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Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants Return to Namche

Friends, family and loved ones,

The Variants had our longest trekking day so far today — from Dingboche to Namche. On our descent, we made our way past yak trains en route to Basecamp, trekkers headed uphill and porters carrying huge loads of plywood and other construction materials up to the higher villages.

A definite highlight was the rhododendrons in bloom. Their saturated colors … [Amethyst: contrasted with the dusty trail][David: enlivened the atmosphere][Michael: jumped out from the green juniper forest][Russ: leapt off the mountainside to give us a burst of energy][Lisa: were a sight to behold as we descended down to below treeline]. Beautiful!

After lunch in Phunky Tenga, we climbed back up from the river, took a tea break in Sanasa to admire the fantastic view of Ama Dablam, and cruised into Namche late afternoon.

A couple of photos from our day will be sent separately.

Can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of our trek! Thanks for following!

Carole & Vern Tejas

Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants Descend to Dingboche

Friends, family & loved ones,

The Team left Lobuche this morning in the clouds with a thin layer of last night’s snow remaining on the ground. We moved well down the trail through Thukla and as we crossed the low alpine “bench” above Pheriche, the clouds began to lift. A mere 3 hours after we started, we were at the top of the trail leading down to Dingboche.

This afternoon, we are going to rest, relax and enjoy the amenities in town— bakeries, shops, lots of yak traffic— before descending to Namche tomorrow.

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Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants Climb Kala Pattar

Friends, family & loved ones,

We could Not have had better weather today for our climb of Kala Pattar. Blue sky, warm temps, almost no wind and perfect visibility. From the plume coming off the summit of Everest to a great view of the Khumbu icefall and Everest Basecamp, we enjoyed it all. It didn’t hurt that we had the summit all to ourselves.


After we descended, we made our way back down valley to Lobuche. The air has already started to feel a bit thicker here, to everyone’s relief. We timed it well, because as balmy as the morning’s weather was, the wind had picked up and snow had begun to fall just before we arrived at our tea house for the night. It was nothing that our lunch of tomato soup and grilled cheese couldn’t cure.

Tomorrow we will continue our trek down valley to the village of Dingboche, where the air is thicker yet.

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Carole & Vern Tejas

Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants Photos from 4/7

Deers here have fangs instead of horns

Team with misty mountains

Everest is over there

Everest Base Camp Trek: Dharmavariants in Lobuche

Friends, family & loved ones,

Another bluebird day! The Team left Thukla this morning at our usual time- 8 am – and hiked up the big hill to a special place, dotted with memorials to fallen climbers. After a break there, we continued to Lobuche, where we arrived in time for lunch.

A number of our Team have reached personal altitude records (- exciting!) and are looking forward to climbing even higher tomorrow.

This afternoon, we plan to continue our acclimatization by drinking tea at our lodge, relaxing and for those who are interested taking a hike up on the ridge overlooking the Khumbu glacier.

A special shout out today to Arjun and Anjali, who both did great on their Science Fair projects!

Tomorrow, depending on the weather, we plan either to visit Everest Basecamp or climb Kala Pattar. Check back with us to see what we did!

Thanks for following,

Carole & Vern Tejas

Great trip. Vern and Carol were great. Beautiful people and venues. Would love to go back one day and explore more areas. Beyond expectations. And Vern played the guitar, very cool. Amazing leadership and I think he should become a professional speaker when he retires. Amazing stories and experiences.

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