Out of 350 climbers, 30 reached the summit, including ten members of our team
October 14, 2008 – After more than a month of hard climb, the 11-member “Manaslu 2008” expedition hoisted the flag of Serbia at 8,163 metres above sea level, having won Manaslu, the eighth highest summit at the Himalayas. The Killer Mountain, as it is nicknamed by climbers, was also conquered by Kristina Nina Ađanin, the first woman from Serbia to succeed in this endeavor.
“It is truly phenomenal that one-third of people who reached the top were from our expedition. At those heights nature is not our ally, and many climbers yield before avalanches, heavy snow, strong winds and loss of equipment. We succeeded only because we were so many and we worked as a team. Telenor’s suppport was valuable“, says Dragan Jaćimović, the expedition leader and the first Serbian alpinist to conquer Mount Everest. Jaćimović adds that such expeditions are very expensive, specifying that average basic costs per person come to EUR8,000.
“We are glad that Telenor supported this successfull expedition. In their persistence and courage we recognize our own company values. We continue supporting sportsmen and women who extend limits”, says Goran Stupar from Telenor.
This venture, organiyed by the Extreme Summit Team, a Belgrade-based extreme sports club, also included climbers from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro. In addition to Jaćimović and Ađanin, Manaslu was conquered by Dejan Apostolović, Dragan Čeliković, Aleksandar Rašin, Zoran Mitrović, Miralem Husanović, Zdenko Veljačić, Simona Pogač, Dragan Bulatović and Milan Radović.
Since 1956, a total of 290 alpinists conquered Manaslu. One-fifth of all who tried to climb it perished in its glaciers.
In addition to Telenor, the expedition was financially supported by Sony Ericsson and ComTrade.