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Trekkers and Island Peakers Trek to Phakding

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> Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,
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> We had an exciting flight today from Kathmandu to Lukla. The pilot was able to maneuver our Twin Otter through the clouds, which cleared just before we started our descent to Lukla. After a second breakfast in Lukla, we hit the trail and started our walk to Phakding.
> We took our time, stopping to visit a small monastery along the way and taking lots of photos. The light rain didn’t dampen our spirits. >
> We settled into our tea house mid-afternoon and had some time to relax before dinner. Then early to bed, as we had woken up around 4 am to catch our flight this morning. >
> Check back tomorrow as we head to Namche Bazar.
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> Carole & Vern Tejas

The Everest Base Camp Trek begins!

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The team boards a Twin Otter to fly to Lukla

Everest Base Camp Trekkers Depart Kathmandu, Arrive Lukla

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Everest Base Camp Trekkers and Island Peakers Tour Kathmandu

Friends, Family & Loved Ones, It was a busy day. We began at the crack of dawn (almost) and boarded the bus to see the important sights of the city:  From there we went to circumambulate the Boudnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world. The last highlight of our tour was Pashupati, an important Hindu temple and cremation site. The rest of the day was spent doing an orientation and gear check to make sure that everyone had all the necessary kit. We are now all organized, packed, well fed and very ready to hit the trail. Last but not least, the team wants to wish Maya a very happy 15th birthday tomorrow! Carole and Vern Tejas

 

    First stop: Monkey Temple, a Unesco World Heritage site, where you can see us in the spinning prayer wheels
    The team with some Sadhus (holy men) at Pashupati:
 

The expedition was phenomenal. We were immediately met at the airport when we landed. The hotel was great. All of the tea houses were very accommodating. Although the trek/climb was somewhat physically challenging I found it extremely rewarding. Vern and Carole were the highlight of the expedition. Extremely knowledgeable and personable. Vern is a climbing […]

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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