Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu also known as Kutang with 8162m (26,781ft) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is an imposing mountain being a 3092m prominence it extends from crops cultivation area to the area permanently covered with snow and ice; hence it looks like a serrated wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. It is located in a remote and isolated area and the first photographs were obtained only in 1950 by British expedition. It was surveyed for climbing by Japanese expedition in 1952 and after few attempts between 1953 and 1956 it was finally climbed by Japanese in 1956.
Manaslu means "Mountain of the Spirit" and it comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul".
Traditionally, the spring season, is the least hazardous from aspects of bad weather, snowfall and avalanches. Manaslu is one of the more risky 8000m peaks to climb. As of May 2008, there have been 297 ascents of Manaslu and 53 deaths on the mountain, making it the 4th most dangerous 8000m peak, behind Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2. The climb however is technically simple and not much more difficult then Cho Oyu. But with a considerably higher objective danger of avalanches. It is a perfect peak to gain invaluable 8000m experience before attempting highly technical mountain like Annapurna, high 8000m mountain or Everest.

Itinerary Details of Manaslu Expedition

Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and Hotel transfer

Day 02:    Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities

Day 03:    Drive 6hrs from Kathmandu to Arughat(950m); camping

Day 04:    Trek 5hrs from Arughat to Khanchok(950m); camping

Day 05:    Trek 5hrs from Khanchok to Sotikhola (1165m); camping

Day 06:    Trek 5hrs from Sotikhola to Machhakhola(1330m); camping

Day 07:    Trek 6hrs from Machhakhola to Jagat(1350m); camping

Day 08:    Trek 5hrs from Jagat to Ngyak(2300m); camping

Day 09:    Trek 6hrs from Ngyak to Namrung(2550m)

Day 10:    Trek 5hrs from Namrung to Syalla village (3150m

Day 11:    Trek 7hrs from Syalla Village to Sama Gaun(3780m)

Day 12:    Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Village

Day 13:    Trek 6hrs from Sama Village to Manaslu Base Camp (4700m)

Day 14-42: Climbing period; summit Manaslu (8163m)

Day 43:    Preparation to return to Kathmandu; Clean Base Camp

Day 44:    Trek 5hrs from Base Camp to Sama village(3780m)

Day 45:    Trek 5hrs from Sama village to Namrung(2550m)

Day 46:    Trek 4hrs from Namrung to Philim village (2300m)

Day 47:    Trek 6hrs from Philim Village to Machakhola(1330m),

Day 48: Trek 5hrsfrom Machakhola, to Soti Khola (1165m)

Day 49:    Trek 4hrs from Soti, Khola to Arughat(950m)

Day 50:    Drive 7hrs from Arughat to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus; hotel accommodation

Day 51:    Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); leisure and shopping. Farewell and celebration dinner in the evening.

Day 52:    Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities
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