Standing as a relatively isolated 8000m peak in Nepal’s central mountain region, Manaslu (8156m) 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.
You can climb Manaslu as a true sea to the summit by trekking in from the village of Arughat, which at an altitude of only 530m is subtropical! The trail to Manaslu closely follows the Budhi Gandaki river, and weaves through Gurung farming villages, bamboo forests and countless waterfalls during summer, before climbing steeply into high alpine Bhotia villages inhabited by Tibetan descendants.
This expedition 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 straightforward, with increasing steep sections from Camp 3 to the summit.
30th August – 11th October 2014
North West Ridge
You must have extensive climbing skills and a considerable level of experience in the Himalayas to join this expedition, preferably with prior 7000 m expedition experience.
Summiting the 8th highest mountain in the world
The traditional culture of Gurung and Bhotia people
Gorge trek through subtropical forests
In Kathmandu, final preparation
Drive to Arughat
Trek to Liding
Trek to Macha Khola
Trek to Dohban
Trek to Philim
Trek to Deng
Trek to Namrung
Trek to Sama Gaon
Acclimatisation in Sama Gaon
Trek to Manaslu base camp
Acclimatisation and puja in base camp