Everest basecamp trek and Island peak 2012

Hello everyone! This is Ben reporting in for the first cybercast of the 2012 EBC Trek and Island Peak climb. Everyone has been trickling in today starting around noon and I’m just waiting on one more flight that arrives in just a bit at 10:30pm with the rest of the trekkers and climbers. I’m excited to be trekking into the Khumbu this spring again with a group of great people. This is a neat time to be trekking to basecamp because we are alongside a lot of the climbers heading into climb Everest and Lhotse (the 4th highest mountain in the world).

I’ll be updating here daily and trying to post as many pictures as possible. We are also using a Spot tracking system that will also update our progress throughout the trip as we gain elevation up to basecamp, Kala Patar, and Island Peak.

We start tomorrow with a city tour of some temples around Kathmandu and then jump right into an orientation of our trip, a thorough gear check, and finally a group dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. It will be a busy day! The following morning we’ll wake early and head to the airport, where, if the weather is good we’ll fly in twin otter planes to the village of Lukla to begin the trek.

Stay tuned as we start our spring 2012 season here in Nepal!



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