Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. Manaslu is located on the north side of Gorkha district along the Budi Gandaki valley. Manaslu was renamed Manaslu, which comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa" meaning "intellect" or "soul". Many consider the three peaks of Manaslu as Japanese peaks, as they were the first to reach its summit in 1956. There exist half a dozen different routes on Manaslu today. The Manaslu south face of this ‘Mountain of intellect’ is arguably the toughest in climbing history as well as peak 29 is very famous located in this area too.
Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.
The main trekking route to Manaslu Base Camp, the caravan route, takes off at Samagaon. There are two routes to get to Samagaon. Either come from over the high Larkya pass starting Besisahar on the Annapurna trek route starting from Sotikhola - Jagat to Samagau, which is on the main Manaslu trek route.
From Samagau head up to Manaslu Base Camp at 4750 m. Asian Hiking Team made Manaslu Expedition Camp I at 5700 meters at the bottom of the North Peak right above the glacier in a protected area. Expedition Camp II is located in the safe section of the climb in a relatively flat area at 6400 meters, although at this campsite there can be a lot of snow accumulation. Climbing from Camp II to Camp III is one of the shortest days and only takes around 3 hours. We make our Camp III at the elevation of 6800 meters just below the col to avoid the very strong winds, so we ensure that all our tents are anchored properly. The route continues up the remaining glacier climbing steep sections of snow and ice with safety towards Camp IV at 7400 meters, which is the last camp on our Manaslu expedition. Finally, we have to traverse past, sadly, exposed remnants of former expeditions, smashed tents and dumped rubbish to reach the Summit, a tiring day involving a 6 to 8 hour climb. Nowadays, many climbers are attracted to this beautiful mountain. From the summit, you can see many mountains in the Annapurna and Ganesh Himal ranges, as well as parts of the Tibetan plateau.
Asian Hiking Team has organized Manalsu Expeditions. We use experienced Sherpa leaders and climbing Sherpas. The trekking route we mentioned drives from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, trekking all the way to Samagau. You can stay at a hotel or lodge and then proceed to the Manaslu base camp. After ascending Manaslu you can pass over the Larkya pass, or you can return to Sotikhola. We can arrange itineraries for starting and walking out in either direction.