Manaslu update: Joao and Koreans summit!

Posted: Apr 28, 2009 04:50 pm EDT

( News is flying in to ExWeb stating that Joao Garcia summited Manaslu at 11h00 Nepal time (6h15 GMT/Lisbon) today. The summit push took 9 hours in difficult conditions.

He summitted along with the Korean expedition, reports Aurélio Faria, and is back in BC tonight, after a short stop at C1 to rehydrate.

This is the 12th 8000er of Garcia, all without artificial oxygen, with only Nanga Parbat and Annapurna to go in order to complete the 14 8000er quest, reports Francisco Brito. "His last eight 8000er bids were all crowned with a summit - that's quite a feat!"

The official blog of the expedition (see below) promises images of the summit bid already today.

Ang Karma from Windhorse Trekking confirms the Korean Manaslu summit made by the Dynamic Busan team:

"News received from Hong, Bo-Seong/Mr, leader of the Dynamic Busan 2009 Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Expedition by telephone on 28April 2009: Two Korean climbers, Kim, Chang-Ho/Mr. and Seo, Sung-Ho / Mr. and Lhakpa Tsering Sherpa / Mr. of Solukhumbu Khumjung have reached the 8163m high summit of Mt. Manaslu at 8.15 am this morning (28 April 2009)."

"This ascent of Manaslu marks the 8th 8000 meter summit for. Mr.Kim, Chang Ho. His other 8000m meter summits include Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, Broad peak, Makalu, Lhotse. All his summits are done without aid of bottled oxygen. In addition to Manaslu, Mr. Seo, Sung Ho has climbed Everest, Makalu, Lhotse. This is second ascent of Manaslu for Lhakpa Tsering Sherpa and he also has climbed Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Annapurna I."

Links to teams on Manaslu:
Joao Garcia's expedition blog
Windhorse trekking Korean expedition
Andalusian female team - news
Lina Quesada
Carlos Pauner
Nick Rice's dispatches
Mario Merelli
Radek Jaros


Image of Joao on Manaslu courtesy of his home team (click to enlarge).
With Dhaulagiri today, Kim Chang and Seo Sung Ho (main and left insert) of South Korea managed their second 8000 meter ascent this season after their successful ascent of Manaslu on 28 April. Image courtesy f Windhorse Trekking.