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Everest climbing course + Instagram feed
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RE: Everest climbing course + Instagram feed
Thanks guys. I arrived a day before everybody, today is shopping for gear and some sightseeing. They have a strange timezone here, UTC + 5:45. This is the itinerary for the course:

October 11 (Date team is to be in Kathmandu.) Upon arrival check into the Nirvana Garden Hotel situated in Thamel, the cornerstone of the Kathmandu scene.

October 12: Kathmandu. From the centrally located Nirvana Garden Hotel we begin our exploration of Kathmandu while doing last minute expeditions shopping and packing. While modern by Nepalese standards, Kathmandu is a sacred city to both Hindus and Buddhists. Our tour is an important introduction to understanding

the cultures which lay ahead. Kathmandu is prominently featured in both Buddhist scriptures and Hindu texts such as the Ramayana. We highly recommend taking in a self guided or guided tour of the 3000-year-old Swamayabhu (monkey temple), the great Stupa of Bodnath and the chaotic Hindu temple complex of Pashupatineth. This temple is home to many Hindu aesthetics or Sadhus.

October 13: After final administration requirements, we fly to the landing strip in Lukla. Weather permitting this flight offers outstanding views of the eastern Himalayas. In Lukla, we meet and join our Sherpa staff, load the yaks and begin the ascent to base camp. Our first day is an easy walk to lush environs of Monjo, located on the Dudh Kosi River. No time is wasted on the learning aspects of this expedition. Evenings throughout the trek will consist of learning assessing rope skills needed for a Himalayan climb.

October 14: We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending 700 meters through Himalayan pine and Deodar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar (3445 meters). The village of Namche is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, gold and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Our group spends two days in Namche affording us the opportunity to acclimate, visit local markets and spend time with friends in town. Our camp is perched high above the city and we make our way to nearby high points to capture our first glimpses of Ama Dablam, Everest and neighbouring peaks.

October 15: Today is acclimatization day. Take a hike up to the twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung home of the climbing Sherpas and the Sir Edmund Hillary School. In the afternoon take in the sights in Namche Bazaar including the Sherpa museum and local marketplace.

October 16: Trek to the village of Tengboche (3866 meters), the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu. At the monastery we attend Buddhist ceremonies and rituals performed by local monks. Vistas from Tengboche are spectacular. The jagged peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega stand to our south, as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are visible to the north. The Monastery at Tengboche is one of the most well known in the world as the Rinpoche is revered throughout the Buddhist community and has authored a number of books and essays. In the past our groups have had an audience with the Rinpoche and received his blessing. This is often a moving and intense experience. Views from this locale (one of the finest on earth), include Kwangde 6186 meters, Tawachee 6467 meters, Nuptse 7878 meters, Lhotse 8500 meters, Everest 8852 meters, Ama Dablam 6857 meters, Kantega 6778 meters, Thamserku 6607 meters. After visiting Tengboche we move to spend the night in Pangboche.

October 17: This morning we make visit Lama Geshi for our private Puja ceremony to bless the expedition before making our way up to Dingboche for the night.

October 18: Trek to Dingboche, overnight in the lodge. Meals prepared by our base camp staff while here to help maintain optimal health at these altitudes.

October 19: Trek to our Island Peak base camp and settle in the comforts of your base established by our sherpa crew who has gone ahead of us.

October 20: Rest, adjust to the altitude and start preparing for instructional sessions and organizing equipment. Puja ceremony.

October 21 to November 4- Working on the mountains climbing, training and summit bids.

November 5: Move to Pangboche
November 6: Travel from Pangboche to Namche
November 7: Namche to Lukla
November 8: Fly Lukla to KTM
November 9: Sightseeing, rest, prepare for international flight home.
November 10: Depart Kathmandu
10-11-2014, 10:36 AM
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