EVEREST TRIP – REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

We walked about 5 hours from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m). It was a hot day! Still around 75F, but the strong radiation of sun at high altitude and dust from trails require us to fully cover every inch of our skin. Last night, I went to bed with…

EVEREST TRIP: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Apr 5th – 8th, 2010 With the ultimate goal in mind, our group hiked at a very conservative pace, with an extra rest day at each stop to allow for sufficient acclimatization. Apr 5th and 6th, we hiked to Deboche/Tengboche with a day of rest,…

EVEREST TRIP – BACK TO NAMCHE

Apr 3rd Having hiked so many hours yesterday, and with no pressure of my schedule today, I slept until almost 8am before I leisurely enjoyed breakfast with Pasang and Dawa. My acclimatization went so well that we didn’t need to take those…

EVEREST TRIP – ARRIVING IN GOKYO

March 31st Last night’s snow stopped by dinnertime, and the accumulation is only a few inches. I was feeling good about the altitude. So we decided to skip the rest day and made the easy ascent to Gokyo at 4750m. There’s a big group…

EVEREST TRIP – FROM DOLE TO MACHHERMO

Writing a daily journal definitely helps me to keep track of the date, even though I think it’s a total waste of time to calculate which day of the week it is. Today, we walked about 2.5 hours from Dole (4110m) to Machhermo at 4465m, just…

EVEREST TRIP – TREK FROM NAMCHE TO DOLE

Got up early this morning to get packed before 7am, and we set off around 8:30am. So far on this trip, every day has been blue sky or light clouds, pleasant temperature around 75F. We took the lower trail that cuts across the hill we went…

NAMCHE

“…since you have demonstrated that you can’t make the right decision yourself, I have to make this decision for you– going down is the only option….”  — Eric Simmonson Today is the rest day in Namche. I got up early to take…

EVEREST CLIMB – MY TREK FROM MONJO TO NAMCHE

Didn’t sleep too well last night. Went to bed late because I stayed up to write my journal after I watched the movies, then woke up a few times. I woke up before dawn at the bell ring of passing yaks. Based on my past experience, I know I’m…

EVEREST CLIMB – FROM LUKLA TO MONJO

We got up at 4:30am for 6:30am flight to Lukla. After having waited at the airport for 6 hours yesterday only to have the flight canceled, I was just reminded of my experience of waiting in Talkitna Alaska for my flight to Denali. So when the…

TRIP TO EVEREST – MY IMPRESSION OF KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Despite not having my luggage with me when I arrived at Kathmandu, I had a face mask handy. My friends, who have been here before, advised me to get one, as the air in the city is very dusty and polluted. I was nicely surprised— the air was…