8000m Peaks


Summit the Mountain of the Spirit and take on your first 8000m peak


Characterized by its sharp, picturesque peak, Manaslu dominates the Mansiri-Himal subrange of the Himalayas. First summited by a Japanese team in 1956, the world’s eighth-highest mountain has a long association with Japanese climbers, but among Europeans remains one of the less well-known peaks. Reaching the summit at 8,163m is a serious undertaking, but one that Elite Exped is ideally equipped to help you achieve.

Manaslu is a firm favorite for getting our clients prepped and ready for Mt Everest, as an 8000m peak it's no underdog, but provides you with the necessary skill, fitness level, and mindset to take on an 8000m peak.

"Always a little higher"




35 days


Strenuous 4E

Max Altitude

8163 m
26781 ft

Daily activity

4 - 7 hrs



Dates Available

05 Sep - 09 Oct

Starting from

USD $15,000

Aimed at climbers who’ve made ascents of 6,000m and 7,000m peaks. You must have mastered basic mountaineering skills and have a high level of fitness.

The Mountain of the Spirit

Despite its difficult climbing history - there were four unsuccessful Japanese expeditions between 1950 and 1955 before it was finally conquered - Manaslu is a deceptively easy mountain to climb.

Generally reckoned to be among the least dangerous of the 8,000ers, it lacks the technical sections that make summits like K2, Kanchenjunga or Everest more tricky. Indeed, Manaslu is often treated as a preparatory climb for an attempt on the latter - a practise we at Elite Exped encourage, as we require everyone to have summited at least one other 8,000m peak before joining our Everest expeditions.

But Manaslu is still an 8,000m peak, and climbing it necessitates a lengthy period of time spent in the so-called “death zone”. The proper preparation, training and guidance that Elite Exped can provide is essential. 

Our standard 35-day Manaslu expedition includes helicopters to the village of Samagaun, and offers plenty of time for acclimatisation, as well as rest days.

Elite Exped’s team of guides - handpicked by our record-breaking leaders, Nimsdai and Mingma David - have extensive experience of guiding on Manaslu. Our guides’ Himalayan heritage gives them invaluable local knowledge, which we combine with the very highest Western safety standards.

We control every controllable aspect of our climbs, never relying on third party providers for fixing ropes or route finding. This helps us ensure that your summit experience will run as smoothly as possible.

As well as being highly-skilled mountaineers, our guides have extensive experience of conducting high-altitude rescue operations. No-one can cater for every eventuality in the world’s most extreme environments, but we can guarantee that you will be in the safest possible hands should something unexpected happen. 

We don’t see our clients as clients - we see them as friends and fellow high-achievers. We’ll make sure no stone is left unturned in our quest to help you achieve your dreams. We hope that your successful, safe summit attempt on Manaslu will lead you on to even greater feats in future. 

From our clients
Henrik Stahlberg
Manaslu 2023

Climbed with Vinne (vinay) very good guide. For the future I suggest more detailed breifings about the next step described for a what we will encounter from C1 to C2 e.t.c. Overall though super happy about expedition. Food excellent! Think you should only accept more experienced climbers though or not the very least who have less tutorials about basic techniques.

Jack Breed
Manaslu 2023

The expedition has been fantastic and I couldn't have wished of a better expedition.

Rajan Diwedi
Manaslu 2023

Professionalism is great and client centric focus is nice. Enjoyed the experience overall. Nims, David Mingma's leadership is excellent would love to climb more with Elite Exped.

Nawal Sfendla
Manaslu 2023

The expedition and organisation was good. I really appreciate the compassion of Nims and the team regarding the earthquake in my Morocco. It gave me more strength to climb.I really appreciate my sherpa respectful and helpful person. I loved this expedition and definitely coming back with Elite Exped for Everest 2024

Avedis Kalpaklin
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu climb with the best of the best, experienced guides.  Bullseye for the pick of the Summit Day, can't wait to climb with you again!

Steve Davis
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage.  I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

  • Day 02

    Welcome brief, gear check, and official formalities in Kathmandu

  • Day 03

    Heli flight to Samagaun

  • Day 04

    Acclimatization hike

  • Day 05

    Trek from Samagaun to Manaslu Basecamp

  • Day 06

    Acclimatize day; explore Manaslu Basecamp

  • Day 07-08

    Training Day (fixed lines/rope work/ Abseil/ Crampon work)

  • Day 09

    Mountain God worship ceremony

  • Day 10-30

    Climbing Period (Basecamp - Summit - Basecamp)

  • Day 31

    Cleaning up Basecamp and ready to descend

  • Day 32

    Trek back from Basecamp to Samagaun

  • Day 33

    Withdraw from Samagaun and Heli flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

  • Day 34

    Free day in Kathmandu/ Rest day accompanied by farewell dinner

  • Day 35

    Departure to Home country


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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

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Will I get my own guide?
Will the expedition cost include travel?

Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja and Mingma David Sherpa’s mountaineering world records speak for themselves, but our founders are more than just supremely-talented climbers. While some choose to direct operations from a back office, Nimsdai and Mingma David lead from the front. Their experience of every aspect of guiding and climbing - from fixing ropes, to organising logistics - is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that when they’ve worked together they have a perfect, 100 percent success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it, this is key to attain and maintain our industry leading strategy for success and safety. We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running totally self-sufficient expeditions, not relying on any other teams on the mountain to achieve our objectives. We are capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and have backups to cover all scenarios, from secondary oxygen supplies through to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots, and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective of the world of mountaineering, and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures. We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks. An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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Combo Packages

Mount Everest is undoubtedly on the bucket list of every climber. Who wouldn't want to conquer the highest mountain on the planet? But the most dedicated and skilled mountaineers won’t want to stop there, of course, which is where Elite Exped’s combo packages come in. This expedition offers you the chance to bag two 8,000m summits - the first and fourth-highest mountains in the world - in a single climbing season. For high achievers, goals don’t come much greater than this.

Combo Packages

K2 isn’t nicknamed “the savage mountain” for nothing. The world’s second highest peak is arguably the toughest challenge in mountaineering, but nearby Broad Peak, the world’s 12th highest mountain, is the perfect stepping stone to tackling this daunting challenge. This expedition offers you the chance to conquer two of the Karakorum’s most iconic peaks in the space of a single summer climbing season.

8000m Peaks

Broad Peak, across the Baltoro Glaciers of north-eastern Pakistan to K2, is named for both its most prominent feature - a 2km wide summit ridge - and its similarity to Switzerland’s Breithorn (which means ‘broad horn’ in German). This defining characteristic is one of the features that makes this a relatively easy climb when compared to the other 8,000ers. For this reason, it’s often used as a wide stepping stone to further adventures, including its near neighbour, K2.