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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Trek to Namche Bazaar

Hello from the Khumbu everyone!

This morning we left the tea house in Phakding and headed up this beautiful valley toward Namche Bazaar, which is the largest village in this famous valley. We had a slight rain delay this morning as we woke to some light precip, but hit the trail right around 8:30 as the rain tapered off. Everyone enjoyed the hike, and no one seemed to mind pausing often for the endless mules and yaks carrying loads headed for 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 seemed 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. There was a little snow falling as we pulled in, so we’ll have a few better photos tomorrow.
That is all for now.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Good luck Casey!

Posted by: Giulia Graber on 3/21/2017 at 5:00 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Flies to Lukla, Treks to Phakding

Today we headed out while all of Kathmandu was still sleeping and got onto a small Twin Otter plane as the sun was rising.  By 6:30 we were airborne and treated to the smoothest flight I’ve ever had to Lukla.  After a perfect landing on one of the world’s shortest runways, we finally sat down to breakfast in Lukla.  Surrounded by mountains the group had a wonderful day walking to Phakding.  Once at our Lodge for the night we played some heated cribbage games (where the ladies won) and went for a walk up to an old monastery.  We are all happy to be in this amazing place of rich culture and big mountains.  Looking forward to getting to Namche tomorrow and into the heart of the Himalayas.

RMI Guide Christina Dale

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Tour Kathmandu

Namaste everyone.

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 tranquil Yak & Yeti Hotel.
Today we met for breakfast and a team meeting to discuss all the gear and the adventure that we are about to take. After our meeting we headed out on a 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 the peace and quietness of the Khumbu where we head tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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That’s a good looking team! Enjoy the wonders of the Himalaya with invaluable Casey’s and Christina’s expertise in the area, plus their wonderful personalities!!!!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos on 3/19/2017 at 1:01 pm

Everyone at home in Minnesota is excited and thankful for your updates! We love you Gary and Jan and are praying for a great trip for you and your team!!

Posted by: Vicky on 3/19/2017 at 11:17 am

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Finish Their Safe Journey

We are back safe and sound in Kathmandu.

Everyone is enjoying the comforts here at the Yak & Yeti Hotel, a long hot shower, good food, and the warm temperatures.

It’s been one amazing adventure with a great team and it will be sad to say goodbye, but we are all looking forward to getting back home to our loved ones.

Thanks for following.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Return to Lukla

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 Base Camp as always, because much of the needed supplies arrive via plane or from a few days away by mules. We even saw someone carrying a kitchen sink! Which I’m sure is for one of the new tea houses being built that line the trail to Base Camp.
With a little luck we hope to be back in Kathmandu tomorrow morning.
Keep your fingers crossed for us.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Island Peak Team Descends to Namche Bazaar

Hello again everyone.

All is still well here in the Khumbu as the remaining 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 Everest Base Camp. We slowly made our way through the trail 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 and finished the day off with a nice reunion with one of RMI’s finest Billy Nugent. Godspeed my friend!

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 Casey Grom and crew

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My fingers are crossed for good weather tomorrow. Excited for everyone to return home safely to their families.

All my love,


Posted by: Sydney on 4/7/2015 at 9:46 pm

Everest BC Trek & Island Peak Climb: Casey Grom Calls in After Island Peak Summit

Hey everybody. This is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Wanted to let you know we are all down, safe and sound. Two of us were able to reach the summit yesterday. Tried to give a call last night, but could not get reception in this little valley that we are in. As well as there is still no cell service or wifi up here. Apparently they have been having technical difficulties down valley. But everyone’s doing great after our climb, which was a cold one, we descended back down to Chukung and spent the night in a tea house and everyone is feeling fantastic this morning. Beautiful day again here in the Khumbu. Our plan is to hike down to Pangboche today. All of the trekkers should be catching their flights today from Kathmandu and headed home. We certainly miss those guys and I’m sure you guys back home do too. They should be there very soon. The team is great here and looking forward to getting down to some thicker air and before too long, Kathmandu. So that’s all for now. We’ll check in again hopefully with some pictures when we get into some service or wifi. Thanks you guys. Good bye.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom calls in after Island Peak Climb.

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Everest Basecamp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Team Parts Ways with Shared Memories

Hey Everybody, This is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. Just wanted let you know that everything’s going great here in the Kumbu. After having an incredible day at Base Camp, the team descended yesterday through a little bit of snow all the way down to Pheriche. It’s about 12 miles and it took our group a little over 7 hours, so quite a long day on our feet, but everyone did great! Everyone certainly enjoyed the drop in altitude and the thicker air. It was only 14,000 feet, but everyone could feel the difference. Everyone is doing great and last night we ran into two of RMI’s finest Jeff “JJ” Justman and of course Dave Hahn who are leading our Mt. Everest climb this season. It was great to see those guys and touch base and wish luck to those guys and the climbing crew that is with them.

After getting a good night’s rest, the team got out this morning and had relatively early breakfast. The trekking group headed back to Namche. The Island Peak team and myself headed up the adjacent valley and are relaxing here at Chukung. It was bit of a sad day saying goodbye to our friends that we spent so many great days with, but I am sure those guys are doing great now down in Namche enjoying the warm air, cell service and WiFi. Unfortunately for us, we won’t have cell service or WiFI here in Chukung as there has been some issue with the receivers. Anyways, we’re headed up the valley a little further and expect to be at Island Peak Base Camp tomorrow. We’ll try to check in via satellite phone we can get reception up there.

Thanks a lot. We’ll talk soon.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

Casey Grom Checking in from Chukung.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Arrive in Everest Base Camp

Casey Grom and team checked in from Everest Base Camp.  They arrived there yesterday under stormy skies and cloudy conditions. 
Today, the sun was shining and the team spent some time hiking around Base Camp and posing for photos in down suits.  Everyone got to experience life at 17,575’ complete with a shower at Base Camp.
Tomorrow the team will start their descent heading back down the Khumbu Valley. 

RMI Guide Casey Grom

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Go William Wiley !!!  The Himalayas look beautiful.

Posted by: Peter Mellini on 4/3/2015 at 4:47 pm

Please send my love to Bonny and Peter Rogers!! I am so happy to hear that you are all safe and hope that you are staying warm!

Posted by: Chelsea Hall on 4/1/2015 at 12:16 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Team Reaches Gorak Shep, Climbs Kala Patar

Namaste Everyone

All is well here on the trek!
Yesterday we left Pheriche and hiked further up valley to Lobuche, we slowly made our way along the winding path that we share with other trekkers, porters heavily laden with loads bound for Base Camp, and yaks who aren’t as keen to share the trail. We made good time and enjoyed the astounding views before reaching our lodge for the night.  In the afternoon we took a short walk to a overlook of the Khumbu glacier where we could just make out base camp far in the distance.

Today we hit the trail around 8:30 and reached our last and final camp, called Gorak Shep, before we head into Base Camp tomorrow. After arriving we had a light lunch and the headed up to Kala Patar which is the high point on this trek at 18,300’. At the top of Kala Patar we could easily see Everest Base Camp and had amazing views of Everest as the weather was relatively nice.

Everyone is currently relaxing in our tea house enjoying the warmth of the fire. There’s been lots of cribbage and plenty of good conversation with our team and other trekkers on the same journey as us.

Looking forward to Base camp.
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Very excited for you to get into Base Camp. Casey Grom, leave some chocolate cake for the rest of the team, and watch out for the probiotics!

All my love and warmth.

Posted by: Sydney on 3/30/2015 at 8:22 am

All so us following from home are so excited for the team to reach base camp! Those of us at sea level are living vicariously through you all so absorb everything so you can tell us about it. Be safe. Special thoughts to my sweetheart Tom.


Posted by: Donna Mann Belt on 3/29/2015 at 6:19 pm

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