Manaslu Expedition

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Manaslu Expedition

  • World's eighth highest & most accessible 8000 metre/26,200 foot peak in Nepal. High altitude "easy" snow climb.
  • Leader: Dan Mazur from UK and USA, 3 Manaslu expeditions and 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teacher, well organized.

Please click here to view news of our expedition. We only have a few places left in the team for next season. Please conact us now to book: info@summitclimb.com .

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Dates 2021 and 2022 : 24 August to 6 October 44 days in Nepal


Full Service Cost: $14,150 £11,250 €12,450; Basic Climb Cost: $9,150 £7,250 €8,050. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2020)

Manaslu Expedition Overview

At 8,156 metres (26,759 feet), Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himal section of the Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manaslu, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu is the most accessible 8,000 meter peek in Nepal and is one of the easier 8,000 meter peaks. Join us on a unique climb that is off the beaten path.

 

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Manaslu Expedition Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

What is not included?

Our basic climb includes:

  • All permit fees and liaison officer
  • Basecamp meals; basecamp sleeping tent, basecamp dining tent, and tables and chairs
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, for you and personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), including accommodation and meals on the road
  • A walkie-talkie radio
  • Emergency equipment and supplies
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents)
  • Airport transfers
  • Other services and may be purchased and hired at minimal expense

Add on High Attitude Support : Click here for prices

  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps

Oxygen: You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen, which is optional on Manaslu. Approximately half of our members choose to use oxygen. Click here for prices

We recommend a three bottle set for Manaslu. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask, regulator, hoses, as well as carriage to the high camps by porters. Extra bottles are available for an additional fee. We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition.

Oxygen supplies may be purchased separately. The same buy-back policy applies.The following may be purchased individually:

  • Mask and Hoses which are guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator.
  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle
  • 4 litreRussian Oxygen bottle for high-altitude climbing
Manaslu Expedition Itinerary

1. Arrive Kathmandu, 1,300 meter (4,265 feet.) Stay at hotel.
2. Orientation, training, and equipment review at hotel in Kathmandu, last minute shopping, group dinner. Stay at hotel.
3. Ride a bus 9-12 hours to Besisahar, 760 meters (2,493 feet.). Stay at tea house
4. Take a Jeep 7-8 hours to Dharapani, 1,860 meters (6,102 feet). Stay at tea house
5. Hike 6-7 hours to Kharche, 2,700 meters (8,858 feet).Stay at tea house
6. Hike 6-7 hours to Bimthang, 3,720 meters (12,205 feet).Stay in tea house
7. Rest in Bimthang, short acclimatization hike. Stay in tea house.
8. Hike 9-11 hours to Samdo 3,860 meters (12,644 feet) via Larkya-La Pass 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Stay at tea house.
9. Hike 8 hours to SamaGaon, 3,690 meters (12,106 feet)
10. Rest in SamaGaon. Acclimatization, re-packing, shopping, etc
11. Rest in SamaGaon. Acclimatization, re-packing, shopping, etc
12. Hike 6-7 hours to base camp, 4,800 meters (15,748ft).
13. Rest in basecamp. Acclimatization, and setting up camp.
14. Climbing equipment review in basecamp.
15. Ice climbing training on glaciers near basecamp.
16. Rest in basecamp. Acclimatization, training, and organization.
17. Walk to camp 1 return to base camp
18. Rest in base camp
19. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.
20. Walk to Camp 2. Return to base camp.
21. Rest in base camp.
22. Rest in base camp.
23. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.
24. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there.
25. Walk to camp 3. Return to camp 2 and sleep there.
26. Return to base camp.
27. Rest in base camp.
28. Rest in base camp.
29. Rest in base camp.
30. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there.
31. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there.
32. Walk to camp 3 and sleep there.
33. Climb to Camp 4.
34. Summit attempt.
35. Extra day for summit attempt.
36. Descend to camp 2.
37. Descend to basecamp.
38. Pack and prepare to depart. Trek to SamaGoan.
39. Trek to Bimthang. Stay at tea house.
40. Trek to Dharapani. Stay at tea house.
41. Drive to BesiShar. Stay at tea house.
42. Take bus to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel
43. Celebration Banquet. Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel
44. Say Good-bye to your new friends and depart for home.

Manaslu Expedition Leaders and Sherpa
Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. You will have an excellent experience on Manaslu.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
Manaslu Expedition Packing List

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles
  • Abseiling/Rappelling Gloves

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat
     
    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent
       
  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)
       
  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.
     
    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)
       
  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes
  • Face Mask
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food
     
    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manaslu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)
       
  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt
     
    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Meals
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manaslu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:
 
  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)

Oxygen:

A 5 bottle set of oxygen is included in the cost of our full service Everest, K2, and Lhotse expeditions. It may be purchased for Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu.

Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.

Manaslu Expedition - Training and Fitness
Prior winter snow walking, climbing, camping, and experience at altitude is recommended. The trip includes climbing training. We will teach you everything you need to know on glaciers near basecamp. Team members should be fit and in good health. Please see our questions section for fitness training advice.
Manaslu Expedition Questions
Manaslu is considered an "easier" 8000 meter peak, but all the 8000m peaks are quite challenging.Climbers on a Manaslu expedition should be in excellent physical shape and be mentally prepared for a several week expedition.  Many climbers choose Manaslu as their first 8000m peak.
Manaslu is more technically challenging that Cho Oyu and Broad Peak, but not as challenging as Everest or K2. 
Manaslu is unique in that it is in a remote part of Nepal, but is easy to access compared to other 8000m peaks. Manaslu is a considered an "easy" 8000m peak, and the perfect training ground for people interested in climbing Everest. The climbing on Manaslu is interesting and varied. The more challenging sections are relatively short.
Our expedition starts in Kathmandu, Nepal with an orientation and last minute shopping. From there, we travel by bus to where the roads make travel by Jeep necessary. Where the road ends, we begin a multi-day hike along rivers, past waterfalls, and through remote villages. At basecamp, SummitClimb provides comfortable home for the next few weeks. Days are spent training, resting, and making progressively higher acclimatization climbs up the mountain. Summit day is long and physically challenging, but totally worth it. The experience of reaching the Manaslu's tiny summit is like no other. 
Manaslu Application Forms

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.

In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:  

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Here is what Marin says: Yes, I recommended  my friend to climb Cho Oyu with you because I think you're an absolutely great guide. To be honest.. I've been regretting booking for Everest with the expensive company so early on last year that now I can't change my booking or even have my money back! :( I really wish I had booked with you, because I know exactly how you operate, and I really don't like the expensive company's Military Precision climbing style at all. I guess we'll see how it goes, but if I find their style too suffocating I might move to your team on the mountain. Plus, the expensive company's summit 'prediction' date is May 18th and I will be flying out of Kathmandu by May 25th, which I find a little early for a summit bid.

Anyhow, I hope you are doing fantastic, happy as always, and enjoying the laid back fun-style climb! I'll speak to my friend about the Cho Oyu climb, it'll be awesome if he joins your team.

Keep in touch, Stay warm! Marin