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Everest Base Camp Trek:  Mark Tucker & Team Fly to Lukla and start the trek

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 8,700'

After an early start this morning from the hotel in Kathmandu, the team boarded a plane to Lukla.  Then the trek began. We met our Sherpa team and began our trek to Everest Base Camp with a hike along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding. The weather was very nice for hiking today.  Now, we are checked in at our first tea house of the trip.  We are excited to have stretched our legs a bit and arrived in the mountains.

We will check in tomorrow from Namche Bazarre.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

Landing at the Lukla Airport, Khumbu Valley, Nepal.  Photo: RMI Collection Trekking to Phakding along the Dudh Kosi River.  Photo: RMI Collection Susan  Roberts Shout out to Ms. Hixon's 4th grade class! Photo: Mark Tucker

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Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Grom & Team Visit Tengboche Monastery

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 12.325'

Namaste! (traditional Nepalese greeting)
Today the team left Namche Bazarre and headed further up the Khumbu Valley headed for Everest Base Camp. Shortly after leaving we were greeted with our first view of Everest itself, far off in the distance but clearly standing above all else. We slowly made our way along the trail stopping for pictures and breaks and eventually made our way up to the Tengboche Monastery. We arrived shortly before the monks prayer session and were delighted to sit in and listen to the monks chant, which was quite spiritual for all. We then casually made our way down to our new tea house for the evening where we are currently warming ourselves by the wood burning stove.

All is well!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

The trail from Namche to Deboche with Everest and Lhoste in the back ground.  Photo: RMI Collection Inside the Tenboche Monastery.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak team getting ready to leave from Namche Bazaar. Photo: Jeff Martin

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Mark Tucker & Team Arrive in Kathmandu

Posted by: Mark Tucker | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 4,383'

Jackpot! Feeling like Mr. T with his A Team.  My amazing team and all our gear arrived in Kathmandu.  All our boxes are checked, i.e. orientation meeting, equipment check, city tour and it is pouring rain in Kathmandu.  Despite the rain, we had way too much fun experiencing the culture today in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  We took many photos along our journey through the city and are getting to know each other a long the way.

Now that we feel ready to embark on our next part of our expedition, we’ll sign off for the night and go find some pizza in town for dinner.

RMI Guide Mark Tucker

The 2014 Spring Everest BC Trek Team. Photo: Mark Tucker The team poses in front of the infamous Monkey Temple. Photo: Mark Tucker Tucker's team posing for the camera in Kathmandu. Photo: Mark Tucker

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Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Grom & Team - Feels Like Christmas in March

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

Greetings from Namche once again.

Today we were greeted with a fresh blanket of snow in town, but only a few inches. We had planned on doing a little hiking to try and catch a glimpse of Everest, but the new snow and cloud cover kept us close to home. So we spent the day drinking coffee, telling stories and doing a little shopping in town. It almost felt like Christmas to be honest!

Everyone is doing great and happily enjoyed the relaxing day here.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

P.S.
I’d like to wish my dad a special Happy Birthday! Wish I could throw a snowball at you pops! I love you.

Fresh layer of snow over Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom Grom & Team sightseeing in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom

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

Posted by: Casey Grom | March 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 11,300'

We woke to beautiful, clear skies today and enjoyed the early morning warmth after a slightly chilly night. First up for the day was an all important breakfast with pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, cereal and last but not least COFFEE. A special thanks to Jeff Martin for preparing a wonderful travel kit with plenty of it.

We hit the trail a little before 9am and slowly made our way passing dozens of tea houses, trekkers, and porters. We crossed several suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags that sit high above the valley floor with amazing views in all directions. After a few hours hiking we arrived at the big hill that leads up to the famous Namche Bazaar, which is the center of the Khumbu Valley. The team did a great job and before too long we all arrived in Namche just in time for a late lunch and before the snowflakes started to fall from the sky. We spent the remainder of the evening exploring this small town and napping as we continue to adjust to the new time zone and altitude.

Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to our rest day tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

Crossing one of many suspension bridges trekking towards Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom The team relaxing at a teahouse after arriving in Namche Bazaar. Photo: Casey Grom

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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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