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Pethangtse is the low summit in the middle of this picture with the Everest massif to the right and the Makalu massif on the left. This picture is taken from the below Langma La in Tibet.
This blog documents our expedition to the border of Nepal and Tibet and the ascent of the rarely climbed Pethangtse (6738 meters). It’s also an introduction to a newly created expedition planning and support alliance between High Hope Expeditions, a Canadian business, and Adventure Thamserku, a licensed mountain guiding and trekking company in Nepal. Interest in the Himalaya, Nepal, and our remarkable expedition is growing. High Hope Expeditions can help you fulfill your dreams of a trek, a climb, or an expedition in Nepal. David Graham, of Kelowna, BC, Canada; and Dawa Geljen Sherpa of Lukla and Kathmandu , Nepal are teaming up to help you fulfill your goals in the Himalaya. More information will be posted soon.
Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your Himalayan plans further.
This remainder of this blog tracks our expedition to climb Pethangtse (6738M) on the border of Nepal and Tibet, and to complete a traverse of the three 6000M. ice cols on the ridges of Baruntse. The posts below are in chronological order with the most recent first.
The climb of Pethangtse will be the first in 26 years and the first by Canadians. Crossing from the Barun Glacier to the Khumbu region will connect two of the major river systems of the Himalaya; the Arun and the Dudh Koshi. The expedition is in October and November 2009 and is privately funded. All support services and climbing sherpas are suppplied by Dawa Geljen Sherpa and Adventure Thamserku. www.adventurethamserku.com. Our Sirdar and lead climbing Sherpa is Pema Chiri Sherpa.
Team members are: Stephen Graham of Kelowna BC; Colin McLean of Calgary Alberta, and David Graham, father to Stephen, also of Kelowna BC.
Stephen and Colin have now graduated in Geography from the University of Victoria . This climbing and trekking challenge is a “next step” in their mountaineering careers. David has been enjoying mountains around the world his whole adult life and is taking this expedition on as a high point in a long history of mountain pursuits.
Since we have now completed the expedition, some of the more recent blogs are out of time sequence but read on and it should make sense. These recent ones contain more photos that we couldn’t post earlier.
High Hope Pethangtse 2009 has chosen Hope for the Nations Nepal Solukhumbu school project as its charity. See the link below.
The expedition is self-funded and un-sponsored but is supporting the charity Hope for the Nations, using this expedition to raise awareness to some critical needs in Nepal and to seek donations to Hope for the Nations. One hundred percent of the funds raised will reach worthwhile projects in Nepal directly.