Sport: Masters of Manaslu

"We have taken Manaslu."

Picked up by radio in Katmandu, the brief message was rushed to Nepal's new King, Mahendra. While the invading Japanese still struggled toward his Himalayan capital down the dangerous, snow-covered slopes of their triumph last week, Mahendra ordered his subjects to prepare a proper reception. Not since the collapse of their "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" had any Japanese been greeted as conquerors. But now three of them had become the first to top Manaslu, world's ninth tallest mountain (26,658 ft.) and one of the toughest to climb.

Though Asia is scarred with the earth's most challenging peaks,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!