Because almost all of the major peaks in this region have been conquered by Japanese climbing team, this range might well be called the “mountains of the Japanese”. Bounded by the Burhi Gandaki and Marsyanhdi, this region feature the “Three Mountains of Manaslu”- Manaslu (8163), peak 299 (7871m), and Himalchuli (7893m), ranging from north to south. Its eastern face is clad in snow and ice while its western face wears the impossible armor of rocky cliffs.
Beginning in 1952, Japanese teams each year began attempts on Manaslu; on their third try in 1955, they at last successes in conquering it. Many variant routes were attempted via the west ridge following lifting of the ban on climbing; in 1974 the first women to ascend an 8000m peak did so with a Japanese team. A route to ascend difficult peak 29 was discovered by Japanese team whi9ch conquered it in 19970 on their second attempt. Himalchuli was likewise ascended in 1960 by a Japanese team. Thus, Japan is the only nation whose teams have conquered Manaslu’s three peaks.