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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 8,000er. 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 of which the south face is 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 expedition were first summitted 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. A few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses from Camp I to Camp II. Slippery snow climbing required from Camp II to Camp III. Possibility of avalanches from Camp III to Camp IV.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Manaslu Expeditions with optional tour.
Day 04: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m – 05hrs
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola 930m – 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m – 04 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m – 06 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m – 05 hrs
Day 11:  Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,400 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13-14: At Base Camp rest and preparation for the climb of Mt. Manaslu.
Day 15: Trek and climb to Advance Camp 5,980m – 04 hrs.
Day 16-30: (15 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.
Day 31-32: Back to Base Camp.
Day 33: Cleaning up and packing at Base Camp.
Day 34: Trek to Sama-Gaon – 05 hrs.
Day 35: Trek to Lo-Gaon – 05 hrs.
Day 36-37: Trek to Jagat via Dyang.
Day 38: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.
Day 39: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.
Day 40: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 06 hours.
Day 41: Drive to Kathmandu -07 hrs and transfer to hotel.
Day 42-43: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.
Day 44: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you on Mt. Manaslu Expeditions and trekking with other related information while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Manaslu Expedition.

    We have reserved two full days for Mt. Manaslu Expedition preparation and for paper works, on this free day one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Mt. Manaslu Expedition.

  3. Day 04: Drive to Soti Khola (730 m) via Arughat (600 m), 7 hrs journeys.

    Morning a long and interesting drive to Soti Khola via Arughat village, to start this fabulous adventure around Manaslu, journey reaches at the warmer area after going through farm villages and towns, following Trisuli river for few hours as the drive diverts to Arughat via Dhading besi. On reaching Arughat near Buri-Gandaki River and then on another vehicle for the short rough drive of few hours to reach at Soti Khola for an overnight stop.

  4. Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930 m), 6 hrs.

    From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. This village named as Machha Khola meaning Fish streams.

  5. Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1,410 m), 6 hrs.

    After stopping at Macha Khola morning follows Buri Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing villages of Dovan and Yaruphant to reach Jagat village, after crossing a short suspension bridge, Jagat moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

  6. Day 07: Trek to Dyang (1,800 m), 6 hrs.

    From Jagat, the walk continues heading higher areas through many small farm villages and then a short climb with downhill crossing over the suspension bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim, a large village with scattered farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

  7. Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2,160 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning walk from Dyang leads to a cooler area where you can feel a rise in altitude, on entering the Himalayan alpine region, continue to walk downhill to Riverside to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a riverside. From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan culture, walk leads on the gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached for the overnight stop.

  8. Day 09: Trek to Lo Gaon (3,180 m), 6 hrs.

    From Ghap village with the nice good walk following Budhi Gandaki River, then crossing this river through small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat, and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. The walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Shrip village to Lo Gaon for an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.

  9. Day 10: Trek to Sama-Gaon (3,530 m), 5 hrs.

    After Lo Gaon tree lines fade only for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on a nice path with views of peaks and finally, the day ends at Sama-Gaon for an overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larkya-la pass and to Tibet border.

  10. Day 11: Rest day in Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.

    A necessary rest day for acclimatization before the climb to Mt. Manaslu, at Sama-Gaon explore around this interesting village of Tibetan culture.

  11. Day 12: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4,400 m), 5 hrs.

    After a pleasant rest at Sama-Gaon, morning walks leads with a slow and gradual climb towards Manaslu Base Camp, as paths meander on the winding faint trail heading towards south. As the walking progress gaining much altitude along with the views of Manaslu and its adjoining peaks, and then finally reaching our destination beneath world's 8th highest Mt. Manaslu at (8,163 m/26,781 ft) high, on a large summer pasture area, where our base camp will be set for the climb.

  12. Day 13-14: At Base Camp rest and preparation for the climb of Mt. Manaslu.

    Two days to relax and to maintain your physical fitness with sound health for the climb, on this day our guide and leader will brief of the climbing and its route to the summit top. Here at base camp with full preparation for the climb of Mt. Manaslu for over a two-week duration.

  13. Day 15: Trek and climb to Advance Camp (5,980 m), 4 hrs.

    From base camp walk and cross a high plateau and then skirt around a ridge of lateral moraine heading towards at the foot of Mt. Manaslu, then after few hours of a good walk with steep climb reaching much higher areas where a suitable campsite is located to establish our Advance or High Camp.

  14. Day 16-30: (15 days) Climb Mt. Manaslu summit with much preparation.

    After much preparation and planning for the final bid on world's 8th highest mountain, an early morning start from Advance Camp towards Manaslu summit, where our expedition leader controls daily routine of the expedition, where normal to establish Camp I at above (5,260 m) and Camp II at above (5,600 m) before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest. Might find odd on losing altitude rather than gaining heights on the climb to Camp I and II after Advance Camp, as the climb leads with up and down which will make acclimatization better for the climb also, while our team of guides will establish camp III, at above 6,700 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top. From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with a climb and short descend to Camp I at (5,260 m). If there’s no snow a steep path leads up to an interminable scree slope which will be much support for the climb. The camp is located on a broad snowfield at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier which is one of the few technical sections on the route. At about (7,500 m) the ridge is blocked by a line of ice cliffs here fixing ropes and snow bars. Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for a descent on this pitch, which is about 60 m high. This is one of the hardest sections of the climb but with least difficulty, climbing high above the serac unto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about (5,600 m). Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at (6,700 m). This is the highest camp and makes the summit bid from here. Summit day as always involves an early start. Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled South West Face. The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Annapurna-Lamjung and Ganesh Himal with adjoining peaks of Manaslu range Bouddha and Himal Chuli. Normally it is possible to descend from the summit all the way to advance base camp on the same day. This will depend on snow conditions and members fitness. Fifteen days of a climb from Advance Camp to the summit of Mt. Manaslu at (8,163 m/26,781 ft). After an adventure of a lifetime experience head back safely towards Base Camp using few camps on long descend.

  15. Day 31-32: Back to Base Camp.

    After an adventurous climb returns back to Base Camp, where on this day all climbing member including guide and staff should reach base camp for packing equipment and clearing up the base camp after a great climb. Everything will be packed into the expedition drums for the return journey to Kathmandu. If the road is in good condition it is sometimes possible to go to Kathmandu in one day from the Base Camp. More likely though, we might journey back across Manaslu valley enjoying its interesting culture.

  16. Day 33: Cleaning up and packing at Base Camp.

    All climbing members and staff should be at base camp to pack and ferry the load to the road head and cleaning up the base camp, start packing climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where our leader-Government Liaison Officer will check the camp and depositing the litter and bringing it back from the base camp to proper disposal sites or to Kathmandu.

  17. Day 34: Trek to Sama-Gaon, 5 hrs.

    After a successful climb and feeling high with a conquest of Mt. Manaslu after cleaning up the base camp, return trek to Samagaon walking back on route Birendra Tal a glacial lake at an altitude of (3,450 m). From here another two hours walk reaches back at Samagaon for an overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge.

  18. Day 35: Trek to Lo-Gaon, 5 hrs.

    Return walk on the same route back with much easy time on losing altitude every few hours and enjoying the views all the way to Lo-Gaon and back into tree lines.

  19. Day 36-37: Trek to Jagat via Dyang.

    Following the same path walking past farmlands and scattered villages reach you at Dyang for the overnight stop, and the continue walks to a large and nice village at Jagat.

  20. Day 38: Trek to Philim (1,590 m), 7 hrs.

    From Jagat village, morning walk downhill following the River downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for the overnight stop. This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese).

  21. Day 39: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring), 6 hrs.

    From here onward towards warmer area within paddy fields, after breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The locals believe that the spring water has a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

  22. Day 40: Trek to Soti-Khola (730 m), 6 hours.

    After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola.

  23. Day 41: Drive to Kathmandu, 7 hrs and transfer to hotel.

    With an enjoyable overnight at Soti-Khola village, our last day on the mid-hills of Mid-West Himalaya morning taking a vehicle for the long interesting overland ride to Kathmandu following Buri-Gandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat which is the last village of Gorkha area. From drive continues to Kathmandu passing through Dhading then on the good road most of the way to reach at Kathmandu, after a fascinating adventure on Mt. Manaslu Expedition.

  24. Day 42-43: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.

    We have reserve two days as contingency and a spare day in case of delay on climb and trek due to unpredictable bad weather conditions. As well to submit expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  25. Day 44: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Mt. Manaslu Expeditions and Trekking.

What's included !

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Go For Nepal’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on B/B basis.
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.
  • Permit for expedition crew.
  • Expedition Permit to climb Manaslu.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the MBC.
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and member.
  • All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Our service Charges.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee.
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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