SST Winter Manaslu Expedition 2022/23

December 22, 2022

Manaslu is a mountain in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet. It is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,163 meters. Manaslu is part of the Mansri Himal mountain range, which is located in the west-central part of Nepal. It has seen only four expeditions and a total of 15 people successfully summit in winter. Climbing Manaslu during the winter can be particularly challenging due to the extreme cold and the potential for heavy snowfall.

Image: Manaslu Winter Expedition 2021/22 Basecamp

Attempting an 8000m peak in winter is among the most daring achievement. After the unsuccessful attempt in the 2021/22 winter, Alex Txikon and Simone Moro are back in Nepal for the Mt. Manaslu winter expedition 2022/23. The team will depart for Machha Khola on 23 Dec 2022. The 8,000-meter peak has not been summited in winter in over 20 years. The team consists of highly experienced climbers and Sherpa guides who will attempt to summit Mt. Manaslu.

Alex Txikon receiving permit for Winter Manaslu Expedition 2022/23 from Department of Tourism

Image: Alex Txikon receiving permit for winter manaslu expedition 2022/23 from Department of Tourism

Alex Txikon, born on 12 December 1981 is a Spanish mountaineer. He has successfully climbed 11 out of 14, 8000er mountains. In 2016, Alex along with Simone Moro & Ali Sadpara became the first climbers to climb Nanga Parbat in winter also known as the killer mountain for its high mortality rate.

Image: Manaslu Winter Expedition 2021/22

Simone Moro, born on 27 October 1967 is an Italian alpinist. He is known for having made the first winter ascents of 4 out of 14 eight-thousanders including Shishapangma (2015), Makalu (2009), Gasherbrum II (2011), and Nanga Parbat (2016). He has also summited Everest four times (2000, 2002, 2006, and 2010). Moro is also an experienced helicopter pilot.

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Grading

Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

For Expeditions

  1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
  2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
  3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
  4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
  5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

Grading

Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

For Trekking

  1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
  2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
  3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
  4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.

Sofie Lenaerts

Belgium

Our first co-operation was in 2013 in Pakistan with Arnold Coster expeditions and Sevensummittreks towards the Gasherbrum. After that, we continued to work together on expeditions towards Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu (winter), and AmaDablam. For me, SST is a very professional company with a lot of experience and knowledge. We have full confidence in their capabilities and appreciate their flexibility. I would like to thank them for all those years of cooperation and I look forwards to new adventures in Nepal and Pakistan.

Brad Johnson

I have been on many expeditions in Nepal over the years, most of them I organized with friends and used Seven Summit Treks only for their base camp services with great service! This year none of my friends were available to climb in Nepal in the Autumn season so I contacted SST and decided to sign up for the Mera Peak and Baruntse expedition. SST organized everything and provide me with a personal climbing Sherpa for the entire trip. Throughout the entire trip, everything was taken care of by SST, including lodging, tea houses, and meals. At Baruntse base camp I had a nice private tent and the cook and kitchen staff always had smiles and cooked great meals. My Sherpa (Jangbu) was great and we became close friends and climbing partners. Jangbu was always there with a smile, a very strong climber, always wanting to help in any way he could. There was plenty of time to decide how and when we were going to make a summit push based on the weather. We had fantastic summit days on both peaks and finished the trip crossing the Amphu Labste pass into the Khumbu Valley staying each night in nice lodges with all meals included. I would highly recommend using SST for any expedition that you want to go on. Thank you Seven Summit Treks for a great trip and your attention to detail!!

Mohamed H. Al Khalifa

Bahrain

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Nir Shah

Great Britain

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Would readily book with Seven Summits again.

Chris Huntsman

USA

These guys are the real deal. Incredibly professional and helpful; I genuinely couldn’t imagine hiking to base camp any other way.

Seven summits planned everything, lodging, flights, and meals. All I had to do was show up and hike. My bag got lost on the way into Lukla (the airlines' fault not Seven Summits) but these guys (Sherpa Chhepal) organized a personal porter to bring my pack up to us since we’d already started our trek.

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