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Team last call back to Kathmandu

Hello this is Team Last Call checking in from Kathmandu. We hiked from Chukung to Dingboche this morning where we said our final goodbye to our wonderful Sherpas and porters team then took hili ride to Lukla / Kathmandu. We are all cleaned up and enjoying the heavy air here in Kathmandu. This will be our last post. Starting tomorrow all team members are heading home. Thank you for following along on our journey!

Lakpa Rita

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Team last call summits island peak

Hello this is Team Last Call checking in from Chukhung, we woke up at 11:30 pm last night and left for the summit at 1a am. It took us 9 hours to get to the summit of Island peak. It was an amazing summit day with gorgeous view of Ama Dablam from a different angle, Makalu, Bruntshe, Nuptshe, Lhotshe, Sartshe and Imja lake. We spent some time on the summit taking pictures and enjoying the view then decended to base camp which took us 3 and a half hours. We rested at base camp for an hour or so then continued to Chukung. Everyone is doing well but a bit tired. We finished our dinner early and are heading to bed soon to catch up on sleep and rest.
We will be heading to Dingboche tomorrow and fly out of there to Kathmandu. Thank you.

Lakpa Rita

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Team Last Call from the Summit of Island Peak!

Team Last Call at Island Peak Basecamp

Hello this is team Last Call, calling in from Island Peak Basecamp! Today we hiked into basecamp, it took us about 3 hours. We had lunch here, after lunch we had an alpine skills review. Its pretty cold here right now, everyone has tucked into their sleeping bags. We are planning to wake up at 11:30 PM for an alpine start on Island peak with hopes to summit around 8-9 AM! We’ll check back in tomorrow.
Thanks for following along
Lakpa Rita

Team last call checking in from Chukung

Hello this is team Last Call checking in from Chukhung. Our Everest base camp and Kala Pathar trekking team completed their trip and flew to Kathmandu this morning from Dingboche. I am sure they are enjoying cold beer, warm weather and thick air at Kathmandu main while Island Peak climbers trek to Chukung 15,560 ft. Our trek to Chukung took us two hours following along the side of Imja river with gorgeous view of Amadablam, Lhotshe, Lhotshe Shar, Island peak and Baruntshe. After lunch we decided to hike an hour above Chukung toward Chukung Ri and back to our tea house Khangri resort. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the beautiful view from our tea house. Our plane for tomorrow will be heading to Island peak base camp. Thank you for following with us and will be checking in tomorrow.
Lakpa Rita

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Great trek in a spectacular part of the world. Yes. I was happy to get to Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar, but I was even more thrilled to climb Island Peak.

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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