Manaslu Peak: Mountain of the spirit

Mount Manaslu, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.

Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were the first persons to climb Manaslu. They were members of japanese expedition. On May 9, 1956, Manaslu was successfully climbed by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. After that first ascent there were no more summitings of Manaslu until 1971. In 1997 a large avalanche killed several climbers.

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Generally Japenese  people consider Manaslu as Japanese mountain. Similarly British consider Everest as their mountain. Nepal and Japan have a long history of cooperation. Japan provided earthquake relief and reconstruction aid to Nepal after the devastating 2015 earthquake, as well as technical assistance for the development of hydro-electricity in Nepal, and improved airport facilities at Tribhuvan International Airport. Japan is an important source of tourists to Nepal and the two nations share cultural ties. The Nepali greeting “namaste” comes from Sanskrit; an ancient language that is still used in India and Tibet.

Manaslu has been climbed since 1952, when Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, a Nepali Sherpa, reached the summit. Initially, access was permitted only to Nepalese expeditions and to those led by members of the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research. In 1971 Mana Mandau Dhaulagiri became the first trekking peak to be opened to western climbers and trekkers.

In 1992 climbing Manaslu over 8000m was prohibited by the government in order to reduce mountaineering accidents and fatalities. Though it is a difficult climb and this is rarely done but today many people are reaching its summit. Not only is it a great place to trek and explore, but it is an ideal place for photographers, as well. The pictures you take will be fantastic and will make your friends jealous. You will also have a great time on the climb with your family and friends, as well. If you want to start your mountaineering journey then Island Peak and Lobuche will be best for you.

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