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Manaslu Expedition

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Mt. Manaslu expedition offers a completely unique possibility to experience a fairly "untouched" place of Nepal and fantastic splendor along the border of Nepal and China. Manaslu 8,156 meters, (also known as Kutang) is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Manaslu lies in the Kali Gandaki valley of the Nepal Himalayas. Its name, which means that "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa", meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu,  members of a Japanese expedition. Having a huge range of altitudinal and climatic variations, the Manaslu expedition provides a wonderful and diverse habitat for a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The journey of Lamjung district Manaslu region's legendary mountain Mount Manaslu is enjoyable and tough. Beginning from Gorkha Budi Gandaki Valley River, crossings the snow bound Larkya La pass (5213m). Crossing via the Budhi Gandaki River and the villages of Machha Khola, Nyak, Jagat, Namru, Lho and Sama Gaon, we reach to the base camp. Manaslu base camp is sincerely romantic due to the fact this region is filling-up with the rhododendron trees, wonderful hanging glaciers, and rugged ice falls. Manaslu region gives a spread of trekking alternatives. The famous Manaslu trekking direction of 177km skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna.

Manaslu expedition is very remote and rescue in this region is very difficult. This is possible wilderness area to live leopard of snow. Yet the trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Manaslu's lengthy ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in a top that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape.The climbing route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Normally, four camps are set up during Manaslu climbing.

Manaslu expedition is popular between Japanese trekkers because most of the climbers who have successfully Climbed Manaslu are Japanese. Manaslu expedition is the new challenge for the Mountaineers and Manaslu expedition can be taken as a training expedition for the Mt. Everest expedition. Manaslu has not previously extensively been offered as a commercial peak, however for the autumn season, it is the best. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Rest day and legal formalities
Day 04: Kathmandu drive to Gorkha
Day 05: Gorkha to Khanchok
Day 06: Khanchok to kursane bari (820m)
Day 07: Kursane bari to Machha khola (900m)
Day 08: Machha khola to Jagat (1410m)
Day 09: Jagat to Ngyak
Day 10: Nyak to Prok
Day 11: Prok to Namru (2660m)
Day 12: Namru to Lho (3180m)
Day 13: Lho to Sama gaon
Day 14: Sama goan to Manaslu Base camp
Day 15-50: Climbing period
Day 51: Base camp to Sama goan
Day 52: Sama goan to Nyak
Day 53: Nyak to jagat
Day 54: Jagat to Machha khola
Day 55: Machha khola to Arkhet
Day 56: Arkhet to Gorkha
Day 57: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 58: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 59: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Rest day and legal formalities
This might be a rest day for you as all the trekking permits and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 4: Drive to Gorkha
The historical town of Gorkha is the traditional starting point for the Manslu expedition. The bus ride to Gorkha follows the Kathmandu – Pokhara road as far as Abu khaireni, and then climbs 24km to Gorkha. Overnight spend in lodge.

Day 5: Gorkha to Khanchok
We walk today about 6-7 hours. The trail separates from here north-east toward Budhi Gandaki river. We follow the right trail toward Khanchowk bazaar for the night halt. 

Day 6: Khanchok to kursane bari (820m)
The route first enters the eastern part of Arughat, a large bazaar and turns west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki. Soti Khola is a tiny village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. There trail crosses the bridge and treks through beautiful sal forests, then climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and follows a path blasted out of vertical rock to Khorsane bari.

Day 7: Kursane bari to Machha khola (900m)
The rocky trail then weaves it way up and down through large stand of nettles and passes tropical waterfalls. The trail eventually makes it way down and past a few rice terraces on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of LabuBesi. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860m from LabuBesi and climbing about 110m over a side ridge to bring you to Machha Khola village.         

Day 8: Machha khola to Jagat (1410m)
Crossing Tharo Khola reach to Khorlabesi and climbing over a small ridge, make another steep climbing, the route reaches Tatopani (930m), which means 'hot water'. The trail climbs over another ridge and crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climbs on a wide, well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban (1000m). Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat which is a beautiful flag stone village.

Day 9: Jagat to Ngyak
We will walk up about 6-7 hours day descending to the riverbed again. The old (west bank) trail goes from ghatta khola up to Pangsing, climbs to Ngyak (Nyak), a Gurung village perched high above the river at 2300m. This is one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m).Spend your night in lodge.

Day 10: Nyak to Prok
There is a route from the bridge below the Bhi to Ghap that stays on the south bank of the river, passing through Prok (2380m) before rejoining the trail at Ghap. The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley and finally widens, offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forest and a collection of rock. Overnight in lodge.

Day 11: Prok to Namru (2660m)
The trails make a serious and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests crossing the river several times. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki twice on wooden bridges above beautiful gorges before entering Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky. 

Day 12: Namru to Lho (3180m)
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons and oaks the trail enters the closely packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. The areas of Lho have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls.

Day 13: Lho to Sama gaon
Drop down to Damonan khola, crossing it on a two span bridge. The trail emerges onto a plateau at shyaula (3520m) with wide vista of Himalchuli, Ngadi chulli and Manaslu. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif.

Day 14: Sama goan to Manaslu Base camp
Climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to Pungyen Gompa. You continue on to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake at 3450m. Beyond the lake stepens and you need to be committed to climb the 1200m (3-4hrs) to the Manaslu Base camp.

Day 15-50: Climbing period

Day 51: Base camp to Sama goan
We will have return of around 4hrs trek. We will again do short sightseeing at Sama village with early arrival from the Manaslu Base camp.

Day 52: Sama goan to Nyak
Retrace back to the same route to Nyak. It's about 5-6 hrs journey.

Day 53: Nyak to jagat
We will walk up about 6-7 hours day ascending to the riverbed again. Jagat is a beautiful flag stone village where we spend our night in lodge.

Day 54: Jagat to Machha khola
We will cross Doban and Tatopani back to the same path to Jagat. It is full of amazing views all the way around.

Day 55: Machha khola to Arkhet
Trek back to Arkhet from the trail passing through the Budhi Gandaki.

Day 56: Arkhet to Gorkha
We walk today about 6-7 hours. Today is the last day in the mountain region.

Day 57: drive back to Kathmandu
It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.

Day 58: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 59: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness), porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis), cook, helpers with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals for trekking and camping  (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All camping gears (water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent  etc) with High quality tents.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas etc.
  • Permits for Expedition
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking/climbing staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 59 Days

Grade:
Difficult

Max. Altitude:
8,156m

Best Time:
Autumn / Spring

Transportation:
Private Car/Van/Plane

Activity:
Trekking, Expedition

Location:
Manaslu Himalayan Range

Start/Finish Point:
Gorkha/Gorkha

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Manaslu Expedition