MANASLU FLASH EXPEDITION

  • Adventure Factor
    brave
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    lifechanging
  • Fitness / Struggle
    challenging
  • Risk
    demanding
  • Travel Comfort
    expedition style

Time is a valuable commodity. We are about to change the fundamentals of high-mountain expeditions. For you.

Over the northeastern flank climbing in the footsteps of the first ascender to the top of the Manaslu in only 3 weeks.

While a regular Manaslu expedition can require 42 days, our Flash expedition only takes half of the time while increasing safety and chances of success.

“The mountain of the soul”, the translation of the name of a mountain with an exciting mountaineering history. In 1956, first ascended by a Japanese expedition, there still is an intense debate about the first descent with skis on an 8000er and whether it was accomplished by the two Austrians Josef Millinger and Peter Wörgötter at the Manaslu in 1981 or by Ives Morin at the Annapurna in 1979. The spirits are still divided about the exact definition.

But this should not bother us, as we already reach the next landmark in the history of this beautiful and technical relatively easy 8.000er: The first expedition in only 3 weeks. And if you want to, even the first ski expedition in 3 weeks! There is hardly any other mountain above 8.000 m that is more attractive for skiing than this one. The Furtenbach Adventures expedition targets the route of the first ascenders over the northeastern flank. An experienced team of Sherpas and a dedicated expedition leader ensure that all participants can undertake the ascent attempt at this impressive mountain under the highest safety standards. One of the biggest safety advantages is the possibility of a helicopter rescue in case of emergency, which would not be possible on any similar 8000er in Nepal. We also use the helicopter before the expedition to get from Kathmandu to the last village near the base camp and back in the end of the expedition which helps us to shorten the total duration.

One of the main reasons for a failed climb of a high summit is the long acclimatization time at the mountain. The repeated ascents and descents, the threat of catching an infection at the base camp, where many people must live in a very crowded space, robs many climbers the energy even before the actual climb has started. To raise the chances of success, we begin with the acclimatization process via hypoxic tents at the participants’ home, 6-8 weeks prior to our actual departure to Nepal. Those tents are going to be set up by our experts and under their supervision, the expedition members body will slowly be acclimatized to a height that is equivalent to around 7000m. Furtenbach Adventures is using hypoxic tents since almost two decades and we have a long experience with these means of acclimatization for high altitude mountaineering. In 2016, our team was the first successful Everest expedition, where all participants where pre-acclimatized with hypoxic tents. This decreased the time we had to acclimatize at the mountain significantly, before we could start our ascent to the summit. After reaching the summit, we were also the only team that was able to descend in one go to Camp 2. This higher performance capacity contributes largely to the safety aspect, thanks to proper pre-acclimatization.

These special preparations, combined with small groups, best oxygen-support, the latest equipment, an experienced team (some of our Sherpas have climbed Mount Everest up to 19 times) and our vast organizational experiences allow a total expedition duration of only 21 days. So far, we are the only operator at Manaslu that can offer such a short period without increasing any risks. Since decades, the fundamental techniques, equipment, high-altitude medicine and weather forecasts have been developed over time. The climbing tactics however have remained the same as they were in the 1970s. We are about to change that by providing a modern climbing alternative which meets the current state of the art and respects the general principles of safety.  

As oxygen system, we rely on Summit Oxygen, the latest, lightest and most reliable of all systems on the market. Our members will receive special regulators that have been customized for us and are able to deliver more oxygen than common regulators. An oxygen flow rate of up to 8 liters / minute is possible. Unlimited oxygen will be available from Camp 2 in sufficient quantities.

 

Highlights:

  • Shortened duration of the expedition (3 weeks only)
  • Expedition also possible with skis
  • Helicopter-flight Kathamandu – Basecamp and back
  • 1:1 client Sherpa ratio
  • Enough Oxygen for two summit attempts per team member
  • UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide
  • Limited number of participants for more safety and higher chances of success
  • The Manaslu Flash expedition is exclusively available at Furtenbach Adventures, no other operator reaches the 3-week mark.

Find our "normal" Manaslu expedition here.

Dates:

 

September 14 - October 04, 2019 (21 days from/to Kathmandu)

Booking Code: MANAFL19

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Price: € 21.990

Minimum members: 6

 

What the price includes:

All organization for the expedition

High altitude generator and tent for 6-8 weeks prior to the expedition

State certified (UIAGM) mountain guide

Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Sama village and back

3 nights in double rooms at Hotel in Kathmandu (single room available for a supplement)

All Transfers (jeep / private bus)

Full board during the whole travel (only breakfast in Kathmandu)

Beverages during joint meals (no alcoholic beverages)

Double room accommodation during journey to destination

Oxygen package with a rental mask & regulator and O2 (max. actual need for ascent + a second try)

Porter / Yak to the base camp and back (30 kg personal luggage / person)

1 tent per member at the base camp

Mat for the base camp

High camp equipment (tents, cooker, gas, dishes, food)

Total securing equipment

Climbing Sherpas for the group

Insurances (helicopter, accident) and equipment for all Nepalese team members

Emergency oxygen

Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter

Kitchen team

Common tent, shower tent, etc at the base camp

Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar loading facilities depending on availability)

Radio communication for base and high camp

All fees and permits

Weather forecast

Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

 

What the price does not include:

International flight to Kathmandu (we will gladly make you an offer)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Personal insurance

Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, passport photo required)

Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU

Personal medicine

Personal climbing Sherpa (for additional charge)

Alcoholic beverages

Tips

Personal mountain and climbing equipment

Sleeping bag for base and high camp

Mat for high camp

Fees for satellite phone and emails

All not specifically mentioned included services

 

Optional:

Personal Sherpa: € 5.000 (can be shared by two members)

Single room surcharge: € 300

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

Preparation:

In order to enable an expedition in such a short time frame, appropriate preparation is vital. The preparation starts with an individual consultation talk, where goals and training topics are defined. Every participant must have comprehensive mountain experience in high altitudes. Fitness and mental resilience must be trained intensively during the months prior to the expedition. Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of careful acclimatization. This will take place at the participants home via hypoxic tents: every participant will receive an individual training schedule and will be acclimatized in 6-8 weeks to a altitude of around 7000m. As a result, most of the risky and exhausting acclimatization ascents can be skipped and the total duration of the expedition can be limited to 3 weeks. If you have any questions, read our FAQs or contact us directly.  

The following schedule is planned:

The exact schedule might be subject to changes, due to weather and snow conditions on-sight. Furthermore we are traveling in a remote and politically sensitive region, where governmental or environmental restrictions may occur unexpected and can lead to travel restrictions. In addition to the basic framework which we provide, such as oxygen, Sherpa support, base camp, route, high camp etc., a successful ascent also requires a great deal of luck, good weather, good physical condition and mental strength of the participants. We allow maximum flexibility. The expedition can be extended if required by the circumstances, if the participants wish to do so and are ready to bear the additional costs incurred.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, first get-together at the hotel. Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel is included! The first day starts very easy – check in at the hotel, get-together with the other expedition members, a chilled beer at the terrace and feel the growing excitement for the upcoming expedition.

Day 2: Day at leisure in Kahtmandu. For those who haven’t been here before – you will love it. Relaxing, shoppin in Thamel, culture or just soak up the flair of the city. Anyone as they wish. 

Day 3: Helicopter flight to Samagoan (3500m)

Day 4: Reserve day for the helicopter flight

Day 5: Trek to the Manaslu Basecamp (4.800m)

Day 6-17: Climbing time. The plan is to set up 3 high camps at 5.600 m, 6.550 m and 7.400 m. The last camp will probably be set up at the ascent day.

Day 18: Descent to Samagoan

Day 19: Helicopter flight to Kathmandu

Day 20: Reserve day for the helicopter flight

 

Day 21: Kathmandu. We will enjoy our return to the civilization, with all its amenities while we are waiting for our equipment to arrive from the overland route. 

General 
An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also 
FAQ). 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email
lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. Mental training is also advised for this very challenging expedition. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

Equipment 
Unless specified otherwise in the detailled program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of - 20 to -25 degrees celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed
 equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Experience 
We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about - or refresh their knowledge of - all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info
here.

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Nepal
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

 

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

Due to the high package price and long trip duration an insurance offer will be provided directly and individually by the travel insurance company after your booking.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/ Further information are provided after your booking.

 

 

 

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Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

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