Mount Manaslu lies between Gorkha and Manang district in Kali Gandaki valley 64km east of Annapurna. Lying at the edge of the most isolated Himalayan valley in central western Nepal, Manaslu is the world’s eights higher mountain with the height of 8156m. It was first climbed by 9 May 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. This happened to be the first Asian expedition to conquer an eight-thousander. Manaslu has also been regarded as the “Japanese Mountain” by Japanese; as its top was first conquered by Japanese. Meaning of Manaslu is “Mountain of Spirit” in Sanskrit as word manias reflect “intellect” or “soul”. It is the same root word as that for Mansarovar, the holy lake near Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
The Manaslu expedition is much more technical and challenging than Cho Oyu and Sishapangma, so each climber has to have excellent physical and mental preparation as well as a high level of climbing proficiency and altitude adeptness at the higher elevation. Mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer several possible lines from different directions. Normally, four camps will be set up in the approach to the top. The climbing route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Manaslu is one of the very renowned lovely mountains in the world to which, many foreigner enthusiasts to climb very curiously.
If you can walk 5 miles a day and are in good aerobic shape (with a doctor’s approval), you can do fine and make it. The actual trekking is on mostly level ground with a few sections of steep hillsides – up and down. You should not carry more than a light day pack with a jacket, water and snacks. However, it is the altitude that creates the main issues. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the overall experience.
There’s no specific training needed if you are reasonably fit. If you are completely sedentary, then yes some cardiovascular training would be recommended. Stair climbing or hill walking will get most people ready. Remember you’ll be walking up and down rough paths for 8-12 days. You’ll be at altitude too which will make things much harder. Having a good level of fitness will help you enjoy your trek more and always remember, it’s not a race!
October, November and December is Nepal’s peak season and it is the best time to go trekking.
February, March and April is the end of the dry season and it is the second best time of the year to go trekking.
November, December, January and February, the sky is clear, but it can be very cold in the mountain. May to June is Nepal’s hot season and it can get very warm indeed. June to September is the monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal.
01: Large backpack/rucksack:
02: Day pack or day rucksack:
03: Sleeping bag:
04: Down jacket:
05: Trekking/Hiking shoes
06: Fleece jacket
07:Drinking water bottle-Aluminum
08: Sun glass
09: Wool hat and Sun cap
11: Walking Poole
12: Torch or head lamp
It depends on your route, but EBC trek usually takes about 15 days. We suggest you not to go on a rush trek primarily due to the altitude. You will be landed in Lukla at (9,250 feet) and go to EBC at (17,500 f.). If you go too fast or rush your itinerary, you might get altitude sickness which is harmful.
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