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    Talking Nepal trekking-Imja Tse -6,189 m (20,305 ft) Nov 12,2010

    Nepal Trekking
    Dates: Oct 26, 2010-Nov 21, 2010

    Summits: Gokyo Ri - 5357m, (17,575ft)
    Kala Patthar- 5,643 m (18,514 ft)
    Imja Tse -6,189 m (20,305 ft)

    I joined a group of 15 Swiss and 7 German’s for an adventure of a lifetime trip to Nepal, our trek would be for 24 days, including travel days. Our first week would be getting to know each other while trekking through many Villages and lower elevations learning the Nepal culture and enjoying the scenery as it opened up and changed before our eyes. The second week we would start our acclimating over higher passes before our goal to climb Island Peak (Imja Tse) and then we would trek out over lower elevation and fly back to Kathmandu for a couple days of cultural tours. (flight back from Lukla…interesting event)
    Of course a trip to Nepal starts with an exciting flight into Lukla, it consists of a single runway 1,500 feet (460 m) long, 65 feet (20 m) wide and has a 12% gradient. The altitude of the airport is 9,100 feet (2,800 m). Our flight in was uneventful and left us all excited for our adventure.



    Our first excitement was trekking out of Lukla the 1st day we met Reinhold Messner who just happened to be walking by. Not a bad way to start our trek.
    Day 1: travel Zurich-Bangkok
    Day 2: travel Bangkok-Kathmandu
    Day 3: travel Kathmandu-Lukla (2800m-9186 ft)-trek to Monjo (2850m-9350ft)
    Day 4: Monjo-Namche Bazar (3440m-11,286 ft)
    Day 5: Namche bazaar-Thamo-Thame Monastery (4000m) - Thame (3800m-12,467ft)
    Day 6: Thame-Syangboche (3970m)-Kunde Hospital (3840m)-Khumjung (3750m-12,303ft)
    Day 7: Khumjung- Dole (4084m-13,399ft)
    Day 8: Dole- Machermo (4450m-14,600ft)
    Day 9: Machermo- Gokyo Village (4750m-15,584ft)
    Day 10: Gokyo Village- Gokyo Ri (5360m-17,585ft) – Ngozumba Glacier- Thangnak (4700m-15,420ft)
    Day 11:Thangnak- Cho La Pass (5420m-17,782ft)-Dzongla (4843m-15,889ft) –Lobuche (4950m-16,240ft)
    Day 12: Rest day in Lobuche –spent resting, reading in sun and doing laundry
    Day 13: Lobuche- Kala Pattar Summit (5550m-18,208ft) – Lobuche (4950m-16,240ft)
    Day 14: Lobuche – Kongma La (5535m-18,160ft) –Chukhung (4863m-15,955ft)
    Day 15: Chukhung- Island Peak Base Camp (5100m-16,732ft) –tents
    Day 16: Base Camp (1:00 wake up) - Island Peak Summit (6189m-20,305ft) –Chukhung (4863m-15,955ft)
    Day 17: Chukhung- Dingboche (4350m-14,271ft) - Dewoche (3770m-12,369ft)
    Day 18: Dewoche - Tengpoche (3860m-12,664ft) – Namche Bazar - (3440m-11,286 ft)
    Day 19: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2800m-9186ft)
    Day 20: travel Lukla – Kathmandu—only 9 got out, next day 8, 3rd day last 5 via German Helicopter. A few duffle bags and our group climbing gear bags didn’t make any of the flights..lucky to get out. Over 2000 trekkers were stranded in Lukla, coffee, food supplies running out with no flights, no rooms to be had. It was a crazy and depressing scene. Many trekkers also stranded in Kathmandu trying to get to Lukla
    Day 21: Kathmandu sightseeing but most important fresh food and showers..ahhh
    Day 22: Kathmandu sightseeing and finally our whole family is together again
    Evening farewell dinner at Newarstil -6 course Nepal meal at Dwarika’s Hotel
    Day 23: Kathmandu – Bangkok
    Day 24: Bangkok – Zurich –goodbye celebration at Zurich airport w/ champagne, tears & many hugs!
    Day 25: Zurich – Boston and my adventure ends but never the memories or my new friends!

    View from Kala Pattar Summit: Looking over at Everest from 10km distance


    Summit pic from Island Peak 20,305ft!


    Map of our trek:


    I took many pictures and videos and I will let the pictures tell the story which will be much more interesting than me telling it in words. I apologize for having so many photos’…but without so many, you would be missing some amazing views and scenes. I hope you enjoy!
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    WOW…. I’m totally speechless.

    The Pictures are breathtaking

    Darlene Whens the party at the Outlook?
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    Hi Darl,
    Great shot on Island Peak. I can't wait to take my time and browse through those photos!
    I wonder if we passed each other without knowing, as we were on our way back around Oct. 24-25 to Lukla as you were just heading up.
    I'm glad you didn't have a hard time in Lukla, as it was an absolute nightmare for us - airport closed, flights changed the whole nine yards!
    Anyway, welcome back again and I'll drop another note when I look over the pics.
    Cheers!
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    Climbing a Himalayan peak ... pretty cool!

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    "View from Kala Pattar Summit" - stunning. I look forward to spending some time with the rest of your photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo View Post
    Hi Darl,
    Great shot on Island Peak. I can't wait to take my time and browse through those photos!
    I wonder if we passed each other without knowing, as we were on our way back around Oct. 24-25 to Lukla as you were just heading up.
    I'm glad you didn't have a hard time in Lukla, as it was an absolute nightmare for us - airport closed, flights changed the whole nine yards!
    Anyway, welcome back again and I'll drop another note when I look over the pics.
    Cheers!
    Dan
    Hey Dan, we arrived in Lukla on Oct 30th I think..missed you by a few days.
    Our group got held up in Lukla on our return from trekking, took 3 days to get the whole group and not all of our duffle bags and gear didn't make it. There were 2000 trekkers stranded when we were there...no coffee, food, or rooms available. It was a nightmare. Airport was closed for 5 days..They closed Lukla down from anymore trekkers hiking into it, we just made it by a day. I was lucky and got the draw of a ticket 1st day but had to detour to India for a hold up...glad it was the end of our trip!!
    You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well. ~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

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    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    After spending the last week or two trying to figure out your route with the pics on Facebook and my 1988 National Geographic topo map of the area, it has now become clear with your easy to follow descriptions. Totally amazing!!
    Thanks for sharing your trip of a lifetime! I felt I was there with you!
    What am I doing on this damn computer.... I should be out on the trails!!

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    What a great adventure. Did you have those beautiful azure skies the whole trip?
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    Nice.

    I think I'll have to go ice my finger after pressing "next" 810 times...

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    I scrolled thru every single picture, simply awesome!! Jealousy is flowing. What was the hardest part of the entire trip? And what was your overall distance?

    Congratulations on a trip you will never forget!

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    Hi Darl,
    Ah so you did get to experience the madness of Lukla! Something we'll never forget that's for darn sure!
    Just curious, where did you stay in Namche? We stayed in the Yak Hotel and it was absolutely wonderful, the best momos I've ever eaten! LOL!
    We've writing a travelogue on our journey if you have any interest, it's up at our blog. Meantime, here's a pic of The Yak!
    Congrats again!
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    Good catching up at AMC slide talk on Tuesday evening, Darl. Congrats on your Weston x-c ski raffle tickets. Great shot of Imja Tse. Will do some working out before I tackle your other 810 slides this weekend!

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    Smile

    Thank you for the beautiful photos that reminds me the trek we did, Annie and me, in October 2007.The best trip of our lives.
    http://www.lesiteayvon.com/photosnepal.html
    Sorry, the captions are only in french.

    We will go back in Nepal maybe soon.
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    Yes, thanks for the reminder! I was there in 92. Some things have changed, but it's still beautiful. I don't have enough vacation time to do a trip to Nepal justice right now; but retirement is close enough, and I can't wait to go back.

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