Manaslu Expedition is the last stepping stone of Mt Everest. Similarly, the Manaslu expedition is very famous among tourists. In addition, the Manaslu lies in Central-Western Nepal at 28°33’01”N/84°33’42”E at an altitude of 26763 ft. They find a sense of adventure in climbing the Manaslu Expedition. Likewise, The first successful Manaslu expedition was in 1956 and the ascent was made by T. Imanishi (Japan) and Gyalzen Norbu (Sherpa). Manaslu mountain is also known as “Kuang” by the locals. Furthermore, the Manaslu expedition has six main routes for the climb. Similarly, the Manaslu Expedition is not as challenging as those of Kanchenjunga or Everest. So, it is perfect for those who want to experience the ultimate 8000+ meter climbs.
Usually, the Manaslu Expedition takes about 7 weeks to complete. In addition, you get to travel through a picturesque trek of the Manaslu Base Camp at 4400m altitude. Compared to peaks like Cho Oyu (8,188 meters), or Shisapangma (8,027 meters), climbing Manaslu is equally challenging in terms of technical conditions. But, it is a good climb before attempting a serious technical 8,00-meter mountain. At 8,163 meters, climbing Manaslu Expedition is about as technical and challenging as others. Similarly, The descent route is slightly different. This way, the climbers can get to know a larger part of the region surrounding Mount Manaslu. What is more, varying routes help keep up the curiosity and your spirit high.
Who can do the Manaslu expedition?
The Manaslu Expedition is not some walk in the park. So, you have to be very careful about the climb. Similarly, before deciding to climb the Manaslu peak, first, make sure you meet all the requirements. Your walk should be moderate to strenuous; this will be helpful for the journey. You have to be in good shape, healthy, fit, and passionate about the trek with good stamina and a never-give-up attitude. Mostly, the trek or climb is for almost eight hours a day. Similarly, you should be familiar with the atmosphere of the high altitude. Manaslu is less challenging than the other 8000+ peaks like Cho Yu or Everest. But, the technical difficulty is the same.
Important Article: How to Handle Altitude sickness while climbing in Nepal
Furthermore, you should be ready for the icy and rocky territory. Technical mountaineering equipment is all-important in the expedition. In addition, it can be a great choice as preparatory training in preparation for the Everest expedition. Similarly, while climbing here you will get a beautiful view of breathtaking nature on the route. While you are on this walk you might fall victim to Altitude sickness. So, make sure you drink enough water. Similarly, make sure you acclimatize properly otherwise it will be difficult for you to continue the expedition.
Why Manaslu Expedition?
Manaslu Expedition is a very popular expedition in Nepal. While climbing here you will get a stunning view of other high peaks of Nepal. Similarly, it is the easiest eight-thousanders in the world. Likewise, you can choose different routes as it provides you with six different routes for the climb. Furthermore, you will get a breathtaking view of the natural beauty around the route. You will get to experience beautiful local culture and people. Similarly, it is a good pick for your first 8000m expedition because the trails are easy compared to other 8000m peaks.
In addition, you will get to explore different villages along the route. Additionally, you will get to explore the Manaslu Base Camp and its beauty. Similarly, you will feel a sense of adventure during the trek. Many tourists annually climb on this expedition as it is the easiest yet technically challenging climb. Similarly, it is an incredible chance for mountain lovers and climbers to climb eight thousand plus peak summits. The Manaslu Expedition is a pristine view of snow-capped mountains including Manaslu and Himalculi.
- Explore local culture
- Easiest eight-thousands plus peak in the world.
- Get a breathtaking view of the surrounding
- Professional and experienced Sherpa guides
- Variety of routes to trek in
- Observe different villages on the ascent and descent routes
- A good pick for a first-time 8,000-meter climb
- Feel the sense of adventure during the expedition
- Experience the natural beauty of the place
- View abundant flora and fauna of the place
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
Today is the first day of your expedition. So, today your airport arrival representative will pick you up and you will either be at hotel Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. Where the hotel staff helps you settle in the hotel.
Preparation and briefings at Departments of Tourism
On the second day, you will be doing the necessary preparation for the journey and you will be given a briefing at the department of tourism and start doing the necessary shopping for the climb after all the work at the department. Similarly, you can do last-minute shopping and get every essential thing to you for the expedition.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (950m/3117ft) 7hrs. Tea house/camping
Today we will drive from Kathmandu to Arughat which takes around 6-7 hours. After reaching Arughat we will rest there at a tea house. Similarly, the whole journey from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 7 hours. Similarly, while you are on the journey you will see abundant flora and fauna of the place. There we will be resting at the local tea house and spending the night. The tea house will provide you with great hospitality.
Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola (1165m/3822ft) 5hrs. Tea house/camping
After having a good night’s sleep at the comfortable tea houses of Arughat. We will start the trek from Arughat to Sotikhola. Furthermore, this trek will give you a great view of the surroundings. Most importantly, you will travel through colorful nearby villages at a height of 3822ft. Similarly, this trek lasts 5 hours. Furthermore, during this trek, we provide lodging facilities to our consumers. In addition, the teahouses there are also very comfortable and suitable. While you are here you will experience the good friendliness nature of the local people.
Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola(1330m/4364ft) 6hrs. Tea house/camping
Today we trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola at an altitude of 1330m. During your trek here you will travel through some beautiful Tamang and Sherpa villages. You will also explore the culture of the local people. Similarly, we will see different rare plants. Likewise, you will see different domesticated animals such as yak. Furthermore, the clean and beautiful water at Sotikhola will make you realize the beauty of nature. Similarly, after the completion of our journey, we will be resting at a comfortable tea house. You can also enjoy local foods at the tea house.
Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat(1350m/4430ft) 4hrs. Tea house/camping
Today, we start our trek to Jagat from Machhakhola which takes around 4 hours. At an altitude of 4430m. During this trek, you will travel from some uphill climbs. Likewise while trekking here you will see a lot of domesticated animals like yaks and donkeys. Similarly, we will get a chance to explore various rare plants. In addition, you will pass through a beautiful jungle. Furthermore, this trek is done at high altitudes so make sure you are hydrated. In addition, Machhakhola is very beautiful. If you want you can even do fishing in the river. Furthermore, after reaching Jagat we will provide you with a suitable and comfortable tea house facility for your accommodation.
Trek from Jagat to Dang(2300m/7546ft) 6-7hrs. Tea house/camping
After having a good night’s sleep at the tea houses of Jagat. We will continue our journey to Dang. Dang is a remote area of Nepal. While you are at Dang you will see the different cultures of Nepal. The journey from Jagat to Dang is mostly uphill but in some places, you should do some downhill climbs too. Similarly, on this journey, you will see different beautiful mountains and a scenic view of the surrounding. In addition, this trek is done at 2300m high altitude. Likewise, this trek is done for 6-7 hours. After reaching Dang we will be resting at a comfortable tea house in a comfortable bed with good hospitality. Similarly, you will have some famous local dishes.
Trek from Dang to Namrung(2550m/8366ft) 6hrs. Tea house/camping
Today we will head towards Namrung from Dang at 2550m altitude. These places have their qualities. It gives you a beautiful view of the surroundings and the nearby peaks. Between Dang and Namrung you will see the different biodiversity. Similarly, you will also pass through some beautiful jungle. Likewise, you will also see some domesticated animals such as yaks and donkeys. In addition, you will get stunning glimpses of the beautiful mountains of Nepal. Furthermore, after walking 5-6 hours we provide you with a relaxing tea house facility where you can have a good night’s sleep. Similarly, when you are at Namrung you will see the beauty of the Nepali Himalayas which will add to your unforgettable experience of the Manaslu Expedition.
Trek from Namrung to Lho (3150m/10334ft) 5hrs. Tea house/camping.
Today you will trek from Namrung to Lho. The trek takes you about 4-5 hours. Similarly, this trek is at 3150m. Likewise, during this trek, you will be in love with its nature. This trek is also very entertaining. This trek can be twice as fun if you travel here during the spring and autumn season. In addition, we provide you with comfortable tea houses where you can rest and enjoy the local’s hospitality. Likewise, you will have some local food with some western food at Lho.
Trek from Lho to SamaGaun(3780m/12401ft) 4hrs. Tea house/camping
Today you will trek from Lho to SamaGaun. The trek takes you about 4-5 hours. Similarly, this trek is at 3780m. Likewise, during this trek, you will be in love with its nature. This trek is also very entertaining. This trek can be twice as fun if you travel here during the spring and autumn season. In addition, we provide you with comfortable tea houses where you can rest and enjoy the local’s hospitality. Likewise, you will have some local food with some western food at SamaGaun. The locals at SamaGaun are very friendly and helpful. While you are in this village you will get a lot of knowledge about the local culture.
Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gaun (3780m/12401ft) Tea house/camping
Today is the eleventh day of your expedition. It is an important day for your expedition because today you will get familiar with the environment and the temperature of the surrounding which will help you on your further journey. In addition, to all that you will also get a chance to visit Sama Gaun(Gaun means Village). Similarly, while you are at the tea houses you will get to observe the local traditional food with some western foods. Here you will get to know the tradition of Sherpa and Tamang ethnic groups. Similarly, after having a wonderful time at the hotel you will go towards the attractions of Sama Gaun and in the evening you will rest in a comfortable lodge that provides you great hospitality during your stay. So, make sure you enjoy your stay there and enjoy the glimpse of Mount Makalu which will make you realize the worth of this expedition.
Trek from Sama Village to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m/15420ft) 4hrs. Camping at base camp
On the 12th day, we start our trekking journey from Sama Village after having an entertaining night at the place. At the end of this trek, we will reach Manaslu Base Camp at an altitude of 4700m. Similarly, the journey from Sama Villag to Manaslu Base Camp is very fun. In addition, during this journey, you will see the different Himalayas and snowy peaks. Most of the trek from Sama Gaun to Manaslu Base Camp is uphill with some exceptions of downhill climbs. Similarly, after you reach the Base Camp you will see a stunning view of Manaslu Peak which will make you realize the worth of this Expedition. Furthermore, after 4 hours of the long walk, we will be camping at the Manaslu Base Camp for the night.
Climbing period. (8163m/26781ft.) Camping.
From day 13 to 31 we will have a climbing period of 18 days at Manaslu Summit at an altitude of 8163m. Similarly, we will be camping for Accommodation.
Preparation to return to Kathmandu. Clean base camp (4700m/15420ft)
After having a climbing period of 18 days at the summit. On day 32 we will prepare our return from the base camp to Kathmandu. Similarly, on day 32 we will be cleaning the Base Camp.
Trek from Base Camp to Sama Gaun (3780m/12401ft) 3hrs. Tea house.
Today on day 33 we trek from Manaslu Base Camp to Sama Gaun after a light meal in the base camp. The trek is mostly downhill. So, we need to be very careful heading to lower altitudes. On this return journey, we will be seeing the beauty of Sama Gaun from above. Likewise, You’ll begin descending to the other side and climb down the rocky ridges to reach Sama Gaun. This trek takes around 3 hours at an altitude of 3780m. Overnight at Sama Gaun. in addition we will be spending the rest of the night acclimatizing for the upcoming return journey.
Trek from Sama Gaun to Namrung(2550m/8366ft) 6hrs. Tea house/camping.
Today, on day 34. After spending a night at Sama Gaun. We will head to Namrung after a light breakfast in the morning. Similarly, we will use the trekking route which is popular among trekkers. Likewise, we will travel through some stony trails and ridges, and you will cross a few streams on your journey to Namrung. We will do this trek at an altitude of 2550m. In addition, this trek lasts 6 hours. After we reach Namrung, we will spend a good night at the comfortable teahouse of Namrung.
Trek from Namrung to Philim village (2300m/7546ft-06hrs) Tea house/camping.
On day 35, today we will leave Namraag and then trek to Philim village. During this trek, you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the place. Similarly, you will also see various flora and fauna of the place. Likewise, this trek is 6 hours long. Furthermore, after your trek, you will be resting at a very suitable lodge in Philim village. Similarly, you can visit the attractions of Philim village and explore the village and its culture.
Trek from Philim Village to Machakhola(1330m/4664ft) 6hrs. Tea house/ camping
Today, we start our trek from Philim Village to Machakhola which takes around 6 hours. At an altitude of 4664m. During this trek, you will travel from some uphill climbs. Likewise while trekking here you will see a lot of domesticated animals like yaks and donkeys. Similarly, we will get a chance to explore various rare plants. In addition, you will pass through a beautiful jungle. In addition, Machhakhola is very beautiful. After we reach Machakhola we will rest there for a night. You will get great local dishes there.
Trek from Machakhola to Arughat (950m3117ft) 8hrs. Tea house/camping.
After having a good night’s sleep at the comfortable tea houses of Machakhola. We will start the trek from Machakhola to Arughat. Furthermore, this trek will give you a great view of the surroundings. This trek is mostly a downhill climb. Most importantly, you will travel through colorful nearby villages at a height of 3117ft. Similarly, this trek lasts 8 hours. So, make sure you take small breaks during the trek. Furthermore, during this trek, we provide lodging facilities to our consumers. In addition, the teahouses there are also very comfortable and suitable. While you are here you will experience the good friendliness nature of the local people.
Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu (1350/4429ft) 7 hrs.
Today, on day 38 we will be leaving Arughat and heading toward Kathmandu. Similarly, this journey takes 7 hours. You will be provided a tourist minibus for your travel. So, you can enjoy the surroundings from the bus and recall your adventure on Manaslu Expedition.
Free day & shopping in Kathmandu; Farewell-Celebration
Today is the second last day of your trek. So, today you will be shopping in Kathmandu. Similarly, you will have a farewell celebration dinner with a culture program in the evening. Where you will experience different cultural foods with some cultural traditions.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.
Today is the last day of your expedition. So, your airport departure representative will leave you at the airport for your final departure. Similarly, until your flight has not arrived you can visit Kathmandu city as well.
- Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
- Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- Permit All necessary paperwork: Pumori climbing Permit from NMA, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS CARD & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee.
- Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
- Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
- Map: Trekking and climbing map.
- Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla and while returning Lukla - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
- Climbing Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu to Lukla (by air cargo) and to Base camp (by Porters)– While returning: Base camp to Lukla (by porters) and Lukla to Kathmandu (by air cargo).
- Member Luggage: Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- Food and Lodging: 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
- Porter: Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
- Climbing Sherpa: Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
- Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
- Oxygen Bottle (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge).
- High camp service: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for members, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for members, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- Light: Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
- Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- Valley Sightseeing: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Certificate: Pumori climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Pumori successfully).
- Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee is USD 60 per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is USD 120.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs, other costs.) Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- Filming: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
- USD 25 for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
- Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
- Tips: Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
- Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Best Time For Manaslu Expedition
Manaslu Expedition is a 40 day-long expedition. So, you have to be very careful choosing the right time to do the expedition here. Similarly, the perfect time to visit this place is during the autumn and spring season. During this time of the year the climate, temperature, and weather are stable and suitable in Nepal. Besides, if you travel here during this time of the year you will fully enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Therefore, if you travel here during this time then it can double your fun and experience. However, this trek also can be done during the monsoon season. Similarly, if you travel here during the off-seasons then you might not be able to find suitable weather to travel and enjoy the surroundings.
The Difficulty of the Manaslu Expedition
There can be a lot of difficulties if you climb at a higher altitude. Therefore, you have to be very careful preparing your trek. Similarly, the trek to Manaslu Base Camp is very troublesome. Likewise, you can face a lot of difficulties climbing here. The most common difficulty that you are going to face while trekking here is high altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a condition when your body has shortness of breath and dizziness. Similarly, if you travel here during overripe seasons then there might be a shortage of suitable porters and accommodation facilities. Likewise, if you travel here during the winter season then you might find slippery trails which can hamper your journey. In addition, if you do this trek in the rainy seasons then the climate and weather can affect your journey.
Travel Insurance is compulsory while you do any kind of climbing. Furthermore, your travel insurance covers your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property e.t.c. Most importantly, check with your insurance company that your adventure and climbing above 3000m are covered. If you haven’t taken any insurance policy, then it would be difficult for us to operate your rescue mission.
Meals and Accommodation for Manaslu Expedition
In Kathmandu, we normally provide a 3-star hotel with the facility of breakfast, lunch, and dinner but you can upgrade it as per your wish. Similarly, while climbing we provide you with the most comfortable tea houses with hot showers, toilets, western food, and private rooms. Likewise, the tea houses provide you with their local foods. They also provide you with Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner facilities as you wish. Most importantly, they also provide food in sufficient quantities. Likewise, the local food at higher altitudes is mostly cheaper than the western foods because most of the local dishes are produced from local farms. Whereas for western food, they have to import it from the cities which adds to the cost of the foods, So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases. And, all kinds of hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, alcoholic drinks, hot shower, laundry, phone bill, bar bill, hot water, etc are not provided. But, it can be adjusted according to our consumers’ wishes. But, at higher altitudes Nepali and Western foods differ in price. Where western food is more expensive than local food.
Climate and Weather of Manaslu Expedition
The climate and weather of the Manaslu region keep changing. Similarly, the weather is unpredictable. So, you have to be ready for any challenge it bestows to you during the trek. The best time to do this expedition is during the spring and autumn season. During this time you will be traveling in a clear sky and beautiful weather. A lot of tourists climb here during this time. Similarly, during the spring season, you will find the best value for your climb. However, this can also be done in the monsoon season. If you do this expedition during autumn of the year then you will fully enjoy the environment, temperature, and weather. During this time the weather is also very stable for climbers. The Spring season consists of March, April, and May. in which April is the warmest month of the year. This season is best if you want to travel in pleasant weather and a suitable climate. But it usually gets cold at night due to the drop in temperature. However, the time of spring usually remains warm and the trail gets clean after the long winter. In addition, the time of spring and autumn provides glorious scenery of the surrounding and high peaks which adds up the fun to your Manaslu expedition. Similarly, if you visit here at the right time then you will not be a victim of any diseases that certainly. Likewise, the way also gets easier which reduces the possibility of injury during the trek. So, make sure you choose the right time for the trek.
Safety and Security for Manaslu Expedition
The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. Similarly, while trekking at Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit. Likewise, we carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers on the lodges and during the trek as well. Therefore, you feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek, you should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.
When is the best time for the Manaslu Expedition?
Autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are suitable for Manaslu Climbing. However, it is possible in monsoon seasons too.
How difficult is the Manaslu Expedition?
The Manaslu Expedition is difficult. But, almost anyone can complete it with the help of a guide. You just have to be confident and believe in yourself.
How much will it cost to climb the Manaslu Expedition?
The average cost of the Manaslu Expedition is about USD 4500 per person for a 40 days itinerary.
Can you climb the Manaslu Expedition alone?
It is not possible. Similarly, this trek would be very difficult for a single person. So, we would recommend hiring a guide.
Do I need a climbing permit for the Manaslu Expedition?
Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Manaslu Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Can you have altitude sickness on the Manaslu Expedition?
Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Manaslu Expedition. So, you should drink a sufficient amount of water.
What is the food price at Manaslu Expedition?
Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
How many hours do I need to walk per day at Manaslu Expedition?
You usually walk about 5-6 hours on most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and
Can I carry children on the Manaslu Expedition?
It is an unwise decision to carry your children with you to the Manaslu Expedition. But, exceptions are made if they are old enough then you can take them with you following necessary protocols.
Is the Manaslu Expedition trail crowded?
Usually, the walking trail is not crowded but it is generally jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking season.
What will happen If I get sick during the Manaslu Expedition?
While climbing it is possible that you feel uncomfortable. But, don’t worry, your guide will be there for you.
Is charging my phones and batteries possible in the route of the Manaslu Expedition?
It is certainly possible to charge your phones and batteries in the tea houses and lodges during your trip to Manaslu Expedition but they might charge you some money.
Adriana Boomsma Australia
What an amazing place, great guides as well. I couldn’t have asked for more! They had the best English guides with them that I met! They had a fun-loving attitude that made each day exciting, especially in the latter stages of the trek when they just wanted to finish!!! I perhaps spent a little more than I would have liked but I guess I have assured the services of a good guide. Thanks for making a great trek and unforgettable. Adriana Boomsa Melbourne Australia.