First Day of Autumn Season on Manaslu: 61 Climbers So Far

Nepal’s Department of Tourism has published the first list of climbers granted permits for Manaslu this fall. The autumn season officially started on September 1.

There are 61 foreign climbers confirmed, but many more will be added to the list later in the season. Interestingly, all 61 belong to only six teams, meaning that they are all big expeditions. However many the final count, the overall number on the mountain is likely to double with supporting local guides and porters.

Typically, Manaslu’s clientele are either on their first 8,000m experience or are pursuing the 14×8,000’ers. These include some of those who climbed the mountain before but not to the true summit. The true summit was long known, but commercial parties only went as far as a sub-summit until 2021.

A list of paks and number of climbers granted permits on each.

List of climbers granted permits in Nepal, and the peaks they will attempt. List: Nepal’s Department of Tourism

Interesting lesser peaks

The Department of Tourism has not yet released figures for Ama Dablam, one of Nepal’s most popular autumn peaks, but we expect numbers to remain high.

One expedition of three men and one woman are attempting the rarely visited Raksha Urai (6,593m), located in Nepal’s far west. In fact, Raksha Urai is a group of peaks, and the 6,593m summit, known as Raksha Urai III, is simply the highest of them all, according to the late Himalayan chronicler Elizabeth Hawley in 2004. Hawley also reported the first ascent of the peak by a French-Nepali team. It ended tragically when two of the four summiters died on their way down from the summit.

Russians flock to Manaslu

Colorful tents inluminated in the night, pitched close next to one another.

Manaslu Base Camp last fall. Photo: Pasang Rinzee Sherpa


So far, the country with the highest number of climbers in Nepal this season is Russia (12), followed by China (8) and Japan (6). There is a notably small number of visitors from the U.S. (4), India (3), and the UK (1). However, the number may increase as the season progresses.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.