Manaslu Expedition

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Manaslu Expediton
At a Glance
  • Duration38 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Manaslu
  • Max Altitude 8163m/36,763ft
  • Group Size 2 - 15
  • Starts Machhakhola
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity EXPEDITION
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Manaslu Expedition Overview:

Manaslu Expedition is becoming one of the most trendy 8000-meter expeditions in Nepal. It is highly sought by both beginners and professional mountaineers after the legendary Mount Everest. Expert mountaineers say that the Manaslu Expedition delivers thrilling challenges for mountaineers seeking an adrenaline-charged and culturally rich climbing experience.

Mount Manaslu stands at a height of 8,163 meters / 26,781 feet and it is the eighth-highest mountain in the world.  This majestic mountain that solely belongs to Nepal is certainly the crown of the Nepalese Himalayas.

The name ‘Manaslu’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ which means ‘The Soul’. For the community living in the region, Manaslu is not just a mountain, it’s a spiritual being, a living heritage where spirits reside. This may be the reason why Manaslu is very popularly known as the “Mountain of Spirits”. It is very sacred for the local Gurung and Tibetan Communities and has deep spiritual significance. They deeply respect the mountain and worship it as the abode of a powerful mountain spirit.

Everest may be the world's highest peak that would fascinate millions but Manaslu offers an extraordinary journey with a unique charm. The Manaslu Expedition journey cruises through the most enchanting valley of Manaslu through lush forests, rustic villages, deep valleys, high cliffs, and many more. Climbing Manaslu with Nepal Pyramids is certainly an experience blending adventure with unique Nepal culture in the gorgeous Manaslu region. Our Manaslu Expedition is thoughtfully designed to provide a holistic experience.

  • HEIGHT: Mount Manaslu - 8,163 meters / 26,781 feet.
  • COORDINATES: 28°33′28′′N 84°33′55′′E
  • FIRST ASCENT: Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu in 1956
  • LOCATION: Mansiri Himal, Gorkha District
  • Additional Details: 8th highest mountain in the world and popularly known as the "Mountain of the Spirit".

Journey to the Summit of Manaslu:

The journey to the Summit of Manaslu is very spiritual. Climbing Manaslu is not just about conquering a formidable Spirit Mountain but it's a pilgrimage through Nepal’s enchanting and diverse landscapes. Standing at the summit of Manaslu is a realization that goes far beyond physical endurance and the success of conquering it. It's indeed an incredible journey that will connect you with nature and the spiritual mountain in a profound way.

As you enter this sacred valley guarded by Manaslu's powerful divinity you will inevitably feel the mystical presence. At the base camp, the ceremonial rituals also called PUJA will prepare you mentally to respect its divinity as you proceed to conquer it with respect.

The higher you climb, you will sense that the mountain is shedding more of its supernatural impression. However, with your belief and your respect for the mountain, this mysticism will as well be guarding you in some way.

When you finally stand at the top, you will be amazed at what you have achieved. It will be more like a dream come true situation and the feeling of that achievement is immense. As you witness the view from the summit and rejoice in your accomplishment you also realize that it is undoubtedly a spiritual awakening. This is the reason why conquering the 'Spirit Mountain’ cannot be compared with anything else – not even Everest.

Highlights of the Manaslu Expedition:

  • Stand at the summit of the world’s eighth-highest mountain and feel the power of accomplishment. 
  • Listen to the folklore of Mt. Manaslu from the local communities. This spiritual aspect adds a profound layer to your climbing experience.
  • Acclimatize in the most picturesque mountain villages that give you so much about the beauty of rustic life in Nepal.
  • Relish the thrill of a genuine mountain climbing experience in the less-crowded "Mountain of the Spirit".
  • Witness the grandiose 360-degree panorama of the surrounding Himalayan giants and the Tibetan plateau.
  • Interact with local Gurung and Tibetan communities and understand their mutual relationship with the harsh mountain environment.

Best Time to Climb Mount Manaslu:

Selecting the best time for a Manaslu expedition is crucial for safety, comfort, and the possibility of summit success. The weather patterns in the Nepalese Himalayas is dictated by the monsoon cycle. The two primary seasons that give the possibility of best summiting windows for Manaslu are the Spring and Autumn seasons. 

Spring is also a pre-monsoon season that starts from March till May, and Autumn is a post-monsoon season starting from mid-September till November. 

SPRING – (Pre-Monsoon Season) - March to May:

In the very first place, the spring season is considered ideal for the Manaslu expedition with several advantages. This is the season when most 7K and 8K peak climbing is organized including Mt. Everest.

During the spring season in Nepal, the month of April is said to start with a stable weather pattern. The season offers clear skies, spectacular views, and good climbing conditions. However, with climate change climbers these days are notified of the possibility of snow blizzards that make climbing dreadful.

This may be the reason why all professional climbers from Nepal these days suggest climbing Manaslu in autumn. They even say that the success rate during Autumn is higher as compared to the spring season.

Why do elite Nepali climbers say that Autumn is a great season to climb Manaslu Mountain?

Expert climbers from Nepal often recommend climbing Manaslu during the autumn season for several key reasons. They even guarantee a higher summit success rate during the autumn season than in spring. Below are the reasons why.

  • Weather Condition: Autumn offers the most stable and favorable weather conditions for climbing Manaslu. During this season there is a high possibility of lower wind speed, less snowfall, and clearer skies compared to spring. This weather condition makes the climbing conditions more convenient and safer for mountaineers.
  • Snow and Ice Strength: Autumn means we are heading towards the winter which makes the the snow and ice on Manaslu more stable. Due to the solidarity of snow and ice, it reduces the risk of avalanches and provides a more secure environment for the climbers.
  • Fewer Crowds: The autumn climbing season in Nepal is generally less crowded than the most popular and commercial seasons like spring. Besides very less climbers attempt to climb Manaslu in Autumn which means fewer climbers on the mountain. Having less crowd has a great advantage to better coordination and a more enjoyable climbing experience. It will also give you the flexibility of pacing and more space without having to worry about rushing or queuing.

Also, check out the trendy Manaslu Circuit Trek and learn more about the Manaslu Region.

History of the Manaslu Expedition:

Like Everest and many renowned peaks Manaslu too has witnessed early attempts by Western explorers. However, the history of Conquering Manaslu is deeply intertwined with Japanese mountaineering efforts. With the Japanese resilient determination and multiple efforts to climb Manaslu, in 1956 the mountain was given the title “The Japanese Mountain".

The legend has it that in 1950 the first survey of Manaslu was conducted by a British expedition led by H.W. Tilman. However, it was the Japanese who made the serious attempts to climb the Mt. Manaslu. In 1952, a Japanese team led by Kiichiro Kato made their first attempt after exploring the mountain from the Budhi Gandaki valley. Nonetheless, due to bad weather and difficult ice landscape, they could only manage to reach 6000 meters.

The following year in 1953, the next Japanese expedition returned for their second attempt led by Y. Mita. They failed this time as well due to bad weather but managed to reach a significant height of 7,750 meters. It is said that the local community was furious over the Japanese expedition team over their attitude towards the Spirit Mountain.

Since they hurt the local sentiment they came back in 1954 for their third attempt but this time pleasing both the locals and respecting the mountain. Despite their severe efforts, they were again unsuccessful in summiting Manaslu.

It was on May 9, 1956, that the Japanese expedition made a breakthrough under the leadership of Yuko Maki. Toshio Imanishi and Sherpa Gyalzen Norbu finally stood on the summit of Manaslu, and the ‘Spirit Mountain’ was eventually conquered. This was indeed a historic first ascent of Mount Manaslu.

Post-1956, the second ascent of Manaslu didn't occur until 1971. Remarkably, in 1974 the Japanese climber Naoko Nakaseko summited Manaslu which marked the first ascent of Manaslu by a woman.

A significant page in this history was the first ski descent from the summit, achieved by Veikka Gustafsson of Finland in 1999. This opened up new possibilities for adventurers seeking different ways to interact with the mountain.

Now you would witness multiple commercial expeditions on Manaslu. It is now the most sought-after mountain after Everest. This yearly increase in commercial expeditions has raised concerns about environmental impact and its ecosystem. However, Manaslu continues to attract mountaineers from around the world since it delivers physical challenges and a connection with spirituality. 

Tragically, Manaslu too has witnessed its share of accidents, human casualties, and deaths. Avalanches, high-altitude sickness, and the unpredictable weather have claimed lives. But all this is a simple reminder to the mortals that nature is more powerful and would humble you at any cost.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4,593 feet) / hotel accommodation.
  • Day 02:Gear Check, Briefing from your leaders and Last Minute Shopping + Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 03:Drive to MachhaKhola (870 m/2,854 feet) overnight stay
  • Day 04:Trek to jagat (1340 m/4,396 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Phillim (1517 m/4,977 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Bihi phedi (1,990 m/6,528 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Namrung (2,630 m/8,628 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Lho (3,180 m/10,433 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Samagoan (3,520 m/11,548 feet)
  • Day 10:REST DAY - short hike - final equipment check for Manaslu Base Camp
  • Day 11:Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4750 / 15,585 feet)
  • Day 12 to 13:Acclimatization – Base Camp Ceremonial Ritual – PUJA
  • Day 14 to 34:Rotation – CAMP I, II, III, IV and SUMMIT PUSH (8163m / 26,763 feet)
  • Day 35:Packing and Trek down to Samagoan and celebrate – overnight at Teahouse
  • Day 36:Fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter
  • Day 37:Contingency Day – Farewell Dinner
  • Day 38:Transfer to the International Airport.

Manaslu Expedition Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at the Kathmandu airport your Leader or our office representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Enjoy your drive through the narrow highway with horrific traffic, which is very thrilling. The streets through the city is pretty lively and very colorful. Your hotel is located at the heart of Thamel, a very vibrant tourist town - it's a tourist hub and a center of hippy activities in the 80s.


  • Land into the city of Kathmandu, the living heritage city.
  • Meet up with your team members - Enjoy Thamel - the main Tourist Hub.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Explore the colorful town of Thamel, and try coffee or a good meal of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, we require your original passport and passport-sized photos to swiftly secure the Special Trekking Permit to access restricted mountain areas like Manaslu. It is a golden ticket to unseen vistas and untouched valleys away from the maddening crowd. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

  • Altitude: 1400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star hotel
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

Today: Meetup with your team member, there will be an introduction and BRIEFING from your team leader over the things that you are to expect and guidelines over dos and donts etc.


  • Fabulous Breakfast in the hotel itself.
  • Meet up at 9 am for the introduction and briefing.
  • Remaining Paper works (permits).
  • Your leader will be doing a thorough inspection of your personal gear.
  • Shopping for the required gear and stuff required for the expedition.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Fabulous Welcome Dinner.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

We will leave from the hotel early today to skip any uncertainty of traffic on the way. We will provide you with a 4-wheel drive for all the members, staff, and baggage. This drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola via Aroghat is a beautiful experience. Leaving Kathmandu we drive through an adventurous twisting roadway with so much to see on the way. Despite the slender highway, the view of lush vegetation and the rustic setting will surely make your day.


  • 9/10 hours’ scenic drive to Machhakhola through the most beautiful countryside setting.
  • Early drive to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
  • Fabulous scenery and mountain view at the backdrop as you cruise through these new roads.
  • Lunch stop in a beautifully located village with an excellent choice of food.
  • After lunch, you drive through the jagged countryside road is another fascination.
  • Once we get to the beautiful town of Aroghat we further further drive to our destination, Machhakhola.
  • Overnight stay in this small but interesting settlement. Fabulous dinner and briefing from your group leader.
  • Altitude: 870 m/2,854 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 9/10 hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE JEEP

Leaving Machchakhola we walk through the earthquake rehabilitation shelter area that will eventually take us to the big village of Khorlebesi. Today we will be crossing ample suspension bridges as Manaslu is also known as the valley of "Suspension Bridges". After the effortless hour's walk from Khorlebesi, we will get to Tatopani, the village of natural hot springs. The next uneven trail lands us to the village of Dovan for lunch. After lunch, we walk the valley and cliff trail crossing multiple bridges and beautiful villages to Jagat.


  • Fabulous walk along the valley of Budi Gandaki with so much to see and learn.
  • Crossing an ample suspension bridge is exciting.
  • Today you would also cross a cliff bridge which is the highlight of today's trekking.
  • We take a small break at Tatopani to witness the Natural Hot Spring.
  • Walking over a few landslide trails that were crafted during the 2015 earthquake.
  • You will see Chorten and ancient prayer walls on the trail and in villages that depict Tibetan Buddhism influence.
  • Altitude: 1340 m/4,396 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.5 km

Since we are covering only a short destination today, we will take it casually with no rush. Leaving Jagat we cross a suspension bridge with a view of a beautiful waterfall. Furthermore, the valley starts opening today and this beautiful countryside trail takes you to the prosperous town of Phillim.


  • Delightful walk with stunning views.
  • Today's short walk goes through a number of beautiful settlements.
  • The ancient setting of the village GhatteKhola is an attraction where a small break is worth taking.
  • The view of vibrant hills and deep gorges provides you with a soothing charm.
  • Lunch at Phillim and afternoon activity of village exploration OR hot shower and relax.
  • Altitude: 1517 m/4,977 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Phillim we walk an effortless trail crossing suspension bridges and through the beautiful pine forested trial to Nayak Phedi. Today's walk offers a great mountain view. The trail goes through the valley of beautiful woodland setting of bamboo, ferns, pine, oak, and Magnolia. Much like the other day today as well we will be going over ample suspension bridges. Gradually we get to the village of Deng for lunch and hike further eventually to the beautiful but basic settlement of Bihi Phedi for an overnight stay.


  • Beautiful view of Siringi Himal and Boudha Himal.
  • Trekking over the cliff trail is very stirring.
  • A most enchanting walk through a woodland trail of bamboo, ferns, pine, oak, and Magnolia.
  • Despite a little distant walk, lunch at Dyang, a very basic village settlement is worth it.
  • Overnight at Bihi Phedi, a small but beautiful place to stay.
  • Altitude: 1,990 m/6,528 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5-6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Soon after we are done with our breakfast we will leave Bhi Phedi and take the undulating but easy trail leading us to the small village of Bhijan. Today's walk is as well into the valley trail with a beautiful forest setting with huge pine and coniferous trees. We will proceed further crossing the suspension bridge, walking the cliff trail, and the trail through the beautiful framing pastures that take us to yet another attractive village of Gap. Before Namrung you would be walking into the new trail which was opened after the 2015 earthquake. Despite being new it’s one of the most enchanting trails.


  • Today is a short walk once again giving you ample time for acclimatization.
  • The view of beautiful farming pastures is simply incredible.
  • Ample small cultural settlements in this hidden valley are another attraction.
  • Being in this pretty landscape, deep valley, cliff trail, and soaring cliffs are magical and very serene.
  • After lunch, you have a free afternoon for hot showers and setting up your tomorrow's plan.
  • Altitude: 2,630 m/8,628 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Lho gives you the most awaited view of the world’s 8th-highest mountain Manaslu at its best. This is yet another short walk to arrange ample ground for acclimatization and to prepare for the soon-coming challenging Larke pass. Leaving behind the deep valley and cliff trail today we walk more into the wide Himalayan meadow trail. Progressively walking through multiple small villages the trail will eventually connect to the path that leads to Himal Chuli Base camp.


  • The walk to Lho is incredible with several charming cultural villages en route.
  • The view of snow-capped mountains like Himal Chuli and Nayke Peak is awe-inspiring.
  • Enjoy your enchanting walk in the wide Himalayan meadow-like trail.
  • Feel the serenity of the region that is peacefully calm and soothing.
  • Witness the Tibetan Buddhism influence with numerous Chortens and Prayer walls on the way.
  • Lunch at Lho itself and a free afternoon for self-exploration.
  • The grandiose view of Manaslu – the spirit mountain and the world’s 8th highest.
  • Altitude: 3,180 m/10,433 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

Leaving Lho we ascend to the ridge of the village with a huge Prayer wall with an amazingly built Stupa. Once again we enter into the forested trail of pine providing you with soothing shade against the scorching sun. Passing the solitary but beautiful hydro-plant building we get to the extended village of Shyala which has a phenomenal primeval setting. Pass the village we walk the wide version of the Himalayan trail with pine and juniper tree which eventually takes us to the handsome-looking village of Samagoan.


  • Short walk to Samagoan with a free afternoon.
  • Being in the valley with a dramatic landscape and forest setting is astonishing
  • Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of Manaslu and its neighboring range.
  • The old Samagoan gives you the feeling of primitiveness and the village setting itself has a very ancient setting.
  • Free afternoon to relax and feel the thin air.
  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

This rest day will be utilized to organize the porters to supply our equipment and supply to Manaslu Base Camp. At Samagoan the locals have a culture, a rule that is to hire the locals to transfer supplies to Base Camp and all companies are to abide by this law. So, we give a final check on our equipment and relax. 

  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will head out to Manaslu Base Camp. Our journey begins through a green pine forest, leading us to the stunning Birendra Lake. This enchanting glacial lake is serene and we will spend some time to appreciate it. Shortly after we will start ascending Manaslu Base Camp.

As up climb a little higher you will be served with the most breathtaking panoramic views. Upon reaching Base Camp you will be mesmerized to be surrounded by the majestic snow-capped peaks and the magical sight will surprise you.

You will be happily greeted and welcomed by our local team and there will be a short introduction and briefing. Shortly after you will be led to your tents and enjoy your ALFRESCO LUNCH in the most magical setting.

Finally, you spend a night at Manaslu Base Camp looking forward to conquer this majestic peak. 

  • Altitude: 4750 / 15,585 feet
  • Accommodation: TENTED CAMP
  • Walking Hour: 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will spend a few nights in Base Camp since it is very fundamental to take a break and acclimatize into the thin air. This rest day will set enough ground for everyone to contemplate and prepare mentally and physically for the mission that we have signed for. 

On one of these days, the base camp team will organize a PUJA - a ceremonial ritual to please the mountain deity asking for her permission to accept us and let us climb the mountain. Besides, the PUJA is also asking for her blessing and seeking protection over any hazards that may befall on the team.

  • Accommodation: TENTEND CAMP
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Shortly after the PUJA ceremony, we will start with our acclimatization rotation. Your expedition leader will give you all the guidelines on what we are doing and how. This rotation involves gradually ascending to higher camps and getting back to base camp. This approach is called the 'Walk High, Sleep Low' strategy. This strategy is very important and will help climbers adapt to the thin-air environment and prevent altitude-related sickness.

Now the overall expedition will involve establishing four strategic camps as Camp I, Camp II, Camp III, and Camp IV. We will gradually proceed further to higher camps after much acclimatization rotation and rest days. Everything will be carefully planned with proper nutrition, hydration, and teamwork. Eventually, we will summit Manaslu, The 'Mountain of Spirit'.

  • Altitude: 8163m / 36,763 feet
  • Accommodation: TENTEND CAMP
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After the summit attempt, whether successful or not, we will take down our temporary mountain home and finish the cleaning. Shortly after that, we will pack all our personal and group equipment.

We'll organize our gear and supplies like preparing items that need to be transported separately by helicopter or porters or jeeps.

Soon, the expedition leader will finalize arrangements for transportation from Base Camp Samagoan. We will hike down to the settlement of Samagoan and stay overnight at local teahouse. 

  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Now is the time to say goodbye to Mt. Manaslu and fly back to the capital city of Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will wait at the helipad for our HELICOPTER to arrive. Shortly we will board the Heli and fly through the most enchanting valley of Manaslu towards Kathmandu.


  • Flying in a Helicopter back to Kathmandu is simply incredible.
  • The aerial view of the valley you walked a month ago looks interestingly overwhelming.
  • Phenomenal view of the landscape, deep valley, mountains, vibrant hills, and gorges.
  • You get very close to the mountains which you recently witnessed way far from a distance.
  • Back to your hotel, back to the civilization and maddening crowd.
  • Free afternoon in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 50 min. FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: HELICOPTER

Contingency Day is there to cushion any uncertainty that can be weather or other circumstances. You can always use your Contingency Day either at Base Camp, during rotation or in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast/Celebration Dinner

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will accompany you.

  • Accommodation: Home
  • Meals: Breakfast

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits including MCAP, Manaslu Special Permit, and Nepal Government Manaslu Expedition Permit.
  • HELICOPTER: Helicopter from Samagaon to Kathmandu after the Expedition on a SHARED BASIS.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: 4 nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: One Welcome Dinner in a high-standard tourist restaurant.
  • CARGO CLEARANCE: Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
  • LIAISON OFFICER: 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  • GARBAGE MANAGEMENT: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
  • EQUIPMENT AND INSURANCE: All equipment and Insurance for all Nepalese staff.
  • COMPLIMENTARY STUFF: Nepal Pyramids Duffle Bag, T-shirt, Buff, and baseball hat.
  • FREE USE OF: Walking Stick, Sleeping Bag, and basic down jacket.
  • TRANSPORTATION: All Ground Transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE for members, local staff, and all equipment.
  • LUGGAGE: Transfer of Personal baggage up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage.
  • FOOD AND LODGING: All meals, teahouse accommodation, and tented camp till the duration of the trip.
  • STAFF: All ground staff like porters, kitchen crew, Base Camp Manager, and assistant guides + their allowances and insurance.
  • CAMPING: Tent, mattresses. pillow, Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent, Communication tent, Toilet, and Shower Tent all required accessories will be provided.
  • HEATER: Heater at base camp in Dining and other necessary camps.
  • BAKERY AND BAR AT BASE CAMP: The bakery and bar will be set up powered by solar lights with a charging facility.
  • PROFESSIONAL CLIMBING SHERPA: Professional leaders and Climbing Sherpas with previous climbing experience.
  • CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, allowance, and insurance.
  • OXYGEN: The required amount of oxygen with regulator and mask.
  • SATELLITE PHONE + INTERNET: Access to Satellite phones and the Internet at a minimal cost.
  • WALKIE-TALKIE: WalkieTalkie for communicating.
  • MEDICAL KIT: Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
  • CERTIFICATE: Mt. Manaslu climbing certificate.
What's Excluded
  • FLIGHTS: International airfare
  • LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • CARGO: Custom for import of any personal expedition items.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: Personal expenses like mineral water, alcohol, snacks, bakery, laundry, tips, etc
  • NEPAL ENTRY VISA: Nepal visa fees
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal clothing and climbing equipment.
  • RESCUE: Air evacuation or any medical examination.
  • INSURANCE: An all-inclusive medical Insurance including high altitude evacuation is Mandatory.
  • SUMMIT BONUS: Summit bonus (USD 1500)
  • TIPS: Gratuities for staff minimum USD 400
  • EXTRA O2: Extra oxygen aside from the provided 4 bottles
  • EXTRAS: Any other items not mentioned in the package.


Packing List for Manaslu Expedition:

Below is the essential list of Packing for Manaslu Expedition - it also gives you the details fo things we provide and list of things you are to bring.


  • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bags 2 each (Water Proof) 
  • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c) - as for the higher camps you are to bring your own that is of high quality.
  • Silk Liner
  • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
  • Rain Poncho
  • Yaktrax (Lightweight ice-traction device) - Where necessary.
  • Trekking Poles.
  • Toilet Rolls.
  • Complementary Tshirt,
  • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff),
  • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
  • 4 Bottle Oxygen - high-quality mask and regulator.
  • All tent facilities with air mattresses, air pillows, solar lights etc.
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies

Clothing and Footwear



  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts and lightweight shirts

Head and Neck:

  • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
  • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
  • Bandana

Hands and Lower Body

  • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)


  • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
  • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)

Gear and Accessories

Climbing Equipment:

  • Down Suit
  • Helmet
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Ascender and Decender
  • Lock Carabiner - 2 piece
  • Plain Carabiner - 2-piece
  • Tape Sling
  • Prusik Loops
  • Heavy Gloves + Heavy Mittens
  • Climbing Boot (La Sportiva or a similar brand)
  • Thermos, Mug, Spoon/Fork, and Bowl.


  • Backpack (45 - 50 liters)
  • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene
  • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus)
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal FIRST AID KIT
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
  • lip balm

Gadgets and Supplements


  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Map (physical or digital)
  • Altimeter Watch or Device.
  • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
  • Tripods
  • Portable charger or power bank


  • Water filters or purification tablets
  • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
  • Multivitamins
  • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
  • Electrolyte supplements for hydration
  • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
  • Prescription medications
  • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable wipes

Optional Items

Other Essentials.

  • Personal identification
  • Photo Copies of Passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of your Insurance
  • Airline Tickets
  • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
  • Travel wallet or pouch
  • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
  • Journal and pen

Optional Items:

  • Binoculars
  • Books or playing cards
  • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
  • Ear Pods
  • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
  • Hiker Pocket Knife 
  • Whistle and multi-tool
  • Trash Bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Dry Bag.

It's advisable to pack all essential items.

Essential Trip Information

Permits Required for Manaslu Expedition:

For the Manaslu Expedition, all foreigners are to obtain different permits from various Nepalese authorities. Below are the Permits required for Climbing Mount Manaslu. 

  • 1. Manaslu Expedition Permit:

This climbing permit is issued by the Nepal Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation.

Permit Fee Variation with season:



March, April and May


September, October, and November


December, January, and February



  • 2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):

This permit is issued by the National Trust for Nature Conservation of Nepal (NTNC) which is required to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

The cost of MCAP is NPR 3000 for all foreign nationals and NPR 400 for SAARC country nationals.

  • 3. Restricted Area Permit  (RAP) or Special Permit:

Since Manaslu is a restricted area, all foreigners are to obtain this Special Permit. This special permit is issued by the Department of Immigration, Nepal and it is not issued to single traveler or FITs. All trekkers are to be affiliated with the legally registered company and must have an experienced guide.

The cost of the permit as per the season:

RAP OR Special PermitUSD 100 for the first week and thereafter USD 15 per day per person.USD 75 for the first week and thereafter USD 10 per day per person.


Other requirements:

  • 1. Liaison Officer:

All expeditions are required to hire a government-appointed Liaison Officer.
This officer ensures compliance with regulations, assists with local coordination, and reports back to the government.
The expedition bears the cost of the Liaison Officer's salary, insurance, food equipment, and transportation.

  • 2. Garbage Deposit:

The amount of USD 3000 (Three Thousand) is to be deposited to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, And Civil Aviation as a Garbage Deposit. However, This is a refundable deposit that can be claimed after the expedition after performing all the necessary garbage regulations.

This is to encourage responsible climbing practices and maintain the mountain's cleanliness.

  • 3. Communication Permit:

This permit is issued by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
An authorization permit is to be obtained for the use of satellite phones, radios, or other communication devices.

  • 4. Filming Sanction Permit:

This permit is required for commercial filming or photography.
The use of DRONES also requires a special Sanction permit. The applicable cost may vary.

The process of obtaining these permits can be complex and time-consuming. However, we the Nepal Pyramids will significantly simplify making it hassle-free and obtain all necessary permits before you arrive in Kathmandu.

Manaslu Expedition: North East Route Climbing Strategy:

Our Manaslu expedition starts with a Drive to Machhakhola from Kathmandu. We will further trek through the enchanting valley of Manaslu following the Budi Gandaki River. In this way, we will take it slow and give ourselves enough time to acclimatize as we make our way to Manaslu base camp. From Manaslu base camp, we will establish 4 camps to the summit of Manaslu.

  • NOTE: Before the summit, we will be doing rotation back and forth from Base camp to set up camps multiple times for proper acclimatization. This gradual approach is very crucial for proper acclimatization giving more opportunity for summit success.

Manaslu Base Camp (4,700 meters/15,420 feet)

Upon your arrival at the Manaslu Base Camp, you will be ceremoniously welcomed by our local crew members. The base camp for your Manaslu Expedition will be fully operational and furnished before your arrival. Our hard-working local team will set up a base camp completely optimized for your expedition needs and comfort. 

The optimization of the Manaslu basecamp is crucial since it is situated on a rocky moraine and most significantly we will be spending more than a month here. Each climber will have a private tent, and the camp will feature dining, a kitchen with solar electricity, a shower, communication, and toilet facilities. You will also have full access to battery charging and internet facility. 

Furthermore, before we set foot on the ‘Mountain of Spirit’, a traditional puja ceremony will be held. This Puja is organized to seek blessings from the Manaslu Mountain Goddess and to ensure a safe climbing environment.

Manaslu Base Camp delivers you with one of the most phenomenal panoramic views and the sunrise and sunset are simply fascinating. Get ready to witness this magical atmosphere in the wilderness. 

Expedition to Camp I (5,500 meters/18,045 feet)

After we are done with our base camp ceremonial Puja now we will step into the spiritual mountain towards Camp I. The North-East Route Expedition towards the summit of Mt. Manaslu involves establishing four strategic camps from Camp I to Camp IV. 

After many safety concerns and protocols, our professional climbing Sherpas will fix the rope to Camp I which is at 5500 meters. Once the rope is fixed and essential risk assessment is done, we will climb to our first camp which takes about 3 to 4 hours. This journey is through the mixed terrain of glaciers, crevasses, and icy sections that offer you a taste of climbing challenges.

However, the climb to the summit is not a regular ascent every day. We will be engaging in rotational ascents and descents in between Base Camp and Camp I multiple times for proper acclimatization.

Climbing Camp II (6,250 meters/20,500 feet)

After performing enough rotation between Base Camp and Camp I when we are all set to move ahead we will climb to Camp II at 6250 meters. This 700-meter ascent from Camp I to Camp II is considered the most technically demanding section. 

This climb will approximately take 5 hours and it includes climbing on vertical ice sections and crevasses. Some places would require the use of aluminum ladders and main ropes to navigate through this dangerous segment. The climb from Camp I to Camp II certainly challenges your mental and physical aptitude. 

Getting higher to Camp III (6,800 meters/22,310 feet)

Climbing from Camp II to Camp III is considered a relatively short distance that will only take about 2 to 3 hours. However, don’t be fooled by its short-distance climbing since it will still be a technically challenging climb.

You will still encounter vertical snow slopes but this part of the ascent is generally comfortable with low risk of avalanches. Which means the dangers of hazards are relatively low. Being this a short camp it will provide the climbers great opportunity to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the summit ahead. 

The Advanced Camp IV (7,450 meters/24,440 feet)

Climbing from Camp III to Camp IV is physically and mentally demanding due to its altitude which is 7,450 meters. At this ‘High Altitude Zone’ there will be severe effects on human physiology due to the decreased amount of Oxygen. It is said that at this level of altitude, the oxygen saturation will only be 8.2% out of 21%. Due to this, the effects of altitude on the human body are inevitable and some climbers may experience difficulties. 

This section of climbing to Camp IV involves climbing steep snow slopes that demand strength and determination. However, the climb to Camp IV under the reduced oxygen level is about 3-4 hours. Depending on the situation and circumstances your team leader will decide on an extra night stay for further acclimatization.

Our Mission: The Summit of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters/26,782 feet)

Our main mission, our main goal of this entire expedition is this day, ‘The Summit Day’. From Camp IV to the Summit is approximately 700 meters ascent which is around 2,300 Feet. Standing at the summit of Spiritual Mountain is certainly a dream coming true situation for all climbers. 

We will begin our Summit push late at night over a demanding 7/8 hours ascent to the Majestic summit of Mt. Manaslu. Upon reaching the top it serves as a great vantage point with the most breathtaking panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayas.  
After capturing this unforgettable moment and celebrating we will head back down to Camp III or we may walk further to Camp II.

Descending from the summit is equally challenging but our professional Climbing Sherpas will ensure your safe descent. Gradually we will get back to the Base and will have a celebration and final cultural performance. 

Support and Safety:

On this Manaslu Expedition with Nepal Pyramids, we are utterly concerned about your safety which is why each climber will be accompanied by a Sherpa guide from Camp IV. They will assist you till you get back to Base Camp safely.

Departure Day:

Shortly after we will get back to the base camp and the next day we will further descend to Samagaon and celebrate our success. The next morning you will have a Helicopter to take you back to Kathmandu, back to civilization and a great farewell dinner will be organized. 

Pre Requisite Training Required for the Manaslu Expedition:

Standing at a height of 8,163 meters tall, Manaslu is a real challenge to the mountaineers. This is the 8th highest mountain in the world and it is not easy to conquer. It is believed that Climbing Manaslu is a real challenge for even professional mountaineers with skills and determination. Successfully summiting the 'Mountain of Spirit' requires months of focused training and preparation.

Mountaineers are to be aware of the fact that they encounter extreme altitude, hazardous terrain, and extreme weather conditions while climbing Manaslu. To cope with all the harshness in the mountain their mental and physical endurance has to be very strong. Without this determination and pre-physical preparation, it is impractical to undertake something like the Manaslu Expedition.

Conquering a peak over 8,000 meters like Manaslu is not a walk in the park. Proper training requirements are necessary to increase the high chance of successfully summiting the peak and returning safely. The prerequisites are:

Cardiovascular Training:

We highly recommend Cardiovascular training which is crucial for Manaslu Expedition as it enhances the body's strength and endurance. It is proven that regular cardio workouts improve heart and lung capacity and enable climbers to better cope with the low oxygen environment.

In your cardio workout, you can include training like running, jogging, treadmill, cycling, hiking on mountainous terrain, OR running on stairs.

Strength Training:

Next is Strength Training which is essential for climbers as it builds muscle endurance. Muscle strength is crucial for mountaineers while climbing at high altitudes in extreme weather conditions. Training your legs, core, and upper body supports climbers for the demanding physical challenges on the mountain.

We highly recommend climbers to focus on compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, lunges, and planks for building body strength.

Muscle Mobility:

As we all know stretching your muscles is very fundamental as it improves flexibility and aids in muscle recovery.  Besides, it is really helpful for the climbers while navigating varied terrain and difficult positions while climbing. So to say, muscle mobility definitely helps prevent muscle sprains, strains, tears, and other injuries while climbing which climbers may face.

Do yoga, hip/neck rotation, and joint mobility exercises.

Altitude Training (if possible):

If you could manage to do Altitude training back home that would be of great advantage. This training can also be simulated at lower elevations but would require specialized equipment. For example, many mountaineers train themselves in a hypoxic chamber, which reduces oxygen levels and can create high-altitude conditions.

If this is something you may find complicated or hard to find then we highly suggest sticking to your cardio and training your lungs vigorously. 

Mental Preparation:

Above all, no matter what you do with your physical preparation, if you are not mentally prepared you better not try something like Manaslu Expedition. Being mentally prepared with a positive outlook is key to every success.  Since climbers encounter extreme challenges and potentially life-threatening situations, a strong mindset and discipline are the key elements. With a strong mental attitude, determination, and resilience you can overcome any challenging situation that you will face while climbing Manaslu. 

We always recommend all our climbers practice meditation, mindfulness, and deep breathing exercises, and focusing on their goal.

Why choose Nepal Pyramids for the Manaslu Expedition:

We've been leading trekking and mountain climbing packages in Nepal for many years. Our expertise is second to none when it comes to organizing expeditions be it 8K, 7K, or 6K peaks. 

Our Manaslu Expedition focuses on utter Safety which is our top priority, we are very well known for our safety concerns in both trekking and mountain climbing. Be assured that we use top-notch equipment and all our Trek Leaders and Climbing Guides are highly trained in mountain safety and wilderness first aid. 

Our expedition team is very well with Mt. Manaslu and its terrain in clear detail. We are not just mountain guides – we are genuinely local experts who understand the mountain, its challenges, and its beauty.

We are hassle-free travel – we make everything easy for you. All of the details and paperwork required for the Manaslu Expedition will be taken care of. From permits to transportation, food to camping gear, porters to professional Climbing Sherpas - we handle everything. Your only responsibility will be to focus on your mission – i.e. to prepare yourself well for the summit.

Our Manaslu Expedition itinerary is very flexible. Even if you are a beginner trying out 8000m peak for the first time, we can tailor and customize the itinerary to suit your requirements and level of skill.

We are totally committed to responsible tourism, environmental responsibility, and respect for local cultures. We have staff from the remote villages working for us and we always make sure a portion of our profits goes back to their communities. This is the reason why we have a ‘TRIP FOR WELFARE’ campaign. 

Choose us, and our dedicated team who are passionate about Manaslu will go the extra mile and commit in making your expedition the most memorable one


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