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Expedition in NepalManaslu Expedition

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the  immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel.

Day 02 – 03: Official Formalities for Permit and Expedition Preparation
We will finish the last official formalities for the expedition and prepare for the expedition.

Day 04: Drive Kathmandu – Arughat (525m., 6 hrs.)
We leave Kathmandu in the morning and drive to Arughat enjoying Nepalese countryside and the mountain sceneries. The drive on black topped road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and from there we drive on rough road to Arughat.

Day 05: Arughat – Soti Khola (710m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We hike up though the forests along Buri Gandaki Valley. The view of Sringi Himal appears up the valley. The valley becomes steeper and the hiking gets more difficult as the trail climbs through fields over a rock outcrop. We gain a ridge and then descend to Soti Khola.

Day 06: Soti Khola – Machhakhola (900m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
The trail crosses the bridge and climbs up to a ridge and then passes over a big rock making it precarious. We follow the rocky trail up and down through large stand of nettles and pass two waterfalls. We again climb up through steep rocky trail pass a few rice terraces to Labubesi, a Gurung village. As the trail climbs behind a rocky outcrop, the valley opens up and again we climb and descend a few times and finally arrive at Machhakhola.

Day 07: Machhakhola – Doban (1070m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
We hike ups and downs and cross Tharo Khola to arrive hotspring in Tatopani. We climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now the trail climbs on a wide, well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban.

Day 08:  Doban – Jagat (1410m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
We climb on a rugged, rocky trail to gain a ridge. The river valley widens and the trail descends to the Buri Gandaki. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and ascend through stone staircase to gain a ridge and arrive at Jagat.

Day 09: Jagat – Deng (1920m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
The trail climbs over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descends to Sirdibas. The valley widens and we hike upstream to arrive at Philim. We pass millet field and grassy land slopes, cross Budhi Gandaki and follow west bank of the river. The valley widens further and we pass bamboo forest, cross Deng Khola and arrive at the village of Deng.

Day 10: Deng – Namrung (2630m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We head up west to the Budhi Gandaki Valley, pass through forest and mani. We take the route to Prok Village which has a viewpoint for good views of Siringi Himal. We further cross Budhigandaki River several times passing several gompas, dense forest while following the trail upstream. We make steep climb and arrive at Namrung, a good view point for Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal.

Day 11: Namrung – Samagaon (3530m., 7 – 8 hrs.)
We climb gradually and pass through a forest of firs, rhododendron and oak forest to arrive at Lihi, a nice village with many chortens and barley terraces. We enter into Nupri region. The people of Nupri are the descendants of Tibetan immigrants. As we pass through Sho, the views of Manaslu North (7157m.) start to get spectacular. We further follow the valley, pass through Lho, a big village with a gompa a Tibetan style chorten and huge mani wall and  spectacular view of Manslu and arrive at a plateau, Syala with a wide vista of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We climb to the ridge and then descend to a valley to arrive at Samagoan, an extensive village.

Day 11: Rest at Exploration day in Samagoan with a side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa.
Today we walk around Samagoan and make a shot side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa and rest for acclimatization. We enjoy the sights of a large collection of mani stones with Buddhists text and pictures. We climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to the Pung-gyen Gompa which is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manslu. It was destroyed by an avalanche during the winter of 1953 after the first Japanese expedition to Manaslu killing several inhabitants, mostly nuns.

Day 12: Samagoan – Manaslu base camp (4,665m.,6 – 7 hrs.)
We descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail to the left leads to Manaslu base camp.

Day 13 – 40: Climbing
From the base camp, we climb over grassy slopes, rock slabs and moraine followed by crevassed Larkya Galcier with small ice steps to Camp I at 5700m. From camp I the climbing is more technical with some steep sections which require fixed ropes. The climbing requires long 40 degrees snow slopes with a few vertical ice steps, snow cliffs to reach the Camp II at 6200m. After Camp II, the slopes ease off . We pass through a series of snow shelves before ascending a steeper snow slope reaching camp III at an altitude of 6900m. From camp III, we climb relatively straightforward snow slopes for about 550 meters leading to the Camp IV. The climb to the summit is not technical. We climb several basins and short headwalls to pass the false summit which leads to the exposed ridge and finally to the summit. We descend to Camp II to spend the night and next day arrive at base camp.

Day 41: Base camp – Samdo (3860m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We retrace to the main trekking trail of Annapurna circuit at Samdo.

Day 42: Samdo – Larkya Rest House (4480m., 4 – 6 hrs)
We descend and past many fields to a big, old mani wall to arrive to a river which is crossed on a wooden bridge. A fine and old mani wall marks the start of climb to Larkya La. We climb through tundra and juniper opposite the huge Larkya Glacier and gradually the trail gets more steeper to gain the ridge at 4000m. where there is a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge. We climb in and out of the gorge and arrive at Larkya Rest House.

Day 43: Larkya Rest House - Larkya la (5160m) - Bimthang (3720m.,) 8 – 9 hrs.
The trail starts up a ridge making a long, gentle climb beside a moraine, descend to a lake and again climb to the ridge to the top of a moraine.  As we cross the moraine to the south of steep, grassy slopes, the trail becomes rougher and indistinct. We descend to the four frozen lakes and make the final steep climb to the Larkya La. The pass offers the magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapyrna II. We descend along the top of the moraine and further descend steeply making a long set of steep, rough switchbacks crossing moraines to find a wider valley and arrive at Bimthang.

Day 44: Bimthang – Tilije (2300m., 5 – 6 hrs)
The trail drops from Bimthang passing high pasture and climbs over the side of the moraine and descends to pine and rhododendron forest. We make a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags and then descend to a river bank. A short distance beyond it is Gho, the first settlement after Larkya La. We walk through fields, past rhododendron and oak forests to arrive at Tilije.

Day 45: Tilije – Dharapani – Drive to Besisahar. (6 – 7 hrs)
We climb over a ridge and walk on stone paved trail to pass a Gurung village. We then descend through scrub forests, cross Dhudh Khola on a wooden bridge and climb again through chorten- shaped arch, past mani wall to arrive at Thonje. We get land transportation from Dharapani to Beshishahar.

Day 46: Beshishahar  - Kathmanmdu Drive ( 6 hrs.)
We drive from Beshishahar to Kathmandu enjoying the scenery of the mountains, small villages on the hill sides, terrace fields.Most of the driving will be along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers. We take you to the hotel in Kathmandu for check-in.

Day 47: Free day in Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner will be organized in the evening at Nepalese restaurant with culture program.

Day 48:  Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
We will transfer you to the airport and bid good bye for your onward journeys.

Expedition Group Size

We organize expedition on Manaslu for any number of people. The cost of the expedition for both the logistic support and guided expedition will be high if the group consists of less than four climbing members. The maximum number will consist of 15 climbing members in one group.

Experience and Health Requirements

Manaslu is one of the popular mountains with relatively less technical and higher success rates than other 8000m. peaks. The climbers must have prior experience of rock and ice climbing. As it is a 8000m. peak, the climbers must feel comfortable with ascending and descending on the fixed lines along the steep technical snow slops and ridges. .It is highly recommended for the climbing members to consult with the doctors before coming for the expedition. Members who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution during the expedition.

Travel Insurance

Climbing members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the climbers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking and expedition staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the expedition. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at tents with fully equipped camping arrangement.

Meals

Members are provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking to base camp. Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.

Base Camp Arrangement

We arrange fully equipped base camp setting including spacious dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, member tents, chairs, tables, kitchen equipments including all cooking and catering utensils.   We provide individual member tents at the base camp with mattress for comfort of the members. We provide high tents as required to use above base camp if the arrangement is made for the group for the guided expedition.  Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing and climbing gears are necessary for trekking and expedition. While choosing the equipment we need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing gears that you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain.

Clothing

1. Two sets polyprop shirts.
2. Two sets light weight shirts.
3. One heavy weight shirt.
4. One fleece jacket.
5. One wind jacket.
6. One  down jacket.
7. One pair down pants.
8. One pair light weight trousers.
9. One pair heavy weight trousers.
10. One pair fleece trousers.
11. One pair of wind pants.
12. Two sets polprop longjohns.
13. Underwear.
14. One pair shorts.
15. Two pairs light weight gloves.
16. One pair heavy mitts.
17. One pair down mits.
18. One pair ski gloves.
19. One sun hat.
20. One heavy weight warm hat.
21. One head band.
22. Four pairs light weight walking socks.
23. Six pairs climbing socks.

Footwear

1. One pair plastic climbing boots.
2. One pair sport boots.
3. One pair gaiters.
4. One pair super gaiters.

Climbing Equipment

1. Harness.
2. Two plain karabiners.
3. Two screw lock karabiners.
4. One descender .
5. One pairs ascenders.
6. Two tape slings.
7. One ice axe.
8. One pair of crampons.
9. One head-lamp with spare bulbs.
10. One pocket knife.
11. A pair of sun glasses.
12. One pair ski goggles.
13. One pee bottle.
14. A large pack.
15. A day pack

Sleeping

1. Two sleeping bags (one for Base Camp and other for high camps).
2. One foam mat.

Miscellaneous

1. Camera.
2. One repair kit.
3. One personal first aid kit.
4. Two sun and lip creams.
5. Two water bottles.
6. Head lamp batteries.

Trek and Climbing Leader(s) and Staff

Most of the leaders who lead trekking and climbing on Manslu through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about local culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality contribute to the success of the trip. Although our Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. All climbing guides of Ang Rita Trek  are locally employed and are mostly trained by legendary Everest hero, Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest for ten times without supplemental oxygen. All our climbing guides have gained extensive experience by successfully summiting Everest and other mountains. Safety is the prime concern in the expedition and all our climbing Sherpas give high priority for the safe climbing.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Climbing Season

The best season for climbing Manaslu is in post monsoon season from September – October. The expedition can be planned from mid April to end of May in the spring season. This is the only 8000m. peak in Nepal which is ideal for climbing in the post monsoon season.

Departures Cost
August 27, 2016 4 pax US $ 7200. Per person 6 pax US $ 6800. Per person inquiry
September 4, 2016 4 pax US $ 7200. Per person 6 pax US $ 6800. Per person inquiry
Cost Includes
  1. Equipment allowance, daily allowance & insurance for base camp staff ( Guide, cook, kitchen boy and liaison officer )
  2. Food and fuel at the base camp
  3. All camping equipment at the base camp such as, member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables.
  4. Trek support for climbing members from Arughat - base camp – Beshishahar.
  5. Porters to carry loads from Aarughat - base camp – Beshishahar.
  6. Royalty and peak permit
  7. Airport arrival and departure
  8. Land transportation from Kathmandu – Arughat - Beshishahar - Kathmandu
  9. Accommodation at hotels in Kathmandu before and after the expedition on BB plan.

Cost Excludes
  1. High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  2. Climbing equipment, tents and personal equipment above base camp
  3. Personal accident insurance and emergency rescue evacuation
  4. Meals while staying in Kathmandu.
  5. Gratuity to trekking and expedition staff.

Trip Price

USD 7200 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Manaslu/Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 8163m.
  • Trip Duration:: 48 Days
  • Difficulty Level:: Difficult
  • Best Time:: August - September
  • Trip Mode:: Camping
  • Trip Highlights:: Great climbing on snow slopes with high rate of success and fabulous trekking to the base camp and crossing over Larkya La. The only 8000m. peak in Nepal to be climbed in post monsoon season. The peak’s long ridge provides several routes for reaching the summit.

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