At least 73, including first Bulgarian, summit Mt Manaslu
Among 106 foreign mountaineers who obtained climbing permits for Mt Manaslu in the autumn season, 38 climbers have already abandoned their summit attempts citing bad climbing conditions followed by a week-long deteriorating weather pattern in the mountain region. “At least 24 foreign climbers who are now at higher camps with their climbing Sherpas plan to climb the mountain on Friday,”
Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, quoted expedition leaders as saying. According to Pemba Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, Boyan Petrov has become the first Bulgarian to ascend Mt Manaslu. “Mt Manaslu used to be the only one among 14 peaks above 8,000 m height in the world with no Bulgarian foot stepped on it,” he said. Among the summitters, 50 climbers including 27 foreigners were from Seven Summit Treks, he added.
One of the team leaders Arnold Coster from Seven Summit Treks shared that they successfully climbed the peak after fixing the whole route from Camp II to summit. Five foreign climbers from Thamserku Trekking, nine including three Sherpas from Active Holiday Nepal Treks and six mountaineers from Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks were among 73 summitters on Mt Manaslu. Ascent Himalaya’s seven-member team led by Daniel Akerman also made it to top of the world’s eighth highest peak, according to climbing Sherpa Nima Gyalzen Sherpa. “Among them, three are foreigners,” he added. International operators including Himalayan Experience, Altitude Junkies and Adventure Consultants, however, had decided to turn their teams back from higher camps, abandoning Manaslu summit push due to bad weather.
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