Romanian alpinist Horia Colibasanu and Slovak Peter Hamor reached the Manaslu peak on Tuesday, May 10. Manaslu (8,163 meters) is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, located in the Himalayas.
Colibasanu and Hamor reached the top without Sherpa or bottled oxygen after a 13-hour final ascent against strong winds.
The Romanian-Slovak duo first attempted to climb Manaslu on May 4. They wanted to climb directly from base camp to the peak, with only small breaks for rest and hydration. However, they were forced to return due to the bad weather, which prevented them from reaching their goal.
On May 10, the two climbers caught a break of good weather and made another push to the summit. This time, they were successful in reaching the peak.
For Horia Colibasanu, 39, this is the second successful ascent on Manaslu. His first one was in 2006. Colibasanu has summited seven peaks over 8,000 meters. His first climb was that of K2, the world’s second-highest (8,611 meters) and most dangerous mountain, in 2004. He was the first Romanian alpinist to reach K2. He made all his ascents without using bottled oxygen.