Puja Ceremony and Base Camp Life

Enjoyed a very special Puja, or blessing ceremony that’s important to the Sherpa people here.  Very spiritually powerful and colorful. After this the Sherpas can start into the icefall and our expedition officially begins! We all have been enjoying some time off, taking showers, enjoy Serkis’ amazing cooking, watching movies on the new Mountain Trip…

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The Team is in Base Camp!

The whole team is here at over 17,000ft/5180m in Everest Base Camp now. We arrived yesterday afternoon and have been hard at work getting everything up and running. It feels very good to be settled into one place now for awhile. Everyone is feeling good and enjoying a few days off (and acclimatizing!). Tomorrow we…

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Manoj Checking in from Everest Base Camp!

Listen to Manoj with an audio dispatch from Everest Base Camp.

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Everest Team Checks in from Lobuche

Were all up on a peak just above the village of Lobouche. Amazing day, just across the glacier from Everest. Climbed to about 17800 ft. Can see Makalu, Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Also Changtse over in Tibet. Have a good 3g signal up here. Lobouche doesn’t, so we’re all trying to check email! Don’t usually…

Dingboche

The team is in Dingboche today. Fantastic place in the heart of the Khumbu region and some of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya! Took a short hike up to the small village of Chukung today to about 15,400ft. Tomorrow planning a longer hike up towards Ama Dablam. Everyone is doing good! We are…

We have had good weather here in Kathmandu!  The big news is that we just received our Expedition Permit from the Ministry of Tourism yesterday.  It’s remarkable how not much has changed with that system over the years! It’s been a busy and fun time prepping for the expedition, but I’ve had a little time…