Join IFMGA guide Tshering and his team of local guides on an unforgettable climbing expedition to the summit of the famed Mount Manaslu in the Nepalese Himalayas
Join me on an unforgettable expedition to the summit of the Eighth Highest Mountain on Earth, Mount Manaslu (8,163m), located in the Nepalese Himalayas.
The highest mountain in the entire Gorkha district, Mount Manaslu is a sight to behold. This mountain, and the few other mountains that can match its size, is the reason climbers climb.
This behemoth does not shy from the challenge of climbers conquering it. Instead, it welcomes that challenge by offering a variety of routes for those wishing to reach its summit. The most popular route is the Manaslu Trekking Route (177 km), which follows an old salt-trading route along the Burhi Gandak River. Along this route, you will be able to see several incredible mountains, ten of which are higher than 6,500m, with a few exceeding 7,000m.
Acclimatizing to the high altitude is a must on Manaslu. What makes this program unique is that you will have the chance to do this by climbing a smaller peak first, rather than by staying long days in the Base Camp. Of course, we have oxygen for all our high-altitude programs too, and the most experienced local, certified guides to help you achieve your mountaineering goals.
There are several aspects that make Manaslu a very achievable 8-thousand meter dream. For starters, Samagaun village, our starting point for the actual Manaslu ascent is close to Manaslu Base Camp, and this makes it easy to access. In the second place, there are no big objective dangers, such as rockfall, on Manaslu. Finally, although it is a very high-altitude mountain, it is not so steep to climb. The magnificent views from the top are a great reward for the brave climbers that master this gorgeous mountain.
Climbing Manaslu is also a great option for those planning an Everest climb for the following reasons:
Altitude is over 8k, which will give you a feel of how your body will react.
You will learn and practice the following techniques: Fixed ropes, walking with crampons, going up & down, altitude walking, pathing, breathing technique, and more.
It is cheaper to climb Manaslu than the other 8K peaks because the access is easier.
There is less avalanche risk than on other mountains.
It boasts a high success rate (around 80%).
Keep in mind that the itinerary to climb Manaslu can fluctuate. Things can happen and change on long expeditions that aim to conquer mountains like Mount Manaslu at any time. But that is why this trip is such an adventure. One that will push the very definition of that wondrous word. And finally, after you've pushed yourself to your limits, and gathered enough memories to last several lifetimes, we will all enjoy a delicious farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
To begin your Manaslu experience, you should book at least 2 to 3 months in advance to allow us time to coordinate logistics, permits, and the like. You should also be very well-trained physically, have some prior altitude experience, be familiar with your equipment (including breathing with a warm buff and glasses on, hats, heavy backpacks, and clothing), and be ready for some glacier travel with crampons. Along the way, we will be putting to practice a lot of mountaineering techniques and achieving a great feat as we go along.
So come, join me on a life-changing expedition to the top of one of the world's mightiest mountains, Mount Manaslu.
And, if you would like to join me on a quest to reach the summit of Earth's highest mountain, Mount Everest, you can find all the information to start planning here.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Permit and entrance fees
- Group porters
- Personal porters
- Hot shower
- Camping equipment tents
- Camping equipment cooking utensils
* Expedition Permit, Conservation Fee & TIMS Permit, Garbage Deposit Fees.
* All the salary and charges of Liaison Officer
* 1:1 experienced Mt. Manaslu Summiteer Mountain Climbing Sherpa per member or Mountain guide.
* Above mentioned porter to carry members bags, food & equipment
* All Nepali staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance
* Solar panel for light and battery charge at base camp
* Gas heater for dining tent at base camp
* 1 tent per member
* High Altitude food for member & staffs,
* EP gas, High Altitude Cooking Pot & Stove,
* 2 bottle oxygen with latest mask & Regulator
* All necessary Climbing route equipment
* Satellite Phone (US$ 5 per minute)
* Radio set for communication
* Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
* Company duffle bag
* Summit/safety bonus US$ 1000.
* Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
* Extra nights at Kathmandu
* Personal equipment
* Personal Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation with helicopter coverage if needed, can
* Nepal Visa fee
* Tips for staffs
* All other personal nature expenses.
* Samagaun to KTM helicopter. OPTIONAL.
All of the guides on the Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team have local mountaineering certifications and have summited Everest several times. The coordination is carefully supervised every step of the way by some of the top IFMGA guides in the region.
4 Nights in Kathmandu on B/B basis. Camping at various sites, Mount Manaslu Base Camp, and in various parts of Mount Manaslu during ascent.
Price does not include the 800 Dollar USD Summit/Safety bonus. Price does not include lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, as well as any extra nights in Kathmandu. Price does not include the Samagaun to Kathmandu helicopter ride. A satellite phone is included (5 dollars USD per minute). A company duffel bag will be given to each participant. The listed itinerary is not a fixed program. It is only intended to illustrate a likely schedule for the Manaslu Climbing Expedition. Because of the unpredictable nature of such expeditions, it is important to have a flexible plan in order to adapt to various, potential situations as they occur. Any changes made to the itinerary will be made with the intention of maximising the benefits for the entire team's mission of reaching the summit of Mount Manaslu.
Kathmandu International or Domestic Airport.
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Will Tshering Pandhe Bhote be guiding the expedition?
Hi! I'm Tshering, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.
I have been climbing since 1996, starting on the 8000m mountains in the Himalaya. I'm one of the few IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guides (Instructor) from south Asia, gaining my qualification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) & Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).
I have successfully guided on Mt Everest on multiple occasions, and other 8000m peaks such as Mt Cho-oyu (8,201m) (3 times), Sisha Pangma (8,013m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,515m) and many more.
I have have also a strong international climbing experience and extensive knowledge of the logistics, planning and group dynamic that are also very crucial to successfully lead adventures in the Himalaya and around the world. I guided in New Zealand, Norway, France, Scotland, Thailand, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. I'm also a rescue expert and a technical trainer for the mountain guides training.
I very much like guiding my clients in remote places, where no tourist goes. I like also discovering new routes and peaks. Please have a look to the different trekking and mountaineering expeditions I propose and contact me if you want to discuss about them. I can of course also guide you in more 'classic' routes, just get in touch with me and let's talk about your wishes!
My team of guides consists of:
Chhiring Sonam Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote
Cook kitchen crew:
All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.
Norwegian | Nepali | English
NNMGA | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
Lorna van Staden
It was an absolutely AMAZING experience and Sonam is very professional, friendly and helpful. I will recommend him and Tshering 100%
Tshering prepared and organized the tour very professionally. All about logistic, difficult transport condition due to bad weather, skilled guide and assistant, and overall security was under his control. A good communication and a team spirit made the sucess of the Mera Peak ascent.
It was a trip of a life time ! But unfortunately there was a few issues that I will list here : - Before booking, I specifically asked if our guide will really be Tshering Bhote, and you told me "yes". I book the trip, arrive in Kathmandu, and realize that our guide will NOT be Tshering... Not cool... - The "to buy" list we got from you (Explore Share) included ropes of certain diameter and certain length, and when you arrived in Kathmandu, the guide told us right away that it was not suitable ! We had to buy new ones. - Before leaving, I asked if I can rent some of the heavy gear (crampons, ice axe, also helmet) and I was told yes. Once in Kathmandu, they tell you that you cannot rent crampons, you need to buy them. This is not nice because then you don't get much choice in models and in prices... And I didn't allow for this extra weight in my bags too, which then creates problems at the airport on the way back home. But the worst was the helmet : the company lent me a helmet that was broken in many parts. I asked the guide several times to have another one, he didn't want to. I didn't pay for it, but the helmet was not comfortable and made me have sore head, and it was a serious safety issue. - The itinerary makes us climb LOBUCHE EAST first, then ISLAND PEAK, and finally AMA DABLAM last. Which makes sens because AMA DABLAM is the highest and more complicated mountain to climb, so it gives us time to acclimate, to get used to the mountain gear, and to gain confidence hiking in high altitude before trying the big one. But right from day 1, our guide's plans was not to do AMA DABLAM last (but he didn't tell us). Indeed, he forced us to go to AMA DABLAM before ISLAND PEAK, even though we didn't want to. And sad to say that on summit day, the weather was better on ISLAND PEAK than on AMA DABLAM. I later on learned that they always do it this way. So why not telling us right from the beginning and change the itinerary that we receive before booking ? The fact that they receive a summit bonus on AMA DABLAM and not on ISLAND PEAK could explain this... But then the hike is not done according to the hiker's needs and will, which is a shame. - After doing AMA DABLAM, we were then supposed to go to ISLAND PEAK. But to our surprise, our guide stayed in AMA DABLAM to guide another group ! (another summit bonus...). Instead, he asked one of the sherpas to guide us to ISLAND PEAK, along with 2 porters. The sherpa/guide is a really nice guy, trying hard to help, but could barely speak any English and had no mountain certifications at all. The trip advertises, in big block letters and in the trip's title, a guide with big fancy mountain certifications, and we ended up with someone not speaking English and with no certifications, to take us to the second highest mountain of the trip ! Not cool... The guide that I paid for is on AMA DABLAM, also getting paid by another group. How does this work ? - On LOBUCHE EAST, the guide also skipped the crevas rescuing training day. He explained that other people in the group didn't feel so well, that's why he preferred skipping it and doing it later on AMA DABLAM or ISLAND PEAK. The problem is that we never did this training day, even though we finished the trip with a few spare days left. Overall, it was still a great trip. The THG staff is great, nice, positive and helpful people. The cooking was just amazing ! The porters are always smiling, and everyone gets on well, making it a nice atmosphere. It's just lacking some communication between Explore Share and THG I think, and a guide maybe a bit more frank with his clients. Hope this helps ;-)
It was an excellent trip with a good team to take care of us. I just didn't liked 2 things : - Hidden cost that were revealed at the last minute (differents bonus not talked before) - The guide that pushed us too fast even when i was feeling sick and knowing we got plenty of time... Else Tseering and his teams were always there to help and adapt to our need.
A truely amazing experience that I would recommend for anyone serious about climbing AMA Dablam. You need a very high level of fitness & mental strength to climb ama Dablam, it is not a beginner peak. Research the climb, gear required & treking around the Khumbu area before you desire to do this course so you are under no illusions prior to leaving for Nepal. If you have done the research, have all the right gear and have trained appropriately I guarantee you will love this. I recommend purchasing Uphill Athletes 24wk mountaineering training program to get you into mountain shape.
Very good acclimatisation program and safe 1:1 climbing as I always was well looked after. Communication regarding weather and conditions were meticulous so we could adapt as we went along, increasing safety.
I had an amazing experience with Tshering’s experienced and highly qualified team including guide Sonam Shalaka and Sherpa Thomas Vechayba. I really enjoyed the concept of acclimating for Ama Dablam by doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and climbing a number of peaks along the way, including Lobuche, rather than the typical repetitive climbs from base camp. It is always my preference to climb with local guides who intimately know the mountain and local customs and this was a perfect example of the benefits of that rather than going with a large group of westerners. Explore-Share always does a great job of facilitating those connections. This was an outstanding experience all around and I would gladly recommend Tshering and his team for any mountaineering experience in the Himalayas.
I would definitely recommend booking with Tshering’s company, Top Himalaya Guides! He is very welcoming and due to his extensive experience with the mountains, he can help you with all the arrangements and any questions or other service requests you have. Due to his recommendation, we were able to change my itinerary to something that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on! He also provided excellent staff, my guide Namja was very experienced and qualified, which made me feel super safe in the mountains at all times. I can only look back on an incredible trip! Already looking forward to the next!
I can't say enough about Top Himalaya Guides (THG)! Extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides with a genuine passion for the mountains. Our lead guide Sonam did a great job of managing expectations and ensuring that we stayed healthy and happy throughout the expedition. We were fortunate to summit all of our objectives including Ama Dablam, which was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend THG for any Himalayan experience and will definitely be using them again when I return to Nepal!!
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Tshering was so great and informative. Very nice personal day out. He made sure everything was great and that we enjoyed ourselves! :)
Thanks for the email. After the initial confusion, climbing was great and Sonam was an amazing guide! Both Eveline and myself had a wonderful time and wish we could have kept climbing! Thanks for making our trips to Nepal even more unforgettable!!
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My self and two friends planned a trip to Everest region in December 2014. We were recommended Tshering of Tormod Granheim, a Norwegian who has been at Mt. Everest with Tshering. With ski ... Our trip was far far less demanding than that. But no less reason to be very pleased with Tshering. We walked from Lukla, to Namche Bazar, further to Everest View Hotel and then finally we reached our goal; Varak Peak. 4,618 meters above sea level. Tshering is in addition to being a pleasant companion also well known and experienced guy. Especially fun is it to be with him in this region where he knows "all" the local people. We had good days in the mountains, and were also lucky with the weather. To see Mt. Everest both in sunset and sun rice is amazing!
I am planning an expedition to Ama Dablam in 2016, I choose Tshering, because I met him in Norway and had a conversation with him. He then suggested that we could train together in Norway before I go to Nepal. We have done some climbing on glacier, some rock climbing and alpine ascents in Norway and I will never regret that I choose him and his company. He seems very professional and he is a very good instructor. Looking forward going to Nepal.
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