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Mount Manaslu Expedition

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Mount Manaslu Expedition

The Manaslu Expedition, also known as the "Mount Manaslu Expedition," is a strenuous journey to summit Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest peak. This expedition invites climbers and mountaineers to explore the Himalayan region's difficult terrain and rarefied air. The ascent is about more than just reaching the summit; it is about experiencing nature's grandeur and pitting human strength against the mountains. Climbers must navigate a treacherous landscape, demonstrating their endurance and determination. The allure of the Manaslu Expedition is not only its physical challenge but also the spiritual and emotional depths it provides. Each climber joins a long-standing tradition that transcends geographical and personal boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on those who take part.

Mount Manaslu, also known as Kampung, is Nepal's eighth-highest peak, at 8,163 meters. Its name, which comes from Sanskrit, represents both intellect and soul, reflecting the spiritual expedition of those who dare to climb its slopes. Toshio Imanishi of Japan and Gyaltsen Norbu Sherpa, two mountaineers from Nepal, teamed up on May 9, 1956, to make the first successful ascent of Manaslu. This marked the beginning of the expedition to conquer the mountain. The expedition typically begins in Gorkha or Dhading Besi, with a strenuous 12.2-kilometer trek to the base camp. Mount Manaslu is a test of human endurance and fortitude, requiring unwavering commitment and meticulous preparation. Mount Manaslu is a mountain that requires a great deal of careful planning and preparation, even though it is known as one of the more manageable 8,000-meter peaks. Climbers must be in peak physical condition and mentally resilient for them to be able to traverse treacherous terrain and endure extreme altitudes. Five to six weeks is the typical duration of the expedition, which includes a hike to the renowned Manaslu Base Camp, which is located at an elevation of 4,400 meters. The technical difficulties that Mount Manaslu presents are distinct from those that other peaks present. It requires dexterous maneuvering and unwavering concentration. Those who dare to venture into the realm of the world's highest peaks and forge a path toward greatness are proof that the expedition is a testament to the indomitable will of those individuals.

The nearest settlement, Samagaun, serves as a pit stop, offering provisions and a brief respite before the ascent. To conquer Manaslu, climbers must navigate through a series of four strategically positioned camps, each providing rest and acclimatization amidst the extreme conditions. The journey from Camps I to II presents treacherous terrain demanding focus and skillful navigation. The subsequent leg of the ascent, from Camps II to III, introduces slippery snow climbing, testing physical prowess and mental fortitude. Ascending further toward Camp IV, the stakes escalate dramatically as the looming threat of avalanches casts a shadow of peril over their quest. Negotiating this precarious stretch demands technical proficiency and a keen awareness of the ever-present dangers amidst the icy precipices. The conquest of Mount Manaslu is a testament to the indomitable spirit of human endeavor, a timeless odyssey of courage, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of the summit's elusive embrace amidst the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas.

The Mount Manaslu Expedition is a high-altitude mountaineering challenge in Nepal's Himalayas, soaring to an elevation of 8,163 meters above sea level. The expedition requires meticulous planning, technical prowess, and a commitment to safety, as the rugged terrain, relentless weather, and oxygen-deprived atmosphere present formidable challenges. Climbers traverse through diverse ecological zones, from forests to glaciers, revealing the breathtaking beauty and unforgiving nature of the landscape. Despite the harsh landscape, climbers forge a profound connection with nature, drawing strength from their surroundings while pushing the boundaries of their physical and mental endurance. The Mount Manaslu Expedition is more than just a summit conquest; it is an exploration of the human spirit, a testament to the boundless ambition and resilience that drive individuals to pursue lofty goals. Participants face their fears and limitations head-on, emerging transformed by the experience. The Mount Manaslu Expedition represents a profound communion with the Himalayan heights, a chance to leave an indelible mark on mountaineering history, and a reminder of the enduring power of human ambition in the face of adversity.

Mount Manaslu Expedition

Climbing Routes on Mount Manaslu

Region

Manaslu

Duration

46 Days

Starting Price

USD 17,500.00

Group Size

2-15 Person

Activities

Expedition

Transportation

Private Overland

Accommodation

Hotel, Tent

Meal Plan

AP

Max. Altitude

8,163m

Best Season

Pre-Autumn

GPS Location

28°32'57.9984''N and 84°33'42.9948''E


Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Upon arriving in Kathmandu, a warm welcome awaits you, as our representative from Ethic Himalaya will be there to receive you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. To begin your journey on a delightful note, we have arranged a special welcome dinner in the evening. This memorable dinner will showcase an array of authentic Nepalese cuisine, accompanied by a heartwarming welcome drink to embrace the local culture.

  • 02

    Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

  • 03

    Expedition briefing at Department of Tourism

    Today, all teams will partake in a formal expedition briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. During this time, we will also have the opportunity to rest and become familiar with the local surroundings. These days are allocated for finalizing official procedures and necessary arrangements. A comprehensive briefing regarding the expedition's nature, required equipment, and team composition will be provided. This period can also be utilized for any last-minute personal shopping, given that our departure for the mountains is scheduled for the following day.

    In the late afternoon of the day before our mountain departure, our climbing leader will conduct a thorough inspection of our gear and equipment. This marks our final chance to acquire any missing items in Kathmandu. Moreover, we will have the privilege of getting to know our fellow expedition members, guides, and crew members. The overnight stay will take place in Kathmandu.

  • 04

    By Private Transportation: Kathmandu - Gorkha (1,135m/140km)

    After savoring a nutritious breakfast, we begin our adventure with a scenic 5-hour drive to Gorkha Bazar. En route, be prepared to be captivated by the mesmerizing landscapes, as we pass over sparkling streams and follow the meandering banks of the Darundi Khola. As the evening sets in, we embark on an enriching excursion to the historic Gorkha Durbar, majestically perched on a hilltop. From this elevated vantage point, immerse yourself in awe-inspiring mountain vistas and bask in the radiant glow of an unforgettable sunset. Truly a journey of remarkable sights and soul-stirring experiences.

  • 05

    By Jeep: Gorkha - Barpak (1,945m)

    Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and set forth on an exhilarating trek to Barpak. Traverse the picturesque routes along the Darundi Khola and Ranglung Khola, relishing the beauty of the journey. Although the drive from Ranglung Khola to Barpak may be steep, the rewards at your destination are truly exceptional. Perched on a lush green ridge, Barpak unveils its breathtaking charm, offering stunning vistas of the mist-kissed valley below. As evening descends, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the village, where you may have the privilege of witnessing a captivating cultural show, a testament to the villagers' dedication to improving their community. And don't miss the opportunity to capture the ethereal sunrise and sunset against the majestic backdrop of the towering Bouddha Himal, a snow-crowned peak that crowns your experience with unforgettable moments.

  • 06

    Barpak - Laprak (2,100m)

    Early morning start with a scenic climb up a narrow ridge, offering stunning views of Bouddha Himal as a backdrop to Barpak. After about an hour of trekking, follow a small stone trail to the right of the main path. After three hours, reach Momche Dada (2,950m), a pass between Laprak and Barpak, providing breathtaking panoramic mountain views, grazing sheep, and lush hillsides. In spring, vibrant rhododendrons bloom, adding charm to photos with snow-capped peaks. Descend steeply for another hour or two to the Gurung village, Laprak. Spend the afternoon exploring the village, marveling at symbolic mud-brick wall murals on the houses.

  • 07

    Laprak - Khorla Benshi (975m)

    Traversing through the enchanting maze of Laprak's village paths, we reach the Jyabru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, we embark on a steep ascent, passing by terraced fields adorned with pink sorghum. The trail, at times concealed, winds skillfully around hillsides until we arrive at a small chorten below Singla village. As we continue our journey, the hike becomes gentler, treating us to captivating views of Kutang and Sringi Himal to the north. Our path leads us through more terraced fields, accompanied by the presence of papaya trees and the charming Gurung village of Khorla, before finally descending to Khorlebeshi, nestled on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. As we approach the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi, we must tread carefully on the rocky steps, all while admiring the skilled local women weaving straw mats in the village. As evening descends, the village's cultural ambassadors may grace us with their presence, offering us a chance to partake in another captivating performance, adding to the richness of our memorable journey.

  • 08

    Khorlabenshi - Jagat (1,370m)

    Today's five-hour trek promises a delightful journey. Starting along the river, we'll pass through tobacco and buckwheat fields, admiring the river-smoothed rocks. Our path leads to Tatopani, a terraced village with inviting hot springs, perfect for relaxation and even a refreshing swim in the nearby icy river. After drying off on a riverside beach, we'll continue through woods, graced by a magnificent waterfall. Crossing an old wooden suspension bridge, we'll reach Dovan, where the Budhi Gandaki River showcases steep rapids. Our trail will take us high above the river, descending to calmer waters. Crossing a new suspension bridge, we'll climb stone steps to camp below Jagat, the entrance to Manaslu Conservation National Park. Before resting, take a moment to explore the paved village of Jagat and witness the villagers' pride in their contributions to its beauty.

  • 09

    Jagat - Deng (1,865m)

    We descend stone steps from Jagat to the river, then climb terraced hillsides to Saguleri for stunning views of the 7,187-meter Sringi Himal. Passing through the picturesque village of Sirdibas, we cross the river on a long suspension bridge at Ghata Khola. The path splits with the right branch leading to Ganesh Himal. We continue upstream, making a steep climb to reach Philim. Crossing the river on a new suspension bridge, we ascend through an open forest, crossing the river twice more on poorly maintained bridges. After trekking through dense woods, we pass the chilly campsite of Pewa and later reach the village of Deng, the starting point of the lower Nubri region, Kutang. Here, the people are ethnically Tibetan but speak a different dialect from upper Nubri. We enjoy views of Lumbo Himal, Lapuchen, and Dwijen Himals. A visit to the upper floor of a local house for "chang" (Tibetan beer) and conversation by the hearth is worthwhile.

  • 10

    Deng - Ghap (2,165m)

    We ascend steep switchbacks to the humble village of Lana, known for its women weaving on looms. Trekking through beautiful pine woods and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi, offering stunning views of the Kutang Himal. The appearance of "mani stones" signifies our entry into a small Tibetan community within the high Himalayas. Ahead, we have three to four hours of trekking, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River twice and smaller tributary streams twice. We traverse mostly at higher elevations, with numerous ascents and descents through the gorge, relishing the breathtaking views along the way. Finally, we arrive at Ghap, where we set up camp for the night with the hospitality of friendly villagers.

  • 11

    Ghap - Lho (3,180m)

    Today's trek takes us on a magnificent adventure. Starting from Ghap, we ascend through a dense forest, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge and climbing smooth stone steps to reach Namrung at 2540 meters. As we continue climbing, the landscape transforms into alpine terrain, offering us sweeping mountain vistas. Namrung marks the beginning of Nubri, inhabited by Tibetans speaking a western Tibetan dialect. Continuing on, we arrive at Lihi, 2840 meters above sea level, boasting an ancient gompa and fields of barley protected by "bear watches." Our journey proceeds gently, crossing a large stream from Lidanda Glaciers to reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000 meters, where we enjoy a lunch break. After an hour's trek, we are warmly welcomed by stunning views of Manaslu upon reaching Lho.

  • 12

    Lho - Samagaon (3,525m)

    As we ascend through the upper reaches of Lho, with the majestic peaks of Manaslu in view, we encounter a new gompa and trek through a light forest beside a small river. This leads us to the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where villagers diligently work in the fields. Continuing through alpine scenery, we pass Tibetan grazing settlements, with a trail to Pung Gyan Gompa branching off. Finally, we reach Sama Gaon, passing checkered fields of barley and potato. The people of Sama Gaon are descendants of Tibetan settlers from over 500 years ago. The distinct Tibetan villages in this region are known for their characteristic entrance gates and active trade with Tibetan counterparts over nearby high passes. On clear days, you may witness village women weaving wool into gowns, traded back to Tibet. Explore the old gompa settlement and wander the captivating streets of Samagaon village for the afternoon.

  • 13

    Acclimatization day

    Today is an acclimatization day in Samagaon, giving us a break to adjust to the higher altitude and get ready for the upcoming trek. We have two exciting options for exploration: hiking to Birendra Lake with mesmerizing mountain views, or a more challenging trek to Manaslu Base Camp, offering a close encounter with the majestic Mt. Manaslu. Whichever option we choose, this day allows us to fully enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas and recharge for tomorrow's trek.

  • 14

    Samagaon to Manaslu BC (4,850m)

    Embarking from the picturesque Sama Gaon village after acclimatization, our route leads us to the base of the awe-inspiring Mount Manaslu, the world's 8th highest peak. A 5-hour trek guides us to the captivating Manaslu Base Camp, where trekkers are rewarded with an unparalleled experience. Along the way, panoramic views unfold, showcasing Sama Gaon below and the serene Birendra Taal lake nestled amidst the Manaslu Glacier. The journey offers more than physical ascent, inviting travelers to bask in breathtaking beauty, with vistas of peaks like Manaslu, Naike, and Samdo creating an inspiring backdrop. Upon reaching the base camp, surrounded by tranquility, experienced guides ensure your comfort as you soak in the natural splendor. This journey transcends a mere climb, forging a deep connection with Himalayan landscapes and creating enduring memories in nature's embrace.

  • 15-16

    Rest and Preparation Day

    Over the next two days, our focus will be on acclimatizing to the high altitude and preparing for the upcoming summit expedition on Mt. Manaslu, which is planned to take place in a little over 6 weeks. This period of rest at the base camp is essential for ensuring our proper adjustment to the altitude. Additionally, we will take this time to clean, reorganize, and ensure the readiness of our equipment and personal gear. Our overnight stay will once again be at the Everest Base Camp.

  • 16-37

    Mount Manaslu Climbing Periods

    Puja Ceremony: The Puja ceremony holds immense significance for both Sherpas and international climbers, observed before commencing the ascent. This religious ritual involves seeking the mountain's consent for the climb and the safety of all expedition participants.

    Acclimatization: Following the Puja, the group leader orchestrates the acclimatization strategy. This gradual process entails ascending to higher camps, allowing climbers' bodies to adapt to the altitude. Essential for preventing altitude sickness, which can be perilous, acclimatization involves periods at higher altitudes, followed by descent to the base camp.

    Rest Days: Rest days are pivotal for recovery and preparation prior to the summit bid. Adequate rest, consumption of high-energy foods, and hydration are paramount. Achieving peak physical and mental condition is imperative before embarking on the final ascent.

    Summit Push: In the optimal weather window, the group leader coordinates the decisive summit push. A synchronized endeavor, this phase involves the entire team. Climbers ascend together, often tethered for safety, collaborating to reach the summit.

    Acclimatization and Climbing Rotations

    Before the final assault on the summit, meticulous acclimatization strategies are essential to ensure climbers' safety and success. Two rotations are meticulously planned, with the expedition leader making crucial decisions based on various factors such as participants' fitness levels, prevailing weather conditions, and oxygen intake.

    First Rotation:

    • 1 to 2 days of rest at base camp (4,900 m)
    • Climb to camp 0.5 (5,300 m) and overnight stay
    • Ascend to camp 1 (5,900 m) and spend two nights at C1, including an incursion between C1 and C2, followed by a return to base camp.

    Second Rotation:

    • 1 to 2 days of rest at base camp (4,900 m)
    • Ascend to camp I (5,900 m) for an overnight stay
    • Proceed to camp II (6,400 m) and spend a night at C II
    • Continue the ascent to camp III (6,800 m) and spend a night at C III before directly returning to base camp.
    • Climb to C III for food storage, replenishing supplies, and preparing for the summit push. For those inclined and if conditions permit, ascend to approximately 7,000 meters, advancing towards C IV for about an hour. Return to C III for a night's rest, which often provides valuable insights into participants' physical condition.
    • Return to base camp for further rest, leaving the necessary gear at C II.

    Summit Push:

    • 2 to 3 days of rest at base camp (4,900 m)
    • Potential direct ascent to camp II (6,400 m) for an overnight stay
    • Climb to camp III (6,800 m) and spend a night at C III
    • Continue the ascent to camp IV (7,400 m) and spend the evening at C IV
    • Commence the summit push during the night, aiming for the peak at 8,163 meters, and return by late afternoon to either C III or C II.
    • Complete the descent to base camp.

    In total, a span of 21 days is allotted to prioritize adequate acclimatization and accommodate the unpredictable nature of mountain weather. This comprehensive approach ensures that climbers are primed and prepared to face the challenges of Everest's formidable heights, maximizing their chances of a safe and successful summit bid.

  • 38

    Manaslu Base Camp Clean Up

    Upon successfully summiting Mt. Manaslu, we diligently undertake the responsibility of responsible travelers by meticulously removing all accumulated waste. Amidst a blend of elation, physical fatigue, and a profound sense of accomplishment, we proceed to methodically restore the base camp area. With a combination of gratification, bodily exertion, and the unmistakable feeling of triumph, we then transition into the process of preparing for departure. This involves systematically organizing our belongings, conducting a thorough campsite cleanup, and ensuring its pristine condition as we anticipate the forthcoming phase of our expedition.

  • 39

    Manaslu Base Camp - Samdo (3800m)

    The route from Manaslu Base Camp to Samdo presents a captivating journey through the Himalayan landscapes. Departing from the base camp, the trail unfolds amidst majestic vistas and challenging terrain. As you trek towards Samdo, you'll traverse varying altitudes and terrains, each offering a unique perspective of the region's beauty. The village of Samdo welcomes you with its warm Sherpa hospitality and breathtaking views. This leg of the journey encapsulates both physical challenges and the rewarding experience of immersing yourself in the rugged grandeur of the Himalayas.
  • 40

    Samdo - Dharamshala (4,460m)

    Leaving Samdo behind, we embark on the ancient trade route towards Tibet. Crossing a bridge, we ascend through the remains of Larkya Bazaar, once a bustling market. As we climb for about three hours, passing glaciers, the panoramic views become increasingly awe-inspiring. Our destination is Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass. Here, we pause for a lunch break, relishing the breathtaking vistas surrounding us. Given the altitude and cold, it is advisable to take it easy in the afternoon, prioritizing warmth and rest. An early dinner awaits us, as we prepare ourselves for the journey across the Larkya pass tomorrow.

  • 41

    Cross Larkya La Pass (5,106m). Trek to Bhimtang (3,590m)

    From Dharamshala, we ascend to the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier, offering views of Cho Danda and Larkya-La. Traversing the glacier's moraines, sometimes through snow, we gradually climb towards the pass, with the steepness increasing closer to the summit. The ascent typically takes around four hours. At the top, we're greeted with a breathtaking panorama, showcasing Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the majestic Annapurna II. Both sides of the pass offer equally stunning vistas. After adorning the area with Tibetan prayer flags, we embark on a steep and occasionally slippery descent, following a trail along the glacier's moraines. We take a lunch break on smooth rocks below the pass before continuing the descent, which lasts approximately three hours until we reach our campsite. The rocky descent leads us to Bhimtang, an enchanting destination that makes the journey truly worthwhile.

  • 42

    Bhimtang - Gowa (2,515m)

    The trek from Bhimtang to Gowa is an exhilarating journey through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas. Leaving the charming village of Bhimtang, surrounded by lush greenery and towering peaks, you'll follow a memorable trail towards Gowa. The route winds through dense rhododendron forests with colorful blooms, and you'll cross gurgling streams on sturdy bridges, passing quaint mountain communities that welcome you with warm hospitality. As you ascend, the view transforms into a breathtaking display of snow-capped peaks. Finally, in the serene settlement of Gowa, you can unwind and embrace the tranquility of nature. This trek is a true communion with nature, leaving you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

  • 43

    Gowa - Tal (1,700m)

    Today signifies the culmination of our trek. Following a 1.5-hour trekking, we reached Tilije, a sizable settlement home to the brave Gurung community. The Gurung people have gained recognition for their valor and contribution to distinguished units of the British and Indian armies. Despite their military heritage, they maintain a peaceful way of life and are known for cultivating delectable apples. Subsequently, we continued our descent for another 1.5 hours, tracing the Dudh Khola River until it merged with the Marsyangdi River in Dharapani. This scenic journey led us to the delightful village of Tal after an additional 2 hours of trekking. Here, we shall spend the night, immersed in the charm and tranquility of this picturesque locale.

  • 44

    By Jeep: Tal - Kathmandu

    Today, we are embarking on a scenic jeep ride from Tal to Kathmandu, covering an approximate distance of 214 kilometers. This journey will lead us through some of Nepal's most rugged and remote terrains, providing a remarkable opportunity to witness the country's diverse landscapes and cultures from a unique perspective. As we traverse through picturesque valleys, winding roads, and mountain passes, we will be treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks and pristine rivers. Along the way, we will make occasional stops to stretch our legs and capture photographs of the breathtaking vistas that surround us. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will have ample time to unwind and explore the vibrant city at our leisure. Whether we choose to engage in souvenir shopping or partake in other activities, this promises to be an exciting and adventurous day, brimming with unforgettable moments and cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

  • 45

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city as many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

  • 46

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Private Airport Transfers: Enjoy hassle-free arrivals and departures with exclusive pick-up and drop-off services via private vehicle.
  • Authentic Welcome Dinner: Experience the flavors of Nepal with an exquisite welcome dinner featuring traditional Nepalese cuisine, setting the tone for your remarkable journey.
  • Luxurious Accommodation: 5-night stay at a reputable Kathmandu hotel in twin-sharing rooms, complete with a bed and breakfast plan.
  • Guided Kathmandu Exploration: City's culture Tour with a full day of guided sightseeing, accompanied by an English-speaking City Tour Guide.
  • Private Land Transportation: We provide transport from Kathmandu to Barpak and Dharapani to Kathmandu.
  • Lodge Trekking: Trek comfortably from Barpak to Base Camp and Base Camp to Dharapani, with lodge accommodations.
  • Base Camp Food: Enjoy meals at the Base Camp during the expedition period.
  • Climbing and Trekking Permits: Mt. Manaslu Climbing permit fee, the special permits of the Manaslu region.
  • Conservation Fees: Entrance fees for Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
  • Porterage: Our staff handles the transportation of your personal climbing equipment from Kathmandu to Base Camp and back.
  • Base Camp Staff: Base Camp Guide and Cook are there to assist.
  • Expedition Allowances: Equipment allowance, daily allowance for Liaison Officer, expedition crew, and flight tickets are provided.
  • Climbing Support: Benefit from a 1:1 climbing Sherpa for personalized assistance.
  • Camping Equipment: Stay comfortable in shared high-altitude tents for the expedition, equipped with essentials.
  • Food and Fuel: We cover all food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during the expedition.
  • Oxygen and Safety Gear: CE-certified oxygen cylinders, top-out masks, and regulators are provided. Common climbing equipment is included.
  • Solar Charging and Communications: Stay connected with solar panel charging at Base Camp, and access emergency satellite phones.
  • Emergency Measures: We offer emergency oxygen, insurance, helicopter rescue for Nepalese expedition crew, and essential safety gear.
  • Agency Services: The comprehensive package is covered by our service charge.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not covered.
  • Extra Nights' Accommodation: Any additional nights in Kathmandu beyond the scheduled itinerary are not included.
  • Nepal Visa Fee: The fee for obtaining a Nepal visa is not covered.
  • International Flights: Your international flight tickets to and from Nepal are not included.
  • Personal Equipment: You are responsible for your own climbing and trekking equipment.
  • Personal Insurance: Personal medical and emergency evacuation insurance for the expedition is your responsibility.
  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation: If helicopter rescue becomes necessary, the cost is not covered.
  • Garbage Deposit: Garbage deposit of Mt. Manaslu, the cost is not covered.
  • Communication Permits: The permit fees for walkie-talkies and satellite phones are not included.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as telephone, internet, laundry, beverages, toiletries, filming, battery recharge, hot showers, and shopping are not covered.
  • Summit Bonus and Tips: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa and staff tips (Minimum USD $1,200) are additional costs.
  • Bar Bills and Beverages: Expenses related to bar bills and beverages are not included.
  • Base camp Staff Tips: Tips for the base camp staff are not covered.
  • Emergency Evacuation Cost: Any emergency rescue evacuation costs beyond what's mentioned are your responsibility.
  • Other Personal Expenses: Any other items not listed in the "Price Includes" section are not covered.

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Manaslu Expedition is an adventurous and challenging mountaineering journey to summit Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth-highest peak in the world. Located in the Nepalese Himalayas, Manaslu stands at an impressive elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). This expedition provides climbers with an opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayan landscape, test their mountaineering skills, and achieve a remarkable feat in the world of high-altitude climbing. The mountain is situated in the Gorkha District of Nepal, near the border with Tibet, making it a prominent and sought-after destination for climbers and mountaineers from around the globe.

Manaslu Expedition typically lasts for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. This comprehensive timeline encompasses various crucial aspects of the journey, including acclimatization, trekking, the establishment of the base camp, and the final push to reach the summit. This duration is carefully designed to ensure climbers' safety, proper acclimatization, and optimal chances of successfully reaching the summit while experiencing the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape.

Participating climbers are required to have a solid foundation of mountaineering experience for the Manaslu Expedition. Comfort with high-altitude conditions is crucial due to the challenging nature of the ascent. Technical expertise in ice and rock climbing is essential, and familiarity with crevasse rescue techniques is also mandatory. This combination of skills and experience ensures that climbers are well-prepared to navigate the demanding terrain and conditions of the expedition.

Absolutely, maintaining excellent physical fitness is of utmost importance for the success of the Manaslu Expedition. Climbers must possess robust cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and enduring stamina to effectively tackle both the challenging trekking sections and the demanding ascent. Being in peak physical condition significantly enhances climbers' ability to cope with the altitude, strenuous conditions, and the overall rigors of the expedition.

It's great to hear that safety is a top priority for your expedition. The safety measures you've mentioned are important components to ensure the well-being of participants during a high-altitude expedition. Here's a breakdown of how each safety measure contributes to overall safety:

Satellite Phones for Emergencies: Satellite phones provide a reliable means of communication even in remote areas where traditional cellular networks might not be available. In case of emergencies, participants can use these phones to contact emergency services, medical personnel, or expedition organizers for assistance. This helps ensure that timely help can be summoned if needed.

Radio Communication System between Camps: Having a radio communication system between camps allows expedition members to stay connected and relay important information. This can include weather updates, any changes in the itinerary, or alerting other camps about emergencies or unexpected situations. Clear and efficient communication can prevent misunderstandings and coordinate responses to potential risks.

Experienced Guides Trained in High-Altitude Rescue Techniques: Experienced guides who are trained in high-altitude rescue techniques bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the expedition. They can offer guidance on acclimatization, identify signs of altitude sickness or other health issues, and take appropriate actions if someone requires medical attention. Their expertise in rescue techniques ensures that the team is prepared to handle various situations that may arise in the challenging high-altitude environment.

In addition to the mentioned safety measures, here are a few more aspects that could contribute to the safety of the expedition:

Pre-Trip Medical Assessments: Participants could undergo thorough medical assessments before the expedition to identify any pre-existing health conditions that might be exacerbated by high-altitude conditions. This allows for better preparation and risk assessment.

Emergency Evacuation Plan: Having a well-defined plan for emergency evacuations is crucial. This includes identifying evacuation routes, transportation options, and coordination with local authorities for swift response in case of emergencies.

Weather Monitoring: Regular weather monitoring can help predict and prepare for adverse weather conditions. This information can guide decisions about when to proceed, when to halt, or when to take shelter.

Training and Education: Providing participants with proper training and education about high-altitude challenges, altitude sickness symptoms, self-care techniques, and emergency protocols can empower them to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their peers.

Remember that safety is a continuous process that involves preparation, vigilance, and adaptability. Regularly reviewing and updating safety protocols based on experiences and feedback can further enhance the overall safety of the expedition.

Absolutely, altitude sickness is a significant concern when undertaking expeditions at high altitudes. It's great to hear that your expedition is taking proactive steps to address this issue. Here's a bit more information about altitude sickness and how your mitigation strategies can be effective.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), occurs when individuals ascend to high altitudes too quickly, without giving their bodies enough time to acclimatize to the lower oxygen levels. Symptoms of altitude sickness can range from mild to severe and might include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.

Here are some ways your approach can help mitigate altitude sickness:

Gradual Acclimatization: Your itinerary's gradual ascent allows participants' bodies to adjust to the changing altitude more effectively. This is a key strategy for preventing altitude sickness. By spending extra time at intermediate altitudes before reaching higher points, you give the body a chance to adapt to lower oxygen levels.

Adequate Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is crucial at high altitudes. Dehydration can exacerbate the symptoms of altitude sickness. Encouraging participants to drink plenty of water helps maintain proper hydration levels and can alleviate some of the discomfort associated with AMS.

Proper Rest: Ensuring participants get sufficient rest is important. The body needs more time to recover at higher altitudes due to reduced oxygen levels. Ample sleep and breaks during the ascent can aid in minimizing the risk of altitude sickness.

Awareness and Education: Educating participants about the symptoms of altitude sickness, and the importance of reporting any discomfort early, can help identify and address issues promptly.

Emergency Protocol: In addition to gradual acclimatization, having a clear protocol in place for dealing with altitude sickness is essential. This might include descending to lower altitudes if symptoms become severe or worsen despite preventive measures.

Medical Support: Having medical personnel or supplies on hand can be valuable for addressing altitude sickness cases that do arise. They can provide advice, administer medication if necessary, and offer medical assistance.

Remember, while gradual acclimatization and other measures can significantly reduce the risk of altitude sickness, some individuals may still be more susceptible than others. Monitoring participants closely, maintaining open communication, and adapting plans if needed are key elements in ensuring their safety and well-being during the expedition.

Climbing Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world requires obtaining several permits and adhering to specific regulations set by the Nepalese government. These permits are essential for both the safety of climbers and the conservation of the environment. Here are the main permits typically required for a Manaslu expedition:

Manaslu Climbing Permit: In addition to the restricted area permit, climbers must obtain a climbing permit for Manaslu. This permit is issued by the Tourism Department and involves paying a fee based on the season, group size, and nationality of climbers.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: As Manaslu is located in a restricted area, climbers need to obtain a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit. This permit is issued by the Nepal Department of Immigration and is necessary for entering and climbing within the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This permit is required for entering and trekking within the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is aimed at conserving the natural environment and supporting local communities. The permit fees contribute to conservation efforts and sustainable development projects in the region.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): While not directly related to Manaslu, this permit might be required if your expedition itinerary includes passing through areas that are part of the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is connected to the Manaslu region.

It's important to note that permit requirements and regulations can change, and it's advisable to get the most up-to-date information from the relevant Nepalese authorities or your expedition organizer. The process of obtaining permits and managing the necessary logistics is crucial for a successful and legal expedition. It's great that your team assists climbers in obtaining these permits and handling the logistical aspects, as it streamlines the process and ensures that climbers are compliant with the regulations in place.

Accommodation during a Manaslu expedition typically involves a combination of options, including guesthouses or teahouses in villages along the trekking route and tented camps at higher altitudes closer to the base camp. Here's what you can generally expect in terms of accommodation:

Teahouses or Lodges: Along the Manaslu trekking route, there are teahouses or lodges available in various villages. These are basic guesthouses that offer rooms with simple amenities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathroom facilities. Teahouses provide a warm place to rest and meals like local Nepali cuisine and other basic foods. They are a popular choice for trekkers and climbers seeking a more immersive cultural experience.

Camping: For the climbing portion of the expedition, where you are closer to the summit, camping might be the primary form of accommodation. Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are set up by the expedition team. While camping provides a closer connection to the mountain environment, it requires more logistics and planning.

Base Camp Facilities: At the base camp, temporary facilities are set up to provide a comfortable and functional environment for climbers. This might include dining tents, communication facilities, and communal areas. The base camp is usually where climbers rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the summit push.

High Camps: As you ascend higher, high camps might be established on the mountain. These are temporary camps set up at strategic points closer to the summit. They provide a place for climbers to rest and acclimatize before making the final summit attempt.

Camp 1, Camp 2, etc.: On peaks like Manaslu, there are typically a series of camps established at various altitudes. These camps serve as rest points during the ascent and descent, and they provide shelter and support for climbers.

Expedition Tents: At higher altitudes, especially during summit pushes, specialized expedition tents designed for extreme conditions might be used. These tents are designed to withstand harsh weather and provide a safe haven for climbers.

It's important to note that accommodation facilities become more basic and challenging as you ascend to higher altitudes. Conditions can be harsh, with colder temperatures and thinner air. While the accommodations may not be luxurious, they serve the practical purpose of providing shelter and facilitating the expedition.

Our expedition relies on a meticulous weather forecasting strategy, anchored by a partnership with Swiss meteorologists who deliver comprehensive forecasts pivotal for our planning, enabling informed decisions aligned with optimal weather windows. These forecasts, informed by Swiss expertise, facilitate risk mitigation and expedition optimization on Everest. Moreover, our commitment to safety extends through veteran high-altitude guides who contribute invaluable meteorological insights, drawn from their experience and channeled through our New Zealand head office. Their nuanced understanding combines with cutting-edge meteorology, guiding our choices amid Everest's unpredictable conditions. This fusion underscores our dedication to a safe and successful ascent, embodying collaborative efforts for conquering the mountain's challenges.

Environmental considerations during an expedition are crucial to minimize the impact on the natural surroundings and promote sustainable and responsible travel. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to the "Leave No Trace" principles, which emphasize the importance of leaving the environment exactly as you found it. Pack out all trash, minimize soil disturbance, and avoid picking plants or disturbing wildlife.
  • Waste Management: Implement proper waste management practices. Carry out all non-biodegradable waste and dispose of it properly. Organic waste should be buried at an appropriate depth, following Leave No Trace guidelines.
  • Campsite Selection: Choose established campsites whenever possible to avoid further disturbing delicate ecosystems. Avoid camping near water bodies or on fragile terrain to prevent erosion and protect aquatic habitats.
  • Biological Diversity: Minimize your impact on local flora and fauna. Stay on designated trails to avoid trampling on sensitive vegetation. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and avoid feeding them, as it can disrupt natural behaviors.
  • Water Usage: Conserve water by using it judiciously for cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene. Use biodegradable soap at least 200 feet away from water sources to prevent water pollution.

By incorporating these environmental considerations into your expedition planning and execution, you can help protect and preserve the natural environments you explore for future generations.

Yes, many Manaslu Expedition organizers offer some degree of customization to cater to individual preferences and needs. While safety and logistical considerations remain a priority, expedition companies often understand the desire for a personalized experience. Here are some common customization options you might be able to discuss with the expedition team:

  • Itinerary: While the overall itinerary is structured for safety and acclimatization, some companies may offer variations or additional side trips based on your interests. You could inquire about adjusting the schedule to spend more time at certain base camps or acclimatization points.
  • Guides and Sherpas: If you have a preferred guide or wish to join an expedition led by a specific professional, you might be able to discuss this with the company. Similarly, you could request a certain number of Sherpas or porters based on your requirements.
  • Group Size: If you're part of a private group or wish to join a smaller team, expedition companies might be open to accommodate this request, as long as it aligns with safety standards.
  • Culinary Preferences: Some companies offer customizable menus to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences. Discussing your food requirements can help ensure a comfortable dining experience.
  • Equipment: While expedition companies generally provide essential equipment, you might be able to bring or request specific gear if it enhances your comfort or performance.
  • Training and Preparation: Some companies offer personalized training programs to help you prepare physically and mentally for the expedition. This could include guidance on fitness routines and altitude training.
  • Special Celebrations or Objectives: If you have a special event or personal goal tied to the expedition, like celebrating a milestone birthday or raising awareness for a cause, the team might help you plan for it.

Remember that while customization is possible to some extent, safety remains paramount on Everest expeditions. Some customization requests might not be feasible due to the challenging nature of the environment. Always communicate openly with the expedition team, and make sure that any adjustments you request align with the overall safety and logistical framework of the expedition.

We're dedicated to providing outstanding services that create a unique journey of a lifetime. Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is fully committed to ensuring your journey is smooth and enjoyable, putting forth sincere and diligent efforts. All services will be delivered according to the agreement made during the booking. However, it's important to note that our operations are governed by our own policies and the Tourism Authority regulations.

By agreeing to our booking terms and conditions, you're acknowledging and accepting certain risks, and taking responsibility for your actions and participation. Flexibility and an open mindset are essential. Your expedition might involve extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and last-minute itinerary changes that are beyond our control. Adjusting to high altitudes might pose a risk as well. Many of our trips take place in remote regions, where regular emergency services and medical facilities may not be accessible.

In case of a severe injury requiring hospitalization, it's important to understand that evacuation might take a few days due to the remote nature of the area. Helicopter evacuations are common in Nepal, but their availability can be affected by weather conditions.

Please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for changes or cancellations due to circumstances like government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, floods, avalanches, political unrest, flight cancellations or delays, sickness, accidents, vehicle breakdowns, and other unforeseen events. Any extra costs incurred in such situations will be your responsibility.

To safeguard against these potential challenges, we strongly recommend having travel insurance that covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal belongings. You'll need to provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; without it, you won't be able to join the expedition.

Our aim is to prioritize your safety, comfort, and enjoyment, but it's important to acknowledge the inherent risks associated with travel, particularly in remote and challenging environments.

Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Manaslu Expedition will be overseen by an experienced mountaineer who has successfully summited Everest and boasts extensive expertise in the climbing field. With a track record of managing over forty expeditions above 7000m, achieving a remarkable 90% success rate, he brings a wealth of knowledge. Leading our Everest Expedition is a Nepalese UIAGM/IFMGA Guide.

1:1 Sherpa to Client Ratio on Summit Day:Ensuring your safety and success, our Sherpa guides are all seasoned Everest summiteers with extensive high-altitude expedition experience. We maintain a dedicated 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio on the critical summit day. Our Sherpa guides possess a wealth of know-how in climbing challenging peaks at high altitudes.

Experienced Climbing Sardar/Guides:Our climbing sardars and guides bring years of climbing experience across various peaks in Nepal and beyond. They've dedicated substantial time to conquering peaks nationwide and internationally. Equipped with basic and advanced mountaineering training, first aid skills, and crisis management expertise, our guides adeptly handle diverse situations. Fluent in English, they enthusiastically share their profound understanding of rock and ice climbing. Their engaging approach ensures your involvement and understanding, while also ensuring a smooth, safe, and enjoyable journey through the Himalayas. Our entire high-land team is well-versed, equipped, and insured to address any unforeseen events. Their personal experience, local insights, technical proficiency, and good humor enrich the climbing experience.

In essence, our expedition leadership and support team possess a deep reservoir of experience, ensuring your Manaslu journey is not only secure and successful but also educational, enjoyable, and culturally enriching.

Our primary focus is on maintaining small expedition groups, especially in high-altitude ventures like Manaslu. This approach fosters better coordination and cooperation among participants. Our expeditions typically consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers per group. This limited size allows for more personalized interactions among team members and closer engagement with your Sherpa guide.

In the context of a grand mountain like Manaslu, the benefits of a small group are significant. We operate with a cohesive team of climbers, supported by experienced Sherpa guides who have all successfully summited Manaslu before. Our commitment to a smaller team size means we enroll a maximum of 8 climbers in each group. This ensures an optimal environment for your journey, where you'll have access to a Nepali UIAGM/IFMGA Expedition leader, an Expedition Manager, and the assurance of a 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio.

The small group approach allows for effective communication, enhanced safety, and a more intimate connection with your fellow climbers, guides, and the mountain itself. By prioritizing a limited number of participants, we strive to provide a more enriching and successful Manaslu experience for each individual.

To meet the needs of our clients seeking high-altitude climbing assistance, our Sherpas receive compensation encompassing equipment allowance, daily wages, food provisions, and comprehensive insurance coverage. Furthermore, a Sherpa bonus, commonly referred to as Tips, is an integral aspect of the Mountaineering system. This practice is designed to foster greater motivation among Sherpas for successful summit endeavors. For the convenience of our clients, the specific Sherpa bonus amount is outlined within each mountain program. This information serves to provide transparency and clarity regarding the contribution that supports and motivates our dedicated Sherpa team members.

During a tea house trekking experience, your breakfast and dinner will be provided at the guesthouses or lodges where you stay. For lunch, you'll dine at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali dish, Dal Bhat Tarkari (rice, curry, and lentil soup), is available in every guesthouse. You'll also find a diverse range of food options at all the guesthouses along our routes, including rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Many of these establishments even offer Western cuisine. Additionally, soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are commonly available at both guesthouses and trailside restaurants.

Meal offerings vary depending on the camp location. At Base Camp, we go the extra mile by importing a variety of food items from Kathmandu. This results in delightful surprises such as sushi nights, freshly-baked muffins, yogurt for breakfast, and even pizza! Our culinary offerings are aimed at enhancing your dining experience.

During mountain treks, we provide a diverse selection of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat), which are far tastier than freeze-dried options. These MREs consist of actual food, vacuum-sealed and ready for simple heating and consumption. They offer a satisfying and convenient meal option on the mountain. At our advanced Base Camp, located at Camp 2, our Sherpa cook staff prepare meals reminiscent of Base Camp cuisine. This includes dishes like pizza, pasta, eggs, and bacon. We prioritize ensuring that the food quality remains exceptional throughout your journey. Our unwavering commitment to culinary excellence is evident in our efforts to maintain a high standard of cuisine. In fact, our culinary expertise has attracted the attention of other companies seeking to recruit our master chefs.

It's important to communicate any specific dietary needs, restrictions, or allergies when booking your trip. Our teams in the field will make every effort to accommodate your requests. However, it's worth noting that certain local limitations might prevent us from offering an extensive variety of alternative menus. For treks that require significant energy expenditure, we recommend planning ahead by possibly bringing extra supplies like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates. This proactive measure helps ensure you have an adequate caloric intake to sustain your energy levels throughout the journey.

Transportation within the Kathmandu Valley primarily relies on private vehicles, the choice of which depends on the group size. During trekking periods, the assistance of Porters is provided to carry your daily baggage. Our service entails one porter for every two members.

For overland drive within the country, transfers are facilitated through minibus or privatized buses. This mode of transport extends up to the initiation point of the trek. During the trekking route, a 6-seater jeep is employed for transfer purposes. These jeeps, organized by local companies, offer basic comfort. Typically, they feature multiple front seats oriented towards the road, while at the rear, two bench seats run parallel to the road, facing each other.

Throughout the trekking expedition, porters will manage the transportation of your belongings. Your responsibility will be limited to carrying your daily attire.

It is imperative to emphasize that the usage of seat belts is mandatory for all occupants, both at the front and rear seats, within any vehicle employed during the course of the journey. This requirement applies whenever the vehicles are equipped with seat belts, irrespective of the prevailing regulations in the visited country. By agreeing to this condition, you commit to adhering to this obligation. Ethic Himalaya bears no responsibility in case of personal injury or material damage resulting from non-compliance with this provision.

Participation in high-altitude expeditions like Manaslu demands a foundation of prior mountaineering experience. Climbers are expected to possess previous exposure to ascending peaks of at least 6,000m or 7,000m, such as Ama Dablam or Himlung, before embarking on more challenging endeavors. This preparation is crucial.

Furthermore, a Manaslu Expedition entails a substantial two-month duration spent in the mountainous environment. It requires unwavering determination, robust mental well-being, and an intense aspiration to conquer the peak. These attributes serve as essential prerequisites for joining this expedition.

Prepare yourself for potential challenges including high-altitude sickness, inclement weather conditions, and physical exhaustion. Equipping yourself to handle these factors is paramount. It's vital to be adept at utilizing climbing equipment, navigating snow and ice terrains, and maintaining a commendable level of physical fitness.

Familiarity with rope techniques, ice axe handling, crampon usage, and proficiency in employing tools like ascenders (Jumar) and descenders are crucial. Additionally, a solid understanding of your specific harness and its usage is essential.

A successful Manaslu Expedition necessitates a combination of experience, determination, mental resilience, physical fitness, and the mastery of various mountaineering skills. By being well-prepared in these aspects, you increase your chances of a safe and fulfilling climb to the summit.

The utilization of oxygen equipment holds immense significance when undertaking high-altitude mountain ascents. It serves as a pivotal tool in circumventing critical situations and potentially safeguarding one's life. To ensure the safety and well-being of climbers, our provisions encompass the distribution of four bottles of Poisk oxygen per climber. These oxygen supplies are coupled with the employment of a mask and regulator, sourced from reputable systems such as Top Out or Summit Oxygen Systems. This comprehensive approach underscores our commitment to facilitating a secure and successful climbing experience.

During the critical summit push, oxygen is administered at an increased flow rate (3L/min). This heightened oxygen supply enhances your climbing efficiency, contributing to a safer and more effective ascent.

The availability of oxygen equipment, along with its optimal usage, plays a pivotal role in ensuring your safety and success as you tackle the challenges of Manaslu's extreme altitudes.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

During the expedition, each climber receives a personal tent at the base camp. These tents are equipped with spacious interiors, cozy mattresses, carpeted floors, and other comforts. As we ascend beyond the base camp, every two climbers are provided with a top-notch extreme weather tent. This arrangement fosters warmth, safety, and the convenience of keeping a watchful eye on one another.

At the time of booking, it's imperative to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical limitations, or mental and physical states that could impact your fitness for travel or participation. This notification is crucial to ensure your safety and well-being during the journey.

Failure to communicate such conditions to the Company, if they subsequently lead to cancellation, will result in the imposition of 100% cancellation fees on the Client. Open communication about your health and well-being allows us to provide appropriate support and make necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and secure travel experience.

Manaslu Expedition typically involves daily walking for 4-12 hours. To ensure your preparedness, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercises every day for a period of 3 months prior to the Expedition. This preparation is essential to acclimate yourself to the physically demanding conditions of high altitudes and remote terrains that you'll encounter during the expedition.

For a successful and enjoyable Manaslu Expedition, a robust set of attributes is essential. This includes strong determination, the ability to withstand challenging conditions, a significantly high level of fitness, and overall good health. Participants are responsible for covering medical and evacuation expenses as needed. Consulting a doctor for vaccinations and other medical necessities before the trip is vital.

It's worth noting that Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming your trip booking. By diligently preparing physically and ensuring good health, you enhance your chances of a fulfilling and successful Manaslu Expedition.

For the Manaslu Expedition, our group will have access to a satellite phone for emergency use throughout the entirety of the expedition. While cell phone coverage is present during the trek and at the base camp, its reliability can be affected by weather conditions. Additionally, satellite internet is accessible at the base camp for an additional fee. If you require a personal call, the satellite phone can be utilized at a rate of $3 per minute.

To facilitate communication between camps, we offer a radio communication system as well. This comprehensive communication setup ensures that you remain connected and secure throughout the expedition.

Travel insurance is an obligatory requirement for all our travelers and should be arranged at the time of booking. Your travel insurance policy must encompass coverage for personal accidents, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation. We recommend a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category of cover.

It's crucial that your travel insurance includes provisions for accidents, injuries, illnesses, medical expenses, and even pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, emergency repatriation, which may involve helicopter rescue or air ambulance services, should be covered. The policy should also account for personal liability.

We advise considering insurance coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, as well as the loss of luggage and personal belongings for comprehensive protection. It's essential to carry documented proof of your insurance and present it when requested by our company employees or suppliers.

Please note that we retain the right to cancel or suspend your participation in a trip or related activities, even after the commencement of the journey, without refund, if you fail to furnish proof of insurance upon request. Your travel insurance serves as a safeguard for both you and your fellow travelers, ensuring that you're adequately covered in unforeseen situations.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for any injuries, health issues, emotional challenges, or other conditions experienced by clients during the trip. Additionally, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Therefore, we strongly recommend that clients acquire comprehensive insurance packages that cover a range of aspects, including medical emergencies and helicopter evacuations if necessary.

Prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount to us, and having adequate insurance in place safeguards you against unforeseen circumstances. It's essential to be prepared for any eventuality by securing the appropriate insurance coverage, ensuring that you're protected throughout your journey with us.

Participation in the Manaslu Expedition requires a comprehensive set of qualifications and attributes:

  • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: Substantial prior mountaineering experience is necessary to navigate the challenges of the expedition.
  • Adjustment within the Team: Effective teamwork and collaboration with Sherpa staff are crucial for a successful climb.
  • Himalayan Trekking Experience: Prior high-altitude trekking experiences in the Himalayas contribute to acclimatization.
  • Self-Control and Safety: Demonstrating personal responsibility for your safety and well-being is imperative.
  • Physical and Mental Fitness: Maintaining both physical and mental fitness is essential for coping with rigorous demands.
  • Chosen Route: The chosen route—Nepal or Tibet side—impacts logistics and requirements.
  • Weather and Temperature: Adapting to unpredictable weather conditions and varying temperatures is necessary.
  • Physical Preparedness: Adequate physical fitness is vital to endure the strenuous journey.
  • Mountaineering Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques and skills is essential for safe climbing.
  • High Altitude Sickness: Being aware of and prepared for high altitude sickness is crucial.
  • Appropriate Clothing and Equipment: Proper clothing and gear ensure comfort and safety in diverse conditions.
  • Experienced Climbing Guides: Having experienced climbing guides by your side enhances safety and decision-making.

In essence, joining an Manaslu Expedition entails a combination of skills, experience, preparedness, and an unwavering commitment to safety and success. It's a monumental endeavor that requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure a fulfilling and secure climb to the world's highest peak.

Please ensure you bring the following items for a comfortable and safe trip:

    Daypack:

    Remember to bring a medium-sized daypack for carrying your daily essentials. Look for one with a waist strap or padded waist belt for added comfort.

    Climbing Gear:
  • Ice Axe: Opt for a lightweight ice axe with a pick that sticks well in glacier ice. Attach a wrist leash for steeper terrain.
  • Crampons: Make sure your crampons are sharp and fit your boots perfectly.
  • Harness: Choose a harness with easy-to-use buckles for cold conditions. Gear loops and adjustable leg loops are beneficial.
  • Helmet: Ensure your helmet accommodates a warm hat underneath.
  • Carabiners: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. Consider one with a "key gate." Include other hardware like ascenders and slings.
  • Rope Rigging: Pack rigging material including nylon slings and perlon. Include backup options like prussic loops and rappelling tools.
  • Climbing Backpack: Opt for a durable and comfortable medium-sized internal frame pack for carrying your climbing gear.
  • Climbing Clothing: Prepare for various weather conditions with:
  • Insulated parka for extreme cold.
  • Lightweight waterproof-breathable jacket with a hood.
  • Waterproof pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers.
  • Fleece or soft-shell layers for insulation.
  • Comfortable climbing pants.
  • Synthetic base layers.
  • Mittens and gloves for different conditions.
  • Warm hats, neck gaiters, and buffs for protection.
  • Adequate sunglasses and vision correction.
  • Footwear:
  • Double Climbing Boots: Ensure your crampons fit these boots well.
  • Approach Boots: Suitable for trekking and approach up to Camp 2 if necessary.
  • Gaiters and Micro Spikes: Bring gaiters and traction spikes for snowy conditions.
  • Climbing Socks: Three to four pairs of climbing socks for comfort.
  • Other Essentials:
  • Headlamp: Get an LED headlamp with extra lithium batteries for cold weather.
  • Water Bottles: Carry two wide-mouth insulated water bottles and a small Thermos for cold mornings.
  • Water Purification: Pack iodine tablets or crystals for water purification.
  • Utensils: Include an insulated mug, bowl, spoon, pocket knife, and lighter.
  • Sleeping Bag: Choose a warm sleeping bag suitable for -20°C. Down options are light and compressible.
  • Sleeping Mats: Consider a stuff sack to prevent punctures.
  • Trekking Gear:
  • Trekking Poles: Collapsible poles for balance and knee support.
  • Trekking Clothes: Lightweight hiking pants, shirts, and appropriate undergarments.
  • Approach Boots: Comfortable shoes for trekking.
  • Sleeping Bag: A lighter bag rated to -10°C is sufficient for trekking.
  • Sleeping Pad: Consider a lightweight sleeping pad.
  • Travel Items:
  • Duffel Bags: Two rugged and waterproof duffel bags for equipment. Label them clearly.
  • Daypack: Bring a smaller backpack as a carry-on and for trekking.
  • Travel Wallet: Keep your important documents secure.
  • Passport: Ensure it's valid for at least 6 months, and bring extra passport photos and copies.
  • Camera: Don't forget your camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Personal Care: Pack personal care items like toiletries, bathing suits, and basic travel essentials.

By following this checklist, you'll be well-prepared for your journey while ensuring comfort and safety during your climb.

Expedition members are required to provide passport copies, passport-sized photographs, a health certificate, and personal bio-data for trekking and climbing permits prior to arriving in Nepal. You can send these documents to us through mail or a post box. The documents needed include:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Health certificate
  • Personal bio-data

Please make sure to prepare and send these documents ahead of time to facilitate a smooth process for obtaining the necessary permits for your expedition.

Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle any emergency situations that may arise during the expedition. Our guides are trained in first aid and possess the skills to address common ailments that can occur during a trek. Additionally, our main office in Kathmandu maintains direct communication with our guides each day, whenever possible.

Prior to arriving in Nepal, it's imperative for every client to have their own insurance that covers emergencies. All our staff members are also insured for emergency situations. In the event of an extreme emergency requiring helicopter evacuation between altitudes of 6,000m to 7,000m, we can arrange for helicopter rescue. Depending on your insurance coverage, these costs may be covered.

For accurate climbing weather forecasts, we recommend using reliable sources such as Meteo Swiss, Austria, or other similar services. We can assist you in establishing contact with these sources. Weather forecasts can be sent to you promptly through SMS, email, or phone to aid in your summit attempt.

We strongly advise you to obtain trip cancellation insurance and air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage. Some insurance policies may not include or limit coverage for activities like trekking and climbing. It's essential to choose a policy that offers sufficient protection and covers the activities involved. During the trip, you must carry proof of insurance, such as your insurance certificate. Failure to provide proof of insurance may result in being unable to continue with the trekking/climbing trip without entitlement to refunds for services not provided. Your insurance must include emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue services.

If you encounter any issues during your Manaslu expedition, it's important to address them promptly. Kindly notify both the hotelier and our company immediately if you have a complaint while still on-site. This allows us the chance to rectify the situation in a timely manner. We cannot reasonably accept liability for problems that are brought up after you've returned to your home country without giving us the opportunity to address them on the spot.

If the complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you should provide us with written notification within 30 days of completing your trip. This allows us to thoroughly investigate and address your concerns. Please note that failure to adhere to this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against our company. We value your feedback and aim to ensure the best possible experience, so please communicate any issues promptly and in accordance with the provided guidelines.

To ensure a smooth travel experience, all esteemed clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the anticipated return date. For your convenience, Nepalese visas can be acquired through two means: either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are structured as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 15 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 30 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 100 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension : Should you require an extension of your tourist visa, please note the following guidelines:
  • The minimum extension period is 15 days.
  • The extension fee is USD 45.00 for the initial 15-day extension, with an additional charge of USD 3.00 per day for each extra day.
  • In situations where the extension is requested for less than 150 days, a late fine of USD 5.00 per day will apply.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: Click here for Nepal Tourist Visa Online Application Form

We encourage all travelers to adhere to these visa and passport guidelines to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable journey to Nepal. Your compliance with these regulations is greatly appreciated.

Our outlined itineraries and programs are subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances could include weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden illnesses, and similar events.

Customization and Cancellation: We are pleased to tailor the program to suit the preferences of our clients. In case your trip needs to be canceled due to unavoidable situations like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate conditions, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will offer an alternative trip of similar quality. This alternative trip option will be reserved for your use within one year from the original trip's scheduled departure date.

Before Departure: If a significant change is made to the itinerary before departure, we will promptly inform you if there's sufficient time before the trip starts. A major change is considered to be one that impacts at least one day out of every five on the itinerary. When a major change occurs, you can choose to accept the modified itinerary, receive a refund for the land portion of the trip, or opt for an alternative tour.

After Departure: In situations where circumstances or events beyond our control arise after the trip has started, we retain the right to modify the itinerary. Should such emergency changes be necessary, any additional costs related to altering the itinerary will be your responsibility. Please be aware that we are not liable for any incidental expenses incurred due to changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight expenses.

For an Manaslu Expedition booking, a non-refundable deposit of USD 2,000 per person per trip is required to confirm your reservation. If you're making the booking within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid either before your arrival in Nepal or upon arrival before the trip departure.

To secure your booking, the non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its authorized Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is stated in this section, the company will inform you during the booking process. You have the option to make booking deposits through bank transfer or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Kindly refer to the instructions on the booking form for payment details.

For the Manaslu Expedition in Nepal, the final payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal. You have several options for making the final payment:

  • Bank Transfer: You can choose to make the final payment through a bank transfer.
  • Travel Check: Payment can also be made using a travel check.
  • Cash: Cash payment is accepted as well.
  • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard): If you prefer to use a credit card for the final payment, you can do so. However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applied to all card payments. This surcharge is applicable to payments including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and any other miscellaneous purchases.

It's important to be aware of the 4% surcharge when making payments via credit card, and this policy applies uniformly to all payment types.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates for our expedition if they are as initially displayed in our marketing materials and website. This adjustment can occur due to various external factors beyond our control, such as changes in exchange rates or government actions. In many instances, fluctuations in transportation fares are driven by increases in fuel prices. Despite these potential changes, our commitment is to provide you with the most up-to-date pricing for our expedition, and we make every effort to ensure that the current prices are reflected accurately.

Once your deposit has been paid, your trip will be confirmed, with the balance of fees owed due 90 days before your trip's starting date. If you choose to cancel your participation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: The deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 14 to 9 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 8 to 2 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price will be charged.

Please note these cancellation policies when considering changes to your trip plans. The fees are based on the proximity of the cancellation to the scheduled departure date.

We reserve the right to cancel an Expedition up to 30 days before the scheduled departure. Additionally, if external factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other unforeseen events make it impractical to carry out the planned itinerary, we may cancel a trip before departure. In the event of a trip cancellation by us, you have two options:

  • Transfer of Amounts Paid: You can transfer the amounts you've paid to an alternative departure date.
  • Full Refund: Alternatively, you can opt to receive a full refund for the amounts paid.

In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be provided after deducting any unrecoverable costs. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any additional expenses you may have incurred due to your booking, such as visa fees, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flight expenses. It's important to note that varying cancellation conditions might apply to different types of trips; your booking consultant will inform you if any differences apply.

If you wish to transfer your booking to a different expedition or transfer it to another participant, please notify us at least 30 days before the planned departure date. A fee of USD 2,000 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, permits, or airlines). If you provide notification within 45 days of the proposed departure date, the refund policy applicable to cancellations will be applied. Transfers to a third party are permissible if the transferee meets all trip requirements, and transfers to a different departure are only possible within the current validity period.

Should you need to make amendments to any other arrangements associated with your trip, an administration fee of USD 1,000 per booking per change will be incurred. This fee is separate from any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. Please note that no amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of the departure date.

The cost stated on our website for the Manaslu Expedition pertains to group joining. However, this expedition can also be arranged as a private trip if desired, based on the number of participants, with a minimum of seven participants as per your request. Should you wish to undertake this expedition individually or with your own group of friends, family, or colleagues, kindly reach out to us. We can organize a private Manaslu Expedition according to your preferred dates, accommodating any specific requirements you may have. It's important to note that our costs are influenced by several factors:

  • Group Size: The trip cost is contingent upon the size of the group.
  • Accommodation Category and Budget: The type of hotel accommodation and your budget will impact the cost.
  • Itinerary Modifications: This trekking and expedition itinerary can be customized to suit your timeframe and preferences.
  • Additional Services: If you intend to include extra services, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Specialized Personnel: The presence of an IFMGA Guide, extra personal sherpa, and oxygen availability can also affect the cost.

To arrive at a tailored cost that meets your requirements, we'll engage in a discussion to assess the factors mentioned above and reach a mutual understanding. This will enable us to provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your private Manaslu Expedition, ensuring that all your preferences are considered.

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