Manaslu Expedition - 8163m

Manaslu Expedition
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration36 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude 8163m
  • Activity Mountaineering
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season Autumn (September - October)
  • Scenic beauty: Snow-capped mountains, lush alpine forests, and quaint villages are some of the stunning scenery to be found in the Manaslu region. The journey to base camp is an adventure in itself, with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
  • Reaching the summit: The ultimate goal to stand on the peak of Mount Manaslu, eighth highest peak in the world and the view from top, at an altitude of 8,163 meters, is incomparable.
  • Cultural immersion: The Manaslu area is home to indigenous peoples. The journey to the base camp provides wonderful opportunities to meet the people, gain insight into their way of life, and enjoy warm hospitality.
  • Summit views: From the summit of Manaslu, climbers will be provided with breathtaking views of the stunning Himalayan range. Climbers can take in the views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Ganesh Himal. The views from the peak are breathtaking at all times of day, but especially at sunrise and sunset.
  • Personal growth: Climbers must push themselves to their limits and face their fears in order to succeed on the Manaslu Expedition. The expedition is a great way to learn about yourself, reflect on your experiences, and gain a sense of pride in your achievements.

Located in Nepal's Mansiri Himal range, Mount Manaslu is one of the world's eighth highest peaks. It is one of the most stunning Himalayan peaks that stands at an altitude of 8163m. Due to its remote location, climbing challenges, and unpredictable weather, the Manaslu Expedition is widely regarded as one of the most difficult and rewarding adventures in Nepal.

The average duration of the expedition is 4 to 6 weeks. Weather, acclimatization demands, and the climber's fitness and experience level are some factors that might affect the duration of the expedition. In order to summit Manaslu, mountaineers need to be in good physical condition, knowledge of technical climbing skill and previous mountaineering experience. The normal route is Northeast Ridge, which was also used by Japanese expedition team, the first ascent in 1956. Technical skills for snow and ice climbing are required throughout this route due to its many hard inclines. Climbers should be competent with the use of ice axes, ascender, descender, crampons, ropes, and harnesses.

Climbers require permission from Nepal Government to ascend the Mt. Manaslu. Climbers on the expedition must also follow environmental and safety rules, such as the segregation of waste and the use of all necessary safety equipment.

The Manaslu Expedition is a difficult but ultimately rewarding expedition for climbers who are looking to test their mettle and discover the stunning Himalayan landscapes of Nepal.

Challenges associated with Mt. Manaslu expedition

  • Altitude: As one of the world's tallest peaks, Mt. Manaslu challenges its climbers to extreme altitude conditions. Altitude sickness, brought on by the lack of oxygen in the air, can be fatal. In order to prevent altitude sickness, climbers should acclimate to the altitude gradually and take frequent rests.
  • Weather: In the Himalayas, the weather can be unpredictable and change drastically. Snowstorms, strong winds, and freezing temperatures all lead to hazardous and difficult climbing conditions. As a result, climbers must be well-equipped to handle extreme weather conditions.
  • Technical climbing: Technical climbing skills on icy and snowy slopes is required to reach the peak of Mt. Manaslu. Mountaineers should be proficient with the use of ice axes, crampons, ascender, descender, ropes, and harnesses. There are a number of difficult parts to the climb, such as steep ascent and open traverses.
  • Health Hazard: Altitude sickness, hypothermia, frostbite, falls, HAPE, and HACE are some health hazards for climbers on Mt. Manaslu expedition.
  • Natural Hazard: Due to unpredictable weather Manaslu expedition possess huge risk of snow avalanche, ice falls, storm makes it challenging for climbers.
ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival team from Moon Himalaya Adventure will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and will transfer to hotel. In the Evening you will have a briefing about your Manaslu expedition with a guide.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

On the second and third day after having your breakfast, our guide will brief you about the Manaslu expedition and the gear you need. In case you miss out on any gear you can buy or rent it. If you want then you can visit around the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you have to pay entry fees on your own. Leader of expedition team have to visit Department of Tourism (DoT) for briefing.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

The journey begins with a drive from Kathmandu along Highway. Traditional villages, terraced fields, white water rivers, beautiful woods, and enormous mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal awaits you along the way. We will finally reach Labubesi after crossing through Arughat and Soti Khola. The Round Manaslu trek begins from Labubesi. We will stay in Lodge at in Labubesi.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7/8 hrs drive

Today is the first day of walk of Manaslu expedition. We will get up early have our breakfast and start hiking to Macchi Khola. The trail is beautiful in and of itself, with waterfalls spanning our path. The route contains some steep inclines and declines, so we should proceed with caution. After walking for 5 to 6 hours we will reach Machhi Khola where we will stay for a night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will begin our trek to Jagat after having our breakfast. Our trail takes us along the gorge alongside the river, uphill and downhill, through a wide variety of ecosystems, and through breathtaking mountain range. We will reach to Jagat after 5 to 6 hours of walk and spend a night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

After breakfast we will continue our trek to Deng. Our trail winds through narrow gorges and over the Budhi Gandaki River. We will walk along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki and then through some bamboo forest till we reach the Deng Khola. Next, we will make our way to Deng by crossing Deng Khola.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1860m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will continue our trek to Namrung after having our breakfast at Deng. To reach Namrung, we will follow a trail that goes through a rhododendron, oak trees, and bamboo forest and includes several steep ascents, suspension bridges, and stone stairs.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2600m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

After having our breakfast, we will continue our trek to Lho. On our way, we will get wonderful views of Simnang Himal (6251m). The trail to Lho takes us along the Mani stone wall, and offers stunning vistas of nearby surroundings. Lho is a culturally significant settlement with many religious structures, including prayer flags, Mani Walls, Chortens, and other stupas.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3180m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We make our way to Samagaun after having our breakfast. We'll be walking through the forest to get to the beautiful village of Shyala. After there we continue our trek to reach Samagaun. Samaguan is the nearest village to Manaslu Base Camp.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3530m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we will explore Samagaun. You can visit monasteries, interact with locals, experience the culture, traditions of the region, and hike to Pungyen gumba or Birendra Lake. Samagaon is a great place to acclimate to the altitude.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3530m

Our adventurous Mt. Manaslu expedition begins as we make our way to Manaslu Base Camp.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Max Altitude:4700m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Max Altitude:8163m

We will return to Samagaun following back the same path that we used while ascending to Manaslu Base Camp.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3/4 hrs

The trek begins after having our breakfast at Samagaun. We will start our hike by making our way down the base camp route toward Budhi Gandaki. We'll hike across a number of arid landscapes, taking in the breathtaking sights of snow-capped mountains including Samdo peak, Dharamsala, Manaslu, Siachen Glacier, and many more. Following these breathtaking paths, we'll reach Samdo, our overnight destination.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3875m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

The trek to Dharamsala involves passing through arid areas and crossing the Budhi Gandaki river. We will descend through grassy hills to reach Syacha Khola Valley. The location offers breathtaking panoramas of the Syacha Glacier and snow-capped mountains. Following this path, we'll reach Larkya Glacier and finally to Dharamsala. From here, you can see the stunning range of snow-covered mountains, including the Naike and Larke summits. Dharamsala is where you will stay for the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4480m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we will pass through Larkya La Pass (5160m). As it will long day we have to make an early start. With the help of the prayer flags, we can find our way down the trail. We make a cautious descent to four frozen lakes before embarking on the ascent to the Larkya La Pass. From the pass, you will see a breathtaking view of the Mt. Himlung, the massive Annapurna II and nearby snow-capped peaks. We will then descent after Larkya La Pass and after a steep descent, we will reach a grassland where the terrain flattens out and becomes a bit easier and finally we will reach Bhimtang.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5160m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs

As yesterday's hike was challenging, but today's won't be quite as strenuous so you can take your time to start the trek to Gho. To get to Gho, we will keep following the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today is the last day of walk of our Manaslu expedition. We will start our trek to Dharapani after having our breakfast at Gho. The trail gets easier to hike as it winds its way downhill. Finally, upon reaching Dharapani we conclude our walk and rest in our lodge.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we take private vehicle and depart from Dharapani as early as possible to reach Kathmandu on time. Beautiful landscapes, hills, rivers, villages can be seen on our way to Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7/8 hrs

Representative from Moon Himalaya will drop you to international airport for final departure three years prior to your flight schedule.

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    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop on private vehicle.
    • Four-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Labubesi and Dharapani to Kathmandu in private vehicle. 
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and expedition.
    • Meals and accommodation facility in tent at basecamp. (Twin sharing on Camp 1, 2, & 3 and triple sharing on Camp 4)
    • High Altitude food on Camp 3, 4 and summit.
    • Lodge and accommodation during the trekking.
    • EPI Gas and High-Altitude cooking utensils above base camp to Camp 4.
    • High-altitude sleeping mat above base camp to Camp 4.
    • Mt. Manaslu Expedition royalty fee for Nepal Government.
    • Manaslu Conservation Area entry fee.
    • Annapurna Area Conservation Area entry fee.
    • Special permit in restricted area. 
    • Garbage deposit for expedition.
    • Expedition handling fees.
    • Climbing Rope Fixing fee for Expedition operators Association of Nepal
    • Group equipment (Fixed rope, Main rope, Snow bar, Ice screw, Rock Piton)
    • Sleeping Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent, shower tents, toilet tent, kitchen utensils and more.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Labubesi and Dharapani to Kathmandu in private vehicle for climbing guide and staffs.
    • One expert government license holder Mountain guide. (For 1 climber there will be 1 veteran climbing guide)
    • Food, accommodation, salary, climbing insurance and equipment of Climbing guide, cook, kitchen helpers and porters.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, climbing insurance and equipment of Base Camp manager.
    • Carrying wages for Climbing Sherpa above base camp (Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3 and Camp 4 and back to Base Camp)
    • Government Liaison officer with food, accommodation, insurance, equipment and salary.
    • 6 Oxygen bottles, Mask and Regulator and extra Mask and Regulator for emergency per clients.
    • 4 Oxygen bottles, Mask and Regulator for climbing Sherpa.
    • Heaters, Generator and /solar Panel at Base Camp.
    • Satellite phone for Emergency use only.
    • Radio sets for members and climbing Sherpa during Everest Expedition.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Everest climbing certificate issued by Nepal Government after climbing Mt. Manslu successfully.
    What's Excluded
    • International airfare
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond scheduled itinerary.
    • Client travel insurance that covers medical treatment, high-altitude evacuation / rescue costs, trip cancellation, interruption, repatriation etc.
    • Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtain upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, requires 2 copies of passport size photos)
    • All kind of drinks (mineral water/coke/fanta and alcoholic beverage) during the expedition.
    • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wifi during the trek
    • Entry fees in Monastries, temples, Museum.
    • Filming and drone permit fees.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries and school, wifi, laundry etc
    • Personal climbing equipment.
    • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
    • Tips for basecamp staffs, porter, cook and other support staff.
    • Things that go beyond cost inclusive.
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Climbing Season: The climbing season for Mount Manaslu in Nepal is during Autumn and Spring. During this time, the weather is usually clear and stable, making it easier to climb.
    • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complications in your Manaslu expedition such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries or other serious health concerns.
    • Physical Fitness: You should be physically fit to climb Mount Manaslu. Due to the strenuous nature of the climb, it is important that climbers be in good physical condition.
    • Acclimatization: The basic and important rule of mountaineering at high altitude is to acclimate. In order to prepare their bodies for the high altitude, climbers spend several weeks of the expedition hiking to higher altitude and sleeping at lower altitude.
    • Technical Skills: Climbing Mount Manaslu calls for technical climbing skills, including the ability to use ropes, crampons, and ice axes safely and effectively. Climbers have to be competent at high-altitude mountaineering and negotiating challenging terrain.
    • Environmental Considerations: We must take care to cause as little impact as possible on the environment during our expedition. Waste must be removed, and eco-friendly options must be used whenever practical.
    • Safety: Safety must be the first concern. Climbers should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take precautions to avoid them by utilizing appropriate climbing skills and equipment, keeping themselves hydrated, and avoiding strenuous exertion.
    FAQsManaslu Expedition - 8163m FAQs
    • The best time to climb Mt. Manaslu is during autumn (September to November) seasons. During, these months the weather is stable with clear skies, and moderate temperatures. 

    • The height of Mt. Manaslu is 8163 m above sea level.

    • The average duration of the Manaslu Expedition can take around 4-5 weeks, including the trek to the base camp, acclimatization, and the ascent to the summit.

    • Yes, you will require permit to climb Mt. Manaslu. 

    • It is mandatory to hire the climbing guide as it is a highly technical climb that requires advanced mountaineering skills and experience. 

    • Climbers need specialized mountaineering equipment, including climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, and helmets. For detailed climbing equipment click here.

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