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Manaslu (8163m), with the emphasis on the second syllable, is the eighth highest mountain in the world, located to the east of Annapurna, with the summit a shattered rock tower.
Peak XXX of the Indian Survey, the name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit. Manaslu was previously known as Kutang l, tang being the Tibetan word for flat place which describes the summit area.
The 177km trek Around Manaslu was only opened for trekking in 1991. It's a fantastic trek from the lowlands to the mountains, and quite literally goes Around Manaslu, with excellent views of Manaslu's east, north, west, and south faces. The region is still relatively untouched because it is a closed region of Nepal requiring a special permit. There are also great views of Himal Chuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29, 7871m), and Shringi Himal (7187m). The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La (5213m).
The Japanese made the first ascent attempt on Manaslu in 1953 via the northeast face, reaching 7750m before turning back. The Japanese attempt in 1954 was stopped by villagers who refused to let them enter the area.
In the spring of 1956, the Japanese were back with a 12-member team led by Yuko Maki. After establishing Camp VI at 7800m, the first ascent of Manaslu was completed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa, who had already climbed Makalu with the French in 1955. On May 11th, Kiichiro Kato and Minoru Higeta reached the summit via the same route.
The first ascent of the precipitous and dangerous Manaslu Northwest Wall of rock and ice was completed on May 17, 1971 by Kazuharu Kohara and Motoyoshi Tanaka, part of an 11 man Japanese team.
The first ascent of the Manaslu South Face to the West Ridge was completed on April 25, 1972 by Reinhold Messner. This was the third ascent of Manaslu overall. Messner's second 8000er ended in tragedy when a fierce storm came up and he had to fight for his life to reach their high camp. Franz Jager, who turned back, was caught out in the storm and died. Andi Schlick and Horst Fankhausen braved the storm to try and find Franz, but Andi got lost and also died.
The first ascent of Manaslu by a woman, and, in fact, the first ever ascent of any 8000er by a woman, was completed on May 4, 1974 by Naoko Nakaseko, Masako Uchida, Mieko Mori and Jambu Sherpa of a Japanese women's expedition.
The first ascent of Manaslu in winter was completed on January 12, 1984 by Maciej Berbeka and Ryszard Gajewski from Poland. It was the second winter ascent of an 8000er by Poles after Everest in 1980.