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Gorak Shep

Team member Joyce Azzam (@joyceazzam7s) provides today’s Everest expedition dispatch from the final village before base camp, Gorak Shep:

Okay, hello Kurt.  How are you?  So, today is Thursday, 11th of April.  We left the lodge from Lobuche village at 8 am.  We had a beautiful hike.  The views…, we just…, we got Everest, can you imagine?  It was really beautiful blue sky.  All the team got to Gorak Shep now.  All the team got really in good shape and we had a wonderful lunch.  Then, after an hour of break, we went to Kala Patthar.  We all summited together.  One of the team members had a very nice interview with a French channel.  Then we just hang out, played cards, and had dinner.  We just send you lots of kisses.

Garrett and the Arab team

Today the Everest team enjoyed a beautiful hike to Lobuche (4935m/16,190ft) and were able to post a slew of amazing photos.  Here’s Garrett with the details:

Hey!  This is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition.  We’re all up there in Lobuche at the Himalyian Hotel tea house. Everyone’s doing great and we had a beautiful day hiking up from Dingboche (4325m/14,190ft) – great panoramas of the surrounding mountains: Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse.  Just a fantastic day!  We are tucked in here at the Lobuche lodge waiting for dinner.  Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Gorak Shep and hike Kala Patthar.  So, all is good here on the hike to base camp.  We’ll check in soon!

Looking across at Ama Dablam, Dingboche in the foreground

Looking across at Ama Dablam, Dingboche in the foreground

Card game in Lobuche

Card game in Lobuche

Views from Lobuche

Views from Lobuche

Yaks in Lobuche

Yaks in Lobuche

Views from Lobuche

Views from Lobuche

Garrett and the Arab team

Garrett and the Arab team

Above Dingboche

Today, the Everest team did some acclimatizing above Dingboche.  Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, recaps the day:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition.  Today we went for an acclimatizing hike up the hill behind Dingboche and gained about 2,500 ft., (765m) up to about 16,500 ft. (5030m), and came back down for lunch.  And then just enjoyed the local coffee shop and some pastries here in town.  It was a good day, not as sunny as yesterday, but nice and cool as we hiked up the hill and back.  Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Lobouche.  Everyone is doing great and looking forward to another good day on the trail.

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

Above Dingboche

Above Dingboche

Blessing from Pangboche

Today the team received a blessing with the High Lama of the Khumbu Valley as they made their way from Debuche to Dingboche, as reported by expedition leader, Garrett Madison:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition.  Today we trekked up from Debuche to Dingboche, stopping in the village of Pangboche for a blessing with the High Lama of the Khumbu Valley.  It was a very enjoyable, and sacred, special ceremony.  After that, we finished out today off here to Dingboche.  Everyone’s doing great!  Beautiful weather now, the rain’s past, it’s been sunny, warm and beautiful views of all the surrounding peaks.  We’re looking forward to an acclimatization hike tomorrow here in Dingboche and another night in this village before moving up to Lobuche the day after.  All’s well here in Nepal.  We’ll check in soon.  Thanks!

(photo:  Mona Shahab)

Today the team has left Namche Bazaar and is heading up the trail to Deboche (3770m/12,369ft).  Here’s Garrett with the update from the trail:

Hi, this is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition.  We had our blessing today in Namche and now we’re heading up the trail towards Deboche.  Lots of yaks on the trial today carrying loads up and down the valley.  Nice and cool, cloudy, overcast, so not too hot today which is actually a nice change.  Everybody’s doing great and we’ll check in from Deboche.

lunch stop on the way to Nachme

From Lukla, the Everest team has made their way up the valley, overnighting Phakding, and continuing on up the big hill to Namche Bazaar.  Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provides this report:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Everest expedition team!  Today is April 5th and we trekked up to the village of Namche Bazaar.  A beautiful day trekking up over the suspension bridges and the river gorge.  Got up to Namche, had a hot shower, and explored some of the village.  We just had a wonderful dinner and we are getting ready to head off to bed.  Everybody is doing great!  We had a beautiful day, not too hot, no rain, some nice mountain views, and everybody’s really happy to be here.  We’ll check in soon.  Thanks!

 

Bridge to Namche

Bridge to Namche

The team has arrived Lukla and the trek begins to Everest base camp.  Garrett called in from Lukla via satellite phone with this update:

Hello, good morning!  This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition.  Today is April 4th and we have arrived in Lukla, Nepal (2850m) in the Khumbu Valley!  This morning we flew from Ramechhap, near Kathmandu, to Lukla and landed about 6:30 AM.  Now, we are having a leisurely start to the day:  a nice breakfast, fresh coffee and getting our bags and gear organized.  So, we are going to head out shortly and trek to Phakding (2640m), the first village for our night here on the trek towards base camp.  Everyone is doing well and are excited to be up in the mountains with the fresh air.  Good views of surrounding peaks with snow and ice on them.  We are ready to get a little exercise and get things underway.  Check in again soon.  Thanks!

Everest 2019 Team Photo

Everest 2019 expedition leader, Garrett Madison, checks in with an update on Day 2 and the team heading to Ramechhap:

Hey!  This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Everest expedition team!  We had a great day in Kathmandu doing gear checks, going out to dinner, had a city tour today, did some final shopping and this afternoon we are leaving to drive from Kathmandu towards the town of Ramechhap (27.393889°, 86.061389°).  Tomorrow morning we are going to fly from there to Lukla (2850m).  The Kathmandu airport is undergoing some renovation repairs right now on the runway.  So domestic flights are a little bit jammed up.  From Ramechhap we should have a smooth flight up to Lukla.  We are looking forward to that tomorrow and getting started on our trek to base camp.  Everyone is doing great and the whole team is here and we are excited!  The weather is good.  We will check in again soon.  Thanks!

picture of hotel and swimming pool

Welcome to Kathmandu!  The Madison Mountaineering Everest 2019 team has nearly all arrived in Kathmandu to kick off the Everest expedition and base camp trek.  Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provided this update:

Hello, this is Garrett calling in on April 2, 2019 for the Mount Everest expedition.  Today most of our members are arriving Kathmandu, Nepal.  Later, we are going to do our equipment check and then have a team dinner.  Tomorrow we are going on a city tour.  After the city tour, we are going to prepare for our departure to Lukla.

 

Great weather here in Kathmandu at the minute.  Everyone is doing fine.  There was a big rain storm in southern Nepal recently which didn’t affect us here.  We didn’t even notice it.  Everyone is doing well so far and we look forward to a few more of our members arriving Kathmandu today and getting started!  Thanks for checking in!

Garrett on Everest

As Alan Arnette continues his outstanding all-things Everest news coverage, we are delighted to see his interview with Garrett Madison posted today: http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2019/03/28/everest-2019-interview-with-garrett-madison-a-leader-on-everest/.

In addition to our Madison Mountaineering expedition dispatches, Alan’s Everest 2019 blog provides a nexus of information for the ‘big picture’ of the Everest season.  Check it out and be sure to support his drive to end Alzheimer’s.