Traffic Jams Overwhelm Manaslu

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Climbers on Manaslu. Photo: Adventure Consultants

“It’s been the longest day and the longest traffic jam I’ve ever seen,” Stefi Troguet reported from Camp 4 at 7,400m earlier today.

Her comment on social media contrasted starkly to the loads of happy summit messages from Manaslu. Today, well over 100 climbers topped out, while many more, such as Troguet, trudged slowly, staring at each other’s backs, from Camp 3 to Camp 4. 

Meanwhile, Nirmal Purja confirmed that he’ll lead his Elite Himalayan Team on their summit push tonight.  Will he wait patiently in line or step outside the queue and run up the hill? In fact, it was Nirmal Purja who shot the most viral Everest photo ever this past spring, depicting a crazy bottleneck of climbers high on Everest. Media and audiences worldwide cringed  at the sight, especially when an outrageous number of casualties overshadowed the huge number of summits that day.

Nirmal Purja leaves for the summit of Manaslu tonight. Photo: Bremont Project Possible

In the next few hours, further details should trickle out about the Manaslu crowds, especially on the steep 10-metre section near the summit, where ascending and descending climbers cross paths.

It is also worth noticing that, while most climbers may be sipping O2 from at least Camp 4 onward, others are trying to top out and descend without supplementary gas. The Summit Climb team, for instance, has two separated groups. Those on O2 were due to sleep in Camp 3 tonight and summit on Saturday (presumably after the rush ends), while those climbing without gas were bound for Camp 4 today and the top tomorrow.

The next 24 hours on Manaslu will be key. Watch for updates on ExplorersWeb, as well those posted by Seven Summmit Treks, Furtenbach Adventures, Adventure Consultants and SummitClimb.

At least one climber tackled Manaslu in an original style. Yesterday, Bulgarian Vladimir Pavlov summited (on O2) and made a snowboard descent from 8,150m along a new line from Camp 4. Check an interview with Pavlov posted on ExplorersWeb’s community section here.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Sport journalist, published author and communication consultant. Feeling back home at ExplorersWeb after five years exploring distant professional ranges. From Dec19 to Feb20, I'll be also working as press manager for Alex Txikon's expeditions to Antarctica, winter Ama Dablam and winter Everest.

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Not an Everest climber
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Congratulations to all the midlife crisis circus clowns (except Purja & co.) on summitting Manaslu. Yet another 8000m laid to rest.

Craig Quigley
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They’ve almost all been laid to rest. But there’s no traffic jam’s, when you attempt a new route on one. And to be honest the 8000s have been done to death, I appreciate climbs on ‘lesser mountains’ more. There’s more than 14 mountains on this planet, and there’s lots of real mountaineers trying these, just don’t get the media coverage they deserve (although site covers them quite well).

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If anything, the winter K2 attempt (now becoming ridiculous considering the number of teams that are claiming to attempt it this winter) and the south face of Dhaulagiri are probably some the greatest challenges left. I’m surprised nobody is attempting the intimidating and daunting funnel-shaped south face of Dhaulagiri (which Tomaz Humar almost scaled up until the rotten horizontal rock band @ 7200m). He was dry tooling at 7000m FFS! Another great climb was the 2004 Magic Line repeat on K2 by the Catalan pirates. These climbs make mountaineering so much more interesting and inspiring. These clowns climbing 8000m year… Read more »
Alex A
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Southeast face of Manaslu still unclimbed

David BC
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I am curious to know if they stayed short of the summit again. Please check 8000ers.com article on Manaslu´s true summit and, taking into account Stefi´s and other people’s videos etc…, they may not have “topped”…