Manaslu Expedition

  • A human adventure beyond the physical challenge

Difficult level : Hard/Technical

Trekking Duration : 44 Days

Trip Starts : sotikhola-jagat

Trip Ends : dharapani-kathmandu

Accommodations : Hotel-Lodge-Tent

Meal : Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Max : 8000m

Best Season : Spring-Autumn

Hightlight Strong Point

In Nepal, a relatively accessible mythical 8,000m
Experienced expedition leader high mountain guide iFGMA
Supervision: 1 “Nepali Leader” for 1 participant
A human adventure beyond the physical challenge

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

Approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous Swayambhunath stupa, and the Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture. But also make the last purchases if necessary and above all optimize the luggage in a mountaineering bag and a trekking bag.

Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel then we take our vehicles and leave for Arughat by a beautiful road that crosses the valley of Kathmandu (135 km). The views of the mountain road from Thankot are spectacular. Thankot defended before entering the city of Kathmandu, unfortunately, there are no traces of his fort. Arrive in Dhading Beshi, crossing the bridge, then climb to Ramkot and continue to Arughat where you change your vehicle. We take local jeeps to Soti Khola, the track is bad. We cross landscapes with rice fields, traditional villages. We will meet our trekking team and we settle at the lodge.

early morning after a warm breakfast, we start our trekking for khorlabesi for the first day of walking, along the river with crossings of several fishing villages and We will have the opportunity to pass villages surrounded by bamboos of the Gurung ethnic group. The villages of Lapu Besi, Khanibesi, and Macha Khola make it possible to observe the Gurung architecture and lifestyle and to discover local handicrafts. Normally, climb gently to Lapu Besi along rice terraces and lush forests Arrival at the typical

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 950 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today, We leave the fertile lands to reach the steeper slopes. We walk about 1h30 to Tatopani where a spring of hot water gushes from the big rock cliff into several small waterfalls. We cross the river through a suspension bridge before taking the path that winds through the gorges of bubbling Budhi Gandaki. The Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. Further, after a long climb, one reaches yaru Khola. At yaru bagar, we cross the cantilever bridge and river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat. The Jagat village with beautiful stone houses (entrance to the national park). and check the point of the permit after that again we cross the suspension bridge along 2 waterfalls and the walking side of the river reach to the beautiful stone house village sallari.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From today, We enter the Buddhist lands with chortens and prayer walls. We leave the sallari village and ascent and descent along a mountain peeled at his feet and crossing a small village. We will have the opportunity to see a mountain 7000m the Shringi Himal, one of the beautiful mountains. The landscape becomes frankly alpine in this valley: the path goes up without trees to a small pass before going down to another small village. We walk on the flat to a huge suspension bridge and a steep climb awaits us on the other side that leads to the philim village. Additionally, Another walks in a flat on a balcony at mid-slope then descends and crosses the longest waterfall. We leave the path that goes to the Tsum Valley and continues to the small village of pewa. Before arriving at the pewa we will be able to see the massifs of Ganesh Himal and the Himal Chuli.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,820 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We go up gently along the cliff through beautiful clumps of rhododendrons. From pewa, we enter Bothies country (inhabitants of Tibetan origin). The children are dressed in heavy chubes of woven wool, the women wear a colorful apron. After the hamlet and the passage of a bridge, steep climb to Rana village where traditional houses merge with the stone fields. Lunch at Bihi Phedi. Our trek on a path dug into the cliff continues to rise gradually and in the distance, we see the Prok plateau. After Bihi Phedi, we leave the classic path to descend to the torrent crossed by a suspension bridge and climb to a wild pine forest where bears, red pandas, and musk deer live. The trail leads to the small Prok hydroelectric power station and its water mills. Last steep we ascent of 20 minutes before reaching the beautiful plateau Prok village. The houses connected by paved streets are surrounded by beautiful green fields. Willows and birches shelter various species of birds including the pheasant of the Himalayas. A pretty gompa and beautiful mountain dominate the prok village.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After having an early warm breakfast we start our journey to Kal tal with a packed lunch. The way is steeply up from prok until reach kaltal. It takes 4 – 5hrs to reach the kaltal. Walking through a forest of pine, and rhododendron. After reaching the top you will be awarded by a beautiful lake with Mt. Manaslu, shirinki Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc, and a green pine forest. It is the biggest and highest lake in the Manaslu region. It takes 45m to make around the lake. We spent around 1 hour and back to prok village at the same lodge

Approximately 8 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We leave Prok and his protective god at the exit of the village to go down to Ghap by a spruce forest then cross two bridges. Steep uphill on the left bank of the Budhi Gandaki river before arriving at Namrung village for a lunch at 2, we can explore a Beautiful monastery in the village. We pass by green fields and cross the different small villages of Lhi and Shyu before taking a steep climb to the big lho village 3,280 m. Houses with roof terraces are nested inside each other. We can view of Manaslu, 8,156 m and Himal Chuli, 7,893 m, and other snow-capped peaks.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb in the forest to reach the site of Shyala, a large plateau surrounded by high snow-capped peaks. Soon we leave the classic trail to follow a torrent and go up a steep path to the Pungyen gumpa. This sacred site is at the foot of the Manaslu Himal. Glaciers, seracs, and moraine surround a small monastery and its hermitages. Then we descend the same way to reach Samagaon, the largest village in the Nubri Valley. The houses of Samagaon are protected by an important monastery dominated by the southern face of Manaslu and its glaciers and different peaks.

Approximately 6 – 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

A long climb that is difficult to achieve otherwise. The departure is early, the course above the lake particularly attractive and our kitchen team awaits us directly at the base camp at 4,850 m. Here we are “at home” for the alpine part of our trip to altitude.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We offer you a combination of two techniques, “sawtooth” and “continuous progression”. Because, given the duration of the expedition, it is wise to plan an ascent in two parts, with a rest period at the base camp.

It is therefore a matter of setting up camp “Minus 1”, then camp 1 (5,600 m), sleeping there for one or two nights, and transporting equipment to camp 2 (6,200 m). Then descend to the base camp (4,850 m).

After one or two days of rest at the base camp, it will be the final departure for this great trip to the top of Manaslu (8,163 m), directly joining the classic Camp 1, where our tents waiting for us.

The next day, we gather our teams and equipment. It is possible to build a provisional schedule that gives a more precise vision of this ascent in gentle progression.

For the difficulty of the ascent

It is an ascent exclusively in snow, taking place in a grandiose glacial terrain where tormented passages alternate (beware of the risk of serac falls) and easier areas. Two passages are a little more difficult but always equipped with fixed ropes. We will therefore have the choice of our trip, with or without. The final part is rather simple except for the last 50 meters.

Fixed ropes.

Three sections are conventionally equipped with fixed ropes, between 5,700 m and 6,100 m then between 7,100 m and 7,400 m, and finally, the last summit part. The goal is to use them as little as possible. And, if the great majority of climbers evolve without being roped on the mountain, we will always be roped on glaciers, for both ascent, and descent!

In total, we have 25 days to favor good acclimatization and take into account the vagaries of the weather.

A long descent to reach Sama.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Morning visit of the monastery and possibility to climb towards the glacial lake of Birendra Kund, located at the foot of the Manaslu glacier. Easy walk to Kermo Manan (very long wall to mani), the alpine-style valley climbs gently towards the typically Tibetan village. Crossing a small bridge, then a short and steep climb to reach the most beautiful village of the tour: Samdo (200 inhabitants). Tibet is close to Lajing Banjyang. The people of Samdo, of Tibetan origin, still trade regularly with families and grandparents living in Tibet. Discover this beautiful and welcoming village, rest.

approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Climb to the barracks of Dharmasala by a path on the balcony (4460 m). It is important to leave early because of the many intermittent torrents, which get bigger as the sun goes up! Meal at camp, afternoon rest, or ride in one of the combes upstream of the camp, in pursuit of blue sheep. The fixed camp is equipped with beds in several tents, toilet tents, and a mess tent with tables and chairs, as at the lodge.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,400 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early departure with a warm breakfast. Following a moraine, the path leads to a large glacial lake and then arrives on a large plateau. Beautiful views of huge glaciers and the north face of Manaslu. Arrive at Larkya Pass in about 4 hours. Unique views of the Himalung Himal, the Kang Guru, and further the Annapurna II. After the pass, the path climbs slightly further in the rock gardens, just to pass the 5000 m, before diving into the steep and often snowy western face. From there, and all along the descent of an immense moraine, fantastic panorama on the circus of Peri Himal. Arrive on the green plateau of Bhimtang, located in a circus surrounded by peaks with sparkling ice. Well deserved rest in a rustic lodge.

Approximately 8-9 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Long descent From the bhimtang glacier zone the trail crosses immense forests with gigantic spruces interspersed with alpine meadows. Views of the peaks of Manaslu and the Peri Himal massif. Then, take place beautiful altitude cultures before reaching the village of karchee above the gorge. Karche is a beautiful place in the middle of the forest. There are only two tea houses.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today is easy and beautiful. We descended Tilicho village inside the pine forest. At Tilicho we cross a bridge and hike for 15 min then we leave the trail to dharapani and enter the forest trail to nachee village before reaching nache on the path we can explore the old Buddhist monastery and highest suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will see a nache village on the top of the hill.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From Nachee we hike for 2 hours to karti and from here we take private transport to Besisahar (3h) and then continue to Kathmandu (6 to 7 hours drive). Arrive in the afternoon and check in at the hotel.

Approximately 3 hours of walking and 7 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

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  • All domestic transportations and meet and greet at the airport
  • Accommodation in a 3 star or 5-star hotel on a BB basis for 4 nights
  • A Professional climbing Sherpa guide for trekking and climbing
  • Porters and helpers while trekking
  • Land transportation expenses for climbing members, Sherpa Guides, Liaison Officer, and Kitchen Staff
  • Suitable tents for Kitchen, Storage, Dining, Sleeping, and Toilets as well as tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for the Camping period
  • 3-time full course meal with hot tea/coffee in between
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge/tea house while trekking
  • All camping accommodation, fuel, and food, for members and staff during the climbing period
  • 40 kg baggage allowance for trekking period
  • Daily weather report service
  • Trekking and climbing permit for Manaslu
  • Chefs and Kitchen assistants at the Base Camp and Higher Camps
  • Trekking Information Management System Card for each climber
  • Expedition Mountaineering Royalty, permit charges and taxes to the Nepal Government
  • Wages, equipment, medical insurance for all involved staff during trekking and climbing period
  • Emergency rescue for involved expedition staff
  • First aid kits for the team
  • Service of Satellite phones, (Available with a charge of $3 per minute)
  • High altitude energy food for higher camps
  • Heater for warmth at the dining tent
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator as required
  • Solar panels for light and charging
  • 4 L Oxygen for each climber
  • Walkie-talkie for each member while climbing
  • Company service charges
  • Flight Ticket reconfirmation and Visa Extension Procedure service if needed
  • Farewell Dinner in a Typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu


  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • International Airfares
  • Monuments Entry fees while in Kathmandu or while trekking
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of personal nature such as usage of landline phones, mobile recharge, satellites, and Internet costs
  • Personal trekking gear, extra food during trekking, personal medical kits
  • Any extra expenses arising out of unforeseen events like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, and so on.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses (If needed)
  • Medical Insurance, Emergency rescue if needed
  • Any change in the itinerary if requested by the client other than the mentioned itinerary
  • Drone Permits
  • Custom Duty imposed by Nepal Government for import of Expedition Equipment
  • Tips and Gratuities to the staff and climbing Sherpa
  • Any particulars not mentioned in the Cost Inclusions section

All Inclusive Price

23,000 $ per peson

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