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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. The first successful ascent of Manaslu expedition was in 1956 by T. Imanishi (Japan) and Gyalzen Norbu (Sherpa). With few technical sections and diverse surroundings, the Manaslu Expedition provides an unforgettable experience.

Mt. Manaslu Expedition takes you to the summit of Mt. Manaslu standing at an altitude of 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above sea level. Manaslu mountain is also known as “Kutang” is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas west-central part of Nepal. Work Manaslu means “Mountain of the Spirit”. Manaslu’s long ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions culminating in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. At least there are six different routes to climb Manaslu, of which the south face is the toughest in climbing history.

The ascending is more technical than that of other peaks like Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma. The base camp of Manaslu lies at a height of 4700m. Long crests of the mountain offer the possibility to be scaled from every direction to conclude to the top that is sharply above its neighboring scenes. Among six routes, the route starting from the south is hard-hitting while the northeast face route being the most common.

Manaslu North East Col Route Camps:

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

Manaslu base camp lies on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Himalaya. On an 8000m, expedition climbers spend most of their time at base camp, so naturally, base camp becomes a home away from home on any long expedition. We establish our camp at a walking distance between meeting points with a different group and strategic viewing positions of the Manaslu massif. We, Raj Bala Treks & Expedition provides a personal tent that becomes your private
retreat, a dining tent, a common area, a shower tent, and a toilet tent. When you arrive at the base camp, it will already establish, and hot beverages and snacks will be available immediately. There will be your base camp staff and high altitude climbing Sherpa. Before your climbing period, you will have a Puja ceremony at the base camp for good luck. This Nepalese tradition is 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 the 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 glacier's first section. Before the glacier section, 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, and when you reach the crampon point at the mouth of the glacier, the glacier portion takes about 3 hours. Camp one separate into two sections, lower camp one and upper base 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 areas of the ice, two ladder crossings, and steep snow climbing. Expect that this section will take you about 5 hours. Expect that you will encounter several steep ice sections that are 100m at a slope of 65º. The crux of the route Camp 2, located above the icefall on a snowy terrace for most people.

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 a few crevasses are roughly a half meter that needs to jump. The main ropes fix by climbing Sherpa's team. This section for most climbers feels more comfortable, but do not take it lightly. The climbing is still on supported slants, and there is openness to cold and wind. Albeit in spring, there have been reports of direct sun hitting this segment, causing it to feel hot.

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

Climbing from camp 3 to camp four feels like a long day, the short nut distance now you are nearing the death zone. As all climbers know, the oxygen levels are deficient at this altitude, so it expects that any effort will feel arduous, no matter how minimal or trivial. In this section, you have to climb for 3-4 hours on steep snow on a 50-55º slope. This section is dangerous because the snow slope covers a layer of ice, which makes the ethos section avalanche prone. Compared withother route sections, this portion is too physical, with sustained steep snow sections at extreme altitudes in avalanche terrain.

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

Summit day, the main goal during the climbing period. Most climbers begin their summit bid at 1:00 is. If all goes well, they reach the summit between 7-10 am. Below the central panel is a false summit; the leading conference reached via an exposed ridge. It takes about 4 hours to return to Camp 4 from the meeting and another 2 hours to camp three for an 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 proper meeting for a spectacular view of the mighty Himalaya. Raj Bala Treks & Expedition guides will fix ropes break trail and make every effort to assist the group in reaching the summit of the
world's 8th highest mountain.


Trip highlights

  • Summit eighth highest peak Mt. Manaslu (8163m)
  • A pristine view of snow-capped mountains including Manaslu and Himalchuli
  • Witness the local rich heritage and biological diversity of the Manaslu region, including eye-filling watercourses, glacial valleys and gushing streams
  • Excellent preliminary peak for Everest
  • Explore the Tibetan-influenced culture in villages like Samagaon, Lho, and Samdo
  • Great acclimatization with Larkya La pass before accent
  • Different villages on the ascent and descent routes

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m).

Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Hotel

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 55 days
  • Grade : Strenuous
  • Activity : Mountaineering and Climbing
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Accomodation : Hotel, Tea House & Tent
  • Climbing Route: South-East Ridge
  • Fitness Level: High
  • Coordinates: 28.33.0 N, 84.32.60 E
  • Max Altitude : 8163 m
  • Best Season: Mar-May / Sep-Dec

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 5 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar and Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower  etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at Lodges/ Tea Houses during the trek and tents/camp during the climbing
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Manaslu
  • Entry Permits for Manaslu Conservation Area & Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Manaslu
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 8000 m. Summiteers Climbing / expedition Guide (Sherpa) per climber
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipments for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First Aid Kit
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crews at base camp and above as required
  • Fixed and dynamic ropes during climbing period
  • 4 bottle Oxygen for each member & 2 bottles for each Sherpa
  • One set of mask and regulator for all climbers and Sherpa
  • Individual tents for members available in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater for dining tent at Base camp and for other necessary tents
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • High altitude food for members and Sherpa including drinks and cooking crews
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

Cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Excess baggage charges for the international flight
  • International cargo fees and also local clearance fee
  • Visa fee for Nepal (USD 100)
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival.  Furthermore, late departure, early return from the Mountain due to any reason which is not decided by RAJ BALA TREKS & EXPEDITION and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success.
  • Personal nature Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Sherpa summit bonus
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Videos Fees & Filming permit (if special camera)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Walkies-talkies
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Garbage Disposal fee of US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandup

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. What are the prerequisites for Everest Expedition?

High Altitude Expeditions like Everest requires previous mountaineering experience and it is expected that the climber has previous experience of climbing at least 7000m peak or 8000m peak like Cho-Oyu or Manaslu before attempting bigger mountains.

Also, you will be spending 2 months in the mountain, a fierce determination; strong mental health and a burning desire to climb the mountain are the essential pre-requisites for joining this expedition. Prepare yourself to tackle high altitude sickness, tough weather conditions and exhaustion. One needs to be familiar with the use of climbing equipment, walking in snow and ice and must have a good level of fitness. You should be familiar with Rope skills, ice axe arrest and crampon skills, the use of ascenders (Jumar) and descenders, and how to use your particular harness.

4. When is the best time to climb Mount Everest?

The months of April to June is the best time to attempt an ascent to the summit. This is the time when the nature awakens so the trail to the Base Camp can be very interesting taking a biodiversity of plants into consideration. In May however, which is said to be the warmest month in the region, some clouds may appear that deprive you of beautiful views. In fact, it is almost impossible to predict the weather but if you do not like cold, may is an ideal month. That is the reason why every Everest expedition organized by us starts in April and finishes at the end of May or at the beginning of June.

5. How long does it take to climb Everest?

If you consider the time to travel from base camp to base camp, Everest summit will take about 5-6 days. The main issue is acclimatizing to the high altitude. The Everest expedition takes place through rotations of base camps in Everest. You travel from base camp to base camp, all to acclimatize better and make the future climb easier. After you reach the Base Camp (5,364 m.) in late March, you will stay in the base camp to adjust to the altitude. After resting, you scale up the unpredictable Khumbu Icefall halfway and return to the base camp. After a few days rest, you will again go up the icefall and stay at Camp 1(5,943 m.). The path to Camp 1 is above the Khumbu glacier and changes every year. You will stay a few days in Camp 1 and return to base camp.  Some night rest in the base camp and you are ready to reach Camp 2 (6,400 m.). After spending some nights getting used to the altitude at Camp 2, you again return to base camp and rest for another 3-4 days.

Again you climb up to Camp 2 rest for a day and reach Camp 3 (7,162 m.) at the base of Mount Lhotse. After staying a night or two, you return all the way back to base camp. This ascends, and descend rotation helps you to adapt to the thin air and high altitude. You will experience the later climbs to base camps easier and quicker than your first try, all thanks to acclimatization. After the return to base camp, you will rest for 4-5 days
for a final push in the window of mid-may. Then you reach directly to Camp 2 for two nights and then reach Camp 3 the next day. The following day you will complete the vertical climb to Camp 4 situated at 8,000 meters. You rest at Camp four that night. Make sure to rest as much as possible and put your oxygen when in Camp 4 at all times. You start the summit push as early as 9 pm to 11:45 pm. An early summit push gives you enough time to return to Camp 4 in broad daylight. It takes a gruesome 11 hours to reach the top of Mount Everest from Camp 4 and a further 7 hours to reach Camp 4 from the summit. After returning to Camp 4, you will stay the night there resting. The next day you will reach down to Camp 2 and stay the night. Then you will climb down directly to base camp and rest for some days. Hence, your Everest summit attempt


6. Choosing a Provider for Everest Expedition

For each climber choosing the right expedition guide service that not only suits their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible is very important. It is very important that the climbers who choose Raj Bala Treks & Expedition for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Raj Bala Treks & Expedition runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

7. Oxygen

The use of oxygen equipment plays a huge role in climbing high mountains and can help to avoid many critical situations and save your life. On Everest, we provide each climber with 11 bottles of oxygen (8 for you and 3 for your sherpa) with the use of the latest mask & regulator (Top Out or Summit Oxygen Systems). 

During the summit push, we run oxygen on a higher flow (3L/min) allowing you to climb more efficiently.

8. Meals

We consider delicious and nutritious food to be a key component to the overall success of our expeditions.

We charter the food in by flight most of the time and take the utmost care in quality and hygienic preparation. From typical Nepalese food to western food, our expedition chef will cater all meals at Base Camp and Camp 2. For higher camps, we provide wide variety of nutritious high foods.

During the trek, your meals will be served at the teahouse/lodge you will stay and in Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to cater to your needs. You could bring comfort foods from your home that you enjoy eating during the expedition - chocolates, energy gel, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

9. Accommodation

We provide each climber with an individual box tent at the base camp during an entire expedition. Each box tent will have spacious space, comfortable mattresses, carpeted floor and more for your comfort. Higher above from base camp, a high-quality extreme weather tent will be provided for every 2 climbers. It’s also a lot warmer and safer when you can keep an eye on each other.

At base camp, there will also be a heated dining room, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent etc and more for your comfort.

10. Route

Our Everest Expedition follows the footsteps of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Our route follows through the Khumbu icefall, up the Western Cwm, the Lhotse Face, the South Col, South Summit, the Hillary Step and on to the Summit.

On itinerary has been devised keeping every important aspects in mind to allow a well paced acclimatization schedule during the entire expedition.

11. Base Camp

Our base camp is well-appointed, providing each climber with a comfortable
environment. There will be a heated dining room, personal tent for each individual, kitchen tent, shower and etc. and more for your comfort.

We provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only.

12. Acclimatization

Our Everest expedition itinerary has been tailored carefully keeping every aspect in mind. We have included Lobuche east climb (6,119m) on our itinerary. With Lobuche climb included, it provides each climber with better acclimatization, the practice of climbing techniques and reduces the walk on icefall. 

After the Lobuche climb, rotation of higher camps (Camp 1, 2 and 3) with overnight will be done for acclimatization.

13. Communication

Our Everest Expedition group will be equipped with a satellite phone for emergency purpose throughout the expedition duration. The cell phone network is available during the trekking section and at base camp but the service is not reliable and may fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Satellite internet is available at base camp at an extra cost. In case you need to make a personal call, you can use the sat phone at $3 per minute.

We also provide a radio communication system to communicate between the camps.

14. Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other especially in high altitude expeditions like Everest. Our expedition consists of Min 2 to Max 8 climbers in one group. You will get to know your Sherpa guide and team member personally on our expedition. Being a small group is always efficient on a bigger mountain.

We operate a small team of cohesive climbers with the support of our experienced sherpa guides who have all summated Everest previously. We only take 8 climbers in one group and provide Nepali UIAGM/IFMGA Expedition leader, Expedition Manager and 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio.

15. Insurance

It’s mandatory to get rescue insurance before embarking on any adventurous activities like high altitude expeditions. We advise all our clients to get an insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also other important factors to include when purchasing your Insurance.

It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

16. Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is required for the expedition. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.


  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava / Buff
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Ski goggles (Anti-fog and good ventilation)
  • Headlight X 2 with spare batteries

Upper body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Baselayers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket
  • Down Suit (Lightweight, comfortable fit and 800m fill) (For Summit Climb Only)

Lower body:

  • Thermal
  • Inner wears / Baselayers
  • Undergarments
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Down or Primaloft pants


  • Warm socks (4 pair thin socks and 4 pair thick socks)
  • Trekking shoes (Preferably full to protect/support your ankle)
  • 8000m Mountaineering boots (Lightweight and comfortable size)
  • Camp Shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Down shoe


  • Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten

Climbing equipment:

  • Climbing helmet
  • Backpack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)
  • Backpack 60-70 litres for climbing
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Harness
  • Ascender/Jumar (Large handle)
  • Descender /Figure 8
  • ATC Guide
  • Carabiners (4 screw gate and 4 snap gate)
  • Prussik cord X 2
  • Slings X 2
  • Ice Axe
  • 12-points steel crampons
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress
  • Sleeping bag X 2 (One for base camp and one for higher camps)


  • Trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre X 2 with an insulated cover
  • Thermos
  • Multi-tool knife
  • Pee bottle
  • Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials, notebooks and pens
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the expedition.
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick-drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit


  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Requirements for Climbing

We, Raj Bala Treks & Expedition are a tour; trekking & Mountain Expedition operator registered with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Government of Nepal and can organize expeditions in the Himalayas. Only Nepalese companies are allowed to provide all kind of support for mountaineers. Even if you decide to choose any western company, it is mandatory to operate through a Nepalese one and you will have to pay extra for intermediaries. That is why it is better to contact us directly and another reason is the fact, that we take responsibility for your safety, and provides you with all legal, administrative, logistical, and
guiding and support services once you get off the plane.

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