Entries From Everest Base Camp Trek 3-20-13

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Return to Kathmandu

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Kathmandu!
It’s been quite the adventure the last few weeks. Today the team left the beautiful and peaceful Khumbu and caught our morning flight back to the busy city of Kathmandu. The team spent the day lounging by the pool, resting in our rooms and catching up with emails and news.

Everyone is doing well and excited about returning home to family and friends. We finished the day off with pizzas and long fresh salads.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

RMI Guide Casey Grom & Team Return to Kathmandu.  Photo: Casey Grom

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It’s so hard to believe the trekkers are already back in Kathmandu.  The trek passed quickly but the memories will last a lifetime.  Congratulations on a successful trek to EBC.

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Posted by: Lynn Via on 4/6/2013 at 10:43 pm


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… read more

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!

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


Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Descend to Namche

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Hello everyone back home.  All is well here in the Khumbu!

After so much time together bonding the team has decided to stick together and finish this trek the same way we started, together. Island Peak will have to wait till next time!

We left Pheriche and hiked downhill passing what seemed like a endless line of trekkers, climbers, porters, and yaks loaded with gear for Everest.  It was a beautiful but long day, and we have arrived in Namche after eight hours on our feet. Clear weather allowed us more amazing views and the chance for one more view of Everest before descending down to camp. The warm thicker air feels great and the team has just finished a nice dinner at our tea house “Camp De Base”.

Tonight we are having the world championship of cribbage!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Team Casey back in Namche. Photo: Casey Grom Descending views of Everest. Photo: Casey Grom Yaks resting on the trail to Namche. Photo: Casey Grom

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Ditto the comments above! Especially Sasha’s “enjoy the descent!” Really, enjoy it all- we were amazed at how different the landscape was on our way back to Lukla.
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Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 4/5/2013 at 7:55 am

Elsie,
Hope you are well…can’t wait to hear the stories when you are home…sounds like an amazing trip.

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Posted by: Fletch on 4/5/2013 at 4:38 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Back in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

The team left Basecamp today and descended all they way back to Pheriche at 14,000ft. We were excited to meet the Everest climbing team on their way up and wish them luck.  Everyone is doing well and looking forward to the thicker air and warmer temps that lies below.

Well do our best to send some photos tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

An RMI team descending past prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Reach Base Camp

Posted by: Casey Grom | April 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

The team safely arrived at Basecamp after a climb up Kala Patar.  New altitude records for some!  The Easter bunny must have come through camp because there were little chocolate eggs left around camp when we arrived (thanks Tucker).  Most everyone is feeling better and enjoying the wonderful cooking of our BC cook Kumar.  The team spent the day enjoying the views and a little exploring of the camp.  Hot showers were had by all!

Tomorrow we’ll make the trek back down to Pheriche and hopefully cross paths with RMI’s Everest climbers.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

An RMI team hiking Kala Patar. Photo: RMI Collection An RMI team trekking to Everest Base Camp. Photo: RMI Collection

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Congrats to everyone on the team and esp. those
Team Waki members. Know you are glad to finally be there. Allie and MIssy- safe travels “down” - remember… read more

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 4/2/2013 at 4:14 pm

Congratulations on reaching Base Camp! I hope all of you are healthy and well. Weather still looks good. Enjoy the views, and be careful on the way down. Keith, everyone… read more

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 4/2/2013 at 2:23 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Reach Gorak Shep

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 31, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Hello again everyone.

Just one more day to go before we reach our goal of Basecamp! Today we arrived in Gorak Shep, the original Base camp that early expeditions used. Being that this is the last stop before the normal BC it is rather small, only about 4 tea houses here. Originally we were planning on climbing Kala Patar this evening, but due to reoccurring stomach issues and clouds rolling in we have opted for a morning ascent. The standard weather is clear in the morning and clouds in the afternoons, so hopefully it will continue to be the same.

Just so everyone back home knows, I have spoken to a few doctors about the issues (just mainly upset stomachs) and they have informed us that there have been many trekkers with similar symptoms this season.

Everyone is still smiling, just not all day long. 

We are looking forward to Base Camp!

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Near Gorak Shep. Photo: Casey Grom Casey and Team Reach Gorak Shep. Photo: Casey Grom

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Elsie and Casey, wishing I was with you guys even with the little stomach challenges…be safe.  Go Team..

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Posted by: Fletch on 4/2/2013 at 3:59 am

Stomach issues still haven’t cleared up? I’m praying that all of you will be well and back to normal soon. At least the weather seems to be cooperating. Good luck… read more

Posted by: Yuki Loritz on 4/1/2013 at 12:25 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Trek into Lobuche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 30, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,175'

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in from the second RMI Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak climb.  Just wanna let you know that everyone’s doing well today, getting better and feeling better seems like every step, with whatever little tummy issues we were having.  Today we left Pheriche in perfect weather and hiked beneath Taboche and Cholatse, two famous and iconic climbs here in the Khumbu.  We hiked about four hours today at get up to Lobuche, so we made a big turn and we are paralleling the Khumbu Glacier, which is only about 300 yards from where we are camped.  We are currently relaxing at the Eco Lodge, which is probably the nicest tea house, it seems like, up valley here. Everyone’s doing well and we are just now sitting down for dinner and looking forward to moving up closer to Base Camp tomorrow.  Alright. That’s it for today.  We’ll look forward to checking in tomorrow with everybody. Take care, bye bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Thokla Pass on the way to Lobuche. Photo: RMI Collection Lateral moraine along trail to Lobuche. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Lobuche.

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Missy, Elsie, and Allie,
We are all enjoying thinking of you in those beautiful mountains.  I hope the tummy troubles are not effecting your enjoyment of the trip too… read more

Posted by: Corell Moore on 4/1/2013 at 9:21 am

Hey Guys!  Loved reading about your trek—it’s so fun to be able to really know where you are and remember what it all looked like and felt like!!  You never… read more

Posted by: Lucy Rise on 4/1/2013 at 7:33 am


Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Enjoy Some R&R in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Day of R&R, with a short hike to 14,600’ - higher than Mount Whitney, but nothing by Nepalese standards. Most are feeling much better, with the hope that a new day will bring much-needed strength to those still recovering from the Khumbu stomach bug. Of particular interest, see attached photo: Nepalese use of biofuels. Cribbage is the bomb, hope to master it soon! Hi to Yuki, Karis, and Rianna, don’t wish you were here :) yet, missing all of you. The yak cheese was really good!

RMI Climber Keith L.

Team Grom dining in Pheriche. Photo: Casey Grom Nepalese biofuel, dried yak dung. Photo: Casey Grom

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You all look so happy and excited…I’mexcited for you…WOW…Mt. Everest…what could be more exciting than that.  I hope to trek to EBC in 2015.  FYI…I’m an animal lover.  It seems… read more

Posted by: Lynn Via on 3/30/2013 at 9:32 am

Can’t believe you are smiiling or much less eating dinner with the aroma of burning Yak dung!

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Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/29/2013 at 2:37 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit Lama Geshe for Their Blessing

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 28, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Day five in the Khumbu brings us more wonderful experiences and new heights. We left camp in Deboche and headed further uphill. Our first stop was in Pangboche to visit Lama Geshe, who is the highest ranking Buddhist in the valley. He is a high ranking Lama who is close friends with the Dalai Lama himself. All the Sherpas and smart climbers visit Lama Geshe before attempting any climbing here in the Khumbu. And because some of us will be climbing Island Peak and the rest of us would never turn down a blessing, we stopped by. Lama Geshe is from Tibet and speaks only Tibetan, he chanted and asked the mountains to give us safe passage and then gave us a Kata and tied a small string around our necks called a Sunde.

We stopped off to have lunch and then finished up our hike just as the clouds decided to sprinkle us with a little snow. We are currently resting in Pheriche which sits around 14,000’. Everyone is doing mostly well (a few folks are on the Khumbu weight loss diet, aka stomach issues!) but not to fear everyone is feeling better by the hour.

Looking forward to resting.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Lama Geshe blesses the team. Photo: Casey Grom The team traveling the trail to Pheriche. Photo: Casey Grom Pheriche Teahouse. Photo: Casey Grom Rest & Relaxation for the team in Pheriche. Photo: Casey Grom

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SO wonderful to be able to read about your days - and more importantly, see that you are all happy and well. Thank you for the beautiful photos. I have… read more

Posted by: Bridget Hodgson on 3/28/2013 at 4:35 pm

Ahhh…I remember the scent of freshly laundered clothes….hung out to dry over the Yak dung piles!  Hope you get to enjoy the sunroom and take a look at the Pheriche… read more

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 3/28/2013 at 3:57 pm


Everest Base Camp Trek: Casey Grom & Team Visit the Tengboche Monastery

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

Today we got a slightly earlier start to try and beat the heat on the steep climb up to Tengboche. Yes it gets hot here at times, especially if you are hiking up steep southern-facing slopes. Tengboche sits atop a small hill (by Himalayan standards) and is well known because of the Tengboche Monastery. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it is home to about 45 Monks and Lamas. It doesn’t take much imagination to know why they believe this place to be special, as the view from here is breathtaking. From this one spot you are not only surrounded by giant mountains you have a wonderful view of Everest and many other gigantic peaks. After getting settled in our tea house we quickly hiked back to the monastery and sat in during a prayer session. Sadly only one monk was there as the others were off visiting other monasteries and helping people throughout the valley. It was beautiful experience nonetheless!

Everyone is still in good spirits and having a great time.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom Grom & Team on the Tengboche Monastery steps. Photo: Casey Grom Inside the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Casey Grom Team Grom having dinner. Photo: Casey Grom

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Hope you all tried the apple pie at the cafe next to the monastery.  You all look as though you are doing well. Amazing photos and so glad the weather… read more

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 3/27/2013 at 5:41 pm

Hope the moon has been beautiful for all of you!  Sounds as though you have seen so much…spectacular scenery..so proud of all of you..especially our Richmond women! Xoxo, Nano

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Posted by: Nancy Cole on 3/27/2013 at 2:44 pm


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