Nepal records first ascent on 8000m peak post earthquake as 15 mountaineers climb Mt Manaslu

KATHMANDU: Nepal recorded the first summit of 8,000 metres mountain in the autumn season after at least 15 mountaineers, including nine foreigners, conquered Mt Manaslu (8,163m) on Wednesday morning.

Pemba Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks said that a 15-member team of Mt Manaslu International Expedition 2015, successfully summitted the eighth highest peak in the world.

"It is the first summit of 8,000m mountain after the April 25 earthquake devastated parts of the country killing over 8,900 people.”

According to Chhang Dawa Sherpa, team manager and director of Seven Summit Treks, Santiago Quintero from Ecuador, Victor Hugo Rimac from Peru, Daniel Stuart Trevena from Australia, Philippe Jean Marty from France, Vincent Jean Callet from France, Boyan Petrov Petrov from Bulgaria, Gaimpaolo Corona from Italy, Lu Shuigu from China, Gilian Kit Wai Lee from Australia successful summitted the peak.

Climbing sherpas including Cheji Norbu Sherpa, Mingma Thenduk Sherpa, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Pasang Nurbu Sherpa, Changbabu Sherpa and Mingma Sherpa also summitted Mt Manaslu, he said.

According to him, other mountaineers including 12 Chinese nationals of Seven Summit Treks planned for a summit push on Thursday morning.

Daniel Mazur, another expedition leader, shared that they reached the Camp IV to try to summit Mt Manaslu on Thursday.

The Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has issued permits to 106 mountaineers to climb Mt Manaslu in the autumn season. “A few mountaineers have already abandoned their attempts citing bad weather condition,” Navin Trital of Expedition Himalaya said.

At least 325 mountaineers representing 68 expedition teams would try to climb different 25 peaks including Mt Aichyn (6,055m), Mt Makalu I (8,463m) and Mt Lhotse (8,516m) this season, Gyanendra Shresha, an official at DoT said.

Nepal houses eight out of 14 peaks above 8,000 metres.

As many as 414 peaks are open for climbing in Nepal.