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Manaslu Expedition

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The eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft) is one of the most famous and adventurous expeditions situated in the western part of central Nepal. The amazing Mount Manaslu, known as Mt. Kutung is also regarded as the “Mountain of Spirit”.

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    All about the Manaslu Expedition.

    Overview

    The eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft) is one of the most famous and adventurous expeditions situated in the western part of central Nepal. The amazing Mount Manaslu, known as Mt. Kutung is also regarded as the “Mountain of Spirit”. This legendary Manaslu Expedition will take us on several trails to explore and enjoy it. The expedition is not only rich in wonder but also a rich, wonderful and diverse habitat with varied flora and fauna. The trail goes through the awesome Gorkha Gandaki Valley River, snowbound Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5213 meters, and several villages including Machha Khola, Nyak, Jagat, Namru, Lho, Sama Gaon, and many more. The Manaslu Expedition is fused with the greenery of rhododendrons and pine trees, breathtaking hanging glaciers, rugged ice falls and stunning mountains.

    The route of Manaslu Expedition 

    The location of the Manaslu Expedition is comparatively very remote. It will offer you a wild trail filled with rough wilderness, lengthy ridges, and glacial valleys on the way to Manaslu. The Manaslu Expedition trail is a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating trek in Nepal, which will provide you a feasible approach from all directions and culminate in a top that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. Manaslu Expedition is famous among Japanese trekkers because most of the trekkers come here to trek are Japanese. Although the Manaslu Expedition has a huge range of altitudinal and climatic variation, it can be successfully accomplished by Mountaineers.  The expedition route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, where trekkers should know about some technical sections during the way to Manaslu. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were the first people to summit Manaslu,  on the Japanese expedition on May 9, 1956.

    After exploration of major Kathmandu Sightseeing spots, the journey by road will follow the beautiful Buri Gandaki Valley up to Samagoan and finally reach Arughat. We will make the first acclimatization stop at an elevation of 3700 m at Mu Gompa before we embark on the Manaslu Expedition. During our trek, we will carefully follow the bamboo marker wands, where trekkers have to know some technical aspects of the expedition such as; how to use fixed ropes to cross the crevasses and dangerous routes. The trail is moderately sloped as you approach Manaslu, and then becomes steep until we reach the summit. As you reach the summit, you can explore the unbelievable surroundings of Manaslu and after exploration, you can return to Base Camp.

    Short Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu (1345 m/4411 ft)

    Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparations

    Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola [712 m/2335 ft]

    Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (883 m/2896 ft)

    Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1415 m/4641 ft)

    Day 06: Jagat to Deng(1804 m/5917 ft)

    Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2670 m/8757 ft)

    Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon [3541 m/11614 ft]

    Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

    Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp [4400 m/14432 ft]

    Day 11-35: Climbing period of Mt Manaslu [8163 m/26774 ft] and descend back to Base Camp.

    Day 36: Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaon

    Day 37: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3872 m/12700 ft]

    Day 38: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Pedhi [4494 m/14740 ft]

    Day 39: Trek to Bimtang [3720 m/12201 ft] via Larkya La Pass [5135 m/16842 ft]

    Day 40:  Trek from Bimtang to Dharapani [2006 m/6579 ft]

    Day 41: Trek from Dharapani to Syange [1194 m/3916 ft]

    Day 42:  Drive back to Kathmandu

    Day 43: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    Day 44: Transfer to International Airport for departure

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
    • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
    • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
    • All government and local taxes
    • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
    • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
    • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
    • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after)  with breakfast
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag and T-shirt
    • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
    • Medical Kit carried by the guide
    • All necessary paperwork and permits
    • All meals during the trek
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Nepal/Tibet Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, drinking water, shower, bar bills etc)

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    1. Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu (1345 m/4411 ft

      Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, one of our representatives will pick you up and drop you at your hotel, where you can take some rest after hotel check-in. You can enjoy a welcome drink. You will be introduced to the trekking guide who will help you in every aspect of the trek’s requirements. You can stroll around the vibrant Thamel Bazaar for some shopping, your trekking guide will help you to find the specific gear that you require. In the evening, you can enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional Nepali cultural programs. You will stay overnight at the same hotel.

      Overnight in the Hotel. Dinner Included.

    2. Day 02 Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparations

      After having breakfast, we will visit major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We will spend the whole day to explore these amazing sites of Kathmandu. After exploration, we will again go back to the hotel and participate in the one of the short orientation class about the further trek to Manaslu Expedition. Have dinner and stay overnight in the same hotel.

      Overnight in the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

    3. Day 03 Drive to Soti Khola [712 m/2335 ft]

      After having breakfast, we will take a scenic drive over the winding hilly roads towards Soti Khola, which is situated at an elevation of 712 m. Soti Khola is the starting point of the trek, located at the north of the market town Arughat. Around 9 to 10 hours of driving will take us to Soti Khola, where we will have an opportunity to observe the daily survival activities of the local people. After a long day’s drive, we will stay overnight in Soti-Khola after having dinner.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    4. Day 04 Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (883 m/2896 ft)

      Early in the morning we will have breakfast and begin the trek towards Maccha Kholi, which is situated at an elevation of 883 m/2896 ft. Crossing a beautiful bridge, we will climb over a big rock and eventually descend down to the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. The rest of the trek goes along a steep rocky trail and reaches the Gurung village of Labishe at 880 meters above sea level. Leaving Labishe, we will finally arrive at Maccha Khola where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    5. Day 05 Maccha Khola to Jagat (1415 m/4641 ft)

      Today, after having breakfast, we will leave beautiful Maccha Khola and trek ahead along the course of the Buri Gandaki River before following several ascending and descending ridges. The trail will follow through a widening valley and reach the village of Jagat. As you reach Jagat village, where you can stroll around the village. Have dinner and stay overnight in Jagat.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    6. Day 06 Jagat to Deng(1804 m/5917 ft)

      After having breakfast, we will continue the trek to Deng, which is situated at an elevation of 1804 m. As we continue to trek further, we will follow the Setibas, where we can witness several beautifully painted Mani walls and later the amazing stone houses of Ghatta Khola, until we reach Philim. From there we will descend along the Buri Gandaki River and pass some beautiful grassy slopes. Then we will follow some bamboo forests until we finally reach Deng village. As you reach Deng, you can stroll around the village and encounter with the Gurung ethnic communities and observe Buddhist practices by the local folks.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    7. Day 07 Deng to Namrung (2670 m/8757 ft)

      After having breakfast, we will continue to trek ahead. Several ups and downs on the trail will take us to the Ghap, another small village, where you can see stunning stone houses and Mani walls with distinctive carvings of Lord Buddha. The path will continue to ascend, following dense bamboo and rhododendron forests all the way to Namrung. As you reach Namrung Village, you can admire lovely stone houses and stroll around the village. Have dinner and stay overnight in Namrung.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    8. Day 08 Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3541 m/11614 ft)

      Today, after having breakfast, we will continue trek ahead to Samagaon, which is situated at an elevation of 3541 meters. We will follow the beautiful Therang river along an easy trail with amazing waterfall views on the left side and we will enter into the scattered village of Barchham. The trail will climb and pass the village of Lihi and continue descending by crossing the Hinan (Khola) river and reach the village of Sho. As your trail goes close to the Samagaon, enjoy spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli. A descending trail through the Numla River will take us finally to Samagaon. Have dinner and stay overnight in Samagaon.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    9. Day 09 Acclimatization day at Samagaon

      After breakfast, we will explore Samagaon for the whole day. To avoid mental and physical sickness, we have to stay at Samagaon, at an elevation of 3,500 meters above sea level. Today, we will explore the most popular places of Samagaon including Pung Gyen Gumba, which is situated beneath the east face of Manaslu. Have dinner and stay overnight in Samagaon.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    10. Day 10 Trek from Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m/14432 ft)

      Today, after having breakfast, we will continue the trek towards Manaslu Base Camp, which is situated at an elevation of 4400 meters. We will follow the ascending trail over the glacier moraine and Birendra Kund glacial lake, that lies at the foot of the glacier with an enthralling reflection of Manaslu and its northern icefall. The remaining trek will be tiring as you reach the higher altitudes. As you arrive at Manaslu Base Camp, you will be stunned when you see the amazing peaks and their surroundings. Have dinner and stay overnight in the Manaslu Base Camp.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    11. Day 11-35 Climbing period of Mt Manaslu [8163 m/26774 ft] and descend back to Base Camp.

      Every day we will have breakfast, then we will continue to trek forward to Mt. Manaslu, which is situated at an elevation of 8163 meters. We will spend several days perfecting climbing practices and training. It is important to undergo the climbing training practices with adequate acclimatization. We will have our Sherpa crew to help us, as they will carry all the necessary climbing gear, provide healthy meals, set up additional camps at higher altitudes, and perform climbing training activities as required. We will also practice fully equipped with all the necessary climbing gear. We will also practice by following the footsteps and guidance of our experienced climbing experts and learn how to overcome several technical climbing sections as well as how to tackle the weather conditions that may arise during our trekking. Then, once we feel comfortable, we will climb further to the summit of Mt Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. As you reach the top of Manaslu, you will be rewarded with mind-blowing views of the Himalayas including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu North, Himal Chuli and another vicinity. After exploration and some photoshoot, we will return back to the Base Camp. Have dinner and stay overnight at Base Camp.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    12. Day 36 Trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaon

      Have breakfast and begin to trek back to Samagaon. After exploring and admiring the amazing summit, we will retrace our steps on a familiar trail by following the glacial moraine. Once we reach Samagaon, you can explore beautiful village with the view of Manaslu. Have dinner and stay overnight in Samagaon.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    13. Day 37 Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3872 m/12700 ft)

      Have breakfast and continue the trek towards Samdo, which is situated at an elevation of 3872 meters. As you continue to trek along the beautiful Budi Gandaki River, you will go ahead through the Khormo Kharka with an amazing view of Manaslu. As you reach the Mani wall, you can enjoy another stunning view of Manaslu. We will continue to climb uphill and then again trek down to a bridge over the river and finally, we will arrive at Samdo. As you arrive, you can explore Samdo Village and have dinner with us. Stay overnight in Samdo.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    14. Day 38 Trek from Samdo to Larkya Pedhi (4494 m/14740 ft)

      After breakfast, we will continue back on a trail to Larkya Phedi, which is situated at an elevation of 4494 meters. We will follow a descending trail and cross a beautiful bridge over the Gyala (Kholo) river that then climbs to a large pile of Mani stones, situated just above the Larkya Bazaar. Then we will continue to trek higher up with splendid views of Larkya Peak and the north face of Manaslu. After some more hiking, we will finally arrive at Larkya Pedhi. Have dinner and stay overnight in Larkya Phedi.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    15. Day 39 : Trek to Bimtang (3720 m/12201 ft) via Larkya La Pass (5135 m/16842 ft)

      Have breakfast and continue your trek towards Bimtang by passing the amazing Larkya La Pass. To begin our trek, we will follow the trail that climbs up a ridge and reaches the top of the moraine at 4,690 meters. Then we will continue to climb more steeply towards the top of Larkya La Pass at 5,135 meters, which will offer us fabulous views of the mountains including Himlung, Menjung, Cho Himal, Gyagi Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. After an exploration of Larkya La Pass, we will again continue on a steep descending trail through ice and snow and finally arrive at Bintang. Have dinner and stay overnight in Bimtang.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    16. Day 40 rek from Bimtang to Dharapani (2006 m/6579 ft)

      After breakfast, we will continue to trek ahead by following a descending trail passing beautiful pine and rhododendron forests to Hompuk. Continue to trek down to a fork of the Dudh Khola and reach Kharche. The descent will take you to the large Gurung village of Tilije and again cross a long suspension bridge over the beautiful Marsyangdi River to finally reach Dharapani. Have dinner and stay overnight in Dharapani.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

       

    17. Day 41 Trek from Dharapani to Syange (1194 m/3916 ft)

      After having breakfast, you will continue trek ahead to Syange, which is situated at an elevation of 1194 meters. We will continue climbing up the trail by following the beautiful Marsyangdi River to a broad flat valley. The further trail will take us to the village of Tal. This amazing village lies at the foot of a large waterfall, where you can enjoy basking in its beauty. Continue the trek towards Chyamje by crossing beautiful river and forests of rhododendron and finally arrive at Syange. Have dinner and stay overnight in Syange.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    18. Day 42 Drive back to Kathmandu

      On this day, after having breakfast, you will continue to drive back to the Kathmandu. We will drive for around 8 to 9 hours, following several local villages, thin markets, and the scenic surroundings. The driving road may not be pleasant as the road will be bumpy at the beginning. Later on you will drive on the highway on the beautiful riverside scenery on our way back to Kathmandu. As you reach Kathmandu, you can stroll around the vibrant Thamel Bazaar. Have dinner and stay overnight in the same hotel.

      Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

    19. Day 43 Leisure day in Kathmandu

      Have early breakfast and the whole day you can rest. During your rest you can enjoy looking at the images that were captured during the trek. If you wish you can stroll around the Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, have a farewell dinner with typical Nepali cultural programming, where you can enjoy dinner with our team as we celebrate the successful completion of your Manaslu Expedition. Stay overnight in the same hotel at Kathmandu.


      Included Meals: Breakfast

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

    Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 or 4-star hotel.

    Accommodation during the trek will be in tea house or lodges. Some accommodations at lower altitudes offer fully equipped rooms with electricity, western toilet facility, wi-fi, and hot showers. Whereas some tea houses, especially at the higher altitude offer very basic kind of services.

    You will be accommodated on a twin-basis during the trek. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. If you want a single room for yourself, let us know in advance before the trek.

    Normally, beds contain pillow and sheets. Almost all tea houses provide blankets but it is advisable to use your sleeping bag which will be provided by us in case it becomes too cold.

    Some tea houses especially those at lower altitudes have proper western toilets. As you move higher some tea houses use squat toilet facilities. Also, it is important to know that some tea houses do not provide toilet paper in the toilets.

    In higher altitudes, you will usually have to pay extra for charting electronic devices or taking a hot shower. Laundry services are also available in some lodges at an extra price. Wifi cards can also be bought at these lodges. There are multiple options available depending on the data limit and speed.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    What is included in this tour Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
    • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
    • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
    • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
    • All government and local taxes
    • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
    • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
    • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
    • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag, and T-shirt
    • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
    • Medical Kit carried by the guide
    • All necessary paperwork and permits
    • All meals during the trek
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, bar bills etc)