Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Celebrate in Lukla

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 9,350'

Lukla!  Back to where we started after another long day hiking. We left Namche about an hour later than planned to get in some last minute shopping, I’m sure everyone can guess who prompted that decision…..

Lucky enough to have another beautiful day for hiking, we were happy to spend all day on the trail again (but actually)! Making our way down what we lovingly dubbed the ‘Namche Hill’ on the way up, we encountered way more yaks and porters than last week…due to the Saturday market tomorrow, that some of us are sad to be missing!

What goes down must come up….after a quick stop in Phakding for some lunch, we started back up our final hill to Lukla. Although the lower altitude certainly helped, after so much downhill the past few days I’ve got to say it was tough switching gears again! About two-thirds of the way up to Lukla, Lakpa’s two adorable kids came and met us on the trail - what a wonderful surprise! Lakpa and his family then hosted us at their house for some tea once everyone caught their breath, which was another great surprise.

After showers and some dinner, we said many many thanks and gave many hugs to our wonderful porters and Sherpas (see picture!). Our trip certainly wouldn’t have been the same without their hard work, and I know that their smiling faces put me in a good mood each and every day. We were so lucky to have them!

Everyone will be happy to know that a dance party just got started in Lukla! Hello and I love you to all my friends and family (Daddy, Dana, Haley, Scott & Bandit - Mommy is up on the dance floor. Uh oh!).—Allie

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Team Grom post trek in Lukla. Photo: Casey Grom The Team with our invaluable Sherpa and Porters. Photo: Casey Grom Lukla Dance Party! Photo: Casey Grom

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So glad to see the team smiling and dancing in Lukla.  Did Missy bring her birthday presents and use them at the dance party?  Retail sales in Namche were at an all time high with members of team waki there.  Cannot wait to hear all the gory details.

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 4/6/2013 at 4:20 am

Looks like the party was a lot of fun. I’m glad you had a chance to unwind and let loose. All of you, have safe journeys home!

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 4/5/2013 at 9:18 pm

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