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Resting in Camp 2

Resting in Camp 2!

Today we are resting in Camp 2 and just got back from an acclimatization hike up the west shoulder of Mount Everest. We had stunning views of the Lhotse Face, Nuptse, and the Western CWM. This is our second night in Camp 2. Tomorrow we plan to descend to base camp for a rest.

Arrived At Camp 1

Today we woke up at 19,400 ft. in the Western CWM at our Camp 1, enjoyed a nice breakfast, and then went on a short hike partway up to Camp 2. We are now back in Camp 1 resting and preparing to spend the night here.

Base Camp Arrival :

Yesterday our team arrived in Mount Everest base camp! It was nice to finally arrive at our home for the season. After, over a week of trekking through the beautiful Khumbu valley we are here now. We were greeted by our Nepal Sherpa staff and then had a relaxing afternoon moving into our personal tents. Today we said good bye to our trekkers and Island peak climbers as they left us to head onto their next destination. We had a leisurely morning and took much needed hot showers. Then, went on a walkabout around the small city of Everest base camp. The weather has been great today and we are enjoying the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Nuptse from our camp. Everyone is well and we are happy to be settled into our home for the next 5 – 6 weeks.

View of Mount Everest From Kalapatthar

View of Mount Everest From Kalapatthar

View of Mount Everest :

Today we trekked from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and then hiked up Kala Patthar (18,160 ft. /5550m) and had excellent views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Nuptse. We are about to go to bed after another great day, everyone is doing well and very excited to reach Everest base camp tomorrow!

Team Arrived At Kathmandu!

Our Mount Everest climbing team and trekking team is in Kathmandu and scheduled to fly to Lukla tomorrow . They will  begin to  trek to base camp from there!  Today everyone is sightseeing around Kathmandu and excited to get up to the fresh mountain air in the Khumbu valley! Please check out the tracking links above for location of the team as they make their way up to Everest base camp.  Stay tuned for more dispatches…

Paine Big Circuit is the most famous trekking route of Patagonia in Torres Del Paine National Park. Hiking an average of seven hours daily in a circuit covering over hundred kilometers, you’ll encounter Granite Mountains, endless glaciers, turquoise colored lakes, and the most impressive views of the Southern Ice Field. You have the chance to do an ice hike on the Glacier Grey and climb a glacier wall with technical equipment. This adventure will carry you through a windy world of unexpected weather changes, and provide you with a chance to enjoy a variety of wildlife.

Custom Programs

We regularly organize custom programs for private groups. We are happy to accommodate your program dates, as well as other specific requests related to the itinerary, amenities, and group size. Please contact us to find out more about custom programs.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up at Punta Arenas airport (PUQ)
Transfer to Puerto natales (2,5 hours) with guide briefing in our office. Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant (Cormoran de las Rocas). Overnight Weskar Lodge Superior room or similar.

Day 2-8: Paine Big Circuit

Day 8: Night at our Riverside camp

Day 9: Hike to Estancia Lazo
Overnight Estancia Lazo – Hosteria Mirador del Payne
Farewell dinner Patagonian Lamb in Estancia Lazo

Day 10: Private transfer back to airport

Dates and Costs

Chile Paine Big Circuit: $3,495
Deposit: $700

2018 Departure:
March 8-17

Costs Include:
• All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
• All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
• Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
• 6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
• Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
• Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
• Guide (English-Spanish languages)
• Guide ratio 1:5 guests 

Costs do not Include:
• Any additional nights
• Medical expenses 
• Insurance of any kind 
• Personal expenses
• Sleeping bag and mattress
• Dinner on Day 7
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
• Gratuities for guide & porters

Please inquire for our Cancellation / Refund Guide lines

Gear List
Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
Wool or synthetic socks: 3 pair
Liner socks: 3 pair
Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
Lightweight Long Underwear: 1-2 pair longsleve shirt and long pants
Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers
Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
Insulated Jacket: Down or Primaloft
Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
Baseball Cap or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F.
Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
Trekking poles: Adjustable
Headlamp: With extra batteries
Sunscreen: SPF 40 or better
Lipscreen: SPF 40 or better (2 sticks).
Water bottles: 2 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.
Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel.
Knife or multi tool (optional).
Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks in the event of rain or wet snow is falling on us.
Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.
Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
Entertainment Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.
Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofin, blister care, personal medications, etc.
Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox.

We regularly organize custom programs for private groups. We are happy to accommodate your program dates, as well as other specific requests related to the itinerary, amenities, and group size. Please contact us to find out more about custom programs.

Day 1: Pick up at Punta Arenas airport (PUQ)
Transfer to Puerto natales (2,5 hours) with guide briefing in our office. Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant (Cormoran de las Rocas). Overnight Weskar Lodge Superior room or similar.

Day 2-8: Paine Big Circuit

Day 8: Night at our Riverside camp

Day 9: Hike to Estancia Lazo
Overnight Estancia Lazo – Hosteria Mirador del Payne
Farewell dinner Patagonian Lamb in Estancia Lazo

Day 10: Private transfer back to airport

Chile Paine Big Circuit: $3,495
Deposit: $700

2018 Departure:
March 8-17

Costs Include:
• All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
• All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
• Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
• 6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
• Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
• Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
• Guide (English-Spanish languages)
• Guide ratio 1:5 guests 

Costs do not Include:
• Any additional nights
• Medical expenses 
• Insurance of any kind 
• Personal expenses
• Sleeping bag and mattress
• Dinner on Day 7
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
• Gratuities for guide & porters

Please inquire for our Cancellation / Refund Guide lines

Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
Wool or synthetic socks: 3 pair
Liner socks: 3 pair
Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
Lightweight Long Underwear: 1-2 pair longsleve shirt and long pants
Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers
Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
Insulated Jacket: Down or Primaloft
Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
Baseball Cap or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F.
Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
Trekking poles: Adjustable
Headlamp: With extra batteries
Sunscreen: SPF 40 or better
Lipscreen: SPF 40 or better (2 sticks).
Water bottles: 2 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.
Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel.
Knife or multi tool (optional).
Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks in the event of rain or wet snow is falling on us.
Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.
Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
Entertainment Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.
Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofin, blister care, personal medications, etc.
Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox.

More Climbs

Our unclimbed peak expedition team is now in base camp, preparing to make a recon up to the peak to scout the potential climbing route. Our peak, Tharke Khang, looks to have a ridge line beginning from the west that appears climbable, with steep snow and ice slopes. Our base camp is comfortable with a heated dining tent and great food!

Garrett

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peak expedition

We made our from Machermo up the valley to the village of Gokyo, situated next to a beautiful aqua marine lake. After lunch a few of us hiked up nearby Gokyo Ri, at just over 17,500’. We glimpsed our unclimbed peak in the distance, still a long way off…with major challenges between us and the start of the route, about 10 miles of glacier moraine and glacier/ icefall. This will not be an easy walk to say the least…accessing the base of the route is one thing, climbing the technical ridge is another.

Exploration in essence is venturing into the unknown… and that is exactly where we are headed.

Our team is good, everyone is acclimatizing well. The weather has been favorable and we hope this trend continues. We look forward to reaching our base camp the next day or two.

Garrett Madison

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Tham Serku peak

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Ama Dablam

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Trekking through the high country towards base camp

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First view of the unclimbed peak, Tharke Khang

Machermo

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At the top of Gokyo Ri today, 17,500′

Machermo

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The village of Gokyo, at 15,600′ high in the Himalayas where we are staying

Machermo

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At one of the Gokyo lakes today

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Our head Sherpa, Aang Phurba

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Stairway to heaven

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Old chorton (in Sherpa language) means stupa

 

Today our team had a very relaxing day in Namche Bazaar. In the morning we enjoyed a nice hike up to Everest View Hotel where we had our first glimpse of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the adventure 🙂

Tomorrow we will depart Namche and continue trekking. Stay tuned!

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Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar

Our climbers and trekkers have all made it safely from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. From here we passed through several Sherpa villages, and entered the beautiful Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. After crossing the river by suspension bridge, we arrived in the village of Phakding. After a good nights sleep we continued trekking along the scenic Dudh Kosi River through the village of Monjo, then up the steep hill to Namche Bazaar. Currently we are spending our second night in our comfortable lodge acclimatizing and enjoying the sights, cafes and tasty pastries in Namche. This afternoon we saw our first view of Mount Everest!

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Onward and upward!

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Prayer wheel in Kathmandu 

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Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Tenzing Hillary Airport

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Tenzing Hillary Airport

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Last chance for Starbucks 🙂 

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Prayer wheel near Lukla

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2017 Mount Everest climbing and trekking team leaving Lukla 

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Relaxing at a local tea house

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Geoff and John

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Amazing views on the trek to Namche

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