2018 Everest Expedition Nepal  •  29,035'  •  8850m
Expedition Coverage

IMG's 2018 Mt. Everest Expedition Coverage

Led by Eric Simonson, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Greg Vernovage, Emily Johnston, Harry Hamlin, Phunuru Sherpa, Kevin Kayl, and Craig John


Advance Sherpa Team Making Progress on Building EBC

March 19, 2018

Jangbu sent a note over the weekend after talking with Chhewang Lendu who is at Everest Base Camp. IMG's Advance Sherpa Team is making good progress with the construction of our Everest Base Camp. The guys have the necessities up and running. They constructed the Sherpa Kitchen, one of the storage tents and a toilet tent. They also finished building the platform for one of the big Eureka Army Tents that will be used for storing gear that is on the way up from Gorakshep and Syangboche.

Ang Pasang also checked in from Syangboche where he managed to collect half of the load sent in on the Mi-17. Ang Pasang along with the yaks and porters are headed back to EBC where they will drop the gear and food and then return for another trip.

All is well in the Khumbu Valley!

—Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader

Ang Pasang's Khumbu Valley Ultra Marathon

March 16, 2018

We had an update from the Khumbu Valley today. Our Advance Sherpa Team is incredibly important and made up of Chewang Lendu, Pasang Kami II, Ang Karma, Mingma Sherpa, Pasang Kami I, Pasang Ngima, Palden, Kami Sherpa (Kerung), Ngawang, and Rinji. Each member of this advance team has a critical job and is chosen for their specialty. They will be mapping out our Base Camp and starting to chop out platforms for all of our big tents. First up will be making platforms for their own tents and kitchen. These guys are fantastic at what they do!

Now let's turn our attention to Ang Pasang. A couple days ago, Ang Pasang went up to our Base Camp to survey the area and make a decision on where he was planning on bringing the yaks loaded with all of the gear. He then turned back down the valley towards Syangboche with his yak team to pick up a load of our food and gear that was brought in by the Mi-17. Jangbu checked in last night to let me know that Ang Pasang had started his marathon. It is more like an ultra-marathon if you ask me. Ang Pasang will make the trek from EBC to Syangboche more than 20 times this season. Where in the Khumbu is Ang Pasang right now? You have to be with him to really know!

Ang Pasang's resume includes over 30 expeditions to Everest with 4 summits, as well as Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu (14 expeditions with 7 summits), Ama Dablam (8 expeditions with 4 summits), and Nuptse just to name a few highlights.

All is well with Ang Pasang somewhere in the Khumbu Valley!

—Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader