After 29 days of climbing Mount Manaslu, Bouchra Baibanou returns to Morocco

She promised it and she did it. Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou attempted the 8th highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu. Bouchra’s adventure started at the beginning of September for 29 days of ascent in critical weather conditions, which caused several deaths and serious injuries among the climbers, which prompted him to interrupt the adventure.

On September 2, 2022, Bouchra Baibanou began his journey to the summit of Mount Manaslu in Nepal, one of the harshest peaks in the world with an altitude of 8.163 m, located in the Himalayan range is known for its pyramidal relief.

This climb is particularly important to me. I wanted to reach the real summit of Mount Manaslu, which was going to be a first“says the mountaineer.

That said, the weather was not there, said Bouchra and shared on his Instagram account.

Unfortunately, the weather was not favourable. Two avalanches slammed into Mount Manaslu killing several of the mountaineers. Some even lost their lives like the great mountaineer Hillary Nelson, others were injured. Despite this, I attempted the ascent to the summit after the first avalanche, but the climate deteriorated. It was very windy and cold. I reached camp4 at 7,400 m, we waited more than 4 hours hoping that the climate would improve, but in vain. So I finally decided to go down and end this adventure. I understood that the mountain did not want and I respected his decision“, she explained.

Disappointed, but a heroine, Bouchra Baibanou made the wise decision to return to Morocco after 29 days of climbing. The same disappointment was experienced by the majority of the mountaineers present for this ascent, who could not reach the summit themselves.

Success is not always about reaching the top, but knowing when to stop to save your life. On her Facebook page, the Moroccan mountaineer writes:I couldn’t make it to the top, but I learned a lot. I learned that life is short and it is better to live every moment with a lot of gratitude and love. We don’t always succeed, but we have to enjoy the stay. Sometimes you have to know when to stop, it’s not an easy decision, but you have to be brave and know when to give up“.

The Manaslu thus confirms its reputation of being one of the most difficult peaks to climb. It remains a legendary climb in the course of any mountaineer.

It should be noted that these difficult climatic conditions are due to the climate change that the earth is experiencing, and which is clearly evident in the mountains. It’s a wake-up call to do something and save our planet, each on their own scale.

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