Boasting at an incredible height of 8,163m, Mount Manaslu sits between Mt. Everest and Annapurna massif and is the 8th highest mountain in the World. Since its first summit in 1956, Manaslu has been attracting a lot of mountaineers with its sheer beauty and the delight of the climb. Located in Mansiri Himal region of the Nepalese Himalayas, Manaslu is a utopia to mountaineers who pursue the bona fide thrill of scaling a summit. Manaslu Expedition demands painstaking climbs which are worth every bit such that you walk for the sheer pleasure of doing it.
Manaslu expedition is the best choice for those who are preparing an attempt to summit Mt. Everest (8848m) in the spring so fall is regarded as the most suitable season to climb Mt. Manaslu (8163m). With lakes, glaciers, massive gorges and snow-capped mountains, the Manaslu is a platter of landscapes which is bound to leave you speechless. The Ganesh Himal (7,422m), the Langpo (6,668m) the Himalchuli (7126m) and Siringi (7,161m) will keep us company as we make our way along the Budhi Gandaki River. This expedition has followed the acclimatization guidelines to keep us fit along the way. Acclimatization is very important to maintain a good health, it is advised that we stroll around and take small hikes to better deal with the high altitude and less oxygen. The Nurbis, Gurungs, Bhutias, and Tsum are the prominent ethnic communities in this region. We will see flat-roofed houses which distinctly portray Buddhist influence. The stupas, monasteries, Gompas and other religious structures give it a mystical feel to the environment. They are of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist origin which can be clearly seen in this region. The prayer flag is again very abundant in this region along with the multiple prayer wheels. The Manaslu region has a booming bio-diversity with numerous forests of a different kind and is the natural habitat of the shy snow leopard. A rigorous and demanding expedition, this is designed for experienced mountaineers.
Epic Adventures calls for the best in everything and that is exactly what we offer. With high-quality gear and experienced trekkers and porters, we at Epic Adventures are your best choice. Please feel free to walk to into our offices and check out the gears for yourself and meet the crew. All our staffs have been trained in mountain rescue and have spent numerous years at higher altitude
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5160 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the gateway to the Himalayas. You will be received at the Tribhuvan International Airport by our staff and transferred to the hotel. You can rest after the long journey to Nepal.
As our expedition is a long and difficult one, it is very important that we pick up all the necessary equipment, food supplies, and medical supplies in Kathmandu before we head out. Our guide will complete the formalities including all the permits and procedures for tomorrow’s trek. In the evening, you can enjoy Nepali cuisine in a restaurant in Thamel.
Highways on the outskirt of Kathmandu are notorious for the traffic, so it is suggested that we leave early in the morning. This drive will be on winding hilly roads and next to the rivers of Nepal. On reaching Arughat, you can have the best views of Ganesh Himal range. Arughat is the beautiful village of Newar and Gurung community.
We can either trek or drive to Soti Khola and we will decide which option to choose and then make our way. We will be walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki River and pass through beautiful villages like Arkhet Bazaar and Kuerepani which are largely inhabited by Magar and Gurung community. Then we will arrive in Sotikhola. Overnight in the lodge.
This trek is a beautiful one, we will pass through waterfalls that are popular among the people. The rich biodiversity of this region can be felt here. After reaching Machhakhola, the northeast face of Ganesh Himal (7422m) is seen which awes you to crave for more of similar enchanting views. You can roam around the village then stay overnight in the lodge.
As the altitude slowly rises, we will be making our way to Jagat. The clear Budi Gandaki with its many winding turns will still provide us company. We will pass through villages like Khorlabeshi, Dunla and then we finally reach Jagat village. From here, the magnificent view of Sringi Himal (7161m) can be seen.
Today’s walk will take us to a higher altitude while we walk on a relatively flat surface. The Ganesh Himal (7422m) towering above us is a wonderful scene to see as we walk past many small settlements which resemble the sets of old Tibetan movies. On reaching Deng, you will have a beautiful view of a Gurung village with Mani walls along with the background of Siringi Himal (7161m).
Multiple paddy and buckwheat fields pave our way as we continue to move towards the mighty Manaslu (8163m). The suspension bridges that we cross are the lifeline of the people of the Himalayas. This region is also famous for its potatoes which we can try in small eateries. After arrival in Namrung, our permits are checked and you can enjoy the beautiful sight of Ganesh Himal (7142m) and Siringi Himal (7161m).
Following winding paths with magnificent views of the mighty mountains, we will make our way to the village of Lho. There is a Tibetan monastery here which is up for exploration. We can immediately feel the cold harsh winds here and must remain warm. From Lho, Mt. Manaslu (8163m) can be seen very clearly along with mountains like Khayang (6168m) and Samdo (6335m).
Walk to Sama Gaun is the last major stretch of the walk we do before reaching the Base Camp. We can relax and spend our day next to the crystal clear Budhi Gandaki River and rest for days to come ahead. Samdo Gaun is one of the larger villages of this area.
We cannot stress enough, the importance of acclimatization in high altitude expeditions. And to do so we will spend one more day at Sama Gaun. It is advised that we walk around and take short hikes so as to get used to the thin air and altitude.
We will walk our way towards the Base Camp now and gain a lot of altitudes today. We will walk slowly and steadily and must inform the guides immediately if we feel sick and are unable to continue further. The high altitude does not suit many people so precaution is mandatory.
The Climbing period lasts anywhere from 15-20 days depending upon weather conditions and various factors. During this period, we will make multiple journeys to reach Base Camp 1 (5260m), 2 (5600m), 3 (6800m) and 4 (7450m) and return to Base Camp to further acclimatize and make ourselves familiar with the landscape and so on. The porters and the guides are the backbones of any successful expedition and we must give them credit for their hard work and determination. We must also be wary of altitude sickness at all times as it can be life-threatening. The summit of Manasalu cannot hold more than a few people at a time so we must proceed slowly and steadily towards it. On the climbing day, we have to wake up early and walk towards the summit. The paths will be slippery so we have to walk very carefully across the snow-covered ridges towards the summit. On reaching the summit, stunning views of mountains like Manaslu North (7157m), Naike Peak (6211m) and other peaks can be seen. After having a truly captivating moment here, we will return to the base camp.
As a lot of waste is being accumulated in the Himalayas, we clean up the mess we have made and pack up to make our way back to Kathmandu. A responsible climber should always take care of the mountains and revere its spirits.
Following similar path we will make our way back to Sama Gaun, only this time we will have a different experience to take with us from the land of the Himalayas. As we descend to the beautiful human settlement, we continue to relive the fascinating journey that we undertook. The mountains keep watchful eyes upon us as we follow a trail that goes downhill.
The walk after any successful summit is one that is filled with gratitude and a new found respect for the people who dwell in high altitude. Keeping these thoughts in mind we make our way to Namrung. We head down the path laid with dirt and sparse grass. Descending from alpine to forest valley along with the Chortens, we will arrive in Namrung village.
From Namrung, we will cross the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and continue walking towards the beautiful villages like Ghap, Deng, and Nyak towards Philim. The villages are largely inhabited by Gurung community and you can observe the lifestyles of these people while you maintain a steady pace. Philim is a beautiful Gurung village and here you can visit Chhoyoling Sandy Gumba.
We will walk down towards Machha Khola today. The path leads us through mix forests and the trail is filled with abundant wildlife to entertain you throughout the walk. Passing through beautiful villages along with the views of the splendid Sringi Himal (7161m) and Ganesh Himal (7422m) in the background, we will arrive at Machhakhola. Overnight in Machhakhola.
Today we will descend along the beautiful villages like Khanibesi, Lapubesi, Soti Khola and Mangaltar towards Arughat. Here you can enjoy your last day in the Rolwaling region observing the cultural diversity of Gurung and Newari community whilst admiring the harmony between the ethnic groups. You can enjoy the best Newari and Gurung cuisines on this last day of the trek.
We leave for Kathmandu early in the morning to avoid traffic and follow the same highway route as we came through. After your arrival in Kathmandu, have some rest in the hotel and you can roam the streets of Thamel and enjoy the nightlife there.
Reflecting back upon the expedition, we will relax in Kathmandu today. There are multiple spas where you can get good treatments to further relax your sore body. We can also spend the evening shopping, trying out the local delicacies and shop for souvenirs for you take back home. You are free to spend the day as per your own discretion.
Our representative will drop you at the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. We hope to serve you again in the future.