At Everest base camp 16-04-14 11AM

The team arrived at Everest base camp yesterday and everyone is super excited. This afternoon they will take a tour of the season's circus and will take a peek at the ice fall. Tomorrow morning the non Everest climbers will head back out to climb Kala Pattar, whilst our Everest climbers will sit in on a puja ceremony. After the puja, Carlos and Cid will head down towards Island peak base camp. This season they will do their early acclimatisation rounds on this trekking peak to limit their rotations through the ice fall. Our Sherpa guides will begin rotations to establish higher camps from Friday. The guys are itching to get moving after spending the last week setting up Everest base camp in the snow.



Snowing in Lobuche 14-04-14 7PM

The Grade 6 team arrived into Lobuche just in time to miss an afternoon of snowfall. Fortunately the weather broke for a lovely sunset by evening. The team will head straight to Everest base camp tomorrow for one of Rabin's special lunches.


Yas (UK), William (Australia) and Canadians, Jane and Daniel, left for the Khumbu today and are in Monjo with Galden and Sonam. Yas and William are heading to Camp 3 of Everest, whilst Jane and Daniel are out to climb Island Peak.


Lakpa leading the Makalu team are resting in Khongma tonight. From tomorrow they will enter the more remote Barun valley.



Blessed in Pangboche 12-04-14 6PM

It was an exciting day for everyone be it the folks with Everest, Island Peak or Everest base camp ambitions. This morning everyone and our guides were blessed by the Khumbu respected and revered Pangboche lama of the Pangboche monastery (oldest in the region). After the puja ceremony and lunch, the team hiked to Pheriche where they will continue their acclimatisation schedule for the next two days.


Over in the Makalu-Barun park, Lakpa, Chris, Vance, Ngima and Galden are resting the night at Seduwa. It was a hot hike down to the Arun khola and up the over side...all good training and acclimatisation for Makalu.



Enroute to Everest and Makalu 11-04-14 4PM

Spring season is well underway despite some early minor setbacks due to flights...our teams are on the trail!


Sumit, Chhirring and Wangda are in the Khumbu with Brazilian outfit Grade 6 and their guides, Everest client, Island peak climbers and merry EBC trekkers (stinky clothes and bodies --due to delayed luggage-- haven't dented this mob's enthusiasm). They are currently in Tengboche where it is lightly snowing. In a few days they will join up with Angkaji, Rabin and others who arrived a week earlier to establish the home away from home at Everest base camp.


Jangbu is also trekking in with Sumit & co. He's feeling fresh after just completing a circuit of the Khumbu with climbs on Lobuche and Island Peak with Robert Savoye and Laurelyn Sayah (USA). Special cheers to techie Robert for sorting out our solar set up and radios!! Deepak is touring with Wayne and his niece (NZ) at the moment also in the Khumbu. He guided Clay and Katie (Australia) earlier this season, and has another trip booked with Allan and Bobby soon...fortunately he does not tire of the Khumbu.


Although Makalu is just around the corner from Everest, the trek to base camp follows a separate route through the Makalu-Barun national park. The Makalu team of Lakpa, Christine Burke (Australia/NZ) and Vance Cook (USA) left just today beginning with a flight to Tumlingtar and drive/trek to Khadbari. Base camp for them is also a few days away with lots of hilly ups and downs.





Sleeping well in Mendoza 20-01-14 3PM

Mike, Meg and Sumit packed up and sped along the trail to Los Penitentes from BC, they completed the 32km hike in 5 hr. Must have been all that saved energy for the summit diverted to the trail home. After killing a few hours with beer whilst waiting for the mules and other climbers to catch up, they then made the final bus journey back to Mendoza. Their spirits have lifted after chatting to fellow climbers, some of whom were on their 3rd and 4th attempt on Aconcagua…and still failed due to weather! HA have unfinished business with Aconcagua…. we'll be back.



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