Manaslu Expedition 2023

Manaslu Expedition 2023

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 8163m

Location: North/West Nepal (Gorkha)

Duration: 35 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 or Heli

Group Size: Maximum 12

Major Activity: Mountaineering

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Manaslu is 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 in the valley. They felt that the Japanese had insulted God's dwelling in the mountains, thereby angering them into creating such adverse conditions. Nowadays, the climbers are attracted to climbing 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 4750 m. On the Manaslu Glacier, we carefully follow the bamboo marker wands and use fixed ropes to cross the serious crevasses and dangerous sections.

Asian Hiking Team made Manaslu Expedition Camp I at 5700 meters at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier in a protected area. Expedition Camp II is located in the safe section of the climb in a relatively flat area at 6400 meters, although at this campsite there can be a lot of snow accumulation. Climbing from Camp II to Camp III is one of the shortest days and only takes around 3 hours. We make our Camp III 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 IV 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 rubbish to reach the Summit, a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hour climb.

Asian Hiking Team well organized Manalsu Expedition who have led experience climbing Sherpa. The trekking route we mention drives from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, trekking all the way to Samagau you can stay at a hotel or lodge and head to Manaslu base camp. After ascending Manaslu either you can pass over the Larkya La pass or you can continue the trek to Sotikhola. Asian Hiking Team itinerary mentions returning to Sotikhola and Kathmandu.


Day by Day Itinerary:

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

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

Start Trekking

Day 04: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (620m), continues to Sotikhola to Machha Khola (870 m) by Jeep/ Local Bus 9-12 hours, overnight hotel (B/L/D).

Day 05: MachheKhola to Jagat (1340 m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1860m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m), 5-6 hours 2300m, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 08: Namrung to Lho (3180m), 4-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 09: Lho to Samagaou (3360m), 4-5 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 10: Acclimatization rest day in Samagaou, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 11: Samagau to Manaslu Base camp (4900m), 3-5 hours, meet our staffs, overnight at camp (B/L/D).

Day 12 to Day 28 - Start Climbing 

That is acclimatization and climbing period. 

Base Camp 4900m

Camp I - 5700m

Camp II - 6400m

Camp III - 6800m

Camp IV - 7400m

Manaslu Summit 88163m

End Climbing

Day 29: High Camp / Base Camp – Sama Gau, overnight at Hotel/ Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 30: Trek from Samagau to Namrung 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 31: Trek from Namrung to Jagat, 8-10 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 32: Jagat to Machhekhola Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 33: Machha Khola to Sotikhola continues to Kathmandu drive by tourist coach 7-9 hours, Overnight Hotel (B/L).

Day 34: Kathmandu free, overnight hotel, (BB).

Day 35: Last minute, transfer to the airport for your onward journey (B).

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

Optional Trekking itinerary over the Larkya Pass

Others days are same (itinerary to reach the Samagau)

Day 04: Kathmandu to Besi Shahar continue to Dharapani (1860m) by Bus/Jeep, 9-12 hours, overnight at hotel (B/L/D). 

Day 05: Trekking to Tilje (2360m), 4-6 hours, overnight at hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 06: Trekking to Bhimtang (3590m), 4-6 hours, overnight at hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 07: Over the Larkya Pass 5213m, trek to Dharmasala 4900 m, 8-14 hours, overnight at Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 08: Dharmasala to Samagau 5-7 hours, overnight at hotel (B/L/D).

After Samagau we follow the itinerary as above.