Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain on Earth. It is located in the the Nepalese Himalayas about forty miles east of Annapurna. Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and is translated as "Mountain of the Spirit".
After several failed attempts a Japanese party made the first ascent of Manaslu, (26758 ft/8163 meters) in 1956. This 12 member team established camp 6 at 7800 meter and on May 9th. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa aka Galalzen Norbu reached the Summit. On May 11th, Kiichiro Kato and Minoru Higeta reached the Summit via the same route. Manaslu was not climbed again until 1971. Kazuharu Kohara and Motoki, part of a 11 man team from Japan, reached the Summit on May 17th via the NW spur. An Austrian expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz made the first ascent via the SW face in 1972. On April 25th, Reinhold Messner, reached the Summit, Franc Jaeger and Andy Schrick disappeared on the Summit Plateau on the same day in a horrible storm. The same year, a 12 members expedition led by Kim Jung-Sup tried to climb Manaslu via the Northeast Face route. On April 10th 1972, an avalanche killed 16 climbers including 10 Sherpas climbers, the Korean expedition leader and Kazunari Yasuhisa from Japan.
The mountain is of moderate technical difficulty, but the true difficulty will be the grueling nature of this remote peak. After an arduous trek to base camp the climber will be faced with a circuitous route up a mountain infamous for heavy snow accumulation. Avalanches and sheer exhaustion will be their major obstacles.