Manaslu Expedition

Mount Manaslu 8,163m, also known as Kampunge, is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Mansiri Himal part of the Himalayas about forty miles east of Annapurna ranges. Manaslu in Sanskrit means “manasa” meaning “Intellect” or “soul”. It takes approximately 50 days to climb Manaslu Peak. Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyaltsen Norbu Sherpa were the first to successfully ascend this peak on 9 May 1956. The nearest health post from the peak is in Samagaun at a distance of 1.9 km. Normally, there are four camps that need to be set up on the approach of the mountain. There will be a few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses from Camp I to Camp II. Slippery snow climbing is required from Camp II to Camp III. Avalanches are a threat from Camp III to Camp IV.

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Climbing Routes of Mount Manaslu information:

Base Camp (4,800m/15,750ft) to Camp I (5,700m/15,750ft) involves climbing over rock slabs and moraine, followed by a crevassed glacier with occasional small ice steps to Camp I. The route continues up steep slopes which lessen as the route progresses, weaving between seracs. This is the most technical section of the climb and takes between 3-6 hours.

Camp I to Camp II (6,400m/21,000ft) is considered as the technical crux of the climb with some steep sections fixed with ropes and occasionally ladders. It is located at the top of the serac section of the climb on a somewhat flat area safe from danger, although this campsite can receive a lot of snow accumulation the terrain features long 40 degree snow slopes with a few vertical ice steps where front-point cramponing is required. Acclimatized climbers can complete this leg in approximately 3-4 hours. The route continues up the upper glacier before increasing in steepness as we start to approach camp three.

Camp II to Camp III (6,800m/22,310ft) the route continues up the upper glacier before increasing in steepness as we start to approach camp three. This camp is notorious for experiencing strong winds and we need to make sure our tents have bombproof anchors. The climb from camp two to camp three is one of the shortest on the mountain and takes between 1.5-3 hours.

Camp III to Camp IV (7,450m/24,445ft) There is 550m of strenuous climbing to Camp IV. The route continues up the remaining glacier weaving through seracs with some short steep sections of ice and snow which will have fixed rope in place for safety. There is an exposed traverse with remains of past expeditions in the shape of old abandoned and destroyed tents which takes us to high camp, camp four. The climb from camp three to camp four takes between 4-8 hours.

Camp IV to the Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft). Summit day will start well before dawn and the climb should take about 6-7 hrs. The conditions and the route heads up a moderate slope immediately out of high camp before arriving at the first of the summit plateaus. The route climbs three separate tiered plateaus before arriving at the final pyramid slope. From here another short steep slope below the immediate summit is climbed until reaching the fore summit. The true summit is reached with an exposed technical traverse for around 70 meters in linear distance and this section needs to have fixed rope in place. The climb from camp four to the summit takes between 4-8 hours with 2-4 hours for the descent to camp four.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).
Day 02: Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu Valley with City Tour Guide
Day 03: Expedition briefing at Department of Tourism
Day 04: Kathmandu to Gorkha (1,300m/140km)
Day 05: Gorkha to Barpak (1,945m/75km)
Day 06: Barpak to Laprak (2,200m)
Day 07: Laprak to Khorlabenshi (970m)
Day 08: Khorlabenshi to Jagat (1,370m)
Day 09: Jagat to Deng (1,865m)
Day 10: Deng to Ghap (2,165m)
Day 11: Ghap to Lho (3,180m)
Day 12: Lho to Samagaon (3,525m)
Day 13: Acclimatization day
Day 14: Samagaon to Manaslu BC (4,850m)
Day 15 to 40: Mt. Manaslu Climbing period
Day 41: Manaslu BC clean up
Day 42: Manaslu BC to Samdo (3,800m)
Day 43: Samdo to Dharamshala (4,460m)
Day 44: Cross Larkya La Pass (5,170m). Trek to Bhimtang (3,590m)
Day 45: Bhimtang to Gowa (2,515m)
Day 46: Gowa to Tal (1,700m)
Day 47: Tal to Kathmandu by Private Jeep and transfer to Hotel
Day 48: Expedition debriefing at Department of Tourism
Day 49: Free day in Kathmandu for self shopping and other activities
Day 50: Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

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Cost Include

  • Airport pickup and drop on private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner at authentic and typical Nepalese cuisine
  • 5 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing room on BB plan
  • One day full sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English speaking City Tour Guide
  • Private land Transportation: Kathmandu to Barpak and Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Trek on lodge from Barpak to Base camp and Base camp to Dharapani. Food for Base camp during Expedition period
  • Climbing Permit fee of Mt. Manaslu Expedition
  • Special permit of Manaslu region
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entrance fees
  • Porterage of member's personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-Barpak-Base Camp-Kathmandu (max 60 Kg per person).
  • Staff: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper
  • Equipment allowance, daily allowance for Liaison officer, expedition crew and flight tickets
  • 1:1 climbing Sherpa
  • 1 tent for 2 person for Expedition
  • High altitude tents for all members and climbing Sherpas.
  • All food and fuel for Base camp and higher camps during expedition. Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Camp 2.
  • CE certified oxygen cylinders (6 x 4.3 lts. per member) with British top out mask and regulator.
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.)
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for charging mobile phones, laptop, digital cameras.
  • Emergency Oxygen -Mask and regulator, Satellite Phone (call basis), Gas heater and Generator
  • Insurance and Helicopter rescue for Nepalese expedition crew.
  • Agency service charge

Cost Non-Includes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Nepal visa fee
  • International flight tickets to and fro
  • Personal equipment for climbing & trekking
  • Personal, medical and emergency evacuation Insurance of expedition
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Walkie Talkie permit & Satellite phone permit
  • Personal expenses i.e. Telephone, Internet, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Toiletries, Filming, battery recharge, hotshower, laundry and shopping
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa and staffs tip (Minimum USD $1,200)
  • Bar Bills & beverage
  • Tips for the basecamp staffs
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed all other expenses of personal nature
  • Any other item not listed in the "Price Includes" section.

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CCHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife which covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks of Nepal with endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many more. It has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, focused attention on the Chitwan region and in 1963 the southern two-thirds of the park were declared rhino sanctuary. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal's first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Koshi River. The rectangular - shaped Reserve is contained within the east and west embankments of the Koshi Barrage. Established in 1976, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is 175 square kilometers of wildlife refuge and wetlands habitat. It is located in Eastern Nepal and can be accessed from the Mehendra Highway. The reserve is also home to the water buffalo, deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile, Ganges River Dolphin (also called the Gangetic Dolphin), and over 280 species of birds. In additional to wildlife, the Reserve also protects a substantial part of the Sapta Koshi, (a tributary of the Ganges River) flood plain. In 1987, it was declared a Ramsar site.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. It’s a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s natural and ethic-cultural heritage. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go White water rafting.  Rivers here are regarded as goddess, which are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a rafting adventure. Adjoining slopes often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife with many species of fish. Rafting in Nepal is a thrill of running white water rapids combining many outdoor adventures into one holiday. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually March to June and September to early December

    1. Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
    2. Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
    3. Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
    4. Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
    5. Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
    6. Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
    7. Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
    8. Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
    9. Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines that are described below.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
We recommend a mountain flight for travelers that want to be in the camera range of the highest peaks in the world. . In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. You will have a panoramic encounter with the highest majestic Mountains on earth. Cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is a cut-of-this-world experience. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snowcapped peaks as you fly above clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the many mountains along with the Kathmandu valley.