Manaslu (8163 m) just 4 m lower than Dhaulagiri (8167 m) is the eight highest mountain in the world and the 5th highest in Nepal, situated in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Lying 40 miles east of Annapurna, this mountain offers a spectacular, adventurous climb through steep paths. As of now, six routes are present for the climb to this peak. The requirement of a previous climbing experience and a strong determination to last till the end has to be instilled for the climb. Acclimatization has to be slow and proper to exclude any issues of altitude sickness. The expedition to Manaslu is considered to be an endeavor to practice before climbing the Everest itself.
This expedition commences form Arughat from Kathmandu and moves into Soti Khola, Maccha Khola and Jagat. Form Jagat, the trail moves into Dyang, Namrung, Sama Gaon and then finally to the Manaslu Base Camp at an altitude of 4665 m. The base camp is subjected to strong winds and snowfall and the Larkya Glacier is present near it. Camp 1 is set at 5500 m and requires crampons for climbing. Camp 2 is present at a height of 6300 m and requires the passage through steep crevasses and massive icefalls. Camp 2 to Camp 3 is a slippery climb to reach an altitude of 6700 m. the trial then moves towards northeast slopes and ice bulges to reach Camp 4 at an altitude of 7300 m. this path is susceptible to avalanches and must be trekked upon with utmost precaution. The summit and the Camp 4 are not far apart, but the climb to the summit being a steep affair, requires much more time and precision than before. Once on the top, exquisite scenery appeals to the eyes and soothes the senses. Returning safely too is of paramount concern and requires mental alertness and physique.
Retracing the same path brings an end to this wonderful mountain climbing which has all the benefits of adventure, beauty and thrill of an expedition. March to May and September to October are recommended for carrying out the expedition.
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