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Island Peak 2019 – The Climbing Yetis Celebrate!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Ah the wonders of technology! Due to the mountainous nature of Nepal the propeller has a distinct advantage over the wheel. The Khumbu valley may never see a road but that doesn’t mean people can’t get around. The whirlybird is gaining in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Pangboche to Kathmandu in an hour rather than 3 days put us back on track for our climbers to catch their flights.

Shopping and touring Thamel were in order soon after we finished our lovely hot showers. Sumptuous meals and good drink bring our adventure to a happy ending. Thank you for following along.

All my best, Vern Tejas

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Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Descend!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones!

We packed our bags and grabbed the down bound train to Pangboche. The beautiful valley revealed itself in all its glory. It was a great way to say goodbye to the Khumbu!

We are in high spirits as we contemplate running water, flush toilets, and hot showers.

Tomorrow the world!

All my best, Vern Tejas

 

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Climb!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones,

Up at 3:00am and on the trail at 4:00, we made our way up broken shale white granite. Crampons and ice axe were mandatory above 19,000 feet.

We wove in and out of gaping crevasses and onto the glacier just below the summit headwall. Another 400 feet of steep (60 *) snow and ice put us on top of Imja Tse (Island Peak). At 20,240 feet it’s just shy of Denali in height.

We carefully picked our way back down and beat feet all the way back to Chukung where we ate and drank to our ravenous delight. Tired and exhausted we trundled off to bed. We are sleeping in tomorrow.

All my best, Vern Tejas

 

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Summit!

Island Peak 2019 – Climbing Yetis Prepare for Summit

Not always could you hope to have such a well motivated and compatible group, BUT this was one of these times and made the event extra special! I really can’t think of anyway things could of been improved.

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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