Starting approach into Lukla
I am sitting behind the pilot and this is the view out the windshield as we land.
Getting ready to leave Lukla
At the entrance/exit gait to Lukla
Just outside of Lukla. We're on our way to Phakding with Lakpa our Sirdar and guide.
Taking a break to take off some clothes. It's hot!
A teahouse on the way to Phakding
A buddhist monk and prayer wheel
Mani stones and prayer flags
Taking a break for some tea on the way from Lukla to Phakding.
Our campsite is on the other side of the bridge over the river (Dudh Kosi).
Our campsite in Phakding
Nepalese stone masons at work (on way to Namche Bazar)
Another smoky tea house
Maoists doing military style dances for with somewhat-voluntary donations expected from the town.
We stop at the Mt. Everest National Park entrance to complete some paper work.
Zopkios crossing the bridge
The older bridge
Teix (pronounced "Tik") our kitchen boy serving us lunch on our way to Namche Bazar. (
Another bridge crossing up ahead.
Checking in at the police post at the edge of Namche Bazar.
Need a hat?
Breakfast in Namche at the "Sherpa Land" hotel.
View as we get ready to hike north of Namche to the Everest View Hotel and Kunde
Climbing up over Namche
Lakpa leading the way above Namche
Lakpa and Dianne
You can see Ama Dablam in the distance (behind Wolfgangs head.)
After chasing away a sunbathing Russian, we order some hot drinks at the Everest View hotel balcony.
View from the Everest View hotel balcony
Close up of Ama Dablam from the Everest View Hotel. (This year "the dablam" ,the hanging glacier, has been avalanching, wiping out camp 3 and so far no one has summitted Ama Dablam.)
Ama Dablam seen from just above Khumjung
Descending into Khumjung
Tim and Susan descending into Khumjung (Ama Dablam in background)
Susan plays with a zopkio.
Tim and Susan in Kunde (Thamserku in the background)
Lunch in Kunde (Thamserku in background)
Lunch in Kunde
A view of both Ama Dablam and Thamseku from Kunde
Descending into Namche Bazar
Back at Sherpa Land Hotel!
Coffee and apple studdle at Herman Helmer's German Bakery
The Bazaar! (Tibetans cross into Nepal to sell their goods here in Namche)
Typical Tibetan tent in the bazaar.
Tim showing a "HORTN FACE" (North Face) clone expected to look like a North Face garment.
Note the North Face like logo.
Dianne purchases some "Mountain Hardware" pants with zip-off legs for $15 (1000 rupees)
Dianne and Buddhist monk wearing a Mountain Hardware jacket.
Steet dancing for Dewali (Hindu holiday)
Lakpa, our feerless leader!
Hiking to Thame
Lunch view in Thame
Returning back to Namche from Thame. (The clouds have moved in big time!)
On our way to Phortse Tenga from Namche
This fellow is collecting donations for trail maintenance.
Tashi Sherpa with her Obama button
We leave the Khumbu valley here to enter the Gokyo valley. This is a major trail intesection with most of the traffic continuing up the Khumbu valley. (We really enjoy the lighter traffer from this point on)
Wow! A metal guard rail on the begining of the trail up the Gokyo valley! (This is the only place we see anything like this!)
Setting up camp at Phortse Tenga
I was drying out some pants I washed (because they were covered in Perpetuem) in Namche last lnight.
Luxery at Phortse Tenga
Looking back at our campsite after exploring up river a ways.
The old bridge
Leaving Phortse Tenga for Machhermo
We get views Cho Oyo (considered by many to be the easiest of the 8,000 meter peaks to climb) just poking out of the clouds at intervals
Lunch break in this beautiful spot.
You can see Cho Oyo (the snow covered peak) off in the distance as we get ready for lunch.
Wolfgang and Dianne surveying the scene after lunch at Dole (on the way to Machhermo)
Yak with a load
Just above Machhermo
Setting up camp in Machhermo
Morning in Machhermo
First hill top after Machhermo and it seems all the groups have decided to stop here!
The first of the three lakes leading up to Gokyo.
The second of the three lakes leading to Gokyo
The third and biggest lake
We see Gokyo!
Our campsite in Gokyo. We are unfortunately surrounded by lodges so smoke is really going to be a problem in the evening.
Evacuation from Gokyo
Helicopter leaving Gokyo (most likely an evacuation).
View from the top of the ridge east of Gokyo
Cho Oyo visible from the ridge
Sunrise in Gokyo
View of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri (peak in the background)
Relaxing in the lodge by our campsite.
Typical dung stove just about to be filled.
Crossing the stepping-stone-bridge to climb Gokyo Ri (17, 500 ft)
On our way up Gokyo Ri
We can see the clouds start to come in.
Oh, Oh, the clouds are moving in even more!
Those darn clouds!
Lakpa on Gokyo Ri. (Everest is in the background)
We see nice views of Mt. Everest.
The clouds are getting closer so I speed up my ascent.
The clouds are now obscuring our view of Gokyo
We get another view of Gokyo before the clouds cover it again.
Almost to the top (17,500 ft)!
The summit of Gokyo Ri is covered with prayer flags
Mt. Everest in the center
You can see the clouds rising while Tim and Susan get ready to photograph sunset.
Mt. Everest before sunset
Sunset starting on Mt. Everest seen from the summit of Gokyo Ri
In the morning we have low clouds in addition to the usual smoke from the lodge stoves.
We cross the ridge east of Gokyo, go south a bit and then cross the Ngojumba glacier.
Starting to cross the Ngojumba glacier
A glacial pool in the Ngojumba glacier
Reaching the opposite side of the glacier
Arriving at our campsite at Dragnag/Thangnak.
We arrive at out campsite at Dragnag/Thagnak
We get started early to cross Cho La pass from Dragnag/Thagnak.
Bhim leads the main group up the narrow valley
Looking down over the next valley we need to cross. (Cho La Pass is at the top the next ridgel-ine.)
Cho La pass is over the shoulder to the left
A "snow chicken" near the top of Cho La Pass.
Tim reaching the top of Cho La Pass.
Crossing the glacier
The far side of Cho La Pass
Bhim heading downhill towards Dzongla
Ama Dablam is visible at the center of the valley
Teix (pronounced Tik) greeting us as we arrive Dzongla
Our campground in Dzongla
Morning in Dzongla
Looking back at Bhim and Susan in front of East Loboche
Arriving in Loboche
We remember the Eco Lodge from eating pizza here in 2004. This is the "delux" place to stay in Loboche.
This is what delux accomodations are like in Loboche.
The map puts Wolfgang to sleep!
Sunset in Loboche
Sunset and a reflection in Loboche
The Eco Lodge in Loboche
Our proprietor, "Jackie Chan"
East Loboche Peak and Loboche seen from the ridge west of Loboche
East Loboche Peak seen from the ridge west of Loboche
Teix (pronounced Tik), our kitchen boy, with a load to take to base camp.
On our way to East Loboche base camp.
Base camp is in this basin.
Looking back the way we came
Almost at base camp
East Loboch base camp (16,100 ft MSL) being setup
East Loboche Base Camp being setup
Location for the Puja ceromony
The puja cermony
The climb, the climbers and our equipment are blessed in the puja ceromony.
Rope and tools are blessed in the puja ceromony
Moon over Loboch
Teix helps Mik get ready for the climb at 1:23 AM.
After climbing for almost five hours we see the sun come up and it's beautiful! (This is at 18,635 ft MSL)
Mik working his way up at 18,635 ft.
A first glimpse of the summit as we rope up at 18,800 ft.
Bhim and Paldorje (18,920 ft)
Bhim leads up ahead setting a fixed rope.
Meanwhile back at base camp, Dianne has it rough!
At 19,127 ft on East Loboche
19,334 ft on East Loboche
Bhim checking the snow pickets
We're almost up on the summit ridge.
Our route crosses a small crevasse (19,400 ft)
Mik coming up (19,422 ft)
Just below the final summit ridge
Mik at 19,550 ft
Paldorje on the summit ridge
View up the Khumbu valley with Everest base and Everest (peak to the right) from East Loboche summit ridge.
Mik, Paldorje and Bhim taking a break on the summit ridge
Meanwhile, back at camp......
Looking back down hill while rappelling down the fixed rope.
Dianne spots, Wolfgang and Bhim (joined by Teix) returning to camp
Breakfast at East Loboche Base camp. (This is a fabulous camp because it's sheltered from the wind and gets the morning sun while still provide great views all around.)
Leaving base camp for Dingboche
Passing the memorialsto all the climbers that have died.
More climber memorials.
We stop at Dugla (also spelled Dhukla, Thukla, Dughla) for some lemon tea.
Enjoying some hot lemmon at Dugla.
Wolfgang updating his diary (Palm IIIxe with folding keyboard)
Stream crossing after Dugla
Reaching the top of the ridge before descending into Dingboche.
Descending down to Dingboche. (Ama Dablam is in the background)
We see Tim and Suan waiting for us at this lodge.
Getting tea at the lodge where we're camping.
Sunset in Dingboche
Packing up camp in Dingboche
Leaving for Chhukhung
Looking back at Dingboche
Stopping at teahous on the way to Chhukhhung. (Note the partially naked sunbather..)
Hanging out with an Italian team that had just return from a succesful summit of Island Peak. (The Lhotse wall is in the background)
Our campsite in Chhukhung
Sunset on the Lotse wall
Packing up camp in Chhukhung. Next stop Island Peak base camp!
Looking back at Chhukhung
On our way to Island Peak base camp. Island peak is visible near the center.
Base camp is just ahead
Starting our climb of Island Peak (1:45 AM)
The sun is starting to come up!
You can see the summit ridge and the route leading up to it.
We're almost to the fixed ropes (19,680 ft)
At 19,750 feet going up the fixed ropes.
Climbers below as we go up the slope to the summit ridge.
We're at 19,860 ft and about 150 vertical feet below the summit ridge. Things are moving very, VERY slowly due to some slow climbers on the fixed ropes.
The view back down from the summit ridge.
As we reach the summit ridge (just over 20,000 ft), we encounter a lot of traffic coming downhill.
Moving up the summit ridge, we're almost to the summit (we're at 20,150 ft with only 150 more feet to go).
After anchoring ourselves in on the rather small summit of Island Peak, Bhim takes a group photo.
View of Imja Tscho (the lake the two Germans were reporting on that is expected to cause a huge flood) from the summit.
Dianne and Susan on the summit of Island Peak
Bhim and Mik
Tim and Susan getting ready to leave the summit
Tim and Susan on their way down the summit ridge.
Dianne most of the way down the snow climb
View up hill from where we put our crampons on (19,186 ft)
Teix meets us with hot beverage at the spot where we put our crampons on for the climb (19,186 ft).
From 18,166 ft, we can see high camp ahead of us. (Very few climbers chose to use high camp with most starting from base camp).
Leaving Island Peak base camp.
Breaking down camp in the morning in Dingboche. Note the zopkio...
Leaving via the main street in Dingboche
Lakpa and a yak
View of creek and Ama Dablam
View of Ama Dablam from Pangboche
Ama Dablam and Pangboche Cyber Cafe with cute Sherpa lady
Note the older bridge below the modern bridge.
Modern and older bridge (below)
Just below Tengboche
Arriving in Tengboche (it now has a cyber cafe!)
Ama Dablam visible behind the bakery
The monastary (gompa) and Ama Dablam
Monastary (gompa) entrance
Inside the Gompa
Evening in Tengboche (Ama Dablam in background)
Sunrise from our campsite
Morning in Tengboche
Back in the cafe with Tashi (and her Obama button)
Almost back to Namche!
Back in Namche Bazar!
The bazaar with Thamserku in the background
Our favorite hangout in Namche!
Leaving Namche for Lukla.
Quite a load!
Back at the national park entrance
Kusum Peak and river crossing
Kusum Peak and mani stone
This is a large mani stone!
Back in Lukla!
Our room in Lukla
Saying goodbye at the airport. (Take and most of our porters have a two day walk back to their home)
Back in Kathmandu at the Hotel Vaishali.
Getting my shoes fixed by the fellow in the tan jacket (he actually did a very good job!)
A sadhu. We learn that it's legal for the sadhus (Hindu holy men) to smoke pot and hashish and that they typically partake rather heavily.