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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Venture Out and Above Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

What a nice day for the team. Really the first time to catch our breath and that is not an easy task here at 11,000ft. After the whirlwind tour of Kathmandu, a flight into the mountains, and a big hike yesterday, what a nice option to take it easy today. We still cut a swath through Namche Bazaar, invested in the local economy and even stretched our legs a bit. Recharging our physical and gadgetry batteries was the focus of the day.

One highlight was a trip to the local museum. It had three viewing areas: one being a typical Sherpa home with all the furnishings, another of Sherpa history and culture, and a room full of Everest history, fantastic photos and early expedition gear.

The team has been behaving well and enjoying all the support of our local outfitter, High Altitude Dreams, and the fantastic staff here at our Tea house in Namche, Camp de Base. We all feel so lucky to spend this time with these wonderful people.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The team hiking above Namche, posing in front of Mt. Everest. Photo: Mark Tucker Photo stop above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker Visiting a museum in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Arrive in Pheriche

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello everyone.

We had a wonderful day again here in Nepal. We started with our usual breakfast and coffee at 8:00 and hit the trail around 9:00. Since it’s been rather cold here this spring, we haven’t wanted to start hiking too early. The team was very fortunate to spot a rare Musk Deer and even saw a few mountain Tarr, which is a type of Himalayan mountain goat.

We made our way to Pangboche where we visited the highest ranking Lama in the Khumbu and received a blessing for safe passage.  We continued along the trail passing by the iconic Ama Dablam and slowly came into Pheriche.

The team is doing great and enjoying the amazing scenery every step of the way.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Receiving a safe passage blessing from the highest ranking Lama. Photo: Casey Grom The team taking a break at a spectacular view of Ama Dablam. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

The team had a very nice rest after our last night in Kathmandu. The city was a hoot, but back here in the high country is tough to beat.

All business today.  After a nice breakfast of French toast, guess we should call it Nepali toast, we started ascending to Namche Bazaar. A little overcast made for pleasant travel.  We are now officially in Sagamartha National Park, which encompasses Mount Everest. We climbed more than 2,000 feet in great style and are now resting comfortably at a tea house in Namche Bazaar. Located at over 11,000 feet makes for a planned extra day here for rest and adjusting to these altitudes. So important to not ascend too quickly. The A team is consuming a lot of great food, but that is a good thing.  Remember you can’t run a bulldozer on a pint of diesel!

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Team on a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team at the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker Jorsali lunch in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek:  Mark Tucker & Team Fly to Lukla and start the trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

After an early start this morning from the hotel in Kathmandu, the team boarded a plane to Lukla.  Then the trek began. We met our Sherpa team and began our trek to Everest Base Camp with a hike along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding. The weather was very nice for hiking today.  Now, we are checked in at our first tea house of the trip.  We are excited to have stretched our legs a bit and arrived in the mountains.

We will check in tomorrow from Namche Bazarre.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Landing at the Lukla Airport, Khumbu Valley, Nepal.  Photo: RMI Collection Trekking to Phakding along the Dudh Kosi River.  Photo: RMI Collection Susan  Roberts Shout out to Ms. Hixon's 4th grade class! Photo: Mark Tucker

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Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Visit Tengboche Monastery

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12.325'

Namaste! (traditional Nepalese greeting)
Today the team left Namche Bazarre and headed further up the Khumbu Valley headed for Everest Base Camp. Shortly after leaving we were greeted with our first view of Everest itself, far off in the distance but clearly standing above all else. We slowly made our way along the trail stopping for pictures and breaks and eventually made our way up to the Tengboche Monastery. We arrived shortly before the monks prayer session and were delighted to sit in and listen to the monks chant, which was quite spiritual for all. We then casually made our way down to our new tea house for the evening where we are currently warming ourselves by the wood burning stove.

All is well!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The trail from Namche to Deboche with Everest and Lhoste in the back ground.  Photo: RMI Collection Inside the Tenboche Monastery.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak team getting ready to leave from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team Arrive in Kathmandu

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Jackpot! Feeling like Mr. T with his A Team.  My amazing team and all our gear arrived in Kathmandu.  All our boxes are checked, i.e. orientation meeting, equipment check, city tour and it is pouring rain in Kathmandu.  Despite the rain, we had way too much fun experiencing the culture today in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  We took many photos along our journey through the city and are getting to know each other a long the way.

Now that we feel ready to embark on our next part of our expedition, we’ll sign off for the night and go find some pizza in town for dinner.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The 2014 Spring Everest BC Trek Team. Photo: Mark Tucker The team poses in front of the infamous Monkey Temple. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team posing for the camera in Kathmandu. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team - Feels Like Christmas in March

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Greetings from Namche once again.

Today we were greeted with a fresh blanket of snow in town, but only a few inches. We had planned on doing a little hiking to try and catch a glimpse of Everest, but the new snow and cloud cover kept us close to home. So we spent the day drinking coffee, telling stories and doing a little shopping in town. It almost felt like Christmas to be honest!

Everyone is doing great and happily enjoyed the relaxing day here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

P.S.
I’d like to wish my dad a special Happy Birthday! Wish I could throw a snowball at you pops! I love you.

Fresh layer of snow over Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom Grom & Team sightseeing in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

We woke to beautiful, clear skies today and enjoyed the early morning warmth after a slightly chilly night. First up for the day was an all important breakfast with pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, cereal and last but not least COFFEE. A special thanks to Jeff Martin for preparing a wonderful travel kit with plenty of it.

We hit the trail a little before 9am and slowly made our way passing dozens of tea houses, trekkers, and porters. We crossed several suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags that sit high above the valley floor with amazing views in all directions. After a few hours hiking we arrived at the big hill that leads up to the famous Namche Bazaar, which is the center of the Khumbu Valley. The team did a great job and before too long we all arrived in Namche just in time for a late lunch and before the snowflakes started to fall from the sky. We spent the remainder of the evening exploring this small town and napping as we continue to adjust to the new time zone and altitude.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Crossing one of many suspension bridges trekking towards Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom The team relaxing at a teahouse after arriving in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Start Trek

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

Hello from the Khumbu everyone!

Today we caught our early flights from Kathmandu and safely arrived at the famous Lukla airport on what was one of the smoothest flights I’ve ever had. Luckily for us there were no clouds in sight which allowed us an easy and very scenic flight into the heart of the Himalayas. Once in Lukla we relaxed and had breakfast at one of the tea houses while our bags were sorted and readied for our porters.
We hit the trail just after 8 am and hiked casually along the trail taking in the clean fresh mountain air and all the beautiful sights of the surrounding peaks. We hiked for just over three hours stopping along the way to snap photos and enjoy the scenery of the lush green forest with towering snow capped mountains overhead.

The team is comfortably settled in to another tea house here in a village called Phakding that sits on the edge of a beautiful blue river.

All is well and everyone is delighted to be here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Team on the Trail  Photo: Casey Grom First Glimpse of the Himalaya from Lukla Photo: Casey Grom

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Arrive in Nepal

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Greetings from Nepal Everyone!

And welcome to RMI’s first Nepal trek of 2014!

After some very long flights from the USA the team has finally arrived here in Kathmandu. Our first day was mostly spent catching up on some much needed sleep and adjusting to our new time zone, which is 9-12 hours ahead of everyone back home. 

Our second day started off with the usual meet and greet where the team got to know one another and discussed the adventure ahead and made sure everyone had all the essential gear.
After a short break we headed into the main tourist center of Thamel for a quick lunch at the famous Roadhouse Cafe known for its tasty pizza.
Shortly after lunch the team set off to do a little site seeing in Kathmandu and stopped off at two of the most important sites, the famous monkey temple and the giant Boudhanath.

The evening ended with a nice dinner here at our hotel appropriately named the Yak and Yeti. And it was off to bed before our early flights.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and Crew

Team in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom Street Vendor in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu Photo: Casey Grom Prayer Wheels Photo: Casey Grom

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  • Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Casey Grom's team back in Namche. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Island Peak's Headwall. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hiking above the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Team shopping in Namche at the end of the trek. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team posing in front of a blossoming tree near Namche. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Namaste. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Walking through the rocks at dawn. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Fixed line to summit of Island Peak. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Everest BC Trek Team take a break to pose on trek back to Namche. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Trekking out over the Dudh Kosi River. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Clouds rolling in brought a snowstorm over the trekking team. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Himalaya Panorama. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • Hiking with Ama Dablam in the background. Photo: Dave Hahn
  • An RMI team descending past prayer flags. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Island Peak from Pheriche. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Hiking through the Imja Khola Valley. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Trek towards Island Peak. Photo: RMI Collection
  • RMI's Base Camp on Everest. Photo: Linden Mallory
  • Evening Light at RMI Base Camp. RMI Photo Collection
  • Trail to Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The Crew enjoying a meal in the dining tent. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Hiking to Kala Patar. RMI Photo Collection
  • Lateral moraine along trail to Lobuche. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Spectacular scenic vistas. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Team with Mt. Everest in the back ground.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Mt. Everest, 29,035'.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team dinner en route to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Casey Grom
  • Team on Acclimatization Hike. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Women Gathering Yak Dung. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team Enjoys some R&R.  Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team on the trail to Pheriche, Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team on the new bridge. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Trekking to Tengboche with Mt. Everest in the background. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The team at the entrance to the infamous Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Team Tucker at the Tengboche entrance. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Acclimating hike out of Pheriche amongst spectacular views. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Relaxing in the Pheriche Tea House sunroom. Photo: Casey Grom
  • Pheriche tea house nestled near the Himalaya's hillside. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The team enjoying the warmth inside the Pheriche tea house. Photo: Casey Grom
  • The team hiking above Namche, posing in front of Mt. Everest. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Photo stop above Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Visiting a museum in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker