Manaslu Expedition In Autumn

Manaslu Expedition in Autumn

Manaslu Expedition is one of the most popular and iconic experiences in the Nepali Himalayas. This eighth-highest peak in the world, which is loathed in the west-central part of Nepal, stretches to an altitude of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). This summit peak, which is part of the Mansiri Himalayan Range, is popular as one of the relatively easier expeditions in the 8,000-meter category. Although none of the 14 highest peaks in the world rise above 8,000 meters in altitude and are easy to scale, this pristine peak in the Nepali Himalayas is considered a milder expedition among the other 7 peaks in this class. With the closure of the Spring Climbing Season 2024, which ended on 29th May, the Manaslu Expedition in autumn is now the new trend.

Considered the number one season among two of the most favorable periods for Himalayan adventures, this fall season offers a soul-transcending and memorable journey in the Himalayas. So, if you are on the Manaslu Expedition in Autumn 2024, Peak Climbing Nepal, which is an award-winning company for the best value adventures, guarantees an iconic experience on the eight highest peaks in the world. Keep following the article to find out more about what your Manaslu Climbing in autumn season entails.

Manaslu Expedition in Autumn- General Expedition Overview

Difficulty Level of Mount Manaslu

Manaslu Expedition is considered one of the relatively easier climbing opportunities compared to the other 7 of the 8,000-meter class peaks in Nepal. But besides the scaling of the eighth-highest peak in the world, the journey that comes along with it is also quite remarkable. Nepal is a world-renowned destination for the most popular trekking adventures, so during the mountain expeditions, you will also get the chance to traverse across the popular trekking routes. Manaslu Circuit Trek, which circumnavigates this towering, is an incredible off-beaten trekking prospect in the Manaslu region.

After your preparation for the Manaslu Expedition in Autumn in Kathmandu, the journey will start with a drive to Dharapani (1,963 meters). Then, following the peaceful trails of this remote region, you will pass across beautiful traditional settlements such as Tilje (2,300 meters) and Bimthang (3,590 meters) and cross the popular pass Larkya La (5,215 meters) to reach Samdo (3,875 meters). Then, crossing the Sama Gaon (3,780 meters), you will head toward the base of the towering mountain, Manaslu Base Camp (4,700 meters). The itinerary plan for your expedition, from Day 10 to Day 30, will be for the mountain scaling. You will acclimatize slowly on the peak before heading all the way toward the summit.

Then, after completing the summit, you will then retrace your steps to Sama Gaon and continue with the descending path in the circuit trek route. You will make your gradual descent to Namrung (2,550 meters), Philim Village (2,300 meters), and Machha Khola (1,330 meters) before driving back to Kathmandu.

Classification of Months in Autumn for Manaslu Expedition


Although the departure for the Manaslu Expedition in autumn takes place only during September, the experience along the journey differs during different seasons. Here are things that you can experience during the Manaslu climbing in autumn on a month-wise basis.

Manaslu Expedition in September

September is the initial month of the autumn season and a post-monsoon month as well. The trekking and mountaineering adventures in the autumn season start mostly from the mid-way of September as the lingering monsoon does present some challenges along the trail. If the monsoon season sticks for longer, the trail will be a little challenging as they will be wet and slippery. There are also chances of light rainfalls and the occurrence of natural disasters like floods and landslides if the monsoon is persistent.

However, there are also plus points for doing this expedition in the starting month of the fall season. As it is just behind the monsoon season, this month is blessed with a lush landscape that is nourished by the monsoon rain. The river and rivulets are also in their prime form, slightly depleting from the risk margins. Similarly, the freshness in the air and the cloudy landscape during the rainy days add a magical atmosphere to the Himalayas.

Your Manaslu Expedition in the autumn season will generally start from the mid-part of this month when the climate starts to get stable. The climate of the Himalayas is cool during this month, and the temperatures of the region hover around 10°C to 15°C. As for the nights and early mornings, the temperatures can drop around -10°C to -1°C.

Manaslu Expedition in October

October is the core period of the autumn season and has the most pleasant atmosphere. You will be able to trek on the dry trails, admiring the beauty of the fall season that gradually takes over the post-monsoon landscape. This season is also the harvest season for grain produce in the country, and traversing across the golden crop-strewn landscape offers a distinct experience.

Furthermore, this month is also considered the major month for the most exhilarating and immersive festive celebrations in the country. October houses some of the grandest festivals in the country, like Dashain, Tihar, Mani Rimdu, Pachali Bhairab, etc. So, your Manaslu Expedition in the autumn that stretches across this month will be a wholesome experience as you will get the opportunity to relish the cultural side of the country as well. The summit push for Manaslu climbing is generally scheduled for a core period of the autumn as the high winds on the mountain are more stable and follow a predictable pattern.

This month of the autumn season is known for its most pleasant temperatures as it is farther from both post-summer heat and pre-winter snowfall. The temperatures of the Manaslu region during October are normally around 13°C to 25°C, and at night time, it can drop to -2°C.

Manaslu Expedition in November

November is the final month of the autumn season before the winter season takes over the Himalayas. The Manaslu Expedition generally lasts around 38 days, but depending on the weather conditions that may or may not require the use of a few contingency days, the overall expedition can either be longer or shorter than the mentioned original length. The aim for the Manaslu Expedition in Autumn is to push for the summit in the core period of the season, i.e., October. If started late or in need of use for the contingency days due to bad weather, the scaling date can be pushed for upto to the early part of November.

However, from the middle part of this final month of the autumn season, the Manaslu region starts to receive light snowfall in the lower region and high snowfall up on the mountain. This can be a major problem during the expedition as this affects the rope fixing and the overall expedition. There is also the risk of avalanches due to the accumulation of thick snow on the slopes. So, the summit push is mostly preferred during the month of October, with the starting date in September.

Although the trekking experience can be remarkable during this fresh and chilly pre-winter months when it comes to mountain expeditions it has several risk factors to it. The temperatures of the Manaslu region during November usually hover around 12°C in the higher regions; the night temperatures can fall upto -6°C.

Why Manaslu Expedition in Autumn?

Why Manaslu Expedition in Autumn

Here are some reasons why the Manaslu expedition in autumn is an exceptional odyssey that brings out the best in every aspect.

Stable Climate: The autumn season in Nepal has been classified as the most suitable period for trekking and mountain-climbing adventures. As this season has the most stable climatic conditions compared to other seasons, the journey is seamless and really enjoyable. Stable weather is a core factor that determines the difficulty scale and risk factors during the mountain expeditions. So, the Manaslu Expedition in autumn will be a remarkable and enjoyable Himalayan adventure under a pleasant climate.

Comfortable Walk: The autumn season is a high season for the Himalayan treks in Nepal. Thus, the trails are well-maintained and comfortable, which adds a pleasant experience to your mountain journey. There are also very low chances of snowfall and rainfall during the core part of this fall season, which reduces the additional weather-related trail challenges.

Stunning Views: Due to the low precipitation rate in this season, mostly there aren’t any obstructions that affect the visibility. So, the views from the top of the eight highest peaks in the world are quite spectacular. You will also be able to capture the remarkable wide vistas of the Himalayas from the trekking trails as well.

Cultural Experience: The exhilarating cultural experience is another major highlight of this fall season. You will be able to take part in many beautiful festivals during your Manaslu Expedition in autumn and witness the unity and diversity this country is known all over the world for. Teej, Indra Jatra, Dahsai, Thar, Pachali Bhairab, Mani Rimdu, etc, are some of the prominent festivals of Nepal that take place in the autumn season.

Less Crowded Trails: Manaslu isn’t a mainstream trekking destination like Annapurna and Everest. Thus, there are generally fewer trekkers in this off-beaten region of the west-central Himalayas. You will be able to enjoy your Himalayan adventure in a more peaceful manner and get the opportunity to build meaningful connections with the natives as well.

Rich Biodiversity: The Manaslu Conservation Area is a major highlight of the Manaslu region, which was established in 1988. Spread across an area of 1,663 sq. km., this Himalayan conservation area protects endangered wildlife species like lynx, musk deer, red fox, brown beer, Himalayan marmot, Himalayan serow, Himalayan tahr, etc. During the autumn season, there is increased activity of these flora and fauna, which increases your probability of witnessing them in their natural habitat during your Manaslu expedition in autumn.

Who Can Do Manaslu Expedition in Autumn?

Who Can Do Manaslu Expedition in Autumn

Although this incredible peak in the west central Himalayas is considered one of the relatively easiest among other 8,000 meters peaks in Nepal, climbing one of the 14 highest peaks in the world is not an easy feat. The Manaslu Expedition has been graded as a 4E Peak in the alpine grading system. A 4E category mountain is an extremely difficult expedition that takes several days to complete. Similarly, the climbers also need to have an exceptional all-around fitness level to cope with the physical demands and technical challenges presented by the mountain. Exceptional endurance, strength, and stamina level are the most important, and climbers also need to have strong mental fortitude to stay composed while facing challenges on this Himalayan peak.

Furthermore, for scaling any of the 8,000-meter mountains in Nepal, climbers need to have experience of climbing at least one of the Himalayan peaks above 6,500 meters. So, this exhilarating Himalayan expedition is only for serious mountaineering enthusiasts who have exceptional skills and experience.

What Makes This Expedition So Special?

What Makes This Expedition So Special

In the 8,000-meter class, the Manaslu is considered to be an easier climb. However, despite it being a relatively milder peak, climbing none of the 8,000 meter mountain comes easy. Still, if you want to experience scaling one of the most iconic giant alpine peaks on the planet, this is one of the most feasible climbs. Furthermore, besides the exciting climbing experience, the overall journey is also a rewarding experience. You will trek on the off-beaten trail of the Manaslu region that still has the Himalayan wilderness intact.

The traditional settlement here in this remote part of the Himalayas has adapted to high-altitude also has a lot to offer. Experiencing their fascinating culture-traditions that have been passed down since ancient times, and their warm hospitality is one of the major highlights of this mountain expedition. Similarly, the view of the central part of the Himalayan is simply enchanting during this expedition. From the trekking trail and top of this giant eighth-tallest peak on the planet, you will be able to catch the panoramic views of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, and other surrounding peaks. You will also get the opportunity to explore the restricted area of the region and traverse across the Manaslu Conservation Area (1,663 sq. km.)

Permit and Fees

The Manaslu expedition in autumn takes you across some of the majorly protected areas in the country. Your trekking route in this Himalayan expedition will take you through the protected and conserved areas in the Manaslu region and Annapurna region. You will also traverse across a restricted area in the region and have a climbing permit for the mountain. So, for the Manaslu Expedition in autumn, you will have to collect four permits:

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Manaslu Climbing Permit

The cost of both MCAP and ACAP Permits is around US$ 30 per person. As for the restricted area permit, it costs US$ 100 for the first week in the autumn season, and as for other seasons like spring, winter, and monsoon, its cost is around US$ 75 for the first week. Similarly, the climbing permit for the Manaslu during the autumn season is about US$ 900, and for the spring expedition, the permit costs about US$ 1,800.

**Note: Peak Climbing Nepal will collect all the required permits for the trek; you can just focus on enjoying your iconic Himalayan expedition and let us take care of everything**

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Why Choose Peak Climbing Nepal for Manaslu Expedition in Autumn?

Why Choose Peak Climbing Nepal for Manaslu Expedition in Autumn

Peak Climbing Nepal has been leading the mountain expedition in the Himalayas for over two decades. Our well-experienced expert teams have been leading exciting adventures like mountaineering, glacier training, high Himalayan treks, and tours in several regions across the world, like Bhutan, Tibet, and even some parts of India. We practice responsible tourism and the safety and comfort of our client is our top priority. Peak Climbing Nepal strives to outperform our past self and offer the best-value, budget-friendly adventure packages.

For your Manaslu Expedition in autumn, you will be guided by an expectation team and a strong Sherpa mountain guide who has significant years of experience climbing the 8,000-meter peak in Nepal. We will take care of everything for your Manaslu climbing in autumn, from the trekking routes to the mountain slopes. So, you can rest assured and leave everything to us. For our remarkable services, we have received the ‘Certificate of Best in Class From Bookmundi’ consecutively for the for the past six years from 2018 to 2023.

We have also received other notable certifications like ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor and ‘Deus Lux Nostra’ from Catholic School, United Kingdom. So, the recognition of our services by these world-renowned institutions is testimony to our well-refined services.

Manaslu Acclimatization Camps

Manaslu Acclimatization Camps

Mount Manaslu is a giant peak in the Himalayas that stretches upto an altitude of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). As it takes more time to acclimatize to an alpine altitude, and there is also a death zone on the mountain, you will be acclimatizing for the most part. During the climbing period of the Manaslu Expedition in autumn, you will acclimatize along the four base camps and finally push for the summit during the Day 10 to Day 30 period. There are four high camps on Manaslu, and you will traverse across them from point to point after leaving the Manaslu Base Camp (4,700 meters).

Camps on Manaslu

Camp 1 (5,600 meters/ 18,372 feet): This camp is divided into two sections on the mountain: Lower Camp 1 and Upper Camp 1. Climbers need to traverse across the uphill trail crossing the moraines and glaciers.

Camp 2 (6,300 meters/ 20,669 feet): Climbers have to follow the crevasses and icefalls line stretching from Camp 1 and navigate their way across a 50- 60 degree 100 meter vertical section to reach Camp 2.

Camp 3 (6,800 meters/ 22,309 feet): This climbing section on the mountain is considered one of the easiest and quickest parts of the expedition. Crossing the crevasses and scaling the uphill slope, climbers will reach Camp 3 in about 4 to 5 hours from Camp 2.

Camp 4 (7,300 meters/ 23,950 feet): This is the final camp on the mountain before heading toward the summit. Climbers need to scale the 55 to 60-degree slopes consisting of ice layer to reach this camping site below the summit peak.

During your Manaslu Expedition, you will continue ascending and descending along these high camps on the mountain to give your body enough time to adapt to alpine altitude before going for the summit push.

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