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Manaslu Expedition

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Trip Overview of Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu expedition offers a unique possibility to experience a fairly “untouched” place of Nepal. It lies in fantastic splendor along the border of Nepal and China. Manaslu 8,156 meters, (also known as Kutang) is the 8th highest mountain in the world. It is in the Kali Gandaki valley of the Nepal Himalayas. Its name, which means that “Mountain of the Spirit,” comes from the Sanskrit word.  “Manasa,” meaning “intellect” or “soul.” Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. members of a Japanese expedition. Having a vast range of altitudinal and climatic variations. The Manaslu expedition is also provides a beautiful and diverse habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The journey of Lamjung district Manaslu region’s legendary mountain Mount Manaslu is enjoyable and tough. Beginning from Gorkha Budi Gandaki Valley River, crossings the snowbound Larkya La pass (5213m). Crossing via the Budhi Gandaki River and the villages of Machha Khola, Nyak, Jagat, Namur, Lho, and Sama Gaon, we reach to the base camp. Manaslu base camp is sincerely romantic due to the fact this region is filling-up with the rhododendron trees, fantastic hanging glaciers, and rugged icefalls. Manaslu region gives a spread of trekking alternatives. The famous Manaslu trekking direction of 177km skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna.

Manaslu expedition is in remote and quite difficult

Manaslu expedition is very remote, and rescue in this region is quite difficult. As a result, This is a possible wilderness area to live a leopard of snow. The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Manaslu’s lengthy ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in a top that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. Afterward the climbing route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Usually, four camps are setting during Manaslu climbing.

Manaslu expedition is famous among Japanese trekkers because most of the climbers who have successfully Climbed Manaslu are Japanese. Manaslu expedition is the new challenge for the Mountaineers, and the Manaslu expedition can be taken as a training expedition for the Mt. Everest expedition. Manaslu has not previously extensively been offered as a commercial peak, however for the autumn season, it is the best.

Manaslu Expedition - Trip Info

Duration: 59 Days

Grade: Difficult

Max. Altitude: 8,156m

Best Time: Autumn / Spring

Transportation: Private Car/Van/Plane

Activity: Trekking, Expedition

Location: Manaslu Himalayan Range

Start/Finish Point: Gorkha/Gorkha

Detailed Itinerary of Manaslu Expedition

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit, we will help you check your clothing and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits, etc. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.

This might be a rest day for you like all the trekking permits, and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.

The historical town of Gorkha is the traditional starting point for the Manaslu expedition. The bus ride to Gorkha follows the Kathmandu – Pokhara road as far as Abu Khaireni and then climbs 24km to Gorkha. Overnight spend in the lodge.

We walk today for about 6-7 hours. The trail separates from here north-east toward Budhi Gandaki river. We follow the right path toward Khanchowk bazaar for the night halt.

The route first enters the eastern part of Arughat, a large bazaar, and turns west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki. Soti Khola is a tiny village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Their trail crosses the bridge and treks through beautiful sal forests, then climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and follows a path blasted out of the vertical rock to Khorsane bari.

The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down through a large stand of nettles and passes tropical waterfalls. The path eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of LabuBesi. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860m from LabuBesi and climbing about 110m over a side ridge to bring you to Machha Khola village.

Crossing Tharo Khola reaches to Khorlabesi and climbing over a small ridge, make another steep climbing, the route reaches Tatopani (930m), which means ‘hot water.’ The trail climbs over another ridge and crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climbs on a wide, well-crafted staircase over the hill to Doban (1000m). Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat, which is a beautiful flagstone village.

We will walk up about 6-7 hours day, descending to the riverbed again. The old (west bank) trail goes from Ghatta Khola up to Pangsing, climbs to Ngyak (Nyak), a Gurung village perched high above the river at 2300m. This is one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here, you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m). Spend your night in a lodge.

There is a route from the bridge below the Bhi to Ghap that stays on the south bank of the river, passing through Prok (2380m) before rejoining the trail at Ghap. The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley and finally widens, offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forest and a collection of rock — overnight in lodge.

The trails make a severe and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests crossing the river several times. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki twice on wooden bridges above beautiful gorges before entering Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity powerhouse, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky.

You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, the trail enters the tightly packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. The Tibetan culture has influenced the areas of Lho due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result, you will find many monasteries, chortens, and mani walls.

Drop down to Damonan Khola, crossing it on a two-span bridge. The trail emerges onto a plateau at Whyalla (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli, Ngadi chili and Manaslu. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon, you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif.

Climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to Pungyen Gompa. You continue to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake at 3450m. Beyond the lake stevens and you need to be committed to climbing the 1200m (3-4hrs) to the Manaslu Base camp.

We will have the return of around 4hrs trek. We will again do short sightseeing at Sama village with early arrival from the Manaslu Base camp.

Retrace back to the same route to Nyak. It’s about a 5-6 hrs journey.

We will walk up about 6-7 hours day ascending to the riverbed again. Jagat is a beautiful flagstone village where we spend our night in the lodge.

We will cross Doban and Tatopani back to the same path to Jagat. It is full of amazing views all the way around.

Trek back to Arkhet from the trail passing through the Budhi Gandaki.

We walk today for about 6-7 hours. Today is the last day in the mountain region.

It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of the road.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. In the evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied by cultural shows in the Hotel.

Today is free or last minute; you have a few hours unique shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness), porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis), cook, helpers with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals for trekking and camping  (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All camping gears (water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent  etc) with High quality tents.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas etc.
  • Permits for Expedition
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking/climbing staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    59 Days

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  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2-10 pax

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Tented Camp

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  • Trip Difficulty

    Trip Difficulty
    Very Tough

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