Combine one of Nepal’s top treks with an ever more exciting expedition to the peak of Manaslu. This colossal mountain is the 8th highest in the world at 8156 meters (26,781 feet). The majestic peak towers above all nearby peaks and makes for a once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. To get there, we trek for a week through the unique, rugged landscape of the Manaslu area. Opened to tourists as recently as 1991, the trail still maintains its remote and wild feel, with the beauty of local village culture. The Manaslu Expedition climaxes at the peak of the mountain where your breath is taken away by the sheer beauty of the alpine landscape below.
Manaslu was summited first in 1956 by a team of Japanese and Nepali mountaineers. For 50 years after that, only 175 climbers had made it to the summit (of 120 expeditions), and 49 deaths were recorded. The Manaslu Expedition is not for the faint of heart; it is for true mountaineers who are determined to reach the top. With your determination and our skills/guidance, we will have a successful expedition. It is a difficult and risky climb, but as a team we will make it happen. The sense of achievement felt at the top is indescribable, one that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Begin the adventure from Dharapani (1920m) and trek up and onward. Admire villagers and their herds of animals (buffalo, goats, etc.) and their lush fields of crops. After Bimtang (3720m), we cross the Larkya La Pass (5100m), a perfect preparation for the expedition. With clear skies, it seems like you can see forever. Also, the pass is typically snowing, making it a little more fun. Then, we descend and head to Samagaon, where the mountaineering expedition begins!
From Manaslu Base Camp (4900m), along the Manalsu Glacier. Over the next month, we venture up into a complete alpine wilderness. The sheer lifelessness of the place is mesmerizing. Though it might sound intimidating, we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have a safe, comfortable ascent.
Before making a final ascent to the summit, we make several smaller acclimatization stays. Camp I is around 5,700 meters/18,700 feet. Camp II is around 6,400 meters/20,997 feet. Camp III is about 6,800 meters/22,310 feet. The Final Camp, from where we head to the summit, is at nearly 7,400 meters/24,278 feet.
Take a deep breath and enjoy a supreme mountain view. Despite how tired we are, we are ecstatic to reach the top of Mount Manaslu, a mere dream from many mountaineers. You are truly at one of the highest points on Earth, a humbling realization to make.
From here, we trek down the same path back to Dharapani and head back to Kathmandu to celebrate. The best time to take the Manaslu Expedition is during the spring and autumn. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.