Manaslu Expedition

USD 12,500
  • Activities
    Manaslu Expedition
  • Max Elevation
    8,163 meters
  • Trip Duration
    38 Days
  • Trip Grade
    Highly Challenging + Adventure
  • Lodging
    Tea House + Camping
  • Meals
    Full board or Base Camp Service
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle
  • Communication
    Available
  • Group Size
    Minimum 2
  • Best Season
    Autumn and Spring
  • Per Day Walk
    Approx 5 - 7 Hours

Manaslu Expedition Trips Highlights :

  • Summitting the eighth tallest mountain in the world, Mt Manaslu (8,163 meters/ 26,781 feet)
  • Unique mixed adventure of both trekking across the diverse landscapes and mountain expedition
  • Spiritual trails influenced by Buddhist and Tibetan culture
  • The rich biological diversity of the Manaslu region
  • Incredible views of the Himalayan peaks like Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Annapurna, and Manaslu including several other adjacent peaks
  • Traversing across the high Himalayan pass, Larkya La Pass (5,215 meters/ 17,109 feet)
  • Immersive cultural trails, passing through traditional vibrant settlements, experience their unique culture, traditions, and warm hospitality

Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world at an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), is a majestic peak in the Himalayas. The premier peak in the Mansiri-Himal subrange of the Himalayas was first summitted by the Japanese expedition team in 1956. Although its association with Japanese and other Asian climbers has made it a popular peak in the Himalayas, this magnificent peak still remains a lesser-known snowcapped figurine among European nations.

Manaslu Expedition offers a unique scaling opportunity among the Himalayan giants and is considered to be one of the easiest 8,000-meter class mountains after Cho Oyu (8,201 meters/ 26,906 feet). Its challenging yet achievable undertaking is an ideal option for ambitious intermediate climbers and makes the Manaslu Expedition the perfect entrance scaling into to the world of high-altitude climbing.

Note: It is possible to return directly from Base Camp to Kathmandu by helicopter flight to make the short duration of the climb.
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  • Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and transfer to hotel

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    On Day 1 of your Manaslu Expedition, upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our representative will receive you at the airport terminal with a clear banner. From there, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you will be staying, in a comfortable private vehicle. Our representative will also assist you with the hotel check-in procedure.

    Depending on the hour of your arrival, you can also set out to explore the nearby highlights of this beautiful capital and check out restaurants and cafes. In the evening, we will host a welcome dinner where you will get to meet the rest of the expedition members and the crew. After the welcome dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

  • Day 02: Preparation day

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    The second day of your Manaslu Expedition is an important day; today, you will arrange all the necessary tools and equipment for this adventure. If you haven’t collected the necessary gear, you can buy or rent them from the shops in Kathmandu. You will also meet the expedition leader, guides, and other staff on this day and will be briefed about the overall expedition; meanwhile, we will take care of all the necessary documentation for the climb.

    If we have time, we will also visit some of the popular tourist destinations in Kathmandu, home to seven of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. You will have an overnight stay at a star hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Dharapani drive

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    Dharapani Elevation: 1,963 meters/ 6,440 feet

    Elevation Gain: 563 meters/ 1,847 feet

    Your iconic Himalayan expedition starts on this day with a scenic bus drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. You will drive on the Prithvi Highway, moving alongside the soaring Trishuli and Marysangdi Rivers. On this day’s driving adventure, you will pass through several vibrant settlements, charming waterfalls, high hills, and lush forests enjoying the views of the Himalayan range on the far right side.

    Then, for the other half part of the driving adventure, you will leave the highway behind, switching trails to the Himalayan road and moving along the middle hills of the Dumre. After entering the Marsyangdi Valley, you will first make your way toward Besishar, the popular resting destination for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Proceeding along your driving trail, you will move past Besishar, heading toward Dharapani, which is at a distance of 45 km from Besisahar. In this about 2- 3 hours drive from Besisahr to Dharapani, you will drive past other vibrant high Himalayan highlights like Tal, Syange, and Chamje before you finally arrive at your destination.

  • Day 04: Trekking from Dharapani to Tilje

    Dharapani Elevation: 1,963 meters/ 6,440 feet

    Tilje Elevation: 2,300 meters/ 7545 feet

    Elevation Gain: 337 meters/ 1,105 feet

    Your trekking part in this expedition will finally start on this day. Leaving the gateway of the Annapurna region behind and its mainstream trekking trail, you will move along a different trekking route on this day. During the first part of this day’s trek, you will cross the bridge over the Marsyangdhi River and follow an easy border motor road where you will only see a few vehicles.

    Then, switching trails to the inclining section, you will traverse across the lush rhododendron, fir, and pine forests. Continuing with your trekking trail, you will trek past the paddy fields and small Himalayan settlements, and the easy ascend during the last stretch will finally bring you to Tilje Village.

  • Day 05: Tilje to Bimthang trek

    Tilje Elevation: 2,300 meters/ 7545 feet

    Bimthang Elevation: 3,590 meters/ 11,778 feet

    Elevation Gain: 1,290 meters/ 4,232 feet

    It is another scenic day’s trek; leaving the Tilje behind, you will move along the ascending route, moving past the lush rhododendron and pine forests. Then, proceeding further in your trekking route, you will traverse across small charming villages and get the opportunity to explore their day-to-day activities and lifestyles.

    During the first part of this day’s trek, you will push for the Karche Pass; from here, you will be able to catch the first views of the Manaslu. Moving forward, you will then follow the ascending trail stretching all the way to the wide grazing land of Yak Kharka.

    You will take a break here and prepare for the final ascend over a steep hill that will lead you to Bimthang. There are several teahouses at Bimthang with Western-style bathroom facilities and other modern amenities; you will settle in at one of the finest teahouses in the village for a well-deserved rest.

  • Day 06: Acclimatization and exploration day in Bimthang

    Bimthang Elevation: 3,590 meters/ 11,778 feet

    As you have ascended to a significant altitude, this day will be a rest day; you will take a break here at this charming high-altitude settlement to let your body acclimatize properly to the rising altitude. As some physical activities are recommended for an effective acclimatization process, you can do some short hikes to the nearby highlights in the region.

    Hike to Pinkar and Nyamlo Lakes is a popular activity among the trekkers in the region; similarly, you can also check out the glaciers in close vicinity, like Kaechakyu, Salpudanda, and Ponkar.

    Regardless of what you choose, you will be able to enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan peaks, like Manaslu, Himlung, Kangaru, Cheo Himal, and Lamjung Himal. You can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the lifestyle and daily activities of the natives, an overnight stay at the teahouse in Bimthang.

  • Day 07: Bimthang to Samdo via Larkya La Pass

    Bimthang Elevation: 3,590 meters/ 11,778 feet

    Samdo Elevation: 3,875 meters/ 12,713 feet

    Larkya La Pass Elevation: 5,215 meters/ 17,109 feet

    Elevation Gain: 1,625 meters/ 5,331 feet

    Moving further in your trekking route, you will head toward an even higher elevation point of this adventure in your Manaslu Expedition. This day’s trekking adventure is a bit of a challenge and, at the same time, an exhilarating experience as you traverse across one of the high Himalayan passes, Larkya La Pass. Leaving the Bimthang behind, you will follow the inclining grass moraine and the steep climbing section following the trail of the Larkya La Pass.

    After reaching the top of this beautiful Himalayan pass, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayan massifs like Annapurna II, Cheo Himal Kangaru, Chei Himal, Lamjung Himal and Himlung Himal. Then, you will proceed toward the descending route after relishing the ambiance of the high Himalayan pass.

    Moving past the praying flags in your route, you will head downhill on the steep moraine and onto the grassy slope. You will also pass a small lake as you leave behind the Himalayan pass and make your toward Dharamsala. A gentle descent from this popular resting destination in the Manaslu region will then take you to your resting destination tonight, Samdo Village, a Tibetan refugee village.

  • Day 08: Samdo to Sama Gaon

    Samdo Elevation: 3,875 meters/ 12,713 feet

    Sama Gaon Elevation: 3,780 meters/ 12,401 feet

    Elevation Loss: 95 meters/ 311 feet

    On this day’s adventure, you will trek past the old mani walls and fields at the edge of the village. You will be blessed with stunning views of the Manaslu, including several other adjacent peaks in this day’s trekking route. Following the inclining trail that drops to the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, you will cross a wooden bridge and traverse across the birch, juniper, and fir forests.

    The descent during the last stretch will bring you to pleasant pasture areas, and you will finally arrive at the Sama Gaon, the closest village to the Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.

  • Day 09: Trekking from Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp

    Sama Gaon Elevation: 3,780 meters/ 12,401 feet

    Manaslu Base Camp Elevation: 4,700 meters/ 15,419 feet

    Elevation Gain: 920 meters/ 3,018 feet

    After following the scenic trekking route on this day, you will finally move toward the main objective of this adventure. It is a short day’s trekking adventure today; leaving the Sama Gaon behind, you will follow the steep climb section along the route that passes through the charming rhododendron, fir, and juniper forest.

    Then, up ahead, after leaving the forested trails, your path will be exposed to a steep slope right above the Sama Gaon on the north side of the Manaslu Glacier. Although it is a relatively shorter trek, the views of the clear mountains, nearby glaciers, and the sparkling lake beneath make it seem like a journey into mythical enhanced lands.

    During the last stretch of this day’s trek, you will overcome a slippery trail on the narrow moraine that stretches all the way to Manaslu Base Camp. After your arrival at the base camp, the expedition crew will set up camps at th site, and you can explore the foothills of the breathtaking peaks, preparing yourself for the journey up ahead.

  • Day 10-30: Climbing period and summit of Manaslu

    Manaslu Base Camp Elevation: 4,700 meters/ 15,419 feet

    Manaslu Summit Elevation: 8,163 meters/ 26,781 feet

    Elevation Gain: 3,463 meters/ 11,361 feet

    During the climbing period in your Manaslu expedition, you will spend your time scaling the mountain from Day 10 to Day 30. Your expedition crew will make all the arrangements for you to climb the mountain, and you will also participate in the practice climbs using your mountaineering tools. You will spend most of your scaling period training and acclimatizing to the new altitudes as you ascend to higher camps and descend back to lower camps for your body to get adjusted to the alpine high altitude. You will repeat the process until you are completely ready for the summit push.

    Manaslu Base Camp to Camp I (5,700 meters/ 18,701 feet): After all the arrangements by the expedition are complete, during the first part of the scaling, you will make your ascend to Camp I from the base camp, overcoming the glacier moraine and crevasses.

    Camp I to Camp II (6,400/ 20,998 feet): The climbing route from Camp I to Camp II is a bit technical; you will scale across the vertical snow and ice section of the mountain using your mountaineering tools and ladder. The icefall’s core part lies in this section.

    Camp II to Camp III (6,900 meters/ 22,638 feet): This scaling route is mostly straightforward; you will traverse across several small ice steps on the slopes. A few crevasses jumping points.

    Camp III to Camp IV (7,300 meters/ 23,950 feet): The scaling route from Camp III to Camp IV is the strenuous part of the expedition. Oxygen level is, and even small efforts feel exhausting at this altitude; you will overcome the 50° to 55° pushing for Camp IV.

    Camp IV to Manaslu Summit (8,163 meters/26,781 feet): On this summit push day, you will start your scaling really early in the morning at around 1:00 AM with the goal to scale the mountain between 7:00 and 10:00 AM. Moving across the small snow headwalls and several basins, you will follow the path on the exposed ridge using the fixed rope and finally reach the top of the mountain. After celebrating your victory on the top of the mountain, you will begin your descending journey to Camp IV- Camp III- Camp II- Camp I, and finally, base camp.

  • Day 31: Preparation of return trip and tidying up the campsite

    Manaslu Summit Elevation: 8,163 meters/ 26,781 feet

    Manaslu Base Camp Elevation: 4,700 meters/ 15,419 feet

    Elevation Loss: 3,463 meters/ 11,361 feet

    After your successful scaling of the eight highest mountains in the world, today, you will prepare for the return trip and clean up the base camp. You and the expedition crew will sort out the waste, clean up the occupied area, and submit the garbage to the designated area.

    Then, you will sort out your equipment and gear for the return trip; you will spend one more night at the base camp relishing the serene magnificence of the Himalayas at its foothills one last time in this expedition.

  • Day 32: Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Sama Gaon

    Manaslu Base Camp Elevation: 4,700 meters/ 15,419 feet

    Sama Gaon Elevation: 3,780 meters/ 12,401 feet

    Elevation Loss: 920 meters/ 3,018 feet

    From this day onward, you will begin your return trip, leaving the base camp behind, and will head toward Sama Gaon on this day. Moving across the steep- narrow trail on the moraine, you will retrace your steps back to rhododendrons and fir forests. The gentle drop from the forested trail will then finally lead you back to the charming village of Sama Gaon.

    After a long period of camping in the alpine environment, this will be your first night back in cozy and warm lodging. Enjoy the warm, nourishing meals at the teahouse; you will settle in for the night, pulling the curtain to this day’s adventure.

  • Day 33: Sama Gaon to Namrung

    Sama Gaon Elevation: 3,780 meters/ 12,401 feet

    Namrung Elevation: 2,550 meters/ 8,366 feet

    Elevation Loss: 1,230 meters/ 4,035 feet

    Continuing with the descending trail on this day of your Himalayan expedition, you will first cross the small stream nourished by the Punggen Glacier. Following the trails alongside the agricultural fields and several wooden resting destinations, you will head to the Shyala Village.

    From here, you will enter the forested trail heading toward Lho, where you will be greeted by the spiritual trail with praying flags, mani walls, and beautiful chortens. Proceeding further in your trekking trail, you will traverse past the Sho Village and Lihi Village and, finally, your resting destination today, Marung Village.

  • Day 34: Trek down to Philim Village from Namrung

    Namrung Elevation: 2,550 meters/ 8,366 feet

    Philim Village Elevation: 2,300 meters/ 7,545 feet

    Elevation Loss: 250 meters/ 820 feet

    It’s another day of scenic trekking experience in your Manaslu Expedition; today, leaving the Namrung Village behind, you follow the gently descending path across dense rhodododendron, bamboo, oak, and fir forests heading toward Namrung.

    Moving along this day’s charming trekking trail, you will trek past the Ghap via a suspension bridge and head toward Bihi Phedi. Then, the trail further ahead takes you to the Deng Village; from here, you will cross the Deng Khola and trek across the dense bamboo forest to reach the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River.

    During the last stretch of this day’s adventure, you will follow the terraced millet-farmed land moving past the Ekle Bhatti and reach the charming Gurung village, Philim.

  • Day 35: Philim Village to Machha Khola trekking

    Philim Village Elevation: 2,300 meters/ 7,545 feet

    Machha Khola Elevation: 1,330 meters/ 4,363 feet

    Elevation Loss: 970 meters/ 3,182 feet

    This will be the last day of your trekking adventure in your Himalayan expedition; today, you will leave the Gurung village Philim behind, heading toward the Tibetan culture-influenced settlement of Jagat during the first part of the trek. From here, you will cross a river and continue your trek toward Thado Bharayang below Jagat and to Louri.

    Proceeding further with this day’s trek, you will then arrive at Doban, and from here, you will follow the trail that stretches all the way to Tatopani. During the last of the trek, you will cross a suspension bridge, leaving Tatopani behind, and finally arrive at Machha Khola.

  • Day 36: Drive back to Kathmandu from Machha Khola

    Machha Khola Elevation: 1,330 meters/ 4,363 feet

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    Elevation Gain: 70 meters/ 229

    Bidding farewell to the Himalayan trekking route, today, you will board a comfortable and convenient vehicle from Machha Khola heading toward Kathmandu. It is a long day’s drive today; however, the scenery is epic and refreshing; moving along the trails of Prithvi Highway, you will drive past Trisuli- Marsyangdhi Rivers, charming waterfalls, high hills, and vibrant settlements as you return back to the capital.

  • Day 37: Rest/contingency day and farewell dinner

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    This day is a contingency day in your Himalayan expedition; in case you have to delay the scaling part due to weather or any other factors, you will use this day during the expedition. However, if you don’t use this day during your Manaslu Expedition, you will get a leisure day that you can use to explore the Kathmandu Valley.

    In the evening, we will also host a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful expedition and our affiliation. After dinner, you will be dropped back to your respective hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Day 38: Transfer to airport for departure

    Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

    It is time to bid farewell; after over a month of adventure, it is time to part ways with this beautiful Himalayan country. According to your flight schedules, our representative will pick you up at the hotels and assist you with the check-out procedure.

    Then, you will be swiftly transferred to the airport in a comfortable vehicle from the hotel. Thank you for climbing with the Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition; we hope to see you again.

    Safe journey!

What's included?
  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for mount Mt. Manaslu Expedition
  • Tea House accommodation during pre-climbing & Post- Climbing journey [Day 4-11 & Day 38-42]
  • Camping accommodation during climbing from Day 12 to Day 37.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well-experienced climbing guide
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipment – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for an expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork
What's not included?
  • Personal Climbing gear
  • Your climbing insurance
  • Bar and Beverage bills
  • All personal nature expanses
  • TIPS for staffs
  • Refundable garbage deposit

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given below:

Start Date End Date Price Availability Booking
1 Sep, 2024 14 Oct, 2024 USD 12500 GUARANTEED Book Now!
10 Apr, 2025 23 May, 2025 USD 12500 GUARANTEED Book Now!

Best Time for Manaslu Expedition

The best time frame for the Manaslu Expedition is considered to be during the peak seasons like spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather condition of the Manaslu region is stable during this season, and the scaling days are accompanied by moderate temperatures, making the expedition a comfortable experience.

Temperature of the Manaslu region during the autumn season averages around 13°C to 18 °C during the daytime, and you can expect the temperature to drop to minus degrees at high altitudes during the night. Similarly, during the spring season, the temperature of the Manaslu region hovers between 15°C to 20 °C during the day and is around 6°C at night in the below-alpine region.

Doing the Manaslu Expedition in the peak seasons will offer you comfortable weather conditions, and you won’t have to face snowfall or rain, which makes the trekking part more fun. Likely, the high winds, which are a major challenge in mountain expeditions, are calmer during the peak seasons, and you will be able to scale through the safer passageways to the top of the mountain.

Expedition Difficulty

The Manaslu Expedition is considered to be one of the easiest mountain expeditions among the 8,000-meter class mountain after Cho Oyu (8,201 meters/ 26,906 feet). This mountain expedition has been graded a ‘moderate’ difficulty level and has received a ‘4E Grade’ in the Alpine Garding System. There are long-steep snow and ice segments on the mountain that make scaling difficult, and the technical segments on demand require an advanced level of skills to overcome.

Thus, this mountain expedition is only suitable for the ‘intermediate mountaineers’ who have an adequate amount of mountaineering skills and have previous climbing experience. Although the Manaslu Expedition is considered an introductory mountain in the 8,000-meter class, it is still one of the 14 highest peaks in the world with the ‘death zone,’ and scaling this mountain is not an easy feat. Preparation, experience, and technical skills are the crucial factors that determine the success of this iconic Himalayan expedition.

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Mr. Devkota hails from the beautiful hilly region of Gorkha District. He started his career as a guide in 1997 and quickly became a reputed figure in the Tourism Industry because of his extensive experience. He has gathered impressive experience in all Trekking and Climbing Routes, such as Mera, Island, Lobuche, Ama Dablam etc.

His success also lies in his brilliant mind and hospitable nature. He is fully dedicated to providing excellent services and introducing innovative concepts. With more than 15 years of experience in trekking and expedition operations in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bhutan, he has earned a reputation as a renowned leader in the field. He understands the importance of personalized service for creating memorable experiences for his clients and constantly seeks innovative company operation methods.

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