Read more about the article Himalayan Database available for free from November
The Himalayan Database Team (Tobias, Billi, Jeevan and Rolo)

Himalayan Database available for free from November

Hi all It is already mid-October and the first half of the autumn climbing season is nearly over. I guess we have just seen a record season on Manaslu, the 8th hihgest mountain in the world, and my wild guess is that the success rate will be…

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Read more about the article Presentation on the Himalayan Database
A bond that has lasted for 13 years, and was not always easy!

Presentation on the Himalayan Database

In case you happen to be in Bavaria at the end of November, speak German and want to know more about Miss Elizabeth Hawley, my work with her and the Himalayan Database, the development of commercial mountaineering in Nepal and what a proper commercial Everest expedition looks…

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Read more about the article Back in Kathmandu and off to Cho Oyu
On our beautiful terrace in Garmisch with my mum and my sister.

Back in Kathmandu and off to Cho Oyu

Summer in Europe is almost over, I am back in Kathmandu trying to hunt down expeditions for the Himalayan Database and at the same time I am getting ready for my attempted climb of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Cho Oyu (8,188m) lies…

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Read more about the article A long run around Germany’s highest mountain
Waving my friend Elke goodbye at the start.

A long run around Germany’s highest mountain

I am slowly recovering from something I think was probably one of the hardest things I have done in my life - run 101.6km around the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, in 23.36.57 (I did take a long time for that distance). On Saturday, 18th June, I…

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Read more about the article Running, rambling and roaming for expeditions
Miss Hawley and I talking about the upcoming season (@Dan Patucci)

Running, rambling and roaming for expeditions

After I had to join Facebook during the earthquake in Nepal (that's where most of the information on what was happening and where was exchanged) I seem to have become quite lazy at updating my website. So, apologies for that. As you may have gathered I am…

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Read more about the article Interview with Talk Travel Asia
Talking to a couple from Iraq

Interview with Talk Travel Asia

It has been a bit quiet in my life recently but the snowless winter in Switzerland in combination with office work does not really lend itself to exciting stories - or stories I am allowed to tell. The mountains seem very far away at the moment as I am supporting the…

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Trekking, biking, blockading and perservering

It has been a while since I last updated my website and a lot has happened since then. I went trekking to Naar and Phu with my friend Baba and discovered that hiking in all those areas is beautiful and not in the slightest affected by the earthquake; I biked…

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Read more about the article Leaving Nepal with a heavy heart
Candles at Boudha

Leaving Nepal with a heavy heart

I have just boarded a plane to Pakistan - a work and climbing trip I had planned for quite a while. It has been very difficult to leave Nepal behind, however, despite the dire situation there it was also good to see that rebuilding efforts were going on, people were giving…

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Read more about the article Another earthquake in Nepal and how to help
Rebuilding this country will take a long time

Another earthquake in Nepal and how to help

I could not believe my eyes and ears when I found out that the earth trembled again in Nepal on Tuesday, 12th May. Rather than feeling helpless and bemused that for the second time, I was not in the country during the earthquake, I now appeal to you to support…

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Read more about the article Earthquake in Nepal – Update
Helpers putting together water purification kits to distribute to the villages (Helen Clemet)

Earthquake in Nepal – Update

More than two weeks ago I received an sms from my friend Monica, who was on the North side of Everest, saying: "Billi, the earth is shaking and I have a feeling that it is really bad in Nepal." I immediately went on the net and information…

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Read more about the article Rainy spring season
One of the teams going to Everest South

Rainy spring season

It is 18th of April. Exactly one year ago today, I walked into Everest Base Camp already knowing that a huge avalanche had come down the West Shoulder of Everest killing more than a dozen Sherpas. I remember seeing the heli flying up and down the Khumbu Icefall retrieving the…

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Read more about the article Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
The Garmisch-P. mountains in the mist before the snow came on Christmas Day

Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I seem to have written the word 'apologies' rather often lately but I have just noticed that I have not posted anything since I first got to Islamabad in early October this year. So there you go - apologies for being so quiet but then again I usually refrain…

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Read more about the article Early morning runs in Islamabad
6.30am on my run through Jinnah Park in the middle of Islamabad

Early morning runs in Islamabad

It may sound strange to someone, who has never been to Pakistan, but it feels great to be back in Islamabad, where I have lived on and off previously. And even though I have only been back for less than one week, I already feel well-ensconced in my…

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Read more about the article Shishapangma update 22nd September
Suzanne, Billi und Christof im Eisbruch

Shishapangma update 22nd September

Back at ABC For a more detailed report in German, please visit www.kobler-partner.ch.After three windy nights on the mountain, we are back at the comfortable altitude of 5,700m at our ABC, which feels great. I don’t know why some people claim that Shisha Pangma is the easiest 8,000m-peak…

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Stuck in Tingri

We are actually supposed to be at Shisha Pangma BC already but Sergey's gear did not arrive yesterday as scheduled. I guess this is the beauty about travelling in these countries as nothing ever goes to plan and improvising is required. Well i I guess it's also…

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Read more about the article Tibet is calling
Not only humans worship Boudha Stupa.

Tibet is calling

After only 10 days back in Kathmandu I am in the process of packing again for Shisha Pangma - the 14th highest peak in the world, which is entirely situated in Tibet. It reaches out to 8,027 metres above sea-level and is the smallest of the 8,000m-peaks.…

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