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Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles East of Annapurna and it is part of the Mansiri Himal mountain chain in the Nepal Himalayas. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer possible access from all directions, providing several routes to mountaineers because of this favorable topography. They all culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape: when viewed from afar, this is its dominant feature.
We will provide you a full service expedition, starting from an experienced climbing-guide manager which will offer you the best balance and compromise between quality and expenses. The team will be supported by a 1:2 Sherpa to climber ratio. Our Sherpas are 8000m-experienced: most of them reached to the summit of Manaslu and many other highest mountains.
# After 10-11 days trek from Arughat (570m) we will reach to Manaslu Base Camp (4800m). We wil spend couple of days at Base camp before heading to Camp I.
# We set up Camp I (5700n) above the glacier on a protected area. While climbing to Camp I, we use fixed ropes and carefully follow the route marker over the glacier.
# Camp II (6400m) is located at the safe section.
# It is short climb from Camp II to Camp III (6800m) also known as intermediate camp.
# Climbing to Camp IV (7300m), which is last camp on our Manaslu Expedition. Traditionally there are 3 camps above base camp C1 (5,500m), C2 (6,300m) and C3 (7,300 m). While climbing we climb through varies from glacier crossings to steep snow steps and requires a good understanding of basic alpine climbing techniques.
We will be staying at 3 star-hotels in Kathmandu and camping while trekking and climbing. All rooms are on twin-shared bedroom. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and at an extra cost.
14 Summits will arrange rooms with private bathrooms; however, while camping, there will be tented shower and bathroom.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be a welcome and a farewell dinner organized for our guests. During the trekking, all meals will be provided, including tea and coffee prepared by our cook. We will have breakfast and dinner in the camping area, whereas we will spend lunch on our way to next destination. The menu will offer both authentic Nepalese, Tibetan and continental meals.
Mount Manaslu Expedition is a strenuous one. Climbers who can walk and climb up to 5-6 hours a day on uphill and downhill trails will find this expedition really fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves by climbing, jogging and exercising regularly for at least a couple months prior to the expedition’s beginning. Climbing to the Mt. Manaslu should be relatively fine for those who have experience climbing/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past climbing and hiking experience would be an asset because technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform 14 Summits before booking the trek.
The best time for expedition to Mt. Manaslu Expedition is during spring (April to May) and autumn ( September to October). The temperature is moderate and it guarantees amazing views throughout the whole trip. Although this expedition can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Utmost Adventure has compiled for you a list of necessary equipment and personal medical supplies, to face possible symptoms you could get during the trekking or the peak climbing. Please do understand that the items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and a basic understanding of medical conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, photocopies of passport, visa (better to file the visa form prior departure here Tourist Visa Form and print it out) to pay upon arrival at the airport.
Dollars/Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing cash from cash machines.
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes of lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn;
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel;
One (fast drying) synthetic towel;
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids), alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits);
One skin blister repair kit;
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package);
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package);
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at pharmacies with no doctor’s prescription;
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at pharmacies with no doctor’s prescription;
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor;
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer (available locally at pharmacies with no doctor’s prescription);
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.