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Back in Kathmandu!

Made it back to Kathmandu early this Sunday morning (Late Saturday evening in the States). What a long strange trip it has been! A huge thanks to Dorjee Sherpa’s company Himalayan Windhorse Adventures who have helped managed logistics for both treks amazingly well. We arrived in Lukla to fly out from the Tenzing-Hillary ‘airport‘ (had
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From Deboche (3,820m)

From Deboche (3,820m)

All is well. Bit cold and misty. SPOT GPS messenger is not working well. Sat phone works though. Currently in Deboche and all is well.Truly last internet connection as sat connection is expensive and non existent after here except via sat phone (but have no cable to connect to laptop). All is well – hope
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Acclimatization Day in Namche

Acclimatization Day in Namche

Now on vacation! Three weeks with wonderful students and now  two weeks to trek/climb Imja Ttse with friends Alex and (former) GTA (but reallly) IEP Co-Lead Tandra. The flight to Lukla was something! We had the early morning flight -seems all others were canceled after the first due to bad weather. It was a twin
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Onwards to Imja Tse (Island Peak)

Onwards to Imja Tse (Island Peak)

Once again only a few min to write and this keyboard is terrible. We had quite the bus ride back to Kathmandu on Friday. Students were happy to arrive back at our original hotel – after some free time there was a group dinner at ‘Rum Doodle’ – a restaurant visited by many climbers with
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Tandra back on the original trail up to Dhampus after bus runs out of gas

Out of the woods!

Update 10/11/2011: Minor edits to text below made, also added a few inline photos. What a crazy day. And little time to write. Only a two hour walk out from the village of Hillel – but the signs of civilization kept coming more and more frequently until we started seeing motorbikes and then buses and
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Quick Update/Future plans

Quick Update/Future plans

Great dinner and nice valley views  today. Clouds but not raining. Just a few minutes here to outline our route ahead. We have been on the Annapurna Sanctuary Route and visited base camp the day before yesterday. Since then we have been descending. Slippery trails but everyone is holding up well and having fun. No
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Greetings from Chomrung!

Greetings from Chomrung!

Hello! Greetings from Chomrung (6,726 ft)- we just arrived here after four very wet hours in the rain. Our lodge does not have a satelite link-up/internet – so I am logged on at a nearby lodge. All students are in good spirits and we are learning a lot – though dealing with lots of rain.
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Off to Phokara then trek

Off to Phokara then trek

Students are in good spirits. Very nice tour of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashupatinath_Temple yesterday and a Leprosy clinic. Group studied AMS yesterday. We are having breakfast and boarding our minibus for a ~6 hr ride to Phokara http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhara Hope to start trek tomorrow to Annapurna Base Camp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna.  All is well. Everyone says ‘Namaste’.

Annapurna instead of Gokyo

Annapurna instead of Gokyo

After consultations with students, Dorjee, and Tandra we have decided to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek instead of Gokyo. This will involve no air flights and a lesser chance of altitude sickness. It offers less scenery/views (none of Evererst) than the Gokyo trek and less interactions with health facilities but overall will be safer
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News from Kathmandu – all safe

News from Kathmandu – all safe

Students arrived yesterday in good shape. Nice dinner with traditional foods and dancing. Also an excellent lecture at the top travel clinic on AMS and travel health issues by Dr. Ravi. Back at hotel by 9pm with many tired students. Monsoon rains are very bad. Sad news is a crash at Lukla airport this morning
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