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Manaslu North-East Col Route
Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m)
Located on a rocky moraine, Manaslu Base Camp offers excellent views of the Himalayas. Base camp is the place, where you will be spending the longest time during the Manaslu expedition. The base camp will be set with all the tents and requirements. We, Dream Peak Adventure offers separate sleeping tents to all the crew members with a common dining tent and washroom tents. During your stay in base camp, your team leader will give you basic climbing training and also teach you how to properly use the gears. Before moving towards higher camps, we will be doing a small puja ceremony to get blessed by the deities for the successful and safe expedition.
Camp I (5,700m)
From the base camp, you will walk on mixed terrain crossing a few crevasses and ice sections. You will walk on grassy slopes, rock slabs, moraines, and glacier. As per our past experience, it will take you around four hours to reach Camp I from the base camp. Camp I is divided into two sections Camp I and Camp II with a distance of 100 m from each other.
Camp II (6,400m)
The route to Camp II is the most difficult because you have to cross many technical parts. Walking on snow for an hour, you ascend on numerous steep parts. Further, you will use a ladder to cross steep snow climbing. Most of the route involves steep parts. Gradually ascending on a snowy terrace, you climb icefall and reach Camp II. It will take around five hours to reach Camp II from Camp I.
Camp III (6,800m)
The distance between Camp II and Camp III is the shortest. The route includes a few crevasses of a half meter that you have to cross. On the tricky parts, the ropes are fixed by sherpas. Due to short distance and less technical parts, it can seem easy to you, but the exposure to cold, wind & sun makes the walk tiring.
Camp IV (7,500m)
It is going to be a long climbing day, not because of the distance but also high altitude and thin air. Today, you will be approaching the death zone. As the oxygen level decreases any small effort will get tiring. You have to ascend three to four hours on steep snow on the 50º-55º slope. You have to be careful while climbing to Camp IV as the snow slopes covered a layer of ice that can be avalanche prone.
We will begin climbing towards the summit of Mt. Manaslu around midnight so that we can reach the summit between 7 am to 10 am. Before reaching the main summit, you pass by a false summit. You have to walk on an exposed ridge to reach the main summit. You ascend through many basins with short headwalls. Your team leader will fix the ropes whenever required. After touching the summit, you follow the same route and descend to lower camp for night stay.
Why go on Manaslu Expedition with Dream Peak Adventure?
We, Dream Peak Adventure will provide you a team of like-minded and professional climbers who are willing to reach the summit as much you are. We believe in supporting and becoming core strength to each other during the climbing. While climbing every team member's input is equally important and taken into consideration. Likewise, in the camps, you will get top-notch service, branded gears, and nutritious meals. All of our meals during the climbing period are cooked by our team. We offer a good variety of meals and snacks to choose from. Furthermore, we make sure that you are getting your required number of calories every day for smooth climbing.
We are a team of a few active climbers who believe in providing quality & lifetime experience over quantity. All of our guides are trained and assessed through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) along with other training like rescue, first aid, etc. You will be guided by experienced Sherpas who have successfully led several groups to the top of Manaslu.
Similarly, you will get the most advanced technologies for weather forecasting and communication. We also work with the official weather forecaster team of the country who will help us during the climb. At the base camp, we will provide you WiFi and Satellite phones to keep in touch with your loved ones.
At the Everest Base Camp, we will have a dedicated doctor for the entire climbing team who will stand by for any emergency. He will frequently examine you during the stay at the base camp and make sure everything is okay. With all of these services, we also make sure that you are paying the right amount for the expedition. Our Manaslu expedition cost is well prepared without compromising anything.
Best time to go on Manaslu Expedition
Due to stable weather and moderate climate, April & May is preferred as the best time to climb Mt. Manaslu. This is the peak time of the year when many mountaineers push towards the summit of Manaslu. Likewise, the views are also clear and outstanding. Similarly, in the lower elevation, you will see many floras bloomed all over the trail.
Preparation & Physical Fitness
There are many tough sections and high altitude that makes the journey entirely strenuous and deadly during Manaslu Expedition. The trail is physically demanding, requires strong stamina, determination, and will-power. Some days can get 15 hours long as well. Even though most of your loads will be carried by porters, you have to face extreme weather and environment unlike any other place on Earth.
You will be spending more than a month amidst high snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and cold wind. Therefore, it is very important to prepare yourself mentally along with physically. Previous trekking and climbing experience is mandatory to have to go on the Manaslu Expedition. We have designed our itinerary and planned for the expedition based on our previous experiences. There will be no issues from our side during the journey, and we want you to make sure that you are ready for this extreme challenge before embarking on the journey.
Food & Accommodation
While traveling with us, you will get the best possible accommodation and meals. In the villages, you will be staying in a teahouse or guesthouse. You will get basic facilities in the teahouse/guesthouse. The rooms are usually small and come with two beds. In most of the places, you will find private washrooms, but many accommodations have common washrooms as well. During the climbing period, you will stay overnight in camp. Our team will carry all the tents to the base camp and other camps. We offer high-quality tents for sleeping, dining, cooking, and washroom.
You can choose meals from the menu of the lodge/guesthouse. They offer a wide variety of dishes from Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, Continental. Likewise, in the camp, you will eat meals cooked by our team members who are professionally trained in cooking a variety of dishes. We provide you enough calories and delicious food during climbing that will keep you moving. Water is available everywhere. You can fill your reusable water bottle in the village. In camps, we will carry gallons of water with ourselves.
Manaslu Expedition Packing List
We want you to know that you can rent or buy all the gears in Kathmandu. There are several options from medium range brands to high-end brands for all budget types.
- Sun hat/scarf
- Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Lightweight gloves/Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece/wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
- Trekking poles
- Trek bag-pack
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Thermo-rest sleeping pad
- Water bottles
- Climbing harness
- Ice ax
- Mountaineering boots
- AscenderDescender/Abseil device
- Snow bar
- Ice hammer
- Helmet (optional)
- Quick-drying towel/Small wash towel
- Soap (biodegradable)
- Toothbrush/paste biodegradable)
- Face and body moisturizer
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Tissue paper/toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial Hand wash
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Reading book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Camera with extra batteries