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Manaslu Expedition

Mount Manaslu (8163m) was first climbed by a Japanese expedition in 1956. The name of the mountain comes from the Sanskrit word “manasa” meaning “intellect” or “soul”. The name of the sacred lake Manasarovar near Mount Kailash in Tibet also has the same root. Just as the British lay claim to Mount Everest, so the Japanese, who were the first to conquer Manaslu, consider this peak as their own. During a trek back in 1950 H. W. Tillman and Jimmy Roberts were the first to photograph Manaslu. However, the first serious exploration was conducted by the Japanese during an expedition in 1952. The Japanese made their first serious attempt to summit the mountain in 1953, approaching from the Buri Gandaki valley.

In 1954, villagers from Sama Gaon prevented the second Japanese team from attempting an ascent, accusing the previous team of causing an avalanche that destroyed a monastery. Instead of Manaslu, the expedition headed for Ganesh Himalayan. Despite a substantial donation for the reconstruction of the monastery, subsequent Japanese expeditions – including the one in 1956 that reached the summit – were met with hostility and distrust. The next successful ascent by the Japanese was in 1971. An attempt was made the same year by a South Korean team. In 1972 an attempt by a Tyrolean expedition ended tragically with the death of two team members. At the same time, a South Korean expedition was attempting the northeast face, but an avalanche killed four Koreans, one Japanese and ten Sherpa’s. Manaslu is a beautiful and very popular mountain that climbers approach with a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity.

Itinerary

Day 1

Airport meeting & transfer to hotel

Day 2

Expedition briefing & leisure time in Kathmandu

Day 3 - Day 7

Trekking to Sama village from Besisahar

Day 8 - Day 10

Sama village, acclimatization

Day 11

Sama Village – Manaslu Base camp

Day 12 - Day 35

Climbing Period for Manaslu 8163m

Day 36

Base camp – Sama village

Day 37 - Day 40

Trekking to Besisahar

Day 41

Kathmandu

Day 42

Departure day

Dates & Prices

August 28th, 2021
Spots available: 6 11500 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?

To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking & climbing. Here’s what’s included:

  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • High-altitude Sherpa – 1 for 1 member
  • Oxygen cylinders “POISK” – 3 items / one climber
  • Expedition Doctor in BC
  • Stationary radios in BC and walkie-talkies
  • Top Out oxygen masks and reducer (only for use)
  • Climbing Permit
  • Bus for transfer and truck for the loads to Besisahar and back
  • Accommodation in lodges & food from Besisahar to BC and back.
  • All necessary porters for personal equipment  from Besisahar to BC and back
  • Hotel in Katmandu 3*,  for 4 nights in double rooms (BB)
  • Food in the BC – 3 times a day and tea time.
  • Tents for the participants and maintenance staff in the BC and ABC
  • Fully equipped camps in the BC and ABC
  • Fully equipped high camps / tents, food, gas, oxygen cylinders …/
  • Electricity generators and solar panels in BC
  • First-aid set
  • Nepalese cooks & kitchen-boys in BC
  • Gas-cylinders (250gr.) only for high camps
  • Tents for the high-altitude camps
  • Ropes
  • Ice screws
  • Walkie-Talkie
  • 1 Team T-shirts & 1 team soft shell jacket

 

What does not included in the price?

  • Flight to/from Katmandu
  • Personal equipment for the ascent
  • Lunch and dinner in Katmandu
  • Tips for the maintenance staff & Climbing Sherpa’s
  • Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance.
  • Re-entry visa for Nepal
  • Extra personal high-altitude Sherpa
  • Extra nights in Hotel in Katmandu

Our entire high-altitude Sherpa’s have Manaslu experience.
They bring all shared equipment, high camps food and oxygen cylinders in high-altitude camps and accompany team all the way from ABC to the summit.

Extra expenses

Extra nights in Katmandu – $30 per person
Personal extra jeep from Kathmandu to Besisahar and back – $200
Helicopter from Sama Gown to Kathmandu (per person+30kg load) – $600
Extra mask and regulator (1 sets) – $350
Extra oxygen 4L bottles “POISK” (1 items) – $350
Delivery extra oxygen 4L bottles to high camps by Sherpa’s -$100 per 1 items

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses.

What’s the hiking to BC Manaslu like?
Daily we walk from village to village about 6 hours. During the walk to the BC we will have two acclimatization climbs in order to be ready for the final ascent to BC Manaslu.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need a high level of fitness level. Your professional mountain guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. To join the Manaslu team you will need to have extensive mountaineering experience. This should include previous high altitude experience of at least 6,000 m, mixed with a multitude of Alpine mountaineering. We have found that those who have previously been to a 6,000-metre summit have a considerably better chance of getting to the top of Manaslu. Although fixed ropes will be used where appropriate, expedition members must have the ability to climb mixed ground graded AD, or equivalent.

Climbing on Manaslu is dangerous at any time. Noon can give you 100% guarantee of your safety at altitude above 7000m and especially above 8000m. So we include in price personal high altitude Sherpa-guide for summit attempt. It is useful, especially if you have no previous experience of climbing above 6000m. This will several times multiply your safety and chances on successful summit.

What do I need to bring with me?
All expedition equipment will be provided. For the rest of your trip, we recommend you bring:

  • Duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag – 2 items
  • Term-a-rest  – 2 items
  • Personal items for washing
  • Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12)
  • Rucksack 70-80 liters
  • Rucksack 35-40 liters
  • Harness
  • Prussic rope
  • Karabiners with screw gate lockers – 3 items
  • Jumar (ascender)
  • Telescope ski poles
  • Thermos x 3
  • Rappel device
  • Ice Axe
  • Head lamp
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera and accessories
  • Personal crockery for high camps
  • Trekking shoes
  • Boots of “Everest” Millet type
  • Down jacket + down trousers (or down overalls)
  • Gore-Tex jacket with wide hood
  • Gore-Tex trousers (better semi-overalls)
  • Wind stop jacket
  • Wind stop trousers
  • Jacket “Polar Tec – 100” – 2 items
  • Warm underwear – 2 sets
  • Personal underwear
  • Polar Tec gloves – 2 pairs
  • Thinsulate gloves
  • Thinsulate mittens – 2 pairs
  • Warm thermo socks – 4-5 pairs
  • Balaclava
  • Warm hat
  • Wind stop face mask
  • UV glasses SP 4
  • Ski goggles
  • Gaiters

What is the doctor like?

We will have Doctor in BC. We provide a big expedition first aid kit with all the necessary medicine, but we also recommend that you bring your own specific medicine.

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional guide and support by local Sherpa guides.

What is the Sherpa guide like?

All our Sherpa guides have Manaslu experience. High altitude Sherpa carry all shared expedition equipment above BC. They establish the high camps and take all tents, dehydrated food, gas cylinders, gas stoves, kitchen utensils, snow shovels and ropes there. Personal oxygen cylinders are carried out by our expedition Sherpa’s. They bring one 4-liters cylinder to 6900m; bring two 4-liters cylinder to 7450m per climber.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and freshly cooked hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese, chicken and Yak meet, local tea, honey, eggs, rice, pasta, fruit and vegetable. In high camps we will provide boil-in-the-bag backpacking food, energy food etc… We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this expedition is September and October.

What’s the weather like?
Autumn season (or post-monsoon season) is the best period to climb Manaslu. In Autumn average temperature in BC is around 5 degrees Celsius. During the ascent from BC to the top average temperature is around minus 10 degrees Celsius, but on the summit day can be 25 degrees Celsius below the zero. In Manaslu region the weather is very changeable. Every day we get new weather forecast by Internet and choose the best period for acclimatization and ascent.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of four or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.