The Mt. Manaslu Expedition is a challenging journey to the summit of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). Located in the Mansiri Himal sub-range of the Nepalese Himalayas, Manaslu is a popular destination for experienced mountaineers worldwide.
Mt. Manaslu (8163m) is the highest peak of the Gorkha massif and the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna 1. Long ridges of Mt. Manaslu and valley glaciers provide climbable routes from all directions which culminate into the summit of the peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. The top of the peak is a dominant feature when it is seen from afar.
The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ and can be roughly translated as Mountain of Spirit. Mt. Manaslu was first ascended by a Japanese expedition team in 1954 and has been always regarded as “Japanese mountain” According to Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), it was recorded that 175 climbers topped the summit following120 expeditions and 49 deaths till now.
The climb between Camp 2 and Camp 3 is one of the shortest days and it only takes approximately 3 hours. We set up Camp 3 at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the Col to avoid the very strong winds to ensure that all our tents are anchored properly. The route follows up the remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp 4 at 7400 m which is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. The climb from Camp 4 to the summit takes between 6-9 hours with 3-5 hours for the descent to Camp 4. Finally, we reach the Summit Camp which is, of course, a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hours climb. The views from Summit are truly spectacular on a sunny day. After the summit, we return to Base Camp to end our successful expedition to climb Mount Manaslu.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel
In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce you to our Sherpa climbing leader who will brief about the climbing program, official formalities and shopping items etc. Overnight at hotel
We take an 8- hour bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware.
From Arughat Bazaar we follow the route to Soti Khola. While walking along the route we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal and pass through Gurung and Magar villages, rice fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. Overnight at tented camp
Today we follow the route from Soti Khola to Machha khola (it means Fish river). The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Then, we pass through the forest trail to arriveat Riden Gaon (vil lage). The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. AtLamb esi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki and finally we reach Machha khola village which is situated above a stream. Overnight at Tented Camp
The trail from Macha Khola to Jagat involves some steep ascents and descents. The trail follows forested area towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. We slowly climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Jagat where a police check-post is located. Overnight at Tented Camp
After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri we will sight a distinct view of Sringi Himal The route climbs on a rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We continue walking toward Ngyak, a small village with fields of corn and millet and surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Overnight at Tented Camp
We take the trail up over a ridge and make a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung. The trail now enters the Nupri region. The people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. You will find typical Tibetan features that include the entrance gates to the villages, mani walls and Buddhist gompas. Overnight at tented camp
From Lho, we follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest bring us to the village of Shyala, offering superb views of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Crossing a wide pasture with many marmots we enter the village of Samagaon. Our camp is at the top end of the village below the impressive Sama Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu.
From Sama Gaun we follow a rough trail along the moraine covered glacier to Manaslu Base Camp. Atbase ca mp we prepare for next day climb through the icefall. Overnight at tented camp on the moraine strip of Manaslu Base Camp
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