Manaslu: Waiting For True Summit Confirmation

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Imagine Nepal team members on their way to Camp 3 on Manaslu. Photo: Prakash Gurung

Early on Saturday, several Seven Summit Treks’ clients, plus their Sherpas, reached the point where the ropes end on Manaslu. Whether that point is the true summit remains to be seen.

Interestingly, those returning from the summit ridge have not yet commented. If they had reached the highest point, it seems likely that they would have announced it. The coveted true summit stands behind a short but exposed ridge. It is a particularly technical final climb when the mountain is loaded with snow, as seems to be the case this season.

A video filmed by Pasang Norbu shows that the rope fixing team dealt with thigh-deep snow while approaching the summit ridge. These conditions might explain why a strong Sherpa team reached the summit (or close to the summit) so late in the evening.

A member of the rope-fixing team breaks trail in very deep snow. Photo: Pasang Norbu via Lakpa Sherpa

Backed by a strong Sherpa team (comprising several IFMGA credited mountain guides), only Mingma G has mentioned aiming for the true summit. He plans to fix ropes from the current endpoint, if required. Mingma’s Imagine Nepal team left Camp 1 yesterday. Today, they planned to skip Camp 2 and spend the night in the more comfortable Camp 3. Tomorrow, they will move to Camp 4, rest for a few hours, and then set off toward the summit sometime on Sunday night or early Monday morning.

While we wait for news, you can get a good aerial view of conditions on the mountain via this drone video by Anna Tybor.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Jake
Jake
2 months ago

It looks like Nimsdai made a remark on his instagram about his team aiming for the “real” summit as well. We’ll just need to wait and see! Good luck and safe passage to all the Sherpas and clients!

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Thrill seeker
Thrill seeker
2 months ago

Cornice breaks aren’t worth the risk of a few more feet of purchase.
It’s not getting up the mountain that’s the main goal, it’s getting down-alive.

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OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
2 months ago
Reply to  Thrill seeker

You are so right. If that ridge is loaded with snow and un-protectable, I don’t think Mingma will risk it. He’s got a good record of making wise decisions. Better to wait for Spring when it might be less dangerous. 

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Thrill seeker
Thrill seeker
2 months ago
Reply to  OldHikerDude

I’ve been following from afar the climbing Legends from our day, one by one or in droves, dieing on lonely frozen mountain tops.
Tens of thousands of vertical feet and thousand’s of miles from their homes and families.
Any other sport with such spectacular and tragic accidents and deaths would be considered foolish. Climb on but come back alive, there’s always tomorrow.

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Florian Siegert
2 months ago

Follow John Guptas ascent on Manaslu live on a new three 3D map of the Himalya.
https://mount-everest3d.com/live-tracking/

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damiengildea
Editor
2 months ago

Well, a certain ‘young’ social media effluencer and jumar ‘hero’ of Pakistan has already been claiming a successful ‘summit’ of Manaslu – with no photos from the summit.

Surely that’s enough nowadays? Right?

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jmaf
jmaf
2 months ago
Reply to  damiengildea

Jumar hero! LOL! If any jumar heroes made it to the true summit they would be claiming it loudly and proudly. Silence is a pretty good indicator that it didn’t happen.

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Jim Bo
Jim Bo
2 months ago

Mingma G posted that he and his full team reached the true summit. Adri Brownlee also posted a summit pic that is clearly NOT the true summit

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