Snow, altitude and progress

We are on the way up. Friday was spent working and doing a nice 6h acclimatisation climb from Manang (3550m) up a crumbling moraine ridge to a snowy plateau at around 4200m.

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Episode #1

Join Hannes, Nils and Fritz on their way up the rapidly changing Annapurna Trek in this first video episode of the ongoing Trail Of Change expedition!

Good news: Thorong La Pass (5552m) open again

Good news! Thorong La Pass is finally open again. Thanks to the good weather our optimism keeps on paying off. Now we are getting prepared to cross the pass in three days time. Read more…

Working, waiting, acclimatizing

After two beautiful days of trekking through autumn forests we left the valley floor yesterday and climbed up a into the lower slopes of Marsyandi valley. Now we are in a Tibetan territory again. Read more…

Annapurna buried in snow

Alone on the Annapurna Trek? In October? What is going on?

In the last blog post we already told you about the significant decrease of tourists in the lower part of the trek.
Lodge owners told us this was a direct result of the road and power plant developments. We have many reasons to believe this.
Yesterday and today we entered some parts that are not linked to the road yet. And still we were alone – in the main season. Read more…

The first two days – Witnessing change as ist happens

We got out of Kathmandu City on the fastest jeep ride ever. It took us only 4h to the starting point of the classic Annapurna Circuit, Besisahar. We started our documentation work straight away. Read more…

A day of packing

Second day in Nepal. During the night it stopped raining and we woke up from various sounds of the city (dogs, horns, police, buddhist and hinduist ceremonies, birds, planes, …) to a foggy October morning. We could tell by the light that this would be a sunny day with blue skies and great mountain views, which have been rare in the last years due to heavy air pollution and smog over the city. The recent rainfalls have cleansed the air of aerosols so that we were able to see the freshly powdered mountains in the distance. Read more…

Arrival in Kathmandu

Hi everyone! We arrived safely in Kathmandu this morning, although at times our pilot was not sure whether we could land or not due to very bad weather. For a brief moment we thought we might have to endure another stop in India, but fortunately the clouds cleared for a brief moment so we landed in Kathmandu eventually. Read more…

Preparing for new adventures…

In less than two weeks we, Nils and Hannes, will be joined by Fritz to continue the exploration of the “Trail of Change”. As a group of three we will be revisiting and reexamining the Annapurna region before crossing Thorung La Pass (5416m) into Dhaulagiri Himal. Read more…

Leaving Nepal

Today is the day, we’re going home! After nine very intense weeks it feels quite strange to leave this rapidly changing country. What will have changed when we come back next time? We will see… Read more…