- Summit of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world with certification
- Slow and easy 9 days trek to Manaslu base camp on full board
- An opportunity to get well acclimatized before climbing
- Helicopter flight from Sama Gaon to Kathmandu
- Benefits of 24 days logistic arrangement at base camp and rotations to Camp I, II, III & IV
- Safe climb and descend with the assistance of an experienced climbing crew
- A Pooja ceremony and technical climbing skill training at base camp
Manaslu (8,163) is the highest peak of the Gorkha massif and the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Climbing Manaslu requires more time than other 8000m Peaks in Nepal due to the long approach to reach the base camp that makes it more interesting.
The name Manaslu translated from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” which means the soul, is also known as the spirits of the mountains. After the survey in 1952, the first ascent was made by the Japanese expedition team in May 1956.
The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape and is a dominant feature when seen from afar.
We climb from the Northeast route known as a normal climbing route after setting up four camps to approach the summit. The climb from Camp I to Camp II covers a few stretches of steep climbing and crevasses. After Camp II the slippery snow climbing is required to reach Camp III. A chance of avalanche is a threat on the way to camp IV. Mostly Mount Manaslu is climbed in Autumn Season as the Monsoon season is over; Snow in the mountain starts to deposit. Due to this, fixing the ropes, ladders, and setting up cramps is easier. And with the service of Personal Sherpa with Full Expedition Services, you are one step closer to achieving your Manaslu Summit Dream. However, you must be physically and mentally fit despite the harsh weather condition in the mountains. And good team spirit and coordination is a Must for a successful summit.
- Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel to relax.
- Day 2 In Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu for equipment preparation, attend government briefing, and arrangement of documentation needed for the expedition.
Welcome dinner will be at a Le Sherpa restaurant
- Day 3 Drive to Besisahar, change the vehicle from Besisahar to Dharapani
Today will be a long hour drive. After early breakfast at the hotel, we start our road adventure to Besishar which takes around 6 hours’ drive. Once we reach there, we will change our vehicle to a local jeep – load all the expedition equipment and bags. Then we continue to Dharapani driving on a mountain road which takes another 4 hours off-road drive.
- Day 4 Trek to Karche
Breakfast at the lodge. Today our walking adventure starts. We start our trek from Dharapani to Karche passing through beautiful villages – Tilche and Gho. It takes around 6/7 hrs. walk.
- Day 5 Trek to Bhimthang
You climb up the valley through the primaeval forest until you reach the scree of the end moraine of the Bimtang Glacier, which you have to traverse beneath a steep slope. On a clear day, you can have a wonderful view over to the North and West Faces of Manaslu. The rest of the way you will follow a vegetated moraine ridge to the small summer pastures of Bimthang (3,700m), a very idyllic place with landscape views.
- Day 6 Rest day in Bhimthang
To increase your body adaption in high elevation, we have a rest day at Bhimthang. We take a short hike to Ponkar Lake 4100m.
- Day 7 Cross Larkye Pass 5135m, and trek to Dharamshala/Samdo
Today we start early as we have a long day walk. After an hour walk the ascent will get steeper and on the way, you enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding high mountains, Kang Guru (6,981m), Gyachi Khang (7,074m), Nemjung (7,140m), and Panbari (6,905m), before you reach the pass, lushly decorated with prayer flags. The descent on the other side is rather flat and easy – but very long. Over the pasture of Larkya Phedi (4,460m) finally, you reach the small hamlet of Samdo (3,850m) at the foot of the pass.
- Day 8 Trek to Sama Gaon
After the exhausting walk yesterday, it is only a short stretch through the broad river valley of Buri Gandaki today, down to the beautiful village of Samagaon (3,530m). All of the time Manaslu (8,163m) has been towering majestically over you.
- Day 9 Rest day in Sama Gaon
Today we have a rest day at Sama Gaon. For the active hikers, you have an option of taking a short hike to Pung Gyen Gumba – around 4/5 hrs walk which offers the impressive south face of Manaslu.
- Day 10 Hike to Basecamp
With fresh porters from Sama Gaon, you will take on the steep ascent to your home for the next few weeks. Passing a scenic icefall and through thickets of the birch forest, you will reach a long moraine ridge that takes you to basecamp (4,800 – 5,000m) at the foot of the enormous Manaslu Glacier. Upon reaching basecamp; you are welcomed by our camping crew.
- Day 11-13 At Manaslu 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.
- Day 14-34 Climbing Period
- Climb up to Camp I and descend back to Basecamp (start after breakfast)
- Climb up to Camp I and spend overnight
- Climb up to Camp II and spend overnight
- Climb halfway to Camp III and descend back to Basecamp
Summit Push (27th Sep – 1st Oct)
- Climb up to Camp I and spend overnight
- Climb up to Camp II and spend overnight
- Climb up to Camp III and spend overnight
- Climb up to Camp IV and start climbing at 2 am next day
- Summit and descend to Camp II overnight
- Descend back to Basecamp
Note – Be advised that the mentioned activities during the climbing period are a tentative plan. 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.
- Day 35 Trek from Base camp to Sama Gaon
Descend down to Sama Gaon
- Day 36 Heli flight to Kathmandu
We will enjoy our last views mountains while flying back to the Kathmandu from Sama Gaon. Our representative will be waiting for you at the domestic airport to take you back to the hotel where you can enjoy your chilled beer and warm shower.
- Day 37 Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation and collect certificate
Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation, closing briefing by the government, and collecting certificate if successfully reached in the summit. Farewell dinner and celebration at Piano Piano restaurant at Nomad Hotel.
- Day 38 Final Departure
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time and the hotel checkout time is noon. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
Government & Related charges
- Manaslu climbing royalty fee of US$ 900 (autumn only)
- Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu – $100 for 7 days and $15/day after
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP permit) – $35
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP permit) -$35
- TIMS Card -$10
- 1 X Government liaison officer with transfer, accommodation, meals and wages
- Garbage deposit fees of US$3000
- Route fixing charge higher camps and to the summit
- Summit certificate from Department of Tourism after the summit
- Weather forecast report
Service in Kathmandu
- International and domestic airport transfers
- A transfer from Kathmandu – Besishar and to Dharapani on day 3
- 4 nights in a preferred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- One way helicopter flight from Sama Gaon to Kathmandu
- 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member
Service during Trekking
- 9 nights’ accommodation in a local lodge on full board (with breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Hot water for drinking purpose
- Medical Kit and oxygen during the trek
- Porters to carry trekking and expedition gears (1:1 ratio)
- Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek
- Single tent per member with comfortable mattress & pillow
- Tent for climbing and Kitchen crew on twin sharing
- Kitchen, Dining, Shower and toilet tent (communication tent for 8 pax above)
- Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging
- Gas heater for the dining tent
- 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request
- Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size
Service at higher camp: CI, CII, CII & CIV
- Brand new tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew
- Total 5 bottles of POISK oxygen – 3 for members, 1 for Sherpa & 1 for emergency
- Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa & one extra for emergency
- High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew
- Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI, CII, CIII and CIV
- 1 satellite phone for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp
- Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw
- Porterage of personal and group camping equipment
- Helicopter charge for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables from Kathmandu
- Expedition Crew Allocation & Cost
- Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit
- One Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp
- Porters to carry camping equipment’s and supply food from Kathmandu to Basecamp
- Equipment’s, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa
- Equipment’s, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters
- Summit bonus of US$1000 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp IV or US$500 if dropped from Camp IV
- Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu
- Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
- Medical evacuation charge if required
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp
- Service besides mentioned in inclusions example – extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters
- Other personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages and self-ordered hot drinks during the trek
- MOUNTAINEERING GEARS CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m) Bodywear
- Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
- Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
- Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
- Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
- Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
- Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
- Liner gloves - thin and warm
- Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
- Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
- Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
- Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
- Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
- Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
- Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
- Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
- Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
- Harness Set
- Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
- Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
- Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
- 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
- Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
- Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
- Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
- 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
- Base Camp Duffel – XXL
- 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
- 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
- Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
- 1-litre stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
- TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST (2000m to 5000m) Headwear
- Sun Hat/Normal cap
- Fleece or woollen hat
- Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Buff Scarf / thin face mask
- Fleece or woollen thin gloves
- Gore-Tex mitten gloves
- Gore-Tex Jacket
- Gore-Tex Pant
- Hiking pant
- Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
- Anti-sweat T-shirt
- Thermal inner trouser
- Down jacket with hoodie
- Trekking boots
- Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
- Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
- Snow Gaiter
- Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
- 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
- Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Water bottles 1 Liter
- Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
- Waterproof washing kit bag
- Towel - medium size
- Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
- Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
- Handwash & sanitizer
- Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
- Wet tissues
- Trekking poles
- Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
- Baselayer leggings
- Sleeping bag liner
- Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
- Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
- Booking Deposit/Payment Once services are price have been agreed and a booking has been secured then a deposit of 25% of the tour cost is required. The deposit can be made in any one of the four currencies (US$, £ Sterling, € Euros or NPR). The deposit sum required is to be made by cash or Credit/Debit card and any Credit/Debit card payment will carry a service surcharge of 3.5%. The balance (full payment) of the cost of the services to be provided is to be paid two month prior to the departure date of the first service to be provided. Once the full payment is been made, below cancellation charge applies:
- From 45 to 30 days: 30% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- From 29 to 15 days: 70% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Less than 14 days: 75% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Cancellation/ Postponement The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Trekking in which case the deposit will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, be refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded. In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case prices are subject to review. Once the contracted program has begun no refund will be made or any consideration can be made only under extreme circumstances.
- Tipping Tipping is generally expected by all the expedition staff at the end for the excellent service they had provided to make your expedition successful. Normally the tips are given at the end of the expedition and this is best done as a group. We recommend that each group member contributes around $1000 - $1500 for the expedition crew at the last evening at the base camp and part of the collection to the climbing guide/ leader in the last day dinner in Kathmandu. You are welcome to give away some of the equipment’s or clothing that you are not going to take back home, you can donate to the local staff, for this your group leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.
- Visas on Arrival For the arrival visa in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the immigration gets really busy during April, May, October and November; sometimes it takes hour to get the visa. Also, the wait is longer if you stand in the wrong queue. So below is the guideline for the visa on arrival and clearing the immigration at the airport. 1st Queue: Filling the application form. The clients can avoid this queue by filling the online application form (https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) in their home country. A sample of the online application form with the necessary details has been filled (see attached). The clients should put the exact information as seen in the attached file; the hotel name could be different. Once you fill up the form and submit, they will receive another slip (see attached) which they need to print it out and bring along with them. 2nd Queue: Cash Counter. If the clients have online slip beforehand, they can stand directly at the cash counter avoiding the 1st queue. It is advised for the clients to carry the exact visa fee amount (cash) either in US $ or Euro, but not in Nepalese Rupees. 3rd Queue: Immigration. Once the payment is done, the clients need to stand at the Immigration line with the receipt from the cash counter and necessary documents.
- Passport Please ensure that you have a current passport well before traveling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also, check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
- Copies of key documents We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
- The Trekking Day The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. After you have packed all your gear into your kitbag, breakfast will be ready. While you are eating, the crew members will make up the loads for the porters. You will often be on the trail by 7.30 am, though at higher altitudes the start is usually later, as we wait for the sun to warm the air a little.
- Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines
- Every Thamserku Trekking traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
- Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
- Acclimatization to high altitudes (generally for trips over 3500 meters): We take this very seriously, which is why we have one of the best safety records in the Himalaya. We have over 30 years of experience in the region and our success rates on high altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association. We even carry Oxygen, mask and regulator for your safety and peace of mind on all treks proceeding above 4000 meters.
- Our leaders are highly experienced mountain guides. Please follow their instructions very carefully as you ascend to high altitudes: walking slowly rather than hurrying, wearing sunglasses during the day, maintaining a high level of (non-alcoholic!) fluid consumption, not sleeping during the day, wearing adequate warm clothing are all factors of importance. Your leader will brief you fully on these considerations prior to the start of your trek.
- In addition, if you are taking any medications with you which may have been suggested as an aid to acclimatization - Diamox is quite commonly suggested - it is vital that you advise your leader in Kathmandu before you leave for the start of the trek. He will then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of taking this medication, and in particular when you should consider starting it and the duration for which it should be taken. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.
- Money Matters
- The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs.
- Refer to https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php for current exchange rates.
- ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.
- The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.
- Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
- On arrival If you have booked an arrival/departure transfer or is included in the program price. Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Kathmandu by either yourself or your travel agent. Your Group Leader will be at Kathmandu airport to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
- Emergency Contact If you encounter any problems or need any assistance, Contact our Emergency number below:
- 1st Contact: Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
- 2nd Contact: Yalamber Rai (Operations Manager): +77-9851131344
- Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-4433886
- Responsible Travel We are a partner with Travelife – Sustainability in Tourism. We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact on tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.