Manaslu is one of the most spectacular peaks to look at, and a pleasure and an enticing challenge to climb.

Trip Overview

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).

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

    Trip Highlights

    • The 8th highest mountain in the world
    • Trek into base camp through the ‘valley of 1,000 waterfalls’
    • A magical part of Nepal
    • A special climb in itself, but also great preparation for a climb of Mt Everest

    Trip Facts

    • Price starts from

      USD 19,500

    • Advanced Mountaineering


      Advanced Mountaineering

    • Duration

      37 Days, 36 Nights

    • Activity

      Expedition, 8,000m+

    • Max. Altitude


    • Destination


    • Trip Start


    • Trip End


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    Difficulty level

    Advanced Mountaineering

    Advanced Mountaineering

    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.

    Trip Notes

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    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Day 2

    In Kathmandu (Personal and team preparation, briefings)

    Day 3

    Drive to Arughat

    Day 4

    Trek to Liding

    Day 5

    Trek to Machha Khola

    Day 6

    Trek to Dohban

    Day 7

    Trek to Philim

    Day 8

    Trek to Deng

    Day 9

    Trek to Namrung

    Day 10

    Trek to Samagaon

    Day 11-12

    Acclimatisation in Samagaon

    Day 13

    Trek to Manaslu base camp

    Day 14-15

    Acclimatisation and puja in base camp

    Day 16-24

    Rotations to Camp 1-3

    Day 25-26

    Rest in base camp

    Day 27-33

    Summit push and summit, return to base camp

    Day 34

    Pack up base camp and trek to Samagaon

    Day 35-36

    Helicopter to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu

    Day 37

    Depart Kathmandu

    Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

    Package Details


    4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu eg. Hotel Radisson or Hotel Tibet, Lazimpat (or similar), airport transfers to hotel (and back to airport), welcome team dinner, all necessary climbing and trekking permits, team transport in Kathmandu, helicopter flight out from Samagaon at expedition end, experienced expedition leader, government liaison officer fee, all meals and accommodation during trek to base camp and return, porter service to carry up to 60kg personal gear to base camp, fully serviced powered base
camp (including personal tent, heated dining tent and communication tent, full satellite communication system (pay per use), all meals/snacks and hot showers), 2-way radio system for guides to communicate between camps, team of climbing guides to set up and stock higher camps, climbing guides to assist to carry personal gear to higher camps, all meals and tents above base camp, minimum 1:2 guide: client ratio on summit day, O2 allowance with quality delivery system, high altitude wilderness first aid kit, transport of group equipment to base camp, all group climbing equipment supplied, all other charges for route setting and two complimentary expedition duffels for client to use and keep.


    International flights to and from Kathmandu, tips and summit bonuses for climbing guides, tourist visa fees, meals in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, laundry, internet), personal transport in and around Kathmandu, travel insurance (including early departure and mountain search/rescue) and personal climbing gear, helicopter flights not expressly included (at client option).

    Meet Our Expert Team

    No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

    Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

    Managing Director

    Lakpa Sherpa


    Chhiring Sherpa

    UIAGM / IFMGA Guide

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