More than 100 foreign mountaineers along with their high altitude workers are set to embrace Autumn Climbing by climbing the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, situated in western Nepal. According to the expedition organizers, most of the climbers have chosen to climb Manaslu while some will be attempting to climb Mt Lhotse and Mt Dhaulagiri.
The first batch of 40 climbing Sherpas have already left for Manaslu Base Camp to prepare expedition logistics for the world climbers. “The Seven Summit Treks is handling at least 60 foreign climbers representing four teams on the Mt Manaslu this season,” he added. At least 18 foreign climbers from Asian Trekking, eight from Himalayan Guides and five from Himalayan Experience will be also heading to western Nepal in a couple of weeks to attempt to climb the Mt Manaslu, according to expedition organisers. Depending upon the weather condition, Manaslu climbers usually aim for the final summit attempt from the last week of September to mid-October.
“Over a dozen teams will also be heading towards Tibet from Nepal by the end of this month to attempt to climb the Mt Cho-Oyu and the Mt Shishapangma,” Jiban Ghimire, Managing Director at Shangri-La Nepal Treks said. Officials at the Department of Tourism said that they already started collecting applications for climbing permits.
“Over hundred climbers have applied for different expedition peaks above 6,500 metres till date,” Gyanendra Shrestha, a DoT official, said, “Except eight thousanders, climbers have also been applying for other peaks including the Amadablam, the Himlung and the Putha Hiuchuli.”
The season often draws blank on the Mt Everest as high winds and heavy snowfall usually keep the climbers away from the world’s highest peak.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, as many as 414 peaks are open for climbing in Nepal.
Courtesy: The Himalayan Times