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Mt. Manaslu Expedition 8163m.

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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: MMENP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Besisahar

Trek Days: 40 days

Peak Climbing Period: 20 days

Maximum Altitude: 8163m.

Age: 25-60 years

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Lodge and Camp

Service: Full Board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Sotikhola

Trip Durations: 45 days

Peak Grade: Extreme

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2-10

Theme: Expedition

Meals: Standard

Manaslu is the highest peak of the Gurkha massif, and is the eighth highest mountain in the world, has been successfully climbed with international joint expedition team in 1993 by our Excutive Director, Mr.Bhai B. Tamang.It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar.

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m.

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: None

Day 02 Rest and preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 03 Official works and Pre trip briefing by officers of Ministry of Tourism

Day is at leisure to make necessary preparation for your big adventure and process for the Government formalities. Check the equipment, last minute shopping. Team will need to go to Ministry of Tourism for the Briefing before expedition.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 04 Drive to Besisahar 760m., change of Vehicle and to Dharapani 1963m.

In this day will be a long hour drive. After early breakfast at the hotel, we start our road adventure to Besisahar which takes around 6 hrs drive. Once we reach there, we will change our vehicle to Local Jeep – load all the expedition equipment’s and bags. Then we continue to Dharapani driving on a mountain road which takes another 4 hrs off road drive.

Driving Hours: 8 to10 hrs 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 Trek to Kharche 2700m.

Today, after the breakfast, our walking adventure starts from Dharapani. We start our trek to Karche passing through beautiful villages; Tilche and Gho.

Walking hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 800 m

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 Trek to Bhimthang 3590m.

In this day, we climb up the valley through primeval forest until you reach the scree of the end moraine of the Bimthang Glacier, which you have to traverse beneath a steep slope. On a clear day, we can have a wonderful view over to the North and West Faces of Manaslu. The rest of the way we will follow a vegetated moraine ridge to the small summer pastures of Bimthang (3.700), a very idyllic place with landscape views.

Walking hours: 6 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 1050 m

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 07 Rest day in Bhimthang

In-order to increase your body adaption in high altitude and to be fit enough for further trip, we have a rest day at Bhimthang. We take a short hike to Ponkar Lake 4100m.

Walking hours: 3 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 400 m.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 Trek to Dharmashala 4460m./Samdo 3875m. by crossing Larkya La Pass 5160m.

Today, we start early as we have a long day walk. After an hour walk the ascent will get steeper and on the way enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding high mountains, Kang Guru (6.981 m), Gyachi Kang (7.074 m), Nemjung (7.140 m), und Panbari (6.905 m), before you reach the pass, lushly decorated with prayer flags. The descent on the other side is rather flat and easy but very long. Over the pasture of Larkya Phedi (4.460m) finally you reach the small hamlet of Samdo (3.850m) at the foot of the pass.

Walking hours: 9-10 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 1450 m./ loss: 1300m.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 Trek to Sama Gaon 3520m.

After the exhausting long walk yesterday, it is only a short stretch through the broad river valley of Buri Gandaki today, down to the beautiful village of Samagaon (3.520m). All of the time Manaslu (8.163m) has been towering majestically over you.

Walking hours: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 300 m.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Rest day in Sama Gaon

In this day we have a rest day at Sama Gaon. For the active hikers you have an option of taking a short hike to Pung Gyen Gumba – around 4/5 hrs walk which offers the impressive South Face of Manaslu.

Walking hours: 4 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 400 m.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Base Camp 4400m.

With fresh porters from Samagaon you will take on the steep ascent to your home for the next few weeks. Passing a scenic ice fall and through thickets of birch forest, you will reach a long moraine ridge that takes you all the way to basecamp (4.800-5.000m) at the foot of the enormous Manaslu Glacier. Upon reaching base camp; you are welcomed by our Base Camp staffs.

Walking hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss: Gain: 1350 m.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12-14 Manaslu Base Camp and Puja

Two days is at leisure to acclimatize your body. Our Climbing Guide Team will do the thorough check of the climbing equipment's, oxygen bottles & mask and safety equipment's.

Our base camp members will do necessary preparation for auspicious Puja Ceremony at Base Camp – offering prayers to Mount Manaslu for good weather.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Hike up to CAMP I 5260m. and return back to BC

Hike up to CAMP 1 and return back to BC. The route up to Camp 1 (5600m) involves climbing over glassy slopes, rocky moraine followed by a crevassed glacier with occasional small ice steps at 5500m.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 Rest day at Base Camp

Rest day at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Climb to Camp I 5260m. and spend a night there.

Climb to Camp 1 and spend a night there.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 From Camp 1, hike to Camp 2 (5600m) and return back to Base Camp 4400m.

The route / section between Camp 1 & Camp 2 is considered as the technical crux of the climb with rugged ice fall with fixed ropes and aluminum ladders climb for security at steeper sections.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19-21 Rest day at Base Camp

Rest day at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 22 Climb to Camp I 5260m. and spend the night.

Climb to Camp 1 and spend the night.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 23 Climb to Camp II 5600m. and spend the night

Climb to Camp 2 and spend the night.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 24 Hike up to Camp III (6800m) and return back to Base Camp.

Above Camp 2 the slopes ease off with the help of fixed ropes at irregular steep sections.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 25-28 Rest day at Base Camp 4400m.

Rest day at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 29 Climb to Camp I 5260m.

Climb to Camp I.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 30 Climb to Camp II 5600m.

Climb to Camp 2.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 31 Climb to Camp III 6400m.

Climb to Camp 3.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 32 Climb to Camp IV

Climb to Camp 4.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 33 Summit Mt Manaslu 8163m. and return back to Camp II 5600m.

Summit day finally takes you through relatively easy terrain and wide snow slopes. Two steeper steps are overcome with fix ropes until you reach the summit col and the exposed ridge to pre-summit and main summit. On a fine day the view is exceptional – you will see the range from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna in the west and all the way to Shisha Pangma in the east.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 34 Return down to Base Camp 4400m.

Return down to Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 35-37 In Base Camp. Packing up and cleaning the Base Camp

In Base Camp. Packing up and cleaning the Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 38 Decent trek to Sama goan 3520m.

We bid farewell to our Base Camp staffs and then continue trekking down to Samagaon.

Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 39 Trek to Namrung 2630m.

After breakfast you trek down to Namrung Village which takes around 6/7 hrs walk.

Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 40 Trek to Deng 1860m.


Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 41 Trek to Jagat 1340m.


Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 42 Trek to Maccha Khola 869m.


Walking hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 43 Trek to Sotikhola 700m. and drive to Kathmandu 1350m.

Trek down to Sotikhola and Jeep drive to Arughat and then continue driving to Kathmandu.

Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 44 Rest and debriefing day at the Ministry of Tourism

Rest day in Kathmandu. Debriefing at the Ministry. Evening farewell dinner at the selected local restaurant with all team members.

Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast


Day 45 Final Departure.

We say Namaste; for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Walking hours: 
Altitude gain/loss: 

Meals include: Breakfast


  • Arrival & Departure Airport transfers
  • 5 nights in Kathmandu Hotel on BB 
  • All ground transportation and cargo
  • Climbing Permit, National Parks,
  • 1 Government Liaison officer and Garbage Deposit Fees
  • 1 Trekking & Base camp Manager
  • 1 Cook and Kitchen helper at the Base camp
  • 85 kgs per member for personal Equipments
  • Porters to carry members equipment and Food & Group Equipment
  • All Nepali staffs' Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance
  • Lodge accommodation as per itinerary
  • All camping equiments for Base Camp & High Camp for member & Sherpa
  • 1 Solar Pannel for light & battery charge at Base Camp
  • 1 Gas heater for Dinning tent at Base camp  
  • 1 VE 25 North Face Tent per member at Base camp
  • Base Camp Food for member & for all our Nepali staffs
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa- Everest Summiter
  • High Altitude Food for member & High altitude Sherpa
  • 18 EPI gas  250mg / High Altitude Cooking Pot &  cooking Stove ,
  • 6 bottle oxygen with Mask & regulator for Member
  • 4 bottle oxyent with Mask & regulator High Altitude Sherpa 
  • 1 Satelite phone and Radio Walkie talkies set for Group Use
  • All necessary Climbing route equipments
  • First Aid Kit & 1 Gamow bag for group Use
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu


  • International Flight to Kathmandu Nepal
  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Travel,  Medical and rescue Insurance
  • All personal climbing equipments for ascent
  • High Altitude Sherpa Summit bonus US$ 2500 Per Sherpa, if Summit
  • High altitude Climbing Bonus US$ 1500 Per sherpa if not Summit
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu hotel
  • Tips for supporting staffs
  • Extra Yaks or porter & Extra Oxygen bottle (on request only)
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost if needed
  • and  All other personal nature expenses

Equipment List

• Climbing harness;
• One 3 metre/10 foot sling and three 2 metre/6 foot slings. • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
• 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
• 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
• 4 regular carabiners;
• Ice axe w/leash;
• Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
• Optional; Adjustable trekking poles;

Upper Body:
• 2 cotton t-shirts;
• 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
• 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
• 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
• 1 polar fleece jacket.
• Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
• Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in basecamp;
• For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood, you may prefer a down/duvet suit;

• 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
• 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

• Helmet;
• Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
• Balaclava;
• Face mask;
• Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
• Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
• 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
• Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
• Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions.

Lower Body:
• Cotton underwear briefs;
• 1 pair walking shorts;
• 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
• 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
• 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
• 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
• 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
• 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet) suit.
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

• 1 pair One-Sport Millet boots or equivalent;
• 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced basecamp;
• 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
• 1 pair down booties (optional);
• 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
• 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
• 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
• vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
• Cotton socks for in town.

• For high altitude, 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
• 1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
• At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
• 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
• 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
• Small padlocks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:
• female or male hygiene supplies;
• 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 15);
• anti-mosquito cream;
• 1 toothpaste/brush;
• 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
• hand wipes.
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:
• small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
• 1 skin blister repair kit;
• 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
• 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
• 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
• 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication,
• 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
• Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
• 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
• 1 set earplugs;
• Extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $ 20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested.
Personal Food:
Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in basecamp and advanced basecamp.
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
• We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 3-6 kilos is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
• 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
• 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
• 1 compass or GPS;
• 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
• 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
• nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
• 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
• 1 plastic cup and spoon;
• 1 small folding knife;
• binoculars (optional);
• 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
• passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
• separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
• dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts. Climbing members are requested to bring at least $1500 cash with them to Tibet.
• credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
• 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
• basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
• travel clothes for basecamp and in town.
• Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.
On Mountains, although some climbers wish to try it without, most members will prefer to have oxygen available and we only allow members to climb with the use of supplemental oxygen. Regarding oxygen, the cost is up to you. Some people want 1 bottle, others want 12. We suggest you bring five. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen. We have a 40% buy back policy bottles on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition. For more information about Oxygen,
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Group Equipment:
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

This Expedition equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.
Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@advzambuling.com

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