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Manaslu – „The mountain of the soul“

Over the northeastern flank climbing in the footsteps of the first ascent to the top of the Manaslu.

“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. We simply want to climb this beautiful and technical relatively easy 8.163m high mountain. And feel free to bring your skis if you want to. 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 Tibet. We also use the helicopter after the expedition to get from the last village near the base camp back to Kathmandu which shortens the total duration of the expedition.

See also our Manaslu Flash™ Expedition (Manaslu in only 3 weeks)

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


  • Expedition also possible with skis
  • IFMGA/AMGA lead guide
  • incl. O2 package
  • incl. personal Sherpa
  • 2021: 100% success, Flash™ Team: 12 days from Kathmandu

Take a look at our Manaslu Flash™ Expedition (Manaslu in only 3 weeks).

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Price per person: 0

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.

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1 - 10: Arrival and Trekking to Basecamp (4.800m)

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 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: Drive to Bhulbule (840 m) and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 4-5: Drive to Dharapani 1920 m and trek to Tilje 2300 m. A beautiful hike to the basecamp with perfect acclimatization awaits us.

Day 6: Trek to Bhimthang 3610 m

Day 7: Acclimatization day in Bhimthang. Optional trek in the surrounding area.

Day 8: Trek to Dharamsala 4460 m

Day 9: Trek to Samagoan 3525 m

Day 10: We will reach Manaslu Basecamp at. 4800m

Day 11 - 36: Climbing time

Day 11-36: 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 37 - 43: Descent and Return

Day 37: Descent to Samagoan at 3525m

Day 38: Trek back to Dharamsala 4460 m

Day 39: Trek to Bhimthang 3610 m

Day 40: Trek back to Dharapani 1920 m

Day 41: Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar and further to Kathmandu

Day 42: 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.

Day 43: End of the expedition / transfer to the airport.

check_circle_outline  What is Included:

  • All organization for the expedition
  • IFMGA/AMGA lead guide
  • 1 climbing sherpa per participant
  • O2 package (the latest oxygen system available, rent for mask and regulator, 3 bottles of oxygen)
  • 5 nights in single rooms at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 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
  • Porter / Yak to the base camp and back (30 kg personal luggage / person)
  • Sherpa support for the whole group
  • 1 tent per member at the base camp
  • Mat for the advance and base camp
  • High camp equipment (tents, stove, gas, dishes, food)
  • Total securing equipment
  • 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 and WIFI for a fee and depending on availability
  • Solar charging
  • Radio communication for base and high camp
  • All fees and permits
  • Weather forecast
  • Safety and liability of an EU based tour operator

highlight_off  What is not included:

  • International flight to Kathmandu (we will gladly make you an offer)
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Personal medicine
  • 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

info  General

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

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.

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 that taking part in an expedition like this is the right thing for you, feel free to contact us on Tel +43 512 204134 or e-mail [email protected] for a personal consultation.

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

language  Entry Requirements

EU or Swiss citizens:

When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months. You can get a visa on arrival directly at the airport or in advance directly at your embassy. We recommend to get a “multiple entry” visa for 90 days.

Get further information directly on the official website:

Information about recommended vaccines and health regulations:

Travelers must be able to prove their return or onward ticket when entering the country. More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

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: Further information are provided after your booking.

work  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.

insert_chart_outlined  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.

perm_identity  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!

local_hospital  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.

landscape  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.

payment  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.

directions_run 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.

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.