Starting at the height of 8,163m in the Nepal Himalaya, Manaslu, is the world’s eighth highest peak and is situated 40kms from Annapurna in west-central Nepal. Meaning “Mountain of the Spirits”, Manaslu was first climbed on 9 May, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.
Manaslu offers an alternative to Cho Oyu for those who want to climb a more varied and challenging 8,000m peak and is the best alternative to Cho Oyu in the autumn season. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer several feasible approaches from different directions. Normally, four camps will be set up in the approach to the summit. The climbing route follows a relatively straightforward line to the summit, which has few technical sections.