MAX. ALTITUDE: 8156m
One of the coveted 8,000m peaks, Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and is a fantastic example of high altitude mountaineering. From Kathmandu we set off on a bus packed not only with us and our gear but with our entire mountain crew. The trek to base camp takes us through many local villages and we continuously get glimpses of those white giants on the horizon. Gradually the country changes; as we gain altitude the broad river valley we have followed narrows and the trail begins to cut into the sides of the steep valley.
At length we reach the base camp of Manaslu that will be our home for the next few weeks. Above us towers the huge bulk of the mountain we have come to climb. Once at base camp (4,800m) the work begins: Manaslu is a huge mountain and cannot be underestimated. In comparison to other 8,000m peaks, though, Manaslu’s normal route has only moderate technical terrain. A long glacier approach leads to camp one and a short ice-fall needs to be negotiated to reach the spectacularly located camps 2, 3 and 4 and the climb requires a good understanding of basic alpine climbing techniques.
Manaslu has been climbed Alpine-style but we enhance our success rate by using expedition style climbing methods and an extremely strong Sherpa team for logistical support. An expedition to Manaslu will provide the climber with a huge amount of satisfaction and an increased skill set readying them for further expeditions of this nature. She is a perfect peak to consider before Everest or a technical 8,000m peak such as K2.
7 Great reasons to climb Manaslu with 360 Expeditions.
1. Manaslu is a great first 8000 meter peak objective and a sensible build up before attempting Mt Everest. This expedition show-cases our high standard of support you can expect in reaching the summit of any high altitude objective
2. Expert Leadership: Our guides are mountain professionals who have impressive high altitude resumes. They not only have years of relevant training and the most up-to-date qualifications but have many years of field experience. Our guides and expeditions leader’s sole occupation is mountain and expedition work and they are paid industry wages. When it comes to summit day you can be assured that your 360 guide or expedition leader will make professional decisions and your safety will not be compromised by personal ambition or lack of experience. Further-more their sense of fun, passion and in-depth knowledge of Himalayan mountaineering history and local culture and customs is infectious which adds immeasurably to your experience.
3.Safety: Naturally our western guides and expedition leaders are trained in the use of medical oxygen, Gamow bags and specialised wilderness first aid equipment and medicine which we take on all our itineraries. We also carry satellite phones and radios to ensure proper communications with the outside world and between camps. In-fact we are often the first port of call when other teams have an emergency on the mountain.
4. Strong Sherpa support. Professional logistical management: 360 Expeditions have enjoyed a long standing relationship with our local high altitude climbing support teams and base camp teams and consider each a good friend. We employ our teams on many other Himalayan expeditions and their high altitude experience and support is second to none. Our summit support is 1 to 1 climbing Sherpa to western climber. You could not be in more capable hands. Furthermore our teams are fun and approachable. We encourage our climbers to get to know them and discover their unique lifestyles, a point which often becomes an expedition highlight.
5. Facilities: Our professional base camp, cooking and porter team are dedicated to providing you with a service to ensure your summit success. Our modern expedition base camp set up features;
• Climbers tents: individual “3 person” Ozark tents with foam mattress and closed cell foam pad
• A kitchen: staffed by our experienced expedition cooks who are trained in food preparation and strict hygiene standards to produce a varied and nutritious western menu. We use local fresh produce and meats and these are complimented by a huge selection of imported foods and snacks.
• A carpeted mess tent which houses large tables and padded chairs, a TV/DVD player to help sit out spells of bad weather and which functions as a social hub for team meetings, aperitif nights and games.
• Further facilities include a toilet tent and a shower tent.
6.Oxygen. We use the MaxOx option as standard for all our high altitude expeditions. To date there has been great progress in O2 delivery systems and we want to offer our climbers every possible advantage to summit Manaslu. Our climbers will be carefully instructed to the use of these systems and will benefit from a generous allowance of O2 for their summit bid.
7. The best office crew: From the second you hear about 360 Expeditions we are ready to help you achieve your goal. You can continuously rely on our expertise and commitment when it comes to expedition advice, organising pre-expedition meetings with your team members, your bookings, flights, medical concerns, equipment, fitness plans and any last minute questions.