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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 Thile Nuru 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 breath-taking place to be on such a blue sky 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 learning and first mountaineering experience. The Everest Glacier School is perfect preparation 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 !!
Summit of Lobuche Michiko Eto with World Flag. Michiko Eto rope training. Going for summit with the help of fixed line. Photo Michiko Eto
Thile Nuru Sherpa instructor. Rock Climbing training near Zongla. Michiko Eto going for summit of Lobuche. Photo Michiko Eto
Going for Summit. Tent at High camp. Ready at High camp for summit. Photo Michiko Eto
At High camp Lobuche. Summit of Lobuche Michiko Eto with Japan flag. Ram Bahadhur at Lobuche high camp. Photo Michiko Eto
Ram bahadhur and Michiko Eto at Lobuche High camp. Morning seen at basecamp. Michiko Eto is ready with full climbing equipment. Photo Michiko Eto
Ice training at Basecamp. Dinner time. Training time. Photo Michiko Eto
Michiko Eto and Lhakpa Nuru working on rope training during Everest Glacier School. Icewall. Team member hiking and taking photos. Photo Michiko Eto
Taking rest near Pangboche. Sherpani and sherpa baby on the way to Lobuche basecamp. Michiko Eto and Dan Mazur inside Tea house. Photo Michiko Eto
Members hiking up to next camp. Lakpa Nuru and his family at tea house. Hiking and posing photo during snow. Photo Michiko Eto
Everest Glacier team and Everest Team members. Everest Glacier Climbing member receiving a blessing from the local Buddhist Lama in Pangboche. Baby Yak and Porters resting at Pangboche. Photo Michiko Eto
Everest Glacier Team members at Kathmandu resturant. Photo Murari. Enjoying the view. Photo David. Enjoying tour in Sangboche. Photo Michiko Eto
- Thile Nuru Sherpa, Leader
- Michiko Eto, Japanese
- John Beavis, UK
- Ed Montgomery, USA
- James Powlesland, USA
- Travis Lubinski, USA
- Anthony James Dent, UK
- Lauren Smith, New Zealand
- Brendan Wallace, New Zealand
- John Kelton Garrod (Kelly, USA
- Curt Sydenham, USA back to top