I was last in Pakistan in 2006.
Things have changed somewhat and their excitement at having Imran Khan as PM is clear.
The summer season started with a lot of snow which meant great climbing conditions once it had consolidated and we were the first to summit Gasherbrum 2, well ahead of the other groups.
We used no fixed ropes and broke trail til the summit.
The best place to be in Europe this February and March was Spain.
I managed to dodge the bad weather and get some great training on the bike, running and of course rock climbing.
The Sierra mountain ranges and parques naturals just north of Malaga were stunning.
The hills and crags in south east Spain around Valencia are a treasure in the winter and full of the pro cycle teams.
Watch for details of pre-Everest / 8000m training camps in January and February 2019 to bring you up to speed and be ready for the Spring season.
In a few days, I’ll be returning to Kathmandu. It will be the 3rd time I’ve led a group on Cho Oyu, 8201m. The 6th highest mountain in the world.
Last time we had a weather window and were lucky with great views from the summit.
You can follow progress on the following links –
Thanks to Thuraya and CygnusTelecom in Dubai for supporting all communications with an XT Pro satphone and IP+
Without these guys, climbing high mountains is impossible
A 2 part article about the background of the Sherpa people and some of the great mountaineers and people that I have climbed with
See you all in a couple of days in KTM
Mingma Tsiri Sherpa, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Dawa Jamba Sherpa, Jangbu Sherpa, Ongchhu Sherpa, Dorje Khatri
If you’re in Dubai, come and see the talk at SportsZone on 10th February 2015
I’ve led expeditions to the most dangerous and beautiful mountains in the world.
Taken clients into the Death Zone and returned. I now brings his tales from over 8000m to Dubai.
The evening will show adventures from the Middle East region including Stairway to Heaven and The Musandam Peninsula.
A whistle stop tour of the planet including notable peaks such as Cho Oyu, Broad Peak, Ama Dablam, Khan Tengri and Aconcagua. There will be opportunity to ask questions about the expeditions and trips he is leading for OutdoorArabia.
High camp overlooking K2
High on Broad Peak, 8051m, also known as K3
This is the 12th highest mountain in the world
In the background, the giant and unmistakable pyramid of K2