Killer mountain’s first ascent commemorated

Pokhara, May 9

Programmes were organised in different places in Kaski today to commemorate the first successful ascent of the 8,156m Mt Manaslu 62 years ago.

With the initiative of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (Western Regional Association Pokhara), programmes were held at Dhampus, Hemjakot and Astam region of Kaski’s northern Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality to mark the sixty-second anniversary of the successful ascent of Mt Manaslu. The programmes were organised on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of TAAN Western Regional Association.

To commemorate the success, more than 40 persons, including trekking entrepreneurs and other tourism entrepreneurs from Pokhara had set about on a trek from Pokhara’s Hemja Melbote via Astam and Hemjakot to Dhampus.

In 1956 today, Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu representing a Japanese expedition team had stood atop the mountain, popularly known as the killer mountain.