Signing up for Manaslu Climbing Course will take you to the top of world's 8th highest mountain and at the same time quench your thirst for knowledge in climbing. Manaslu lies in the mid-Western part of Nepal at an altitude of 8163 m. It falls in the Manaslu Conservation Area and is a home to many endangered species including Snow Leopard and Red Panda. Mount Manaslu is gorgeously surrounded by Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Himalchuli (7893 m), Annapurna Range, Shringi (7187m) and many other snowcapped peaks.
The beauty of the Manaslu trail is its enticing sceneries and the diverse cultures. The trekking trail is also an ancient route for trading salt from Tibet. We will hear Budhi Gandaki River rumbling as we walk to our destination. As we reach a higher elevation, we can see a freshwater lake, Birendra Lake which is near Punhyen Glacier and Gompa in Samagaun. The top of Mt. Manaslu is quite narrow (can fit only two people at a time) and has a soft edge which drops down deep.
The best time to make the expedition is March to May and September to November. The climb requires an abnormal state climbing ability and experience, as the course is exceptionally testing. The 46 days expedition will dare your physical and mental endurance; but trust us, it will also make you better prepared for summiting higher than 8163 m. This climbing course will impart the knowledge required for a skilled mountaineer.
Summiting Mt. Manaslu includes 5 camps, namely Manaslu Base Camp (4895 m), Camp I (5800 m), Camp II (6400 m), Camp III (6800 m), and Camp IV (7400 m), after which we head towards the peak. After the climb, you will take with you a clearer mind, a skilled body and a big bag full of memories.
Upon the arrival of your landing in Kathmandu, you will be picked up at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We will then drop you at your hotel.
The 2nd and 3rd day will be dedicated to theoretical sessions on Nirvana Climbing Course and introduction on Manaslu Expedition. The session will be held at Kathmandu.
It will take us about 5 and half hours to drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. The road from Kathmandu to Gorkha is quite good. But from Gorkha to Arughat, the roads are quite uneven. Nevertheless, the views of majestic mountains will treat you very well. Arughat is a small town on the banks of Budhi Gandaki.
From Arughat, we will walk for about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola. Located on the northern side of Arughat, Soti Khola is a small village where we will get to observe a unique lifestyle of people, different than the city areas.
The trail beginning from Soti Khola runs parallel to Budhi Gandaki, giving us the fresh feels of the cold river. After 3 hours walk from Soti Khola, we will reach Lapubesi where we will stop for lunch. From Lapubesi, another 3 hours walk will take us to Machha Khola.
The 7th day includes a lot of steep descends and ascends. In the 5-6 hours trek, we will pass through many places like Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dobhan, and Yaru Bagar, finally taking us to Jagat.
As we gradually enter towards more Tibetan influences, a 5-6 hours trek will take us from Jagat to Philim. Passing through rocky ridges and cliff edges, we will reach Philim, which is on the eastern side of Ghatta Khola.
There will be steep gorges and grassy slopes as we head from Philim towards Deng. Once we reach the Bamboo forests, it can be assumed that the village of Deng is nearby. The trail for the day is quite short, i.e. up to 3-4 hours.
A beautiful village with much Buddhist and Tibetan influence will be our destination for the day. As we gradually trek through more ups and downs, we will reach Ghap in about 5 hours. This small village is beautiful and famous for Mani walls with carvings related to Buddha.
Walking 6 hours from Ghap will take us to Lho. Walking through the foot of the Himalayan range, we will be enticed by the dazzling perspectives all around. As we pick up elevation, we can likewise observe particular changes of vegetation.
From Lho, a 6 hours walk through Mani stone walls of the Lho village will take us to Sama Goan. An additional walk to Pungen Glacier, which takes about 20 minutes' walk from Sama Goan, can also be included in the day's activity.
On the 13th day, we will rest at Sama Goan, as we need to acclimatize and prepare our bodies for the further climb.
On this day, we will leave Sama Goan to head towards Manaslu Base Camp in about 3-4 hours. The trail involves steep climbs through rugged topography. We can enjoy the beautiful Birendra Lake that lies near to the base camp.
At the Manaslu Base Camp, a 3 days practical session on Nirvana Climbing Course will be conducted. The three days practical training will teach you many skills related to mountain climbing like ice climbing, crevasse rescue, route finding, abseiling, etc.
We will spend about 27 days in climbing Mt. Manaslu. We will gradually head towards the peak, ensuring that we are well acclimatized. Following the guidance of the experienced Sherpa and utilizing the practical skills we recently learned, we will successfully make the summit. We will set four camps before finally reaching the top. From the top, we will be able to view a vista of mountains, giving us pleasant views of mountains above the clouds.
Having accomplished our goal, we will return to Sama Goan from the Manaslu Base Camp. Though tracing the same path again, we will be returning with a new accomplishment.
In a span of 5 days, we will return from Sama Goan to Arughat, paving back the path we had previously covered.
From Arughat, we will drive back to Kathmandu through a 5-6 hours' drive.
On the final day of your stay in Nepal, we will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for a safe return to your home country.