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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    it is possible to consume 1 kg of oxygen per hour The climb typically starts at 8 00 pm and goes on non stop for nearly 12 hours before reaching the summit The average climber takes 4 or 5 steps per minute and each step is a big effort At every anchor the Sherpa has to move the safety and jumars to the next section of the fixed rope and at the same time make sure the oxygen supply is flowing well and controls the consumption At this altitude a mistake can be fatal There was a recent case where a Sherpa did not attach his jumar and slide to his death A good Sherpa is a major asset during he final assent NO wonder some of the best climber want Mingmar on their team Stay tuned for more Last day of hiking Today is also my youngest s birthday Happy Birthday Dev After six days of grueling hiking I looked forward to the last hike from Phakding to Lukla I felt great no issues at all It was overcast day withy occasional rain at time heavy When ever I took my jacket or rain pants off it started to

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    that he would like to go down and then return a week later Mingmar found that Dick had not eaten anything since Camp 3 At this point Mingmar was faced with one of his most difficult decisions Mingmar understood that if they descended to Base Camp there was no way they were coming back If a summit bid had to be made it needed to be now or never After assessing the situation Mingmar gave Dick two choices either we go down and abandon the expedition or Dick has to eat regain his strength and make one last attempt Dick agreed and was fed 10 bowls of tsampa soup by Mingmar Later that day Dick said he was ready to go up Departing at 8 00 pm climbing all night they reached the summit at 6 15 am This was Mingmar s third summit of Everest Just before the summit Mingmar took a photo of the shadow of Everest see photo on the right at sunrise Stay tuned for more Susan Chandra and Nawang departing Namche Chandra and Susan with Mingmar Alan Plisskin Wow what a day Yesterday I decided to stay back at Tengboche to get another opportunity to photograph Everest Tsering and I spent Oct 5th hiking to Pangboche about 3 4 miles round trip Nice hike but spent the afternoon hiking back in the rain I was somewhat apprehensive regarding the next day s light given we were so socked in that night However I awoke to another beautiful morning with Everest and Lhotse displaying all their beauty After about 1 5 hours of broken clouds everything socked in and it was time to start hiking and catch up with the rest of the group We made some excellent time and arrived in Namche Bazaar in time

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    Khang Tega to the east Kongde Range to the south and Tawache to the west After spending a few hours photographing the peaks and having breakfast with Everest in view we started our hike down the Tyangboche hill to the Dud Kosi Crossing the river we had a steep climb to Namche Bazaar A long days and we were all tired on reaching Namche but happy for the hot showers at the Khumbu Lodge Alan had so much fun photographing the peaks that he decided to spend another night at Tyangboche and will then double time tomorrow to catch up with us Tawache Peak Kongde Peak Prayer Flags Tyangboche Starting off the day Chandra Kudsia Mingmar Dorji Sherpa Our local guide who has summitted Everest three times We have two guides our leader Sanjay and Mingmar Mingmar has climbed Everest twice from the challenging South side and once from the North Face His first ascent was from the South side with David Breashears in 2004 Mingmar speaks good English and I have been taking full advantage of it Everest expeditions can take 2 to 3 years of planning and last up to 60 days especially from the south side Mingmar

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    next few hours we had an excellent hike towards Tengboche as we hiked down to the Dudh Kosi with Ama Dablam towering over us We were also treated with a close and long sighting of a herd of Thar a Himalaya mountain goat On reaching the river the clouds started coming in and stayed with us all the way of our climb to Tengboche Everybody enjoyed the visit to the

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    we reached Syangboche it had pretty much stopped Though the peaks eluded us the overcast sky made for great photography The high meadows leading from Syangboche to the Everest View Lodge were full of wild flowers The trail traversing the Syangboche hill covered with euphorbia asters edelweiss to name some of the flowers had precipitous drop off into the abyss This was one trail we were thank full for not

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    times for those that are acrophobic but every step was worth it For those that have not experienced mountain or backcountry hiking this has been an eye opening experience Today we walked around town went to the Sherpa Cultural Museum that had a typical sherpa s home very efficient design and the Mt Everest Documentation Centre which was very informative and had pictures of all the summiteers which included Mingmar

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    300 ft That is only a 2000 ft elevation gain but unfortunately there are many ups and downs in between with many cable suspension footbridges crossing steep canyons with foaming rivers below Vistas are incredible viewed Mt Everest 29 035 ft or Sagarmatha The Forehead of the Sky to the Nepalese today We will have two days here to walk the bazaar and explore the heart of the Sherpa community

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  • Destination Himalaya - Khumbu Trek 2009 - Daily Dispatches - News Updates
    Ganga Once at the river we started our climb upwards but it was not quite upwards it kept going up and then down kind of teasing you and wearing you out But the scenery got more spectacular and we had to criss cross the river a number of times via suspensions bridges high above the river One of our teammates suffers from acrophobia and had to walk behind me Do I hear bells Going up the trails suddenly there was this unique singsong of bells one could hear and they were getting louder Get over to the side of the mountain said our leader And lo and behold there came these gigantic buffalo type animals name Zos a cross between a yak and a cow with big curved horns navigating the narrow turns of the trail coming very close to you These animals despite their size and the load they carry manage to turn at the right time to avoid us and find their footing perfectly on the rocky trail Later on we met more and more of them and it was always an impressive sight It was amazing to see the adaptation of these animals to the environment The Go Slow Mantra The professional photographer in our team seeing me how I was walking advised me to really go slow and synchronize my step with my breathing I found that to be excellent advice The upward climb We slowly moved up gaining some elevation After about four hours of intensive hiking we stopped for lunch and that was a relief And then we started again Sanjay suggested and I readily agreed to off load my backpack to a Sherpa and suggested I use walking sticks and these two changes helped me a lot After another two hours of hiking

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