Mount Manaslu lies between Gorkha and Manang district in Kali Gandaki valley 64km east of Annapurna. Lying at the edge of the most isolated Himalayan valley in central western Nepal, Manaslu is the world’s eights higher mountain with the height of 8156m. It was first climbed by 9 May 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. This happened to be the first Asian expedition to conquer an eight-thousander. Manaslu has also been regarded as the “Japanese Mountain” by Japanese; as its top was first conquered by Japanese. Meaning of Manaslu is “Mountain of Spirit” in Sanskrit as word manias reflect “intellect” or “soul”. It is the same root word as that for Mansarovar, the holy lake near Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

The Manaslu expedition is much more technical and challenging than Cho Oyu and Sishapangma, so each climber has to have excellent physical and mental preparation as well as a high level of climbing proficiency and altitude adeptness at the higher elevation. Mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer several possible lines from different directions. Normally, four camps will be set up in the approach to the top. The climbing route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Manaslu is one of the very renowned lovely mountains in the world to which, many foreigner enthusiasts to climb very curiously.