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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 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 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 !!
Andy and Warwick on the summit of Lobuche. Background Everest and Lhotse Shar. Photo Andrew Turvey. Warwick near the summit of lobuche behind Thile. Photo Andrew Turvey
Andy and warwick on the summit of Lobuche. Photo Andrew Turvey. Andy posing at Cho La. Photo Andrew Turvey.
Andy summit of lobuche. Photo Warwick Van Aardt. Crampon Point at Lobuche. Photo Warwick Van Aardt. Everest View from Lobuche. Photo Warwick Van Aardt
Andy taking selfee behind Warwick during lobuche peak climb. Photo Andrew Turvey. Everest Glacier Team ready with climbing equipment in Cho La. Photo Andrew Turvey.
Thile and Andy getting ready for summit push for Lobuche. Photo Warwick Van Aardt. Warwick and Thile are lobuche peak for summit. Photo Andrew Turvey. Warwick in fixed line. Photo Andrew Turvey.
From the lobuche peak. Andy and warwick on the summit of Lobuche. Photo Andrew Turvey. Gordon posing background view Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam. Photo Warwick Van Aardt.
Yaks and lobuche mountain in background. Photo Andrew Turvey. Warwick pointing at The Everest. Photo Warwick Van Aardt
Great view shot from Tangboche. Photo Andrew Turvey. Memorial near Lobuche. Photo Andrew Turvey.
Neil and Andy resting. One of the many suspension bridge in Khumbu Valley. Photo Andrew Turvey. Warwick, Andrew and Ruby in Dingboche. Photo Andrew Turvey.
Andrew Turvey, Ruby and Warwick Van Aardt at Gauri Shankar Climbing and trekking rental Shop. Photo Andrew Turvey. The Sacred Mani Stones of Buddhists. Photo Andrew Turvey