Starts from: Aarughat/Dhading
Best season: Spring and autumn
Duration of trip: 50 days
Lying At the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys in the central-western Nepal Himalaya’s Kali Gandaki valley, 40 miles east of Annapurna, Manaslu is world’s eighth highest mountain. Manaslu offers an alternative to Cho Oyu for those who want to climb a more varied and challenging 8,000m. The Manaslu’s long ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions culminating in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. At least six different routes to Manaslu exist today, the south face being the toughest in climbing history. The first attempt to Manaslu was made in 1953 by a Japanese team from the Budhi Gandaki Valley. However, the first ascent was made only in 1956. The Japanese take pride in their adventures in Manaslu the same way the British do over Everest. In fact, all the three peaks of Manaslu were first summited by the Japanese.
Manaslu offers itself as the best alternative to Cho Oyu in the autumn season. It is even seen by some mountaineers as a better training mountain for Everest than Cho Oyu. The climbing route follows a relatively straightforward line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Normally, four camps are set up during Manaslu climbing. There are 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. There is a possibility of avalanches from camp III to camp IV.
Recommended Previous Experience:
Manaslu is one of the highest mountains on earth. Moreover, getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. It is also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. Climbers also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re in the “Thin Air” up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.” Hence, our actions affect not only our own, but welfare of the entire team as well.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as climbers climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. All Trekkers Team ensures the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Our plan is to set up four camps in total, excluding the basecamp. Please remember to acclimatize and rest properly before climbing higher. Also keep yourself hydrated and take into account of the weather conditions. The Manaslu base camp lies at an altitude of 4,665m. The basecamp is in a comfortable position on rock, which is protected from strong winds, but because of its particular location it is susceptible to daily snowfalls because the valley clouds happen to condense at this altitude. The trek to basecamp is a steep path through rhododendron trees adjacent to hanging glaciers and icefalls. From the basecamp, about an hour’s walk takes us to the snout of the Larkya Glacier. Wear crampons from this point at the glacier. It may be necessary to change the method of climbing depending on snow conditions. Climb for about 2–3 hours before finally arriving at camp 1 at 5,500 m. From camp 1 you will climb towards a massive icefall. Passing under the icefall, gain a steep snow slope fixed with rope up to camp 2 at 6,300 m. Camp 2 is situated in one of the sheltered hollows produced by a series ice cliffs on the route. After camp 2, pass through a series of snow shelves before ascending a steeper snow slope reaching a large col. Camp 3 lies on the cool at an altitude of 6,700m. From camp 3, the route goes directly up the steeper northeast slopes. Pass through short ice bulges reaching the upper snow slope leading to the camp 4 at 7,300 meters. The summit is close to camp 4. Still, because of the snow slopes and steep sections, it’s a whole day’s walk to get to the summit. Stop at a comfortable place near the summit and collect enough rope, oxygen and time for the final push. After summiting, descend to camp 2 on the same day.
The springtime from March to May and the autumn months from September to November are considered the most favorable weather for Manaslu climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the basecamp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Our Manaslu expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times.These leaders are supported by the other crewmembers and theyhave all of the necessary experience and equipment required for a successful completion of the expedition. All Trekkers Team also makes sure that it’s leaders have proven track records in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. All Trekkers Team’s expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. All Trekkers pays high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence, for two International Climbers, All Trekkers assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For basecamp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
Trip Start Dates:
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. The spring season from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are considered the best time for the Manaslu expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.
Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?
Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP.
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Fair Price with Quality:
Service, quality and fair prices – is the motto of our business. The packages we have offer unbeatable value for money. But you don’t have to take our word on it – we just ask our clients shop around to other adventure companies to try to find a similar package at a better price. However, we do not compromise on quality to cut down the costs. Our edge over other international operators is that we are a Nepal based business that allows us to keep our overhead to a minimum. So we can offer the same facilities as those provided by a Western company at literally a fraction of the price. That about 40% of our bookings come from repeat business proves our performance when it comes to client satisfaction.
Sustainable Operation Policies:
All Trekkers Team (P) LTD observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave the least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility; hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.
Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:
All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.
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All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.
Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc