Yesterday, the team left Base Camp for a four day rotation higher on the mountain, which helps the team acclimatize, move equipment up the hill, and it also allows them to become acquainted with the hardest technical pitches on the route. They spent Wednesday night in Advanced Base Camp at 17,000 feet.
They went hiking above Namche and then visited Kunde and Kumjung, and relaxed in the comfort of the Alpine Lodge, while the snow storm passed through Nepal early last week. The next day, they woke to bluebird skies and had amazing views of the Himalaya on their way from Namche, Kumjung, and Phortse. Their first glimpse of Ama Dablam was breathtaking - the mountain had a blanket of fresh, white snow.
The Sierra Nevada and the Tetons have some of the best backcountry skiing in our country and we are stoked to be guiding in these mountains this winter. Alpenglow World Headquarters (aka our office) is located at the base of Squaw Valley, which is famous for its unparalleled resort terrain and also for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. We walk out our door and are immediately in one of the best winter playgrounds in the world and we want you to join us!
There has been a heavy snowstorm in Nepal caused by cyclone Hud-hud in eastern India. Alpenglow's Ama Dablam team is fine - they were low in valley and east of where the main storm hit. Our thoughts are deeply with the families and friends of trekkers and Nepalis killed in the storm. We will be closely following the rescue efforts and monitoring conditions for our groups.
On Monday, the team was ready for breakfast around 7:30 and they took in the smells and sights as the villages around them began to wake up. They started trekking a little after 8 a.m. and quickly arrived at the famous town of Namche Bazaar where they'll spend the next day visiting monasteries and famous sights in the Namche, Kumjung and Kunde region before continuing to Phortse.
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