2019 Everest Expedition Nepal  •  29,035'  •  8850m
Expedition Coverage

IMG's 2019 Mt. Everest Expedition Coverage

Led by Eric Simonson, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Greg Vernovage, Justin Merle, Phunuru Sherpa, Harry Hamlin, Adam Clark


BC Coming Together with Yaks and Porters on the Way

March 19, 2019

Ang Jangbu checked in after speaking with IMG Sherpa Guide Pasang Kami (also known as PK). The advanced Sherpa Team has been busy working at Everest Base Camp, building tent platforms and getting some of the big tents set up for the season. The high priority of the day was to get the Sherpa Dining and Kitchen tents set up. The Sherpa Team managed to get these tents set up during a snow shower. After the Dining and Kitchen Tents got put up, the Sherpa focused on building their sleeping tent platforms.

Down valley, Ang Pasang arranged some yaks to carry most of the gear that has been stored in Pangboche since the helicopters dropped it off. Now the Yaks are now headed to EBC! The advanced Sherpa Team has also scheduled porters to carry loads from our store room in Gorakshep to EBC over the next couple days.

The Team is cranking at Everest Base Camp!

—Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader

Expedition Gear Moving Up the Khumbu and Sherpas Reach EBC

March 12, 2019

Ang Jangbu reports that more of our cargo has been flown by helicopter to Pangboche after a delay waiting in Phaplu for the weather to clear. Included in this lot are more oxygen cylinders and masks, food, and some new dining tents for Everest Base Camp. Our guys in Pangboche will be sending everything to EBC by yaks and porters over the coming days.

Our Advanced Sherpa Team is also getting ready to head to EBC to start construction of the 2019 IMG Base Camp. Ten Sherpas plus two Sherpa cooks will meet at Gorakshep on March 17th, then head to EBC the next day to start building our camp. It will take the crew several weeks of rock rolling and chopping to create all the tent platforms we will need from the icy and rocky moraine.

—Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader

Expedition Gear Arrives in Pangboche

March 1, 2019

Ang Jangbu reports that after several days of bad weather and snow storms in the Khumbu, the weather finally cleared today and our first loads were flown by B3 helicopter from Phaplu to Pangbuche.

Phinjo Dorje received the loads and stored them at Ang Pasang's house. Thanks to Phinjo Dorje for sending some nice shots!

—Eric Simonson, IMG Partner

Shipments Now in Kathmandu

February 26, 2019

Ang Jangbu checked in overnight to let us know that our food, gear, and oxygen shipments have cleared Nepal Customs and been delivered. This is an important moment for our 2019 IMG Everest Expedition. One less thing to worry about! Now everything is getting repacked over the next few days for the rugged trip to Everest Base Camp. For the oxygen cylinders, we rewrap them in foam and get them into stronger containers. This does the trick for the bumpy road to Phaplu (80 miles east of KTM), the helicopter flight, and then getting carried by yaks or porters.

Cargo from Phaplu normally would get flown to Shyangboche in the big Russian MI 17 helicopter. That heli is unavailable this year in Nepal, so instead the cargo will go to Pangboche via slingload under an AS350 B3. This is a smaller helicopter lifting a smaller load, but we are getting the stuff flown higher up the valley, so that is a plus.

Gear is on the move for Mount Everest!

—Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader