Pune: City-based mountaineering organisation Giripremi’s Akshay Patke and Everester Ashish Mane successfully scaled the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu (8,163 Meters), on September 26. It is Giripremi’s sixth successful expedition on the 8thousander expedition in six years.
The duo summited Mount Manaslu with the help of Dorchi Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Forbu Dorchi Sherpa and Tenzing Sherpa of Peak Promotion Nepal. Before Mount Manaslu, Ashish Mane had a vast experience of 8thousander expeditions.
He summited Mount Everest in 2012, Mount Lhotse in 2013, Mount Makalu in 2014 and fell short by just 200 metres from Mount Dhaulagiri in 2016. Ashish (27), who hails from Satara, set a record of being the first Indian civilian to successfully summit Mount Makalu in 2014. Now, he is only the second Indian to summit four 8thounsanders and only one from Maharashtra to do so.
On the other hand, it is the first 8thousander summit for Akshay Patke. Like Ashish, he too fell short of Mount Dhaulagiri by 200 metres in 2016. This year, under Umesh Zirpe, both mountaineers summited one of the toughest mountains. There is a huge wall of 700 metres between camp 1 and 2 of during the climb. Along with this, there were huge crevices along the route.
Mount Manaslu is located in Gorkha region in Nepal. The peak is surrounded by more than 10 peaks of 6,500 metre height and a few that are over 7,000 metres. Another 8thousander, Mount Annapurna, can be seen from the summit of Manaslu. The mountaineers completed the expedition in record time, taking just 24 days to return to Kathmandu after the expedition.