The expedition to Himlung, 7126 m, is a true mountaineering adventure! Since it is one of the recently opened peaks for climbing, very few western travellers have seen it.
The journey started on the 12 of October, a sunny and warm day in Kathmandu. The team composed of four guests, three cooks, four climbing Sherpas and 15 donkeys to carry food and some gear. Tendi Pasang Sherpa, head of Adventure Alternative Nepal, lead the team from Kathmandu to Himlung.
The trip lead them through the beautiful landscape of Nepal, from Kathmandu to Beshisahar, from Beshisahar to Dharapani to Koto lodge, followed by Meta lodge and the base camp of Himlung. After the breathtaking journey, the adventurous climb began!
With Himlung in front of the team, the mood was very silent. Everbody was getting ready for the big climb! Pasang explained the four Englishmen how to use crampons and the harness in order to avoid any risks while climbing.
They made their way up steady. Basecamp 2, basecamp 3 and finally the day was there. The big day of the climb to the summit of Himlung! The team was ready to reach the top, mentally and physically. But there are other factors you have to deal with. Factor nobody, except for mother nature can influence!
The weather on the day of the final climb was very windy and cold. Nobody wanted to take too much risk, so the team decided to make their way back to the basecamp. The next three days were very snowy and everybody was happy that they made the right decision to turn back. It's not only the summit which is important, much more the journey and the memories you take home with you.
On the way back to Kathmandu, a big party was ahead of them. Everybody was dancing to Nepali music with the scarf around their neck and a beer in their hands. The scarf is a symbol for good luck and blessing.