Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Mount Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.
The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi) skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River. En route, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft).
Set in the northern Himalayan range in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Manaslu is a serrated “wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky”. The three sides of the mountain fall in steps to terraces down below, which are sparsely inhabited with agricultural operations practiced on the land. Apart from climbing Manaslu, trekking is popular in this mountain region, as part of the Manaslu Circuit, a notable path by trekkers in Nepal.
The Manaslu Conservation Area, declared in December 1998 under the National Parks and Wild Life Conservation Act, subsumes Manaslu within it. The area covered under the conservation zone is 1,663 square kilometres (642 sq mi) and is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) of Nepal. The status of “conservation area” applied to the Manaslu area or region was with the basic objective “to conserve and sustainably manage the natural resources and rich cultural heritage, and promote ecotourism to improve livelihood of the local people in the MCA region.”
Expedition of Mount Manaslu, as it is popularly known among trekkers, provides views of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas and allows close interaction with the different ethnic groups who live in the hill villages scattered along the trek route.
There are two ethnicities mainly inhabiting the Manaslu region; Nubri and Tsum. The branching off of the river at Chhikur divides these two ethnic domains. While Nubri has been frequently visited after Nepal opened itself for tourism in 1950, Tsum still retains much of its traditional culture, art and tradition. In the central hills of the region, Gurungs are the main ethnic group joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in large numbers. Closer to Tibet, the Bhutias (also spelled Bhotias), akin to the Sherpa group, of Tibetan ethnicity dominate the scene as can be recognized from their flat roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The region is dotted with strong monasteries, mani walls, chortens and other Buddhist religious landmarks.
The trekking route is through mountainous terrain prone to the consequences of monsoon rainfall, landslides and land falls. Hypothermia and altitude sickness, as well as encounters with passing yaks, are common. Trekking to Manaslu is thus a test of endurance.
What is Included
- Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
- 5 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
- Teahouse accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trek
- Base Camp accommodation with individual sleeping tent with mattress
- Base Camp service (shared with group)-kitchen tent with cook, kitchen boy, dining tent with tables and chairs, shower tent, toilet tent, storage tent, gas heater etc.
- High camps during the climb with high food
- Surface transportation as per the itinerary
- 1 climbing Sherpa for 1 climbing member during the expedition
- Cost of Liaison officer
- Royalty, permit & other fees
- Required number of porters
- 2 bottles of oxygen with mask regulator for member & 1 bottle of oxygen for Sherpa
- Rope fixing charge
- Medical Kit & Walkie Talkie
- Salary & load carrying bonus for Sherpa (this bonus does not include the summit bonus)
- Climbing equipment, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for Sherpa and other staffs
- Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu
What is Excluded
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
- Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
- Trekking/climbing gear (also available on hire)
- Summit bonus for Sherpa & tips for local staffs
- Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
- All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’