Nine World Expeditions mountaineering team members recently completed the exceptional Yubra Himal and Langshisha Ri expedition in October 2018, five of whom made history with the first Australian ascent of Yubra Himal (6,035m).
In stark contrast to other oft-climbed peaks in Nepal, Yubra Himal, a stunning peak with a fin-like summit ridge, has seen less than a dozen attempts since the first permit to climb it was issued in 2002.
The rarely summitted Yubra Himal and Langshisha Ri in Nepal’s far north Langtang was a unique twin peaks experience led by expert mountain guide, Soren Kruse Ledet, where ample acclimatisation time and contingency days were built in to help maximise the chance of summit success.
During the expedition, mountaineers took in breathtaking views of Langtang (7,234m), as well as endless summits over 6,000 metres (including Morimoto, Ganchenpo and Urkinmang), stretching out as far as the eye could see to Shishapangma (8,027m) in Tibet.
Following the first peak, time was spent recuperating at base camp and at Kyanjin Gompa (3,800m), a small settlement in a spectacular sub-alpine setting. Here, they welcomed views of dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung before setting out for the Langshisha Ri peak (6,427m).
On a mountaineering trip, you can expect a wide range of personal and group challenges while being supported by experienced and knowledgeable staff and fellow travellers. It is a real privilege to learn from each other and develop as a team.
Unfortunately, when attempting to summit Langshisha Ri, the group turned around when they were approximately 200 metres below the summit due to the lateness of day and were unable to reach the top, but both climbs proved to be a brilliant challenge amongst the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain ranges.
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Photos by Soren Kruse Ledet.
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