Archive for March, 2012

Planning for Day 4 – Flying to Lukla

Tomorrow we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and will finally begin trekking at long last. Here is the sequence of events for scheduling our travel to Lukla as it happened. Stay tuned (or consider following by email) for the Day 4 blog post for pictures and to find out what…

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Day 3 – The Holy Stupa

For our last day in Kathmandu my mom and I decided to visit the Boudhanath Stupa, locally referred to as the Stupa, which was just a short 7 minute walk from our hotel (see right for a picture of the top of the Stupa). A Stupa is a mound built over…

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Day 2 – Shopping in Thamel

In the morning, the guides for our trek stopped by each of the trekker and climbers rooms in order to check our gear for all the necessary equipment. As you might expect, this is more important for those that are attempting to summit because they will be experience such extreme…

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Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

(note: days are tracked based on local time in Nepal, where the current time is 12 hours and 45 minutes ahead of PST) Kathmandu is a city like none I have ever visited before. After waiting in line to buy a 30 day visa for my mom and I and a 90 day visa…

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Day 0 – Flying to Nepal

The adventure has begun! At 11:40 EST we took off from Dulles airport travelling 14 hours in the air before landing in Doha, Qatar. With an 8 hour layover we had just enough time to get a ride to a nearby hotel, have some dinner, and try to catch some…

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You’re Taking How Many Cameras?

I will be carrying with me a total of 2 cameras, 7 memory cards, 10 camera batteries, and 4 chargers. Each camera serves it’s own unique purpose for this trip. GoPro Who doesn’t love a good time lapse? The GoPro is super lightweight and specifically designed for durable use (the…

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Itinerary

Quick Stats: Total Days to Reach Base Camp: 10 (7 days of climbing, 3 acclimatization days) Total Elevation Gained: ~9100 feet Altitude of Base Camp: 17,598 feet above sea level Total Days to Descend from Base Camp: 4 days hiking Itinerary: 29  Mar       Arrive Kathmandu 1317m 30  Mar      …

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Gear

Gear

Imagine packing for 21 days and you have to fit everything into one backpack and one duffel bag. For this type of extended trek, picking the right gear is one of the most important decisions I will make as part of the trek. The focus is on having as many…

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How I Physically Prepared

In order to maximize my time I combined both indoor gym workouts with outdoor hikes. Each has their own specific goals associated with the workout. The most challenging aspect of the hike will be responding to the significant change in altitude and adapting to another cultures food customs. Outdoor Hikes…

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