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Island Peak, known as Nepal's "easiest" trekking peak, was originally climbed in 1953 by Sherpas who were testing the oxygen apparatus for Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during the first ascent of Mount Everest.

It was named Island Peak because it stood alone, away from the surrounding mountains. This season our team of men and women of all ages and our trusty Sherpas climbed it on a beautiful sunny warm day with no wind and no clouds.Not only was the weather perfect, but the route was in very fine condition.


For fun, before climbing Island Peak, our team also spent several days at Ama Dablam basecamp, staying in the comfortable Mingbo Lodge. That was a wonderful way to acclimate. After climbing Island Peak, some of the team went home and others carried on to Everest Basecamp, which was a very enjoyable and beautiful way to finish this lovely excursion. What is special about Island Peak? It can be climbed in a day, and our expert leaders help you source the equipment on the spot in Kathmandu and teach you everything you need to know, so Island Peak is a perfect introduction to 6000 metre / 19,700 foot high, easy snow climbing. When combined with a walk to Everest basecamp, it allows the adventurer a sample of the best of both worlds: classic "teahouse" trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, coupled with an exciting taste of an easy mountain, Island Peak. For more about our next Island Peak adventure, please go to  www.IslandPeakExpedition.com . Thank you very much.
 
Blog posts: Please click one of the links below to go directly to that blog post or just scroll down.

 
Emma Fitzgerald (16 year old from Australia) and Jeremiah O'Brien summit on Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien. Sherpa and Aiden Fitzgerald on the summit of Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
 
  
 
Jangbu Sherpa and Jeremiah O'Brien summit on Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien. Desending down after  summit of Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
 
 
Aiden Fitzgerald climbing up from high camp to summit.  Emma Fitzgerald climbing up from high camp to Summit. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
 
 
School kid on the trial. Happy New year 2015 banner. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
 
 
Jeremiah O'Brien and Jangbu Sherpa in Suspension bridge. Welcome to Khumjung. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien

 
Members taking tea break with beautiful views. Photo Pia Eliason. 
 
 
View of Everest, AmaDablam from inside Tangboche Monastery. Photo Pia Eliason. Team Member at Tangboche Tea House. Photo Pia Eliason
 
 
Sun set at Everest from Pangboche. Photo Pia Eliason. Lukla Airport. Photo Pia Eliason
 
  
 
Aiden Fitzgerald and Pia Eliason at Lukla capturing Selfeeee. Photo Pia Eliason. Big Player Wheel in Tangboche. Photo Pia Eliason
 
  
 
Walking through Phakding to next camp.  Photo Pia Eliason. Good Rest. Photo Pia Eliason
 
 
 
Local growing some vegetables in their field.  Photo Pia Eliason. On the way to next camp following with wonderful tea house and Dudh Koshi River.  Photo Pia Eliason
 
  
 
The Himalayan Monal, Lophophorus impejanus also known as the Impeyan Monal or Impeyan Pheasant or Danphe is a bird of genus Lophophorus of the pheasant family, Phasianidae. It is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as the Danfe, and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Photo Pia Eliason. Lunch Break. Photo Pia Eliason.
 
 
 
Walking through khumbu Valley. Photo Pia Eliason. Pia Eliason enjoying the view. Photo Pia Eliason
 
 
View from Tangboche. On the way to KalaPather. Photo Pia Eliason
 
 
Pumori View. Photo Pia Eliason. Memory Near Lobuche. Photo Pia Eliason.
 
 
Mountain Birth. Photo Pia Eliason. Airport in Kathmandu. Photo Pia Eliason

5 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa -
We are in Pangboche. All is well. We are coming back leaving behind all beautiful mountain behind. We will be in Kathmandu soon and put lots of photos soon from our trip.

4 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – Jeremiah O'Brien, Canada, Aiden Fitzgerald, Australia, Emma Fitzgerald, Australia and Jangbu Sherpa Summitted Island peak! Now Staying at Chukung. Lots of Snow!

1 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – We five member are in Chukung today. Weather is not so good. It is foggy. But all is well here. Andrew back to Lukla after Kalapather and Basecamp. We will miss him. We will keep update you. Happy New Year. 

Team at Everest Basecamp. Photo Andrew Leggett. Mount Everest seen from Kalapather. Photo Andrew Leggett.

30 December -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – Yesterday we reached Gorek shep and from there we went  to Basecamp. It was wonderful to fill the basecamp. Then  back to Gorek Shep again. Today we Summitted  Kalapather. Nice weather and good view of Everest and many other mountains. Now back to Gorek Shep  again.  Planning to go lower elevation for rest.  Will keep update you.

 

Musk deer at Pangboche. Andrew at Kalapather. Photo Andrew Leggett

28 December -

Walk to Lobuche (4900 metres/16,100 feet). All are well and fine with beautiful day.

27 December -

Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet.

26 December -

Christmas - New Year's and Island Peak Team reach Pheriche. Situated at an altitude of about 4,371 m (14,340 ft), above the Tsola River.  Today is rest day for us . It is popular to take a rest day here for all the trekker and climber.  There is a rudimentary hospital in Pheriche that is operated under the auspices of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). 

AmaDablam seen from Tangboche. Photo Andrew Leggett. Horse Riding in Periche. Andrew Leggett.

25 December - 

Update from Jangbu Sherpa - Reach at Pangboche, with sunny day. All members are fine and doing well. Merry Christmas to all the friends and family.  Back to top

  
 
Capital of Khumbhu valley, Namche Bazaar. Photo Andrew Leggett. Mount Everest, Lhotse seen just below 15 minutes walk from Namche bazaar. Photo Andrew Leggett.

22 December -

Breathtaking hike up to Namche Bazaar, first signs of snow giving beautiful sunset reflections off the mountains.

 
 
Yaks used for transportation for load in Khumbu Valley. Photo Andrew Leggett. Namaste Lodge in Lukla. Andrew Leggett

21 December -

Clear skies gave beautiful views of mountains during flight to Lukla, and made the walk to Phakding very pleasant. Happily settled in tea house, ready to enjoy curry! 

Buying and renting climbing and trekking equipment in kathmandu. Photo Andrew Leggett. Seen from Kathmandu hotel. Photo Andrew Leggett

 
 
Hotel Shakti. Tradition art printed in hotel wall. Photo Andrew Leggett
20 December -
 
Team personal equipment check, lot's of shopping. Ready to go. Hope we will fly tomorrow. Finger Cross. 
 
 
Christmas - New Year's and Island Peak Trek team at Hotel. 
 
Team Roster
  • Jeremiah O'Brien, Canada
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Aiden Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Emma Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Pia Eliason, Australia
  • Andrew Leggett, Australia Back to top

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  • Jangbu Sherpa, Guide

Island Peak News from Autumn:

25 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Island Peak team returns safely! All of us climbed safely to summit @ 6175 m / 20,260 f. It was a challenging but gorgeous day.
 
Nepal Mountaineering association certificate for Sangeeta S Bahl

24 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Now on summit of Island Peak @ this very moment. Weather is outstanding. The are no clouds, &no wind. We can see 100's of peaks.

Nathan, Sangeeta, Thile and Dan on the summit of Island Peak. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa Rosemary, Maggie, and Sangeeta wowing the camera in front of Deboche. Photo James Barritt

Nathan, Sangeeta, Thile and Dan on the summit of Island Peak. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa. Rosemary, Maggie, and Sangeeta wowing the camera in front of Deboche. Photo James Barritt.

Sangeeta Sindhi enjoys the view of Island Peak while resting on the path to Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa Sangeeta shows us the view from the Island Peak summit while Nathan sends an sms - text message to his loved ones at home. Photo Thile Nuru Sherpa.

Sangeeta Sindhi enjoys the view of Island Peak while resting on the path to Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa. Sangeeta shows us the view from the Island Peak summit while Nathan sends an sms - text message to his loved ones at home. Photo Thile Nuru Sherpa. 
 
Thile Nuru Sherpa at the crampn point on Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur Nathan, Sangeeta, and Thile in the Island Peak crevasse field. Photo Dan Mazur
 
Thile Nuru Sherpa at the crampn point on Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur. Nathan, Sangeeta, and Thile in the Island Peak crevasse field. Photo Dan Mazur.
 
Thile Nuru Sherpa and Sangeeta Sindhi climbing the final ridge to Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur Nathan Christoff applies a last minute blister repair to his heel on the Island Peak headwall. Photo Dan Mazur
 
Thile Nuru Sherpa and Sangeeta Sindhi climbing the final ridge to Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur. Nathan Christoff applies a last minute blister repair to his heel on the Island Peak headwall. Photo Dan Mazur.. Back to top  

Sangeeta Sindhi climbing below crampon point on Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur Sangeeta and Thile Nuru Sherpa climbing the Island Peak headwall. Below we can see avalanche deposition and the Imja Tso lake. Photo Dan Mazur

Sangeeta Sindhi climbing below crampon point on Island Peak. Photo Dan Mazur.  Sangeeta and Thile Nuru Sherpa climbing the Island Peak headwall. Below we can see avalanche deposition and the Imja Tso lake. Photo Dan Mazur.  Back to top

  Sangeeta and Nathan climbing the rocky ridge below crampon point. Photo Dan Mazur Sangeeta demonstrates proper fixed rope ascension techinique on the Island Peak headwall. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa

 It was a special day. Photo by Dan Mazur.  Sangeeta and Nathan climbing the rocky ridge below crampon point. Photo Dan Mazur. Sangeeta demonstrates proper fixed rope ascension techinique on the Island Peak headwall. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa

Sangeeta Sindhi has written a special message to her husband Ankur Bahl along the path to Island Peak Sangeeta and Nathan in Island Peak high camp. Photo Dan Mazur

Sangeeta Sindhi has written a special message to her husband Ankur Bahl along the path to Island Peak. Sangeeta and Nathan in Island Peak high camp. Photo Dan Mazur.  

Team climbing the headwall on Island Peak. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa Sangeeta and Nathan enjoying a beautiful summit day on Island Peak with Mount Nuptse in the background. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa

Team climbing the headwall on Island Peak. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa. Sangeeta and Nathan enjoying a beautiful summit day on Island Peak with Mount Nuptse in the background. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa.  Back to top

 Dan, Nathan and Sangeeta roped together on the Island Peak glacier. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa The Mighty south face of Lhotse seen from Chukkung. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi

Dan, Nathan and Sangeeta roped together on the Island Peak glacier. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa.  The Mighty south face of Lhotse seen from Chukkung. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. 

Sangeeta walking back down to Chukkung fro Island Peak, on a sunny day. Mount Tawoche in the background. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Sangeeta, Nathan, and Dan roped together whilst climbing the Island Peak glacier. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa

Sangeeta walking back down to Chukkung fro Island Peak, on a sunny day. Mount Tawoche in the background. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi.  Sangeeta, Nathan, and Dan roped together whilst climbing the Island Peak glacier. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa.

Fixed rope dropping down the Island Peak summit ridge in centre of photo. Ama Dablam is on the left. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Island Peak high camp with Imja glacier in the background. Photo Sangeeta Sindhi
 
Fixed rope dropping down the Island Peak summit ridge in centre of photo. Ama Dablam is on the left. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi.  Island Peak high camp with Imja glacier in the background. Photo Sangeeta Sindhi.  Back to top
 
Nathan relaxes in a seat he carved from the snow in Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Thile Nuru Sherpa and Sangeeta Sindhi climbing the final pitch on the Island Peak headwall. Photo by Dan Mazur
 
Nathan relaxes in a seat he carved from the snow in Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. Thile Nuru Sherpa and Sangeeta Sindhi climbing the final pitch on the Island Peak headwall. Photo by Dan Mazur.

 Trekkers enjoying a sunny stroll along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Lhotse south face at sunset. Photo Sangeeta Sindhi

Trekkers enjoying a sunny stroll along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. Lhotse south face at sunset. Photo Sangeeta Sindhi.  

Chukkung village in the sunshine with Lhotse south face in background. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo Kongma bird, also known as Himalayan snow cock, in Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi

Chukkung village in the sunshine with Lhotse south face in background. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo. Kongma bird, also known as Himalayan snow cock, in Island Peak basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. Back to top

Maggie, Sangeeta, Tim, and Saz. Photo by Nathan Christoff Chukkung village in snow. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi
 
Maggie, Sangeeta, Tim, and Saz. Photo by Nathan Christoff. Chukkung village in snow. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi.
 
Autumn colours along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Andrea and Corey Fitch from the Deboche Project came to visit us at the Mingbo Lodge. It was a special day. Photo by Dan Mazur
 
Autumn colours along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. Andrea and Corey Fitch from the Deboche Project came to visit us at the Mingbo Lodge. It was a special day. Photo by Dan Mazur

23 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Island Peak team reaches high camp @ 5400 m / 17,400 f. Bright sunshine, deep snow & stunning views. Going for summit tonight!
  • Island Peak team walked to I.P.B.C. @ 5100 m / 16,700 ft. Perfect weather. Amazing views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse South Face.
 Phurba, Maggie, and Rosemary walking to base camp. Photo Sarabjit Bhooee Dan on the summit of Island Peak. Photo by Nathan Christoff
 
Rosemary, Maggie, and Sangeeta wowing the camera in front of Deboche. Photo James Barritt. Dan on the summit of Island Peak. Photo by Nathan Christoff.

22 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Island Peak team went to Chukung @ 4770 m / 15,200 ft. Members & Sherpas doing well. Sunny no wind.

21 October -

Latest News From Our Everest Basecamp Trek: All members reached Everest Basecamp and are now trekking back down the valley. Today they reached Pangboche Village at 3900 metres / 12,800 feet. they plan to trek down to Lukla and fly back to KTM in a few days

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Island Peak team went to Dingboche @ 4400 m / 14500 ft on a sunny day. Back to top

Yaks in deep snow at Ama Dablam basecamp. Mark van 't Hof photo Team practicing abseiling fixed lines above basecamp, seen in left side of photo. James Barritt Photo

 Yaks in deep snow at Ama Dablam basecamp. Mark van 't Hof photo. Team practicing abseiling fixed lines above basecamp, seen in left side of photo. James Barritt Photo. Back to top

20 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Island Peak team took a rest day. Ama Dablam team walked to a.b.c. @ 5430 m / 17,800 ft. Another gorgeous sunny day.

Maggie and Sangeeta in Ama Dablam basecamp. Saz Photo Prayer flags and walkers in Ama Dablam basecamp. Maggie Noodle photo Unloading yaks in the snow in Ama Dablam basecamp. Photo Mark van 't Hof.

Maggie and Sangeeta in Ama Dablam basecamp. Saz Photo.  Prayer flags and walkers in Ama Dablam basecamp. Maggie Noodle photo. Unloading yaks in the snow in Ama Dablam basecamp. Photo Mark van 't Hof. Back to top

19 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Ama Dablam & Island Peak team went for rock climbing today @ 4720 m / 15,500 ft. Warm sun, good rock, perfect day!

Donkey carrying rice to Namche. Maggie Noodle Photo Enchanted forest near Deboche Village. Photo by Maggie Noodle

Donkey carrying rice to Namche. Maggie Noodle Photo.  Enchanted forest near Deboche Village. Photo by Maggie Noodle.

Prayer wheel and a teahouse on the trail to Everest. Maggie Noodle Photo Sacred Lion statue at the Monkey Temple in KTM. Maggie Noodle Photo

Prayer wheel and a teahouse on the trail to Everest. Maggie Noodle Photo. Sacred Lion statue at the Monkey Temple in KTM. Maggie Noodle Photo. Back to top

18 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Team reviewed climbing gear today and acclimated. Getting excited for the climb. Superb weather today! Back to top

Prayer wheels at the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu. Photo by Maggie Noodle Yaks running down the hill in Pangboche. Mount Everest is barely visible behind. Photo by Mark van 't Hof

Prayer wheels at the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu. Photo by Maggie Noodle.  Yaks running down the hill in Pangboche. Mount Everest is barely visible behind. Photo by Mark van 't Hof.

Kongma birds, also known as Himalayan Snow Cocks, munch on grass surrounded by snow. Mark van 't Hof Photo Limi Sherpa and Maggie. Photo by Maggie Noodle

Kongma birds, also known as Himalayan Snow Cocks, munch on grass surrounded by snow. Mark van 't Hof Photo.  Limi Sherpa and Maggie. Photo by Maggie Noodle.

17 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Pangboche Lama blessed us. Evrst BC team went to Dingboche. Ama Dblm & Islnd Pk team in Mingbo @ 4550 m / 15000 f. Good weather!

Carved mani prayer stone along the trail to Everest. Mark van 't Hof Photo Chortens and mani stones along the trail mirror Mount Ama Dablam. Photo Mark van 't Hof

Carved mani prayer stone along the trail to Everest. Mark van 't Hof Photo. Chortens and mani stones along the trail mirror Mount Ama Dablam. Photo Mark van 't Hof.  Back to top

Leonard and his porter trekking back down to Lukla. Mark van 't Hof photo Yaks, drivers, and trekers in deep snow on the way to basecamp. Mark van 't Hof Photo

Leonard and his porter trekking back down to Lukla. Mark van 't Hof photo. Yaks, drivers, and trekers in deep snow on the way to basecamp. Mark van 't Hof Photo.

Woman carrying grass along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Mark van 't Hof Lama Geshe the high priest of Pangboche and the upper Khumbu Valley, reads a book. Photo by Mark van 't Hof

Woman carrying grass along the trail to Everest Basecamp. Photo by Mark van 't Hof.  Lama Geshe the high priest of Pangboche and the upper Khumbu Valley, reads a book. Photo by Mark van 't Hof.

16 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: We reached Pangboche @ 3900 metres / 12,000 feet. Gorgeous views of Ama Dablam & Everest! Back to top

 Nima Lamu and Sangeeta prepare Dal - lentils for the team at Mingbo Lodge. Maggie Noodle Photo Sangeeta prepares Dal - lentils for the team in Mingo Lodge. Maggie Noodle Photo Forest and River in Fungki Thangka on Everest Trail. Photo by Maggie Noodle

Nima Lamu and Sangeeta prepare Dal - lentils for the team at Mingbo Lodge. Maggie Noodle Photo. Sangeeta prepares Dal - lentils for the team in Mingo Lodge. Maggie Noodle Photo.  Forest and River in Fungki Thangka on Everest Trail. Photo by Maggie Noodle

High School in Khumjung, just Above Namche Bazar. Mark van 't Hof Photo Picturesque Khumjung Village above Namche. Maggie Noodle Photo

High School in Khumjung, just Above Namche Bazar. Mark van 't Hof Photo.  Picturesque Khumjung Village above Namche. Maggie Noodle Photo

Comfortable hotel courtyard in Kathmandu. Photo Mark van 't Hof Lukla pilot reviewing his checklist before takeoff at KTM airport. Photo Mark van 't Hof

Comfortable hotel courtyard in Kathmandu. Photo Mark van 't Hof.  Lukla pilot reviewing his checklist before takeoff at KTM airport. Photo Mark van 't Hof. 

 Team attends the briefing at Shakti Hotel. Photo by Mark van 'T Hof Aerial view of golf course and city upon takeoff from KTM airport. Photo Mark van 't Hof

Team attends the briefing at Shakti Hotel. Photo by Mark van 'T Hof.  Aerial view of golf course and city upon takeoff from KTM airport. Photo Mark van 't Hof.

 Construction of a new teahouse along the Everest basecamp trek. Photo by Mark van 't Hof James Barrit standing in front of the gate at the famous Tengboche Monastery. Photo by Maggie Noodle

Construction of a new teahouse along the Everest basecamp trek. Photo by Mark van 't Hof. James Barrit standing in front of the gate at the famous Tengboche Monastery. Photo by Maggie Noodle.

Monkey Temple in the morning. Photo by Maggie Noodle Buddha statue at Tengboche monastery on EBC trek. Photo Maggie Noodle

Monkey Temple in the morning. Photo by Maggie Noodle. Buddha statue at Tengboche monastery on EBC trek. Photo Maggie Noodle.

One monkey grooms another at the Monkey Temple in KTM. Photo by Maggie Noodle Shoppers in Kathmandu. Photo by Maggie Noodle

One monkey grooms another at the Monkey Temple in KTM. Photo by Maggie Noodle.  Shoppers in Kathmandu. Photo by Maggie Noodle.

The eyes of the Monkey Temple in KTM. Photo by Maggie Noodle Tiny red berries sprinkled by dew along the trail to Everest base camp. Maggie Noodle Photo

The eyes of the Monkey Temple in KTM. Photo by Maggie Noodle.  Tiny red berries sprinkled by dew along the trail to Everest base camp. Maggie Noodle Photo.

14 October -

Rest day at Namche (3740m.), Mt. Kailash Lodge 14 October, 2013 Namche, centre of Sherpa land for traders (also from Tibet), sellers, trekkers and climbers. We arrived yesterday with rain and mist. It’s still raining now on Monday afternoon.

But that brings you to new adventures. I found myself back last night at a snooker table in Café Danphe Bar – Rock, Blues & Beer. Dan and other fellows of the trek invited me to play and with the push of music of Rolling Stones and a can of Tuborg, whilst I had my first attempt of playing snooker. My name is Mark from Holland (NL, together with my brother Leonard who brings me to base camp) and I’m here for that free standing mountain Ama Dablam, the Matterhorn of Nepal (famous Swiss Mountain, Google on both and see the similarities). With me for this summit are also Saz (UK), Tim (Aus), Jim (UK), Maggie (Aus, UK). With different backgrounds we’re already sharing our adventures of climbing and what we expect of Ama Dablam, ’Lady with Necklace’.

Together with members that have an eye on Island Peak or on Everest Base camp we are 16 in total, from a variety of countries including the above as well as India, Thailand and United States. That gives us stories to tell in the sitting end dining room of our Lodge overlooked by a poster of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, like in most Tibetan houses in and outside Tibet.

The weather forecast has our special attention of course. It tells us (like
www.mountain-forecast.compeaksAma-Dablam ) that there will be rain tomorrow, but not so much as today. On Wednesday, when we all walk together from Pangboche to base camp Ama Dablam the rain should be finished. But as it is said, expectations of weather are right or wrong 50 percent of the time. So you can choose what you want to believe.
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13 October -

Phakding to Namche Bazaar - 13 October, 2013 Early breakfast and 8 am start under overcast skies.  What began as a warm but cloudy day turned into a light rain by late morning increasing to steady downpour by noon.  Some were better prepared for the unrelenting rain which made rocks slippery  and sent rivulets of muddy water down the trail.  We didn’t understand why Dan showed us his umbrella when talking about the equipment to take with us. But after this day we all know why and will look for our own one in Namche. Back to top

 Rosemary and David typing the blog. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo Dee Haberern enjoying a good book and a warm sleeping bag. Photo by Ron Haberern

Rosemary and David typing the blog. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo.  Dee Haberern enjoying a good book and a warm sleeping bag. Photo by Ron Haberern.

Mark Mossholder and Sangeeta Sindhi walking on the Everest Trail. Keith Bailey Photo Sangeeta meets a family along the path to Everest basecamp. Photo by Tile Nuru Sherpa

Mark Mossholder and Sangeeta Sindhi walking on the Everest Trail. Keith Bailey Photo.  Sangeeta meets a family along the path to Everest basecamp. Photo by Tile Nuru Sherpa.

 Team on the path in Jorsalle. Photo by Ron Haberern Zopkioks being loaded. Keith Bailey Photo

 Team on the path in Jorsalle. Photo by Ron Haberern. Zopkioks being loaded. Keith Bailey Photo.

Lisa and Dee on the suspension bridge. Keith Bailey Photo Waterfall on the Everest Trail. Photo by Keith Bailey Mark and Maggie having a natter in a teahouse in Lukla. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo

Lisa and Dee on the suspension bridge. Keith Bailey Photo. Waterfall on the Everest Trail. Photo by Keith Bailey. Mark and Maggie having a natter in a teahouse in Lukla. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo.

Dee Haberern treats her water with a Steripen. Ron Haberern Photo Hillary and Tenzing summit Everest. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo Trekkers on a suspension bridge on the trail to Everest. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern

Dee Haberern treats her water with a Steripen. Ron Haberern Photo. Hillary and Tenzing summit Everest. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo. Trekkers on a suspension bridge on the trail to Everest. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern.

Carved prayer stone beside a table and chair along the Everest Basecamp Trek. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo Waterfalls and grist mills along the trail to Everest. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern

 Carved prayer stone beside a table and chair along the Everest Basecamp Trek. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo. Waterfalls and grist mills along the trail to Everest. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern. 

12 October - 
 
Leaving Kathmandu, 12 October, 2013 Everyone up for a 6:30 am breakfast, and 7a.m. departure for the airport.
Traffic very light – it’s the Nepalese holiday, called Dashain, where everyone goes home for many days ,perhaps months of  celebration; so the airport was a picture of chaos. According to Island Peak team member Sangeeta Sindhi, in Nepal it is called Dashain, but In India it is termed as Dusserah where Good overcomes the evil . The story goes back to the King of Ayodhya, Dasarath who had 3 wives and four sons, namely Ram, Bharat , Shatrughan and Laxman. Kaushalaya was the first wife of the king whose son Ram was the heir to the throne. His favorite queen Kakeyi wanted her son Bharat to ascend the  throne.   One day , to please his queen the king promised that her son Bharat would ascend the throne. He banished his eldest son Ram to the jungle for 14 years. His wife Sita and younger brother Laxman accompanied him. During Ram’s stay in the jungles, the king of Ceylon Raavan abducted his wife Sita and kept her confined to his palace in Srilanka. His two brothers  helped the king to keep Sita in the palace .To win back his queen, Ram  fought many battles and killed the ten headed king Raavan,  by piercing a poised arrow into his navel. Dusserah is celebrated by burning an effigy of Raavan and his two brothers all over India. It is to celebrate the good that has overcome the evil each year.

Back to the trek: airplanes are so small (only 8 seat each) that the team had to take 2 planes.  The first took off about noon with an American pilot who assured us the weather in Lukla was perfect for flying and landing.
(often it’s not)  Beautiful views of Everest from the left side of the plane.  Landing in Lukla 35 minutes later felt a bit like threading the eye of a needle.  It’s built on the side of the mountain so the hillside seemed alarmingly close when landing - quite exciting.  After a 90 minute wait for the rest of the team – and the luggage - to arrive we had a leisurely lunch.

After sorting thru the luggage before it got loaded on the yaks - everyone took off only to be stopped ½ hour later at a checkpoint.  Another wait (these checkposts occur at regular intervals we found) everyone took off once again along a beautiful rocky and rugged trail interspersed with tiny villages which took us down from Lukla, dropping 200 metres / 600 feet. By now it was mid-afternoon and the completion times due to the differet pace levels varied by a few hours. Couldn’t be done without the wonderful help and support of the Sherpas.  Wonderful hot dinner and an early night for all.
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Zopkioks on the trail in Lukla. Ron and Dee Haberern Photo porter carrying a load of kitchen equipment. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern
 
Zopkioks on the trail in Lukla. Ron and Dee Haberern Photo. Porter carrying a load of kitchen equipment. Photo by Ron and Dee Haberern.
 
Plane takes off from Lukla. Control tower on right. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo Shopping on the streets of Lukla. Keith Bailey Photo
 
Plane takes off from Lukla. Control tower on right. Sangeeta Sindhi Photo. Shopping on the streets of Lukla. Keith Bailey Photo
 
Team in the plane - Sangeeta, Rosemary, Saz, Jim, Tim, Maggie, David. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi Leonard and Dan disembark from the plane in Lukla. Keith Bailey Photo
 
Team in the plane - Sangeeta, Rosemary, Saz, Jim, Tim, Maggie, David. Photo by Sangeeta Sindhi. Leonard and Dan disembark from the plane in Lukla. Keith Bailey Photo.
 
Team at the ktm airport- Jim, Saz, Mark, Maggie, Tim, Sangeeta, Rosemary, David. Airport attendant photo Team boarding the aircraft in KTM airport for the flight to Lukla. Ron and Dee Haberern Photo
 
Team at the ktm airport- Jim, Saz, Mark, Maggie, Tim, Sangeeta, Rosemary, David. Airport attendant photo. Team boarding the aircraft in KTM airport for the flight to Lukla. Ron and Dee Haberern Photo. 
 
Jim, Mark, Sangeeta, and Maggie considering our luggage at the airport. Photo by Keith Bailey Plane takes off from the Kathmandu airport in front of Mount Ganesh. Keith Bailey Photo
 
Jim, Mark, Sangeeta, and Maggie considering our luggage at the airport. Photo by Keith Bailey. Plane takes off from the Kathmandu airport in front of Mount Ganesh. Keith Bailey Photo.
 
Garden in the Shakti Hotel, Kathmandu. Photo by Keith Bailey A large Stupa in Thahity square, Kathmandu. Photo by Keith Bailey
 
Garden in the Shakti Hotel, Kathmandu. Photo by Keith Bailey. A large Stupa in Thahity square, Kathmandu. Photo by Keith Bailey.
 
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