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

Hello everybody this is Casey Grom checking in from the Everest Base Camp Trek.  Just want to let everyone know that everything is going great here in the Khumbu Valley.  Today we got up early and checked out of our hotel and headed to the local airport and caught our 7:45 flight, that went relatively well.  It was a smooth flight all the way to the Lukla airport.  It was a clear day and we had beautiful views of the Himalaya as we headed into the valley.  And then we had a brief glimpse of Mt. Everest right before we touched down.  We spent the next couple hours just gradually making our way down the valley.  We ended our day, here in Phakding and we are relaxing in the tea house, having dinner and just enjoying the surroundings.  The team is doing great.  We are looking forward to getting some wi-fi tomorrow where we will be able to send a few pictures to let you know what the trip is looking like so far.  Everyone is doing great and we will check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from Phakding.

On The Map

Everest Base Camp Trek:  Team Arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal

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 were we visited the beautiful Monkey Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and a quick stop at the famous Durbar Square.
It’s quite the culture shock visiting this busy city packed with nearly 4 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

Hello to ALL from Austin, Texas!!
Looks like it’s all going as planned.
Keep your eye on the sky high destination.
Be smart, be safe and enjoy the journey.

Posted by: Wheat and Kristin Belt on 3/29/2015 at 6:24 am

10 Things to Experience on the Trek to Everest Base Camp

There is something to admire around every turn of the 31 mile trail through the Khumbu Valley from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. Monasteries, cultivated fields, grazing yaks, and tiny villages all share the valley, sitting beneath the some of the world’s tallest and most stunning mountains. A few of our guides sat down to compile a list of ten things to be sure and experience on the Everest Base Camp Trek:
10. View From Kala Patar: It’s not widely known, but the view from the top of Kala Patar, a rocky outcropping above Gorak Shep, provides a sweeping panorama from Everest to Ama Dablam and are far better than those of Base Camp.

Views of Everest from Kala Patar (RMI Collection).  

9. Lama Geshe: A renowned spiritual leader living in a small house in Pangboche, Lama Geshe never fails to greet visitors with a deep laugh and broad smile. As he chants prayers in his native Tibetan in a deep but soft voice, he provides a fascinating appreciation and insight into the Buddhist process of embarking on a journey, whether for an Everest Expedition or a trip to visit distant relatives.

Lama Geshe blesses an RMI climber (Linden Mallory).
8. Momos: Akin to Chinese dumplings, the Nepalese momo is a delicious treat after a long day on the trail.

Nepali momos (RMI Collection)
7. Afternoon prayers at the Tengboche Monastery: After making the 1,300’ ascent to the ridge top Monastery, find a seat along the edges of the Dokhang (the prayer hall), framed by a two story tall golden statue of Buddha, and listen to the deep chants of the resident monks fill the space.

Afternoon prayers at the Tengboche Monastery (Linden Mallory)
6. Exploring Namche Bazaar: Perched on a hillside in the middle of the Khumbu, Namche Bazaar is the cultural and economic hub of this mountainous region. Yaks, monks, and Tibetan traders share the narrow streets with locals and trekkers alike, and a new discovery can be found around every corner, from tailors to bakeries to monasteries and museums.

Namche Bazaar at night (RMI Collection).
5. The experience of trekking lodge-to-lodge: After a warm breakfast served in a cozy dining room, shoulder a light day pack with only the gear you need for the day, leaving your duffel outside your door, and start up the trail. Spend the day wandering through villages, fields, and valleys, until you reach your next night’s teahouse where your bag awaits. The teahouses are simple but comfortable, with cozy community dining rooms to eat, relax, and socialize in and sleeping rooms just down the hall. 

An RMI trekker relaxes in the teahouse in Pheriche (Linden Mallory)
4. The Trail: While the excitement of trekking to Base Camp is reaching  the foot of Everest at the end of the trail, the wonder comes from the entire experience of traveling the trail, where a simple centuries old footpath serves as both highway through the valley and the villages’ Main Streets. Slow your pace now and again to look around and take in the shops, homes, and life that all happens right along the path!

Melissa Arnot and Peter Whittaker spinning prayer wheels on the trek to Everest Base Camp (Jake Norton / FA)
3. Island Peak’s summit ridge: Ringed by several of the world’s greatest mountains (Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, and Ama Dablam), the airy summit ridge of Island Peak provides all of the excitement of Himalayan climbing in a short extension to the spring trek.

RMI climbers on Island Peak's summit ridge (Linden Mallory)
2. Spending the night at Everest Base Camp: you’ve walked all that way, why turn around and leave again in a matter of hours? Spending the night in Base Camp is a peek into the full experience of embarking on an Everest Expedition and enjoying a cup of tea while watching the sun peak over the top of the Western Cwm is an unforgettable moment.

RMI tents at Everest Base Camp (Jeff Martin)
1. Stopping to soak it all in: The Khumbu is simply an amazing place. One of the best things is just being there: stopping to dig your heels into the ground and looking around. There is nowhere else in the world like it.

RMI trekkers soaking in the view near Lobuche (Linden Mallory)

Ready to experience the Khumbu for yourself? Join RMI on a trek to Everest Base Camp!

Please see our in depth blog about hiking to everest base camp.  We have pictures, our budget, planning, and pictures/videos.  It should be very helpful for you!


Posted by: Scott on 4/26/2016 at 11:30 pm

It is one of the best Everest Base Camp Trekking blog i have ever read. Really well written n knowledgeable thanks for sharing glad to read your blog.

Posted by: Everest Base Camp Trekking on 4/6/2015 at 12:26 am

Courage Quilt: What is Courage?

On March 21, RMI Trekker Susan R left her home in Florida en route to Kathmandu, Nepal.  Susan would be joining RMI Guide Mark Tucker and their team on a 21 day adventure through the Khumbu Valley.  From Kathmandu the team would fly to Lukla and begin their trek to Everest Base Camp at 17,575’.
Along with the jackets, hiking boots, sleeping bags and other items needed along the trail, Susan brought with her a special Courage Quilt.  This quilt was given to her by Mrs. Hixon’s 4th Grade class from Oakton Elementary School in Oakton, Virginia.  Mrs. Hixon and her class did a project on Nepal and the Himalaya.  ” It certainly helped me and I think it helped the other team members as well.” said Susan.

The students were asked the following questions:
What is courage?
What does it look like?
What do you think about when you need to be courageous?

The photo below is of the Courage Quilt given to Susan which she brought with her to Nepal.

Have fun with Tuck on the trek. He was a blast on Kilimanjaro 2 years ago.

Posted by: Dick Davies on 5/10/2014 at 12:32 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Return to Kathmandu

Hello everyone
We have finally returned to Kathmandu!
We arrived yesterday in Lukla after a long enjoyable hike down from Namche. It was a beautiful day with sunshine most of the way and just a sprinkle at the end to welcome us back.
After a quick shower we stepped out to the local pub and had a drink to celebrate the journey.
This morning we were delighted to wake to clear skies and hear that we were on one of the first flights out. And better yet, arrived back in Kathmandu early enough for breakfast.
It’s been a wonderful adventure and it will be sad to say goodbye to the team. But it’s time to get home.
Thanks for following!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Congratulations you guys!

Posted by: Chris on 4/8/2014 at 2:17 pm

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

Today we descended back down the valley all the way to Namche where we passed hundreds of trekkers, climbers, and endless yaks trains! We paused occasionally to take in the amazing views and to see where we had been. It only took about 4 hours to reach Namche where we arrived just before a few groups and took advantage of the much needed hot showers. The team spent the rest of the afternoon doing a little gift shopping and just relaxing in the warmer temperatures.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our last day on the trail.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

On The Map

Casey Grom - just checking in on you. Just read about the avalanche and of course I immediately thought of you. Be safe.

- Janel

Posted by: Janel Miller on 4/18/2014 at 6:43 am

Hi, Nicole! Looking spectacular! I’ll be up in May to hear all about your adventure! Your dad will be in Florida on Wednesday and I will be in Lauderdale Friday. If he hasn’t been on this site, I’ll get on with him. Stay well, rest when you can and keep on keepin on! xoxo

Posted by: Patti Tebo on 4/7/2014 at 6:07 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team Relaxing in Tengboche

Hello again everyone. We’re finally back in the cell and wifi zone!

I’m not sure if the last few sat phone calls went through but here’s a quick recap:
Thursday night it snowed for a few hours before we woke for our Island Peak summit climb. Thankfully it was only a few inches and the weather cleared before we started climbing. However, it was just enough to obscure the trail and make our going a little slippery, not dangerous, just very slow and tiring. We climbed up a steep slope into a tricky rock gulley that led to the start of the glacier where we strapped on our crampons and pulled out our ice axes. The start of the glacier was very broken and again required our full attention and lots of stamina, then eased off before the final steep headwall. The last few hundred feet had us ascending fixed rope to the summit and was exhausting due to the thin air. We took a few photos and started rapelling back down to the glacier. All in all it took us eight hours to reach the summit and another five to get back to camp. Three of our six climbers were able to battle to the top and the others gave us as much support as they could.
Today we hiked all the way back to Tengboche and are currently relaxing in a tea house and are very excited about hot showers tomorrow in Namche.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Nicole,  Uganda was me sent by Jen. Love coming home to your updates! Living an adventure thru you.  Love you - Sandy

Posted by: Sandy Murray on 4/7/2014 at 5:15 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker Bids Farewell to His Team in Lukla

BIG is done!  Here in Lukla and enjoying the thick air and relatively warm temperatures. Long day from Namche to here, all is well. Good day weather wise and lots to view. Beautiful blooming fruit trees that were not at that stage on the way in. Amazing what new sites you see from the opposite direction. We took our time, tried to take in as much of the region as we could and still get us to our home for the night before dark. It was nice to stop and see the children, out and about having fun and a joy to observe the everyday live of the Sherpa people. They have always been such a friendly folk and it held true on this trip as well. Two of our favorite people of the Khumbu, Karma and Mingma part of our local staff that helped make this such a successful trip, left us after dinner. Safe journey to them and thanks so much. Pemba will stay with us till the early flight tomorrow morning. It’s been a blast. Till next time. Get out while you can.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

On The Map

Hi Kara,
It looks like you have better weather then we have here in Cleveland.
Be safe and have fun.
I am sending you good thoughts.

Posted by: Donna on 4/7/2014 at 6:33 pm

So glad to see your smiling faces! The fact that you all are shopping is a great sign!!
All kidding aside,it sounds like this trip has had some very real challenges that you have conquered. Congratulations and a big warm hug to all of you.  Can’t wait to hear about this trip.  Thank YOU Mark, for supporting the team and keeping all the fans back in the US informed. Your pictures and your blog have been wonderful.
Jill Shepard

Posted by: Jill Shepard on 4/7/2014 at 6:07 pm

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

Hello everybody, this is Casey Grom checking in again from the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb. We are all currently safely back at base camp here on Island Peak after a successful but long, hard day. It was a pretty tough night. We actually had quite a bit of snow overnight, which made the trail difficult but fine and pretty slick so it was hard going for most folks for the first few hours. Luckily the wind died down and we were able to get three of our climbers to the top of Island Peak. The other three- a couple of them climbed, one stayed in camp to be moral support. The other two, I think they realized it was a little too much for them. It was a big day. It took about eight hours for the team to reach the summit after almost going non-stop with just a few breaks. We are all back at camp, everyone’s happy and doing well. We just packed up and we’re going to drop down to Chukung… (transmission lost)

RMI Guide Casey Grom

RMI Guide Casey Grom checking in after Island Peak climb.

On The Map

Congratulations, everybody!

Posted by: Jan on 4/5/2014 at 9:25 am

Glad to have news of norm and lee. Did you have a birthday party?

Posted by: Kristy on 4/4/2014 at 11:37 pm

Everest Base Camp Trek: Tucker & Team Have a Couple of Big Days on Their Trek Out

BIG, BIG days in a row.  What a whirl wind tour this has been. Since leaving Pheriche at 14,000 ft and going up to 17,000-foot Everest Base Camp it has been all business.

The team has linked together so many tough days and been rewarded with so many memories, I sure hope the lack of oxygen to the brain doesn’t effect the retention of them. We were up early to a blue-sky day.  Quick breakfast and off we go.  The word descend is a bit misleading when traveling in the Khumbu region.  The dramatic relief in topography combined with all the weathering and rivers makes for a lot of ups and downs from start to finish of the day. Midway on our trek today, it started to snow pretty heavy.  The team has been fine tuning what basic equipment to have in our packs at all times.  Needless to say most of our clothing went on as we traveled through a winter wonderland.  The downhill becomes a big challenge with wet and slippery condition.  An impressive demonstration by my group of climbers today with no misstep under trying conditions. All tired but happy with one more BIG day tomorrow, which will get us back to the Lukla airstrip.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Nicole and team,

“For a Climber, saying that you are stopping by Everest is like saying that you are stopping by to see God.”
Roland Smith, Peak
Looking at the pictures…I can only imagine!!::))

Posted by: MARY GRACE on 4/4/2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi, Nicole LoBiondo and team!
What an amazing journey! The photos are beautiful. Can’t wait to see you standing on the summit! Sending my love and LOTS of positive energy!!! xoxo Patti T

Posted by: Patti Tebo on 4/4/2014 at 8:28 am

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