Manaslu (8,163m), the 8th highest mountain in the world is a part of the Mansiri Himal in the Nepal Himalayas. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from far.
This is a full service expedition with an expedition leader offering the best balance of quality and value. Manaslu has not previously extensively been offered as a commercial peak, however for the autumn season, it is the best alternative to Cho Oyu.
During this expedition the team will be supported by a 1:2 Sherpa to climber ratio. Team members can travel independently in groups or pairs lower on the mountain and will have Sherpas to accompany them at all times above camp three. All of our Sherpas are 8,000-meter experienced and some have reached the summit of Manaslu.
We trek to base camp during the monsoon but we can arrange a helicopter instead, please ask for a quote.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Overnight in Hotel. Meals: NO
Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU
In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a full day guided tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour we will see the glorious Newari architecture of old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Last minute shopping can also be done this day. Welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight in Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Drive to ARUGHAT BAZAR (600m/1969ft)
We drive to Arughat Bazar which is a bustling market town cut in half by the Buri Gandaki River. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Trek to SOTI KHOLA (710m/2330ft) 5-6 hours/220m ascent, 110m descent
To begin the trek from Arughat we turn west across the bridge over the Buri Gandaki. We pass the stone buildings of the hydroelectric power plant and walk through fields of rice and millet to Maltar. We continue our trek past through forests full of monkeys to Sante Bazar with a view of Sringi Himal (7187m) up the valley. Now the trail becomes more difficult as the trail crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge and we pass through Arkhet (760m) to a stone paved trail that climbs through fields and descend to a high, cascading waterfall to make a long, steep slog up a ridge to Kyopani, a small Magar and Gurung village at 820m.From here the trail descends to Soti Khola where there is a good swimming hole and waterfalls. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Trek to MACHHA KHOLA (900m/2953ft)
Crossing the bridge and making our way through beautiful sal forests, we climb onto a ridge above high rapids on the Buri Gandaki and the route gets a bit more precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream and after few ups and downs past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail that makes its way down and past a few rice terraces to reach a Gurung village of Labubesi (880m). We drop to a sandy riverbed at 860m and walk along rounded stones before climbing about 110m over a side ridge and we head down again to the river and traverse to the village of Maccha Khola. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Trek JAGAT (1410m/4626ft)
Now the trail eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and then reaches Khorlabesi having fields of tobacco, wheat and buckwheat. The valley is extremely steep and the trail climbs over a small ridge and again climbing steeply we descend and after more ups and downs we reach a small trailside hot spring from where the route takes us to Tatopani (930m). From this hot spring the trail climbs over another ridge and then crosses the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge from where we climb staircase to come across a landslide and over a ridge we reach a village of Doban (1000m). Now crossing a long suspension bridge and then a big landslide we find ourselves atop a ridge from where the trail descends and reach Yaru Khola (1330m) where we cross a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and after ups and downs of stone stairs we reach Tharo Bhanjyang. Now we cross the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, climb over a ridge and trek along the river for a while and climb to the compact village of Jagat. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Trek EKLE BHATTI (1600m/5250ft) 4-5 hours, 270m ascent
From Jagat we go quite a distance upstream and cross the suspension bridge and climb over a ridge to a settlement of Salleri (1440m). As we continue up along the side of a cliff we have good views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m), where a decrepit stone kani and several mani walls indicate that the trail is now entering a region of Tibetan influence, although the people are still Gurungs. Now the trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola from where the trail continues to cross the bridge and climb up to a large Gurung village of Philim (1590m) having corn and millet fields. The trail turns north and stays fairly level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Trek DENG (1800m/5906ft) 3-4 hours; 280m ascent, 80m descent
Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. Crossing through grassy slopes dotted with pine trees and then the blue metal bridge over Buri Gandaki River, trekking along river banks and climbing over ridges and descend to the river, the trail takes us to the pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola and we finally reach a Gurung village of Deng. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Trek GHAP (2160m/7087ft) 3-4 hours; 420m ascent, 120m descent
Recrossing the Buri Gandaki we reach the north bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and climbing on steps past a waterfall and crossing two streams the trail darts in and out of two ravines, then climbs high above the river before dropping into the Sringi valley. We cross the Sringi Khola at 1990m on a funky suspension bridge, then climb steeply and traverse above the Buri Gandaki where it flows between vertical rock walls. The trail now makes more ups and downs in forests, passing a mani wall, and then turns a corner and contours to Ghap. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings that depict the Buddha in various meditative poses, as well as the Tibetan saint Milarepa. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Trek to LHOGAON (3180m/10434ft) 6-7 hours; 1290m ascent, 210m descent
Our route cuts across fields and heads into the woods and pass three streams in a forest of big firs alive with birds, including the National bird of Nepal Danphe. On the north side of the river is the Tom Khola which flows in a deep gorge from Tibet. We climb alongside the river past two long mani walls to a waterfall and then we climb over a large rock to avoid one big mud hole, and then continue up through deep forests of fir and rhododendron. In the middle of the forest is a wooden bridge that spans the Buri Gandaki at 2240m crossing which is made more exciting by mist rising up from the valley and the lack of handrails on the bridge. The trail takes us to a big rock cave and crosses the river again on another wooden bridge at 2510m under the watchful eyes of a tribe of grey langur monkeys. Now the trail takes us to a long serious climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests, finally entering Namrung (2660m) through a stone archway. Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and people dress in Tibetan style wraparound cloak. We climb past mani wall and fields to reach Basram, then up through the forests of firs, rhododendrons and oaks to a promontory. Now the trail passes through a stone arch and wheat fields to reach Lihi (2900m). From here we make a long sweep into a wooded canyon and cross the Hinan Khola on a double span cantilever bridge to reach Sho (2960m). The views now start to get spectacular. Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m) appear at the head of the valley. The trail crosses the small ravine and wheat fields to reach a small settlement of Shrip and climbing past a small stream we reach a big village of Lhogaon with a gompa and spectacular views of Manaslu. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Trek SAMAGAON (3530m/11582ft)
Now we drop down and cross the bridge of Damonan Khola, and then ascend again. From here we take the right hand trail that follows the north fork of the stream up for a long distance through damp forests on either muddy or icy ground and finally reach a plateau at Shyaula (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m)and Manaslu. Now crossing the total desolation area of acres of blackened stumps of trees we cross a ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang Khola, then descend onto a rock strewn moraine and cross through boulders and fields to reach Samagaon that has a large village gompa and crops grown are only potatoes and barely. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Trek to MANASLU BASE CAMP. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13-37 CLIMBING DAYS. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 38 Trek back SAMAGAON. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 39 Trek to NYAK. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 40 Trek to JAGAT. Overnight in camp. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 41 Trek to MACHHAKHOLA. Overnight in camp. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 42 Trek to ARKHET. Overnight in camp. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 43 Trek to GORKHA. Overnight in lodge. Overnight in Tented Camps. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 44 Drive back to KATHMANDU. Overnight in Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 45 Leisure day in KATHMANDU. Overnight in Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 46 Fly back home or extend holidays. . Meals: Breakfast
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