Manaslu was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning 'intellect' or 'soul'. This is the same word that is the root of the name of the holy lake Manasarover near Mt kailas in Tibet. Just as the British considered Everest to be there mountain, Manaslu has always been a 'Japanese' mountain.
Mt. Manaslu, 8163m, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is located about forty miles east of Annapurna I. It is one of the popular among the 8000m. peaks for climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal and especially for Japanese Climbers. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions. Possible avalanches in bad weather, crevasses and slippery snow make this mountain a little distinct from other mountains in Nepal. Normally 4 high camps are established to attempt the summit. This mountain considers as avalanche and crevasses risk between Camp I & Camp II has crevasses and avalanche threat from Camp III to Camp IV are notable in climbing the peak. A very famous climber in the field of mountaineering expedition, Reinhold Messner made the fourth ascent of Manaslu as a member of a Tyroleam expedition that climbed the peak from the Marsyangdi valley in 1972.
HW Tilman and Jimmy Roberts photographed manaslu during a trek in 1950, but the first real survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952. A Japanese team made the first serious attempt on the peak from the Buri Gandaki valley in 1953 when anothere team followed in 1954, the villagers of Samagaon told them that the first team had been responsible for an avalanche which destroyed a monastery, and refused to let the 1954 expedition climb. The expedition set off to climb Ganesh Himal instead.Despite a large donation for the rebuilding of the monastery, subsequent japanese expeditions, including the one that made the first ascent in 1956, took place in an atmosphere of animosity and mistrust.
The second successful Japanese expedition was in 1971 there was South Korean attempt in 1971, and in april 1972 an avalanche which resulted in the death of five climbers and 10 Sherpas ended the second South Korean expedition.This mountain is good choice to those climbers who already made a successful attempt to one of the 8000m peak to the Himalayas.
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