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Namaste High Climbers Complete Mission!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones,

We caught an early flight back to Kathmandu and went sightseeing and shopping for treasures. We are especially delighted to be back to the land of showers and oxygen. We celebrated our success with a Bon apitedelicious dinner in a nearby restaurant! Yummm!

This is our last blog from here. Thank you for sharing our adventure!

All our best,
Vern

Namaste Climbers Make Lukla!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones,

Another day of great trekking until the sky fell on us. A squall of rain and hail caught us the last hour of our trek. Though we got wet we did not let that dampen our spirits. Tomorrow we fly back to Kathmandu.

Our climb got interesting when we got onto the glacier. A large crevasse has opened since last Spring and the only way across is a long bridge made of 4 ladder sections.

Then followed a steep headwall of snow and ice.

The there was a narrow ridge of snow to the small summit.

We partied on top.

Fun was had by all!

All my best,
Vern Tejas

Namaste Climbers in Namche on Descent

Namaste friends, family & loved ones,

We trekked down valley to Namche Bazaar. Oxygen and hot showers have us all feeling great.
To summarize the last few days, I’ll start at the beginning. From Chukkung we trekked to Island Peak Base Camp and arrived in time for lunch. We trained on the use of cow tails, descenders, and ascenders until dark.

The next morning we continued our training above base camp working on our ascending and rappelling techniques.

We tucked into oursleeping bags early so we could rise at 1am for our summit push.

Scrambling up to the glacier by dawn we put on our crampons as the sun warmed our numb toes.

That’s when things got interesting. …

More to come tomorrow!

All my best,
Vern Tejas

Namaste High Climbers Recover

Namaste friends, family & loved ones,

We slept like the dead and had breakfast in bed.

Apple pancakes was our meal
wondering if our summit was real

Sun came up and we did pack
Our apologies to the yak

Yes, we have too much gear
Not to worry, next village is near

This is the end of our little ballad
as we devour delicious fresh salad.

All our best,
Namaste climbers



Namaste Climbers Successfully Summit Island Peak!

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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