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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Visit Monastery

Hello again everyone back home

It was another great day here in the Khumbu Valley, with the team waking up to bright beautiful clear skies, and mountains in every direction. We had a nice relaxing breakfast and decided to make the most of our scheduled rest day by hiking a little way to visit a Monastery in Thame that is home to wonderful group of female Tibetan refugees. They apparently escaped over the boarder which is only a few miles away and have made this home like the Sherpa community did some 500+ years ago. When we arrived the nuns where in the monastery reading their Tibetan prayers and happily invited us in to listen. It was very special and we all felt lucky to have been able to share the moment with them. After the prayer session we purchased a few prayer flags and prayer beads to help support them and then made our way back to Namche for lunch.
Then evening was spent exploring Namche and doing a little bargaining for a few gifts. We also found a barber shop of all things and a few of us decided to get a fresh shave and hair wash if you can believe that!
If that wasn’t enough, we ran into one of RMI’s great guides Sean Collon here in Namche. He’s currently in medical school and has been in Nepal for a few months doing some volunteer work with the local community.
Finally we wrapped up the evening with another great meal here at our tea house.

All is well and everyone is doing great.
RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Glad to see the trek is experiencing favorable conditions! Great to see my fitness trainer Angel and her husband Dave are on track to check off an item on their bucket list! Onward and upward!

Posted by: Michael Miller on 3/21/2018 at 7:30 pm

Very exciting!  Have the time of your life! Climb every mountain..starting with Everest.

Posted by: Desiree Christensen on 3/21/2018 at 7:54 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Reach Namche Bazaar

Namaste everyone.

This morning we left our tea house in Phakding and headed up this stunning valley toward Namche Bazaar, which is the largest village in this famous valley. We hit the trail around 8:30 along with quite a few other trekkers.  Everyone did really well on the hike, and no one seemed to mind pausing often for the endless mules and Zokes (cross between a Yak and a cow) carrying loads headed up valley and to basecamp as we made our way down, but mostly up, this rocky trail. It was reasonably busy on the route with trekkers and climbers, but the traffic seem to flow pretty smoothly.
The team crossed a number of high suspension bridges without a problem, but I did notice no one stopped in the middle to take photos. Overall it was a really enjoyable day as we climbed up to just over 11,200’ where Namche sits. It was sunny and beautiful all day and we even managed to spot mighty Everest off in the distance.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Fly to Lukla and Begin Trek

Hello from the Khumbu Valley!

We started our day here pretty early, meeting in the hotel lobby at 5am. After checking out of the hotel we had a short ride to the domestic airport where we weighed all of our duffels and backpacks before getting tickets and slipping through a very laid back security check. Normally there’s a little bit of waiting before heading out to the plane, but today things moved along pretty quickly.
The flights to Lukla have a reputation of being a little intimidating and bumpy, but thankfully today’s flight was pretty smooth and uneventful.
It’s about a 30-minute flight in a small 16-passenger twin otter with stunning views of the Himalayas. We landed on the small runway in Lukla that’s only about a quarter mile in length and has a slight uphill angle.
After we touched down, the plane was unloaded and our local Sherpa guides hired a few porters that will be carrying our duffels throughout the trek. We made a brief stop at a local tea house to have breakfast and get situated before hitting the trail.
We hiked for about 4 hours today with few stops to rest and to take in the beautiful scenery. We arrived at our camp for the night in a village called Phakding just in time for a well earned lunch. The team got settled, had naps, or explored a little before walking a short way to one of the many Monastery’s here in the Valley. Luckily for us the Monks were having a prayer session and allowed us to sit in while they chanted and blew their horns. It was very surreal and a wonderful way to start this adventure.

All is well!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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WOWZA!! Looks amazing! Have you helped your uncle Yak?

Posted by: Maiers on 3/18/2018 at 10:31 pm

Looking good! One step at a time!
Any cool rocks? Love Emma

Posted by: Cheryl Tomlinson on 3/18/2018 at 6:19 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Arrive in Kathmandu


The team has arrived after some very long and tiring flights . Everyone is doing well after a well deserved night of rest here at the peaceful and appropriately named Yak & Yeti Hotel
We started our day with a nice big buffet breakfast, then had a team meeting to discuss all the gear and review the details of the adventure that we are about to head out on.
After our meeting we went on a brief tour of Kathmandu where we visited the beautiful Monkey Temple, and the famous Boudhanath Stupa.
It’s quite the culture shock visiting this busy city packed with nearly four million people. The streets are packed with people, motorcycles, and cars that honk endlessly.

I’m sure everyone is looking forward to peace and quietness of the Khumbu where we head tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Keeping you in our thoughts. Good to see you arrived safely. Live in the moment.
Bill and Nancy

Posted by: Nancy Hicks on 3/17/2018 at 7:49 pm

Kilimanjaro: Tucker & Team Celebrate Success!

Yesterday we had a wonderful albeit long day climbing to the roof of Africa The team woke at the enjoyable hour of 11 pm to clear skies and a light breeze. Chilly to say the least at 15,000 ft. We had a brief midnight breakfast of oatmeal hot drinks and biscuits Hitting the trail right around midnight We climbed in hour increments with 15 minute breaks in between. Which we’ve been doing every day thus far. The weather started out fine but the higher we climbed the wind would increase. By the time we hit the crater rim about 19,000 ft it was a bit chilly but we were prepared and ready for all conditions.The climb took about 7 hours reach the top, the sun had risen shortly before reaching the top to help warm us and boost morale after climbing through the night. Once there we hugged each other, enjoyed the view and took plenty of pictures. It was a true test of endurance for most of the crew and I’m really proud of everyone! We descended back to high camp had a quick lunch , repacked and continued further down the mountain, where we had dinner and then headed to bed for some well deserved sleep.

Today we woke at 6:30 feeling good, had breakfast, then enjoyed a goodbye song and dance from gracious crew of porters, cooks and guides numbering 55. We finished the celebration by handing out well deserved tips and then hit the trail one last time. It took a little under three hours to reach the park gate a short drive to where the team had lunch then hopped aboard our bus for the ride back to the lodge. Finally we are safe and sound, a little cleaner after an amazing 7 day journey up and down Kilimanjaro.

The team is looking forward to safari which starts tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker & Team

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Take in the Majestic Views on Their Trek Out

Hello again.

It was a nice warm day here on our final hike to Lukla. We started early to beat the traffic and made good time, yet taking time to enjoy this peaceful and majestic place.
There were still dozens of loads headed for basecamp as always, because much of the needed supplies arrive via plane or from a few days further down hill via mules.
We ran into a few friends including one of RMI’s finest guides Mike Haugen, headed up for his second summit.
The entire team is doing well and relieved to be off of our feet for a bit. With a little luck we hope to be back in Kathmandu tomorrow morning.
Keep your fingers crossed for us.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and a happy crew

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Way to go guys!! So excited for your climb and praying for your safety!

Posted by: Jillian on 4/3/2017 at 2:07 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Back in Namche Bazaar

Hello again everyone!

All is still well here in the Khumbu as the team members made our way back into Namche. It was a super busy day on the trail with climbers, trekkers, yaks, and porters all bound uphill to basecamp. We slowly made our way through the maze of traffic and enjoyed one last good view of Everest.
Along the way we ran into several old friends from my past trips and stopped to wish everyone good luck.

Tomorrow we’ll be moving out early on our final leg of the journey back to Lukla. So please keep you fingers crossed we have good weather and can make our flight back to Kathmandu the following morning.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Enjoy Time at Everest Base Camp

We left Everest Base Camp today after a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The team has enjoyed the trek through the Khumbu Valley, but without a doubt, our Base Camp set up had the nicest dining room, cleanest bathroom, and most enjoyable shower we’ve experienced.
The team enjoyed a few last views of the glacier and surrounding mountains as we retraced our way back down valley, pausing occasionally to allow the Yak trains to pass with their important cargo that will help the Mt. Everest Expeditions succeed.

We hiked for seven hours today and descended more than 3,000’ back to Pheriche. Needless to say the team is feeling good and enjoying the thicker air.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Grom & Team Summit Kala Patar and Arrive at Everest Base Camp

Monday, March 27th, 10:00 pm PST

Hey, everybody this is Casey Grom checking in from Everest Base Camp. Just wanted to let you know that the Base Camp Trek team finally made it into camp yesterday afternoon. We had a nice climb or hike of Kala Patar, which is the high point of our trip, a little over 18,000 feet and then dropped back down and made a three-hour hike into Base Camp behind a long line of about 150 yaks bringing in all the gear and food and things necessary for the expeditions over here this season. Last night the phone was really cold so it didn’t hold a charge. I had to get it fired up this morning so we could reach out to you guys and let you know we’re doing great. A beautiful sunny day, a little bit windy here today as you can probably hear. The team’s doing great, and we just wrapped up a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and plenty of coffee. Thankfully our base camp crew just got the nice hot shower operational, and so we’re going to take our take our time and let everybody get washed up, cleaned up. If we can we’re going to do a short little walk here around camp, and then if all goes well our plan is to have dinner here tonight, spend one more night, and then head back down hill tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in from Everest Base Camp.

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Congrats, Linda! Sounds like an amazing trip. We just watched a video on YouTube of a full basecamp trek to get an idea of the experience. Have a safe trip back. -Ben and Jamie.

Posted by: Ben Beckley on 3/29/2017 at 3:14 am

Congratulations to the group on getting to Base Camp.  Sounds like a great adventure. Can’t wait to hear all the details and see the photos. Safe travels back down.

Posted by: Neal White Bernie Mahan on 3/28/2017 at 8:19 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Describes Their Days, Ascends to Gorak Shep

Hello Everyone
All is well here in the Khumbu.
It’s incredibly beautiful, peaceful, and the mountains are grandiose. We’ve been very comfortable hiking each day in the sunny weather, then bundling up in our warm sleeping bags each night as the temperature drops.

Our normal schedule goes generally like this,
We wake up around 7am start getting packed up, then the team meets for breakfast at 8am, with eggs, toast, potatoes, and plenty of fresh coffee we bought along.
We hit the trail as close to 9am as we can, then hike anywhere between 3 and 7 hrs to our next stop. We break at least once an hour to hydrate and eat snacks, and on the longer days we stop at one of the many tea houses and have lunch.
Once we’ve arrived at our new village for the night we check in to our rooms and take a small nap/break. We then often meet around 5pm for a little tea, popcorn, and card playing.
Dinner is often at 6:30-7 and the menu is pretty much the same at every tea house with plenty of soups, simple pasta, potatoes, and typical Nepalese Dal Bat. 
After dinner we relax and have a brief review of the day ahead and then it’s off to bed.

The group moved up to Gorak Shep today under the towering peaks of Nuptse, Pumori, and Everest.  Today started cold and clear with stunning views all around.  We were all reluctant to leave the warmth of our cozy down sleeping bags but the smell of French press coffee enticed us out.  For breakfast was a mix of cinnamon rolls, eggs, Tibetan bread, and rossti (potato pancakes).  After our duffels are loaded on the Zoopkios we head off at a slow pace (given the 16,000 foot elevation).  Along the trail every language can be overhead and porters are seen carrying 100 pounds across their foreheads.  We stop for pictures and to share sweet snacks about ever hour and continue towards the Khumbu Glacier.  Tomorrow we’ll be in Everest Base Camp with hopes of peering into the popcorn field of the notorious ice fall. 

That’s all for now
RMI Guides Casey Grom & Christina Dale

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Riley and Eryn, congratulations on making the trek to base camp. We are following your progress with the lovely commentary from your guides (a few misspellings are in order at 16,000 feet) and we love the pictures. We were so disappointed our fear of weird phone numbers caused us not to answer your call tonight our time. We love you and we are glad you are safe. Stay that way—safe—and we hope your trek continues to be as great back down. Love from us.

Posted by: Hal and Ann on 3/27/2017 at 9:08 pm

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