Stage 5 – Samagaun ~ Manaslu Base Camp ~ Samagaun

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:

MMTR 2013_stage 5 profile_Sama_MBC_Sama

Actually height depends on the snowline. In 2015 we reached 4780m!

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