Follow Carrie and the team on the Ultimate Everest Base Camp trail, this trip diverts off the main Everest Base Camp trail to take in the Stunning Gokyo Lakes and ascend Gokyo Ri.
The team have arrived back in Namche bazaar after another good day on the trail. It’s been a sunny day with crystal clear skies. We stopped on the way at the tenboche monastery. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the monks at work. We watched the morning prayers and had a look about. You can’t think of a more beautiful setting.
We also met up with the island peak team as they make their way up Pangboche.
Great walk today, we set off early from Namche to Lukla. The team are now celebrating with Sherpa brewery craft beer.
We have descended down to Pangboche after a great lunch and views in the dinboche. Yesterday the team climbed Kala Patthar early to get the sunrise.
Finally the team believe me Everest does exist and full team were rewarded with magnificent views.
The whole team have had a great few days. From Lobuche we went to Everest Base camp then back to Gorak Shep, then we descended to Lobouche. Today was a stunning walk down watching the changing views of Ama Dablam – and fouled by amazing food.
Carrie has called in today to say the team have arrived in Dzonglha. Two nights ago it snowed through the night, so the short trek from Gokyo to Dragnag was quite challenging for the group. Today it took them 9.5 hours to walk up over the Cho La pass from Dragnag, but they were rewarded with dramatic views of Ama Dablam.
Tomorrow the team will head to Lobuche and the day after that, will reach Everest base camp, before dropping back to stay at Gorak Shep for the night.
The group are being spoilt thanks to another birthday celebration and a cake made by Purbah.
A short walk took the group to Dole at 4050m. Having enjoyed some cake last night for David's birthday, there are good vibes today with a glimpse of blue sky and a paddle in the river.
New Report from Carrie:
"It’s David’s birthday today and in his honor, the rain stopped and the clouds lifted and the buzz of helicopters over Namche bazaar began.
We followed the main Everest trail out of Namche and were very fortunate to see a huge eagle, a Himalayan vulture, and an Egyptian vulture. We have seen a glimpse of the Lhotse face. We are at our lunch stop. Everyone is well and in good spirits and just can’t get over the sheer scale of the valley"
Latest from Carrie: The team all had a good night we are eating very well and our tea house is very nice with a great atmosphere. There was very heavy rain overnight but thankfully The l rain let up a bit today we had our acclimatisation walk up to the Everest view cafe . Sometimes though the best dramas take time to unfold and Everest Sagarmatha remained hidden behind her cloak of clouds. We then walked down to the Sherpa museum, where we have spent the most fantastic afternoon as lhakpa sonam Sherpa gave us a guided tour of his new museum due to officially open early next year. This is a very personal project of lhakpa showing the life of the Sherpas before the Everest expeditions and then the part they played in them. It was fantastic it was so amazing hearing not just the Sherpa story but his own. I was completely overwhelmed! Great to see some of the Sherpas I have been with in previous expeditions in this hall of fame.
The group arrived in good time to Kathmandu and made the connection the Lukla.
The trek began with the path through the Dudh Kosi valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding. The weather’s been a little wet but nothing can dampen the mood in these beautiful surroundings.
They’ve made their way to the Khumbu area to then enter the Sagarmartha National Park. Accommodation is in traditional Teahouses where they’ve been tasting some regional dishes.
After spending some time in Monjo they are now trekking onward and upwards.
Carrie Gibson has traveled on many of our expeditions including Everest North Ridge, Denali, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Island Peak & Ama Dablam. Carrie is also the first British woman to summit Himlung Himal.