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Everest News - From Everest Tibet Expedition, Training Climb & ABC Trek

  • everestnews Everest Seen from Basecamp. Photo Franz
  • everestnews The Famous second step. Photo David O'Brien
  • everestnews Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres-23,000 feet, also known as camp 1. Photo David O Brien and Summit seen from ABC. Ry Fable
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Everest News of our recent expedition: Everest Tibet/North Col & ABC Trek 8 April to 6 June

Blog posts and Photos: Please click one of the links below to go directly to that blog post and the accompanying photos or just scroll down.

30 April - Hi this is David O'Brien from base camp.  Kipa Sherpa our ever smiley head cook rustled up a huge apple pie last night which was enjoyed after herb spiced chicken.  The cinema screen then went up at the end of our tea house tent for a showing of the British classic The Long Good Friday.  The North Col team have headed up a local hill for some acclimatisation practice.  The Summit team will head up to IBC tomorrow.

The Everest summit route seen from Northcol Rope Training day at ABC

The Everest summit route seen from Northcol.  Rope Training day at ABC. Photo George Kashouch. Travelthewholeworld.com

Wild animal at ABC Yak drinking water from Ice

Wild animal at ABC. Yak drinking water from Ice. Photo George Kashouch. Travelthewholeworld.com

at abc lots of snow at abc

At ABC. Lots of Snow at ABC. Photo George Kashouch. Travelthewholeworld.com

rope practice at ABC

Rope practice at ABC. Photo David O'Brien

27 April - Hi this is David O'Brien, we're all back  at base camp after the long rocky walk down yesterday. It's good to rest at the relative low altitude of 5200m with good food and the delights of our Tibetan Tea tent. The second North Col team have arrived and introductions were made over lunch today.

25 April - All back at Advance Basecamp from the North col very very windy day. 

24 April - All good at ABC. Did some rope practice this morning. Heading to Northcol at 7000 meters/ 22950 feet and will back tomorrow. 

22 April - All team are at Advance basecamp resting after the altitude gain to 6400 meters / 20997 Foot.

Sherpa trying to put player flag during puja Everest Team members are going to ABC

Sherpa trying to put player flag during puja. Everest Team members are going to ABC.  Photo Ricky Munday.

Loads are transfering to ABC Player flag and the everest

Loads are transfering to ABC.  Player flag and the everest. Photo Ricky Munday.

Puja at Everest Basecamp Rong Pu Monastery

Puja at Everest Basecamp.  Rong Pu Monastery. Photo Ricky Munday.

Here’s a pic of me outside my new home-for-now. The mountain had been covered by clouds for a while, but finally got a good shot of our camp, and the Everest in the background

Here’s a pic of me outside my new home-for-now. The mountain had been covered by clouds for a while, but finally got a good shot of our camp, and the Everest in the background.  Photo Ian Toothill 

19 April - Hi this is David O'Brien, from our delightful dining tent. It's a beautiful,sunny, calm morning and we're heading up to Interim Camp to start our higher acclimatisation .

 60 yaks jangled their way into base camp summitclimb-dining-tent

60 yaks jangled their way into base camp. SummitClimb Dining.  Photo- David O'Brien

18 April - The first group of 60 yaks jangled their way into base camp this morning to take our gear to ABC. We'll stay here for another two days and then move up to interim camp for two days and then onto ABC. Everyone is healthy, in good spirits and looking forward to moving higher up the mountain.

16 April - Hi this is David O'Brien from a very windy base camp. This morning a local Bhudist Lhama celebrated a Puja blessing to bring good fortune to our expedition. A placed some of our kit at the bottom of a small rock cairn with prayer flags on a rocky hill next to our camp.

Yesterday we walked to the Rombok monastery,  now largely unused.  We spent some time in a secret underground cave sitting shoulder to shoulder, much as monks must have done many years ago.

our Puja cairn with our camp and Everest in the distance the underground cave at the monastery

our Puja cairn with our camp and Everest in the distance. the underground cave at the monastery.  Photo- David O'Brien

14 April - Hi this is David O'Brien . The road journey from Shigar to base camp took us past sheep and yak herders on a now fully paved road. It takes less then half the previous 8 hour bone jarring dirt road ride. We climbed up over a high pass and stopped for photos but the top of Everest remained shrouded in clouds.  It was then on down for our first sight of our base camp home from home and our delightful Tibetan tea house style dining tent.

sheep on the road The road journey from Shigar to base camp

Sheep on the road. The road journey from Shigar to base camp. Photo- David O'Brien

12 April - We arrived in Shigatse yesterday our last stop en route to base camp. After some detailed negotiations the better hotel room were secured and some of us even managed a hot bath, a real treat at 4300m. Today saw had a morning shopping excursion for last stop supplies, where everyone bought a thick warm quilt to supplement base camp sleeping bags. All very hard core mountaineer.

Prayer flags on a high pass

 Prayer flags on a high pass. Photo- David O'Brien

11 April - We arrived yesterday in Shigatse a seven your drive from Lhasa and visited the vast monastery complex, a destination for pilgrims and home to over 500 monks.

We had a fine banquet for our evening meal with several new Tibetan dishes and bowls of tasty chill fries. Accompanied by local music and dancing.

Photo David O'Brien -the monastery with Shigatse in the distance Wandering around the monastery. Photo David O'Brien

The monastery with Shigatse in the distance . Wandering around the monastery. Photo David O'Brien

9 April -  Hi this is David, Everest Tibet leader.

The story so far has been a hectic few days in Kathmandu visiting shops, buying last minute supplies, and stocking up on snacks to keep us fuelled when we get walking.

We flew on a fairly turbulent flight over the Himalayas yesterday with great views of Everest and Kanchenjunga.

Our Lhasa hotel is very comfortable and some of us headed out for sightseeing around the lively city today taking in the famous Potala Palace.

Our evening meal was in an authentic friendly local Tibetan restaurant with super tasty dishes, definitely one to return to.


Lhasa Palace. everest summit team from tibet side

Photo David O'Brien.

Team Rosters:

Everest Summit Team Member

  • David O'Brien, UK ( Leader)
  • Holly Budge, UK
  • Alan Barclay, UK
  • Hubert Klaus, Austrian
  • Peter Whitfield, UK
  • Ricky Munday, UK
  • George Kashou, USA
  • Leslie Binns, UK
  • Michael Hopkins, UK
  • Adam Torrens, Australia
  • Ian Toothill, UK
  • Dave Creeden, USA
North col Team Member

  • Kurt Wimmer, USA
  • Klaas Koehne, Germany
  • Damian Lovell, UK
  • Robert Rudolph, USA
  • Nigel Leadbitter, Australia
  • Ann Leadbitter, Australia
  • Chris Bryce, Australia
  • Daniel Peter Gray, Canada
  • David Auricht, Australia
Advance Basecamp Team Member

  • Richard Auricht, Australia
  • Elizabeth Routley, Australia
  • Carol Rudolph, USA
SummitClimb Climbing Sherpas & Staff - 

  • Tenji Sherpa
  • Galze Sherpa
  • Ang Dawa Sherpa
  • Ang Dorji Sherpa
  • Ang Furba Sherpa
  • Ang Shera Sherpa
  • Dawa Jangbu Sherpa
  • Lakpa Sherpa
  • Tendu Sherpa

  • Kipa Sherpa (Cook)