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Namaste High Trekkers Return to Kathmandu

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

We woke up in Lukla this morning to clear skies- perfect for flying back to Kathmandu. Our flight was smooth, delayed only a bit by heavy air traffic in Kathmandu.

This afternoon we cleaned up, relaxed and, yes, did some more shopping. Tonight, we celebrated our success over a great dinner.

Tomorrow, the team will have some free time to do more exploring of the city and get ready to fly back to you.

This will be the last Cybercast for the Namaste High trekkers. Thanks so much for following our adventure!

Carole Tejas

Namaste High Trekkers Relax and Celebrate in Lukla

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

We travelled from Phakding to Lukla today in cooler, cloudy weather— all the better for making the slow, sustained climb on the final section of trail.

As we crossed our last suspension bridge, it was clear that our time on the trail and our acclimatization over the last couple weeks made today’s hike a breeze.

We arrived in Lukla in time for an amazing lunch— Yak burgers, momos, chicken chilly (my favorite) and the classic Dal Bhat.

On the agenda this afternoon:

Cappuccinos and pastries

Shaves at the Barber Shop

And time watching helicopters take off every couple of minutes at the airport next to our teahouse.

At dinner, we thanked our local staff, led by Gopal, for doing a great job. We couldn’t have done this trek without their help.

Our fingers are crossed for good weather tomorrow for our flight back to Kathmandu!

Carole Tejas

Namaste High Trekkers– Over the River and Through the Woods

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

The Namaste High Trekkers spent a relaxing morning in Namche, shopping, shopping and … shopping. I took advantage of the downtime by visiting thirteen students sponsored by the Alpine Ascents Foundation (AAF) who live and go to school in Namche. The kids, who are in Grade 1 through Grade 6, live in a hostel/dorm next to Namche school. Their room, board and school fees are paid for by AAF and when we are in Namche, we try to check in on them. Happy to report that the kids are looking great and doing well at school.

After lunch in Namche, the team took our group Photo of The Day and then hit the trail.

We descended Namche Hill, crossed the Dudh Kosi River on the double decker suspension bridge, and walked through the forest and past the many vegetable and flower gardens for a couple of hours until Phakding, our home for the night.

We’re doing very well and looking forward to trekking to Lukla tomorrow!

Carole Tejas

Everest Base Camp Trekkers and Island Peak Climbers Part Ways

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

This morning in Dingboche, the trekkers said goodbye to Vern and the Island Peak Climbers.

One last photo of the trekkers and Island Peak climbers before we split up.

The Island Peakers headed up to Chukung and we, the trekkers, headed down (well, we headed up and down – mainly down) to Namche. We went slow and steady, but made it down here in record time despite several yak-jams along the way.

Immediately upon arrival in Namche, the team members enjoyed much-awaited hot showers.

We are clean!

Tired but happy after a long day, we’re looking forward to a leisurely walk down to Phakding tomorrow.

Carole Tejas

Everest Trek: Team Namaste High Goes Low!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones,

We were blessed with crystal blue skies this morning. And after a leisurely breakfast we made good use of the delightful weather by taking the high route down valley. We passed a rustic yak hearders cabin along our way.

Then a little further along the trail we were practically run over by a yak train hauling water to Gorak Shep. 

Our afternoon was filled with exploring the farming community of Dingboche. At dinner, we celebrated having more oxygen with a delicious chocolate cake.

Team is well and in great spirits!

All our best,
Carole and Vern Tejas


The trip was up to AAI standards. Organization, logistics and quality of itinerary were excellent. Vern and Carole were fantastic, and the weather was excellent : ) Vern and Carole added a great deal to the quality of the trip. In sharing their knowledge of the area, the people, high altitude travel etc. they raised the trip to a level other companies only aspire to reach.


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