Kyajo Ri


Posted on Sunday 13th April, 2014

Back in Namche now after our adventure to Kyajo Ri. How to sum it up!? Well it was a lot further to get to than we thought. There was a lot more boulder hiking, snow and glacier to get to the mountain than we thought. There was a lot more blue ice on the mountain than we thought! So basically we did around 7 pitches on the mountain itself of rock, snow and ice. We turned around about 4 or 5 pitches from the summit due to the fact we either had to climb them all on blue ice which was very hard and slow going or we had about grade 18 rock to climb with no rock gear! It was getting late so we headed back down. I think that basically the whole trip would be a lot easier and faster later in this season when the snow has melted lower down and there would be more snow higher up on the top of the blue ice, forming alpine ice. Or perhaps in Autumn, that is when most folks seem to climb it. So Kyajo Ri will have to wait for another day! It was however a fantastic training mission!! Carrying the pack for hours over loose scree and boulders at altitude gave me a great workout and warm up for Lhotse!! My knees are still sore! So here is our adventure in photos.

Tomorrow Dawa and I are off to attempt Pachermo 6187m, close to Rowaling. We should be back in around 5 days so lets hope we have some better conditions on that one.

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Catching up with Margaret Watroba in Namche who is a two time Everest Summiteer from Perth AND a grandma. She is off to Lhotse too :)

Catching up with Margaret Watroba in Namche who is a two time Everest Summiteer from Perth AND a grandma. She is off to Lhotse too πŸ™‚

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Dawas mum hanging out the window of their house in Thamo. Our first stop for tea before heading up to stay at Mende Monastery for the night.

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We got to the Monastery in thick cloud and the next day I woke up to this view!

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The custodian of the Monastery.

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Phura Nuru helping carry our loads up the hill. Mende is below us.

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We hiked up through one valley system and up a scree, snow, ice and boulder headwall to the next valley.

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The porter left us at our first camp of 4948m.

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Dawa points to Kyajo Ri in the distance. We have to hike through the snow then up more loose boulders for 6 hours to get to the next campsite.

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With heavy packs…

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Finally we arrive to the glacier below the mountain.

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And set up camp at 5350m.

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The next morning we weave our way through the glacier and up towards the col.

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We head up a few pitches of rock and snow….

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We were super lucky with the weather!

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We started to have to climb some very hard blue ice…

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We got to the top of this rock band before turning around and doing six abseils to get back down again.

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We got back to the tent in a snowstorm as it was getting dark after 12 and a half hours of adventuring.

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Until next time!

 

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Everest Base Camp Trek


Posted on Thursday 3rd April, 2014

I have just had a few wonderful days of rest at the end of our Everest Base Camp Trek. Today I got the lungs pumping again with a trip up to Kundi Ri which is the ridge above Kundi Village. It is about 800-900m higher than the guest house here in Namche and I chose to head straight up rather than follow the track so it was very steep but good training. Once again I am staying at the Zamling Guesthouse which feels like my Namche home I just love it here.

So I left off my last post saying that we would fly by plane into Lukla however that day was horrible weather so we ended up in the helicopter YAY! My favourite way to fly around the mountains here and much safer than the plane. As Dawa and I were the lighter passangers we got to sit up the front of the helicopter and all the four men sat in the back. Unfortunately they had all the luggage piled on top of them the whole 45min flight so it wasn’t so comfortable. Still we made it in and had a wonderful view of Lukla as we landed.

The group at Namche airport with the 6 seater B3 helicopter ready to fly to Lukla

The group at Namche airport with the 6 seater B3 helicopter ready to fly to Lukla

Thus began our trek towards Base Camp taking it nice and slow as the guys had never been to high altitude before. We had three porters, Dawa and assistant guide Chirri. We stopped at Namche for two nights and unfortunately I was sick for one of them and a day. Andrew and Arthur were even less fortunate to be sick when they hiked up the hill to Namche so they had a really tough day.

Tsedam Sherpa the owner of Zamling Guesthouse also runs a boarding house for children to stay while they attend Namche school. Kami, Tsedam’s daughter, is a teacher at the school. The boarding house is wonderful as it allows kids from neighbouring villages to attend the school when it would be too far for them to walk each day. Many of the children there come from extremely poor families or are orphans so they have sponsors that pay for there education. Andrew organised to donate new warm jackets for all the kids in the boarding home and it was such a special moment when we went to see them in their new jackets. They had a little ceremony for us and had all written cards for us and Andrew had a thank you cake. It brought tears to my eyes. We have since helped four other children attend Home Away From Home by sponsoring them. My fiance Nathan and I are sponsoring a little boy from Dawa’s village called Pasang Renji. His mother would never have otherwise afforded his education. It is very meaningful to me to be able to help in this way and not just come here to climb.

The kids from Home Away From Home in their new jackets

The kids from Home Away From Home in their new jackets

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With Gelmu and her son Pasang Renji

So off we headed up the valley first stop Deboche and Rivendell Lodge. Dawa’s sister in law Ang Jungmu owns this beautiful lodge in the middle of the forest. I love her she is always so much fun! So I got in the kitchen and started cooking as she had a new gas oven! I made a roasted honey, mustard chicken dish with veges and apple crumble for dessert. It was a winner with the group and lots of fun for me to entertain as I get sick of never cooking over here, well not that sick of it!

It snowed all night so it was really beautiful the next day when we headed off toward Dingboche.

DSC00399We spent two nights there to acclimatise and hiked to Chukkung on the rest day before heading off again to Lobuche.

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Dengboche

We took it easy once we hit 5000m and just went from Loboche to Gorek Shep in a day.

Hiking to Gorek Shep with Kala Pattar and Pumo Ri in the background

Hiking to Gorek Shep with Kala Pattar and Pumo Ri in the background

Then we hiked to Base Camp and had some lunch there. I got to take the guys out onto the start of the icefall and this was a definite highlight for them. It was so awesome to take Andrew to my world so he could understand a little more what I do. It was very special for me as he and Jenni have supported my expeditions. I was really happy to help fulfil his dream of seeing Mount Everest up close and visiting the Base Camp.

Andrew and I on the ice at the start of the Khumbu Icefall

The next day we headed up Kala Pattar for some amazing views towards Everest as the weather was perfect!

Hiking up Kala Pattar from Gorek Shep

Hiking up Kala Pattar from Gorek Shep

 

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‘Congratulations you made it to Everest Base Camp’ cake back at Zamling Guesthouse

So back down the valley we went and the guys ended up at Zamling for one last night before heading off the next morning once again in a B3 helicopter. They had a wonderful scenic mountain flight around Everest before landing in Lukla then catching the plane out to Kathmandu. I am pretty certain that they all had a very memorable adventure!!

Yesterday I went to the school with Tsering Β to watch the end of school year dance performance. Kami had spent the whole last week practising the dances with all the students. They looked fantastic and for how young they were I was pretty impressed how they could memorise so many moves!

The kids from Namche School performing for parents, students and teachers.

The kids from Namche School performing for parents, students and teachers.

Dawa is coming tomorrow afternoon and we are finalising our supplies for Kyojo Ri then we will start off the next day. I am really looking forward to heading into this valley where not many people go, it will amazing. Also to climb a mountain in alpine style before we hit Lhotse will be lots of fun.

 

Thats it for me for now. Thank you everyone so much for following my journey. More to come soon!

 

 

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