Stage 5 – Samagaun ~ Manaslu Base Camp ~ Samagaun

November 16, 2024

Day 8.  Stage 5.

Out-and-back race from Samagaun up the Manaslu Base Camp trail, almost to base camp, but not quite, and then back. The high point (usually at the snow line) is a check-in, check-out checkpoint, so you can take you time here to enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

Manaslu Base Camp trail
Manaslu Base Camp vertical Kilometre 2015
anna frost trail runner
Anna Frost descending (quickly) on the Manaslu Basecamp trail…

Anna Frost looked happy in 2013! Today is a bright an early start to marvel at sunrise on Manalsu (cloud dependent) and after a leisurely breakfast, comes the run.

manaslu at dawn watching sunrise
Manaslu at dawn, watching the sunrise.

After a kilometre of fairly level but rising trail, we turn off to head towards Manaslu Base Camp. The height of the checkpoint will depend on the weather (and snow line) and the state of the group and will be decided in advance of the day. Where we will reach however is point with an excellent view over Manaslu’s glacier and the turquoise Birendra Tal (lake named after a former king) it spills into. Then we return to Sama for a second night after this short but powerful stage.

manaslu base camp trail
Manaslu Base Camp trail

The approximate course profile is here:

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Maps and data

Date:November 16, 2024
Effort:↔ 12.6 km    1100 m    -1100 m
Longest ascent:1090 m
Longest descent:1090 m
Start elevation:3529 m
Finish elevation:3529 m
Max altitude:4619 m
Min altitude:3528 m

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