Manaslu Expedition Peak
Manaslu was a featured peak on Peakware this month. It is an awesome mountain and this is the view you’d be having if climbing on it.
Manaslu is the high peak of the Gurkha massif, and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit. In 1972, fifteen members of a Korean expedition were killed at 22,800 feet when an avalanche buried their camp. Two years later, the news from the mountain was better: An all-female Japanese expedition successfully ascended to the summit, thereby becoming the first women to climb an 8,000 meter peak.
Another very famous ascent of Manaslu was on the often pictured South Face which you can see from Pungyen Gompa. This was back in 1972 when there we not even any pictures of Manaslu. Reinhold Messner climbed to the summit while his climbing partner became lost after turning back. Another case of an amazing feat of strength and skill being marred by a tragic loss of life.