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…

K-K-K-Kathmandu!

Finally back in the city! We finished our project successfully and we are happy to be back noisy and dirty Kathmandu yesterday. The last four days of trekking were some of the hardest we ever had. Each day we hiked around 30 kilometers down Buri Gandaki valley, which is tough after two months of trekking. Read more…

Episode #7

Hannes and Nils are on their way back to Kathmandu. During their descent they again become witnesses of the rapid changes in the region, and it’s not hard to tell that tourism is one of the main drivers behind these changes. Watch the video…

Back in the civilized world

No more base camp! After descending around 1500m we are now back in Samagaon! Everybody is happy to be back in an area with more oxygen. The rain keeps falling but it’s supposed to get better tomorrow, so we hope for a little bit of sunshine in the next days. Read more…

Georg back in base camp

Snow, snow, snow! It just does not stop snowing. This is also the reason for Georg’s return on Wednesday from his summit attempt. He turned around at roughly 7800m. Also there were heavy winds in the summit area which made an attempt impossible. Read more…

Georg going for the summit

Today the last of the four Austrian climbers left base camp for his summit attempt. I (Hannes) joined Georg up to camp I (5800m) and cleaned lower camp I (5600m) completely which means the expedition is already preparing for departure from base camp. I was happy to have a day of trekking and found it nice to get going again after some lazy days at base camp. Read more…

Episode #6

In Trail of Change Episode #6 Hannes talks about the changing weather at Manaslu and what it means for his attempt to climb further up the mountain. Meanwhile the Austrians decide to go for a first serious push for the summit. Watch the video…

Summit for three expedition members!

Today we have brief but very good news from Manaslu’s base camp. We are proud to tell you that three members of the Austrian expedition have reached the summit of Manaslu yesterday and returned safely. Markus Amon ascended from camp II at 6450m to the summit (8163m) within less than eight hours before skiing down back to base camp (4930m) in another three hours. Read more…

Knowing my place in the mountains

The Austrians Hannes G., Sepp, Georg and Markus left base camp on Saturday, I followed them on Sunday morning. That was not the best decision since it was probably the hottest day I, Hannes, have ever spent in the mountains. Read more…

Too much fresh snow for climbing

After a rest day in Manaslu base camp today the whole expedition team set off to the higher camps again. Unfortunately the weather has changed. Yesterday we had lots of rain and a bit of snow here in base camp. Up in camp I one tent collapsed due to around 50cm of fresh snow. Read more…