Island Peak 4th October
Leader: Steve Davies
The team are now all back in Kathmandu, one day ahead of schedule.
Team now in Namche relaxing in the Liquid Bar with our congenial host Ram. Today we did two days on one, 24km from Chukhung to here. Tomorrow we move on to Lukla, two days ahead of schedule to give us the best chance of getting a flight back to Kathmandu.
The team set off for the summit attempt from high camp at 2 oclock this morning in perfect conditions, with all clients reaching the top between 6:30-7am this morning. The team then descended and took rests at high camp and base camp before arriving safely back at Chukhung at 3:00pm, exhausted but elated!
“Hard day today as we moved from Dingbouche at 4,415m to Chukhung at 4,775m with a climb up to Chukhung Ri at 5,555m. Rewarded with stunning views all round. The team are all well and in high spirits.”
“Today we took a short walk from Dingbouche at 4,415m to 5,070m to aid acclimatisation.”
Moved up to Dingbouche at 4,415m today and got first views of our objective, Island Peak 6,196m. It looks so small as it’s surrounded by much much higher mountains! We’ve two nights here to further acclimatise before we move higher.
Woke up this morning to a blue sky sunny day. We strolled from Namche to Debuche, stopping at Tengboche monastery for a blessing, with views of Everest and the surrounding mountains through the day.
After yesterday’s walk in the wet and dark we had a good dinner and a good sleep. We awoke this morning to sunshine! After breakfast we trekked to Namche, stopping for lunch on the way. During lunch there was a short rain shower but the sun returned as we finished lunch. Arrived at Namche with all the team in good spirits.
After a bit of a delay at the airport the team arrived in Lukla. Good news as I’d been reading about delays for other teams heading in to the Khumbu Valley. They have now trekked to Phakding and are relaxing and having lunch.
5th October 2018
The team have arrived in Kathmandu and are set to fly to Lukla tomorrow (fingers crossed).