Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably untouched region of Nepal. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Manaslu, open for trekking since 1991, provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is now a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to venture round its spectacular circuit.
Manaslu has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in biodiversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.
Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, check out through the immigration and exit the airport and look for MOUNTAIN CLIMB Representative with a placard mentioned MOUNTAIN CLIMB, and transferred to hotel by our private vehicle.
Day 02 – At leisure in Kathmandu / Last minute preparation/Administrative formalities
While we finish our last administrative formalities at the Ministry of Tourism for the Manaslu Climb Expedition, the climbers will have chance to visit some sights sounds of Kathmandu city or simply do any last minute remaining personal preparation for the expedition. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 – Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (671m / 2201ft)
Our Manaslu Climb Expedition starts with early morning overland drive to west of Kathmandu following the road towards Pokhara alongside the Trisuli river. We can also see the mighty Himalayas with Ganesh, Annapurna and Manaslu. After driving about six hours we finally reach at Arughat Bazaar and trek further on the banks of the Buri Gandaki river for overnight camp. Overnight in Camp.
Day 04 – Trek to Machha Khola (890 / 2920ft)
Walking ups and downs through forest as we continue to head upstream along the Buri Gandakhi further continue trekking up reach at Machha Khola village. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 – Trek to Jagat (1420m / 4658ft)
Further along the Buri Gandaki valley along gorge and forest to hot spring at Tatopani to wide open village near Jagat where we camp for overnight stay. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06 – Beyond Philim (1,607m / 5272ft)
Day of relatively easy ups and downs through settlement of Salleri we enter to Buddhist influenced region passing through Philim and further about an hour walk to Philim. Overnight in Camp.
Day 07 – Trek to Deng (1,806m / 5925)
Trekking through steep uninhabited gorges through pine and rhododendron forest to Gurung village “Ngak” and further about an hour’s walk to our camp. Overnight in Camp.
Day 08 – Trek to Namrung (2,672m / 8766ft)
Climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank pass by mani walls (prayer stones) and chortens, signs of truly in a Buddhist area. Then further trek through the forest densely vegetated with birch and pine trees amongst the trees just before Namrung. Overnight in Camp.
Day 09 – Trek to Shya (3,529m / 11578ft)
We enter a descendants of Tibetan immigrants many year ago the Nupri Region pass through the villages of Barcham, Li, and Sho, and have spectacular views of Manaslu North, Manaslu main, and Naike Peak etc. Overnight in Camp.
Day 10 – Trek to Samagaon (3,780m / 12401ft)
Continuing our Manaslu expedition further, today is a short day walk as we continue up the valley. Further continuing follows the valley with great views of Peak 29 ahead and Himalchuli, Manaslu etc come into view and soon arrive Samagaon ( Sama village), where we camp.
Day 11 – Rest and acclimatization in Samagaon
A day to acclimatize, relax or take gentle day walks in the area or walk up to the monastery in the afternoon, or visit the Manaslu Base camp if enough energy, but could take around 10 hours round trip. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12 – Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4665m / 15,305ft). Overnight in Camp
From Samagaon the trek to Base Camp leads up steep paths through spectacular hanging glaciers and rugged icefalls and rhododendron trees to Manaslu Base Camp (4665m). It is comfortably positioned on rock and protected from strong winds though there are often cloud condensed and snow fall occasionally. We spend few days at Base Camp taking rest and acclimatizing before heading up to Camp I. Overnight in Camp.
Day 13-38 – Manaslu Climbing period. Overnight in Camp
We set up four camps above Manaslu Base camp before the final summit push. While our Climbing Sherpas set up camps and stock foods above Base camp, climbers will have time to going up and down the mountain for acclimatization and training. We give priority of maximum number of climbers to the summit, and when everyone ready for the summit providing weather favorability we ascent to the summit of Mount Manaslu and return to Camp 2 on the same day and then following day to Base Camp. Overnight in Camp.
Day 39 – Cleaning up Manaslu Base Camp
As part of our Environmental Responsibility, and our effort to make the Manaslu expedition an Eco-Manaslu expedition, we clean up all our garbage, trash and human wastes etc at Base Camp and bring them down for proper disposal. Overnight in Camp.
Day 40 – Trek to Samagaon (3,780m / 12401ft)
So we are all set to leave the Base Camp packing up the expedition, retrace our route back to the beautiful Samagaon village where we camp overnight. Overnight in Camp.
Day 41 – Trek to Samdo (3,873m / 12706ft)
Crossing yak pastures and gradually climbs the valley enjoying fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley at Samdo. Overnight in Camp. Overnight in Camp.
Day 42 – Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,492m / 14737ft.)
We have a couple of stream crossings, the Larkye Glacier appears on the opposite bank then further steady climb, skirting around the Sarka Khola to camp at a small brick hut at Larkya Phedi (Larka base camp). Overnight in Camp.
Day 43 – Cross the Larkya La (5,211m / 17096ft) further to Bimthang (3720m / 12204ft)
Today we leave the Manaslu region entering to Annapurna region. Early crossing of the pass climbs onto the moraine of the glacier with views of Larkya Peak., further gradual ascent to the top of the Larkya pass (5211m / 14737ft), the highest point of the trek enjoying magnificent views of mountains including Annapurna 2, Kanguru, Himlung Himal etc and descend down to soon to our camp at Bimthang after long walk of approx 11 hours. Overnight in Camp.
Day 44 – Trek to Gho (2,567m / 8421ft)
Descending through rhododendron forests we have now almost entered into the Annapurna valley to Gho.
Overnight in Camp.
Day 45 – Trek to Dharapani (2,007m / 6584ft)
Following the Marsyangdi downstream into forest of rhododendron and pine we have now before entered into the Annapurna region at Dharapani. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 46 – Trek to Syange (1,195m / 3920ft)
Following down the Annapurna circuit trail we reach at open valley of Taal and further down to Chamje to Shyange. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 47 – Trek to Bulbule (1,316m / 4317ft.)
Climbing up the village at Bahundanda (1,310m) and further continue to Bhulbule (1,314m) then to our last stop at Besisahar (760m) making the Manaslu circuit tr
ek a great memorable and unforgettable experience. There will be a small party farewell party in the evening with the trek staffs and porters. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 48 – Drive to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
We drive Beshishar to Kathmandu about 6 hours and transfer to Godawari village Resort, check in the hotel and rest of the day relaxing or free day. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 49 – At leisure in Kathmandu / Last farewell dinner
A free day in Kathmandu. As part of our effort to make the Manaslu Climb Expedition more memorable, we will have a small last farewell program with souvenir giving of an Ice-axe especially designed by us (Mountain Climb) to each successful Summitter and certificate of climbing to all Non-summmitter members. Overnight Hotel.
Day 50 – Transfer to airport for final departure flight
Mountain Climb representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer to airport for onward international departure flight
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or mules and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.