Report Manaslu expedition 29.08.-12.10.2008
by Marc Frauchiger
Seven years after my last expedition, I convinced my wife that it was
time again to go for an Eight-thousander peak. We opted for Mt.
Manaslu, at 8163mts the eight-highest mountain in the World, located in
the Gorkha/Annapurna region in Nepal.
After countless training hours in the Swiss Alps and an
“all-you-can-eat” diet to gain a few extra kilos, we were at last on
our way to Nepal at the end of August. Arriving in Kathmandu we met for
the first time all the other team members. And two days later our group
(13guys and my wife) left the friendly chaos of Kathmandu by bus
heading towards Arughat, where we would start our trekking to the
Arughat is located at 500mts elevation (7663mts (!) to go for the
summit), and as we were still in the Monsoon season it was very hot and
very humid. Forget about sleeping with nighttime temperatures of 30°C
and over 90% relative humidity. We certainly did not expect that when
thinking of an eight-thousand meter peak expedition. After three days
in the heat we finally started to gain some height and the climate
became more to our liking. And after 7 days of walking we arrived in
Sama/Samagoan (3500mts) the last village before the base camp. After a
few days of rest, we then climbed up to the BC, located at 4800m, just
level with the highest peak in Europe, Mt Blanc. First we had some good
weather and could do an acclimatisation trip with two nights spent at
camp 1 (5800m).
Back in the BC the weather changed and we had nearly continuous snow
or rainfall for 10days. After 5 days we went up to camp 1 to rescue our
tents under 1.5m of snow before going down again. Except from that
excursion we were very lazy for 10 days, blocked at the BC and doing
nothing else than sleep, eat and read, and getting more nervous with
each bad weather day.