Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal.
The name Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit" and is derived from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.
The Manaslu Conservation Area, declared as such in December 1998 under the National Parks and Wild Life Conservation Act, subsumes Manaslu within it. The area covered under the conservation zone is 1,663 square kilometres (642 sq mi) and is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) of Nepal.
Asian Hiking Team recommend itinerary start trekking from Sotikhola all the way to Jagat continues to Deng – Namrung – Lho than reach to Samagau.
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.
Asian Hiking Team made Manaslu Expedition Camp I at 5700 meters at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area. Expedition Camp II 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. Climb 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 garbage to reach the Summit, a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hours climb.
Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (B).
Day 2-3: Kathmandu
Kathmandu free day- Official works for expedition and briefing by officer of the Ministry of Tourism (BB).
Day 4: MachhaKhola 870m
Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (620m), continues to Sotikhola and Mamchhekhola by Jeep/ Local Bus 6 -10 hours, overnight hotel (B/L/D).
Day 5: Jagat 1340m
MachheKhola to Jagat (1340m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 6: Dyang or Deng 1860m
Jagat to Deng (1860m), 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 7: Namrung 2630m
Deng to Namrung (2630m), 5-6 hours 2300m, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 8: Lho 3180m
Namrung to Lho (3180m), 4-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 9: Samagau 3360m
Lho to Samagaou (3360m), 4-5 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 10: Acclimatization rest day in Samagau.
Acclimatization rest day in Samagaou, walk around the valley, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 11: Trekking to Manaslu base camp.
After breakfast we head to Manaslu base camp trekking 5 hours, overnight at tented house.
Day 12-28: Manaslu 8163m Climbing days
- Sama Gompa – Manaslu Base camp
- Camp I - 5700m
- Camp II - 6400m
- Camp III - 6800m
- Camp IV - 7400m
- Manaslu Summit 88163m
Day 29: Samagau
Base Camp – Sama Gau, overnight at Hotel/ Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 30: Namrung
Trek from Samagau to Namrung 5-6 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 31: Jagat
Trek from Namrung to Jagat, 8-10 hours, Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 32: Machhekhola
Jagat to Machhekhola Overnight Lodge /Guest house (B/L/D).
Day 33: Kathmandu
Machha Khola to Sotikhola buy Jeep and take a bus/Jeep to Kathmandu 8-10 hours, overnight Hotel (B/L/D).
Day 34: Kathmandu
Kathmandu free, overnight hotel (BB).
Day 35: Departure
Last minute, transfer to the airport for your onward journey (B).
- All arrival and departure airport transfers with Asian Hiking Team Assistance.
- Hotel in Kathmandu as itinerary with breakfast (3/4 star hotel on request).
- Land transport to/from trek start/end point for members/ cargo fees as itinerary.
- Land transport to/from trek start/end point for Liaison Officer and our staffs as itinerary.
- Expedition royalty and climbing permit fees.
- National Park/ Conservation fees or permits.
- Government appointed Liaison Officer.
- One high altitude Climbing Sherpa per climber to assist the member during climb and summit attempt.
- Expedition/Mountaineering insurance for Liaison officer, our guide and staffs.
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Guest house / Hotel as itinerary.
- Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, climbing Sherpa, BC staff and Liaison Officer.
- High altitude tents for all members and climbing Sherpa’s.
- All camping equipment like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest, shower and toilet tents in Base camp.
- Major Meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) by Guest house /Hotel menus and cooked 3 meals with tea or coffee by professional cook in Base Camp.
- All high food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition.
- Baggage/ Equipment allowance for trekking up and down is maximum 30-40kg per person.
- Base Camp Manager, Base Camp cook, necessary staffs.
- Emergency Oxygen (3 bottles per member) with mask and regulator.
- Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.).
- Wages, meals, accommodation, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs.
- Solar panel/generator at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics (eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
- Rope fixing fee.
- Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with nominal cost.
- First Aid medical kits.
- Our service charge and Government Taxes.
- Fair well Dinner.
- International airfare from / to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu as itinerary.
- Hotel accommodation beyond itinerary (as per itinerary) stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal trekking and climbing gears.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation, and lost luggage.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, email, internet etc.
- Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all personal expedition goods arriving in Nepal by air/road as cargo.
- Personal solar pack (if any) for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera, batteries, etc.).
- Summit bonus (For Everest $1800, For others mountain US$1000) / staffs Tips/ Donation.
- Gifts, souvenirs.
- Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.
WHAT A AMAZING EXPERIENCE THAT WAS!!!
Love and very best wishes to all,
Kenning Olaf and friends