KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 24
With over 170 expedition members along with their support staff preparing to scale the world's eighth highest peak, at least six Sherpa climbers of the rope-fixing team successfully stood atop Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) last night becoming the first team to climb the mountain in the autumn season.
Mingma Sherpa, Chairman of the Seven Summit Treks, said that a rope fixing team led by Sona Sherpa along with Ngima Tashi Sherpa, Tenzing Gyalzen Sherpa, Fura Tshering Sherpa, Pasang Nurbu Sherpa and Tashi Sherpa from SST made it to the summit point opening its climbing route above Camp IV at around 9:45 pm. The team, which struggled for hours to trace the route due to deep snow, finally made to the summit after the mountain witnessed fair weather, Sherpa told THT.
"The rope-fixing team had left for the high camps on Wednesday to open the summit route," he added. More climbers will be attempting to scale the peak in a day or two after the team opened the route this season. "If all goes well, our first team will make the final summit push tomorrow," Sherpa said.
Till date, 171 expedition members representing 17 teams, along with over 200 climbing Sherpas, have obtained climbing permits to attempt to climb Mt Manaslu, according to the Department of Tourism.