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This post monsoon season in Nepal, Adventure Consultants are operating an expedition into the heart of the Khumbu Valley in the Himalayas to explore the region and climb Island Peak.  Meeting in Kathmandu on 14 October and working together over the next 24 days, the team will first visit Everest Base Camp, climb Kala Patar to gain specacular views of Mt Everest, cross the scenic Kongma La pass, before heading to Chukkung from which they start their summit bid of Island Peak at 6,189m (20,305ft). We will be posting regular updates from the team on this page.

You can also check the team's position as they make their way through the Khumbu Valley on our Trek Traka Map.  

Island Peak and Khumbu Trek 2014 Team
Expedition Leader: Stefan Sporli
Expedition members: Elise Grover, Kelly Decker, Claudia Schneider, Jacob Maki, Leanna Maki

5 NOV - BACK IN KATHMANDU

After a 6:00am breakfast and 7:00am flight, the team found themselves back in Kathmandu. They enjoyed a final team dinner in Thamel and said their goodbyes after a successful adventure full of great memories, rewarding challenges, successful summits and new friendships.

   All expeditions start in Kathmandu.
Prayer flags in Kathmandu. AC Stock Photo
 5 November 2014
Back in Kathmandu

2 November 2014
Team Reunites

1 November 2014
Summit of Island Peak

29 October 2014
Ascent of Chhukung Ri

28 October 2014
Rope Skills in Chhukung

27 October 2014
Descent to Dingboche

26 October 2014
Everest Base Camp

24 October 2014
Dingoche to Lobuche

21 October 2014
Above Treeline in Dingoche

20 October 2014
Day Trip to Khumjung

18 October 2014
Together in Namche Bazaar

16 October 2014
Poised to Fly

2 NOV - TEAM REUNITES

Since summitting Island Peak, our team regrouped in Chhukung as some members had decided to visit the crystal blue circular lake next to the enormous glacier of the Amphu lapcha.
We left Chhukung and trekked downstream to Pangboche where we visited the monastery and celebrated Kellys birthday over delicious local food while enjoying great company.

 

 
Island Peak 2014 Team photo
03 November 2014
02 November 2014

The full team together and taking a break in Pangboche.
Island Peak 2014 Team in Chhukung
03 November 2014
02 November 2014

Team photo leaving Chhukung.
Island Peak 2014 Birthday cake
03 November 2014
02 November 2014

Nawang Chongba decorates Kelly's birthday cake.

 
 

1 NOV - SUMMIT OF ISLAND PEAK

 

At 0800 Jacob Maki, Claudia Schneider, Stefan Sporli and  and Nawang Chongba summitted Island Peak.

 
Island Peak Team 2014 Summit 1
02 November 2014
01 November 2014

Claudia a few steps from the Summit of Island Peak
Island Peak Team 2014 Summit 2
02 November 2014
01 November 2014

Claudia, Jacob and Nawang Chhongba on the Summit of Island Peak

 
 

29 OCT – ASCENT OF CHHUKUNG RI (5550m)

Today the whole group made the ascent of Chhukung Ri. The surrounding peaks came alive with plumes of cloud and blowing snow. Lammergaier vultures soared above as the wind and the view took our breath away.

 
Island Peak 2014 - Chhukung Ri 2
30 October 2014
29 October 2014
Views of Island Peak from Chhukung Ri
Island Peak 2014 - Chhukung Ri 1
30 October 2014
Views of Makalu from Chhukung Ri Claudia on Chhukung Ri  Team photo at summit Team photo at summit
  

28 OCT – ROPE SKILLS IN CHHUKUNG

Today the team practiced rope skills necessary for Island peak. We crossed a frozen river behind our palatial lodgings in Chhukung ascended and descended multiple times a barren hillside with magnificent views of Ama Dablam and other nearby glaciated peaks. Tomorrow an ascent of Chhukung Ri is on the agenda before the climbing team relocate to Island Peak Base Camp.

 
Island Peak 2014 Rest in Chhukung
29 October 2014
29 October 2014

Taking a rest in the alpine above Chhukung
Island Peak 2014 Rope Training Above Chhukung
29 October 2014
29 October 2014

Practising rope skills for our Island peak climb
Island Peak 2014 Rope Training Above Chhukung
29 October 2014
29 October 2014

Enjoying the views high above the alpine in Chhukung
  

27 OCT - DESCENT TO DINGBOCHE

Posting from the AC Office: After a night in Lobuche, the team is heading to Chhukung, the staging point for their Island Peak climb.

 
Island Peak 2014 Descent to Dingboche
28 October 2014
27 October 2014
Descent to Dingboche with Island Peak in the background

 

  

26 OCT - EVEREST BASE CAMP

Over the last two days we have visited Everest Base Camp and climbed Kala Patthar. Now, after a hot meal at Gorak Shep, we are bound for Lobuche township.
 
Island Peak 2014 A dusting of snow
28 October 2014
26 October 2014

Leanna Maki enjoys a brief rest at Everest Base Camp
Island Peak 2014 at Everest Base Camp
28 October 2014
26 October 2014

Jacob, Kelly and Claudia at Everest Base Camp 5364m
Island Peak 2014 Prayer Flags
28 October 2014
26 October 2014

Claudia, Leanna, Jacob and Nawang Chongba with prayer flags in behind
  

24 OCT - DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE

On the way to Dingboche we began to cover our faces as protection from the high altitude sun, the wind, which blows dust from the glacial moraine, and the dry air, which threatens to give us a cough.

Yesterday we made our way from Dingboche to Lobuche under the magnificent panorama of icy peaks in contrast to the pastoral landscape of the grass covered bench, which provided a gradual climb to higher altitudes.

Now at almost 5000m our bodies are adjusting more slowly than before to the thin air. Over dinner last night we came to a collective conclusion that fresh spicy chili offers a welcome relief from the headache that sometimes accompanies acclimatisation. Today we will take a short walk at this altitude and return to Lobuche for the night.

 

 
Team with stunning Himalayan giants behind
  

21 OCT – ABOVE TREELINE IN DINGBOCHE

As we wandered into the frosty morning near Tengboche Monastery, our first steps were soothed by the bells of the swaying yak train ahead.

The cool afternoon with was tempered by the warmth of the sun as we made it above treeline to Dingboche and the dusty plains of the upper valley. The team is acclimatising well. Nonetheless, a rest day tomorrow is a welcome part of our schedule.

 
Island Peak 2014 Trail to Dingboche
22 October 2014
22 October 2014
Heading up to Dingboche with Ama Dablam watching over
  

20 OCT - DAY TRIP TO KHUMJUNG

We enjoyed a beautiful trek surrounded by magnificent snow covered peaks to Khumjung, home of the Khumjung School, founded by  Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. Then, after a day and a half in Namche Bazaar, finalising our luggage contents, we are on our way again.

 
Island Peak 2014 team in Khumjung
21 October 2014
20 October 2014

Left to right: Elise, Kelly, Jacob, Leanna and Claudia enjoying spectacular views and excellent weather
Island Peak 2014 team infront of Khumjung School
21 October 2014
20 October 2014

Island Peak/ Khumbu Trek team photo in front of the Khumjung School.
  

18 OCT - TOGETHER IN NAMCHE BAZAAR

After an early start from the Sunrise Lodge in Phakding the team enjoyed a picturesque walk to Namche Bazaar. In the morning the sky was painted with pure white strokes of cloud, which, by early afternoon provided welcome shade as the fresh breeze cooled our hike up the final hill to a welcome cup of masala tea at the Khumbu Lodge.

 
Island Peak 2014 approaching Namche
21 October 2014
18 October 2014

Elise approaching Namche Bazaar.
Island Peak Team in Namche
20 October 2014
18 October 2014

Team in Namche Bazaar
  

16 OCT - POISED TO FLY

The Island Peak/ Khumbu Trek 2014 team are in Kathmandu and are enthusiastically anticipating their departure for Lukla tomorrow.

 
Island Peak 2014 - Team Photo
17 October 2014
16 October 2014

Left to right: Stefan, Kelly, Elise, Claudia, Leanna, Jacob, Nawang Chongba