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Manaslu Expedition

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Join in the wilderness adventure of Manaslu Expedition in Nepal and reach to the summit of Manaslu Mountain which is the 8th highest mountain of the world with its 8163m height. Manaslu Trek progresses through the Manaslu Mountain Existing in the central western Nepal just about 40miles east of Annapurna Mountain. The premises of Manslu Mountain are included in Manaslu Conservation Area which is blessed with several rare species of flora and fauna. It is also the home for snow leopard and panda.
Manaslu Expedition allows the rare experience of climbing the long ridges and stroll through the glaciers valley. There are many approaches to the summit of Manaslu Mountain. Among these paths, the trail escalating from the southern face of Manaslu Mountain is considered the toughest of all. It was in the year 1956 that the first successful ascend to Manaslu Mountain was made afterwards which it has been drawing the attention of many climbers in every season. Climbers usually break their Manaslu ascend into four camps.

We are currently offering 50days Manaslu Expedition Package. Autumn is best season to climb Mount Manaslu. After taking 8hrs of drive to Arughat, we will move in and out of small settlements of Jagat, Syalla and Sama village to Manaslu Base Camp. We will reach summit after crossing through four high camps. Lowering down from the summit, we will retrace our route back to Arughat and drive back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary Outline:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 & 03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
Day 04: Drive to Arughat via Dhading
Day 05: Trek to Soti Khola
Day 06: Trek to Machha Khola
Day 07: Trek to Jagat
Day 08: Trek to Ukawa
Day 09: Trek to Ngyak
Day 10: Trek to Namrung
Day 11: Trek to Syalla Village
Day 12: Trek to Sama Village
Day 13: Rest at Sama Village
Day 14: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp
Day 15- 41: Climb Manaslu Mountain and return to Base Camp
Day 42: Trek back to Sama Village
Day 43: Trek to Namrung
Day 44: Trek to Philim
Day 45: Trek to Machha Khola
Day 46: Trek to Soti Khola
Day 47: Trek to Arughat
Day 48: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 49: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 50: Departure
 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Manaslu Expedition is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day 02 & 03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
First two days are dedicated in exploring Kathmandu valley and preparing for Manaslu expedition. We will take half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Manaslu Climbing requires approval from Nepal Government. We will receive approval from Ministry of Tourism.

Day 04: Drive to Arughat via Dhading:
Early in the morning, we will take 8hours of pleasant drive to Arughat. The journey stretches through Dhading Besi. Dhading Besi is the district Head quarter of Dhading. Leaving the main trail, our journey progresses through the off- the- beaten track. Driving continues for about 2hrs to Arughat Bazaar where we will stay overnight.

Day 05: Trek to Soti Khola:
Trek begins along Budi Gandaki River for about7hrs to reach Soti Khola. The trail follows Budi Gandaki River for most of the day. Manaslu Expedition trekking route stretches through paddy fields and moves in and out of pretty small villages of Newar, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri and Magar ethnics to reach Soti Khola that exists near to Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 06: Trek to Machha Khola:
After brief descend, we will climb the hill to Almara from where the trail progresses through forest that is rich in alpine flowers to Riden Gaon. The trail stretches along Lambesi before lowering to the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. We will finally walk to Machha Khola and stay overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Jagat:
We will cross Machha Khola over the bridge and walk to Khorla Besi. We will also explore the natural hot spring at Tatopani. Water in this hot sprout is believed to possess medicinal value. We will lower down through forest to Dovan and proceed further to pretty village of Jagat.

Day 08: Trek to Ukawa:
After leaving Jagat, we will make our trail through Manaslu restricted Area. The trail leads us to Ukawa. The trail is mostly escalating. We will walk further through the green forest and meadow that is rich in Himalayan wildlife like Thar. Exiting from the forest, we will arrive at Ukawa.

Day 09: Trek to Ngyak
We will take seven hours of early morning walk to Ngyak. The trail stretches through the ridge which offers striking views of Shringi and other peaks and mountains. We will reach the clear area where we will set the camp and stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek to Namrung
Descending trail from Ngyak will take us to Namrung in about 7hrs. We will cross the stream and reach the base of hill. After climbing the hill, we will walk past the mani walls and cross the settlements to Namrung. We will prepare our camp and stay overnight in Namrung.

Day 11: Trek to Syalla Village
We will take the short hike to the hill and enjoy the sunrise view over Sringi and Ganesh Himal. Lowering back to the camp, we will take the breakfast and walk past the stone gate and Mani walls to Lho. Moving in and out of Lho village, we will reach another culturally rich highland village of Syalla.

Day 12: Trek to Sama Village
Leaving Syalla village behind, we will enjoy the views of peaks and walk through pine woods. It takes 6hours of easy trek to take us to Sama Village. The route offers striking view of Manaslu Mountain. We will pay homage to Sama Gompa and stay overnight at Sama village.

Day 13: Rest at Sama Village
It is our first day of acclimatization. We can either take side trek to Sama village or Birendra Tal. Exploring the glacier across the valley can also be the exciting adventure.

Day 14: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp
Leaving Sama village behind, we will chase the rocky path for about 7hrs to reach Manaslu Base Camp. We will reach to the foothill of Manaslu Mountain and look for the clear area where we will pitch our camp and stay overnight. Makalu BNase Camp offers scenic views of several mountains in Nepal.

Day 15- 41: Climb Manaslu Mountain and return to Base Camp:
15th to 41st days are dedicated to climb and lower down from Manaslu Mountain. We will listen to the instructor and practice to climb the mountain for few days before actually climbing the mountain. We will pass through High Camps to the summit and return back to Base Camp. Climbing equipments like crampons, ladders and cables are required to climb to the summit of Manaslu Mountain. We will enjoy the gratifying views of mountains in Nepal from the summit.

Day 42: Trek back to Sama Village:
After clearing the Base Camp of Manaslu from the litter that our team created, we will lower down through the rock strewn path to Sama Village where we will stay overnight.

Day 43: Trek to Namrung:
We will walk through the forested ridge and move in and out of dispersed settlement to Sama Village. We will cross Syala Village and Lho to reach Namrung where we will stay overnight.

Day 44: Trek to Philim:
From Namrung, we will lower down to Gyapsa. Walking further, we will reach the Chautara where we will take rest in the shade of Peepal tree. We will cross Deng village and move through Eklebhatti to Philim. Philim is as far as we go for this day.

Day 45: Trek to Machha Khola:
We will reach Sirdabas in couple of hours from Philim. We will enter the valley and descend to Jagat. We will cross Jagat village and reach Dovan which is located at the confluence of the rivers. We will proceed through Khorla Besi to Machha Khola where we will stay overnight.

Day 46: Trek to Soti Khola:
After taking brief walk along the edge of Budhi Gandaki River, we will follow the escalating trail to Lambesi. The trail advances forth the small Riden Gaon and Almara to Soti Khola where we will stay overnight.

Day 47: Trek to Arughat:
The trail stretches through several scenic villages before arriving at Budhi Gandaki River. We will continue our trek to Arughat Bazaar where we will stay overnight.

Day 48: Drive to Kathmandu:
We will reach Dhading Besi after taking 2hrs of bus drive from Arughat. 8hours of drive from Dhading Besi will be enough to shift us to hotel in Kathmandu where we will stay overnight.

Day 49: Free Day in Kathmandu:
It is the free day. You can spend the day as you wish. Either take rest in the luxurious room or go for shopping in Thamel.

Day 50: Departure:
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • All accommudation in camp, 
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Climbing sherpa and ass. sherpa  with insurance 
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Four nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Expiditions permit 
  • Manaslu Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 50 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent
Seasons : Autumn
Type: Modarate
Activities : Hiking and Climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Manaslu Expedition Trip Highlights

  • Manaslu Mountain which is the 8th highest mountain of the world with its 8163m height.
  • Manaslu Trek progresses through the Manaslu Mountain Existing in the central western Nepal just about 40miles east of Annapurna Mountain.
  • We are currently offering 50 days Manaslu Expedition Package.
  • Autumn is best season to climb Mount Manaslu.

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