Manaslu - 8163m summit

Ascension du sommet de Manaslu
  • Next departure March 25, 2023
  • Other departures August 24, 2024, March 29, 2025
  • Group 4 to 6 participants
  • Length 44 Days
  • Level Advanced
  • Lodging 4 night in hotel in double occ., 37 night in camping
  • Price $29,950 *May vary based on US exchange rate

Amongst the series of the 14 summit above 8000m in the world, Manaslu is the 8th. It is located in Nepal at 120km west of Katmandu and dominate the massif of Gurkha. It’s name been change to Manaslu, from the word ‘Manasa’ in the sanskrit language that could be translate by ‘mountain of spirit’. Manaslu is compose of many high ridges and glaciated valley that culminate with an impressive summit above all the surrounding area and is visible from really far away.

Gyalzen Norbu and T. Imanishi (Japanese expedition) realized the first ascent of the mountain in 1956. Since then, 672 persons did climb the summit. A controversy been in the news in the last few years about many summit claim that would have been made by a ‘false summit’. The real summit top out on a rock prominence. Most of the team stop before that really steep rock section on a false summit of snow. This mountain is a great choice to start the series of 8000m because its technical level is not hard compare to other 8000m mountains like Makalu or Annapurna.

Our vision is to try the ascent without the use of extra oxygen. However, we gonna have this support if some member of the team need it to continue the expedition.

Logistic

Lodging

We are gonna spend the nights in Katmandu in 3 or stars hotel depending on disposability. We are going to be in lodge for the approach trek. From basecamp we are going to be sleeping in tents for the rest of the expedition.

Basecamp

We organize every aspect of the basecamp, tents, kitchen equipment, tables, chairs, communication and everything else! You only have to install your personal equipment. The only equipment you have to provide for yourself is a sleeping bag and sleeping pad (for altitude camps) because our local agency provides it for the basecamp along all you need to sleep well.

At basecamp, we have a system to recharge electronic device. We also have lights and a heater to warm up the kitchen tent!

Transport

From Katmandu, we gonna take a private helicopter flight to Sauma to avoid the 7 days trek in low altitude. This way we can spend more time in higher altitude to acclimate better. You are responsible of your transport to Katmandu. Since we have a lot of equipment to carry from Quebec, we are going to separate it amongst the participants and guides before leaving.

Food

During our stay in Katmandu, we are going to eat in restaurants (not included). On the mountains, we will eat the very good meals that our cook makes for us. On the ascent, we will start to eat lyophilized food from ‘Col Camp’. You only have have to think about your own personnel favorite food : chocolate, candy, energy bar, powergel, etc.

Climbing equipment

We organize every group equipment; ropes, rock and snow protections, first aid kit, communications and other. You only have to provide personnel climbing equipment. A list will be provided.

Routes

Voie et route Nord East Ridge à Manaslu
  • Mountain

    Manaslu

  • Altitude

    8167m

  • Route

    North-East ridge

  • Difficulty

    D

  • Length

    25 days

  • Basecamp: 4800m
  • Camp 1: 5700m. The ascent to camp 1 is along rocky and icy terrain, with some crevasses zones as well as some steep ice sections – 6 hours
  • Camp 2: 6400m.  From camp 1, this part is considered one of the most difficult of the mountain. It is compose of a steep snow slide (40°) and a really steep ice section. – 4 hours
  • Camp 3: 6800m.  The section to reach camp 3 is easier but the changing weather and high wind at this place is often the challenge. – 3 hours
  • Camp 4: 7450m. It is a continuous and physically challenging ascent. – 4 to 8 hours
  • Sommet: 8156. The traverse at the summit is along a narrow and exposed ridge. Sometimes, snow condition does not allowed to do the real summit that is compose of a rock zone of about 15 meters.
  • Next departure March 25, 2023
  • Other departures August 24, 2024, March 29, 2025
  • Group 4 to 6 participants
  • Length 44 Days
  • Level Advanced
  • Lodging 4 night in hotel in double occ., 37 night in camping
  • Price $29,950 *May vary based on US exchange rate

Inclusions

  • Training program
  • Ascent permit
  • Helicopter flight to Samageon (one way)
  • Land transport
  • Hotel accommodation (4 nights)
  • Mountain meals
  • Collective climbing gear
  • Supervision by a certified climbing guide from Quebec
  • Assistant Sherpa guide
  • Team of carriers
  • Tents for all camps (shared above base camp)
  • Applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in town (in Nepal and on transport)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Gratuities for the guide and local team
  • Oxygen equipment and cylinder
  • Extra not planned in the trip (evacuation costs, etc.)
  • Customer contribution to the Fonds d’indemnisation des clients d’agents de voyages if applicable is not included ($1 per $1000 purchase)
  • Contribution of 1% of the total amount of the trip to the Fonds Plein Air 1% pour la planète (1% for the planet)
  • Day

    Details

  • 1-2

    Flight to Katmandu

  • 3

    Preparation day and climbing licensed logistic

  • 4

    Helicopter flight from Katmandu to Sama. (3780m)

  • 5-6

    Days reserved for acclimatization around the village. Small hikes.

  • 7

    Departure from Sama to Manaslu Basecamp. (4700m)

  • 8-10

    Acclimatization period. We stay at basecamp.

  • 11-36

    Window to establish every high camp and acclimatize to higher altitude. The second half of this period is our window to wait for good weather and try the summit. We will have 12 days to do so.

  • 37

    Hike back to Sama. (3780m)

  • 38-40

    Hike from Sama to Arughat

  • 41

    Drive from Arughat to Katmandu

  • 42

    Day in Katmandu

  • 43-44

    Flight back

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