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Mt. Manaslu Expedition(8,163 M)

 

Manaslu was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning 'intellect' or 'soul'. This is the same word that is the root of the name of the holy lake Manasarover near Mt kailas in Tibet. Just as the British considered Everest to be there mountain, Manaslu has always been a 'Japanese' mountain.Mt. Manaslu, 8163m, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is located about forty miles east of Annapurna I. It is one of the popular among the 8000m. peaks for climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal and especially for Japanese Climbers. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions. Possible avalanches in bad weather, crevasses and slippery snow make this mountain a little distinct from other mountains in Nepal. Normally 4 high camps are established to attempt the summit. This mountain considers as avalanche and crevasses risk between Camp I & Camp II has crevasses and avalanche threat from Camp III to Camp IV are notable in climbing the peak.
A very famous climber in the field of mountaineering expedition, Reinhold Messner made the fourth ascent of Manaslu as a member of a Tyroleam expedition that climbed the peak from the Marsyangdi valley in 1972.HW Tilman and Jimmy Roberts photographed Manaslu during a trek in 1950, but the first real survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952.A Japanese team made the first serious attempt on the peak from the BuriGandaki valley in 1953 when another team followed in 1954, the villagers of Samagaon told them that the first team had been responsible for an avalanche which destroyed a monastery, and refused to let the 1954 expedition climb. The expedition set off to climb GaneshHimal instead.Despite a large donation for the rebuilding of the monastery, subsequent japanese expeditions, including the one that made the first ascent in 1956, took place in an atmosphere of animosity and mistrust. The second successful Japanese expedition was in 1971 there was South Korean attempt in 1971, and in april 1972 an avalanche which resulted in the death of five climbers and 10 Sherpas ended the second South Korean expedition.This mountain is good choice to those climbers who already made a successful attempt to one of the 8000m peak to the Himalayas.

Expedition Highlights:

  •  Experience 8th highest peak and and technically easy but physiologically challenging climb
  •  Stunning views of some of the highest mountain on earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and many more.
  •  Climb shoulder to shoulder with some of our veteran climbing sherpas who have at least climbed Everest few times.Experience your first 8000m       climb on relatively safe route
  •  Test for psychological endurance
  •  Explore the Sherpa villages, meet the Sherpa people, and witness the unique Buddhist cultures by visiting some old monasteries. 

Departure dates :

02 April and 03 Sep (Flexible for Private Expedition Team)

Fitness:

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Experience:

Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. Manaslu is a non-technical peak with the possibility of a ski descent for VERY strong skiers. Ski touring in the area near ABC is also possible (and a fun way to acclimatise).To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.

Autumn season (Sept-Nov)being the best season for climbing peaks, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing.Recommended season for Manaslu Expedition.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night. Recommended season for Manaslu Expedition.Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Altitude:8163m/26781ft

Grade: Difficult

Activities:8000m Expeditions

Trip Duration:49 days

Trip Best Season:April-May & October-November

Hotels:3 nights single (share available)

Group Size:6 to 12 ((12 Maximum) (Flexible for private groups))

Start & Finish at:Kathmandu, Nepal 

Destination:Nepal

Trekking & Climbing Itinerary:

Day 01: arrive Kathmandu& transfer to hotel 

Day 02: Prepare Expedition 

Day 03: Expedition briefing in Ministry of Tourism

Day 04: Drive Arughat via Dhading (570 meters) 

Day 05: Arughat – Sotikhola, 6 hours(760m) 

Day 06: Sotikhola - Machhakhola 6/7 hours(820m)

Day 07 Machhakhola – Jagat(1360m)

Day 08: Jagat – Ukawa (2240m) 

Day 09: Ukawa - Ngyak 5/6 hours(2340m) 

Day 10: Nyak - Namrung 5/6 hours(2550m) 

Day 11: Namrung - Syallavillage(3500m) 

Day 12 Syalla - Samavillage(3660m) 

Day 13: Sama Village (3660m) 

Day 14: Sama Village - Manaslu Base camp(4400m)

Day 15- 41: Climbing Period for Manaslu 8163m. 

Day 42: Base camp - Sama village (3660m) 

Day 43: Sama – Namrung (2550m) 

Day 44: Namrung - Philim village (1590m) 

Day 45: Filim –Machakhola (820m)

Day 46: Machakhola – Soti (760m)

Day 47: Soti - Arughat (570m) 

Day 48: Arughat drive to drive to Kathmandu

Day 49: KathmanduDay 50: final Departure

 

SERVICE INCLUDES

  •  Mt. Manaslu climbing permit
  •  5 (five) nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  •  Drive in & out to the road head. 
  •  Necessary number of porters/yak to carry load
  •  Liaison officer charge 
  •  One head Sardar
  •  Cooks and Kitchen boys.
  •  Private tent at Base camp with mattress 
  •  sleeping bag & Down jacket for BC purpose 
  •  Dinning tent at BC 
  •  All necessary kitchen gears
  •  High quality high Altitude tents for high camps 
  •  Toilet & shower tent at base camp 
  •  All necessary climbing hardware gears except personal climbing gears 
  •  All meals at Base camp & high camps 
  •  Experiences Climbing Sherpa (1:2) or 1 Sherpa between 2 climbing members 
  •  Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food 
  •  EPI gas with burner for high camps 
  •  Walkie-talkie set with radio base 
  •  Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 4)
  •  Solar panel/generator with accessories at base camp for power supply and rechargingpurpose 
  •  Gammov/PAC bag at base camp 
  •  Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose 
  •  Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + LO
  •  Insurance of local team members + LO 
  •  All airport transport
  •  Celebration meal in Kathmandu
  •  Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu

SERVICE EXLUDES:

  •  Insurance of member 
  •  Visa & visa extension fees 
  •  Personal climbing equipment 
  •  Cost of emergency evacuation 
  •  Main meals in KTM and personal natures expenses
  •  Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa  

 

FEW MAJOR POINTS:

  •  The total duration of expedition is 50 days, no refund is made for any unused service 
  •  Summit bonus is minimum US $ 500 
  •  All the emergency evacuation on the mountain will be by Sherpas and group assistance, thehelicopter service is available from Base camp only. 
  •  The group should trek in and out at same date/if otherwise arranged.

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Q) Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? How can I climb Mount Everest? Can I climb the seven summits?

A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. Some ideas for preparing for climbing goals are given at the bottom of this page.

Q) Why go on a guided expedition?

A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters - working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Arun leaders and staff are there for YOU!

Q) What type of people comes along?

A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

Q) How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?

A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

Q) What gear is provided?

A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)

Q) What's the food like?

A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, a main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunch time where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.On the hill we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.

Q) Who will be responsible for my safety?

A) The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

Q) What if I get sick or have an accident?

A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.

Q) What about altitude sickness?

A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatisation schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don't be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.

Q) I don't have much time, can't we do it quicker?

A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don't have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.

Q) My friend would like to visit, but isn't really interested in climbing?

A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases of the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation, and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.