The Team

Linda Adamson
Akshay Arora
Greg Burt
Carl Crane
Soo Wai Eng
Dana Grant
Vince Grant
Abhi Gorhe
Suzanne Mckeen
Aly Nanji
Aadam Nanji

Franklin Perry
Bill Pevec
Janakie Ratnayake
Brent Reinke
Seth Saxena
Mike Sills
Jason Wells
Julia Winiarski


Desiree Crane
John Rose
Brad Reinke

Guest Faculty
David Breashears

Trek Leaders
Sanjay Saxena
Mingmar Sherpa

Sherpa Guides
Pasang Sherpa
Chhongnuri Sherpa
Doreen Sherpa
Jiku Sherpa
Pemba Sherpa
Dorji Sherpa Jr.
Ngawang Thule Sherpa
Lakpa Sherpa

Our Ground Operator

Daily Blog

Apr 21 - Depart USA
Apr 22 - En route
Apr 23 - Kathmandu
Apr 24 - Trek Day 1

Apr 25 -Trek Day 2
Apr 26 - Trek Day 3
Apr 27 - Trek Day 4
Apr 28 - Trek Day 5
Apr 29 -Trek Day 6
Apr 30 - Trek Day 7
May 1 - Trek Day 8
May 2 -Trek Day 9
May 3/4-Trek Days 10/11
May 5 - Trek Day 12
May 6 - End Trek
May 7 -In Kathmandu
May 8 - Return Home




Trek to Everest Base Camp

Thursday. April 24 – FLY TO LUKLA – TREK TO MONJO (9,300 ft)

Tour schedule: We begin our Everest trek with an exciting flight in a Twin Otter plane to the small airstrip at Lukla, elevation 9,275 feet, where we will meet our trekking staff. Well-rested from two days of light activity, we hit the trail with renewed enthusiasm. The first day's walk is moderate, as we make our way down from Lukla to the Dudh Kosi (the “Milk River,” named for its color). Hiking up the valley to the village of Monjo.

Musings from Julia Winiarski:
Sunrise start from Kathmandu this morning, streets still quiet as we left the hotel. Cheerful chaos at the airport, but we all ended up where we needed to be for our flights to Lukla.

The group at Kathmandu airport

At KTM airport - Desiree & John taking ultra sound reading to set the base line for their study

The airstrip at Lukla (photo below) is 1500 feet long, has a slope 12%, and ends in the mountainside, so you gotta stick that landing. Applause for our pilot!

After some restorative tea in Lukla, we started out on our first day of walking up the valley, finding our “trekking legs.” Lots of ups and downs on the rocky path, crossing and re crossing the glacier, milky turquoise river called "Dudh Kosi" meaning Milk River.

Brad, Dana and Vince strike a pose!

Some spectacular suspension bridges with a nice bounce midspan, especially when a few people are crossing at once. We pass through many small villages: Prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Gompas, green fields and stone buildings and waterfalls. The working traffic of the trail flows toward and past us: the amazing porters carrying goods for the villages above and all the way up to Base Camp, the soft-eyed cow-yak hybrids and donkeys with their bells and burdens.

Rocks carved with the traditional Tibetan prayer "Om Mane Padme Om" alongwith the prayer flags
adorned the country side.

first glimpse of the high Himalaya

Through the clouds we catch glimpses of snow-clad peaks, impossibly high above us. Soft rain falling now in Manu. Great lecture on Altitude Sickness by Desiree Crane. Now we know what to watch for as we climb tomorrow to Namche Bazaar.