The first to summit Larkya peak this season! And the only so far …… 26 April 2016
Paul Anderson and Daniella Aburto started the trek to the Tsum Valley from Kathmandu on the 8th April with Climb High.
Tsum Valley in sacred Buddhist texts means ‘The Hidden Valley of Happiness’. The allure of the Tsum Valley is the unique blend of Nepal’s best offerings–big mountain views, numerous monasteries and nunneries, traditional culture, and friendly people.
They continued their trek to the Manaslu Circuit and reached the base camp of Larkya peak on the 24th April. Base camp is close to the Larkya La, a pass of 5,135 m.
On the next day, it took them 6 hours to make it to the high camp with steep slopes while approaching. The weather at this altitude was severely cold, high velocity winds, lots of snow and it wasn’t easy to set up tents though the staff eventually did manage to put them up.
The summit day started very early with Ang Sange Sherpa and Enos Rai as the guides. It was a long climb on snow slopes that are steep but they made it. It’s always the feeling of having achieved when on the summit, and you forget all the pain and the hardship endured. The weather held up offering an excellent view from the summit with the beautiful Manaslu in the backdrop.
Paul Anderson wrote: ‘New altitude record for myself atop Larkya Peak @6,249m/20,501ft! Spectacular Manaslu (the world’s 8th highest mountain) behind me. My dad Murray gave me this Aussie flag almost 20 years ago when I first left home, it’s been with me on all my travels and climbs around the globe since’
Namaste! First of all, let me thank you/Climb High for an incredible experience!
The Manaslu/Tsum trek and Larkya Peak climb were amazing and everything went according to plan. Sange, Dawa and others did an outstanding job – well done to all!
Paul Anderson & Daniella
California, U S A