Wyprawa na Manaslu (Wersja Polska) Manaslu Expedition (English Version)
Wyprawa na Manaslu – Cover Photo

Manaslu solo Expedition

Manaslu, mountain of the spirit

Manslu is the eighth highest eight-thousander in the world. It is located in the northern part of Nepal, at the border with China. The mountain consists of two peaks separated by a vast mountain pass. The main peak reaches a height of 8,156 m a.s.l. The name Manaslu, which means „mountain of the spirit”, originates from the Sanskrit word manasa, which means „intellect” or „soul”.

The expansiveness of the Manaslu massif causes that the paths to the summit are among the longest climbing routes in the Himalayas, which forces climbers to stay at high altitude for a long time. In addition, the extensive plateau above the fourth camp (7400 m) forces mountaineers to intensify their effort, and also prevents from a quick retreat. Even more, climbing to the top without supplemental oxygen becomes more demanding.

In May 1956, after several unsuccessful attempts in previous years, Japanese climber Toshio Imanishi and Sherpa Gyaltsen Norbu stand at the top. The peak was reached using supplemental oxygen. Mount Manaslu had to wait eighteen years for the first winter ascent, when in January 1984 two Poles: Maciej Berbeka and Ryszard Gajewski stood on the summit. At that time it was only for the second time that a human climbs an eight-thousander in winter, and for the first time without supplemental oxygen.

Why Manaslu?

The Manaslu ascend is the culmination of a long-term project 8 solo (8s), aimed at reaching freely chosen eight peaks, above 1k, 2k, 3k meters and so up to 8k. 8s is characterized by solo climbing, without support, without sponsors and with only one tent. Climbs of the lower peaks such as Pico del Teide or Mont Blanc prepare for more complex high-altitude projects such as Noshaq or Manaslu. 8s allows balanced development of climbing skills and own personality to finally overcome the barrier of eight thousand meters alone.

8s is a mountain path that allows to know weaknesses, strengthen character and develop passion to mountaineering. Each mountain project experiences in a different way. Time spent alone between soaring crags allows to find internal harmony, and solo climbing allows to reach the limit of own abilities. 8s is a path that anyone can follow, an alternative to long-worn projects such as Seven Summits. It is not only solo climbing and unrestricted exploration of the mountains, it is also freedom of choice and a mind free of patterns.

Manaslu ascend

Trekking to BC

Day 1, September 3: Kathmandu – Besisahar (800 m)
Day 2, September 4: Besisahar – Dharapani (1800 m)
Day 3, September 5: Dharapani – Surki  Khola (2700 m)
Day 4, September 6: Surki  Khola – Bimthang (3700 m)
Day 5, September 7: Bimthang – Samdo (3900 m)
Day 6, September 8: Samdo – Samagaon (3500 m)
Day 7, September 9: Samagaon – Manaslu Base Camp (4700 m)


Day 8, September 10: Base Camp – C1 – Base Camp
Day 9, September 11: Base Camp – C1 (5800 m)
Day 10, September 12: C1 – Base Camp (4700 m)
Day 11, September 13: Rest day in Base Camp
Day 12, September 14: ABC – C1 (5800 m)
Day 13, September 15: C1 – C2 (6300 m)
Day 14, September 16: C2 – C3 – C2 (6300 m)
Day 15, September 17: C2 – Base Camp (4700 m)
Day 16, September 18: Rest day in Base Camp (4700 m)
Day 17, September 19: Rest day in Base Camp (4700 m)
Day 18, September 20: Base Camp – C2 (6300 m)
Day 19, September 21: C2 – C3 (6800 m)
Day 20, September 22: C3 – Base Camp (4700 m)
Day 21, September 23: Resting day in Base Camp (4700 m)

Summit day

Day 22, September 24: Baza – C2 (6300 m)
Day 23, September 25: C2 – C3 (6800 m)
Day 24, September 26: C3 – C4 (7400 m)
Day 25, September 27: C4 – Manaslu (8156 m) – C2
Day 26, September 28: C2 – Base Camp (4700 m)

Trekking form BC

Day 27, September 29: Manaslu BC – Samagaon (3800 m)
Day 28, September 30: Samagaon – Ghap (2100 m)
Day 29, October 1: Ghap – Philim (1600 m)
Day 30, October 2: Philim – Machhakholagon (850 m)
Day 31, October 3: Machhakholagon – Soti Khola (600 m)
Day 32, October 4: Soti Khola – Kathmandu (1400 m)

Note 1: The entire Manaslu Circuit trekking, not including the walk to the Manaslu base camp, took 8 days. Usually trekking starts from Soti Khola, but in case of Manaslu expeditions it is better to start from Dharapani, because one can acclimatize better by going through Larke Pass (5160 m).

Note 2: The acclimatization, assuming three rotations needed for climbing without supplemental oxygen, took 13 days. After the acclimatization period, one can try to face the Manaslu mountain.

Note 3: It took 4 days to reach the summit from Base Camp, and the solo summit ascend without the use of supplemental oxygen 8 hours.



Number of eight-thousanders: 8
Tourists in 2018: 1.173 million
Peaks above 6000 m: 1310
Protected areas: 20 (including 12 national parks)

Manaslu Circuit

Distance: 177 km
Denivelation: 3,250 m
Trekking duration: 13-17 days
Highest point: Larke Pass (5160m)


Altitude: 8156 m a.s.l.
Mountain range: Himalayas
Prominence: 3092 m
First ascend: May 9, 1956, T. Imanishi, G. Norbu

Wyprawa na Manaslu – Footer Photo