Trekking to Everest Base Camp through the Khumbu Valley “is one of the most historic, culturally-rich treks in the world” explains Alpenglow guide Brian Warren. Mount Everest has long captured imaginations, but when traveling in the Khumbu Valley, it becomes apparent that it’s not only Everest that makes this place so special but the greater picture of the Himalayan mountain range, including the history, people who live there, and the climbers who visit.
With a challenging climb ahead, the last thing you need are logistical problems like taking the wrong gear. Looking down on the world from the summit of Cotopaxi will be the experience of a lifetime. With a little bit of preparation, you can avoid problems and have a fantastic trip. We want to share our top five things that we won't leave home without when going climbing in Ecuador.
In the wake of the April 25 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, Alpenglow Expeditions developed the Alpenglow Foundation, which we will use to donate money to rebuild our Sherpa’s homes and to support future aid projects in Nepal. Every year, our guides spend months on the ground with locals while guiding expeditions and treks. We know where help is most needed and Alpenglow can ensure that funds go directly to that need.
We wanted to immediately offer what we could, even while our team was still in Tibet. We were not able to help with rescues in Nepal, since we were on the unaffected North Side of the mountain. We listened to the rescue efforts as they happened on the South Side of Everest, and we had constant communication through the aftershocks with our extended family in Kathmandu and the Khumbu. Our giving to the Red Cross was the only way we could immediately have a meaningful effect on the relief efforts.
Many blogs explain how to climb or discuss which beginner routes to climb and where to find them. The internet is packed with explanations of traditional climbing versus sport climbing, free soloing versus free climbing, and why climb rock over ice. All valuable info. But why climb at all?
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