The Adventures Global Everest expedition team are slowly starting to arrive in Kathmandu. The Yak and Yeti Hotel is buzzing with expeditions and a number of briefings are taking place out in the gardens. Gear is being checked and the nervous energy is tangible. We are excited for what lies ahead.
It has been a busy 24 hours for the Adventures Global team. Yesterday afternoon we collected our permit from the Ministry and then went to a traditional restaurant for our welcome dinner. This morning early we had a Puja ceremony in Kathmandu and then held our official briefing back at the Yak and Yeti Hotel. This is our last day in Kathmandu, before we fly to Lukla first thing tomorrow morning. The rest of the day will be spent doing all that last minute shopping and then getting to bed early.
On Tuesday the Adventures Global team flew from Kathmandu to Lukla. After rearranging some bags, they trekked to Phakding (2,640 metres) and spent the night. Yesterday they trekked to Namche Bazaar (3,440 metres) in beautiful weather. Everyone arrived safely, in good spirits and in fine health.
Today the team trekked up to the Everest View Hotel for some additional acclimatization. The weather was incredible and the views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam were outstanding. They were back down in Namche Bazaar for lunch. Ronnie stayed behind and attended a Puja Ceremony in commemoration of the new Chorten that be built soon, to replace the one that got destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 2015.
On Friday the AG team left Namche Bazaar and trekked to Tengboche. The weather was magnificent and the views exquisite. We spent a comfortable night at the Rivendell Lodge. Yesterday we made our way up to Upper Pangboche, where we had a Puja Blessing with Lama Geshe. It is always a special occasion. We had lunch in Somare at the lodge owned by Lhakpa Nuru, before making our way to Pheriche. We will spend two nights here.
Today the team did an acclimatization walk on the ridge above Dingboche. They reached 5,000 metres. They got back down feeling good.
On Monday we left Pheriche (4,200 metres) and trekked up to Lobouche (4,950 metres) via Dukla, where we stopped for tea and a snack. Neil went off to climb Island Peak, while Elizabeth decided to spend an extra day in Pheriche to aid her acclimatization. We spent the night at the Eco Lodge in Lobouche and then yesterday made our way up to Base Camp. I have never seen so many people on the trail before. It has been incredibly busy. It was great to be welcomed in Base Camp by all of our staff and climbing sherpas, who have been here for two weeks setting up camp. Without them we would really struggle. What an epic two days, where we ascended about 1,100 meters. It is awesome to finally be here, but surreal to think that this is where we will live for the next 45 days.