Manaslu lies in the Nepal Himalayas in Kali Gandaki valley. Mount Manaslu (8156m) was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word manias, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. It is the same root word as that for Mansarovar, the holy lake near Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
Just as the British considered Everest their mountain, Manaslu has been always regarded as the “Japanese mountain” by the Japanese; because of the Japanese people’s first conquest on its top. The second successful Japanese expedition was in 1971.
There was a South Korean attempt in 1971, and in April 1972 an avalanche that killed five climbers and 10 Sherpas ended the second made the fourth ascent of mount Manaslu, as a member of a Tyrolean expedition that climbed from the Marshyangdi valley in 1972. So Manaslu is one of the most renowned lovely mountains in the world to which many foreigner enthusiasts climb very curiously.