Manaslu, meaning “Mountain of The Spirit”, is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. Mt. Manaslu is the most accessible 8,000 meter peak in Nepal. Technically it is slightly more difficult than Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma and relatively easier than any other 8000m peaks. Hi On Life Adventures operates Manaslu Expedition during the autumn climbing season, over a 45 day period.
We ascend via the North East Face, setting up four camps along the way. The climbing route involves snow slopes of moderate inclination. There is one short steep slope above Camp One. The angle of inclination picks up towards Camp Four, where we climb on fixed ropes through a series of short steep climbs to arrive at a col which is used as Camp IV. Summit day involves climbing through a series of moderately inclined snow slopes and plateaus. The final 20 meters climb is along a sharp snowy ridge to an airy summit with magnificent views.
Hi On Life Adventures Base Camp is a luxurious operation, with single cottage tent, heated dining tent with comfortable tables and chairs, communication tent with laptops, Sat Phones and radios, solar power, cooks tent, toilet facilities and hot shower tent.
Highlights of this Expedition
- Climb the world’s eighth highest mountain
- Helicopter flight to Samagaon
- Acclimatization trek in an exceedingly scenic and restricted region of Manaslu
- Guided expedition: Climb with our experienced Everest and other 8,000er summiteer guides and mountaineers
- One base camp and four higher camps provided which are set and supported our experienced guides
- Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu after the Expedition
Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the Hi On Life’s sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you.
When you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. We will also collect some documents from you. Please have the following things handy when arriving.
Travel/ Medical Insurance (photo copy)
Photocopy of your passport.
In the evening we will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant to end the day.
After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some historical temples and monuments. You will end your sightseeing with a lunch. After your lunch you will visit the Department of Tourism to meet the Government official for a formal briefing. You will then return to your hotel and your Expedition Leader will give you your briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of 2 duffel bag, sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag. Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your expedition.
Flight: 45 mins
Elevation on Samagaon: 3550m
From Kathmandu airport we fly to Samagaon on a 5 seater B12 helicopter. Upon arrival at Samagaon, we will meet our expedition crew check in to our lodge.
During this period, our crew will be ferrying loads Expedition gears and setting up base Camp. You can utilize this time to take acclimatization hikes in the valley. We will also re organize our bags and equipment.
Elevation of Base Camp: 4800m
Trek: 6 to 7 hours
During this period our team of Climbing Sherpas will set up higher camps. You can utilize this period to take acclimatization hikes to crampon point and also polish up your climbing skills during the climbing training and safety orientations. You can also arrange the gears that has to be taken to the mountain and separate the ones that can be left behind at Base Camp.
Acclimatization rotation begins
During this period we will rest and prepare while waiting for the best weather window. Once the weather permits, we will make the final summit push
After a well deserved rest at Base Camp, it is time to start the journey home. In the morning we pack up Base Camp and trek down to Samagaon.
- All internal transportation and airport transfer in private vehicle.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation on twin sharing with breakfast in Kathmandu at Hotel Manaslu
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Manaslu Climbing permit fees with Liaison officer fees
- Garbage deposit
- 5 nights full-board tea house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis while at Samagoan
- 36 days full board accommodation in tents during the expedition
- Individual tent for each climber will be provided in Base Camp
- 1 Climbing Sherpa for 1 member.
- 3 X 4 liter Poisk Oxygen and Top Out regulator mask for every member.
- Culinary school graduate Nepalese cook and kitchen helpers at Base Camp.
- Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for all Nepalese staff
- Insulated dining tent with tables and chairs, kitchen tent, toilet tent, store and communication tent and shower tent.
- Solar power panels at Base Camp for light and charging batteries for camera and laptops.
- Gas heater for dining tent.
- High altitude freeze dried food, EPI gas and burners for above Advanced Base Camp.
- Satellite phone and radios.
- All taxes and service charges.
- International flights
- Meals in Kathmandu.
- Personal climbing gear
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and email, etc.
- Summit Bonus for Climbing Sherpa
- Tips to Base Camp staff
About Manaslu region:
This region provides a rich variety of landscape and vegetation as it comprises sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet, covering six climatic zones. The Manaslu valley is also a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Pandas. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles have been recorded in this area. An estimated 1,500-2,000 plant species grow here of which many are valued as medicinal herbs and aromatic plants.
Mt. Manaslu is the most accessible 8,000 meter peak in Nepal. Technically it is slightly more difficult than Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma and relatively easier than any other 8000m peaks.
Hi On Life Adventures operates Manaslu Expedition during the autumn climbing season, over a 45 day period.
The trip starts in Kathmandu where we spend a couple of nights, during which we will do a full kit check with the team, attend briefings at the Department of Tourism and a last minute shopping to buy any equipment that may still be needed.
From Kathmandu we take a helicopter flight to Samagaon at 3550m. The direct helicopter flight to Samagaon not only makes the expedition 8 days shorter, but also minimizes the chances of injuries during the eight days of off the beaten trek from Arughat to Samagaon. We utilize these saved 8 days on the mountain for better acclimatization. At Samagaon we have a few days rest for acclimatization, while our crew ferries gears and set up our Base Camp. After being well acclimatized and rested, we head off to base Camp, which involves a 4-5 hour trek along a steep trail through a forest next to the hanging glaciers and ice falls.
We ascend via the North East Face, utilizing four camps along the way. During the entire climb from Base Camp to the summit our team of Sherpa guides will fix ropes, break trail and make every effort to assist the group with the objective to reach the summit.
From Base Camp to Camp 1: The trek from Base Camp to Camp 1 involves climbing over grassy slopes, rock slabs and moraine until we reach crampon point. From here we follow a crevassed glacier with small ice steps to Camp 1 at 5500m. We climb the last part of the climb to Camp 1 on fixed lines.
Camp 1 to Camp 2: Involves climbing through steep slopes on fixed lines and is expected to take between from 5 to 7 hours to arrive at Camp 2 at 6,300m. The views from camp 2 really are breath taking, and the peak of the mountain gets visibly closer.
Camp 2 to Camp 3: Straight forward climb snow slope with gentle gradient. It takes roughly 3 hours to reach Camp 3 which is at 6700m.
Camp 3 to Camp 4: Involves 550m of strenuous climbing on steep slopes relying on the fixed ropes which takes around 4 hours before you reach Camp 4 at 7,450m.
Camp 4 to Summit: Summit day will start around midnight and the climb should take about 6-7 hrs. The climbing itself is not technical. The first part of the climb in the dark ascends gradually with short head walls. Soon we reach the false summit where we take a good break, change Oxygen if required and then climb the last part to the summit on an exposed ridge. The views are unforgettable.
After the summit, we descend to Camp 2 and the following day to base Camp for a well-earned celebration. A day is spent packing up Base Camp then we trek down to Samagaon from where we take a helicopter back to Kathmandu.
On the Mountain: We have highly experienced Climbing Sherpas, and we provide one climbing Sherpa to one climbers. Our Sherpas will fix the route, set up the higher camps, as well as carry the group equipment, such as tents, stoves, food etc. They also help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
Cooks and Food: Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh meat as well, tinned fruits, tinned meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst) and a high dose of carbohydrates from breads, rice and pastas. We have weatherproof kitchens and heated dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables.
Recommendations for things you should bring:
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
- Glacier sunglasses with side shields, 1 pair ski goggles (optional)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- 2 cotton t-shirts
- 2-3 polypropylene t-shirt
- 2-3 long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, medium weight
- 2 heavy thermal underwear
- 1 polar fleece jacket
- 1 thin light weight down or primaloft jacket
- 1 expedition weight polar fleece jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves
- 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar Fleece mitt liner
- 1 pair down mittens
- 1 pair walking shorts
- 1 to 2 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
- 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
- 2 pair heavy or expedition weight thermal bottoms
- 1 pair polar fleece trousers
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, Waterproof/breathable with side zips
- 1 pair climbing boot for 8000m (you can also hire them in Kathmandu)
- 1 pair treking /walking boots with good ankle support
- 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
- 1 pair down booties (optional)
- 3 pair heavy preferably wool socks
- 4 to 5 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
- 3 pair medium lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
If you are not comfortable with down suits, you can bring separate expedition weight down jacket and down trouser set. However, we highly recommend you to bring down suit.
- We provide -30C North face Inferno sleeping bags. If you wish to use your own, you are welcome to bring your personal sleeping bag.
Please note: We provide Exped down mattress and kari mats (You dont need to bring your own)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres)
- Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.
Please note: We provide you 2 big duffel bags.
Personal Food for camps beyond Advanced Base Camp.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods for higher camps. We recommend you to bring 8 to 10 packets of Turmat or equivalent quality freeze dried food of your choice of flavors. In addition, growing variety of imported foods such as cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit
- 1 cigarette lighter
- 1 compass or GPS
- Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also
- 3 Water bottles (1 litre)
- 1 plastic cup and spoon
- 1 small folding knife
- Books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, games, musical instrument etc
- Adequate amount of batteries, etc.
Healthy and trouble free holiday
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entering Nepal. However please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please through your agent, give us a list of what you can
and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you.
If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including antimalarials have side affects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Kathmandu for the past couple of decades.
Hi On Life Adventures strictly follow the policy, No Insurance= No expedition! We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance with Rescue before leaving home. It is mandatory that your insurance covers helicopter evacuation, even above 6000 m and incase of unforeseen incident they should cover long line re
The ideal currency to bring with you is US$ or Euro. There are Atm machines in Kathmandu where you can draw money as per your bank limit.
In Kathmandu: Each meal will cost around 4 to 6 US$. Plus 10 to 20 US $ for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.
On trek: you will need around 5 to 6 US $ per day. This money is for your hot showers, chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.
Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline
In Kathmandu: for bellboys, waiters and porters 50 to 100 Nepali Rupees
On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff. The recommended amount is 250 to 300 US$ / member. The Group leader will organize that for you.
Please Note: Climbing Sherpa Bonus is extra which is 1000 USD as a summit bonus for your Sherpa who will accompany you to the summit.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Nepalese people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.
While in Nepal and in Tibet please observe the following:
- Full or partial nudity is not accepted.
- Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged.
- Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples.
- Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine.
- Many Hindu temples are closed to non-Hindus. Please ask before entering.
- Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory.
“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”