Really looking forward to it as it been a dream of mine to do this trip. It links 3 Glaciers crossing 2 high mountaineering pass to walk the full length of the Karakorum's. Pretty much from the India Himalayas to the junction of the Hundi Kush and Pamir ranges near Afghanistan. I have done the trek is 2 sections but never as 1 complete trek.
I will hopefully be sending updates via the Sat phone to my Twitter and Facebook status pages. Also the company I am leading for will be posting regular updates from me also.
I have quite a busy time in the next few months, after Pakistan I am going back to my beloved Mongolia to lead 2 climbing trips, and after that a bit of a holiday in China and plan to then get the Train to Tibet and cross the Himalayas to Nepal where I am leading a climb of Naya Kanga and another trip yet to be be decided, so busy times up to xmas.
Just back in the mountains for m y 4th yes 4th trip the the Atlas and Toubkal. First three trips have been very successful will 27 out 29 clients getting to the top. The 2 who didn't, didn't leave the mountian hut, so very successful.
Not sure about the success of this trip as there's is a few inches of snow here in the town of Imlil the gateway to Toubkal and high wings and heavy snow up on the mountain, but eh ho will give it a go.
I am off to the coastal town of Essiwera for a few days before returning to the UK and then onto Nepal for the Spring Season.
I am back in KTM and relaxing and getting organised before I have a busy time. It is so good to be back here with good food and beer.
However I must say that I had a great time in Pakistan and so glad I went. Pakistan is the real adventure country and it makes Nepal seam tame. Every day there is exciting and an adventure. It is a really shame that no tourist want to go there as there is so much to see and do, and the people so warm, helpfully and friendly. A real contrast to want is perceived when you want TV or read the papers. It is also a real shame with all the problems with terrorism and now the major floods.
Anyway back to Nepal. I am off to Bhutan on the 16th for the Thimphu festival and to trek the Cholohari trek. This trek has to be slightly changed as one of the bridges has been washed away with no other way to cross the river. I am quietly exciting about returning to Bhutan.
After that and a few days off, I head out on a new trip to the remote Tibetan valleys of Naa and cross the rarely visited passes and valleys of the Domar Himal to the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang. Really looking forward to that.
I am then off to Makalu base camp a private trip around Manasulu and a side trip to the Tsum valleys, more on them later.
I have witness here the devastation and destruction to the recent rains and flooding. I have a good friend who is working for a local relief agency. I anyone wishes to donate some money to a very worthy cause then please contact me and I will past on their details. You can be assured that 100% of cash donated will be used for essentials such as tents, clothing, food, water and medicines.
Also I was asked again by the village elders of Hushe to assist them in getting an English speak teacher. If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested please pass on my details. Only qualification is to be a native English speaker and a big sense of adventure.
Hope all's well with you. I am relaxing in a friends hotel in Gilgit northern Pakistan. Great to be here after all the problems with the rains, floods and landslides.
I after a hard but good trek to K2 base camp, we had to drive back to Islamabad on a b road via the babusar pass as the main Karakorum highway was un-drivable due 3 bridges being wash away. Great journey although a little tiring taking 2 days.
Once the group left I head back into the mountains. I was lucky as i met a friend of mine jeep driver and got a lift in his jeep. Will head north soon to Hunza and have a look at the new Attabad lake.
Finally managed to mak it here after the second time to try and fly here. We have driven but most of the bridges are ut between Islamabad and here so flying was the only real option. There is 1 landslide on the road to Asole where we start our trek but that should be no problem to cross.
Just back from the mountains and cycling the road of death. We didn´t manage to climb Illimai due to no snow and very dangerous ice conditions, so we cycled the Road of Death instead, great fun I did it last time I was here.
Chilling here in Lapaz and I leave tomorrow evening back to Wales.
all the best from Bolivia, I am off to Pakistan next.
Just a quick update from the beautiful Copacabana on the lake shore of Lake Titicaca, and not the popular beachside resort in Brazil.
Just back from a lovely few days on the Isle of the sun so that the climbing group I am leading can acclimatise and get use to being around 4000m.
We are off tomorrow into the mountain of the Cordillera Real to trek for 3 days to our first base camp where we will hopefully climb Pequeno Alpamayo, before moving on to attempt Huayna Potosi. After a rest day back in Lapaz we will try and climb Illimani.
Bolivia is a great place and I have really enjoyed being here.
To keep you up to date for this year, this is how is has panned out.
I had a great time in Thailand and Cambodia before heading to Nepal for what was supposed to be 2 climbing trips. The first trip was great and successfully climbed tent peak in the Annapurna range. My second trip of Mera Peak crossing the Amphu Labsta and Island peak was cancelled due to the Volcanoe in Iceland situation where my clients couldn´t get to Nepal. So I reccied a new route in the remote and restricted area of upper Dolpo, what an awesome trek that was. (Photos to follow).
I then return briefly to the UK to see family and friends before heading here to Bolivia where I head out on a trek tomorrow, after that I am off to climb 3 peaks in Bolivia, and I am quite looking forward to it.