Mera & Island Peak Expedition
12th October 2019
Leader: Gavin Kellett
Summit Success for Gavin and the Team on Island Peak this morning. They had a super day, cool breeze but clear views. They are now back at Dingboche and will be heading to Namche for cake and celebrations tomorrow. Congratulations everyone.
Gavin called this afternoon from Island Peak high camp, everyone is doing well and they are planning to head up to the summit tomorrow morning.
In what turned out to be a long day, the team have crossed the Amphulapcha pass and have set up camp just above Chukung. Tomorrow they will have a short day as they move on to Island Peak base camp about 90 minutes away.
Summit success on Mera Peak! Gavin called today to say that the whole team was thrilled to summit Mera Peak this morning in a brief window of good weather. Those who are going on to do Island Peak have dropped down to the Hinku valley, while Berty and Chris are at Khare, from where they will return to Lukla.
Gavin called to say that the team headed to Khare yesterday in Scottish weather conditions. Had lunch and then headed to 5200 meters to aid acclimitisation. Today the weather is stunning and the team have spent their morning with skills training and gear organisation.
The team are marvelling at the wonder that is Nepal. The country and the people are beyond measure.
Some of the team have experienced Nepal before, and for others it’s the first time.
Today we arrived on Khote after six days trekking. The terrain has varied from jungle to bare mountainside. Highest altitude reached so far is 4600 mtrs.
Tea house accommodation allows a chance to relax in the evening and discuss the day’s events.
Meals are appetizing and filling and a competition has emerged between Rob and Colin to clean all the plates. Tomorrow we head for Tagnang.
The mountains we came to climb are getting closer….
Today the team have completed the trek to Pangkonngma, they are now in the lodge and all doing well.
The team and all their kit arrived in Kathmandu and have since flown to Lukla to begin their trek towards Mera Peak.
The team depart the UK on the 12th of October.