Standing as a relatively isolated 8000m peak in Nepal’s central mountain region, Manaslu (8,156m) is the world’s 8th highest mountain. Like Cho Oyu, it’s a great mountain to test extreme high altitude climbing before taking on the challenge of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. Manaslu is largely a non-technical climb when compared to other 8,000m peaks. However, its avalanche-prone slopes mean that careful climbing is required throughout the expedition. Extensive knowledge of the mountain, sound leadership and strategy offered by Expedition Base put you in a position for success on this commanding peak.
Your Expedition Base experience will see you trekking in from the village of Arughat, which at an altitude of only 530m is subtropical! The trail to Manaslu closely follows the Budhi Gandaki river, and weaves through Gurung farming villages, bamboo forests and countless waterfalls during summer, before climbing steeply into high alpine Bhotia villages inhabited by Tibetan descendents. This expedition has an all-round experience! This expedition will summit Manaslu via the North-West ridge by placing four high camps above base camp. The most technical section is through the icefall between Camps 1 and 2, with some potential for serac fall in certain conditions. The remainder of the route is relatively straight forward, with increasing steep sections from Camp 3 to the summit.
In addition to trekking into this amazing mountain, for those who are short on time, we have a heli ingress option available. For those who elect to avail themselves of this option, the start date in Kathmandu for 2019 is 6 September 2019. The revised trip cost for heli ingress option is from $US20,500pp (current to October 2018).
This trip is for experienced mountaineers. The trip will involve challenging trekking, advanced mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 8,848m, depending on the mountain. You can expect to experience some serious heights, some ledges, and exposure to steep terrain. For this trip, you want to have an advanced level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own- body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4-5 times per week for the period of around 6-12 months before this trip, building on your already sound fitness. Weight training is also strongly recommended. Training on uneven terrain is strongly recommended. By registering for this trip, you likely already know what you need to do but wherever we can help, we will.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2In Kathmandu (Personal and team preparation, briefings)
Day 3Drive to Arughat
Day 4Trek to Liding
Day 5Trek to Machha Khola
Day 6Trek to Dohban
Day 7Trek to Philim
Day 8Trek to Deng
Day 9Trek to Namrung
Day 10Trek to Samagaon
Day 11-12Acclimatisation in Samagaon
Day 13Trek to Manaslu base camp
Day 14-15Acclimatisation and puja in base camp
Day 16-24Rotations to Camp 1-3
Day 25-26Rest in base camp
Day 27-33Summit push and summit, return to base camp
Day 34Pack up base camp and trek to Samagaon
Day 35-36Helicopter to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu
Day 37Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.