SummitClimb Everest BC trek
Dear EverestNews.com, The
SummitClimb Everest Basecamp trekkers have returned safely to Kathmandu.
beautiful trek in with the Everest en Lhotse expeditions, the
trekkers spend two nights and a full rest day at Everest Basecamp (+/- 5300m).
The weather was perfect and during the rest day Thomas, Karen and Kyle
participated in the fixed line training on the glacier. Basecamp was for most
trekkers a new personal altitude record and after two cold and for some of us
rough nights everybody was ready to head back down again. Going slow, but
steady we decided to rest a little in Gorak Shep, before
most of us
would move on to Lobuche. Patrick, Paul and Kyle felt up to climbing Kala
Pattar and saved our honors by reaching the 5545m viewing point for Everest.
Melissa and Thomas decided to keep on going down and made a huge effort in
reaching Pheriche that same day.
lower altitude everybody started to feel better and stronger again and the
trail to Dingboche felt like a walk in the park. Still lucky with the weather,
we had spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche Peak, the north face of Ama Dablam
and the Chukung valley. The next day we continued down to Pangboche where we
rejoined Melissa and Thomas before retracing our steps towards Tyangboche
(going to Phortse would have been to hard on the porters and Zopkyo's).
Arriving at Tyangboche early in the day gave us a chance to witness a chanting
session by the monks in the Monestary, talk to the brother of Nima Doma (our
Sherpani on the trek) who has been a monk for 6 years there and join the
porters in there singing and dancing at the end of a hard days work. It was
great to experience a little more of Nepali culture that way.
Tyangboche we took a little side trip to Kumjung which is the largest town in
the Khumbu Valley. Kumjung sits in a gorgeous valley and the lovely meadows on
the way to Namche where nice to see. Dropping down almost 300m on a steep goat
trail towards Namche was tricky, but experienced as we now were, everybody was
able to make it down safely. Being back in Namche gave us the feeling of being
back in civilization again, suddenly being able to email, call, shop for
souvenirs and playing pool while having a beer at the Danfe bar!
trekking day took us from Namche down to the river and back up to Lukla. Nima
Doma's family was so friendly to invite us in their home in Ghat (halfway up
the hill to Lukla) where we had the best chang (fermented rice drink) ever and
boiled potatoes with delicious sherpa chili. Arriving at Lukla at the end of a
long, last day made us appreciate a perfect chicken chili Dhal Bhat, served by
our own kitchen staff, even more. The next morning we walked to Lukla airport,
weighed our bags, received a boarding pass and went to the bakery across the
street to kill time. We learned that the airport in Kathmandu was closed to
give King Gyaendra free passage through Trubhuvan Domestic airport. Ke Garnee!
A few hours
and a fairly brumby flight later we were back in Nepal's chaotic capitol
Kathmandu, enjoying the sudden comfort of a hot shower and sit-down toilet.
great, challenging, beautiful and fun trek, I would like to
the trekkers for being such a great group to hang out with!
would like to thank EverestNews.com for their hard work, giving us the
opportunity to tell our story and follow the news on our friends at Everest
and Lhotse! We wish them all the best!!!
from all of us at SummitClimb. Elselien te Hennepe.
Below please find the
team rosters for the Everest and Lhotse expeditions and the Everest basecamp
FAMILY NAME, First Name, country
of origin, Trip Name, leader
MR. CLARKE, Clay, USA, Everest
MR. COSTER, Arnold, Netherlands,
MR. FRANKELIUS, Johan, Sweden,
MR. MAZUR, Daniel, England, and
USA, Everest, leader
MR. O'BRIEN (CHRIS), USA,
MR. O'BRIEN (MIKE), USA, Everest
MR. VOIGT, Jens, Germany,
MR. BACH, James Anugata, USA,
MR. BARILLA, Jason, Kripabindu,
MR. BARLOW, George, USA, Lhotse
MR. BOURDEAU, Pierre, Canada,
MR. BROILI, Ben, USA, Lhotse
MR. EDMONDS, Shane, USA, Lhotse,
MR. FALAHEY, Blair, Australia,
MR. GARCIA, Joao, Portugal,
MR. GAUTHIER, Jowan, Portugal,
MR. HAGGE, Malte, Australia,
MR. KAUSCH, Max, Argentina,
MR. MAZUR, Daniel, England and
USA, Lhotse, leader
MR. MERWIN, Mark, USA, Lhotse,
MR. MEYRING, Gary, USA, Lhotse
MR. SANTOS, Helder, Portugal,
MR. THOMAS (JASON), USA, Lhotse,
MR. THOMAS (WILLIAM), USA,
MR. THURLEY, Kay, Germany,
MR. WIGDERSON, Eyal, Israel,
MR. AMBROSIUS, Kelly, USA,
MS. CARDINAL, France, Canada,
MR. DELISANTI, Rip, USA,
MR. EMERY, Tom, USA, Basecamp
MS. MOORE, Melissa, South
Africa, Basecamp Trek
MS. NEORR, Karen, USA, Basecamp
MS. OLSEN, Colleen, USA,
MS. ROBINSON, Jenni, USA,
MS. ROTHENBERG, Maja, Germany,
MR. SCHAEFFER, Kelly, USA,
MR. STROHMAYER, Paul, USA,
MS. TE HENNEPE, Elselien,
Netherlands, Basecamp trek, leader
MR. TONOZZI, Pat, USA, Basecamp
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