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maanantai 2. maaliskuun 2015 12:46

Samuli Mansikka Annapurna 2015 Expedition is on!

Samuli is in Nepal and attempting Annapurna 1 (8091m.) in March-April! He is sharing Mingma Gyaljen Sherpa’s international team for basecamp services. Above that (4200m.) he will be doing his own carries but will be working together with other teams on the mountain. No bottled oxygen will be used.
Follow the trip on blog and on Twitter and Instagram!

maanantai 2. maaliskuun 2015 12:41

Annapurna Expedition starts!

Best greetings from my second home town Kathmandu! I arrived here on 28th and am now ready to get to the mountains! I’ve got lot of my gear stored here and every time it is one big packing operation upon my arrival. Now everything’s sorted and my stuff in fact is already on the way to Tatopani in Kali Gandaki valley.

Other than that I was this morning given blessing by Rinpoche in Boudha. I feel this is very important for me and would not feel good about going climbing these peaks without doing puja.
After puja we went to Ministry of Tourism for attaining our peak permit.

This trip is operated by my friend Mingma Gyalje Sherpa and his agency Dreamer’s Destination. I will be sharing his group’s basecamp and being provided services needed there. The permit’s shared by Mingma’s very international team consisting of climbers from China, Macedonia, Iran, US and Argentina. Above basecamp I will be doing my own carries, program and sort of climbing by myself. In reality, I am expecting to work together with all the teams on the mountain for added safety and changes to summit. Annapurna is a very dangerous mountain and I believe team-effort will be the key to success this time. I just bumped into Carlos Soria and the Spanish team in Thamel and am happy to be on the mountain with these lovely people.

So tomorrow on 3rd we are flying first to Pokhara from where we drive up Kali Gandaki valley to Tatopani. From Tatopani we are flewn to Annapurna Basecamp by helicopter on the morning of 4th.
I will be posting on my blog at, Twitter and Instagram so make sure to follow my progress on Annapurna!

Best wishes to all!


sunnuntai 15. helmikuun 2015 21:18

Annapurna preparations (Feb 15th 2015)

It is now 12 days until my departure to Nepal! My Annapurna preparations are pretty well underway and sorted and I feel very well prepared. Still need to replace some last bits of clothing and make sure all the communications are working okay. I have most of my high-camp gear stored in Kathmandu where I will finalize all packing upon my arrival.

I’ve now spent an unusually long period of 6 weeks in Finland and have thus been able to work on my physical performance. I started at a new gym in autumn and have been quite happy with the outcome. This, I think is especially good thing on Annapurna as speed for sure is safety on this avalanche-prone mountain. This also goes down to overall living a very healthy lifestyle and I might be able to say I am at my best shape ever when leaving for the expedition on 27th.

Annapurna can be considered extremely dangerous if you look at the statistics. According to Himalayan Database (thanks Rollo!) there’s been 186 confirmed ascents to main summit since the French first ascent in 1950. 69 climbers (9 of them while descending from the summit) have deceased which makes it the most dangerous of all 8000’ers. I must admit that I have never put so much effort on mental preparation.

I will once again be assisted by my most amazing weather-guy, Michael Fagin from Seattle! The modern professional forecasting is of great benefit and I am happy to have him provide me with his often very accurate forecasts.

The Spanish team of Carlos Soria’s has already left to Nepal. I am joining Mingma G. Sherpa’s team and we will all fly to basecamp on March 3rd. I will again do my own carries above basecamp and will not employ high-altitude staff. Due to dangerous nature of the climb, however I will be working together with the other teams on the mountain and I do believe team effort will be the key to success this year.

I would like to address thanks to my partners whose support is crucial! Thank you Valandre, Rab, La Sportiva, Skyr!

Please follow the trip through my Twitter and Instagram!


keskiviikko 28. tammikuun 2015 12:14

Tulevat opastetut matkat // Upcoming guided trips

Samulin kanssa vuorille! Vuoden 2015 opastetuille matkoille kannattaa ilmoittautua hyvissä ajoin! Ota yhteyttä tai!

Mt. Everest Basecamp & Island Peak, Nepal // Aventura 9.4. – 1.5.2015, info
Mongolian kiertomatka // Aventura 17 – 28.8.2015, info
Mt. Khuiten, Mongolia // Aventura 26.8. – 9.9.2015, info
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal // Aventura 24.9. – 11.10.2015, info
Annapurna Basecamp, Nepal // Aventura 10 – 23.10.2015, info
Mera Peak, Nepal // Aventura 23.10. – 15.11.2015, info
Manaslu Circuit, Nepal // Aventura 14.11. – 6.12.2015, info
Aconcagua, Argentiina // Aventura 27.1. – 16.2.2016, info


torstai 22. tammikuun 2015 12:26

Greetings from Aconcagua! (Newsletter Jan15th 2015)

Greetings from somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean! I am completing my first trip around the World as I am returning to Helsinki from my Aconcagua trek! Started by flying to Sydney in December, from where to Santiago de Chile and on to Mendoza.

This Aventura’s expedition was my third time on Aconcagua and I can say am starting to get a hang of the mountain and it’s character. I do like the mountain and the region! I keep hearing some say this would be a not-that-picturesque a mountain but I strongly disagree. Yes, it is a very different peak as it is not snow-covered and yes, it through it’s normal routes really is a trek and not a climb! I do though like the desert-like landscape and the amazing dry-air deep-blue skies as well as it’s rocky flanks alternating colors in evening light.

Argentina is in many senses a little different country to run a trip at compared to f.ex. Nepal. I am happy to have again seen the clockwork-like precision at which the trips are operated. Guides are professional, friendly and helpful and the atmosphere at basecamp very unique indeed!
Weather can be an issue as the peak gets a lot of wind. The region benefits of fairly accurate forecasts which we with good planning can use to our advantage picking up the most suitable summit date.
Climbs from camp to camp are short and easy but the summit day is long and fairly strenuous due to high altitude.

I will be adding pictures under ’Previous trips’ very soon! The next trip starts late January 2015 aiming to summit around Feb 10th 2016. This is a very good time of the year condition-wise. Join us to get the best possible changes to summit this interesting peak!

I recently announced that I will be attempting Annapurna in March! Why this early in the season? It is fairly common for Annapurna to receive new snow in April which might be dangerous on this avalanche-prone mountain. Therefore some teams are aiming to complete the climb already by end of March or early April.
I am again climbing alone on the mountain but due to expected heavy need for trail-breaking and rope-fixing I will be working together with the other teams on the mountain, namely Mingma G. Sherpa’s guided group as well as Carlos Soria’s team.
Route of ascent will be the first ascent route or a variation according to conditions. Teams are flying to Annapurna North basecamp on March 3rd. It might be a cold climb!

After Annapurna I will be leading Aventura’s Mt. Everest Basecamp trek and an Island Peak climb on April 9th through May 1st. We still have spots available for this World trekking classic so sign-up through Aventura!

Best wishes,