Norwegian Manaslu 2002 

Among the members are the brothers Jon Gangdal and Sven Gangdal (with summits of Everest, Cho Oyu, etc...) A member of the trekking group to the mountain will be Ole Einar Bjorndalen, a biathlete and "national hero" in Norway after his accomplishments in Salt Lake City, where Bjoerndalen won 4 gold medals.

Update 4/27/2002: Andrew Lock have reported their summits: 

Hi EverestNews.com, just letting you know for your website that I summitted Manaslu at 10.30am on 21 April, that being the first Australian ascent of Manaslu. I reached the top with Sven and Jon Gorgdal from Norway together with their sherpas Dawa Tshering and Kilo. Their ascent was the first Norwegian ascent so a double first for us. We had a very cold day with strong winds but were lucky (and very happy) to get the summit so early in the season. I'm in Kathmandu now about to head for Lhotse... Kind regards, Andrew

Update 5/16/2002: Two members and two High Altitude Sherpas of Norwegian Manaslu Expedition Team has succeeded to climb the summit of 8163 meter high Mt. Manaslu on 21st April 2002, at 9:30 AM. They had started from Camp III on 21st April at 1:00 AM. (Night)

Name of the Summitters

1 Mr. Sven Gangdal (48 Years) from Norway.

2 Mr. Jon Gangdal (48 Years) from Norway.

3 Mr. Dawa Chhiri Sherpa, High Altitude Sherpa (Sirdar), Gaurishanker 1, Dolakha.

4 Mr. Kili Pemba Sherpa, High Altitude Sherpa, Gaurishanker 1, Dolakha.

Two Member Norwegian Manaslu Expedition Team was permitted to climb 8163 meter high Mt. Manaslu from north East Ridge during the Spring Season of 2002 under the leadership of Mr. Sven Gangdal. The team has returned to Kathmandu on 13th May 2002.

Complied by bikrum pandey for EverstNews.com       16th May 2002

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