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Standing as a relatively isolated 8000m peak in Nepal's central mountain region, Manaslu (8163m) is the world's 8th highest mountain. Like Cho Oyu, it's a good mountain to test extreme high altitude climbing before taking on the Everest challenge. Manaslu is largely a non-technical climb when compared to other 8000m peaks, however, its avalanche-prone slopes mean that careful climbing is required throughout the expedition.
Usually Manaslu expeditions start as a true sea to summit adventure by trekking in from an altitude of 530m through subtropical forests. This expedition will instead bypass the hot and long approach with a helicopter fly in close to base camp. We will summit Manaslu via the North-West ridge by placing four high camps above base camp. The most technical section is through the icefall between Camps 1 and 2, with some potential for serac fall in certain conditions. The remainder of the route is relatively straight forward, with increasing steep sections from Camp 3 to the summit.
This expedition requires excellent fitness and prior experience of a Himalayan expedition, preferably with a prior 7000m climb. You must have extensive climbing skills and should be able to carry at least 20kg, demonstrate strong endurance both physically and mentally.
Previously Cho Oyu was considered the most suitable mountain for climbers entering the world of 8000m peaks. Manaslu has now become the preferred option with simpler logistics, easy access and lower costs.
High. Steep terrain that requires ability to climb on snow/ice/rock. Experience with roping techniques including abseiling/rappelling along with good crampon skills.
Excellent fitness and previous experience of a Himalayan (or similar climb) above 7000m.
1st September to 15th October 2020
Trip Duration: 37 days
Manaslu is a big mountain.
You'll find a number of large expeditions on the mountain, with as many as 30 climbers and 40 Sherpas in a single team. For a multitude of reasons, that's not our style.
By having a small team of climbers, we are able to move more efficiently on the mountain, haver greater flexibility, we have the capacity to allow input from team members regarding decision making and therefore, are able to have a much greater chance to summit as a team.
You'll get to know everyone, both fellow climbers and Sherpas closely throughout the course of the expedition.
With Everest One, we'll have one Sherpa for each climber and they will guide you throughout your rotations. We'll be in this journey together every step of the way and when it comes to summit push time, we'll practically be family!
It's vitally important to protect your health on the Manaslu Expedition, and Everest One Owner and guide, Allan Cohrs, is an experienced climber and leader, having led expeditions on Everest and Lhotse.
He and his team monitor the team's performance, conduct daily oxygen saturation readings and ensure the team members are eating well, hydrated, obtaining quality sleep, sufficient rest and are at full strength during each phase of the climb.
Such knowledge is an invaluable resource, especially higher up on the mountain without an easy access to base camp ER facilities.
Our Sherpas are also well-trained in all aspects of hygiene, to ensure that you don't come down with a stomach bug the day before you leave base camp for the summit. Having a smaller team also assists in this regard.
What you can expect
Approach (4 days)
From Kathmandu we will helicopter to Samagaon (3525m), a Bhotia village at the base of Manaslu. We will spend 3 nights in Samagaon and do local day trips to acclimalise our bodies for the climb ahead. The trek up to base camp is a steep 1000m climb up the glacier moraine.
Base camp (approx. 1 week)
Manaslu base camp (BC) is comfortable and well-equipped. It will be your home for the next month or so. Each climber will have their own comfortable individual tent with comfortable mattress, extra blankets, and a carpeted floor. We will gather in our warm triple-skin heated and carpeted dining room for meals, and a separate, similarly outfitted communication and meeting tent with full internet facilities.
Here you can chill with fellow climbers, watch movies, check email, and stay in touch with home. In addition, it has become a climbing tradition in the Himalayas for all groups to conduct a small Buddhist ceremony
(Puja) to offer thanks to the mountain, and to ask it for safe passage through its environment. As we get ready, we will alternately rest and climb, giving ourselves the preparation necessary for the best chance of success.
Climb (approx. 3 weeks spent above base camp)
After we settle in at base camp, we will proceed with checking and testing all of our climbing equipment before our first rotation through the higher camps. Our rotations will include spending nights progressively higher on the mountain as we climb and familiarize ourselves with the route. Meanwhile, our Sherpas will set up and stock higher camps (C1-C3) with essential supplies needed for the next month of climbing.
Once we are well-acclimatised and our camps are set, we will take some extra time to rest up at base camp, before going for the summit!
After the climb, we will descend to Samagaon and fly out back to Kathmandu.
(Full details in brochure)
In Kathmandu, final preparation
Fly to Samagaon via helicopter (3525m)
Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4460m)
Acclimitisation in Base Camp and Puja
Rotation climb for Base Camp to Camp 1-3
Rest at Base Camp
Climb to Camp 4 and summit Manaslu (8163m)
Rest in Base Camp, pack and trek to Samagaon
Helicopter to Kathmandu and in Kathmandu