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 impressive Mount Manaslu, known as Mt. Kutung is also regarded as the “Mountain of Spirit”. This legendary Manaslu Expedition will take us to explore and enjoy it on several trails. 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, Namrung, 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 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 who come here to trek are Japanese. Although the Manaslu Expedition has a huge range of altitudinal and climatic variations, it can be accomplished by Mountaineers. The expedition route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, where trekkers should know about some technical sections on 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 the 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.
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
Kathmandu and trekking
In a 3/4* category hotel in Kathmandu.
During the trek, we will be either in an individual tent or in a lodge. The lodges in Nepal are of very random comfort. The lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a cottage from home. It is mostly a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.
At the base camp, we are in individual tents.
Staying in the base for several weeks must be as comfortable as possible, in order to allow a good recovery on the return from the altitude camps. It must allow us to face a period of bad weather in the best possible conditions. Each participant has their own individual tent with a comfortable mattress. A heated mess tent is the main living area. Tables and chairs are permanently installed there. We also have a shower tent and a WC tent (the solid waste in evacuated drums)
During the ascent, at the high camps, we have an altitude tent for 2 people or even 3 people on the last camps.
Hygiene & Laundry
Toilets: The base camp is equipped with toilets (cans removed and emptied in a suitable place far from the glacier) and toilet paper. Take care to wash your hands with a hydro-alcoholic gel (to be taken from your personal pharmacy) after each visit to the toilet. For the higher camps, we recommend that you bring a bottle that you will use to urinate at night to avoid having to go out.
Daily hygiene: a basin with soap and water is available at the entrance to the mess tent. Water is intended for washing the face and hands, do not drink it.
Shower: hot water available (request to be made in the kitchen). Only take showers in sunny weather to avoid catching a cold!
Laundry: water (cold) and basin to be requested from the kitchen, bring biodegradable products only.
Kathmandu and trekking
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a welcome dinner is offered to you on the first evening. Likewise, upon returning from the expedition, a farewell meal is provided.
In the cities, many small (or large) restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. With the exception of Kathmandu, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the lodge’s kitchen staff or cooks and taken in the lodge’s dining room or in the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.
All meals are prepared by the kitchen team using local ingredients including rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables, eggs, a little meat, etc. They are served to you in a private tent. Non-alcoholic hot drinks such as tea or coffee are offered to you at will. We recommend that you stay hydrated at all times.
At altitude, you often have to force yourself to eat. The use of freeze-dried food is almost unavoidable. But such and such a dish, appetizing in the valley, quickly becomes subject to disgust in the altitude camps. During the preparation weekend, we bring a sample of freeze-dried dishes for you to taste to indicate your preferences which we strive to respect (depending on the stocks available during the final purchases). You can also bring along some of your favorite meals on the expedition (if you have any). For your comfort and the pleasure of taste, we provide some “delicacies” from France (salty and sweet).
Each tent has a stove to melt snow (MSR Reactor type) and make water for your freeze-dried meals and hot drinks. The necessary gas cartridges are supplied.
WATER: provide tablets (Hyclonazone, Micropur, or others) to disinfect the water you put in your water bottle, depending on the source and on the advice of your guide. It is sometimes possible to buy purified water and refill your water bottle without having to buy bottled water. You can also buy “mineral” water in the cities (not included in the price), but its ecological balance is poor, as you know. Also, we do not recommend it.
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Grading : Easy
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