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Mount Manaslu Expedition (8,163M)


Overview The Mount Manaslu Expedition is a thrilling and challenging journey that takes adventurers to the majestic heights of the eighth highest mountain in the world. Mount Manaslu, standing at an impressive 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level. Located in the breathtaking region of Nepal, this expedition also offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience for mountaineers seeking to conquer its formidable summit. The trip begins in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where climbers gather and make final preparations before embarking on their expedition. After obtaining the necessary permits and equipment, the team sets off on a picturesque drive…

Overview

The Mount Manaslu Expedition is a thrilling and challenging journey that takes adventurers to the majestic heights of the eighth highest mountain in the world. Mount Manaslu, standing at an impressive 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level. Located in the breathtaking region of Nepal, this expedition also offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience for mountaineers seeking to conquer its formidable summit.

The trip begins in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where climbers gather and make final preparations before embarking on their expedition. After obtaining the necessary permits and equipment, the team sets off on a picturesque drive to the town of Soti Khola, where the trekking phase commences. The trail meanders through lush forests, picturesque valleys, and charming villages, providing trekkers with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and witness the stunning Himalayan landscapes.

Scaling Heights: Conquering Mount Manaslu’s Alpine Challenge

As the journey progresses, the trekking route gradually gains altitude, and the scenery transforms into a rugged and awe-inspiring alpine environment. Along the way, climbers will also encounter challenging terrains, including steep ascents, rocky paths, and snow-covered slopes, which require a combination of physical stamina, technical skills, and acclimatization.

After days of trekking, the team reaches the base camp of Mount Manaslu, where they set up their tents and prepare for the final phase of the expedition. The ascent to the summit demands exceptional mountaineering abilities as climbers navigate through crevasses, icy slopes, and unpredictable weather conditions. The awe-inspiring panoramic views from the summit also reward the climbers’ efforts, offering a sense of accomplishment and an indescribable connection with the surrounding mountains.

Safety is of utmost importance during the expedition, and experienced guides and Sherpas accompany the climbers, providing guidance, support, and ensuring the adherence to necessary safety protocols. The journey back follows a similar path, allowing climbers to reflect on their achievement and soak in the stunning landscapes one final time.

Conclusion and Summary

The Mount Manaslu Expedition is also a test of physical and mental endurance, requiring a high level of fitness, mountaineering experience, and determination. It offers a remarkable opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas and overcome personal challenges, leaving climbers with lifelong memories and a profound sense of achievement.

Trip Highlights


  • A pristine view of snow-capped mountains, including Manaslu and Himalculi
  • Eye-filling watercourses, glacial valleys, and gushing streams
  • Enchanting hilltops with indigenous vegetation to delve
  • Explore the unique culture and lifestyle of people in central Nepal
  • Pleasant walking pastures and awe-inspiring hamlets
  • Bird watching and scouting out forests for glimpses of animal

Itinerary Expand All


Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the Nepal Challenge Trek team representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. As soon as you complete your Nepal Entry Visa obtaining procedure, we will have a meet and greet and you will be transferred to the hotel (3-star to 5-star as per request) where you can rest and relax for the day.

Altitude: 1,350 m

Meals: N/A

Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel

The second day is allocated for official purposes to obtain necessary documents, permits, and conduct a briefing about the expedition we are heading towards. You may also go on shopping for some important items that you may need during the trip. Pack your bags well as we leave early the next morning.

Altitude: 1350 m

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3-5 Star Hotel

On this day, we wake up early and have our fulfilling breakfast. Then we drive to Aarughat in our private jeep enjoying the beautiful sceneries alongside the Highway. The drive will be for around 7 hours giving us a good need of rest. In Aarughat, we will rest overnight at a pre-booked comfortable teahouse.

Altitude: 1350 m

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

We start early from Aarughat after our warm and fulfilling breakfast. Traversing the mesmerizing villages with inspiring culture and traditions, walking past dense forests for about 5 hours, we reach Khanchok to rest overnight.

Altitude: 1000 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouses

Our next stop on this trail is Sotikhola. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River towards its point of origin. After passing several local villages and walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach Sotikhola to rest overnight.

Altitude: 1165 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

The trail from Sotikhola to Machhakhola is quite interesting and enchanting as we can feel the change in landscapes and ecosystem. With the views of eye-pleasing mountain peaks, unique landscapes, raging rivers, verdant forests, and heartwarming villages, our trek to Machhakhola will be the one worth remembering for the rest of our lives.

Altitude: 1230 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

After a warm breakfast, we start early at Machhakhola. We head up the gorge following the river, ascending and descending down the hills with dense forests, encountering all those unique landscapes, and gazing at marvelous mountain peaks throughout the walk. After trekking for about 4-5 hours, we reach Jagat to rest overnight.

Altitude: 1350 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

After our breakfast in Jagat, we will ascend towards the sub-tropical forests, cross small rivers and pass through memorable villages. The trail requires walking on rocky ridges then descending towards Ghatta Khola which then takes us to Philim where we cross the suspension bridge. We walk steadily to reach Ekle Bhatti then descend to remote, grassy slopes to cross Budhi Gandaki River, and finally reach Ngyak to rest overnight.

Altitude: 2310 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

On this day of the trek, we will slowly start feeling the gain in elevation. We walk slowly and steadily with fulfilling breakfast and lunch till we reach Namrung village at almost 2600 meters to rest overnight.

Altitude: 2600 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

Every day in the trek to the Manaslu Base Camp is so beautiful with the mesmerizing and exotic sceneries throughout the trail. As we trek uphill from Namrung through the lush forests, alpine vegetation, villages with ethnic groups of Manaslu Region, the major peaks start to appear in the distance. After about 5 hours of trekking, we will finally reach Syala Village to rest overnight.

Altitude: 3330 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

As we start gaining elevation on the trail, we slowly start getting awe-inspiring vistas of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli, as well as Mt. Manaslu. Passing through dense forests, encountering numerous stupas, and gazing at terraced barley fields, we reach Sama Gaon to rest overnight. Our next day will be for acclimatization at Sama Gaon as we reach the altitude of 3780 m.

Altitude: 3780 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

After acclimatizing at Sama Gaon, we head towards the base of the world’s 8th  highest mountain, Mt Manalsu. Set up at an altitude of 4700 m, the Manaslu Base Camp lies just above the Sama Gaon, offering the accessible rest point for mountaineers to prepare for the summit.

Altitude: 4700 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

The ultimate worth of the journey is achieved within these 25 days as by the end of this climbing period, we will have conquered the 7th highest mountain in the world. The itinerary for this period will be determined by the expedition leader and members as appropriate and flexible approaches need to be taken depending upon the weather condition as well as the preparedness of all the team members.

We will also spend a few days training all climbers with rope skills, crampons skills, skills for walking on rocks and ice with the help of fixed ropes, and most importantly, acclimatization. There will be 4 camps set up above the Base Camp. The expedition leaders will conduct a few rounds of rotations between the higher camps to help you experience the actual feeling up there.

When the time is perfect for the summit push, the team will wake up early at midnight so that we will Summit early in the morning and witness the glorious sunrise from the top of Mt. Manaslu. Starting early will also provide enough time to return back to the lower camps safely as we will be avoiding the breeze of the afternoon.

Altitude: 8,163M

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

After the successful summit of Mt. Manaslu, we then clean up all the trash as responsible travelers, and with all the joy, body ache, feeling of Triumph, we prepare to retrace our trail back to Sama Gaon.

Altitude: 4700 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

We will retrace our path back to reach Sama Gaon to rest overnight.

Altitude: 3780 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

During our descent, we will directly trek back to Namrung rather Syala Village. Enjoying the same views from different angles, we will finally reach Namrung to rest overnight.

Altitude: 2600 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

We walk down in the Temperate zone with evergreen dense forests to reach Philim Village.

Altitude: 2300 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Teahouses/Camping

After a wonderful stay at Philim Village, we will walk through the dense subtropical forests dominated by coniferous species like Pines, Fir, and Deodars as well as Rhododendron trees to reach our rest point for the day, Machhakhola.

Altitude: 1330 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

Retrace the path to Aarughat from Machhakhola and rest overnight. This is the last day of our trek in the Mt. Manaslu Expedition as we will be taking a jeep to Kathmandu the following day.

Altitude: 950 m

Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

After the long trek, we finally drive back to Kathmandu via a private tourist minibus. We enjoy the sceneries in the hillside and stop for lunch in the midway. Rest overnight in a cozy hotel room in Kathmandu.

Altitude: 1350 m

Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

This day is allocated for you to travel around Kathmandu city and explore the cultural and historical richness. You may go on a city tour to different cultural heritages like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas, Patan and Basantapur Durbar Squares, and many more. You can also enjoy some great time in the streets of Thamel where you get every service from Laundry to Sauna, Spa, to awesome Dining at typical restaurants. We will get together for a farewell dinner in the evening at a typical restaurant with cultural shows.

Altitude: 1,350 m

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel

With immense pleasure to have served you, we will bid you farewell as you head back home to reunite with your loved ones. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time.

Altitude: 1,350 m

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: N/A


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What's Included


  • All domestic transportations and meet and greet at the airport
  • Accommodation in a 3 star or 5-star hotel on a BB basis for 4 nights
  • A Professional climbing Sherpa guide for trekking and climbing
  • Porters and helpers while trekking
  • Land transportation expenses for climbing members, Sherpa Guides, Liaison Officer, and Kitchen Staff
  • Suitable tents for Kitchen, Storage, Dining, Sleeping, Toilets as well as tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for the Camping period
  • 3-time full course meal with hot tea/coffee in between
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge/tea house while trekking
  • All camping accommodation, fuel, and food, for members and staff during the climbing period
  • 40 kg baggage allowance for trekking period
  • Daily weather report service
  • Trekking and climbing permit for Manaslu
  • Chefs and Kitchen assistants at the Base Camp and Higher Camps
  • Trekking Information Management System Card for each climber
  • Expedition Mountaineering Royalty, permit charges and taxes to the Nepal Government
  • Wages, equipment, medical insurance for all involved staff during trekking and climbing period
  • Emergency rescue for involved expedition staff
  • First aid kits for the team
  • Service of Satellite phones, (Available with a charge of $3 per minute)
  • High altitude energy food for higher camps
  • Heater for warmth at the dining tent
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator as required
  • Solar panels for light and charging
  • 4 L Oxygen for each climber
  • Walkie talkie for each member while climbing
  • Company service charges
  • Flight Ticket reconfirmation and Visa Extension Procedure service if needed
  • Farewell Dinner in a  Typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Challenge Trek packed gifts with Expedition Duffle Bags

What's Excluded


  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • International Airfares
  • Monuments Entry fees while in Kathmandu or while trekking
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of personal nature such as usage of landline phones, mobile recharge, satellites, and Internet costs
  • Personal trekking gear, extra food during trekking, personal medical kits
  • Any extra expenses arising out of unforeseen events like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, and so on.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses (If needed)
  • Medical Insurance, Emergency rescue if needed
  • Any change in the itinerary if requested by the client other than the mentioned itinerary
  • Drone Permits
  • Custom Duty imposed by Nepal Government for import of Expedition Equipment
  • Tips and Gratuities to the staff ($250)  and climbing Sherpa ($1500)
  • Any particulars not mentioned in the Cost Inclusions section

Trip Information


The climb to the summit of Mount Manaslu requires technical climbing skills, including ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel. The route to the summit follows the northeast ridge and involves crossing several crevasses and steep sections of ice and snow.

The climb to the summit can take around 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather conditions and the physical fitness of the climbers. The summit of Mount Manaslu is located at an altitude of 8,163 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Langtang.

Mount Manaslu Expedition requires a permit, which can be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. It is also mandatory to hire a licensed guide and a team of porters and climbers for the expedition. The climbers need to have prior mountaineering experience and be in excellent physical condition to undertake the expedition.

Overall, the Mount Manaslu Expedition is a challenging and rewarding adventure for experienced mountaineers seeking to test their limits and explore the majestic beauty of the Himalayas. The stunning views, technical climbing, and cultural experience make it an unforgettable expedition for those who undertake it.

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Trip Facts


Duration 38 Day(s)
Activities Mountaineering
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Very Hard
Max Altitude 8163M
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