MANASLU PEAK EXPEDITION
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Manaslu Peak Expedition
Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world, standing at around 8156 metres and being located in the Gorkha region of Nepal in the Himalayan range. The term "Manalsu" comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa," which may be translated as either "intellect" or "soul." Manalsu, when abbreviated, means "Mountain of Spirits." Everest is the peak of choice for Japanese mountaineers, whereas Manaslu is the mountain of choice for European mountaineers. The first ascent of Manaslu was accomplished by a Japanese team on May 9, 1956. After Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2, Manaslu is considered to be the fourth most hazardous 8000-meter summit in the world. It features the path most likely to be affected by an avalanche, severe weather, and unrelenting snowfall that may linger for many days. Yet despite all of these potential outcomes, the summit has been scaled several times by experienced mountaineers who take all of the precautions that are necessary for a risk-free ascent. Climbing has seen significant change in recent years, particularly in the areas of safety equipment preparation and weather forecasts; nonetheless, nature itself remains very unpredictable. Read More
The journey begins in Samagaon, which is the very last place of human habitation before one sets out on the ultimate adventure. From Kathmandu, which is located in the foothills of Mt. Manaslu, Samagaon is a walk that takes numerous days to complete.
You have the option of travelling this route via local transport, which is a challenging trip over dangerous off roads and a multi-day walk before reaching the base camp, or you may fly by helicopter till you reach Samagaon. The path provides spectacular vistas of the valley below, as well as lush backgrounds covered in vegetation and rich backdrops of rural homes that are mostly cut off from the rest of the world. It is only the climbing season when people are opened to the foreigners who are ready to climb numerous peaks held in the nation of Nepal, which is known for its exciting adventures.
After reaching Samagaon, you will have to walk for many hours across loose rocks with sloping grades until you reach the snout of a glacier. The base camp is encircled by stone boulders and ice penitents, and it is from them that one may get their very first view of the formidable Mt. Manaslu. After the ascent of base camp on the scree slopes, which is then followed by stretches of snow and ice, there are two alternatives for establishing camp I: one at a lower altitude and one at a higher altitude, changing in height by around 100 metres. The last section of terrain leading up to higher camp I is steep and covered in snow; the speed and timing of the mountaineers will determine whether or not camps can be established at higher one. Acclimatization will be done on the following days, and at that time, we will also be transporting supplies to camp I and camp II. Snow slopes and ice cliffs appear one after the other as climbers make their way from camp I to camp II (6270 metres), reducing the amount of forward movement possible. The last section of the trail leading to camp II is a straightforward, leisurely hike. The climb from camp II to camp III is arduous on snow slopes, and the increasing altitude makes the ascent more gradual; yet, the scenery all around is invigorating. Throughout the ascent of the ice wall, there are several snow patches, vertical ice walls that are 80 degrees, and various crevasses, all of which serve as a warning to climbers to be cautious until they reach camp III at 6800 metres. The slope becomes more severe as one moves from camp III to camp IV, and the terrain gradually transforms into solid ice cliffs with steep slopes beginning at camp III. When travelling, one may look back and see all of the previous camps, which serves as a visual reminder of the difficult ascent. After ascending on hills that were previously covered in ice and snow, we will arrive at camp IV, which is situated at an elevation of 7400 metres.
Camp IV is also the summit camp, and it is from this location that one may estimate the path to the summit and plan how to get there. When the altitude goes over 8,000 metres, the summit path is mostly composed of snow and ice, which necessitates considerable strength to combat the increasingly thin air. The ascent stays quite difficult right up until the summit is reached and held. The view from the summit of Manaslu peak is really breathtaking, as it takes in the majestic Himalayan ranges. When standing above, one can see that the towering peaks of Mansiri Himal, which are a component of the Nepalese Himalaya, leap above the clouds, demonstrating the prominence and magnificence of the mountain range. After spending some time at the top, you should take some pictures and then locate the path that leads down to the lower camps.
On such treacherous mountains, climbing down should be done with extreme caution and common sense since everyone knows that descending is the most difficult element of climbing. At the conclusion of the journey, we will arrive at the inhabited area, and then we will celebrate our victory over the magnificent Himalayan Peak by travelling back to the location of our choice.
An incredible 43 Nights and 44 Days are spent on the Manaslu peak expedition, which begins and ends in the bustling market town of Soti Khola. On the way up and back down, a different route is used, and the trip concludes in Kathmandu. The hike is remote and isolated, yet there are tea houses dotted along the route at regular intervals. Moreover, the hike is not too expensive and is easily accessible.
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Itinerary of Expedition
When you arrive in Kathmandu, a member of our staff will meet you there and provide a warm welcome to the land of Mt. Manaslu. Your crew will assist you in making it to your hotel in Kathmandu so that you can get some much-needed rest. After you have checked into the hotel, you are going to have a refreshing rest there. You are welcome to join us for an evening stroll around Thamel. After the little stroll, we are going to return to the house and have supper together. While we are eating Nepalese food, we will get to know one another better. Spend the night at one of Kathmandu's best hotels.
The second day of the agenda for the Manaslu trip includes activities such as briefings, preparation, arranging, and shopping. The most thrilling adventure is going to begin for all of us very soon. To be ready for it, we need to properly prepare. To begin, we will get together with our expedition team, which consists of personnel and guides, to talk about the trip. Our team leader will provide us with all of the pre-boarding information that we need. After this, our crew will start making arrangements for all of the climbing and hiking permits. In addition to that, we will need specialised equipment for the trip. As a result, we will go shopping at the last minute to ensure that our backpacks have everything that is necessary. If there is enough time, we will also make our way to a few of the city's most popular tourist destinations. After we have finished all of the tasks on our list, we will go back to the hotel where we are staying for the night.
We are going to make our way to Manaslu! As we make our way towards Dharapani, we will depart from the crowded and noisy streets of Kathmandu. A typical route in the Himalayas, this bus travel lasts for ten hours and passes through a variety of landscapes, including riverbanks, villages, and forests. The journey will provide us with breathtaking vistas of the countryside of Nepal. The Prithivi Highway is going to be the scene of the beginning of the thrilling trip. Then, our bus or jeep will go on the routes that wind through the middle hills of Dumre that are located in the Himalayas. We shall enter Marsyangdi Nadi valley in Dumre. From there, we will make our way to Besisahar, which is a well-known destination for trekkers. Dharapani is still 45 miles distant from Besisahar. To go to Dharapani through Syange, Tal, and Chamje will take us between two and three hours of driving on a rough route. Spend the night in the town of Dharapani.
However, Dharapani is not the most important entry point to the Manaslu Region. The stop is comparatively more common for itineraries that include the Annapurna area. Because we are going to take a different path, we are now at Dharapani. After we have finished our breakfast, we will begin our journey to Tije. At the MCAP and ACAP card checkpoint, which is also where we will display our permits, there is a checkpoint. Once our tickets have been validated, the first thing we will do is make our way over the Marsyangdi River on one of the bridges. Our stroll will first take place on a wider route, where there will be very few automobiles running. After that, we will begin our ascent through an uphill trail lined with rhododendron and fir trees, which will take many hours. Along the way, we shall pass through several paddy fields and communities. In order to reach Tilije at the end of the walk, we will make our way up a very gentle ascent. Overnight in Tilje.
At the morning, we will be at Tilije, where we will start our trek to Bimthang. A day spent hiking has turned out to be really enjoyable. Consequently, we shall enjoy a delicious breakfast before going to the trial. The path travels through a variety of rural communities as well as subtropical forests. It indicates that we will get a cursory look at the individuals and their everyday lives. There will be domesticated animals like lambs and cows that we come across. We won't have to go too much farther until we get to Karche Pass, a little hill. The first glimpse of Manaslu Mountain will be offered by it. Following a brief rest at the location, we will continue our walk in the direction of Yak Kharka, a spot that is suitable for lunch. After we have had lunch, we will proceed with the last leg of the journey, which is a strenuous ascent. We will make our way up the slope carefully, and eventually arrive at the valley of Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.
At order to adjust to the higher altitude, we will be resting today at Bimthang. The town is a well-known vacation spot because to the many attractions that it offers. We will begin our exploration of Bimthang by leaving all of our belongings at the lodge where we are staying. There is Ponkar Lake, as well as Nyamlo Lake. In a same fashion, there are three glaciers located here: Ponkar, Salpudanda, and Kaechakyu. The views of the lakes, glaciers, and mountains along the way to these locations are really invigorating. During the hike, you may see mountains such as Kang Garu, Gyalji Kang, Mt. Manaslu, and Phungi Himal, among others. We will have a pleasant stop at Bimthang before continuing on with our day of exciting adventure. Overnight in Bimthang.
As today is going to be a long and physically taxing day of hiking, we will get up early. By following a path that gradually climbs, we shall leave Bimthang behind us. As we continue to climb, we will have better views of the mountains and glaciers below us. The summit of the lengthy ascent is located at 5,215 metres and is known as Larkya La Pass. Therefore, we shall walk slowly while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Following a strenuous ascent, we will arrive at Larkya La Pass, which is the principal mountain pass in this area. After taking in the breathtaking vistas of the area, we shall stop for a moment to regain our collective breath. From this location, it is possible to see a number of mountain ranges, one of which being the Annapurna Range. After having sufficient time at the summit, we will start our descent towards Shamdo, the target for the day. The journey back to Samdo village through Dharamsala is likely to be a straightforward one. On our way to Samdo, the terrain is going to be harsh and dry, and we will have to traverse it.
From here, we are going to make our way to Samagaon from Samdo. During the Manaslu Expedition, this is the least difficult and quickest day. In order to journey to Samagaon, which is a wonderful hamlet, we need to increase height. The first thing on the agenda for today is a stroll across the neighbourhood. After that, we will make our way down to the Budhi Gandaki River's banks. We will enter the birch and juniper forest by way of a wooden bridge that will take us over the river. The remaining members of the group go down into the valley till they reach Samagaon. We will arrive to the hamlet in the wee hours of the morning and spend the day exploring its historic monastery, famous residences, and welcoming people.
The Manaslu Expedition is now in the midst of its middle section. In order to continue the adventure, we are going to go towards the Manaslu Base Camp today. It will not take us very long at all to go to the base camp of the eighth-tallest mountain in the world. However, we are going to need to put up a camp there. Therefore, we shall get an early start on the hike tomorrow. As we make our way through a sloppy path, we will eventually arrive to a picturesque community of rhododendron and juniper trees. We will emerge from the forest and hike for a number of hours in order to reach the Manaslu Base Camp, which is quite gorgeous. While we take advantage of the location's favourable perspectives, our staff will set up a tent for us. Manaslu Base Camp will be your home for the night.
From this point on, the ascending phase will get underway. From day 10 to day 30, we are going to be in the mountains. Soon, it will be time to get ready, ascend to the summit, and then descend down to base camp. We won't be venturing far from Manaslu Base Camp for the first several days of our trip. We need to have the appropriate training and acclimatisation before we climb. During the session, our climbing guide will instruct us on how to use various pieces of equipment, including ropes, ice axes, ascenders, and carabiners. In addition to snow climbing and crevasse crossing, we will participate in a variety of different tasks with the gear in order to increase our self-assurance. The training field, which will be difficult to navigate due to the presence of snow, will prepare us for the impending ascent. After we have completed a sufficient amount of training, we will begin our ascent to Camp I. The climb will be made on slopes that are rather steep and curvy on average. Once we have reached Camp I, we will descend to the base camp and begin the ascent of the trail once again. It is for the purpose of making us mentally and physically stronger so that we can better withstand hardship. We are going to make a halt at Camp I.
After we finish up at Camp I, we will make our way towards Camp II assuming all goes according to plan. We will reach the summit of Camp II without incident and then carry out the customary descent to the starting point. This implies that we will return to base camp from Camp II in order to begin the ascent of the mountain all over again. This workout will prepare us physically and mentally for the considerably more challenging Manaslu. We are going to proceed in the same manner till we get at Camp IV. After reaching Camp IV, we will continue climbing with the assistance of fixed ropes. On the smaller ice bulges, our climbing guide will assist us in moving around. We will soon traverse a series of snowy hills and plateaus up ahead. In order to reach the peak, you will need to traverse a steep snowy mound in the last stretch. That is something that we are going to undertake, and then we will own Mt. Manaslu.
When we reach the summit of the eighth-highest peak in the world, we will have accomplished an incredible feat. The value of every drop of sweat, breath, stride, and second spent travelling will become clear once you reach your destination. We are going to rejoice in the success that is rightfully ours. Following the successful ascent, we will make our way back down to Base Camp, then Camps IV, III, II, and I. We are going to go down slowly so as not to alarm everybody. In a life-or-death situation like the Manaslu Expedition, rushing may be very dangerous. We will make our way back to the base camp by following the directions of our Sherpa guides.
When we get to the base camp of Manaslu, we are going to take care of our garbage. It is our obligation to take care of the environment around us, and thus our team, which includes ourselves, will clean up our disposal. The garbage will be collected by our team. After that, we will also start getting ready for our trip back to Kathmandu, which will begin the next day. During the night, we shall remain at the camp that serves as our base.
At last, we break camp at Manaslu Base Camp and begin our descent in the direction of Sama Gaon. At first, we will descend across hard terrain, and then we will take a trail through the forest. This is not going to be a difficult one at all. We will arrive in Sama Gaon after a leisurely walk that will take us past the glacial lake of Birendra Lake as well as numerous other settlements.
From Sama Goan, we will now make our way to Namrung through foot. We will leave the area with fond recollections and continue on via numerous more Tibetan communities. The stroll that you take during the day is an easy and quick one. As a result, we won't be in a hurry as we walk to Namrung.
Our journey to the hamlet of Philim will begin today. The length of today's day will be longer than the one that came before it. The trail is not too difficult to navigate and is largely incline. On the path, we are going to have a pleasant stroll. During the course of the trip, we will go through a variety of landscapes, including terraced millet fields, the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, mani walls, gompas, and woodland. On the whole, we are going to have a pleasant time on the route and later, when we arrive in Philim village for the night.
After leaving the settlement of Philim, we shall continue on foot towards Machha Khola. Our Manaslu Expedition is almost to its conclusion, and today is the last day of hiking. The journey to the settlement of Sirdibas will begin with a climb in elevation. From there, we will travel in a generally downward direction until we reach the settlement of Salleri. After that, we will arrive at a rugged ridge region that will lead us to Jagat. Beginning from this point on, we shall be walking on the riverbed of the Budhi Gandaki River on occasion. We will arrive at Tatoppani this route, and then go on to Machhakhola after that.
The remaining portion of the trip to Kathmandu is completed on a highway. In the morning, we are going to go by bus or jeep. And for the rest of the day, we will be reliving the thrill of driving on a Nepalese highway. We will pass through several interesting towns, rivers, hills, and landscapes, as well as some bumps on the road. In general, the trip back to the buzz and bustle of Kathmandu is going to be an interesting one.
This day has been reserved in the plan as a buffer or free day. This day has been set aside as a buffer in case there are any unexpected holdups on the trip. In such case, the day will be at your leisure in Kathmandu. During the day, we may go to several historical heritage places and examine them. In the evening, we will celebrate our time together with the team at a goodbye meal. As a fitting conclusion to the trip, we will discuss the unforgettable experiences we had on the Manaslu Expedition.
It is finally time to go back home after spending more than a month in the Himalayas of Nepal. We will take you to the airport at the time when your flight departs. At the airport, our staff will say their goodbyes to you in a kind and respectful manner so that the experience may come to a happy conclusion. What a race that turned out to be! Farewell!
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➽ Preparation for Expedition
During the wonderful Himalayan trek, mind, body, and spirit must all be overcome, as you well know. Precise preparation, with appropriate pliability of observing and confronting circumstances, is essential. Due to the difficulty and unpredictability of expeditions, participation is limited to those who have completed trekking at altitudes of at least 4,500 metres at least four to five times or have finished a Basic Mountaineering course.
The following are some considerations for the Manaslu Peak Expedition:
⦿ Physically – An Expedition requires a lot of physical endurance, therefore you should start working out a month before signing up for a programme. Strengthen your legs by jogging and working out regularly to increase your stamina. To better acclimatise to the environment and increase your resilience on the walk, you should give up smoking and undertake breathing exercises twice a day. Participate wholeheartedly in sports, Yoga, and other cardiovascular activities. Sometimes you have to climb for 20 hours straight, therefore you need to be ready to push yourself to the maximum, which is only possible with well-defined pre- and post-climb training.
⦿ Mentally – As essential as physical training is for an Expedition, so too is mental preparation. Relax, enjoy your regular activities, and take care of yourself before embarking on an Adventure. Don't put yourself through mental anguish by making guesses or planning ahead for the Expedition. Get together with your closest pals to rejuvenate and refocus your thinking. After you join the March and meet the rest of the pack, you will find encouragement and excitement, proving that your pre-expedition preconceptions were unfounded. As you endure the hardships of the journey, both your mental and physical toughness will increase. Hence, as you make your way up to each campground, it's a good idea to pay attention to different sections of the body and actively relax them. Focus on the path or whatever perilous terrain you must carefully handle when climbing, and attempt to relax your body. Try out a few new walking techniques to add some fun to your commute that has nothing to do with getting anywhere. The best way to keep one's mind in good shape when traveling is to relax and enjoy the ride.
⦿ Technically –
Choose the right size of trekking or climbing shoes and walk with it, from a technical standpoint. Fill a 60-liter container. Carry as much as you can in your rucksack on a regular basis to become accustomed to walking lengthy distances with it. You should equip yourself with a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, cap, trousers, poncho, flip flops, and any necessary equipment like a power bank and camera (DSLR or digital camera). Get a sling and use it to perfect the primary knots you'll need for the ascent.
The rewards of a successful mountain ascent are well worth the effort required to reach the top, which may be as daunting as the mountain itself. The Himalayan Adventure Tours Expedition to Mighty Mountain Kang Yatse awaits your honest participation.
➽ Things to Carry
- Trekking Pants, Lowers that are thick and heated
- Windproof jacket, Jacket stuffed with down, ideally one that has a hood
- Fleece, which is warm and dense.
- Sweater made of wool with full sleeves
- Thermoregulating undergarments (upper & lower).
- Accessories made of wool, including a woollen hat, woollen gloves, woollen socks, and ordinary socks (3-4 pairs).
- a Balaclava, a woollen hat, or a scarf or silencer (the latter two are optional).
- Comfy Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended).
- Towel with a Low Weight (1 unit).
- Toilet Paper (plenty).
- Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty).
- Floaters, sandals, or slippers that are not too heavy
- Poncho or raincoat, etc. Towel of a small size and low weight.
- a container for water.
- Sunscreen Lotion.
- Use a cap to shield the harsh rays of the sun from your face, Sunglasses.
- Stick or Trekking Pole, Head Torch or Headlamp, and Walking Stick or Trekking Pole (with extra batteries).
- Medications (if required any specific drug) (if requiring any particular medication).
- Personal hygiene products.
- You should have a day pack or another compact backpack that you can sling over your shoulder and carry with you wherever you go.
- A camera with its batteries fully charged.
➽ How to Reach
How to reach Manali:
Delhi and Manali are linked nicely. You may travel from Delhi to Manali in 12 to 14 hours via overnight bus (approx 540 KMS). Online ticket reservations are available at www.redbus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in Tip: Given the distance between Delhi and Manali, the majority of Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. At 8.30 p.m., the final government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,800 are charged by Volvo buses each sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Delhi to Manali: Buses depart from Manali for Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m., same like the return trip. You should expect to arrive in Delhi any time between six and ten in the morning. Plan your subsequent trips just after midday, leaving ample time for bus delays.
How to reach Naggar:
Naggar is 18 kilometres from Manali, and there are several buses that operate every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one may get out at Patlikuhal, which is 5 kilometres from Naggar on the right bank highway. Between Kullu and Manali is Patlikuhal. To get to Naggar, you may take a cab or a local bus from Manali or Patlikuhal.
The closest train station is:
Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations (310 kms). Advice: From Chandigarh to Manali, regular buses and Volvos run in the evening. Volvo buses from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa charge between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200 every sector.
The closest airport:
The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is 52 kilometres distant. From Bhuntar to Manali, taxi services are available and cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2,500. Air travel between Bhuntar and Delhi is convenient. Airlines providing flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu include Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
➽ Trip Cost Includes
- Mountaineering (guide) from Himalayan Adventure Tours who is highly experienced, professionally trained, and qualified, and who has extensive familiarity with the route.
- Arriving at the Airport & Climbing excursions include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunches. Departure transfers will be provided in accordance with the itinerary. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- 5 Nights in Kathmandu with CP Plan Included in the Price
- Kathmandu sightseeing with an expert local guide, including all applicable entry fees and use of a private car.
- Climbing permit for climb Manaslu, which includes all necessary ground transportation by private vehicle as outlined in the itinerary
- All of the necessary fees and permits for trekking in national parks
- Camping and Tea House Facilities Throughout the time spent trekking and climbing, accommodations are provided.
- Liaison officer Cooks/Helper and other staff members who are required.
- HAF/LAF/Porters/mules for the purpose of transporting common equipment (such as food, tents, utensils and Central climbing Equipment).
- All staff members' salaries, as well as their food, clothes, and insurance.
- All key central climbing gears
- Throughout your trek or expedition, we will supply you with dome, mountain, or high altitude tents on a shared-twin basis. There would be things like camping beds, a cooking tent, a dining tent, and camping chairs available.
- To a Great Height Porters to transport cargo, put up high camps, repair ropes, and other related tasks.
- Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
- Solar panel installed at the base camp to charge batteries and provide lights.
- Bottle of butane gas for use in cooking at high altitude
- Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
- In Kathmandu, there will be a welcome and goodbye meal.
- All relevant taxes, VAT, and other documentation that is required
- Meals: Breakfast is the only meal that will be offered at the hotel. Throughout the course of the walk, all of your meals will be supplied. The cuisine will be a fusion of Indian, Chinese, and Continental styles, and each meal will be freshly made.
- Meals at high altitude: we will be eating food that has been pre-packaged in tins.
- A first-aid kit that also includes portal oxygen.
- Camping fees, forest permits, and fees for wild animals all add up.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- Climbers may hire individual porters to carry their gear.
- Airport transportation costs
- Expenses for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Irregular/Personal costs, such as laundry, phone calls, and gratuities.
- Climbing equipment such as ropes, pitons, snow bars, crabs, etc.
- Your own personal mountaineering equipment and clothes, as well as any specialised foods you may need
- Inner Line Permit.
- Health coverage or the price of a rescue mission
- Expenditures of a more personal character (such as booze, soda, bottled water, mineral water, canned or bottled drinks, candy, canned or packaged dried fruits, etc.)
- Provisions/food to or from the starting point of the trek.
- Any expenses that are incurred as a result of natural disasters, human error, or other unforeseeable occurrences.
- Protect your trip with a travel insurance policy.
- Authorization, licensing, and enlistment with the IMF.
- Payment for Liaison Officer (included for foreign expedition only)
- GST of 5%.
➽ Special Casual Leaves
Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.
➽ Provided By The Customers
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In the company of Hat, Sameer, Arun, and I climbed to the summit of Hanuman Tibba (at an altitude of 5932 metres). With Shera at the helm as the chief guide, along come Vishal, Panna, and Jaggi, who work together to form a tight-knit, effective, and amiable unit. The majority of our time was spent in a high-quality 4-person tent; the given gear was not brand new but adequate, with the exception of a few small difficulties with one of the sleeping bags. Both the meal and the hot beverages were delicious. Manu was simple to get in touch with before to our adventure, and he answered all of our questions (there weren't many) thoroughly. Basically, my time spent on adventure with Himalayan Adventure Trips was both personally rewarding and professionally enriching.