Namche Bazzar, The place is bustling with people here for market day. We managed to get here yesterday without any drama. Chris, Candace, Lakpa and myself even managed to fit in quick rock climbing in Monjo yesterday.Lukla flight went well, we managed to get all of us including 31 pieces of luggage in to Lukla on a same day. We shared the first night with 27 people from Himex group at Monjo guesthouse.
Hi, finally I have got some time to write something up quick. We have been in our base camp for a week now. Things are going really well so far, lots of work settling on to base camp. The trek up to base camp was fun with Sion, Lahmu and Anna who joined us on our walk. There were lots of laugh shared, which are missed by us all here since they went back.The group is focusing on keeping healthy and trying to stay well acclimatises for the climb. Trying to make base camp as comfortable as we can, all the ipads, macbooks, iphones are getting a good use as a personal dvd watching device.
After spending 7 days up in the mountain, we have enjoyed the last two days relaxing here at our base camp and enjoying the great meals prepared by Rabin. Our trip up to camp 2 and 3 was very successful. We left our base camp on the 23rd and spent the night at camp 1. Next day we had a great day walk to Camp 2. I had an opportunity to show my group, what to do if you fall off 5 ladders crossing in one of the biggest crevasses between camp 1 and 2.Our camp 2 is located on the top section and sits on a bit of height compare to most other camps. We have a great view down the western Cwm and also get to watch everyone that passes through on their way to Camp 3.
Life down the valley at Pangboche. Sumit, Raul, Allan, Sharon and Chris (me)(accompanied by Rabin, our trusted cook) are today finishing our rest down the valley at Pangboche, a village not far from the base of the beloved Ama Dablam (6,812m).As we look out our windows of the lodge each morning, Ama Dablam greets us, with open arms.The team has been in Pangboche for 4 nights / 5 days and with the increased oxygenation at this altitude (3,850m) we have noticed our appetites increase dramatically and sleep has come with ease. This is important preparation for the work ahead. Carbohydrates have been consumed aplenty and apple ?felters? (fritters) have been a big hit with the team.The weather here in Pangboche has been changeable, somewhat wet and cold at times, so the team has taken advantage of the lodgings and spent time listening to music, watching DVDs and drinking beverages and eating ? a lot. Rabin walked to Namche Bazaar yesterday to collect some supplies and returned in the evening with some extra treats ? chocolate from Namche and cake from Tengboche Bakery!With the weather being changeable and us being somewhat confined to the lodge, we have all been a bit ?hyper?. Raul, however, is ?Mr Laidback? and is happy watching DVDs.
The Himalayan Ascent blog is up and running again after a slight absence! What's happened since the last entry on May 5th? Well, all four clients summitted Everest for starters! Trips to Cho Oyu and Mera Peak have also run in 2011.
Hi,This is Sumit from the office in Kathmandu. I spoke to Lakpa yesterday, who was setting up high camp for our 3 peaks group on Lobuche East. First out of three they will try to climb tomorrow. All the group members are doing well and they left base camp of Lobuche yesterday for the lake camp, which is at around 5400m. If all goes well they are planning to summit Lobuche east tomorrow morning sometimes.
Hi,On the 28th November, all member of Himalayan Ascent 3 peaks group summited Lobuche east. Troy and Carolina turned around from first summit which is 6090m and rest of the group with our team of guide went on to true summit which is another 100m higher.
Well a bit of time has passed since the last update, and I am pleased to report that summits of both Nirekha and Kyaji Ri were reached! Last Friday Matt successfully reached the summit of Nirekha, accompanied by Ang, Passang, Lakpa, Passang Chutin and trip Leader Pat Hollingworth. Troy gave it a crack but didn't have enough energy on the day, and Meri and Caroline were both a bit crook and unable to leave the tents. The other guys were healthy enough but decided the warmth of the sleeping bag was preferable to a cold and hard fought summit. The views of Everest and Cho Oyu from the top were spectacular, and the route made for interesting climbing. It's a bit steeper and more direct than Lobuche East, and why it isn't climbed more regularly is beyond me - it is a really nice climb!
The 2012 Himalayan Ascent Lobouche East team have just arrived into Namche after a good hike from Monjo. Everyone is feeling good and we arrived in good time. The team this year consists of a good mix of personalities and experiences in Anna Eriksson (Sweden), Peter Lark (Australia), Erika Martinez (Australia), Mario Martinez (Australia), William Pastor (USA) and Christopher Possa (Switzerland). Our guides this time are Lakpa Sherpa, Sumit Joshi, Dendi Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa jnr. Still to arrive are Lexi Tuddenham (USA) and Pasang Chutti Sherpa who are joining us later in Lobouche, whilst the rest of the group head to Everest base camp first.