MANASLU

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 40 Days
  • Region: Larkya
  • Max Altitude: 8,163 meters / 26,782 feet
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals during Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt / Lodges / Camps
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Trekking
Trip Price:
16,995 (Autumn) per person
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Highlights of Trip

  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Fascinating acclimatisation Trekking to the exotic and remote places of Middle West of Nepal, with its traditional farming villages of Gurung and Magar hill tribes via Larke Pass at above 5000 meters
  • Discovery of ancient Himalayan people settlements and interesting Larke Buddhist culture with its fascinating Gompas (monasteries)
  • A fabulous experience of very high altitude mountaineering: the climb of Manaslu, the 8th highest summit in the World, with its stunning view on the large Tibetan plateau
  • Fly out by helicopter from Samagaon to Kathmandu
  • Importance placed on high quality organisation, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers

Trip Overview

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose the climb of Manaslu, “the mountain of Spirit” by its normal route, the Northwest ridge. This Expedition is worth for its stunning mountain vistas with enchanting culture, some of the most beautiful sections of trail in Nepal and is a semi-technical climb of the 8th highest peak on earth with a marvelous view from the Base Camp on Samagaon with its houses rendering the smoke of their inner fireplaces.

MANASLU EXPEDITION

Manaslu, also known as “Kutang”, is located in the Mansiri Himal, a part of the Nepalese Himalaya, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name means “Mountain of Spirit” and comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalen Norbu, who were members of a Japanese expedition, first climbed it on 9 May 1956. It is said: “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain.”

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety, good ambience and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers, as well as:

  • Supplementary 4-litres Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator and oximeter are part of the emergency kit
  • 24-hrs medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialised in high altitude medicine 
  • Means of communication 
  • Good connections with rescue airlines in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the climbing of Mount Manaslu 
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, fluent in various languages and last but not least, kind and helpful
  • 2 participants are assisted by 1 climbing Sherpa for the Summit days (2/1)
  • Warm down sleeping bag and down jacket are also available for each participant for the duration of the Expedition
  • All climbing and adventure equipments can be rented from Wild Yak Gear

WHY TO GO FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS believe an adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life by positive wellbeing. It is scientifically proved that it is essential to make some space from the worldly news, social media and busy life to be productive. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS ?

Wild Yak Expeditions team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We are committed to organising small groups with high-quality services and security, that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambience and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides. Hospitality to our guest and economy to locals is our inspiration.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing of the colorful Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (1350m)

  • Day 3 : Kathmandu to Bhulbule (840m), 8 hrs (drive) / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Bhulbule to Jagat (1300m), 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 5 : Jagat to Dharapani (1860m), 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 6 : Dharapani to Sangure Kharka (3020m), 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 7 : Sangure Kharka to Bhimtang (3590m), 6 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 8 : Bimthang to Dharmsala (4460m), via Larke La Pass (5135m), 10 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 9 : Dharmsala to Samagaon (3520m), 4 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 10 : Rest in Samagaon / Lodge

  • Day 11 : Samagaon to Manaslu Base camp (4750m), 5 hrs / Tent

  • Days 12 - 14 : Acclimatization at Base camp, Puja Ceremony / Tent

  • Days 15 - 36 : Climbing and summit period (22 days) / Tent

  • Days 37 - 38 : Rest and packing/Samagaon/Flight to Kathmandu (by helicopter)

  • Day 39 : Reserve day

  • Day 40 : International flight departure

Date & Price

The present price includes namely a high experienced Nepali UIAGM mountain guide and Climbing Sherpa Team with several 8000-meter Peaks successes, the helicopter fly out besides the fabulous WILD YAK Base Camp and a stay in the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt in Kathmandu.

We stay at your disposal for a customized Expedition on Mount Manaslu. The WILD YAK Team

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that our Guests know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • The organisation of your Expedition
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Accommodation in the famous 5-star Hyatt Hotel in Kathmandu, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners (4 nights). Additional charges occur for single room, upon request
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary 
  • Helicopter flight from Sama to Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in lodges/campsite during the Trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (individual tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
  • All major meals during Trekking and Expedition
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus), butane gas and food for the high camps
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: Nepali UIAGM Mountain Guide, Climbing Sherpa Team, Kitchen Team with Cook and Kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurances, equipment, transportation, food and lodging (1 Sherpa for 2 persons for the Summit days)
  • Material and luggage transportation until Base Camp, and back (by mules until Same Gaon and then local porters till the Base Camp)
  • Liaison Officer (fees, salary and transportation)
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • Fixing route costs
  • Handset radios for the communication in the Mountain
  • Satellite phone (for personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Solar equipment and generator for light and charging of various electronic devices at Base Camp
  • Heater (at certain time for the day in the mess tent)
  • First Aid Medical kit, including Oxygen, mask and regulator in case emergency
  • 24/24 hours medical assistance by high medicine specialised Doctors
  • Warm big expedition jacket (on request, at the participant's disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • Warm sleeping bag ((on request, at the participant's disposal for the duration of the Expedition)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Weather forecast
  • WYE postcards
  • Hot bag 
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International flight*
  • Cargo fees and excess charge expenses for international flight and domestic helicopter flight, including local taxes
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (40$)
  • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp, and back (per additional porter 400$)
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu (200$) or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc) 
  • Lunches in Kathmandu, as well as all meals related to the previous two points (20$ per day)
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Additional personal Climbing Sherpa**
  • Individual beverages
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, satellite phone communications, Internet, laundry, battery recharge and showers in the lodges, extra porter, etc.)
  • Tips (Climbing Sherpa Team, Kitchen Team, Porters, ’muleman’/drivers/ City guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the above quoted Expedition price.

*Please contact us for the booking of your international flight.

** To book at the latest 30 days prior to the departure date.

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for its Manaslu Expedition because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful Trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our local Team.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners to optimise the preparation of your Manaslu expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Trekking:  We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are mostly blankets available at the lodges, we recommend taking your own sleeping bag. Please note also that in the majority of the lodges the toilets are common. Showers are available in some of the lodges. 

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. 

The individual beverages until Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.

Base Camp: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organized. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.

Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated at evening (by heater) and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas system, shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror are at the guests' disposal. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending the number of participants. Radio, Internet, phone and batteries charging facilities are part of the Base Camp.

During the Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.). Fresh breads, cakes and cookies at Base Camp, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our Kitchen Team. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our Kitchen Team as well as drinks and snacks.

Lights and Generator: Our Base Camp is equipped with a solar charging system and a powerful generator for high altitude (less noise but more power in the altitude). 

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. We focus on the following major safety aspects:

  • 1 UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide for the Group (4 to 6 participants)
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa for 2 participants (precious assistance for the Summit days)
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Team of Climbing Sherpas consists of new generation limbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, with numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • Full time Base Camp Manager for the logistic
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of Climbers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
  • First Aid medical box, including 2 oxygen bottles and mask regulator for emergency
  • 24/24 hours high altitude consultant in case of emergency
  • 1 radio set for 2 participants during the ascents
  • Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge
  • A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp
  • Weather forecast
  • Fixing lines by our Sherpa Team, where necessary
  • 1 day workshop at Base Camp (practice of gear technique, radio use, high altitude tricks, mental preparation guidance)
  • 1 day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the climbing phase
  • We are associated with the local Helicopter Rescue and Himalayan Rescue Association
  • Last but not least, a pre-expedition meeting in Switzerland and specific advise on how to prepare for an 8000-meter Expedition 

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS TEAM

The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our UIAGM Nepali Mountain Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a licensed mountain guide, authorised by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), with mountaineering experience in guiding around in the Himalaya. Our Mountain Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Mountain Guide plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staffs/ porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the Group throughout the  Expedition.

Our Climbing Sherpa Team: The number of Climbing Sherpas is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our Climbing Sherpa Team is a professional qualified Team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya, in particular on numerous high mountains of the Himalaya and deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is the Sherpa's role to fix the tents, the rope, where necessary and assist you all the way to the Summit.

Our Kitchen Team: It plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the Base Camp and its surroundings. The role of our Cook is also to manage the Base Camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa Team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, rescue and medical insurances. We also support the work of the International Porter Protection Group and assist them to improve the working conditions of the porters.

In some places where the porters are usually replaced by mules, it is the responsibility of the mule driver to ensure that the transportation of your material is done in an appropriate manner.

Note: For the present Expedition, the transport until Sama Gaon is mainly done by mules, whereas the collective material and luggage are then carried up to the Base Camp by the local porters from Sama Gaon.

Grade

Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route. Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, which may help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude. Our grading system consists of 3 levels, which are I, II and III.

MANASLU EXPEDITION: Grade II

  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high effi ciency in the altitude, being mentally very-wellprepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and iceaxe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 6000 to 7000-meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in the Alps
  • Strength: ability to carry an 5-12 kg backpack in the high altitude environments
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-9 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 10-15 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp
  • Number of Higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: sections of nearly 50 to 300 meters with a steepness of 35-45 degrees
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 35-50 degrees
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 8163 meters above sea level
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%

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WHAT OUR GUEST HAS TO SAY

  • Manaslu
    Manaslu Expedition Austria /
    After several times visiting, climbing, biking and enjoying the Himalayan mountains, experiencing the most wonderful landscapes and cultures in the world I had the chance to realise an manaslu expedition with Wild Yak Expeditions to Manaslu.
    From the beginning I got stunned by all their knowledge, experience, customized help and support.
    All my questions before, during and after my trips in Nepal & Tibet to Norbu and Andrea have been answered in the most kindful and helpful way. 
    Indeed there’s always some kind of luck above 8000m how to be able to interpret the right weather, snow and wind conditions, but for sure it helped me a lot to trek all the long way up to base camp and I learnt to be patient.
    In this way you do a lot better in your acclimatization progress, so try not to use the heli, although it seems sometimes very tempting.
    The Sherpa-teamwork and their calm prepared attitude helped me a lot to hit the right decision. Even in the most terrible weather I trusted in their faith.
    I don’t believe too much in fate, but I guess it was my “luck” to realise climbing Manaslu expedition together with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS.
    There’s still much more to come!
    Tashi dele,
    sabrina
    AUSTRIA