Manaslu 2002 led by Ralf Dujmovits


Ralf Dujmovits who has summited 8 of the 14 8000 meter peaks will lead this team of climbers on Manaslu in Spring 2002. He has reached the summits of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma (Main summit), Everest, and Dhaulagiri. 

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The Japanese were the first to reach the summit of Manaslu in 1956. Before this several reconnaissance-expeditions had been made in the area and eventually discovered what is now the normal route up the mountain. Although not technically very difficult, the northeastern approach and climb via the Naike Col and north Saddle requires good stamina. This long trek in is because basecamp is placed at a low altitude at 3700 meters by the village of Sama. 

As a special bonus in this expedition, we have planned to make a complete circle around the mountain on our walk in and out from base-camp. The walk in to the mountain starts at Gorkha and will last for nine days until we establish basecamp on the north-east side of Manaslu. If the timing is right, the 6-day walk out from the mountain will take us across the Larkya La and into the Marsyangdi valley on the Annapurna circuit. 

The leader of the expedition will be Ralf Dujmovits. In the past he has stood on the summits of several of the 8000-meter mountains, often as mountain guide for a group of friends. Three high-altitude Sherpa will accompany the expedition and assist in establishing camps and carrying loads on the mountain. 

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