The Himalayan Ascent blog is up and running again after a slight absence! What’s happened since the last entry on May 5th? Well, all four clients summitted Everest for starters! Trips to Cho Oyu and Mera Peak have also run in 2011.
Tonight we’re coming to you from Namche, on the third night of Himalayan Ascent’s Triple Peaks of the Khumbu expedition. It was a bit of a mission to get here, due to bad weather which has prevented flights to and from Lukla for the past week. Fortunately Lakpa has some pretty good contacts in the airport and we jumped into two choppers and flew to Surke (the choppers are better at negotiating bad weather), which is about 400m below Lukla. We got in quite late so spent the first night at a nearby tea house and then the second night at Monjo. It felt like the monsoon was still in play, with low cloud and rain and snow down to 3,000m, but we awoke this morning to clear skies and the sounds of planes. As we climbed up to Namche, we had some great views of Everest.
We’ll stay in Namche for two nights, spending tomorrow going for a quick stroll up to the Everest View Hotel and over to Khumjung. The night after that we aim to be in Phortse.
Everyone in the group is going well (based on their appetites) and enjoying themselves. The only problem is that at the moment we’re missing part of our group – Angkaji, Chirring and Passing are walking up from Jiri, and we hope to see them catch us up in the next few days!
That’s it for now but we’ll update again in a few days, and I’ll see if I can get some individual messages from the team (I can’t now because it’s 8pm and they’re all in bed!).
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