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Island Peak Climbers Kickback!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Exploring the street markets of Kathmandu was the order of the day. Everything from beans to chickens and electronics were on display. To wind up the day of town trekking we had our celebration dinner in a nearby trendy rooftop eatery.
You would have been proud to see how we put away the calories. Then we said our goodbyes as everyone shift gears and start to get ready for new adventures. It was a great climb with a great group and I hope we can do it again in the near future. Thank you for joining us on our climb of Island Peak. Carole and I will soon be leading our climb of the highest and possibly most scenic of Nepal’s trekking peaks, Mera Peak.

All our best,
Carole and Vern Tejas

Island Peak Climbers in Kathmandu

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

A 5am down pour woke us up this morning putting a real damper on our prospects of flying back to the Capitol of Nepal. We prepared for departure none the less and as luck would have it, the clouds lifted and we caught a flight.
Taking off from the world’s shortest runway we relaxed and enjoyed our flight to civilization.

Showers, shopping and Kruising for good food is our focus. Oh how good it is to be at low altitude.

All my best,
Vern Tejas

Island Peak Climbers Cool heels!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, It was a beautiful day for the Klimbers to descend to Lukla, the airport town of the Khumbu valley. Our spirits were light as we walked amongst the flowering fruit trees. All we needed was seven hours before we walked through the Lukla gate honoring Pasang Llamu, the first Nepali woman to climb Everest. We felt elated to have completed our trek and yet saddened knowing that our time together will soon draw to a close. Team is doing great, we are eating everything we see. And each of us are sleeping like logs. Ah the simple pleasure are the best. All my best, Vern Tejas

Island Peak Climbers: Arrived at Namche

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Khumbu Klimbers krused down the valley today. The thick air and relaxed treking schedule are quite the tonic for our weary bodies. Leaving the Monastery of Tangboche behind us, we proceeded on to Namche Bazaar, the market town of the Khumbu.

The flowers are just now starting to bloom which added much color to our descent.

We even saw the elusive Himalayan Musk Deer.They do not have antlers like most deer but sport two rather long tusk.

Once we arrived in Namche, showers and shopping ruled the day.
We are well and in great Spirits!

All my best,
Vern Tejas

Post-Island Peak Refueling

The team enjoys chicken chili and fried rice  after the Island Peak climb.  They certainly deserve rest, relaxation, and delicious food!

 

Overall the program was more than expected. Everything was organized down to the smallest detail. Great to be concerned with nothing but having a good time and climbing. All guides were constantly teaching and transferring knowledge.

A similar view on our approach to base camp.
Touring the Swayambunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu.
Looking down into the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Sadhus or holy men of the Pashupatinath temple.
A view down the impressive landing strip in Lukla.
Trekking through villages below the town of Namche.
Approaching the summit.
A view into the Khumbu valleyÁs largest village, Namche Bazaar.
Memorial cairns for Sherpa climbers, who have passed away.
A group inside the childhood home of Lakpa Rita, in the village of Thame.
Standing in the courtyard of the 300+ year old Thame Monastery.
Along the trail one continuously sees these ever-present mani stones or prayer stones.
The entrance to Tengboche monastery.
Evening light in Tengboche.
Young monks during the Mani Rimdu Festival at the Tengboche Monastery.
A thanka painting of the White Tara on a rock wall along the trail.
From the top of Kala Pattar a trekker looks out north towards Tibet with Mt. Everest summit ridge off to the right.
On the way out to Everest base camp with the Khumbu Icefall recognizable in the distance.
A traditional home with slate roof, along the trekking route.
Everest base camp during a spring expedition season.
Views south from the top with Baruntse in the distance on the far left and Ama Dablam on the far right.
The spectacular summit ridge of Island Peak.
View from the summit.
A similar view on our approach to base camp.

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