One big trip planned for 2019 so far, with another pencilled in TBC after 29 March….
I’ve been talking to Val about my main 2019 trek since the summer and settled the dates shortly after getting back from Manaslu & Tsum.
Details of other trip(s) will materialise once they firm up.
Autumn / Winter 2019
Destination: Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Imja Tse / Island Peak, Nepal.
When: November 2019.
What: Back to Nepal for another November trip, this time tackling two 6000 m trekking peaks with a 5800 m pass in between. It will be my first time going that high, and will be more technical than anything I’ve done before requiring ropes, jumar and ice axe, insulated boots and crampons. There will be glacier walking and abseiling. It’ll be cold. And we’ll need to do some winter skills training before we go.
Steffi is coming, Charles is a possible (probable?). Hazel is pondering joining for the first section together with two other ladies Val talking to. Plus there are Three Chaps Unknown for the full route.
How: With Val Pitkethly and Sirdar Chhiring. So we will be in safe hands.
Why: The usual – to do more high altitude trekking in the Himalaya – but with a step up from a straightforward trek, in terms of both altitude and technical difficulty. Don’t be misled by the term “trekking peak“.
Itinerary: Waiting for details, but the outline plan is to drive to Phaplu, then gradual acclimatisation in Solukhumbu en route to Mera Peak (6476 m / 21250 ft) followed by 5 nights over 5000 m in the Hongu Valley to reach the Amphu Lapsta Pass (5845 m / 19177 ft). From there I think we drop into the Imja Khola valley en route to Imja Tse / Island Peak (6189 m / 20310 ft). There is the inevitable flight back from horrible Lukla.