Successful Three Peaks Trip

The Khumbu Three Peaks 

In November 2016, Seth Alan and Kara Larsen, from Boulder, Colorado US did the classic Khumbu Three Peaks climbing expedition (Everest region) comprising of Lobuche East 6119m, Pokhalde 5806m, and Island peak 6189m with high passes to cross over in between.

The trip was perfect, even the forces of nature were on their side!

The trip was for 25 days. It was challenging. And it needed some endurance to achieve every objective. But they made it.

Overall …. a perfect trip.

Thanks to our friends who came to do this with Climb High.  Cheers!

Check the link for the great pics,

East Lobuche:

https://goo.gl/photos/pxXsHdbwJid18NbA8

Imja Tse/ Island Peak:

https://goo.gl/photos/N3Pr9BkTqXZg1DnX7

Testimonial 

In November 2016, my wife Kara and I took our second trekking trip with Climb High Himalaya.  The trip was 25 days trekking and climbing Lobuche East, Pokhalde, and Island Peak with some extra days to see Gokyo Lakes, Everest Base Camp, etc.  It was another great adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Sangey, our guide, was excellent.  He is an extremely strong and knowledgeable mountaineer. Sangey always ensured our safety from climbing on steep snow to crossing a tricky stream. And even avoiding a minor hazard when trekking on an otherwise easy trail.  At times, he literally ran back and forth between Kara and me. While he made sure we were safely connected to our fixed line when passing knots. Sangey was also a great ambassador for Nepal. Who obviously enjoyed sharing his wisdom on climbing (often with less experienced guides from other companies), taking us to beautiful places, showing us wildlife, helping us understand the culture, etc.

Sangey and his team went well out of their way to make sure we successfully reached our goals.  Sangey pre-climbed most of Lobuche and all of Pokhalde the day before Kara and I attempted them to make sure he understood the current conditions and picked the best route.  We had high camps on Lobuche East and Island Peak, a huge benefit that many other groups did not enjoy.  On Island, the high camp was very difficult for the porters as there was no water available.

Therefore, extra trips were required to bring up water.  We were one of two teams on Island that had high camps on our summit day.  Many people turned back before reaching the summits of Lobuche East and particularly Island Peak when we were climbing.  Sangey’s careful planning holds a large part of our success in the adventure. He also had good route finding and his attention to how Kara and I were doing, and the use of high camps even when such camps were difficult.

Here’s another example of just how nice the team was and how lucky we were to have them.  When Sangey, Kara, and I left the snow on both Lobuche East and Island Peak, several people from our group, including Pasang the cook, met us to offer hot tea and cookies and to carry our bags the last mile or two into camp.  Though unexpected, it was a really nice and welcome gesture given how tired we were.

Things went so well for us that we had several buffer days scheduled (for flight delays and lost luggage, bad weather, sickness, etc) that we didn’t use.  We were heading to India next and had cut that portion of the trip short. Since we wanted to try to rearrange our somewhat complicated travel plans. So we needed to reach India sooner and change our schedule, once in India. Satyawan, from the Climb High office, rearranged most of our plans as we were trekking back to Lukla. Once in Kathmandu even waited in line with us at the Jet Airways office to help us change plane tickets.

Between Satyawan and Amber, also at the office, planning our trip and then executing on those plans, even given the changes, couldn’t have been easier.

I would recommend Climb High Himalaya to anyone without reservations.  They went well beyond our expectations to make sure we had the best possible experience.  Thank you Climb High for another awesome trip!

Tim Blair runs Pokhara to Kathmandu supported by Climb High

Australian “ultra-marathon” runner Tim Blair recently completed the run from Pokhara to Kathmandu – 220km in just four days. Climb High Himalayas organized the event and supported logistically. The main aim of the event was to raise funds for the development of Nepal Tourism. Further, it aimed at improving the profile of Nepal as a tourist destination. Also encouraging tourists to travel again after the 2015 earthquake. Nepal Tourism Board also promoted and provided enormous logistical help and support.

Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Glenn White then hosted a dinner party after the event.

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Climb High the first to summit Larkya peak this season!

Larkya Trekking Peak in Nepal

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. The trek began 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. With numerous monasteries and nunneries, traditional culture, and friendly people.

They continued their trek to the Manaslu  Circuit. And then 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.

Next day, it took them 6 hours to make it to the high camp with steep slopes while approaching. Consequently, 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. Likewise, 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. Sangey, Dawa and others did an outstanding job – well done to all!

Paul Anderson & Daniella

California, U S A

Tim Blair Runs Pokhara to Kathmandu

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RUN FOR NEPAL

Tim Blair Running Challenge

Pokhara to Kathmandu – 220km

15th – 17th September 2016

By taking on this 3-day challenge in Nepal. The Tim Blair Run for Kids Foundation is aiming to help build a better future for Nepalese children. That is by providing schools and education following the 2015 earthquakes.

Tim Blair has set his intention to run from Pokhara to Kathmandu, in September 2016. The run is to raise awareness of tourism in Nepal. Thus raise funds for school reconstruction in the Solo Khumbu region. Likewise, the aim is to raise as much money as possible in Australia to distribute in Nepal. By Climb High Himalaya through their charity fund. Also the Pemba Foundation, a charity in memory of late Pemba Doma Sherpa a famous mountaineer. Moreover, the run is initiated to promote Nepal as one of the main tourist destinations. With much help from the Nepal Tourism Board.

The Run

Starting in Pokhara, Tim proposes to complete the 204km along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu in three days. The highway is well maintained with great views on one side. In addition, the run will be approximately 70km each day. Thereafter, Tim will complete the whole distance himself. At the same time, he will be accompanied by guest runners. And also cycle riders for sections of the route.

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So, it is proposed that the run will start from the center of Pokhara. However, the location is still yet to be decided. Then preceded by a press conference organized by the Nepal Tourism Board.

Day 1 – Tim will run from Pokhara to Dumre (rest in Bandipur)

On Day 2 – Run Dumre to Dharke

Day 3 – Run Dharke to Kathmandu

Finish

The event will be held at Hanumandhoka in Basantpur, Kathmandu. It is a good site with huge crowds almost every day. In addition, it is a very popular tourist site. Specifically, with centuries-old palaces, temples and is in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley. Further, the Nepal Tourism Board will host this event. And will be accompanied by a press conference towards the end.

Organization

Climb High Himalaya and Nepal Tourism Board will be coordinating the run. At the same time with, assistance from Trekco UK, Yeti Airlines, Dabur Nepal, Hotel Sherpaland to name a few.

Support

Tim has official support from:

1.   Government of Australia

2. The Minister for Education and Training for Tasmania

3. Jeremy Rockcliff, Member of Parliament for Braddon, Tasmania

4. The Commissioner of Police for Tasmania

link:

http://curekidscancer.org.au/event/TimBlairRunForKidsFoundation

Climb High – First Mera Peak Ascent 2016

Climb High Himalaya were the first team to climb Mera Peak this season – our  guide Ang Sange Sherpa led client Raimund Mair from Austria to the summit on 16th March 2016. Several other teams turned back, but Ang Sange and Raimund were able to find a way through the crevassed glacier to achieve a great summit day!

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Climb High International Baruntse Expedition 2014

October 2014 saw an international team organised by Climb High Himalaya attempt Mount Baruntse, a 7,129m peak in the Barun region of Nepal. The team were going well until, due to unexpected heavy snow and cold weather, they had to call off the climb at 6900m on 30 Oct ’14.
Team members: Joel Zachrisson & Nora Zachrisson, Sweden
Martina Harsch, Germany

Climbing Sherpas – Ang Sange Sherpa & Phai Lama

Itinerary in brief:
28 Oct – Camp I
29 Oct – Camp II
30 Oct – summit date

Well done- a great effort by all members and only 200m short of the summit.