Mt Manaslu records first summit of autumn season

KATHMANDU: With nearly 200 foreign climbers along with their support staff preparing to scale the world’s eighth highest peak, at least six climbers including four rope-fixing Sherpas successfully stood atop Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) this afternoon becoming the first team to climb the mountain in the autumn season.

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, Director of the Seven Summit Treks, said that Gyaljen Sherpa of Solukhumbu, Mingma Tenjing Sherpa, Tenjing Chhimbi Sherpa and Temba Bhote of Sankhuwasabha along with two foreigners from his company made it to the summit point at around 2:00 pm.

“Brazilian climber Moeses Fiamoncini and Sergio Mingote Moreno from Spain also scaled the mountain after rope-fixing Sherpas opened a climbing route to the summit point,” Sherpa added.

The team made to the summit after the mountain witnessed a fair weather, Sherpa quoted base camp officials as saying. More climbers will be attempting to scale the peak in a day or two after the team opened the route this season, he shared.

Till date, 192 foreign climbers representing 18 teams, along with over 200 climbing Sherpas, have obtained climbing permits to attempt to climb Mt Manaslu, according to Rameshwar Niraula, an official at the Department of Tourism. “They had already reached Mt Manaslu base camp.”

The DoT record shows that at least 430 climbers representing 57 teams have obtained climbing permits for different 27 mountains in the autumn season.