I am sitting in the sun at base camp watching the hard-working Sherpas clearing up the camp and packing everything away. It has been almost six weeks now that I left Pakistan and after all the waiting and acclimatising the expedition is finally over and we managed to ‘knock the bastard off’ as Edmund Hillary said after having climbed Mount Everest in 1953.
On 1st October seven members, seven Sherpas and three guides (including Russell Brice) stood on the tiny top of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world – and I was one of them. It was a tough climb and I guess I had forgotten how hard climbing an 8,000m peak was.
However, having been part of this successful expedition has made me the first German woman to stand on top of this 8,153m high mountain, which may not be such a big deal, however, it is a bit of history and it will certainly go into Miss Hawley’s database.
As we are shutting down all our communications system, I will have to stop here but I will be in touch again once I am back in Kathmandu.