Manaslu Expedition

Travel duration 16 Days
Trip Facts
16 Days

Advance trekking grades is best described as Alpine and most strenuous, which require mountaineering and rope climbing skills and knowledge.  The elevations range from 4000m to 6000m from sea level and about 7 hrs walking a day from very remote areas to snow-covered passes.

Max. Altitude
Best Seasons
Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Group Size
2 - 12
Trip Starts
Trip Ends

Manaslu, a deity as worshipped. A lot of mountaineers have tried. Japanese team for ascent in May 1956. It is a challenging 8,000 m peaks in Nepal. It has been a popular achievement to scale before attempting Mt. Everest. Technically it is a a challenging mountain to climb.

Trekking to Everest is a wonderful time to enjoy some of the best mountain sceneries on earth and meet the famous ethnic people of Sherpa and. An interesting flight in the mountains will take you to the Everest Trail and the alpine world. You can reach perhaps the highest viewpoint in the world to view some of the most brilliant views of mountains including Mount Everest. It is a learning opportunity to observe the alpine of life and the Buddhist way of life. Mani walls (prayer wheel) and chhorten and monasteries are seen during the trek. Sacred lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers would meet you regularly during the trek. You will see highland people doing their daily life and observe how friendly people can be despite the challenges in the highlands and the basic amenities they have.

Trip Highlights
  • Close to Tibet and Tibetan influence of culture and lifestyle
  • A restricted area and need special permission from the government
  • Successful summit of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m
  • Stunning views of Annapurna mountains, Ganesh, Himlung, and the plateau of Tibet
  • Explore Gurung and Lama villages
Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1. Kathmandu: 1,400 m

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and welcomed by a guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel where the guide would brief the trekking program. You may have some time, depending upon your time of arrival, to explore areas near to the hotel.

  25 minutes

Day 2. Kathmandu

A day of preparation for expedition, briefing at government authorities and checking climbing equipment by mountain guides.

Day 3. Besi Sahar: 760 m

Set off after an early breakfast for a scenic drive westwards. During the drive through numerous villages and rice fields and we often see mountains on the way. Reach the town. Walk around the town and the headquarter of Lamjung District. Stay in Besi Sahar

  6 hours

Day 4. Tal: 1,700 m

The road after Besi Shahar is graveled and but not blacktopped. Drive to Chyamche Village in the Marsyangdi Valley. After lunch in Chyamche, we cross Marshyangdi River, then gentle ascending trek through the bamboo forest in the narrow valley to reach a beautiful Gurung village of Tal in Manang district. We see a lot of lungtas, prayer wheels and mani walls in the area.

 Ascent 1,000 m and descent 100 m.

  3 hours

  2-3 hours

Day 5. Goa: 2,560 m

Begin trek along the Marshyangdi River and a few suspension bridges and reach Dharapani. We leave Annapurna trail and begin to trek to Manaslu trekking trail. It is an old trade route between Nepal and Tibet.

Gentle ascent to Tilche village. It is another beautiful Gurung village. After lunch in Tilche, we reach Goa in a couple of hours. We trek through the forest in the way. Stay in Goa.

Ascent 860 m.

  5-6 hours

Day 6. Bhimtang: 3,720 m

Begin trek to Bhimtang. Gentle ascent through the forest to Yak Kharka. After lunch, ascend till Bhimtang through the rhododendron and pine forest.

We see the peaks of Larke, Manaslu, Himalchuli and Cho Himal on the way. It is a beautiful settlement with good views of mountains. We prepare ourselves for the challenging trek tomorrow and take proper rest.

Ascent 1,160 m.

  7-8 hours

Day 7. Larke La Pass: 5,200 m-Dharmashala: 4,500 m-Samdo: 3,860 m

Early morning trek to Samdo. Steep ascent till Larke La pass. We cross the challenging pass of Larke La Pass from where we see the breathtaking views of mountains around. We will have a packed lunch enroute. Gentle descent over the trail and moraine to reach Samdo.

Ascent 1,480 m and descent 1,200 m

  10-11 hours

Day 8. Sama Gaon: 3,530 m

Begin trek to Sama Gaon. It is an easy descending trek through the juniper trees in the Budi Gandaki Valley. We see a lot of mountains and yaks during the day.

Sama Gaon is a village near the Tibetan border and a good place for rest, preparation and acclimatization.

Descent 330 m.

  6-7 hours

Day 9. Sama Gaon: 3,530 m

A day of rest, acclimatization and exploration. Possibility of visits to school, monastery and authentic village of Tibetan influence.

Day 10. Base Camp Manaslu: 4,800m

Trek to the Base Camp of Manaslu. A day of ascending trek to Base Camp for a few hours. On the way, we see the Birendra Lake, glacier of Manaslu and mountains around.

It is a point to begin the real taste of mountaineering and climbing. Great Mountain Holidays provides the superior quality of tents for expedition.

Ascent 1,200 m.

  3-4 hours

Day 11. Manaslu Base Camp: 4,800 m-Manaslu Summit: 8,163 m

Climbing duration: 18 days

Ritual ceremonies or puja, climbing preparation, practice climbing, hiking, a lot of rest, before summiting touch camp 1 and camp 2, rest to acclimatize, depending upon weather we plan summiting the peak of Mt Manaslu in a favorable day. Communication

Day 30. Manaslu Base Camp: 4,800 m

After a late breakfast, we start packing for back home. Rest and enjoy the mountain. In the evening, it is a time to celebrate the successful summit of Manaslu with the climbing team and the kitchen crew.

Day 31. Sama Gaon: 3,530 m

Descending trek to Sama Gaon. A day to feel the comfort of hotel or guest house with warm shower and closed walls.

Descent 1,270 m.

  2 hours

Day 32. Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu in a helicopter.
Option: Trek back to Kathmandu in 5 days through the same route.

  45 minutes

Day 33. Kathmandu valley

Options for sightseeing to World Heritage Sites/city walk/ayurvedic massage or rest in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley has, perhaps, the densest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seven UNESCO WHS of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhha, Pashupati, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple are framed within 400 sq km. For a full day tour exploring three UNESCO WHS are comfortably possible. For example, you may choose Bhaktapur Durbar Square (a medieval city square), Pashupati (the holiest Hindu temple) and Bouddha (a Buddhist stupa) for a smart mix of culture and architecture with two major religious (Buddhism and Hinduism) sites of Nepal.

Day 34. Flight back home.

Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport in time to fly back home.

  • Hotel accommodation (3 star ) in Bed and Breakfast Basis in Kathmandu
  • Tea House accommodation during trek
  • All meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast ) during trek
  • Activities & Sightseeing as per itinerary, above
  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Porter ( 1 porter = 2 guest )
  • Round Trip ( Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu ) flight tickets
  • All Permits , National Park, Entrance fees.
  • All tours and transfer private car , private driver . etc.
  • First aid Medicine Kit
  • Government Taxes & Service Charge
  • Nepali Visa fee
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Soft drinks including Water
  • Personal Trekking Equipments
  • Hot Showers during treks
  • Tips and Gratuities for trekking staff and other assistant
  • International Air fare
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