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Leaving Khumjung

Saturday 21st September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We walked from Khumjung to Pengboche today, it was really hot and because we had acclimatized in Khumjung, the walk was fairly easy. En-route we came across Tengboche bridge which had collapsed. We had lunch at Tenboche and had the perfect view of Everest up the valley. We arrived at Pengboche and Lakpa took us to the school where the 2007 did their community project. It was nice to see what Ollie and Chris had done the last time they were here.

Sunday 22nd September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today we walked from Pangboche to Pheriche and we saw our first view of Island Peak. We saw where the valley split in two, we were taking the left route to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar. We finally arrived in Pheriche and had the best meal of the whole trip, including pancake covered mars bars!

Monday 23rd September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Today we had 700m to climb from Pheriche to Lobuche. We stopped in Thukla for some tea and we met some people from Dorset, one of which was a scout leader. We carried on up the valley in the sunshine and when we arrived in Lobuche (4950m) we saw Kala Pathar behind our lodge.

Tuesday 24th September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Today was a really long day. We set off to Gorek Shep, the last village before Everest Base Camp. We had an early lunch here. The walk to Base Camp (5345m) was long and it snowed along the way. It took us 1.5 hours to reach and when we got there we saw multicoloured tents and the Khumbu Icefall through the fog. Some of the group got talking to the Italian team, who were going to climb Lhoste and then ski down it! We filmed for buff by advertising and demonstrating how we wear them. Whilst we were there, we also witnessed an avalanche on the other side of the valley. The Dorset scout leader was there as well. Once we had got back to Gorek Shep, we realised we had walked 14km at altitude, which we were all proud of. The resat of the day consisted of recovering and preparing for the hike tomorrow morning up Kala Pathar.

Wednesday 25th September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Today we woke up at 0430, ready to leave at 0500 for Kala Pathar. The stars were our and we didn’t need our torches as the moon was so bright. It was reflecting off the snowy peaks around us. It was surprising how quickly it got light and after 2 hours of climbing, we summited the 5550m peak. We spent half an hour at the top taking pictures and admiring the  beautiful views before heading back down to Gorek Shep for breakfast. We then spent another few hours hiking back to Lobuche, where we spent the rest of the day.

Thursday 26th September 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today we had a short walk from Lobuche back down the valley to Dingboche. It was fairly easy as it was mainly downhill and the weather was good again. We got an even better view of Island Peak from a small ridge, outside Dingboche (4410m).

In the next few days we will be trekking up the valley to Chukung and preparing to climb Island Peak.

13 Responses to "Leaving Khumjung"

  • Mary Ellis
    September 26, 2013 - 14:39

    Well done all it sounds wonderful. I especially fancy the moonlit walk….
    How did you get across the valley with the broken bridge?
    How has your weather been because on the forecasts it always looks wet?
    How are the Llamas Charlotte?

    Mary xx
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  • Teresa Doherty
    September 26, 2013 - 16:53

    Wow – what can I say, justt been reading through the lastes news, sounds like you are having a fab time ! You should all be very proud of yourselves.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy

    ps – Joe love you lots and cant wait to see you 🙂 Mum xxx

  • Jan Humphreys
    September 26, 2013 - 17:35

    It is great to get your updates. It just sounds absolutely wonderful and no doubt you are all having an AMAZING time. Keep safe and good luck with the climb up Island Peak. Thinking of you all lots. Love from us all xx

  • Julie burton
    September 26, 2013 - 17:57

    Hi all, sounds spectaculure and very envious of this fantastic adventure. How’s the beard stu !!! Now your next step to Island Peak. How I wish to see first hand the beautiful sights you all see. Can’t wait to see all your photos Have a fab time luv mum & James xx

  • Mary Ellis
    September 26, 2013 - 18:17

    Yes all the best for Island Peak! An amazing adventure….

  • Thomas Ellis
    September 26, 2013 - 18:36

    Sounds great!
    14 km at altitude sounds impressive – well done! ( Although I haven’t walked at altitude so I wouldn’t know)
    Keep it up for Island Peak, and enjoy 🙂

    [Thomas]

  • Marie Ganter
    September 28, 2013 - 15:08

    Thank you for all your updates, it sounds amazing – what an experience and achievements! Life here seems so tame and boring in comparsion, if you’re not careful you will have a parent breakaway party following in hot pursuit! Good luck for Island Peak and the rest of the adventure.Thinking of you all and take care. Lots of love from us xxx

  • Pippa and Martin Hicks
    September 29, 2013 - 11:13

    Glad to hear all the news and well done all…tori and I are now in Dubai catching up on your adventures,Debra sends her love as we do to.
    well done again, looking forward to seeing you soon xxxx

  • Hazel Carter-Morgan
    September 29, 2013 - 17:20

    Hi y’all, sounds so amazing, I cant imagine the inspiring time you are having. You are making fantastic progress with your distances and altitude. Hope you are all remembering to write your diary each day and cant wait to see the pics. Take care on Island peak. lots of love. Hazel. XX Love you Ellis. XX

  • Lesley Howe
    September 30, 2013 - 07:52

    Our home hub is down (no surprise there!) so had to wait til I got to work to read the update. Hope all is well and enjoy the last part of your amazing trip!

  • Chris Shepherd
    September 30, 2013 - 21:35

    Hi Andy and all. Sounds fabulous, we need photos. Time must be flying by for you – it is here, following your progress xx

  • Dbee robinson
    October 1, 2013 - 11:05

    Well done Team!
    Keep these great updates coming.
    Stay safe and keep enjoying your trip
    Much love and Light
    Dbee and David robinson x

  • Mark Dunkerley
    October 13, 2013 - 22:52

    Hello there, “The Dorset Scout leader” here. Good to bump into you guys on the trek, it is indeed a small world. I’m deeply jealous of the expeditions you guys get upto and I wish you all the best in the future.

    YIS

    Mark Dunkerley
    ACSL Branksome St. Aldhelms (Poole)

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