“Not only are the peaks in the Himalayas far greater than at home – so were our emotions,” Marlies Czerny and Andreas Lattner tell us. The two have stood on all four-thousand-metre peaks in the Alps. But what they experienced in Nepal on the 8163-metre-high Manaslu and while trekking around it was marked by incomparable heights and depths. What fascination drove them to travel from their beloved Alps (a second time) to an 8000-metre peak? How does it feel to ascend into the death zone without supplementary oxygen and without Sherpas? What deep emotions did the couple experience when they separated just below the summit – and only one completed this dream?