October 29, 2017
A lot of good stuff is happening this weekend so I thought I would let everyone know how our Teams are doing in the Khumbu Valley.
First up: The 2X2/3X3 Teams trekked to the summit of Kala Pattar! Harry and the Team woke early to beat the crowd and take advantage of the great weather they have been having. It was a “cool” trek in a few ways. They left Gorakshep with a couple extra layers on and slowly made their way to the summit of the legendary peak of Kala Pattar (18,192 ft). After their summit, the Teams made their way back down to Gorakshep for lunch before continuing down and around…Down and around means the 2X2 traversed around the lower hill of Lobuche to Base Camp to set themselves up for the Lobuche Peak Climb. They were met by LONG time Sherpa Guide Dawa. The 3X3 Team continued around Lobuche Peak to a very small village called Dzongla. This is a two lodge town where our Trekking Team can get a bit of rest. They are heading for the trail less traveled now.
Harry and Dawa checked in from High Camp on Lobuche this morning. The weather is trending very well and the Team is feeling strong. They are in position to climb Lobuche Peak tonight!
Over on Ama Dablam, Austin and Phunuru let us know that they received a bit of snow yesterday. Just enough to put a fresh coat of paint on everything in the morning. The morning came and with it, clear skies and warming temperatures. Austin and Kevin headed up to Yak Camp (17,000 ft) with the first group of climbers on their first rotation. The second group will follow them up with IMG Guide Adam Clark. The Teams will climb to Camp 1 (18,370 ft) and sleep tomorrow, then touch Camp 2 (19,350 ft) and descend to Camp 1 for another night.
All is well in the Khumbu Valley!