Duration: 47 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 8,163 m
Trekking Type: Expedition
Best Season: April and May & October and November
Attractions: Mt. Manaslu is the eighth tallest mountain in the world. With peculiarly shaped peak, it is considered to be one of the most interesting expeditions for seasoned mountaineers.
$ 13,000 USD
Manaslu expedition – An Exotic 8000m Climb in the Himalayas.
The Manaslu expedition is a complete climbing adventure of a 8000 meter peak in the fabulous Himalaya. It is the 8th highest mountain and is located in the restricted trekking region of Manaslu in mid west Nepal which unfolds the diverse landscape and challenging climbing experience. Manaslu Peak (8163 m) towers steeply above its surrounding peaks and is the most spectacular, dominant mountain when viewed from afar. The Manaslu expedition is much more technical and challenging than Cho Oyu and Sishapangma, so each climber has to have excellent physical and mental preparation as well as a high level of climbing proficiency and altitude adeptness at higher elevation. Mountain Monarch offers a complete service to maximize the success of achieving the summit of Manaslu.
We follow the Burigandaki valley trail up to Samagoan and our first acclimatization day is scheduled at 4600 metres before we head up to Manaslu Base Camp at 4750 m. On the Manaslu Glacier, we carefully follow the bamboo marker wands and use fixed ropes to cross the serious crevasses and dangerous sections. We make our Manaslu Expedition Camp 1 at 5700 metes at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier on a protected area.
Expedition Camp 2 is located at the safe section of the climb on a relatively flat area at 6400 metres although while at this campsite there can be a lot of snow accumulation. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is one of the shortest days and only takes around 3 hours. We make our Camp 3 at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the col to avoid the very strong winds so we ensure that all our tents are anchored properly. The route continues up the remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp 4 at 7400 meter which is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. Finally we have to traverse past sadly exposed remnants of former expeditions – smashed tents and dumped garbage – to reach the Summit Camp – a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hours climb.
Manaslu climbing expedition Summit Day starts in the late evening and the route heads immediately up a moderate slope from the summit camp before arriving at the first of the summit tables. The route climbs three separate levels before arriving at the final pyramid slope. From here another short steep slope below the immediate summit is climbed until we reach the pre – summit. The ultimate summit is reached by an exposed technical traverse for around a distance of 70 meters – this section needs to have fixed ropes in place. The climb from Camp 4 to the fantastic summit takes between 6-9 hours with 3-5 hours for the descent to Camp 4. Next day we return to Base Camp to end our successful attempt to climb magnificent Manaslu. We use trusted climbing tents on while on our challenging expedition climb to Manaslu Peak.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02/03: Rest/preparation
Day 04: Drive Soti Khola (775m)
Day 05: Trek Machha Khola (900m)
Day 06: Trek Jagat (1410m)
Day 07: Trek Deng (1860m)
Day 08: Trek Namrung (2660m)
Day 09: Trek Lho (3180m)
Day 10: Trek Sama (3530m)
Day 11: Rest/acclimatization
Day 12: Trek Samdo
Day 13: Rest/acclimatization
Day 14: Trek Base Camp
Day 15/38: Climbing period
Day 39: Trek Samdo
Day 40: Trek Dharamsala (4480m)
Day 41: Trek Bimtang (3720m)
Day 42: Trek Tilije (2300m)
Day 43: Trek Tal (1700m)
Day 44: Trek Syange (1080m)
Day 45: Drive Kathmandu
Day 46: Rest
Day 47: Depart Kathmandu
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