Manaslu Expedition Autumn 2017/2018/2019/2020 Itinerary
Aug 29: Day 1: Arrival and Hotel Transfer in Kathmandu.
The Snowy Horizon representative will assist for reception you from our International Airport (TIA) and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu as per agreed category. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in booked rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable.
Aug 30: Day 2: At leisure in Kathmandu and briefing and Preparing.
There will be time for us to explore the markets, shops and monasteries of this fascinating Kathmandu city. The expedition leader will also examine everyone's climbing equipment so that any shortfalls can be purchased in Kathmandu. The leader will attend a briefing with the Department of Tourism Industries (DTI) and obtain our Expedition permit.
Aug 31: Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (606m).
The Trekking guide will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up and take you for 8 hours driving journey to Arughat by public surface transport. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi about 3 hours is comfortable drive however from there to Arughat for another 4 hours the drive will be on dirt road. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation with full board will be at Arughat.
01: Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (712m).
This trek will follow the Budi Gandaki River today toward its point of origin takes about 6 hours to walk. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat River, we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. You camp today near the confluence of Soti River an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation with full board will be at Soti Khola.
02: Day 5: Trek from Sati Khola to Machha Khola (883m).
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara; pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budi Gandaki. Within in 5-6 hours walk you camp tonight at Machha River at Tented accommodation with full board.
03: Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,415m).
After crossing Machha Khola (River) and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where the checkpoint of your trekking permit is situated. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation will set at Jagat for today.
Sep 04: Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1,606m).
The trail now crosses the river and climbs over a rocky ridge to the settlement of Salleri. We continue up the side of a cliff, and then descend to Setibas, where several Mani walls indicate we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence. The trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola, and then heads over to the east side of the river to Philim. It takes 5-6 hours to walk.
Sep 05: Day 8: Trek from Philim to Ghap (3.200m).
Beyond Philim, the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge. We descend grassy slopes and cross the Budi Gandaki on a wooden cantilever bridge where the river is at its narrowest. The trail now hangs on a cliff, climbing over ridges and descending back to the river. The valley finally widens and it's a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng. We have now succeeded in crossing the main Himalayan Range, and the trail follows the Budi Gandaki Valley as it turns from north-south to east-west. This region is known as Kutang and is inhabited primarily by Gurungs who practice Buddhism takes about 5 hours walk. We head west up the Buri Gandaki Valley, contouring up and out of the canyon, then drop into the Shringi Khola Valley. More ups and downs eventually bring us to Ghap, a village of five or six stone houses. The Mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings, many of which depict the Buddha in various meditative poses and others of the Tibetan saint Milarepa, who is said to have travelled and meditated in this valley. This is our camping spot for tonight.
Sep 06: Day 9: Trek from Ghap to Namrung (2,670m).
Today, we head into the woods through fir trees alive with birdlife, including the monal, or impeyan pheasant, Nepal's colorful national bird. On the north side of the river is the Tom Khola, flowing in a deep gorge from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. There is a lot of trading between villages in this region and those higher in the valley and also with Tibet. In the middle of the forest we cross a wooden bridge spanning the Buri Gandaki, then make a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Namrung (2,670m). This village has lovely stone houses and a police checkpost that controls access to the upper part of the valley. (About 5 hours.)
Sep 07: Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Shya (3,530m).
Beyond Namrung we enter the Nupri Region, inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants. After passing through the villages of Barcham, Li, and Sho, we begin to get spectacular views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak at the head of the valley. The trail finally emerges onto a plateau at Shya (3,530m), one of the most spectacular view sites in the Himalayas, with wide vistas of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29), and Manaslu. We trek about 5 hours for this trek.
Sep 08: Day 11: Trek from Shya to Sama Gaon (3,541m).
From Shya, the trail crosses a ridge, enters and then exits a side canyon, then descends onto a rock-strewn moraine. From here we clamber across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,541m). Samagoan was the original Base Camp for Manaslu, though nowadays it is merely a staging post, and not occupied for the mainstay of the expedition. We will move our loads from here to ABC, and operate from this camp once everyone is acclimatized.
Sep 09: Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (3,541m).
This is the day for your acclimatization to prepare for further trekking up to the Manaslu base camp.
Sep 10: Day 13: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3,872m).
Re-energized following our rest day, we descend to the Budi Gandaki, which has now turned north again, and follow the trail to the Larkya La. Winding on a shelf above the river, the trail is at first good and easy, then gets rougher as it reaches a ridge where yak trains have ground it up. We continue to Samdo (3,872m), which is nestled behind a ridge. Today we only walk 3-4 hours and accommodate in camping.
Sep 11: Day 14: Acclimatization and walk up and down to ABC (4,750m).
We have the option of walking up to Pungey Gompa and the hill behind it, or heading all the way up to ABC. If there has been a lot of rain, there can be some difficult river crossings to get to ABC. ABC is the ‘Advanced Base Camp' for expeditions to Manaslu. It is sited in a well-protected location on moraines, spacious and flat with room enough several teams.
Sep 12: Day 15: Final move to ABC for Camping (4,750m).
Sep 13- Oct 08: Day 16-41:
Manaslu Summit Climbing Period
These days are the major climbing days for you to ascend the summit of most awaited Mt. Manaslu. After some day’s acclimatization and exercise you will be taken to the higher camps to be closer to the summit of (8,163m) where you will be provided food for high altitude. You are allowed to trek from lower camps to higher camps or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. Finally we wish for your success to reach in the summit. Here you get full board service with tented camp accommodation in all camps.
ABC to Camp One
You will face the easy rock scrambling with one straightforward step of 10-15 m below Camp 1. The rock is loose in places. Team members normally move together roped up 'Alpine style', though some sections might be fixed. Camp 1 is located in a superb position on a col. 3 - 4 hours time for climbing time.
Camp One to Camp Two
The route between camp 1 and Camp 2 goes up to couloirs and through an icefall, weaving between seracs with crevasses underfoot. This area is prone to avalanche collapse as well - usually outpouring at well-defined chutes, which can be crossed quickly. 4 - 6 hours climbing to camp 2. Fixed rope - approximately 500 meters required in short sections between camp 1 and camp 2 (including the section through the icefall).
Camp Two to Camp
The route to camp 3 goes up to an icefall and then weaves up onto the main slope. A rightward trending ramp, which can be very icy, is traversed and leads into camp 3. The climbing period between camps 2 to 3 is about 6-9 hours.
Camp 3 to Summit
(8,163m) and back to camp 2
The slope from Camp 3 is about 20 degrees behind camp, before steeping up to 30 to 40 degrees. In good conditions, this section does not need to be fixed. As you get higher the slopes get steeper and need to be fixed, first to the fore summit, then to the final highest summit, which is a steep pinnacle 150 meters away from the fore summit and 50 meters high. From the summit, the team will aim to return all the way to Camp 2. Anticipate an 8-12 hour round trip to the summit and back to Camp 2.
A ramp leads onto a plateau that is crossed to reach the summit. There can be heavy crevassing above Camp 3, requiring team members to move together roped-up, if the crevasses are covered. Some teams have become lost on the plateau in bad weather, meaning this section should be marked with wands at very frequent intervals, and GPS carried to mark the location of camps and key features. The summit ridge is exposed and is fixed with rope.
Clearly some significant but relatively well-defined areas of serac fall and crevasses fields, requiring caution and the use of appropriate strategies: speed, fixed rope, roping-up and navigation aids.
Oct 09: Day 42: Return trek to Samagoan from ABC after clean up the Camp.
Oct 10: Day 43: Trek from Sama village to Namrung (2670m), which takes about five hours, over night in the camp.
Oct 11: Day 44: Trek from Namrung to Philim village (1606m) which takes about four hours, over night in the camp.
Oct 12: Day 45: Trek from Philim Village to Macha khola (1330m), which takes about six hours, overnight in the camp.
Oct 13: Day 46: Trek from Machakhola, to Soti Khola (1165m), which Takes about five hours, overnight in the camp.
Oct 14: Day 47: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (950m), which takes four and half hours, overnight in the camp.
Oct 15: Day 48: Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu (1350m), which takes about seven hours, transfer to the Hotel.
Oct 16: Day 49: City tour in Kathmandu & Contingency day, dinner.
Oct 17: Day 50: Final departure, or alternative Join other activities.
Oct 09: Day 42: Helicopter to Kathmandu
Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu (please be aware that the flight relies on clear weather and is likely to be very early in the morning). We return to the welcome delights of the Summit Hotel, with its peaceful gardens, cool swimming pool, welcoming rooms and inviting bar. In the evening, we have our farewell celebration and expedition dinner for which the hotel bar is kept well stocked!
Oct 11: Day 44: Transfer for Final
This is the day that we are really missing you. We transfer you to the airport or any port for final departure or alternatively join other activities.
- the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
- the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
- For further information please read: How to book Trip in Nepal?
Elevation: 8,163m (26,763ft)
Location: Nepal/Manaslu Region/Lamjung District
Coordinates: 28°33′0″ N 84°33′35″ E
First Ascent: Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japan), May 9, 1956
Climbing Season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
Expd duration: 54 days (typically)
Climbing duration: 32 days (typically)
Group Size: 02-15 person per Group
- Climbing Equipment
- Climbing Permit & Cost
- Royalty Free Mountain
- Peaks Opened for Mountaineering
- Trekking Peak Permit
- Climbing Rules in Nepal
- Peak Climbing Guide
- List of Opened Peaks
- List of Unclimbed Peaks
Peak Climbing Question/Answers
What is trekking peak?
Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.
Who can climb a peak?
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
What is climbing permit?
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Do I need climbing permit?
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
Who will lead me during climbing?
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
Which is the best season for peak climbing?
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
What will be the food and accommodation?
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
How much time is generally required for trekking peak?
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
What is the cost of Peak Climbing?
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.