Manaslu Expedition (8163m)

Manaslu Expedition (8163m)

Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal

The name Manaslu (8163m) comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa which means Intelligence or Soul. Mount Manaslu was first summated by a Japanese expedition group in was summated in 1956. This Japanese team completed the first serious endeavor to ascend the peak in 1953 from the Budhi Gandaki valley. Mt Manaslu expedition is considered as one of the most technical expeditions in Nepal which is located in the central region of Nepal in the Gorkha range. Mt. Manaslu is the eight tallest peaks in the world. The name Mt. Manaslu has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” which means Intellect or Soul.

While ascending Mt. Manaslu, usually 4 high camps are set on the way prior to reaching the peak. Crevasses that can be witnessed between Camp I and Camp II and storm threat from Camp III to Camp IV are prominent in mountaineering the peak. Currently the climbers are much more attracted to ascend this beautiful peak and from the apex of the mountain, you can observe many paks of Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and more.

The Unique Adventure International bestows 46 day Manaslu Expedition to let you have the best experience ever. We also offer proficient Sherpa guides to make sure the greatest probability of success. Passing all the way through terrace mid-hills of Nepal; explore local practice, way of life; go around Buddhists monastery and witness large numbers of panoramic Himalayan vistas.

The Climb

We will be setting three camps above the base camp before reaching at the top of Mount Manaslu. We will also have rest days for proper acclimatization in between while ascending the peak before taking first expedition to Manaslu glacier. The climb commences after we pace on to Manaslu glacier. The path here will be profoundly crevassed.  Moving ahead, we will reach the camp I which is located on a secluded shoulder at the top of Manaslu glacier. Also, there are fixed ropes which are necessary on most of the path on the way between Camp I and Camp II. Camp II is located in the flat location safe of threat though the site can have heavy snow amassing.  This is supposed to be the most challenging section of the Manaslu peak climbing. The way now constantly moves up all the way through the upper glacier to reach Camp III. Camp III falls on a flat saddle laying just beneath the col here you may experience strong storms. While ascending from Camp III to Camp IV we will walk up the glacier knitting through some vertical sections of snow and ice where fixed ropes necessary. As soon as you arrive at Camp IV you’ll move toward the summit of the Mount Manaslu. The peak is reached with one of the challenging traverses for less than 100 m in linear distance.

Necessary Gears

- Main rope
- Down Sleeping Bag
- Down Jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Trouser
- Climbing boots
- Trekking boot
- ICE-axe with Ice hammer
- Rucksack
- Crampon
- Stick
- Harness
- Get up (Boot clover)
- Snow Glass
- ICE Screws
- Snow Shavel
- Carbine Lock & unlock
- Head Lights
- Wind Proof Jacket & trouser
- Down Trouser
- Wind Proof Trouser
- Water Bottle
- Woolen Gloves
- Bag Cover
- Wind mask for climbing
- Climbing gloves
- Socks for climbing
- Personal Medicine
- Eight figure
- Knife

Note: You can bring the necessary gears from your own country or can buy or hire from the stores of Kathmandu.

Itinerary Accuracy

Unique Adventure International always efforts to operate the itinerary as per the negotiation made. Not always, but extreme adventure activities being operated in remote mountain regions, bears high risk and needs to be flexible. Unpredictable incidents, accident, weather conditions or flight schedule may be the reason that forces us to make slight changes in our scheduled programs. We expect your patience and cooperation in such circumstances.


Day 01: Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport, transfer to hotel

On your arrival, our representative of Unique Adventure will welcome you at Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) but make sure about our representative with a display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the hotel. We can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. You will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we take pleasure in a Nepalese cultural program as well as food. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - 03: Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure, overnight at hotel

You will stay in Kathmandu for 2 days. You will be described about your trek and then complete some official procedure. Also, make all the preparations essential for trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Soti Khola (700 meters), overnight at guesthouse 

The drive to Aarughat takes about 6-7 hrs from Kathmandu. The journey takes us through serpentine highways along the hills. The scenic drive involves various roadside villages before reaching Aarughat in Dhading. We continue to drive about 2 hours to Soti Khola via Aarkhet and spend overnight at guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (950 meters), overnight at guesthouse 

The trail begins through green Sal forests that climb over the Budhi Gandaki River. The rocky trail continues past waterfalls and rice terraces before reaching Labubesi village. The trek leads up a valley before descending to Gandaki river and across a suspension bridge to Machha Khola village where we spend overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1450 meter), overnight at guesthouse 

Today’s trek ascends up and descends down a couple of times before crossing over Budhi Gandaki river in a suspension bridge. The trail climbs up on the wide staircase which then crosses a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. The trail climbs again up to Tharo Bharyang before reaching Jagat village where we spend overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Deng (1850 meter), overnight at guesthouse 

Today we descend down to Sirdibas before crossing over Ghatta Khola via the suspension bridge to Philim village. The route continues through millet and grassy field slopes and across the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail leads through a bamboo forest to Deng Khola as we reach Deng village for overnight stay.

Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2500 meter), overnight at guesthouse 

From Deng we cross Budhi Gandaki river and follow the trail west up to the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and mani walls to Prok village. The route again takes us through a dense forest before climbing steeply to Namrung. We spend overnight at Namrung at a local guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Shyala (3400 meters), overnight at guesthouse 

From Namrung we climb steeply through a dense forest to reach Lihi village. The trail drops from the village filled with barley terraces and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. The route passes along Sho village then Lho village and finally into Shyala village. We spend overnight at a local guesthouse in Shyala village.

Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun (3500 meters) via visiting Pungyen Gompa and glacier, overnight at guesthouse 

From Shyala village we continue early in the morning. The trail overlooks high mountains like Himal Chuli and Ganesh Himal. Along the route, we come across Pungyen Gompa on a little hill which provides the great view of Manaslu North Face and Pungyen Glacier. After 6 hours of walk, we reach Sama Gaun.

Day 11: Rest in Sama Gaun for acclimatization, overnight at guesthouse 

Today is acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. We accustom ourselves to the cold weather and the high altitude for the journey ahead. In order to do this, we explore the village in the morning and lake Birendra in the afternoon. 

Day 12: Trek to Manaslu Base camp, overnight at tented camp

Today, we go proceed our journey to Manaslu Base Camp takes about 5 hours trek.

Day 13 - 38: Climbing Period

We need to climb for 26 days in order to reach at the top of the Mount Manaslu. We will be setting three camps above the base camp before reaching at the top of Mount Manaslu. We will also have rest days for proper acclimatization in between while ascending the peak before taking first expedition to Manaslu glacier. The climb commences after we pace on to Manaslu glacier. The path here will be profoundly crevassed. Moving ahead, we will reach the camp I which is located on a secluded shoulder at the top of Manaslu glacier. Also, there are fixed ropes which are necessary on most of the path on the way between Camp I and Camp II. Camp II is located in the flat location safe of threat though the site can have heavy snow amassing. This is supposed to be the most challenging section of the Manaslu peak climbing. The way now constantly moves up all the way through the upper glacier to reach Camp III. Camp III falls on a flat saddle laying just beneath the col here you may experience strong storms. While ascending from Camp III to Camp IV we will walk up the glacier knitting through some vertical sections of snow and ice where fixed ropes necessary. As soon as you arrive at Camp IV you'll move toward the summit of the Mount Manaslu. The peak is reached with one of the challenging traverses for less than 100 m in linear distance.

Day 39: Back to Sama Gaon, overnight at guesthouse 

We will return back to Sama Gaon this day, we will walk through the archetypal alpine forest and then depart from the 500 years old village, Sama Gaon the next day. 

Day 40 - 43: Retrace to Soti Khola, overnight at guesthouse 

Leaving Sama Gaon, we will trek to Soti Khola passing through beautiful local villages. 

Day 44: Drive to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

Today, we drive from Soti Khola to Kathmandu via Aarughat. The 7 hours drive includes the scenic view of both hilly and mountain landscapes. In Kathmandu, the day can then be spent by leisurely exploring and by getting a much-needed rest. 

Day 45: Leisure day in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

Today, we can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choices. After the hectic schedules of trek, today you can either go for shopping or have a day rest before departing from Nepal.

Day 46: Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination

This is your final day, our airport representative will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.

What is included?

  • Airport transfers (domestic and international both).
  • Press conference arrangement.
  • 5 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Climbing Permit fee of Manaslu expedition and Manaslu Conservation Area Permit fee.
  • Food & Fuel during the trek and expedition period.
  • North Face or similar quality high altitude tent for higher camps.
  • Single tent for each member, staffs, climbing Sherpa at the base camp.
  • 3/3 bottles of oxygen per member and guide with mask & regulator.
  • Staff: Base camp Guide, Cook, Cook helper.
  • Porters/Yaks to and from base camp.
  • One high altitude Sherpa for one climber (1:1) who assist you whilst on climbing and summit attempt as well as carries food and gears to high camps.
  • Government liaison officer, his insurance, daily allowance, equipment allowance and flight fares.
  • Insurance, equipment allowance, wages and daily allowance for expedition staffs.
  • All camping equipments: sleeping tents, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, mess tent, store tent, table & chairs and other necessary kitchen utensils whilst on trekking and expedition.
  • Group climbing equipment such as necessary fixed rope, ice screws, ice bars etc.
  • First Aid kit bag and trekking map & duffel bag.
  • Solar panel at the base camp.
  • Restop toilet bag.
  • Satalite phone (Pay Call).
  • Walkie Talkie for each staff and member.
  • Mountain cans cleaning at high camps.
  • Cargo transportation to supply the food and gears.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Necessary documentation and governmental official paper works.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.

What is not included?

  • Visa Fee.
  • International flight.
  • Extra hotels in Kathmandu (after 5 nights).
  • Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Applicable permit fees and custom charges for using communication equipment, commercial filming, satellite phone, radio etc.
  • Carrying bonus + Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
  • Gratitute (tip) for the staff etc.

Why us? Is a conscientious question that requires an honest answer of integrity and devotion of the highest standards.  

We are what we were from the very beginning: Read on to know us the way we are…

At Unique Adventure International, We do not pretend to be what we are not, ours is a simple ethic, hospitality straight from the heart. When doing trips with us, you will soon find out excellence with us is not just a norm, it’s more a habit. 

We have walked the length and breadth of the Himalaya across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for over two decades…and still counting, we have enjoyed all of it so much; right to the hilt. We love our mountains and enjoy it so much when we tread its trails with our trekking guests, who also love these mountains as much as us or maybe even more. We have much knowledge of the land and meticulously plan things so our guests get the utmost from their sojourns with us; we know how chaotic it can be for our guests when they organise holidays so far from home…keeping this in mind, we sort out for the long haul and ensure our guests do not only have fun on the way but also get value for money with purposeful journeys. We know and understand that this may probably be a once in a lifetime holiday where you will explore a world not too familiar and its binding for us to make doubly sure you are completely safe throughout the whole course of your expedition when you are in Nepal. With each trip we do with you, we are constantly searching for ways to improve our services so that your expectations of us are met beyond what you could have ever expected on all fronts. We want that you go home with a happy heart and unforgettable memories of an odyssey well done. With Unique Adventure, this is central to all our thoughts when we meet you.  

A small business with big ideals…    

We are a small outfit with big ideas and we know how complex human nature can be; its only but human to understand your weaknesses and respect your strengths, both of which will be put to the test on the punishing trails of Nepal, but it’s always our mission to understand you and make your journey as calm as possible. 

This is the whole reason why we get repeat clients who never seem to get drained with the Himalayas and enjoy the way we guide them throughout the trip…

We know how worrisome it can be when you choose to live life on the edge… so we go the mile to make sure your holidays become more purposeful, more significant… 

We do not push you, no matter what the circumstances…

We know you want it slow and easy the moment your plane hits the tarmac in Kathmandu. We understand your instinctive curiosities and ensure you are left alone with enough space to do what we have planned for you – ‘your way’’.  You call the shots – it’s your trip – and we provide you enough freedom to make your own decisions in harmony with your group. We help you to become friends and bridge gaps; it’s a matter of pride for us to mention here that we created some of the best friendships where some morphed into lifetime partnerships and this is how things shape out with us when you assemble in our country. And when we are out with you in the country at high elevations, we ensure that our crew leads you in ways comfortable to your body and physical needs.

Our ‘True-to-Life’ practical itineraries…

Our itineraries are meticulously planned and based on the way you see it when your trip commences. Our themes are hands-on and we take you to some difficult but extraordinary places where some would likely pass by. We know you thirst for the unknown and interesting; your search for things that will ignite your emotions and imaginations, seeking for the ‘whys’, how’s and when’s’ into the mountain culture, lifestyles and traditions that you witness in territory you have never been familiar with. We put in a lot of effort to create astonishing one-off experiences which would make great notes for memorable stories to pass down to the coming generations. Each trip we design opens up new avenues to a whole new world that you are not familiar with…and when you discover the answers, it could be a life changing experience you would have never expected. 

Trips to match your time frames…

We are flexible in the way we operate our trips based on your exclusive needs. We understand the kind of pressure ridden world you hail from and know you have worked hard for your dream holidays. Our programs are typically designed to give you the most and the best based on your time limitations without any blemishes on the joys that come with your venture. 

You could be planning a budget trek or a luxury tour, maybe even a trekking peak; whatever the choice, we give you an extension combo so you have a scintillating mix of history, the outdoors and even jell in a jungle safari into the potpourri so you have varied experiences within the timeframe you’ve chosen. Our website is programmed to give you a host of options to make you smile…  

Accommodation: They say Home is where the Hearth is…and yes, the Pillow!!

We are extra wary when arranging your accommodation before you enter our country. We know we’ve got to give you something that’s closest to home. After consulting with you and being twice as sure about what you’re expecting when it comes down to that most important part of life: resting your body and mind at night, we make sure we give you the best accommodating facilities available at a hotel that’s not only comfortable but also a place that is spanking clean with fresh linen and staff who understand your needs and go the length in making sure you feel at home, no matter what the length of your stay with us.

This also includes the sanitized conditions of the food you are served. Even when on the trails, we go the mile to make sure you find a cosy teahouse with no dampness and enough ventilation to keep you healthy and warm with food that’s organic and clean. We know how important the hearth is wherever you stay. With us, be sure that all your personal needs are taken care of well. Ours is the kind of hospitality that comes straight from the heart… 

Safety and Security: This is mandatory and imperative…

Our safety and security arrangements for all our inbound guests cross all boundaries; from the moment your jet hits the tarmac at the airport in Kathmandu. This is a process that begins prior to your arrival in Kathmandu, when we design your itinerary based on the program you have chosen. It begins with choosing the right team for you, especially if it’s a trek. We make sure your crew is primed for any contingency when at altitude. We believe in following firm standards with focus on risk assessment knowing mountain climbing is always a risky business despite the excitement it offers. All the planning is done prior to your arrival so you have a carefree, footloose and fancy free journey, without any hassles.  

We always advise our guests to go through medical routines in their home countries before embarking on trips above 3000m. We also encourage our guests to get insured before coming to Nepal. 

Your entire stay in Nepal is monitored from day one, especially when you are on the mountains. We take nothing for granted, nature can be a monster when least expected. When booking your trip throughUnique Adventure, you are not just a client – you are more than all that - you are a parent, a brother/sister, a close colleague – in a word – ‘family’; and all our safety precautions and personalized services are purely based on this relationship.

We Respect and Care for the local folks and Love the Environment we operate in…

We are conscious in the importance of preserving the natural beauty and culture of Nepal, so that future visitors can also enjoy the wonders of this beautiful but fragile environment. We are sensitive and devoted to responsible travel with minimum impact on the environment and local communities. The planet is large enough for everyone to explore and it’s the curiosity of human nature to explore and discover the unknown. We are always careful about the ecosystems that surround us when we are on the mountains, but we don’t let this spoil the spirit for adventure. We seek to enjoy in ways beneficial to others and wish to respect this beauty that God created for us to appreciate; and we want to keep it that way. Equally important, we instruct our crew and travellers to be aware of the values of responsible travel, by: respecting people, cultures and local environments, in creating goodwill; with cross-cultural sharing and experiences; and helping make sustainable development practical, where we put in efforts to give back more than we take.    

Our Trekking crews are Principal to the Company…we’re Family… 

One paramount issue for trekking companies in Nepal are employees directly connected to guests when trekking in the Himalayas and this is key to any trip conducted anywhere on the Himalayas. Our staffs in general receive fixed monthly salaries and our trekking crews get special rates as defined by the Ministry of Labour in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism - Government of Nepal. 

This also includes the provision of Social Security for mountain workers as per government directives. In addition to this, we also provide climbing training to new comers listed on our payroll. All our seasoned guides are well trained in the use and application of First Aid in the event of any unexpected injuries that may occur in the course of the journey when at altitude. 

Field Employees are constantly upgraded for personal development, delivered via courses in English, about nature, history, and ongoing training as mountain guides with techniques based on safety precautions...along with this, our mountain crews are insured and covered against any eventualities. The insurance package covers the cost of health care if injured or sick and provides a lifetime gratuity if any employee is physically disabled. We treat our employees as valuable assets. We know their security and happiness is vital to ensure yours throughout your stay in Nepal… 

Innovation: We are constantly juggling new Products…   

Ours is a constant search for new trails in the great wilderness. We’re always innovating new areas for travel within and around the city limits and out on the mountains. Nepal has so much to offer in her ancient heritage cities and within the vast expanse of her Himalayas. We ceaselessly research new products in order to give our old clients new thrills; this has always been part of our company’s policies for giving more value for money. We know that many of our guests rarely get time to travel and when they do, they’d sure like to make the best of it; besides Nepal, we even cut across borders giving our guests unbelievable historical and cultural highlights of Tibet, Bhutan and India. We even design divine spiritual tours for the holy who’d sure like to hike down footsteps of ancient ancestors along the Mount Kailash Mountains so that they could come face-to-face with the gods. You even get opportunities to stroll down the cobbled stone Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur and slip into the Forbidden Temple of Pashupatinath. Beyond the spiritual of Kailash in Tibet, our programs take you to the highest region on earth, at an elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft). Very much noted as the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet is symbolic of a mesmerizing culture seeped in spirituality and nature. From superb temples and tranquil monasteries to the Yangtze River and adorable Pandas, our products are molded in a way that  ensures you experience a whole new world of amazing discoveries that tells you about God’s gift of a wonderful planet we all live in.

‘Please visit our highly informative website for some of the most extensive information on some of the most stimulating holidays ever conceived’. Get friendly with us on:

We give you Mountain Yoga 

The Mountain Yoga we offer on the trail is an earthy, friendly and unassuming space, dedicated to healing and transformation as your mind battles the vagaries of nature while on your journey in the wild. When you decide to holiday on the mountains; it’s like a calling into the high and wild to experience Mother Nature at a higher level and to explore her true beauty. But there’s another calling that wants you to find release from your inner demons. It might be seen as the feeling that there has to be more to life than our day-to-day routines in the machine of modern day society. As you go higher above the tree-lines, our certified yoga guides give you the kind of alignment helpful to your body’s needs when adjusting to the thin air at altitude. They are compassionate, knowledgeable and guide you with postures and breathing exercises that promote physical fitness at higher elevations, keeping the mind calmer, making your self-awareness more acute, and help you get more balanced, while preventing you from having any problems with altitude mountain sickness. Yoga is an ancient practice known for thousands of years to clean out even the deepest mental grooves and rigid mindsets which may hamper your trip and spoil the fun on your trek.

We are the only adventure company in Nepal offering our guests mountain yoga which enhances hassle free trips and keeps our guests safe from common altitude problems. 

Our Success Ratio…

We’ve been through it all – the ups and downs have been full and plenty. The series of earthquakes of 2015 affected us bitterly; however, we kept the faith. We knew this was nature at its best and worst. We do not take anything for granted when it’s a tryst with Mother Nature, especially in the wilderness above the tree-lines. We knew we would still need these mountains more than they need us...These mountains teach us so much about life. It was Almighty God that created these mountains with all its stark beauty, but then a natural calamity can be lurking somewhere around the bend, and we must always be aware of the environment - and this comes with respect, consciousness and faith. 

Despite the hurdles and hiccups, our Success Ratio has been over 98%, why? Because experience has taught us the hard way to Love God, respect the mountains, to learn from our mistakes, and to always, at all times, be Honest with our Guests…and let God do the rest.     

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