The „Trail of Change“ is a long-term project including several expeditions. We want to document change in its topical variety, but in its spatial distribution as well to convey that it is not just a local process of alteration. In 2013 the Trail of Change started with two expeditions to Nepal, followed by another one in 2014.
In 2014, Hannes and Nils will be joined by Fritz. As a group of three they will be revisiting and reexamining the Annapurna region for the Trail of Change project before crossing Thorung La Pass (5416m) into Dhaulagiri Himal. There they will attempt to summit Tukuche Peak (6920m) or it’s subsidiary summit. Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 Trail of Change expedition!
After the Damodar expedition, Hannes and Nils covering a Third-Pole job had the chance to accompany a non-commercial Austrian skiing expedition to the eighth-highest mountain of the world with Nils as a base camp correspondent and Hannes as part of the mountaineering team. The changing role of the Manaslu mountain from a rarely climbed 8000m-summit to an important commercial goal of expeditions was highlighted. Do the locals profit? How do they perceive the changes?
Hannes will accompany the mountaineering team along the classic Japanese route towards the summit filming the course of the expedition. Apart from experiencing the fact of ascending “by fair means” – which means without bottled oxygen and high mountain porters – Hannes used the days on the mountain to critically deal with the effects of commercial expedition mountaineering and to carry out climate-related and glaciological examinations and observations in heights which he had not reached before.
In 2007 Hannes visited that remote valley region on the Nepal-Tibetan border for the first time, later writing his diploma thesis paper about it. The valleys had been closed for foreigners up to 2003, so that accordingly they are mainly unexplored. In 2009 Hannes and Nils came back to follow a decayed trade route in the neighboring region of Nar-Phu.
The 2013 Trail-of-Change-Expedition wanted to find out which alterations have taken place in the relatively short reference period. That implies climate parameters like receding glacier tongues as well as, hopefully, the probably new focusing on trekking tourism. Jonas within the bounds of his bachelor thesis paper examined the changing conditions of the local traditional yak alpine pasture farming. As to mountaineering, the “Trail of Change” crew of six planned to ascend Seribung Peak (6300m) or a second attempt of a first ascent of another 6000m summit.