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November 18, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: The Team Finishes Their Trek

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

November 14, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

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

On The Map

Great photos you’ve been posting. Thanks!

Posted by: Deblan on 11/14/2013 at 11:02 pm

November 12, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

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

On The Map

November 10, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Calls in from Gorak Shep

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.

On The Map

Your posts are great and appreciated. This is one trek I want to do,..and will do.  Please keep the posts coming! Have fun and be safe!

Posted by: Deblan on 11/10/2013 at 7:57 pm

November 6, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

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

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

On The Map

Like - more photos.

Posted by: Mary on 11/7/2013 at 7:22 am

November 5, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in from Pangboche

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

On The Map

November 3, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Arrives in Namche Bazaar

“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


On The Map

Can’t wait to see your sunrise shots!
Have a good trip!!!!!!

Posted by: Tammy Doppenberg on 11/3/2013 at 9:09 pm

November 2, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Checks in From Namche Bazaar

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

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

On The Map

October 31, 2013

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek:  Team Arrives in Kathmandu

Greetings from Nepal.

Today we officially started our fall 2013 Everest Base Camp Trek!!!

Our team arrived filled with excitement to the small country of the big Himalayas. Great weather accompanied our arrival to a very much alive Kathmandu; the anticipation of the elections that will be celebrated in 2 weeks makes the capital city a unique place. Dodging the different political groups’ parades through the city, we visited historical landmarks which made the day of such a photographer.
We enjoyed a great dinner before heading to bed for an early start tomorrow, which with a 5 am wake up call, will take us to Lukla, (weather permitting) to start our journey through the Khumbu valley towards the higher grounds. More to come soon from the unpaved trails, the smoke free air and the inspiration filled mountains of the Land of the Sherpa!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

On The Map

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