Trip Overview

Mt Manaslu at 8,163 m in the Manisiri Himal Range is the 8th highest mountain in the World. Mt. Manaslu has been given different names such as “Kutang" Meaning the “Mountain of the Spirits” as its name has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Manasa" which means “Intellect”. It is also said to be the 4th most dangerous mountain after Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2 for the number of deaths that have occurred during its expedition. 


The first expedition to this wonderful peak was made in 1956 by T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu on a Japanese Expedition. However, the legal permit to climb Mt. Manaslu was provided to mountaineers in 1991. As of now, six climbing routes have been discovered to Mt. Manaslu, the south one being the most difficult one. 


With diverse landscapes and broad glacial valleys, long ridges, and moderate slopes, Manaslu presents an incomparable adventure opportunity to mountaineers. It is a bit more challenging than Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Sishapangma. Mountaineers highly prioritize Manaslu as a preliminary choice before the Expedition to Mt. Everest. 


The trekking route to Manaslu is one of the most enchanting and eye-pleasing as we walk along the Budhi Gandaki River through picturesque villages that are rich in culture and traditions. Then traversing the dense forests, climbing uphill for 9 adventurous days, we finally reach the Manaslu Base Camp. Our stay at Sama Gaon will not only acclimatize us but also let us relax in a beautiful village of farmers and traders. The visit to the Buddhist Monastery is a major highlight of this stay. 


Summit to Mt Manaslu requires setting up 4 camps above the Base Camp. The climbing route ascends at moderate angled snowy slopes in the lower parts while the slopes start getting steeper above camp 1. Until Camp 4, the steepness continues to increase. But our experienced Sherpas will fix the ropes through a series of short ice bulges to lead to a flat col for the campsite. There onwards, climbing on a series of moderate snow slopes and plateaus to a steep snowy ridge takes us to the Grand Summit of Manaslu.  


As you explore more about this serene giant peak, the Manaslu Expedition will be your most awaited adventure. In addition to offering a high amount of thrill and excitement, the trek to the Manaslu region also refreshes you with its captivating beauty. 


Check out the  Gear and Equipment for the Manaslu Expedition. 


Best Season to go on Mt. Manaslu Expedition


The best season to go on an Expedition in the Himalayas is the Autumn season which falls between mid-September to mid-January when the forests are green, waterfalls are raging and the ecosystem is active. Expeditions can be organized at other times of the year but the only concern is the cold and rain, and the consequences they bring. Also, 8K Expeditions can arrange a private trip to any adventurous destination in any season if you come in a group size of a minimum of 9.


Mt. Manaslu Expedition 2024 Autumn is open for reservation.

Mt. Manaslu Expedition can be operated by Heli to Samagao in & out. Hence, we are more than happy to receive your inquiries.



Trip Itinerary

  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu  And Transfer To The Hotel (1,350 M)

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the 8K Expedition team representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. As soon as you complete your Nepal Entry Visa obtaining procedure, we will have a meet and greet and you will be transferred to the hotel (3-star to 5-star as per request) where you can rest and relax for the day.

    Altitude 1,350 m
    Meals N/A
    Accommodation 4 Star Hotel
  • 2
    Gear Check, Final Shopping & Official Formalities In Kathmandu

    The second day is allocated for official purposes to obtain necessary documents, permits, and conduct a briefing about the expedition we are heading towards. You may also go on shopping for some important items that you may need during the trip. Pack your bags well as we leave early the next morning.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
    Drive From Kathmandu To Dharapani (1,865m)

    On this day, we wake up early and have our fulfilling breakfast. Then we drive to Aarughat in our private jeep enjoying the beautiful sceneries alongside the Highway. The drive will be for around 7 hours giving us a good need of rest. In Aarughat, we will rest overnight at a pre-booked comfortable teahouse.

    Altitude 1,865 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 4
    Trek To Gowa (2,300m)

    We start early from Aarughat after our warm and fulfilling breakfast. Traversing the mesmerizing villages with inspiring culture and traditions, walking past dense forests for about 5 hours, we reach Khanchok to rest overnight. 

    Altitude 2,300 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 5
    Trek To Bhimthang (3,725m)

    Our next stop on this trail is Sotikhola. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River towards its point of origin. After passing several local villages and walking for about 6 hours, we finally reach Sotikhola to rest overnight.

    Altitude 3,725 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 6
    Acclimatization Day At Bhimthang (3,725)

    The trail from Sotikhola to Machhakhola is quite interesting and enchanting as we can feel the change in landscapes and ecosystem. With the views of eye-pleasing mountain peaks, unique landscapes, raging rivers, verdant forests, and heartwarming villages, our trek to Machhakhola will be the one worth remembering for the rest of our lives.

    Altitude 1230 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 7
    Trek To Samdo (3,600m), Via Larkey Pass (5,100m)

    After a warm breakfast, we start early at Machhakhola. We head up the gorge following the river, ascending and descending down the hills with dense forests, encountering all those unique landscapes, and gazing at marvelous mountain peaks throughout the walk. After trekking for about 4-5 hours, we reach Jagat to rest overnight.

    Altitude 3,600 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 8
    Trek To Samagaon (3,540m)

    After our breakfast in Jagat, we will ascend towards the sub-tropical forests, cross small rivers and pass through memorable villages. The trail requires walking on rocky ridges then descending towards Ghatta Khola which then takes us to Philim where we cross the suspension bridge. We walk steadily to reach Ekle Bhatti then descend to remote, grassy slopes to cross Budhi Gandaki River, and finally reach Ngyak to rest overnight.

    Altitude 3,540 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 9
    Rest And Acclimatization Day At Samagaon

    On this day of the trek, we will slowly start feeling the gain in elevation. We walk slowly and steadily with fulfilling breakfast and lunch till we reach Namrung village at almost 2600 meters to rest overnight.

    Altitude 2600 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 10
    Trek To Manaslu Base Camp (4,750m)

    Every day in the trek to the Manaslu Base Camp is so beautiful with the mesmerizing and exotic sceneries throughout the trail. As we trek uphill from Namrung through the lush forests, alpine vegetation, villages with ethnic groups of Manaslu Region, the major peaks start to appear in the distance. After about 5 hours of trekking, we will finally reach Syala Village to rest overnight.

    Altitude 4,750 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 11-13
    Manaslu Base Camp – Prayer Ceremony – Preparation/Climbing Training

    As we start gaining elevation on the trail, we slowly start getting awe-inspiring vistas of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli, as well as Mt. Manaslu. Passing through dense forests, encountering numerous stupas, and gazing at terraced barley fields, we reach Sama Gaon to rest overnight. Our next day will be for acclimatization at Sama Gaon as we reach the altitude of 3780 m. 

    Altitude 3780 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 14-29
    Climbing Period Of Manaslu (8,163m)

    After acclimatizing at Sama Gaon, we head towards the base of the world’s 8th  highest mountain, Mt Manalsu. Set up at an altitude of 4700 m, the Manaslu Base Camp lies just above the Sama Gaon, offering the accessible rest point for mountaineers to prepare for the summit.

    Altitude 8,163 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 30
    Cleaning Up Of Manaslu Base Camp, Trek To Samagaon (3,540m)

    After the successful summit of Mt. Manaslu, we then clean up all the trash as responsible travelers, and with all the joy, body ache, feeling of Triumph, we prepare to retrace our trail back to Sama Gaon.

    Altitude 3,540 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 31
    Fly Back To Arkhet By Helicopter On Sharing Basis And Further Drive To Kathmandu Or Trek Back To KTM

    We will retrace our path back to reach Sama Gaon to rest overnight.

    Altitude 600 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 32
    Final Departure

    During our descent, we will directly trek back to Namrung rather Syala Village. Enjoying the same views from different angles, we will finally reach Namrung to rest overnight.

    Altitude 2600 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouses/Camping
  • 33-34
    Extra Days In Case Of Bad Weather, Etc. (Contingency)

    After a wonderful stay at Philim Village, we will walk through the dense subtropical forests dominated by coniferous species like Pines, Fir, and Deodars as well as Rhododendron trees to reach our rest point for the day, Machhakhola.

    Altitude 1330 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge

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  • Airport pick-up and drop transfers by Private Vehicles from International and Domestic Airport to Hotel.
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast plan.
  • A welcome dinner in 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu 
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to Kathmandu by Private Vehicles with a guide and other staff.
  • Member personal climbing equipment transfer from Kathmandu-Arughat -Kathmandu (60 kg per member).
  • Full Board Accommodation during trekking to Manaslu and back to Arughat after Expedition.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Fees.
  • One professional climbing Sherpa guide per member during the climbing period and summit Attempts.
  • 3 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.) per member with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator.
  • 2 bottle oxygen cylinders (4 liters.) per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides.
  • All staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM transportation.
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.).
  • Solar Power at Base Camp for electricity.
  • Satellite Phone available at Base Camp (with nominal charge as used).
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge.
  • Weather forecast report as necessary daily.
  • Individual tent of Kailash brand for each member at base camp.
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • High Altitude tents: the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers.
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during the Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at higher Camps.
  • Kitchen tent, Store tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp.
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, and local porters as well as Equipment costs.
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers. 
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. (E.g. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening.
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu.
  • Heaters at base camp in the dining tent.
  • Fresh vegetable supply from Pokhara/Kathmandu during the expedition.
  • Special high foods for members and Sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu      
  • Route Fix charges to Summit and Higher Camps
  • Emergency oxygen during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit (For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber during climbing.
  • Garbage deposit Shipment Charges applied by the Government of Nepal.
  • Manaslu Expedition Mountaineering Royalty, fee and all official formalities of all documents for climbing.
  • Farewell dinner in 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu after return from Expedition.
  • Applicable fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by the Nepal government and All Company service charge


  • International flight tickets from/to your country.  
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • An extended stay in the hotel after 4-nights in Kathmandu.
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses, personal nature expenses such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal member's baggage exceeding 60 kilograms.
  • Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, and emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during a Manaslu  Expedition
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed
  • Drone & Special filming permit
  • Extra oxygen other than 4 bottles
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus $1500, calculate some tips for basecamp cook (250$ ) and other staff too.
  • Any other extra expenses other than those mentioned in the Cost Includes section,


FROM 02 Sep 2024
TO 12 Oct 2024
FROM 07 Sep 2024
TO 12 Oct 2024

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.


Trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time, but in extreme scenarios, the roadways may be blocked. In cases as such this, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. 


Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 


Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.


Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!


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