(Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud)
News of our recent expedition: Everest Glacier School & Basecamp Trek Spring 2012
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Trip Summary: www.EverestGlacierSchool.com : We began our trip with a stunning and memorable flight on a 16 seat propeller plane to the little mountain airport of Lukla, followed by a gorgeous trek up through the forested green foothills along the Everest trail. We saw many big icy mountains popping out above us as we walked along easy wide snow free trails. The villages up here are small and quaint with pretty houses and terraced potato fields. Our staff looked after us so well during the trek and we ate and slept well.
After about a week of walking and rest days, we came to a beautiful grassy meadow and set up cho la basecamp at 4600 metres/15,050 feet. We rested for a day and then walked up to the cho la pass at 5320 metres/17,500 feet, where under the superb instruction of Ang Sangay Sherpa, we practiced using ice axe and crampons, how to use ropes and ice screws, snow bar anchors, how to climb up and down on snow and ice, and how to travel safely roped together on a glacier.
After further rest, we walked for an easy few hours over to Lobuche Basecamp at 4600 metres/15,050 feet, and rested a bit more in the grassy fields at the base of Mount Lobuche. In Cho La basecamp and Lobuche basecamp we had our own cook and dining tent where the friendly staff cooked delicious meals and gave us lots of hot drinks.
The following morning, we walked to the rocky Lobuche high camp at 5357 metres/17,550 feet, set up tents near the lake, and rested for the afternoon. Early next morning we woke up before dawn, and went for the summit with our head torches, following our trusty leader Ang Sangay, along with three other sherpas. We walked on rocks for a while, and then put on our crampons when we came to snow and continued walking uphill.
The ridge was snowy and steep going, but we were still hiking, we were not dangling on any ropes. There were no cliffs, only steep snow.
The sun came out and lit up the beautiful snowy ridge, and we reached the summit around 10am. From Lobuche Summit, elevation 6119 metres/20,050 feet, we could see a wonderful view of Everest and many other mountains, truly a breathtaking place to be on such a bluesky morning!
We returned to high camp and had a delicious lunch, then walked down to Lobuche basecamp for a well deserved massive delicious dinner. After a very sound sleep, the next day we set off for Everest basecamp on the "Everest basecamp extension" and over the next few days we explored basecamp and the view ridge of Kala Patar.
All in all this trip was a wonderful walking exploration, mountain learningand first mountaineering experience. The Everest Glacier School is perfect prepa ration for Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Everest Nepal Training Climb, Everest Tibet Training Climb, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, and Mustagata. Welcome to our team for the next school !!
Dispatches: Please click one of the links below to go directly to that dispatch or just scroll down.
Posing for a photo after a fun day of training at Chola Glacier: Sean McLane, Sjoerd Wever, and Jessica Evans (Deha Shrestha). 26 April
Hi this is the dispatch for 26th April for Everest Glacier School & EBC
Today we Royal, Rebecca and me reached Namche capital of the Khumbu valley after crossing Pheriche and Tengboche leaving behind all those great view of the Himalayas. Jessica stayed back in Everest Base camp, she will be back tomorrow from basecamp. Sjoerd and Sean Michael are already in Kathmandu. Tomorrow me, Royal and Rebecca will go to Phakding. Following day we will be in Lukla and we are hoping to reach Kathmandu by 29th April.
Deha back to top 22 April
Team reports in live (click here to listen)
At the summit with Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, and more - 6119m (Sean McLane). On Summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and the Khumbu Glacier from the Summit of Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View from the summit of Lobuche East (Max Kausch). Approaching to summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever).
Hello this is a message from Deha calling from Lobuche basecamp. Today is 22nd April.
Today we went for the summit and succeeded. Congratulations to everyone! Now we are all resting in basecamp.
That’s it for today, we’ll give you more information tomorrow
Bye. back to top
Sean McLane nearly on the summit of Lobuche Peak. (Sjoerd Wever). Training on a beautiful day on the Chola Pass with Mount Ama Dablam and Cholatse behind (Sjoerd Wever). Rope training day at Cho La basecamp (Deha Shrestha). Ang Dorjee and Shera setting the ropes for the glacier practice at the Cho La Pass (Sjoerd Wever). 21 April
Team reports in live (click here to listen)
Hi this is Sean McLane of Everest View Glacier School, today is April 21st.
This morning we left Lobuche Basecamp and hiked up to advanced basecamp through the clouds and snow but right now everything has cleared up and we have great views of Lobuche, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and all the other peaks around.
Tomorrow we will be climbing up from advanced basecamp to the summit of Lobuche East. back to top
Team roped together for glacier travel at 5650 metres on Lobuche East (Dan Mazur). Lobuche High Camp with Mount Ama Dablam behind (Sjoerd Wever). Sange Sherpa, our expert cook for the Glacier School (Deha Shrestha). In Cho La basecamp, packing all of the gear to go Lobuche High Camp (Sjoerd Wever). 19 April
Team reports in live (click here to listen)
Hi this is Sean McLane of the Everest View Glacier School, today is the 19th April.
Yesterday we welcomed back Roy and Rebecca to our group, they are starting to feel better. They came up while the rest of us were on the Cho La Glacier doing training.
We practiced climbing on fixed ropes and abseiling on a glacial wall and after a few hours of that we were all quite tired so today is a well earned rest day for the whole group.
The plan is that in 3 days on the 22nd we will be summiting Lobuche and I’m looking forward to using my new found skills to do that. back to top
Team practicing roped glacier travel on the Cho La glacier (Dan Mazur). Porter taking a break at the Chola Glacier training (Sjoerd Wever). Glacier Travel Practice on the Cho La Glacier (Deha Shrestha). Ice and snow climbing training at Cho La Glacier (Deha Shrestha).
Team reports in live (click here to listen)
Team at Thukla. Member from left Joost van Hassel – Netherlands, Sean McLane – USA, Sjoerd Wever – Netherlands, Richard Maybank – UK, Arnold Coster - Netherlands (leader), Jonathan Kedrowski – USA, Urs Jaeggi – Switzerland, Eric Ary Arnold – Netherlands, Simon Pacione – Australia, Robert Bradley – UK, Steve Camkin – Australia, Ms. Marlies Neefjes – Netherlands, Ms. Mia Graeffe – Finland, Ms. Grace McDonald – Canada, Ms. Maryana Plesh – USA, Ms. Sandra Leduc – Canada, Ms. Jessica Evans – USA (Deha)
Hello this is Jessica Evans calling in the dispatch for April 16th. I am sitting in lovely Dhugla and we are proceeding today up to Dhzongla. Yesterday we had a beautiful day, we came from Pheriche up to the west, it’s about a 3 hour hike but it was interesting because it was our first day of hiking in the snow. It was a little bit chilly but still made for a great day, we had an altitude gain of about 300 metres, and everybody seemed to be getting acclimated well and we all had a great time.
So now we have another 3 hour hike and a few hundred metres of altitude change and we will be staying one more night in Dhugla before heading up.
It’s really sad because we said goodbye to our friends who are heading up to Everest and Lhotse so now we’re a much smaller group but we have been able to see Everest and it looks beautiful and we’re very excited to start our Glacier School and our climb up there.
I hope all is well and have a good day
Speak to you soon goodbye back to top
Enjoying tea in Chola Base camp. Seated around table: Rebecca Stansifer, Royal Drews, Sjoerd Wever, Sean McLane, and Jessica Evans (Deha Shrestha). . Ang Dorjee and Shera packing for Cho La basecamp (Deha Shrestha). Hiking up to Dzongla, with Mount Amadablam in the background (Deha Shrestha). Djonzgla Village with Mount Cholatse behind (Sjoerd Wever).
14 April -
This is Deha Shrestha. This morning we had really good weather with a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam on the right side, and Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and the wide range of Lhotse Shar in the distance.
After finishing our breakfast, we went to Lama Ghayse to get good luck for the team. It was good and interesting. After that, we came back to our camp, Sonam Lodge at Pangboche. Then we walked up to Pheriche and it feels good to be here. All members are doing well. Here we separated the gear for Glacier School and other expeditions.Tomorrow we are heading to Thukla. Please watch this site for our latest news in the coming days. Thanks. back to top
Lodges in Pheriche with a clear view of Lobuche East behind (Sjoerd Wever). Visiting Lama Geshe and receiving a blessing in Pangboche (Deha Shrestha).
The team left Namche (3440m) at 8am today. The weather was amazing and the views were breathtaking. Ten minutes into the trek we passed our yaks carrying all our bags and equipment (thanks yaks).
After I finished messing around with cameras and the yaks we walked around the corner and there it was. The Khumbu Valley with the most amazing views of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam and other mighty Himalayan peaks. You could see for miles. The blue sky, still air and great views was by far the best day of the trek to Base camp so far.
Clouds steamed off the summit of Mt Everest. An impressive sight!
It's a small crime that after walking up hill to Namche today we spent 2 hours going downhill to a place with the funniest name ever Phungki Tanga roughly 3000m give or take a few hundred meters. Here I changed my socks soaked up some sun bought a Snickers bar (as I forgot to collect my lunch) and set off to cross Duth Kosi river over the suspension bridge.
Then we set off to tackle the long steep hill up to Tengboche. This took a couple of hours but again the views were great and the sun was still shinning so although it was a long hill your thoughts were with the views.
The mountains were getting closer and closer and there were so many photo moments. After a break at the top we continued our trek for an hour to our final destination Pangboche (3950m)
Everyone is feeling great and as the sun goes down and the afternoon clouds disappears Ama Dablam is right behind our camp site. It seems so close you can almost touch it. Waking up in the morning to such beautiful surroundings will be a joy.
Thanks to you all for reading and everyone ends their love to their family and loved ones as do I.
- Rob Bradley back to top
View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. (Deha Shrestha). Simon Pacione, Robert Bradley, Royal Drews, Rebecca Stansifer, in front of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse (Deha Shrestha).
12 April -
Today is a rest day in Namache Bazaar. This morning was good weather with lots of sunshine. After breakfast most members went to see the Everest View hotel, which is about a 1 and a half hour hike. While some members went down to the main bazaar others took showers and laundry. All members are good and healthy. It was an easy day for us. Tomorrow we are heading to Pangboche, which is our next camp. Hopefully weather will remain nice. I will you update more in the next coming days. - Deha Shrestha
Members on their way to visit the Everest View Hotel. Namche Bazaar (Deha Shrestha).
11 April -
This is Royal Drews and Rebecca Stansifer reporting from our first trip to Nepal. Two days ago we finally left Kathmandu on a fun flight, especially the short landing, to Lukla. Yesterday we were introduced to the "EBC Highway" which surprisingly included thousands of stone steps to Phakding.
Today we got our second wind following the Dudh Kosi. Once we reached main Namche Bazaar, we went to have apple pie and coffee which really felt good. Now having dinner in a cozy teahouse in Namche Bazaar.
All team members are doing well and having fun here. Tomorrow we have a rest day in Namche. Please follow us for more news updates. back to top
Group in Phakding enjoying a comfortable teahouse. Members having a laugh in Namche (Deha Shrestha).
Everest Glacier School Team:
- Deha Shrestha - Nepal (co-leader)
- Ms. Jessica Evans - USA
- Ms. Rebecca Stanisfer-Haggie - USA
- Sean McLane - USA
- Sjoerd Wever - Netherlands
- Royal Drews - USA
Everest Basecamp Trek:
- Nir Kaji Tamang - Leader
- Thile Nuru Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa
- Ang Shera Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa
- Ang Dorjee Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa
- Sange Sherpa - Cook back to top