Snowing in Lobuche 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.

Blessed in Pangboche 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).

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

Summit day by Margaret 8AM

As the team are waiting for flights back to Kathmandu from Lukla, they've spent time reflecting back on their summit day. Margaret posts a more detailed account of the day below:

Heading home 1PM

Whilst teams are building on the Western Cwn and on the South Col (~35 climbers have delayed summit bids due to strong winds and are waiting out another day for an attempt tonight, hopefully with plenty of oxygen!), we are glad to be back in Lukla and away from those crowds. We took the more exciting option of a helicopter to cut the journey from base camp to Lukla.

The team arrived back at base camp at lunchtime. As they rest, eat, wash and think about packing, the crowds are starting to develop above. Groups are beginning to prepare for a summit push over the next few days.

Resting at Camp 2 4PM

Everyone is resting at Camp 2, except Chris who has already headed back to BC with Chirring. We certainly had a tough team this year. Margaret, Peter, Warren and Chris, all experienced climbers, impressed our guides throughout the rotations with their strong fitness, positive attitudes and good adaptability to high altitude. Here's a message that Steve (Margaret's husband) asked to be posted:

Our teams had a successful morning. Young Chirring picked up where the fixing team left off on Lhotse and fixed the last 300m of the summit blocks, and summited at 10.30am this morning. Chris summited at 11.30am with Lakpa and Pasang.

We're proud of Chirring for the first summit of the 4th highest mountain this season! Previously a monk and now a young guide, Chirring has the luck of his uncle Lakpa's climbing genes. Great news on Everest too. The group set off at 9pm last night under calm and cold conditions. Peter summited at 6.30am with Nima and Mingma.

It's just a matter of waiting a few more hours now. The Lhotse team of Lakpa, Chris, Chirring and Pasang arrived at Camp 4 ~7800m around 2pm today. They split from the Everest group after the Yellow Band and continued right up the Lhotse face.

Lakpa and Chirring have the task of completing the rope fixing to the summit early tomorrow morning. The Everest party of Warren, Jangbu, Margaret, Angkaji, Dendi, Peter, Mingma and Nima arrived into Camp 4 ~7925m at the South Col about 3.30pm. All team members are feeling strong and healthy.

The plan from Camp 3 1.30PM

The team reached Camp 3 at 1PM today. As expected it's a little windy but this should ease off by the evening. Tonight they'll sleep with supplemental oxygen to prime them for the next stage, hopefully tomorrow if the weather holds, they'll move to Camp 4 of Everest and Lhotse.

Heading up 7AM

They're heading up! This morning the group left at 2am, they've passed Camp 1 and are heading to Camp 2 for lunch.

It wasn't quite as hot today in the Western Cwn so the entire group made it to Camp 2 by morning tea.