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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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Everest Base Camp Trek: The Team Finishes Their Trek

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Namaste from Kathmandu.

Yes, we are out of the mountains… the team has finished the trek!

The last couple of days of our descent have been really exciting dear friends. Upon our arrival into Namche Bazaar, we took a rest day to enjoy the magic that embraces one when in the Khumbu.

With the best weather one can imagine and with the image of the highest mountains of the world very vivid in our memories, we found ourselves having an incredible surprise: we’d take a helicopter tour around Everest! Story aside, it is worth mentioning how seeing from the air lines that wrote history in mountain climbing, like the Hornbein Couloir made our eyes “watery”.

We’d finish our descent to Lukla and bask in thick air as the smell of the aviation fuel brought us to realize we were getting to the end of an incredible trek. We flew into Kathmandu this morning where we await our flights back home at the same time as we will be witnessing tomorrow the second democratic elections in this small Himalayan country. Nepali people are to elect a government to end a five-year period of an unstable care-taking government since the abolition of their monarchy… but this is a “summit” Nepal has to climb and we wish them luck.

That has been all from our trip. Thanks to all of you who followed our adventure through our RMI Blog, to our great Sherpa Nawang Dorjee, to our Nepali outfitter HAD and Sagar in particular and to the mountains for being there and providing such an experience and making us feel so small.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Night photo of Mt. Everest. Photo: Chris Palmer

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Descending to Thicker Air in the Khumbu Valley

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12,325'

Namaste from Deboche.

We have just checked into our lodge after finishing our second day of our steady descent back down the Khumbu Valley. Yesterday we changed things up in the initial itinerary, crashing at Dingboche so we could have a closer view of Ama Dablam’s north face. Besides the new views, we were also rewarded with a great night of sleep, having dropped nearly 1,000 meters from Everest Base Camp.
The descent today gave us more thicker air to breath as well as the so much needed higher temperature; we where certainly feeling the approaching winter in the high Himalayas.

We’ll be checking in again from Namche… another handful of hundreds of feet lower!!!

Pics from the last few days… uploading now with better bandwidth!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Setting up on Kala Patar for night time lapse shooting.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos The RMI Team at Everest Base Camp.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Everest and Nuptse at sunset from our bivy at Kala Patar.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Enjoys Great Views and Explores Everest Base Camp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 17,575'

Namaste from Gorak Shep.

Happy to post that the team’s objective of taking time lapse pictures of the Milky Way spinning over and around the tallest mountain of the world has been accomplished!

Despite the frigid cold and with permission from the ever watching sentinels of Pumori and Nupse, we biouvaked last night at 5,400m on the side hills of Kala Patar. Looking right at the summit pyramid of Everest, we had the clearest evening one can imagine; a crisp sky would merge without interruptions with the sharp, silky white silhouette of the mountain ridges while being lit by a perfect moon.

Half way through the night, we’d experience once more why we westerners owe so much to the local people of the himalaya; our Sherpa Nawang would meet us bring up a 2l thermos of tea as we were experiencing the frost accumulating over our sleeping bags and camera equipment.

Today, with the memories of an spectacular night, we payed a visit to the Khumbu Glacier’s morraine where the Base Camp for Everest is set during the climbing season.

We are now enjoying dinner at our lodge, with our minds set in our descent that starts tomorrow. Our first stop will be Dingboche to enjoy again astonishing views of the N. Face of Ama Dablam.

More updates to come in a couple of days from the thicker air villages of the Khumbu.

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés

The view from Everest Base Camp.  Photo: RMI Collection The summit of Mt. Everest as seen from Kala Patar.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Calls in from Gorak Shep

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 16,950'

Hello, this is the Everest Base Camp Trek. We are calling from Gorak Shep where we just arrived after a few days since our last post.  We are in great shape.  We have enjoyed very nice weather and steady pace coming up here where we will stay for the next two to three days. Trying to take some pictures and getting ready for the descent. So far all is good and we are enjoying our time up here. That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos


RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos calls in from Gorak Shep.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: The Team Enjoys Astonishing Views Hiking to Pheriche

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Hello from the “Himalayan Hotel” at Pheriche!

Another incredible day in the Himalayas, dear friends… And we can certainly say now we are going to spend the first night at high altitude, having hiked above the 4,000m benchmark.

After a rather cold night in Pangboche, we were greeted by another cloudless sky, whose sun made us ditch our layers just a few minutes after the start. Headed towards Pheriche Pass, we enjoyed astonishing views of Kantega, Tamserku (two of the most radical 6,000m peaks in the Khumbu,) and of course Ama Dablam. Like on the previous days, the mystique of the landscape is only disturbed by the heavy downhill traffic that we encounter from time to time.

While we await our dinner and as I write this post, we’re also getting ready to set up for another session of nocturnal time lapse pictures before the evasive crescent moon we have vanishes.

The plan tomorrow is to rest here, to continue to acclimate taking a short hike, to visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital next door, and, of course, stay well nourished with the momos and tea that (among other things) make us look forward to every meal.

On a side note, we celebrated on the trails a rendezvous with fellow guide Lakpa Gelu and RMI office staff Bridget Schletty.

Regards to everyone,

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos

A break going up Pheriche pass with Kantega and Tamserku in the background. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Arrival at Himalayan Hotel in Pheriche. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in from Pangboche

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,074'

Good evening from Pangboche.

It has been a couple of days since our last post, but electricity and internet have been unreliable above Namche.  We arrived today to the village where the trail splits between the Ama Dablam and Everest Base Camps’ trails. We came here after a short hike from Deboche, where we arrived yesterday after our rest day at Namche.

The clearing skies we have encountered as we have climbed higher have provided the first great opportunities for time lapse pictures of both sunrise and sunset over Ama and the Everest-Lotse-Nuptse group.

Our plan is to hike up to Pheriche tomorrow where we’ll continue to acclimatize taking at least one rest day.

We are on schedule for full moon at Kala Patar. We see lots of down traffic as the season comes to a close but we continue up in pursue of the crisp skies of the early winter for the time lapse pictures we’re after.

We’ll try to report again from Pheriche. Best regards from the Himalaya!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Trekking towards Deboche with Ama Dablam behind. Photo: Linden Mallory A stack of mani stones outside of the Tengboche Monastery. Photo: RMI Collection

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Arrives in Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

“Tashi Dele” from Namche Bazaar!

What a lucky team we are! Scheduled to fly yesterday into Lukla, the morning greeted us in Kathmandu with cloudy skies, grounding the little aircrafts that are meant to bring climbers and trekkers alike to the Khumbu.

After a long hour of uncertainty, (and with the news that Lukla was also shutting down,) we relied on our trustworthy outfitter personnel at the airport; Sagar and Shangkar pulled some magic and about an hour and a half later, we were boarding… a helicopter! This safer vehicle under such conditions, provided us with awesome views of Everest and Nuptse as we approached Lukla above the clouds and we continued to give high fives in disbelief of what we were experiencing.

Soon after we met our Sherpa Nawang and porters at Lukla, we headed for Phakding, where we’d spend our first night at a Sherpa lodge. Continuing today with astonishing views along the lower valleys, we proceeded towards Namche, from where we are writing now as we enjoy a cup of milk tea.

The biggest excitement of the day was provided by the many hanging bridges, the last of which is a new addition to the trail since last season and sits some 300 feett above the river! As the mystique of the Buddhist populated land embraced us, we enjoyed the great hiking trails ornamented with centennial Mani stones and prayer flags.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed a hardy dinner at “Camp de Base Lodge” and we’re now ready for a well earned rest. Tomorrow we’ll meander in Namche optimizing our acclimating process with hopes of taking some sunrise pictures over Ama Dablam, weather permitting.

Best regards from Nepal,

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés Martos

 

Loading the unexpected helicopter in Kathmandu. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Landed in Lukla meeting Sherpa Nawang. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos Arriving today in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in From Namche Bazaar

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | November 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Hello from Namche. This is the Everest Base Camp Trek and we are calling after the second day on the trip.  Everything is well. We will try to send more detailed updates tomorrow, even with some pictures as we were having some internet connection problems today. All is well and we will try to update you more tomorrow.

RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos

Kwangde from trail into Namche. Photo: Dave Hahn Bridge of Dudh Kosi River. Photo: RMI Collection Spectacular views from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Mark Tucker


RMI Guide Elías de Andrés-Martos calls in from Namche Bazaar.

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  • The Courage Quilt - From the Fourth Grade Class at Oakton Elementary School in Oakton, Virginia.  Photo: Susan R.
  • 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