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Manasalu Expedition

In the Base Camp: Zambuling Trekking  provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services. The approach from Kathmandu to the Sama Gaun village takes roughly 10 days. From Sama Gaun you climb up to Manaslu Base camp. Throughout your approach and climbing period Zambuling provides a high quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.

We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, climbing documentation, travelling logistics (including airfares), ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the trek to the ABC we organize all required accommodation and food.

In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked meals a day. We also ensure that hot and cold drinks as well as healthy snacks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious and durable 4 season personal tents for all of our clients. This comes with full board or base-camp services only. In the base camp we also provide a dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities as well as tent accommodation for our staff. In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including a satellite telephone, internet access, and solar panels to charge your batteries.

The trekking to the Manaslu base camp is absolutely breathtaking and takes you back in time when all Himalayan mountains were approached on foot. The trek starts at a low elevation of 800m in Arughta and rises gradually over the next 9-10 trekking days. It is a perfect way to acclimatize before base camp is reached and to take on climbing relatively quickly. From the village of Arughat situated in the low country the trek climbs through narrow gorges, rhododendron forest and local pastures to emerge into the higher alpine country with Tibetan influences.

The Advanced Base Camp 4700m is located at the lateral moraine of the Manaslu Glacier and it can be reached within a 9-10 day trek. Along the trekking you will have a great experience of Nepalese culture and pristine native flora and fauna. During the trekking to Sama Gaun we provide camping accommodation, we can also adjust depending on group size and departure dates and provide tea house accommodations. The accommodation and meals are basic and limited compared to Everest or Annapurna trekking. The Manaslu approach is much more wild and primitive.

Full Board Service Cost Includes:

·        All arrival and departure transfer services to and from KTM international airport with other necessary transport as per itinerary.

·        Assistance at KTM international airport by Zambuling Trekking  during your arrival and departure.

·        4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.

·        Experienced and government licensed trekking and climbing Sherpa guide during the trekking and climbing period.

·        Appropriate number of porters during the trekking period.

·        Land transportation from Kathmandu-Arughat-Kathmandu for all climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.

·        All Zambuling Trekking  kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, client tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs and cooking utensils for base camp.

·        Common climbing equipment such as: Rope, ice bars, ice screws, and snow bar.

·        3 meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.

·        Accommodation at hotel/lodge/guest house or tent camps during the trekking period.

·        All camping accommodation for members and staff during trekking and climbing period. You will be sharing sleeping quarters with one other member.

·        All food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the climbing period.

·        60kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking period. This will be carried by porters/mules.

·        Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.

·        Services of chef and kitchen assistant at advance base camp.

·        Trekking Permit (Manaslu Conservation Park entry fee).

·        TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

·        Manaslu restricted area trekking permit during the expedition period.

·        Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Manaslu.

·        Nepalese Government Royalty.

·        One experienced, trained, government Licensed and 3 time summiteers climbing guide (Sherpa) per person.

·        All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staffs during the trekking and climbing period.

·        Helicopter rescue insurance for all involved expedition staff.

·        Medical consultation services at the base camp with the HRA clinic at base camp.

·        Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen assistant and government liaison officer.

·        First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.

·        Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients with the cost of $3USD per minute.

·        Appropriate high altitude food for all clients and staff at base camp and above as required.

·        Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.

·        Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent.

·        Emergency oxygen mask and regulator provided upon request of client with  requirement appropriate charge.

·        Each client will have an individual tent available in the Manaslu advanced base camp.

·        Solar panel for light and electronics charging.

·        All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges.

·        Gamow Bags (Portable hyperbaric chambers) for high altitude sickness.

·        2 Bottles (8L) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided for each member.

·        Latest model of Summit or Top out system mask and regulators will be provided.

·        We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing and insurance.

·        Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.

·        EPI cooking gas and stove will be provided in camp one, three and South Col for cooking food.

·        Generator will be providing to back-up the lighting in base camp.

·        Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp by porter/mules.

·        Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.

·        Complete pre-departure information.

·        Flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services.

·        Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu before departure.


Full board service Cost Exclude:

·        Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).

·        Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner.

·        Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.

·        Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.

·        Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.

·        Transportation services includes only what is listed on the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be appropriately charged.

·        Any additional staff other than specified.

·        Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.

·        Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

·        Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.

·        Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if you have a special camera).

·        Personal climbing gear.

·        Nepal custom duty for import of expedition equipment.

·        Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.

·        Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

·        Airfare of international flights.

·        Nepal entry visa fee (Visa insurance is easy upon arrival).

·        Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

·        Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.

Zambuling Trekking  has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Zambuling Trekking  has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why; we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

·        The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.

·        We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.

·        The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.

·        The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.

·        Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.

·        Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Zambuling Trekking  or individual (private arrangement) expedition.

·        Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require

·        Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb the Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than the spring season.

·        Quality of food that the client requires. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from a foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.

·        Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

·        Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss this with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Zambuling Trekking  for any information about in your selected package.

Manaslu (8156m) was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul" It is the same root word as that for Manasarover, the holy lake near Mt. Kailash in Tibet. The British considered Everest their mountain. Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain. HW Tillman and Jimmy Roberts photographed Manaslu during a trek in 1950. But the first real survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952. A Japanese team made the first serious attempt at the peak from the Budhi Gandaki valley in 1953. When another team followed in 1954, the villagers of Samagaon told them the first team had been responsible for an avalanche that destroyed a monastery and refused to let the 1954 expedition climb. The expedition set off to climb Ganesh Himal instead. 

Despite a large donation for the rebuilding of the monastery, subsequent Japanese expeditions, including the one that made the first ascent in 1956, took place in an atmosphere of animosity and mistrust. The second successful Japanese expedition was in 1971. There was a South Korean attempt in 1971, and in April 1972 an avalanche that killed five climbers and 10 Sherpas ended the second made the fourth ascent of Manaslu as a member of a Tyrolean expedition that climbed from the Marshyangdi valley in 1972.

South Col Rout Camp

Base Camp (4800M/15,750ft):

Manaslu base camp is located on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Himalaya. Zambuling Trekking base camp will be set up for almost 35 days. On an 8000m expedition, climbers spend most of their time at base camp, so naturally on any long expedition, base camp becomes a home away from home. We establish our camp at a walking distance between meeting points with a different group and strategic viewing positions of the Manaslu massif. Zambuling provides a personal tent that becomes your private retreat, a dining tent that is the common area, a shower tent, and a toilet tent. When you arrive at the base camp it will already be fully established and hot beverages and snacks will be available immediately. Waiting for you there will be your base camp staff and high altitude climbing Sherpa. Prior to your climbing period, you will have a Puja ceremony at the base camp for good luck. This is one Nepalese tradition not to miss; it represents a safe climbing passage for everyone involved in the expedition.

Camp 1 (5700m/18,700ft)-04hrs:

Once you have reviewed basic and advanced training by your climbing Sherpa guide, you will be ready for your attempt to climb to camp 1 which is at a height of 18,700ft/5800m. In this section of the climb, you will encounter mixed terrain including a few crevasses and short ice sections on the first section of the glacier. Prior to the first section of the glacier, you will encounter grassy slopes, rock slabs, and moraine. For average climbers, it takes about 4 hours. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about an hour, then you reach the crampon point at the mouth of the glacier, the glacier portion takes about 3 hours. Camp one is divided into two sections, lower camp 1 and upper camp 1, the distance between the two is 100m/328ft.

Camp 2 (6400m/21,000ft)-05hrs:

The climbing from camp 1 to camp 2 is the most technical section on Mt. Manaslu. During this section you encounter the heart of the icefall. The first section is just slogging over snow for about an hour, and then you encounter several steep section of ice, 2 ladder crossings and steep snow climbing. Expect that this section will take you about 5 hours. Expect that you will encounter several steep sections of ice that are 100m at a slope of 65º. For most people this is the crux of the route. Camp 2 is situated above the icefall on a snowy terrace.

Camp 3(6800m/22,310ft)-02-03hrs:

Camp two to camp three is the shortest distance and will be your shortest climbing day. It does not require any ladder crossings, but there are a few crevasses that are roughly a half meter that need to be jumped. The main ropes are fixed by climbing Sherpa’s team. This section for most climbers feels easier, but still it is not to be taken lightly, the climbing is still on sustained slopes and there is exposure to cold and wind. Although in spring there has been report of direct sun hitting this section making it feel very warm

Camp 4 (7500m/24,606ft):

Climbing from camp 3 to camp 4 feels like a long day, the distance of short nut now you are nearing the death zone. As all climbers as aware the oxygen levels are very low at this altitude so it is expected that any effort no matter how minimum or trivial will feel arduous. In this section you have to climb for 3-4 hours on steep snow that is on a 50-55º slope. This section is dangerous because the snow slope is covering a layer of ice which make ethos section avalanche prone. Comparing with other sections of the route, this portion is extremely physical with sustained steep snow sections at extreme altitude in avalanche terrain.

Summit (8156m/26,759ft)-16-17 hrs:

The main goal during the climbing period is summit day. Most climbers begin their summit bid at 1:00 am. If all goes well they reach the summit between 7-10 am. Below the main summit is a false summit, the main summit is reached via an exposed ridge. It takes about 4 hours to return to Camp 4 from the summit and another 2 hours to get to camp three for overnight stay. The climbing is not technical in the early part as you ascend through several basins with short snow headwalls. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit for a spectacular view of the mighty Himalaya. Zambuling Trekking  Sherpa guides will fix ropes break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the 8th highest mountain in the world.

Facts of the Trip

·        Highest access:8,163m (26,763ft)

·        First Ascent: Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japan), May 9, 1956

·        Duration:51 (typically) Days

·        Group Size: 01-10 persons per Group.

·        Co-ordinates:28°32'58''N, 84°33'43''E

·        Location: Nepal/Manaslu Region/Lamjung District

·        Country: Nepal

·        Airport: Kathmandu

·        Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)

·        Grade: Low technical difficulty

·        Accommodation: Three star to five stars as request

·        Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period

·        Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus

·        Best season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)

·        Major Activity: trekking/climbing

·        Include Activity: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

·        Culture: Gurung, Sherpa

·        Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

Cost Includes:

All arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu.

4 Nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan.

Kathmandu-Besishahar-Dharapani/Arughat- Kathmandu land transfers.

Mt. Manaslu expedition permit (Royalty; US$ 900 for member).

Government official Liaison Officer for Mt. Manaslu Expedition.

Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Area entry permits

Special/Restricted Manaslu area trekking and TIMs card for members.

All camping equipment in Advance Base Camp and other camps.

Food, accommodation and guide during trekking in teahouse/lodge.

Food during expedition period cooked by our experienced cook at ABC.

1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide for climbing support.

2 Oxygen (4 Ltrs.) bottles for climbing member and 1 for Sherpa.

Mask & regulators 1-set for climbing member and Sherpa.

Gamow bag at ABC for emergency rescue purpose.

Baggage allowance carrying by mules/porters up and down to BC: 50 kg.

Required high altitude food for climbing member and Sherpa.

Insurance, wages, meal and allowances for climbing Sherpa and BC staffs.

Solar panels for light and battery charging in base camp.

Icefall and rope fixing charges, tents at high camps C1, C2, and C3.

Office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.

Cost Excludes:

Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).

Loundry, communication expenses and Internet uses.

Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees and trekking gears.

Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.

Any additional staff other than specified.

Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses for member.

Summit bonus to your private Sherpa guide if approached to the summit (Minimum US$ 1000.00)

Tips to Base Camp Staffs (Mandatory minimum US$ 200.00 per Member in Total)

Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue for member.

Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.

Defined personal climbing gears.

Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.•



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