The team has left Kathmandu, and the trek to Mount Everest base camp is officially underway! Here’s expedition leader, Garrett Madison, with today’s dispatch from the mountain village of Lukla, Nepal:
Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Everest expedition team. Today is April 4th, and we flew from Kathmandu up to Lukla to begin our trek – the first day up the Khumbu Valley.
Yesterday we went sightseeing around Kathmandu. We visited three sites: Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), and Boudhanath. We genuinely enjoyed Kathmandu and finished the day with a nice team dinner. This morning we got up early, went to the airport, and got on our flights to Lukla.
So, we’re all up here in Lukla enjoying a nice day – it’s a little hazy from the forest fire smoke down below, but not too bad. We are just really happy to be here and looking forward to getting the trek underway, enjoying some fresh air, some good view, and a little exercise.
So, all’s well from the Khumbu Valley in Nepal! We’ll check in soon.
If climbing Mount Everest is in your future, please contact our office, we would love to have you climb with us!
In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:
- Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear Garrett Madison’s daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions. Just say, “Alexa, play my Madison Mountaineering flash briefing.“
– our Garmin inReach Mini powered real-time tracking map: