Manaslu Expedition

The Eight highest mountain in the world

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Trip Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey with Taktok Brothers to conquer the majestic Mt. Manaslu, standing tall at 8,163 m in the Manisiri Himal Range, making it the 8th highest mountain in the world. Known as the “Mountain of the Spirits,” Manaslu derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Manasa,” meaning “Intellect.” This challenging peak has earned a reputation as the 4th most dangerous mountain, following Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2, due to the number of deaths during its expeditions.

Historic Ascent: The first ascent to this remarkable peak was achieved in 1956 by T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu during a Japanese Expedition. Although the legal permit to climb Mt. Manaslu was granted in 1991, six climbing routes have been discovered to date, with the south route being the most challenging. Renowned as a preliminary choice before Mt. Everest, Manaslu offers diverse landscapes, broad glacial valleys, long ridges, and moderate slopes, providing an unparalleled adventure opportunity to mountaineers.

Enchanting Trekking Route: The trekking route to Manaslu is a captivating journey along the Budhi Gandaki river, passing through picturesque villages rich in culture and traditions. After traversing dense forests and climbing uphill for 9 adventurous days, we reach the Manaslu Base Camp. Our stay at Sama Gaon allows acclimatization and relaxation in a beautiful village of farmers and traders, with a visit to the Buddhist Monastery as a major highlight.

Summit Expedition: Summiting Mt. Manaslu involves setting up four camps above the Base Camp. The climbing route progresses through moderate-angled snowy slopes in the lower parts, with steepness increasing above Camp 1. Experienced Sherpas will fix ropes through a series of short ice bulges to reach a flat col for the campsite. Beyond this point, climbing a series of moderate snow slopes and plateaus leads to a steep snowy ridge, culminating in the Grand Summit of Manaslu.

As you anticipate this awaited adventure, the Manaslu Expedition promises not only thrill and excitement but also an opportunity to explore the captivating beauty of the region.

Best Season for Mt. Manaslu Expedition: The optimal season for Himalayan expeditions is autumn, from mid-September to mid-January, when the forests are lush green, waterfalls are raging, and the ecosystem is active. While expeditions can be organized at other times of the year, the concerns revolve around cold and rain. Taktok Brothers can also arrange private trips to adventurous destinations in any season for groups with a minimum of nine participants.

Reservation for Mt. Manaslu Expedition 2023 Autumn is now open.

For inquiries about operating Mt. Manaslu Expedition via helicopter to Samagaon and back, please make an inquiry.

  • Season
  • Destination
    Manaslu Region
  • Duration
    38 Days
  • Altitude
    8,163m / 26,763ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from the 8K Expedition team will await you. After completing your Nepal Entry Visa formalities, you'll be greeted and escorted to your selected hotel (ranging from 3-star to 5-star, based on your preferences). Take this time to unwind and rejuvenate after your journey.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 4 star hotel

ay two is dedicated to handling official matters, acquiring essential permits, and attending a comprehensive briefing regarding our upcoming expedition. This period also allows for personal shopping to collect any crucial items required for the journey ahead. Ensure your packing is thorough as we depart early the following day.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

We begin the day early with a satisfying breakfast before embarking on a scenic drive to Aarughat in a private jeep. The approximately 7-hour journey offers stunning vistas along the highway, providing ample time for relaxation. Upon reaching Aarughat, we settle in for the night at a pre-arranged comfortable teahouse.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation hotel / lodge

Commencing our day early from Aarughat after a hearty breakfast, we embark on a scenic journey through villages resonating with rich cultural traditions. Trekking through dense forests for approximately 5 hours, we arrive at Khanchowk, where we'll settle for the night.

  • Altitude 1000m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge / Teahouses

Our journey leads us from Khanchok to Sotikhola, tracing the Budhi Gandaki River back to its inception. After traversing various local villages and approximately 6 hours of walking, we arrive at Sotikhola, where we'll spend the night to recharge for the next leg of our adventure.

  • Altitude 1165m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

The journey from Sotikhola to Machhakhola presents an intriguing transition in landscapes and ecosystems. Amidst breathtaking mountain vistas, captivating landscapes, lively rivers, lush forests, and picturesque villages, this trek to Machhakhola promises an unforgettable experience etched in our memories.

  • Altitude 1230m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

Commencing after a hearty breakfast, our day begins early in Machhakhola. Following the river, we navigate through the gorge, traversing hills covered in dense forests, and relishing the unique landscapes and stunning mountain vistas. After approximately 4-5 hours of trekking, we arrive at Jagat, where we spend the night resting.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

Following breakfast in Jagat, our ascent begins toward the sub-tropical forests. En route, we cross small rivers and pass through remarkable villages. The trail traverses rocky ridges before descending toward Ghatta Khola, leading us to Philim where we cross a suspension bridge. Continuing steadily, we reach Ekle Bhatti and then descend onto remote, grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, we arrive at Ngyak to spend the night and rest.

  • Altitude 2310m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

During this leg of the trek, the ascent in altitude becomes perceptible. Progressing gradually and steadily, we commence our day after a fulfilling breakfast and continue at a measured pace until we arrive at Namrung village, situated at nearly 2600 meters, where we will spend the night.

  • Altitude 2600m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

Each day on the journey to the Manaslu Base Camp presents stunning and exotic landscapes along the trail. As we ascend from Namrung, traversing lush forests, alpine greenery, and encountering villages inhabited by ethnic groups of the Manaslu Region, the grand peaks gradually emerge in the distance. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, we will arrive at Syala Village, where we will rest overnight.

  • Altitude 3330m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

Ascending along the trail, the landscape unfolds breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli, and the grandeur of Mt. Manaslu. Winding through dense forests, passing by numerous stupas, and traversing terraced barley fields, we arrive at Sama Gaon, situated at an elevation of 3780 meters, for an overnight stay. The following day will be dedicated to acclimatization at Sama Gaon, a crucial step as we adjust to the altitude.

  • Altitude 3780m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses / camping

Following acclimatization in Sama Gaon, our expedition proceeds towards the foothills of the world's 8th highest peak, Mt. Manaslu. Positioned at an elevation of 4700 meters, the Manaslu Base Camp sits above Sama Gaon, serving as a pivotal hub for mountaineers to acclimate and strategize for the challenging ascent.

  • Altitude 4700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

Over a 25-day stretch, the pinnacle of our expedition unfolds as we conquer the world's 7th highest peak. Throughout this crucial period, our itinerary remains flexible, adapted to the ever-changing weather conditions and the team's readiness, guided by the expedition leader's seasoned judgment. Essential days are devoted to honing climbers' skills, including rope mastery, crampon techniques, navigating rock and ice with fixed ropes, and crucial acclimatization. Four strategically positioned camps await above the Base Camp, facilitating several rotations to acclimate to the altitude and conditions. For the summit push, a predawn departure is planned to ensure an early morning summit, cherishing the breathtaking sunrise atop Mt. Manaslu. This early start not only grants the spectacle of dawn but also allows ample time for a safe descent before the afternoon winds pick up.

  • Altitude 8163m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

Upon our triumphant summit of Mt. Manaslu, we diligently clean the base camp area, ensuring we leave behind no trace. With a mix of accomplishment, weariness, and joy, we gear up to trace our steps back to Sama Gaon.

  • Altitude 4700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation full board camp service

We'll follow the same trail back to Sama Gaon, where we will spend the night.

  • Altitude 3780m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses/camping

Descending along a different route, we'll trek directly to Namrung, bypassing Syala Village. Admiring the scenic landscape from fresh vantage points, we'll eventually arrive at Namrung for an overnight stay.

  • Altitude 2600m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses/camping

Descending through the temperate zone enveloped by lush evergreen forests, our path leads us to the charming Philim Village.

  • Altitude 2300m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation teahouses/camping

Following our delightful stay in Philim Village, our trail leads us through thick subtropical forests, predominantly inhabited by coniferous trees such as Pines, Fir, Deodars, and the vibrant Rhododendron species. Our day's destination is Machhakhola, where we'll rest after this scenic trek.

  • Altitude 1330m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel/lodge

Today, we retrace our steps from Machhakhola back to Aarughat, concluding our trek in the Mt. Manaslu Expedition. It marks the last leg of our trekking journey as we prepare for a jeep ride to Kathmandu the following day. Rest overnight upon arrival in Aarughat.

  • Altitude 950m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation hotel/lodge

Following our extensive trek, we return to Kathmandu by a private tourist minibus, soaking in the picturesque landscapes along the hillside. We'll make a stop for a delightful lunch en route and conclude the day's journey with an overnight stay in the comfort of a cozy hotel room in Kathmandu.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accomodation 3 star hotel

Today is yours to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, delving into its cultural and historical marvels. You'll have the opportunity to embark on a city tour, visiting iconic cultural sites such as Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas, Patan, Basantapur Durbar Squares, among others. Wander through the lively streets of Thamel, where an array of services awaits, from laundry facilities to rejuvenating spa experiences and delightful dining at local restaurants. In the evening, we'll gather for a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant featuring captivating cultural performances.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 4 star hotel

With great pleasure in having accompanied you on this remarkable journey, we now bid you farewell as you prepare to return home and reunite with your loved ones. Our representative will ensure you arrive at the airport three hours before your scheduled flight time.

  • Altitude 1350m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Private vehicle transfers via Airport pickup and drop-off from International and Domestic Airports to the hotel.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • A welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Private vehicle drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and back, accompanied by a guide and additional staff.
  • Transfer of personal climbing equipment (60 kg per member) from Kathmandu to Arughat and back.
  • Full Board Accommodation during trekking to Manaslu and return to Arughat post-expedition.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Fees.
  • Provision of one professional climbing Sherpa guide per member for the climbing period and summit attempts.
  • 4 Oxygen bottles (4 liters) provided per member along with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator.
  • 2 oxygen cylinders (4 liters) allocated per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides.
  • Transport arranged for all staff from Kathmandu to Base Camp and back.
  • Essential climbing equipment provided (ropes, ice bars, ice screws, etc.).
  • Solar Power provided at Base Camp for electricity needs.
  • Availability of Satellite Phone at Base Camp (with nominal usage charges).
  • Internet service and recharge cards available at a nominal charge.
  • Daily weather forecast reports as required.
  • Individual tents allocated for each member at the base camp.
  • Base Camp single tents with mattresses and pillows provided for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officer Tents.
  • High Altitude tents shared among 2-3 climbers.
  • Provision of food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during the Expedition as per the schedule.
  • Services of cooks and kitchen staff at Base Camp and higher Camps.
  • Kitchen, Stores, Dining, Toilet, and Shower Tents, with tables, chairs, and cooking utensils at Base Camp.
  • Insurance coverage for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, local porters, and Equipment.
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen staff, and Government Liaison Officers.
  • Solar panels at Base Camp for lighting and charging of small electronics.
  • Personal solar-powered lights provided for each member's tent at Base Camp in the evening.
  • Transportation arranged for food and equipment supply from Kathmandu to Base Camp.
  • Heaters installed in the base camp's dining tent.
  • Fresh vegetable supply facilitated from Pokhara/Kathmandu during the expedition.
  • Provision of special high-altitude foods for members and Sherpas as per requirements in Kathmandu.
  • Route Fix charges for Summit and Higher Camps.
  • Emergency oxygen supply at Base Camp and Higher Camps.
  • First Aid kits provided (Please consult your doctor for special medicine or internal medicine).
  • 1 Walkie-talkie provided for each climber during climbing.
  • Garbage deposit Shipment Charges governed by the Government of Nepal.
  • Manaslu Expedition Mountaineering Royalty, fees, and official document formalities for climbing.
  • Farewell dinner hosted in Kathmandu upon return from the Expedition.
  • Applicable fees, local taxes (VAT 13%), and All Company service charges imposed by the Nepal government.


  • International flight tickets to and from your country.
  • Nepal Entry visa fees obtainable upon arrival at the airport.
  • Lunch and Dinner expenses during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extended hotel stay beyond 4-nights in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses and personal nature expenses such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Additional costs resulting from personal baggage exceeding 60 kilograms.
  • Insurance coverage including travel, accident, medical, and emergency helicopter evacuation during the Manaslu Expedition.
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit, if required, and Drone & Special filming permits.
  • Extra oxygen bottles beyond the provided 4 bottles.
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus ($1500) and suggested tips for the base camp cook ($250) and other staff.
  • Any additional expenses not included in the Cost Includes section.

Trip Notes

Please keep in mind the following important details for your upcoming adventure with Taktok Brothers in the Himalayas:

  1. Weather Dependency: Trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas are significantly influenced by weather conditions. While we aim to schedule our trips during the most favorable times, extreme scenarios, such as blocked roadways, may arise. In such cases, any additional expenses for extra days beyond the itinerary duration will be the responsibility of the client. Taktok Brothers will, however, make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides during any unforeseen circumstances.
  2. International Flight Disclaimer: Taktok Brothers shall not be held liable for any compensation for losses incurred due to missed international flights. Nevertheless, we are committed to assisting you in making necessary arrangements to minimize such losses. To mitigate the risk of missing flights, we recommend maintaining flexible time frames both before and after the trip departure.
  3. Itinerary Adjustments: Traveling through remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and challenging geography may lead to trail distortions. In such instances, we might need to make adjustments to our itineraries. Please rest assured that any necessary modifications will be made without compromising the quality of service.

Cost of Expedition

The cost of your expedition is influenced by various factors, including group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, hotel accommodation categories, the number of allocated Sherpas, and equipment. Additionally, the type of arrangement and package customization contribute to the expedition cost. We prefer discussing these details directly with our clients to tailor the cost according to your preferences. Feel free to contact Taktok Brothers Expeditions for comprehensive information about your selected package.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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