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Everest Base Camp Trek: What to Expect

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.

When trekking in the Khumbu with Alpenglow Expeditions, you become part of the mountain enthusiast community that migrates to this region in order to pursue their dreams.…

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Everest, the Earthquake, and Nepal’s Future by Adrian Ballinger, founder of Alpenglow Expeditions

While I was still putting 100 percent of my energy into logistics for our team, and ensuring we did what we could for our friends in Nepal, our team doctor Monica Piris wrote a perfect description of what we experienced and how we felt. If you haven’t already, you can read it here.

Now, the question is this: what can we do to support Nepal’s people after the earthquake? Here’s a short summary of what we at Alpenglow have done and what we hope for in the future.

1. Alpenglow donated $10,000 to the Red Cross of Nepal for…

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Alpenglow Doctor’s Account of the Earthquake and What’s to Come

29th April 2015

Everest Base Camp North Side.

This is going to be a difficult blog to write. Expressing the events of the last few days in a way which does justice to the magnitude of the tragedy that has hit Nepal whilst also sharing our own journey, our experiences and our emotional responses is not an easy task.

On the 22nd of April we left Kathmandu and flew to Lhasa. Just a short flight that nonetheless managed to offer some spectacular views of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Makalu with their three summits just poking out above the thick, high…

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Everest Week 2: Team Updates Post Earthquake

Alpenglow’s team is safe in North Side Base Camp, after a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, affecting most parts of the country and areas of China, Tibet, and India. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to those on the South Side, and throughout Nepal, who have been affected. As we move into week 2 of our expedition, we will continue to post updates about our team, who is remaining in Everest Base Camp on the North Side.

April 26, 2015 – Adrian reported that the team woke up to clear skies, sun, and a fresh coat of snow on Everest. While…

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Earthquake strikes Nepal, Everest Base Camp

A 7.8 earthquake has struck Nepal, affecting most parts of the country and areas in China and Tibet.

Alpenglow’s team is safe in North Side Base Camp, however, there have been several deaths reported on the South Side. Our team is in regular contact with the South Side and the ongoing rescue and will be holding a puja tomorrow for the mountain and those lost in the earthquake. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to those on the South Side, and throughout Nepal, who have been affected.

We will be posting updates as we hear more from Nepal.…

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Everest 2015 Begins! Week 1

Alpenglow’s Everest 2015 expedition has begun! It’s nearly impossible to put in to words how excited we are to have our team all together. Our blog will be your go-to for information on our Everest expedition and daily updates on our team’s progress as they climb from Everest’s North Side in Tibet. You can also follow along on Twitter at @alpenglowexped and there will be highlights on Facebook and Instagram. If you have any questions about anything at all – family members climbing, how team members are doing, the Heroes Project crew – please don’t hesitate to reach out to…

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Food on Everest: What to Eat and How it Gets to the Mountain

What do climbers eat on Everest?

Food is fuel for up to two months on the world’s tallest mountain. What food does the Alpenglow team bring, how does it get to Everest, and who cooks it? After watching bag after bag and box after box get stuffed to the brim with snacks, I asked Alpenglow lead guide Adrian how he plans and prepares food for a big mountain expedition – specifically Everest.

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Everest Season Arrives

Everest season is upon us and with it comes packing, planning, and preparation. The Alpenglow Expeditions team is climbing Everest’s North Side this year, after moving from the South Side in the wake of the 2014 Khumbu Icefall accident. Our guide team leaves the US on April 14th and plans to meet our complete team in Kathmandu on April 20. From there, they will fly to Lhasa, where they’ll visit the Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery. They’ll continue along the Tibetan Plateau until they see Everest and from there, will leave the main road and follow the valley to the…

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Alpenglow is Using a New Oxygen System on Everest This Year

Alpenglow is using a new oxygen system on Everest this year. 2015 is the first time that we will use Summit Oxygen, which has developed the lightest and most reliable supplementary oxygen system for use on the world’s highest peaks. The Summit system is quickly becoming recognized as the standard for Himalayan mountaineering. This is one of the many ways that Alpenglow supports innovation and we have found that Summit Oxygen is the best equipment for our staff and members. On Everest, Alpenglow will back up the new Summit equipment with the TopOut and Poisk oxygen system that we’ve used…

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Packing for a Big Mountain Expedition: 10 Surprising Things You Can’t Leave Home Without

Many of us have seen pictures of guides, climbers, and skiers packing for big mountain expeditions. An array of equipment and personal items are always stacked in front of them, often neatly arranged, and spread across the living room. Gear upon gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps, solar chargers, helmets, boots, backpacks – you name it. You can barely see a hint of floor space peeking through. And that doesn’t even include the food (food is a whole separate packing story).

After years of packing for weeks and months in the mountains,

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