Actually, in mid-August we were supposed to go to Ladakh on the 6000m 'Kang Yatse' and 'Stok Kangri'. On 06.08. In 2010, an exceptionally heavy monsoon brought extreme amounts of rain and caused massive landslides and mudslides. A trip to Leh had become impossible. With the help of Dorjee Sherpa from 'ICE LAND TREKKING' in Katmandu we were able to organize an ad hoc trek to remote Mustang.
Dry rocky landscapes with colorful oases in the villages and the surrounding fields. On foot and on horseback to Lo Man Tang - royal seat and main town - partly in the rain and through flowing rivers. The monsoon was also exceptionally felt in Mustang on the actually very dry north side of the Himalayas directly on the border with Tibet.
Nepal 2007 - Baruntse
In October we reached Lukhla via Katmandu and Pokhara with ever smaller planes. From here we had almost four weeks to climb the Baruntse (7168m). But first it was eight days over several passes to the very remote Honku Valley south of Makkalu and Everest.
We set up two high camps and took our time acclimatizing. Unfortunately, not everything went as planned from the base camp: in addition to a failure due to pulmonary edema, our group of five became smaller and smaller due to exertion and the cold.
Franz and Gregor's attempt at the summit failed after the glorious idea of spending the night in the 2nd high camp with minimal luggage. At almost 7000m Gregor also turned around - didn't fit...
Uganda - Rwanda 2007
Lisa, Teresa and Christine reached the rainy slopes of Mount Ruwenzori through the jungle of Ruwenzori Mountains National Park. From there Lisa and Christine continued to climb the glaciated Margherita Peak (5109m). In many years, the path resembles a mud slide. July 2007 was largely dry weather, a major win for the area.
After Mount Ruwenzori, well acclimatized, we continued to Rwanda in the mountains of the Bwindi National Park. Here the three experienced several impressive encounters with the mountain gorillas of the Umubano and the Susa Group.