Summit wave rolling on Manaslu

Rope fixing team, including Muhammad Ali “Sadpara” (r.)

It’s served on the “fall trend eight-thousander” Manaslu. According to the Nepalese expedition operator “Seven Summit Treks”, a team of five reached today the summit at 8,163 meters. Ngima Dorje Sherpa, Ngima Thenduk Sherpa, Tenji Chhumbi Sherpa, Namja Bhote and the Pakistani Muhammad Ali “Sadpara” fixed the ropes up to the highest point in a three-day “tireless effort”, it said. 

Number eight for Ali “Sadpara”

For Muhammad Ali, it was his eighth eight-thousander. The 43-year-old, one of the first winter ascenders of Nanga Parbat in 2016, has now scaled Lhotse, Makalu and Manaslu in Nepal in addition to the five eight-thousanders of his home country Pakistan. 

Traffic jam warning

Queue on Manaslu (in 2018)

Numerous mountaineers are in the starting blocks to climb to the summit of the eighth highest mountain in the world in the next three days, according to “Seven Summit Treks”. The Nepalese government has issued 260 permits for Manaslu to foreign climbers for this fall season. If the supporting Sherpas are added, 400 summit candidates are likely to come together easily. Queues of people on the route will be hard to avoid.

No. 13 for Nims?

After his summit success yesterday on Cho Oyu in Tibet, Nirmal “Nims” Purja is back at Manaslu Base Camp. He is said to have chosen Thursday as summit day. It would be the 13th eight-thousander for the 36-year-old climber from Nepal. In case of success, which hardly anyone doubts, Nims only needs Shishapangma to complete his “Project Possible” – all eight-thousanders in seven months. However, there is still no signal from the Chinese Tibetan authorities that they are ready to make an exception for Purja and open Shishapangma for an attempt. Actually, there should be no permits this fall for the eight-thousander, which is located entirely in Tibet. Hopefully they will turn a blind eye to Nims. 

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