Camp.

Day 38: Khudi – Basishahar – Kathmandu by Bus then transfer to Hotel.

Day 39: Kathmandu free.

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