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Manaslu Expedition (8,163m) – 40 days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration40 Days
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn
  • Max Elevation8,163m
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • TransportationFlight & Private vehicle
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel & Standard Teahouse
  • StyleTea House & Camping
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek & Climbing Period
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

The 8163m tall Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain on earth. Manaslu in local dialect means ‘the mountain of spirit’. It lies in Central-Western region of Nepal in Gorkha district.

The mountain was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition team led by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa. The team followed the North East route to reach the summit. Since then the Mountain has been climbed by hundreds of climbers using six different routes. South Face and North East Col are regarded as the most challenging technically.

The mountain features thick snow cover, moraine and glaciers and long exposed ridges. The risk of avalanche is relatively higher in Manaslu. Prior experience of climbing at least one 8000m mountain is a must. Base Camp is set up at 4800m, Camp I at 5700m, Camp 2 at 6400m, Camp 3 at 6800m, Camp 4 at 7500m before the final launch for the summit. The summit provides breathtaking views of the tallest Himalayan peaks.

The first week will involve trekking through Manaslu Conservation Area, which is a restricted area. You will have a rare opportunity to interact with villagers, visit Buddhist monasteries and learn about Nepali culture.

We provide highly experienced Sherpa guides to make your expedition successful. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are the best period to attempt the climb.

Highlights of Manaslu Expedition

● Climb Manaslu, the eighth tallest mountain in the world

● Trek through restricted Manaslu region

● Appreciate rich natural biodiversity of Manaslu Conservation Area

● Visit traditional villages and Buddhist monasteries

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.

● Five nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accomodation in a tea house during the trekking trails.

● Full board meals during trek & climbing period– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa climbing guide (Expedition Leader), porters and supporting staff.

● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.

● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Manaslu Expedition.

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Manaslu expedition.

● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Manaslu climbing expedition.

● Insurance for all staff

● All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent, etc

● Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Manaslu expedition

● Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on the Manaslu expedition.

● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.

● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment

● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.

● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Personal Climbing Gears.

● Meals in Kathmandu.

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Rescue and evacuation

● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.

Equipment & Gears

1. Clothing
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
● Raincoat

2. Footwear
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Gaiters
● Flip-flops
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks

3. Handwear
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens

4. Headwear
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Buff
● Balaclava
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles

5. Climbing Gears
● Helmet
● Ice Axe
● Crampons
● Harness
● Carabiners
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Ascender/Jumar
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles

6. Backpacking
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover

7. Accessories
● Water Bottles
● Headlamp
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter

8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment

Accomodations, Meals & Group


All accommodations for the Manaslu expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.

We offer two types of accommodations on this trekking and expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a 3-Star Hotel (could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trekking trail you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.

All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.

Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail as well as climbing period too.


For the Manaslu expedition there will be a license holder, professional climbing sherpa guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this expedition for groups of any size.

Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 10 people.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our staff will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Mountaineering briefing at Tourism Ministry and Final preparation

Today you will visit the Department of Tourism where the official representative will offer you a briefing about do’s and don’ts of mountaineering. Rest of the afternoon your mountaineering guide will make final logistic preparation. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (950m)

After early breakfast, you will start the 7-8 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Soktikhola. The initial journey will follow Prithivi Highway, winding through rivers, green hills and villages before turning off towards Arughat in Dhading district. The rest of the road is not in good condition. Enjoy views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal peaks along the way. Overnight in lodge.

Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola (1165m)

Enjoy breakfast and then get your backpack ready. Begin your trekking up the Budhi Gandaki River, following a forested trail over beautiful views of hills and forests. It takes around 2 hrs on a leisurely walk to arrive at Sotikhola. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 5: Trek from Sotikhola to Maccha Khola (1230m)

Today your trekking starts after a warm breakfast. The trail passes scenic terraces and villages and follows a suspension bridge hanging on to a cliff. Cross a forested path and then a suspension bridge before following Buri Gandaki river. Stay overnight in Machha khola.

Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m)

The trek leaves Maccha Khola and shadows a local stream. Khorla Besi is the first Gurung village you will encounter before arriving at a natural hot spring. The trail then crosses Buri Gandaki River and climbs to Dobhan. Trace the Buri Gandaki river bank up to Jagat where there is a checkpost of Manaslu Area Conservation Project. Stay overnight in Jagat.

Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Deng (2300m)

After breakfast you will get back on the trail that ascends a ridge leading you to Salleri. Ahead is Sirdibas village which opens up to a stream which you will cross on a bridge to step to Phillim. Enjoy the sight of waterfalls near Ekle Bhatti and further up through Bamboo forest to stop at Deng village. Stay overnight in Deng.

Day 8: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2550m)

You will continue to follow the Buri Gandaki River, stopping briefly at Bhi and Bhijam villages. Enter through a forest for a while and appear in the Buddhist village of Prok on the other side. Another 1 hr hike from here will reach Namrung. Enjoy the beautiful view of Sringi Himal from here. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 9: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3150m)

Today you head up to Lho village, which is a Tibetan settlement. The trail goes back and forth of the Buri Gandaki River, in between passing through rhododendron and fir forests and one Namrung village. In another hour’s trek you will arrive at Nupri village which is a habitat for pure Tibetan stock of people. Here you will find culture and customs similar to that of Tibet. Enroute passes through villages of Lho and Sho with a backdrop of Himalchuli, Ganesh and Manaslu range. Explore Ribum Gompa in the evening. Stay overnight in Lho.

Day 10: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon (3780m)

You will reach another milestone on your trek today by reaching Sama or Sama Gaon. The trail goes steadily along a rather arid landscape abruptly stopping at Shyaula village. The views of Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal appear on the horizon. Stay overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon

This is the day you will utilize for acclimatization. You can either hike to Pungyen Gompa or for a longer option a trek to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp at 4900m). Stay overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 12: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m)

Today you will begin your journey to Manaslu Base Camp. Follow the instructions given to you by your trekking guide. The glaciated path is a mix of rock and moraines. Enjoy the great view of Mt. Manaslu from the base camp. Overnight in Camp

Day 13-31: Manaslu Climbing period

Day 32: Preparation to return to kathmandu and Base Camp cleaning

Day 33: Trek to Sama Gaon (3780m)

The trail descends all the way to Samdo for about 2 hr. The route passes through birch forest and approaches near the Tibet border. Samdo is marked by a traditional archway called Kani. The stunning view of Manaslu will leave you spellbind. Stay overnight in Samdo.

Day 34: Trek to Namrung (2550m)

You will be descending to a lower altitude today. The views of terraced hills and lush forests will follow you. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 35: Trek to Phillim (2300m)

Enjoy an easy descending trek all the way to Phillim. The village scene and terraced fields will continue to mesmerize you. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 36: Trek to Macchakhola (1330m)

The descent from Ghap to Macchakhola is pretty straightforward. Overnight in Macchakhola.

Day 37: Trek to Arughat Bazar (950m)

This is the last day of your trek. You will return to Arughat Bazar by afternoon leaving the rest of the day to rest and relax. Overnight in lodge

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m)

Following breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive back to Kathmandu. Take a private vehicle at Syange and follow Prithivi Highway winding through rivers and green hills. By late afternoon you will arrive in Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 39: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 40: Final Departure

According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.