Manaslu Climb with International Mountain Guides
IMG has conducted 32 Autumn season expeditions to 8000 meter peaks in Nepal and Tibet, including Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu. Now that the Chinese have closed access to Tibet for climbers, we will return to Manaslu in Autumn 2024.
Manaslu is located in the Gorkha District of Central Nepal, west of Everest and east of Annapurna and ranks as the 8th tallest peak in the world. The three peaks of the Manaslu massif include Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) which are aligned in a peculiar north/south orientation. The area around Manaslu is administered as the Manaslu Conservation Area and comprises sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet.
Leading the 2024 Manaslu expedition will be IMG's sirdar (head sherpa) Phunuru Sherpa. Phunuru has thirty-three (33) 8000 meter summits under his belt, including two successful autumn ascents of Manaslu. Joining Phunuru will be IMG guides from USA and our top IMG Sherpa Guides from Nepal.
For the best possible chance of summiting this 8,163m (26,781 ft) mountain we will look to take advantage of the "window" of good weather that follows the end of the monsoon, but before the cold winter winds start picking up. IMG will plan on using supplemental oxygen, which is a big benefit on a cold summit day!
This climb is fantastic, giving you the opportunity to climb a big Himalayan mountain, become familiar with our great Sherpa team, and also gain experience using oxygen on the summit day. If an 8000-meter peak is in your future, we hope you will join us for Manaslu. This will be great experience!
IMG leaders are professionals and are great teachers as well as strong climbers. All have done numerous high-altitude expeditions. Our clients enjoy the immense benefit of a core group that has climbed together extensively, producing a team that knows how to work well together.
Personal Sherpa and Extra Oxygen Option
Starting at Camp 2, in addition to your climbing guide, we can arrange for you to have a personal Sherpa and 1800L of extra oxygen for the Manaslu Expedition, allowing you to begin oxygen at Camp 2 (when you move to Camp 3 on the summit bid). The cost will be $7,500 for this combination. Your personal Sherpa will assist with carrying your extra oxygen, helping you with some of your personal gear, and being a climbing partner who will have an extra set of eyes on you during your climb. If you anticipate wanting additional support during the expedition, this would be a good option for you. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in having during the expedition.
We will provide high altitude climbing oxygen starting at Camp 3 for the day you move to Camp 4, for the overnight at Camp 4, and then for the summit day climb and descent back down to Camp 3. Climbers will typically set their flow rates for climbing in the 3 LPM range (liters per minute, a generous flow), and for sleeping at night at 1 LPM.
Ama Dablam Extension
Do you want to take advantage of your acclimatization and climb Ama Dablam after you return to Kathmandu? We can organize an accelerated Ama Dablam climb for you. The itineraries for Manaslu and Ama Dablam match up perfectly, giving you some time back in KTM to rest and do laundry before getting on a helicopter and heading into the Khumbu Valley. Let us know if you are interested in adding Ama Dablam. We are here to help get your questions answered.