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Manaslu Climbing Expedition | Summit Climb

  • Manaslu Photo Manaslu summit left, 'Forepeak' right. Photo Jean Luc Bremond
  • Manaslu Photo Marin and Jangbu climbing high above the Manaslu Glacier. Daniel Mazur Photo
  • Manaslu Photo Marin Minamiya, Japan youngest 8000 metre climber, became the worlds youngest woman to summit Mount Manaslu
  • Manaslu Photo Climber using fix rope for climbing from camp 2 to camp 3. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Manaslu Photo Marin in fix rope. Photo Marin
  • Manaslu Photo Ski on Manaslu. Photo Dan
  • Manaslu Photo At Camp 1. Marin Minamiya Photo
  • Manaslu Photo You can see tents on Camp 1 - hiking up toward camp 2. Dan Mazur Photo
  • manaslu Manaslu Basecamp. Photo Marin
  • Manaslu Photo Jangbu, Marin, Vincent, and Jason in Camp 1. Dan Mazur photo
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  • Dates and cost: 28 August to 4 Oct, 2018. 38 days in Nepal.
  • Full Service Cost: $12,850, £9,650, €10,850; Basic Climb Cost: $8,150 £6,400 €6,850(Converted 16-08-2016) (Basic Price Includes basecamp meals and sleeping tent)
  • Full service includes: Sherpas, hotels, trek to basecamp (bc), ropes, good food on trek, in bc, & climb, group climbing equipment, tents, radios, satphones, etcetera.
  • Climbing Manaslu qualifies you for Everest from Tibet, Everest from Nepal or Lhotse .

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  • World's eighth highest & most accessible 8000 metre/26,200 foot peak in Nepal. High altitude "easy" snow climb.
  • What makes Manaslu so easy is that there is no technical climbing.
  • Trek to basecamp experiencing the unique culture of Nepal off the beaten path.
  • We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
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Manaslu Programme Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (photo by Samuli Mansikka: looking down the summit ridge of Manaslu).

 

Manaslu Programme Description:

  • Introduction: Mount Manaslu at 8156 metres/26,759 feet is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition (photo by Samuli Mansikka: climbing above camp 1). 
    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to basecamp and/or a lower village.
    • The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, 'walkie-talkie' radios, satellite telephones, the best oxygen bottles and apparatus available, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, individual tents for each member in basecamp, a full kitchen in basecamp, 4 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamow bag, and extensive medical kit. Base camp has an excellent high-altitude medical clinic with a doctor on staff .
    • Bring your skiis and snowboard for some fun high mountain skiing and boarding.
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over prior Manaslu expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world's highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and helicoptor/restaurateurs. back to top

 

Vincent Callet climbing above Camp 1, which is visible in the centre left. Daniel Mazur Photo. Marin and Jangbu climbing high above the Manaslu Glacier. Daniel Mazur Photo. Manaslu team ascends ladder to Camp 2. Daniel Mazur Phot0

  • Leader and staff: In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp, and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Manaslu. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day.
    • On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek (photo by Samuli Mansikka: our comfortable basecamp).
    • Our comfortable basecamp: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our heated dining tent.
    • On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route, set up high camps and carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You may not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb.
    • Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. For information about hiring a personal sherpa, please contact us. back to top
  • Manaslu National Park: Unlike many other regions in Nepal, this valley is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow Leopards and Pandas. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles have been recorded. Conservation of wild life in the area has been achieved by monks of the monasteries in the area by putting a hunting ban in place. This action has helped the wildlife to prosper. The area is now an important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar. The valley basin has a rich eco diversity and includes nineteen different types of forests, most prominently Rhododendron, and also Himalayan blue pine, which is flanked by Ganesh Himal and the Sringi ranges. Medicinal herbs and aromatic plants, have also been recorded in different forests types and adjoining vegetation. Overall, the presence of 19 types of forests and other forms of dominant vegetation have been recorded from the area.Our Manaslu expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world, included in the price (photo by Samuli Mansikka: trekkers crossing a suspension bridge on their way to Manaslu base camp). back to top
  • Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding (photo caption: Our Basecamp at 4750 metres - 15,500 feet. Photo by Jean Luc ) past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. We drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani via Besisahar before trekking to Kharche, Bimthang, Samdo and Samagaon before reaching Manaslu basecamp.
  • Basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. We have comfortable, heated dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
  • Climbing to the high camps:
    • Above basecamp: The route up to Camp 1 involves climbing over grassy slopes, rock slabs and moraine, followed by a crevassed glacier with occasional small ice steps to Camp 1 at 5700 metres/18,700 feet.
    • From camp 1: The route to Camp 2, at 6,200m/20,341ft, is considered the technical crux of the climb with some steep sections fixed with ropes and occasionally ladders (photo by Samuli Mansikka: our high camp 4, getting ready to head for the summit). The terrain features long 40 degree snow slopes with a few vertical ice steps where front-point cramponing is required with the aid of fixed ropes.
    • From camp 2: Above Camp 2 the slopes ease off with fixed ropes on intermittent steep sections but in general the route to Camp 3 (6900 metres/22,637 feet) is relatively straightforward.
    • From Camp 3: there is 550 metre/1800 feet of climbing to Camp 4 at 7,450 metres/26,781 feet.

 

Jean Luc Bremond climbing up to camp 2. Photo Zoltan Benedek. Jangbu, Marin, Vincent, and Jason in Camp 1. Dan Mazur photo . Zoltan Benedek climbing to Camp 2. Please note the climbers resting below on the left. Jean Luc Bremond Photo.
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. In fact, we might even descend to a lower village for three-four days to soak up the sunshine and thicker air before our final summit push. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams.
  • Summit attempt: the climbing is not technical in the early part as we ascend through several basins with short headwalls. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit for a spectacular view. Our strong sherpa team will fix ropes, break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the 8th highest mountain in the world (photo by Samuli Mansikka: climbers heading for the summit of Manaslu). back to top
  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
    • You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Mustagata, Ama Dablam , Denali, Aconcagua, North Col or other.
    • To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice. back to top

Manaslu Expededition Climbing Cost

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leaders: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • Transport to base camp for you and equipment to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation and meals on the trek;
  • The basic cost includes sleeping tent at basecamp;
  • Yak transport of all equipment to and from basecamp;
  • Three hot meals per day in base camp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
  • Skillful base camp cooks;
  • All mountain, and base camp food;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; base camp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, solar charging system etc;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, base camp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • In addition to our top-quality high-altitude tents, we now provide an individual tent (1 tent per person) in base camp.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $25 per night. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure.

Trekking: For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we try not to ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain.

Full personal-private sherpas-

  • For those who do not wish to carry their own rucksack, or prepare their own meals and drinks above basecamp, we offer full personal-private sherpas (or, you may wish to share one with another member). A personal sherpa climbs and camps with you at all times and carries approximately ten kilos/22 pounds of your personal belongings. He also helps with boiling water and making your meals on the mountain. The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is as follows.
  • A Nepalese sherpa is available for: $5450 USD.

High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-

  • Divide the above prices by four if you would like to have approximately 10 kilos of your personal equipment carried up and down the mountain, between camps. You must provide a 48 hour notice while on the mountain. Although the price is less than the full personal-private sherpa, the "personal-equipment-carriage-service" does not involve the additional services provided by the full personal-private sherpa. This service is mainly to help get equipment up and down between camps. If you need more help than this, please consider hiring a full personal-private sherpa.

Oxygen: You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen. About half of our Manaslu team members do. It's not like Everest where oxygen is absolutely necessary, but some Manaslu climbers like it because it gives them a little extra edge of "insurance" that they will be feeling as well as possible when resting in the high camp and on summit day, both climbing up to the summit and on descent. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen, and a couple four-litre bottles should be more than enough, and you also need the mask, hoses, and regulator. Or, you can have the full set of three bottles, which includes mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 30% buy back policy bottles on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.

Here are the costings:

  • A. Three bottle set (we recommend a three bottle set for Manaslu): $2150 USD. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). We have a 30% "buy-back" policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition. Extra bottles: $510 USD each.
    If purchased separately:
  • B. Mask + Hoses (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator perfectly): We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks and hoses in good condition. $285 USD.
  • C. Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottle and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% buy-back policy on regulators in good condition. $485 USD.
  • D. One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles. $510 USD each.

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa. 

Oxygen buy-back policy: We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles, regulators in good condition, and masks and hoses in good condition. Refunds take 90 days to process from the pre-planned expedition date to process.

Cooks and Food: On trek, our top notch cooks provide three very tasty meals each day. In base camp on our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel..

We provide you with a special high altitude stove and fuel canisters. Our stoves are of the "hanging" type, designed to be used inside the tent (well ventilated of course). We have found these to be the best possible stoves for high altitude use, as it is essential to cook inside the tent during stormy weather. Our stoves are suspended above the floor so you have room to sit comfortably and warmly in your sleeping bag while cooking.

Our high altitude fuel is of two types. Above 7000 metres/23,000 feet we use imported propane/butane 250 gramme canisters. Below 7000 metres/23,000 feet we refill the canisters with propane gas. Liquid fuel does not work above 6000 metres/19,700 feet so we don't use liquid fuel above basecamp or advanced basecamp.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

*What is not included?

  • International flights to Kathmandu and back to your home country.
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance .
  • Personal climbing and trekking equipment and clothing .
  • Climbing oxygen .
  • Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows: Manaslu Summit Bonus: $1000 Kitchen Staff tips $100
  • Visa and Passport: Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD. 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank page

  • Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included. back to top

* Our "basic climb" includes:

  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Includes 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;
  • Yak transport for personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag) from the road to and from basecamp;
  • A walkie-talkie radio is provided to stay linked-in with the leader of the full service expedition while on the mountain;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, base camp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents), coordinated with our own "full-service" climbing team.
  • Other necessary services and supplies (ie: extra yaks, trek services, basecamp meals, high altitude services and equipment), may be purchased and hired at minimal expense. We offer basic climb "packages" as noted below, or, we can furnish individual items such as tents, stoves, gas, food, etcetera. back to top
  • Airport transfers from Kathamandu Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel and back at the end of the expedition.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

Add the following services to the basic climb:

  • High altitude leaders, sherpas, tents, equipment, walkie-talkies, food, stoves, fuel, etcetera: $4700 USD.
For more about our basic climb, please visit our "Notes for Basic Members" .

Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com.

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb Itinerary

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Manasulu daily itinerary or scroll down.

Please also visit our Manaslu route description for more about what to expect on the drive from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera.

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal and Tibet.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

  1. Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 metres/4,300 feet);
  2. Orientation, training and equipment review at hotel in Kathmandu, shopping day to pick up missing bits of clothing and equipment, group dinner at a local tasty restaurants;

    Trekking to Base camp

  3. Kathmandu to Besisahar drive via Bus 9 – 12 hrs bus ride (760 m / 2,490 ft). We will spend a night in Tea House;
  4. Besi shar to Dharapani drive via 7-8 hrs Jeep ride (1,860 m /6,100 ft). We will spend a night in Tea House;
  5. Dharapani to Kharche 6-7 hrs hike. (2700 meter / 8,850 ft ). We will spend a night in Tea House;
  6. Kharche to Bimthang. 6-7 hrs hike. [3,720 m / 12,205 ft]. We will spend a night in Tea House;
  7. Rest in Bimthang, short acclimatization walk before lunch;
  8. Bimthang to Samdo [3,860 m / 12650 ft] Via Larkya-La Pass [5,160 m / 16950ft]. 9-11 hrs hike. We will spend a night in Tea House;
  9. Samdo to Sama Gaon (3690 meter / 12100 ft) (8 hrs) last village before base camp;
  10. Rest in Sama Gaon, Acclimatization, Re-packing, shopping, etc;
  11. Sama to BaseCamp (4,800m /15,750ft). 6-7 hrs hike;
  12. Rest in basecamp & Acclimatization, training, and organization;
  13. Rest in basecamp & Acclimatization, training, and organization; back to top

    Climbing Manaslu

  14. Walk to camp 1 return base camp;
  15. Rest in base camp;
  16. Walk to camp 1, Sleep;
  17. Explore the route to Camp 2. Return to base camp;
  18. Rest in base camp;
  19. Rest in base camp;
  20. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;
  21. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;
  22. Explore the route to camp 3. Return to base camp. Rest;
  23. Rest in base camp;
  24. Rest in base camp;
  25. Rest in base camp;
  26. Walk to camp 1 and sleep there;
  27. Walk to camp 2 and sleep there;
  28. Walk to camp 3 and sleep there; back to top

    Summit Days:

  29. Summit attempt;
  30. Summit attempt,
  31. Summit attempt, descend to camp 2;

    Going Home:

  32. Pack and prepare to depart, trek to Sama Goan;
  33. Trek to Bimthang where we camp for the evening in Tea house;
  34. Trek to Dharapani where we camp for the evening in Tea House;
  35. Drive to Besi Shar where we camp for the evening in Tea House;
  36. Bus to Kathmandu;
  37. Celebration Banquet. Packing and final shopping in Kathmandu;
  38. Say Good-bye to your new friends, Departure for home. back to top

Thank you for joining our Manaslu Expedition

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb Route Description

Jangbu Sherpa climbing the icefall in the early morning hours. Manaslu summit in background. Marin Minamiya Photo. Evening scene in Camp 1. Marin Minamiya Photo. Descending the Manaslu glacier to Camp 1. Daniel Mazur Photo

   

Dan, Vincent, Marin and Na Tenji descending an ice wall. Photo Jangbu Sherpa. Dan Mazur climbing the icewall to camp 2. Marin Minamiya Photo. Dan descends a ladder while Vincent Callet belays while descending from Camp 2 to Camp 1 during a snow storm. Jangbu Sherpa Photo.

Mount Manaslu Climb - Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Manaslu and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Manaslu Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Manaslu Frequently Asked Questions.

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • One 3 metre/10 foot sling and three 2 metre/6 foot slings.
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
  • 4 regular carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
  • Optional; Adjustable trekking poles; back to top

Upper Body-

  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket.
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in basecamp;
  • For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood, you may prefer a down/duvet suit; back to top

Hands-

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Head-

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
  • Balaclava;
  • Face mask;
  • Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
  • 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet) suit.

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

  • 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or or similar design(plastic climbing boots are not warm enough, even with over-boots or over-gaiters);
  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced basecamp and to camp 1;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
  • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-
  • For high altitude, 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • 1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
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Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
  • 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
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Personal Hygiene-

  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
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Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:

  • small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please review the information in our Cho Oyu Questions .
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested. back to top

Personal Food-

On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in basecamp.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

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  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 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 for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts. Manaslu members are requested to bring at least $1000 cash with them to Tibet.
  • credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town.
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

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Oxygen:

You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen. About half of our Manaslu team members do. Its not like Everest where oxygen is absolutely necessary, but some Manaslu climbers like it because it gives them a little extra edge of "insurance" that they will be feeling as well as possible when resting in the high camp and on summit day, both climbing up to the summit and on descent. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen, and three four-litre bottles should be more than enough, and you also need the mask, hoses, and regulator. Or, you can have the full set of three bottles, which includes mask-regulator-hoses (as well as carriage up to the high camps by our sherpas). All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 40% buy back policy bottles on unused oxygen, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition. For more information about Oxygen, please click here.

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

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Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb Leadership & Staff

 
Leadership: A very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;

 

Dan leading a meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition (Franck Pitula).

Note: Our leaders are not guides. They are there to coordinate the expedition and may or may not climb with you personally on the mountain. Our leaders will try to do everything they can to help you, but it is your responsibility to have the skills, strength, equipment, etcetera to do this climb. If you are unsure, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal and Tibet's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Cho Oyu more than 5 times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, and Cho Oyu as many as five times.

Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They may not be available to climb with members and in some instances, you may be called upon to help carry group equipment and help with group work. If you need more sherpa assistance, we encourage you to hire a personal sherpa.

For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain. For more information about hiring a personal sherpa.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera. 

We need individuals interested in becoming climbing leaders. The Leader-in-Training Programme is open to individuals to participate in any of the mountain expedition climbs offered by SummitClimb.com. If you are already a professional mountain guide, we are glad to offer you a 10% discount. We provide this on all trips to UIAGM, MLTB, AMGA, BMG, and all other certified climbing guides from every nation. Thank you for joining our team.

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Mount Manaslu Climb - International Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Cho Oyu "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Manaslu Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctors letter

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
 
Welcome to our team.

Mount Manaslu Expedition Climb - US Members Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Cho Oyu "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Manaslu Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for US Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order (if any) crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctors letter


Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

Mount Manaslu SummitClimb Review, Testimonial, Endorsement, Complaint, Feedback, Opinion

Dear SummitClimb:

I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate our excellent leadership during our Manaslu expedition this fall!

A regular expedition leader may set up a plan to to send some of his team, normally stronger , and more experienced part, to the summit. A good leader, however, may set up, and change, modify his plan to ensure the success for the entire team! Ours was such a good leader! With none of the team member having experience above 8000 meters, our leader managed to set up a great plan to lead all his team members to top of Manaslu. This is such an achievement! I highly appreciated his leadership and enjoyed this experience of my life time.

Thanks. Michael J.


Here is what Marin says:

  
Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! 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

 

Marin on the Summit of Manaslu.Marin abseiling - rapelling in a blizzard. Na Tenji Photo.Marin and Jangbu climbing high above the Manaslu Glacier. Daniel Mazur Photo

If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com .

We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trips a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Marin says:
       
    Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! 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