April 6, 2021
We received welcome news overnight that Sherpas Fura and Dawa Tenzing successfully reached Camp 2 yesterday and returned back to Base Camp. They report the route up the Khumbu Icefall is in good shape and that our Camps 1 and 2 are secured. Well done!
Lower down both our IMG Teams were on the move today in the Khumbu Valley. Kevin Kayl checked in from Pangboche to let us know that Team 2 are doing well after a nice trek on the high trail from Phortse. After lunch they visited Lama Ngawang Paljur at the Pangboche monastery and received their blessing. Tomorrow the team will head to Pheriche for a couple nights of acclimatization.
Up valley a little further, Jonathan Schrock checked in via satellite phone from IMG’s Lobuche Base Camp to report that the Team 1 is doing great and the camp looks awesome. This will be the first night of actual camping for the team, and they will enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely area. The team will spend an important three days and nights at Lobuche Base Camp doing acclimation hiking and taking in the beautiful views of the upper valley. They may also climb up higher, towards the Lobuche High Camp, to familiarize themselves with the climbing route and gain a little more altitude practice before pushing on up to Everest Base Camp.
All is well in the Khumbu Valley and on Mount Everest!