Manaslu is a complete climbing adventure of an 8K peak in the fabulous Himalaya. It is the 8th highest mountain and is located in the restricted trekking region of Manaslu in mid west Nepal. It unfolds the diverse landscape and challenging climbing experience. Manaslu 8163m. towers steeply above its surrounding peaks and is the most spectacular, dominant mountain when viewed from distance. The Manaslu expedition is much more technical and challenging than you think; therefore every climber needs an excellent physical and mental preparation. Furthermore, a high level of climbing proficiency and altitude adeptness at a higher elevation is required, in order to ensure maximum results and safety to the entire expedition team. Himalayan Memories Trek offers a complete service to maximise the success of achieving the summit of Manaslu.
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Arrival in Kathmandu. Greeted by our Himalayan Memories Trek representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Staff introduction and welcome diner with Nepali culture show.
last-minute shopping, and preparation for departure.
Day start with breakfast and 6-7 hour drive depending upon road condition to Arughat.
After the morning breakfast, we’ll start our journey following the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We’ll be passing the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkham River. Then we ascend slowly towards Kyoropani. Camp today nears the confluence of Seti River.
The trail starts descending slowly until you climb again to the mountain ridge to Almara. Then Pass the forest trail to arrive at the village called Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. Then at Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki.
After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows the forested area after Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked by the official and we stay overnight at Jagat.
Today will be an easy walk to Chisapani following the trails alongside scenic views of natural waterfalls and rustic villages.
Continuing on, we occasionally have to trek high above the river to skirt around narrow gorges that prohibit a path. Today we also have chance to meet a mules on the very narrow trail. The trail takes us through pine forest scattered with rhododendrons.
We climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank. There are more riverside undulations and mani walls and chortens may be seen, signs of the distinctly Tibetan territory into which we are entering. The valley trail keeps to the northern bank below the village of Bih. Bih is known for its family of master stone carvers and along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas. Just past Bih we catch glimpses of the Shringi Himal and continue along the northern bank of the Buri Gandakhi until we reach the dominantly Tibetan village of Ghap for lunch. We then continue up through the forest densely vegetated with pine and birch to our jungle camp amongst the trees just before Namrung.
We descend to cross the Damonan Khola then ascend again along a narrow path through the forest to Namru then continue through the forest path past small Tibetan villages towards Ligaon. It is likely that we will encounter our first yak today and there is also a troop of monkeys who often come down to the river here to drink. We have uninterrupted views behind us of Ganesh and Baudha Himal range and to our right the Kutang Himal stands high as the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. Before us our first real mountain panorama opens up with the peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu.
We cut diagonally across a rocky riverbed and climb a small ridge to a clearing. An amphitheatre of snow covered peaks including Manaslu. Manaslu North (7157), Peak 29 and Himalchuli surround us. The valley opens up and we continue along grassy slopes and small ridges which finally gives way to cultivated fields of Sama village. The trail takes us out of the grasslands and into wider territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. The view of Manaslu is superb today.
Rest day in Kermo Kharka the for acclimatisation and Visit the surrounding area.
4/5 hours easy walk to basecamp.
Two days are at leisure to acclimatize your body. Our climbing guide team will do a thorough check of the climbing equipment, oxygen bottles, masks and regulators, and the safety equipment.
Our basecamp members will do necessary preparations for the auspicious Puja ceremony at the basecamp – offering prayers to Mount Manaslu for climbing permission and for the good weather.
Climb up to Camp I and descend back to Basecamp.
Climb up to Camp 1 and spend overnight
Climb up to Camp 2 and spend overnight
Climb halfway to Camp 3 and descend back to Basecamp
Climb up to Camp 1 and spend overnight
Climb up to Camp 2 and spend overnight
Climb up to Camp 3 and spend overnight
Climb up to Camp 4 and start climbing at 2 am next day.
Summit and descend to Camp 2 overnight.
Descend back to Basecamp.
Note: The Itinerary may vary according to mountain conditions, weather patterns, and group abilities. The actual planning of the summit is made at the base camp by your climbing guide. The activities may change because of the unstable weather conditions in the Himalayas and also your level of fitness. We advise you to book a Flexi flight and allow extra days in case if you need for the summit push.
- 1- Climbing royalty fee of $900.
- 2- Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu $100 for 7 days and $15/day after.
- 3- Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit $35.
- 4- Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit $35.
- 5- TIMS Card $10.
- 6- Liaison officer with transfer, accommodation, meals and wages.
- 7- Garbage deposit fees of $3000.
- 8- Route fixing charge higher camps and to the summit.
- 9- Weather forecast report.
- 10- International and domestic airport transfers.
- 11- 4 nights in a 5 star hotel in Kathmandu.
- 12- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- 13- 2 X Himalayan Memories Trek Duffel bag per person.
- 14- Porters to carry trekking and expedition equipments.
- 15- Single tent per person with comfortable mattress.
- 16- Tent for all the staff.
- 17- Kitchen, Dining, Shower, toilet, and communication tent.
- 18- Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging.
- 19- Gas heater for the dining tent.
- 20- 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request.
- 21- Internet facility depending upon the network provider.
- 22- Brand new high tent on twin sharing for clients and Sherpas.
- 23- 3x bottles of Poisk Oxygen for clients.
- 24- 1x bottle Poisk Oxygen for Sherpa and one bottle for emergency.
- 25- Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa and one extra for emergency.
- 26- High Altitude food for members and all the staff.
- 27- Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for Camp-1 Camp-2 Camp-3 and Camp-4.
- 28- Satellite phone for emergency and walkie-talkie for clients Sherpa and basecamp.
- 29- Extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw.
- 30- Helicopter charge for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables from Kathmandu.
- 31- Expedition Staff Allocation and Cost.
- 32- Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit.
- 33- Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp.
- 34- Porters to carry camping equipment’s and supply food to Basecamp.
- 35- Equipments and daily wages for all the staff.
- 36- Medical insurance for all the staff and Porters.
- 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
- 2. INTERNATIONAL AIR-FARE.
- 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
- 4. NEPAL VISA FREE.
- 5. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
- 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA.
- 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
- 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE…..
- 9. STAFF TIPS. (MINIMUM OF 5% OF YOUR TOTAL TRIP COST).
- 10.SUMMIT BONUS FOR CLIMBING SHERPA $1000 FOR SUMMITS.
- 11. PERSONAL EQUIPMENT'S.
On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.
While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.
Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.
As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.
1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.
2) Drink lots of liquid.
3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.
4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.
5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.
6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.
7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.
(Personal first aid kit contents)
Water Purification Tablets
Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.
“TRAINING ARE REQUIRE FOR CRAMPON AND BOTTLED OXYGEN USES”
AT YOUR HOME, BEFORE LEAVING TO JOIN TEAM HMT FOR HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES: WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING:
1. CRAMPON ON LADDER PRACTICE:
* You will need:
(a)aluminium house ladder,any length, longer the better.
(b) crampons that you will use in the mountains.
(c)climbing boots that you will use in the mountains.
*Put on your crampons on your boots, grab your ladder and place it in the yard and PRACTICE walking back and forth on the ladder rungs.
Do the following:
1. One way walk over and step off ladder, turn and repeat.
2. turnarounds ON the ladder (rarely needed, but you never know and contingency preparation is always a good thing.
3. walk halfway or more over ladder, stop and reverse yourself back to where you started and step off. Repeat.
It is super important to have practice and feel confident on metal/aluminum ladders when crossing and climbing the crevasses and siracs on the Khumbu Icefall,
as well as ladders which may be placed on the routes on any mountains.
“BOTTLED OXYGEN (“O”) FAMILIARITY”
Himalayan memories trek advises you to please research (or read the articles that Himalayan memories trek will provide you after you sign up with Himalayan memories trek) on how to USE and BREATHE with O bottles to properly regulate and avoid waste and reduce the stress of uncertainty of using O out of a bottle. It’s like scuba diving, until you get comfortable with the breathing process, breathing itself can be unnatural and quite stressful when it comes from a tank on your back. The more you know, the easier the transition and use.
“VERY IMPORTANT MOUNTAIN BOOT AND CRAMPON GUIDE”
The following information is intended as a general introduction to the types of mountain boots available and their properties. If you are at all unsure which type of boot is appropriate for the trip that you are coming on then please do speak to us before buying or renting any kit.
“WHAT ARE CRAMPONS?”
Crampons are accessories that attach to your boots and are used for hiking. Most crampons require a special type of boot, or mountaineering boot. They do not make crampons for hiking boots (these are a totally different type of traction device). The reason is because crampons require a stiff-shanked boot in order to stay attached to your boot safely.
“BOOT GRADING FOR CRAMPONS”
Boots for any climb over snow and ice need to be of a type that will allow fitting of crampons. Boots are graded according to their compatibility with different types of crampon.
Boots graded B0 are not suitable for use with crampons the sole is not stiff enough to prevent them moving differently to the crampon with the result that the crampons will move around and may come off altogether. They are also not very stiff in their upper section and may not provide enough support to your ankle or enough rigidity to allow ‘edging’ of the boot in snow when not using crampons.
Boots Graded B1 are suitable for use with strap-on C1 crampons for use on moderate snow and ice conditions. They have fairly stiff soles so that the crampon does not loosen or come off as the boot flexes during walking. They are also fairly stiff on the upper part so that they provide good ankle support and allow edging in the snow when not using crampons. They are however not so stiff that they are too uncomfortable to walk in off the snow.
Boots Graded B2 are suitable for use with C1 or C2 crampons. C2 crampons have a clip lever at the back and therefore require the boot to have a protruding shelf at the heel for the end of the heel lever to engage with. The boots have a stiffer sole than B1 boots and will help to keep the crampon in place on moderate mountaineering climbs. Some B2 boots are still flexible enough to be used on an approach walk although this is very dependent on the materials and construction of the upper.
Boots Graded B3 are suitable for use with technical C3 crampons. The boot is fully rigid and allows the crampon to be used on more technical climbs (where there is likely to be sustained use of the crampon’s front points) without the crampon loosening. B3 boots are likely to be very uncomfortable for approach walks and trekking as they are rigid and often heavily insulated.
On all climbs or treks where crampons will be used, your boots will need to be rated at least B1 or B2 for use with crampons. If you choose to purchase your own crampons prior to the trip please ensure that you take your boots to the shop and ask a suitably experienced person to check the fit of the crampons with the boot. Some combinations of boot and crampon do not provide a good match and can lead to poorly fitting crampons and consequent problems on the mountain. If you are planning on using over-boots to upgrade the warmth of a boot you will also have to check carefully if the crampon will be secure. You may need to cut out sections of the overboot to align with heel or toe bails.
“BOOT GRADING FOR WARMTH”
Aside from allowing the fitting of crampons, another very important consideration when choosing your mountain boots is that of warmth. For anything other than technical climbing, this is likely to be the over-riding factor in your choice of boot. Different types of boots are constructed differently, with different materials and built up in layers. Usually, on warmer boots, the layers are able to be separated into an inner and outer boot. This helps as it allows you to warm/dry the inners and also to wear them inside the tent.
It sounds obvious when it is pointed out, but it is not just the ambient air temperature that is an issue. If you are walking on snow, your feet lose heat through the sole of your foot into the cold ground. This is made even worse if the snow is not hard packed, as you may be ankle or even shin-deep in the stuff and your whole foot and lower leg may be conducting heat to the snow. Therefore, it is also the condition of the mountain that affects which boots are needed, aside from just the altitude or location.
Inevitably, the warmer the boot the more volume and bulk it has to it and usually the more expensive it is too. Using a boot that is too warm can be as problematic as having one that is not warm enough. It will lead to excessive sweating which is uncomfortable and can ultimately lead to greater chance of blisters, cold feet or even frostbite- when you stop working hard, the sweat conducts warmth away from your feet, or can even freeze.
Above the snowline there are four main options, in descending order of warmth:
1- ‘Triple-Boots’ for 8000m or very cold peaks. such as Millet Everest, La Sportiva Olympus Mons, Scarpa Phantom 800. These are constructed with inner boot, shell and super-gaiter.
2- ‘Plastics’ like the Scarpa Omega or Vega, preferably with a high altitude rated inner boot for warmth. These are a double-boot with a shell and a liner boot. These can also be upgraded with an over-boot.
3- ‘Hybrids’ like the La Sportiva Spantik or Scarpa Phantom Guide which are a double or even triple boot but the outer boot is not solid plastic so that it can be more dextrous and comfortable. This may also need to have its warmth upgraded.
4- ‘4-Season’ boots like Scarpa Charmoz or Manta; these are what you would commonly use in winter conditions.
If you are buying expensive boots for an expedition it is strongly recommended that you visit a specialist retailer with trained staff, proper foot-measuring facilities (length & width) and a wide range of brands and models. This will allow you to try out a range of different boots before committing to one.
Another important thing is to take the exact socks that you will wear on the trip with you to the shop. You need to try the boot on with the right sock as this can make a huge difference to the volume and comfort of the fit. Good shops will have also have some simulated terrain so that you can walk up and downhill in the boots. When you get home, wear the boots around the house for a few days, walk up and down the stairs etc. Most shops will allow you to exchange boots within a certain time period as long as they haven’t been used outside.
When fitting your boots, you often need to go up a half size or so from what you would buy in a normal shoe. This will allow for thick socks and some extra space as your feet swell at altitude. Generally, on high mountains, you are walking very slowly and deliberately and will not experience the same amount of movement that you would with a hiking boot. However, you do need to ensure that when walking you do not experience any ‘heel-lift’ inside the boot and that there is sufficient space around your toes for you to wiggle them. Any tighter than this and it is likely that they will either rub and give you blisters or be so constricting as to restrict the blood supply and lead to cold toes.
That certain boot brands commonly produce boots of a certain shape, ie. a narrower or wider fit. If your feet are of a certain shape it is worth identifying the most appropriate manufacturer for you. Some manufacturers such as Scarpa have ‘thermos-fit’ liners for their plastic boots; these are heated in an oven and then put on with special toe-spacers, the liner then moulds to the shape of your foot and when it has cooled it stays in that shape. When the toe-spacer is removed it leaves some space for your toes with the rest fitting snugly. You will need to go to a shop with this facility to get this done properly.
“BELOW SNOWLINE AND APPROACH BOOTS”
Below the snowline, it is possible to use B-0 graded hiking boots, make sure they are worn in, but not worn out, and have good ankle support. However, a good solution for smaller peaks is to use a B1 or B2 Four-Season boot which can then be used on the peak too. This means that you don’t need to bring another set of boots.
“Himalayan Memories Trek advisory equipment list”
A full detailed kit list will be issued to expedition members with suggestions on current manufacturers and models where required.
High altitude double boots for above Camp 2
Alpine boots for up to Camp 2
Base Camp boots
Crampons 12 point
Socks – thick woollen ones and hiking
Balaclava or buffs
White sunhat with neck cover
Goggles with 100% UV lens
Sunglasses with 100% UV lens
Windstopper gloves and fleece gloves,
Down mitts – heavyweight and lightweight
SPF50 Sunscreen (mandatory)
SPF50 (98% UV bock) please apply repeatedly to exposed skin at higher camps. most of the expeditions are at extreme altitudes where it is presumed that it will always be “freezing cold”, there are spots on Everest where wind blockage “valleys” exist where there is no wind and the sun’s radiation can make for extremely hot “beach-like” conditions,
Dermatone high altitude suncream
Thermals tops and bottoms, thin and thick
Gilet or light down jacket
Down jacket – heavy duty
(at least 800 down is recommended for Basecamp)
complete downsuit with an oxygen mask compatible collar, such as the Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Suit on Backcountry.com ($1,200), be purchased for this climb.
Windproof trousers and jacket, or salopettes
‘Cows tail’ with jumar and safety karabiner
Descender (figure of 8 easiest)
Selection screwgate karabiners
Selection long and short slings
90 litre rucksack
45 litre daysack
Large duffle bag
Many stuff sacks and dry bags
5 season down sleeping bag (above BC)
4 season down/synthetic sleeping bag (BC)
1 litre metal flasks
Nalgene water bottles with insulating cover
Headtorch with batteries, high quality (and spare headtorch)
Closed cell sleeping mat
Thermos food flask
Box of repair kits
Personal first aid kit
Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.
Approximately $1500 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. we recommend that each group member contributes around 5 to 10 % of your total trip cost to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.
Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!