Manaslu (8,163) is the high peak of the Gorkha massif, and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain. Climbing Manaslu requires more time than other 8000m Peaks in Nepal due to long approach to reach to the base of the mountain however we can use a helicopter to make a expedition shorter. The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit. An all-female Japanese expedition successfully ascended to the summit, thereby becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
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 a far. Normally, four camps will be set up in the approach of the mountain. There will be a few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses from Camp I to Camp II. Slippery snow climbing is required from Camp II to Camp III. Avalanches are a threat from Camp III to Camp IV.
The first survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952 and the first climb was made by Japanese team on the peak in 1953.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
|Trip Grade||Very Hard|
Day 1: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Return to the hotel.
Day 3: Preparation for official arrangement for climbing
Day 4: Drive to Gorkha, Ornight in lodge
Day 5: Gorkha to Khanchok. Overnight in lodge.
Day 6: Khanchok to Khursani Bari. Overnight in lodge.
Day 7: Khursani Bari to Macha Khola Overnight in camp.
Day 8: Jagat. Overnight in camp.
Day 9: Macha Khola to Nyak. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Nyak to Prok. Overnight in camp.
Day 11: Prok to Namru. Overnight in camp.
Day 12: Namru to Lho. Overnight in camp.
Day 13: Lho to Sama Gaon. Overnight in camp.
Day 14: Sama Gaon to Manaslu base camp.
Day 15-50: Climbing period.
Day 51: Base Camp to Sama Gaon. Overnight in camp
Day 52: Sama Gaon to Nyak. Overnight in Camp.
Day 53: Nyak to Jagat. Overnight in camp.
Day 54: Jagat tp Machakhola. Overnight in camp.
Day 55: Machakhola to Arkhet. Overnight in camp
Day 56: Arkhet to Gorkha. Overnight in lodge.
Day 57 : Drive back to Kathmandu. Hotel
Day 58 : Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with nepali dinner, hotel
Day 59: Final departure, transfer to airport