As the world grows smaller, it gets harder to stay off the beaten path and discover parts unknown. The Khumbu Valley, Nepal, is home to some of the most well-traveled treks and high-altitude mountaineering routes in the world.
Yet beyond the trade routes lies an uncharted world of 6,000-meter peaks. In February 2015, Conrad Anker, Hilaree O'Neill, David Göttler, and Renan Ozturk set out to find something new. The goal was simple: to test gear, explore new valleys, and find potential new climbing opportunities in Langtang National Park, in the Kyanjin Gompa region.
Climbing the Himalayas in the winter is always a big gamble. The weather ultimately denied them a summit, but they got what they came for - a notebook full of options and plans for the future.
On April 25, a few months following the February expedition, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by several aftershocks. The North Face donated to both the American Himalayan Foundation and directly to ongoing relief efforts. If you want to join the fundraising effort, please visit: himalayan-foundation.org/donate