“Experience, explore and enjoy the expedition of the 8th highest mountain, the Mt. Manaslu over 8000m on earth with the well-organized and professional team of Snowy Horizon in both spring and autumn seasons of the years.”
Mt. Manaslu a part of the Nepalese Himalayas in the Gorkha massif with an altitude of 8163m is the world’s eighth highest peak. It is also known as Kutang. The location of this mountain peak is Mansiri Himal in the Gorkha district of Nepal. “Manasa” in Sanskrit means “Mountain of the Spirit” and is converted to this Gorkha’s highest peak Mt. Manaslu as "intellect" or "soul". This Mt. Manaslu is situated about 40 miles east of Mt. Annapurna in Kaski District. Manaslu is an imposing mountain being of 3092m in prominence it extends from the crops cultivation area to the area permanently covered with snow and ice; hence it looks like a serrated wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky. Manaslu's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape.
Manaslu region is located in Central Nepal and was opened to trekkers only in 1991. But lots of mountaineering expedition teams had access for a long time. In 1950 a group headed by H.W. Tilman trekked this area for the first time and ever since then this area has been quite popular among tuff trekkers. This area is still restricted to a limited number of groups and only organized trekkers in groups can trek in this area. Manaslu region was very remote and rescue was very difficult. However, these days it had been improved and an easy excess of helicopter evacuation has been permitted and trekkers and climbers can be assured of their safety in case of emergency.
Even though Mt. Manaslu is located in a remote and isolated area and the first photographs were obtained only in 1950 by a British expedition, it was surveyed for climbing by a Japanese expedition in 1952 and after a few attempts between 1953 and 1956. Manaslu was finally climbed by the Japanese in 1956. This Japanese team had all female members which introduced the first women successor to climbing over 8000m peak. Mt. Manaslu Expedition requires about 6 weeks duration due to the long approach to reach the base camp of the mountain. However, we can use a helicopter transfer to make an expedition shorter if required.
This Manaslu Expedition was considered one of the most dangerous mountain climbing activities in the past and is now converted into one of the easy and less technical attempts in the autumn season of the year. The benefits of professional rope fixing and trail-making facilities have been provided through our organization “Expedition Operators Association” EOA for the last few years which makes climbers an easy and comfortable climbing experience in Mt. Manaslu. This is why Snowy Horizon Expeditions team has been regularly organizing the fixed Departure Snowy Manaslu Expedition in the autumn season of each year whereas we have only optional and requested expedition projects in the spring season. In spring we suggest choosing this trip by the experienced climbers only.
The trek into the base camp of Manaslu is absolutely breathtaking and takes you back in time when all the Himalayan mountains were approached on foot. We have 2 options for the trekking route on Manaslu Expedition these days. Taking the opportunity of the first option, the trek starts from Dharapani of Manang district after the 2 days drive from Kathmandu via Besishahar at about the elevation of 1300m and gradually trekking up to Larkya La pass (5216m) via Bhimtang from where the restricted trekking area begins. After Larkya La Pass you trek down to Samagaon on the 3500m elevation via Dharamshala and Samdo which is the human settlement considered the pre-base camp of the Mt. Manaslu Expedition. Then in one day, you can easily approach the ABC (Advance Base Camp). You can use the Samagaon-Arughat route of trekking while returning which means you are completing the Manaslu circuit trekking by either side along with the climbing to the Manaslu summit. It is a perfect way to acclimatize before base camp is reached and to take on climbing relatively quickly since you are going to be experiencing the 5216m elevation beforehand. The second option is as in the past that we were using the trek which starts at a low elevation of 950m in Soti Khola via Arughat after 6/7 Hours drive from Kathmandu and rises gradually over next 7 trekking days. From the village of Soti Khola situated in the low country, the trek climbs through narrow gorges, rhododendron forest and local pastures to emerge into the higher alpine country with Tibetan influences.
The Advanced Base Camp (ABC) (4800m) is located at the lateral moraine of the Manaslu Glacier and it can be reached within 7-8 days' trek or there is also the option of flying into Samagaon or ABC by helicopters from Kathmandu on your advance demand.
01 Sep: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and Hotel transfer.
02 Sep: Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities.
03 Sep: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (950m-6 Hrs.), lodge.
04 Sep: Day 04: Drive to Dharapani (1300m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
05 Sep: Day 05: Trek to Tilje (2300m-6 Hrs.); Lodge.
06 Sep: Day 06: Trek to Bhimtang (3590m-6 Hrs.); lodge.
07 Sep: Day 07: Rest & Acclimatization Day in Bhimtang, lodge.
08 Sep: Day 08: Cross Larkya La (5215m) and trek to Shamdo (3875m-10 Hrs.), lodge
09 Sep: Day 09: Trek to Sama Gaon (3780m-3 Hrs.), lodge.
10 Sep: Day 10: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m-4 Hrs.), set camping.
11 Sep-02 Oct: Day 11-32: Climbing period; summit Manaslu (8163m), full camping.
03 Oct: Day 33: Preparation for return to Kathmandu; Clean Base Camp.
04 Oct: Day 34: Trek back to Sama Gaon, lodge.
05 Oct: Day 35: Trek to Namrung (2550m-5 Hrs.), lodge.
06 Oct: Day 36: Trek to Philim village (2300m-6 Hrs.), lodge.
07 Oct: Day 37: Trek to Machha Khola (1330m), lodge.
08 Oct: Day 38: Trek to Soti Khola Drive to Arughat (950m), lodge.
09 Oct: Day 39: Drive to Kathmandu, 7 hours; hotel accommodation (BB Plan).
10 Oct: Day 40: D-Briefing, rest and contingency day, farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
11 Oct: Day 41: Transfer to the airport for final departure.
25 March: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and Hotel transfer.
26 March: Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities.
27 March: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (1165m-6 /7 Hrs.) via Arughat (950m), lodge.
28 March: Day 04: Trek to Machhakhola (1330m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
29 March: Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1350m-6 Hrs.); Lodge.
30 March: Day 06: Trek to Ngyak (2300m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
31 March: Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2550m-6 Hrs.), lodge.
01 April: Day 08: Trek to Syalla village (3150m-5 Hrs.), lodge
02 April: Day 09: Trek to Sama Gaon (3780m-4 Hrs.), lodge.
03 April: Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gaon, lodge.
04 April: Day 11: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m-4 Hrs.), set camping.
05 April-30 April: Day 12-37: Climbing period; summit Manaslu (8163m), full camping.
01 May: Day 38: Preparation for return to Kathmandu; Clean Base Camp.
02 May: Day 39: Trek back to Sama Gaon, lodge.
03 May: Day 40: Trek to Namrung (2550m-5 Hrs.), lodge.
04 May: Day 41: Trek to Philim village (2300m-6 Hrs.), lodge.
05 May: Day 42: Trek to Machhakhola (1330m), lodge.
06 May: Day 43: Trek to Sotikhola Drive to Arughat (950m), lodge.
07 May: Day 44: Drive to Kathmandu, 7 hours; hotel accommodation (BB Plan).
08 May: Day 45: D-Briefing, rest and contingency day, farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
09 May: Day 46: Transfer to the airport for final departure.