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 Rongbuk Monastery. After exploring the monastery, they’ll continue to Everest Base Camp where they’ll settle in and begin their climb. Thanks to Rapid Ascent pre-acclimatization the team expects to be in base camp by April 24.
This year’s expedition team includes 8 summit climbers –
Trudi, John, and Bryan, all strong US climbers with a great deal of experience, having collectively climbed many of the Seven Summits as well as 8,000 meter peaks like Cho Oyu.
Charlie, Tim and Kazuya from the Heroes Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans climb mountains, tell their stories, and create awareness about programs that support our nation’s heroes.
This year’s summit window is expected to come in late May, according to historical data and the best guess of our team of Swiss forecasters. Keep a close eye on Alpenglow social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and our blog, where we will be posting daily updates on the team’s progress on the world’s tallest mountain.