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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #151

Extremely unfortunate & bad news on Mansalu . Latest reports say 9 dead and 5 missing , rescue work is on in full swing :

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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #152

Some info from Wikipedia about Mt. Manaslu-

Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna.

Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi), skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river. Enroute, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,235 metres (17,175 ft).
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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #153

very very sad incidence!
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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #154

Info. about earlier tragedies that have happened on Mt. Manaslu (info from Wikipedia)-

Manaslu is one of the more risky 8000ers to climb: as of May 2008, there have been 297 ascents of Manaslu and 53 deaths on the mountain, making it "the 4th most dangerous 8000m peak, behind Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2.

In 1971, Kim Ho-Sup led a Korean expedition attempt via the north-east face. Kim Ki-Sup fell to his death on May 4.

In 1972, the Koreans attempted the north-east face. On April 10, an avalanche buried their camp at 6,500 metres (21,300 ft), killing 15 climbers including 10 Sherpas and the Korean expedition leader Kim Ho-sup, and Kazunari Yasuhisa from Japan.

The first Japanese women expedition led by Kyoko Sato was successful on May 4, 1974, when all members reached the summit after a failed attempt from the East ridge. They were thus the first women team (Naoko Nakaseko, Masako Uchida Mieko Mori) with Jambu Sherpa to climb an 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) peak. However, one climber died on May 5 when she fell between camps 4 and 5.
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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #155

Updates-

According to a news report on BBC, a search operation has resumed in Nepal for climbers missing on Mount Manaslu, where an avalanche killed at least eight people on Sunday. Poor weather had forced the suspension of earlier rescue efforts. Eight bodies and 10 injured people have been flown to the capital, Kathmandu and three people were still missing.

Of the eight killed, four are French, one is Italian, one Spanish, one German and one is a Nepali national. Their names have yet to be officially disclosed. Three people - two French and one Canadian national - are still missing.
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Manaslu tragedy 6 years, 1 month ago #156

Hey Amit,

Thanks for these updates
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Re: Manaslu tragedy 6 years ago #157

More updates-

According to a news report on DNA, death toll has reached 12 in the Manaslu tragedy. Helicopters scoured the icy Himalayan peaks in western Nepal looking for four foreign climbers still missing in the deadly avalanche.

Twelve climbers including eight French nationals and a Sherpa guide were killed in the avalanche. Others who were killed include one Italian, one German and one Spanish climber. Eighteen western tourists were rescued alive from the avalanche site.
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Re: Manaslu tragedy 6 years ago #160

Another update-

From a news release that appeared on multiple news sites via AP, following are the names released by Nepal's Tourism Ministry of eight of the victims-

MARTI GASULL, 43, Spain
FABRICE PRIEZ, France
CATHERINE MARIE ANDREE RICARD, France
LUDOVIC PAUL NICHOLAS CHALLEAT, France
PHILIPPE LUCIEN BOS, France
CHRISTIAN MITTERMEYER, Germany
ALBERTO MAGLIANO, Italy
DAWA DORJI, Nepal

Further news update on Manaslu 6 years ago #162

Mountaineers who survived a predawn avalanche high on the world's eighth-tallest peak say they waited an hour for the sun to rise and then saw pieces of tents and bodies of victims strewn around them on the snow.

Italian climber Silvio Mondinelli said he and a fellow mountaineer were asleep when they heard a violent sound and felt their tent start to slide.

The avalanche hit at about 4 a.m. Sunday while more than two dozen climbers were sleeping in tents at Camp 3 on Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal.

At least nine climbers were killed and six are believed still missing. Many of the 10 survivors were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters. Helicopters flew over the slopes on Monday to search for the missing mountaineers as climbers and guides searched on foot. Rescuers brought down eight bodies — four French, one each from Germany, Italy and Spain and a Nepali guide — and were trying to retrieve the ninth from the 22,960-foot area where the avalanche struck, police Chief Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said.

Three French climbers and two Germans were transported to hospitals in Katmandu on Sunday. Two Italians were flown there on Monday — Mondinelli, who has climbed the world's 14 highest peaks, and fellow mountaineer Christian Gobbi.

Mondinelli said a third Italian climber and their Sherpa guide were sleeping in another tent and both were buried by the avalanche and died.

Gobbi said they could not see at first when they looked out of their torn tent because it was pitch dark and they had no light. "We found someone's boots and put them on," he said.

When the sun rose an hour later, they saw parts of tents scattered across the snow, along with people who had been killed or injured.

They said they were able to assist the injured with the help of Sherpa guides who came up from lower mountain camps. Those who could walk made their way down to the base camp while those who were injured were picked up by helicopters.

Two French climbers were still unaccounted for as of Monday afternoon, the French Foreign Ministry said. The rescue effort was called off "at least for today, probably definitively," Christian Trommsdorff, president of the French Mountain Guides Syndicate, said on BFM television.

A total of 231 climbers and guides were on the mountain, but not all were at the higher camps hit by the avalanche.
Nepal Mountaineering Department chief Balkrishan Ghimire identified the eight recovered bodies as Fabrice Priez, Philippe Lucien Bos, Catherine Marie Andree Richard and Ludovic Paul Nicolas Challeat of France; German Christian Mittermeyer; Italian Alberto Magliano; Spaniard Marti Roirg Gasull; and Nepali Dawa Dorji.

Sunday's avalanche came at the start of Nepal's autumn climbing season, when the end of the monsoon rains makes weather in the high Himalayas unpredictable. Spring is a more popular mountaineering season, when hundreds of climbers crowd the peaks.

Mount Manaslu, which is 8,156 meters (26,760 feet) high, has attracted more climbers recently because it is considered one of the easier peaks to climb among the world's tallest mountains.

Avalanches are not very frequent on Mount Manaslu, but in 1972 one struck a team of climbers and killed six Koreans and 10 Nepalese guides.

Re: Further news update on Manaslu 6 years ago #188

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In this picture taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 and released by Alpine Ascents International, rescuers search for survivors and victims in the debris field of an avalanche on Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal. Rescue helicopters flew over the high slopes of the northern Nepal peak again Monday (Sept. 24) to search for climbers lost in an avalanche that killed at least nine mountaineers and injured others. Many of the climbers were French, German and Italian. (AP Photo/Garrett Madison, Alpine Ascents Intl)

Re: Further news update on Manaslu 6 years ago #204

Experts say that Manaslu avalanche was "unusual" according to a news report on NepalMountainNews.com. A brief summary of the report follows...

Although there are no advance research on the number of avalanches on the Himalayas in Nepal or there are insufficient scientific data, experts say they are surprised with the huge avalanche on Mount Manaslu, as, according to them, September is not the time for such big avalanches.

“It´s unusual because most avalanches generally occur in April and May,” said Om Ratna Bajracharya, former chief, Snow and Glacier Hydrology section at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. But he is quick to say the country lacks enough scientific data on this phenomenon. “So we need to have rigorous research as avalanches have never been a priority in high altitude researches.”

Avalanches occur on the slopes above 30 degree and are usual above 5000 meters altitude, but in winter when there is heavy snowfall and the snowline drops low, avalanches could occur as low as 3000 meters above mean sea level, say experts. There are less than 10 automatic weather stations in high altitude areas across Nepal and there is no regular snowfall measurement.
As there are also no settlements in high altitude areas and casualties are rare, avalanches are normal phenomena in the mountains which go largely unnoticed by the larger section of the population.

If there was heavy snowfall in the high altitude a week ago and after that there was scorching sun for a week, when the loose accumulated snow starts melting, it slips off from the hard ice mass lying underneath causing avalanche.
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