After 10 days of trekking through the Khumbu valley, taking in the jaw dropping sights of other notorious Himalayan mountains such as Ama Dablam and Cho Oyo, the team has arrived at Base Camp, 5,267m (17,380ft), their home for the next 2 months.
The majority of their trek was under clear blue sunny skies but over the last few days several big storms have hit Kathmandu and the surrounding hills, triggering fears of a repeat of last year and an early monsoon. This, as always, reminds us that the climbing season and fragile summit window is at the hands of the Himalayan gods.
The team will enjoy a rest in camp for the next few days, allowing bodies to deal with the altitude. The team are all doing well, and are feeling in top form. They will now begin the next stage of acclimatisation which involves moving up gradually to the higher camps. The great news is that the rope and ladder fixing Sherpas, the Icefall Doctors, have opened the Khumbu Icefall and some of the team have already been able to reach Camp Two at 6,400m (21,120ft).
The reports are that the icefall is in good condition, which as chief guide Adrian said “bodes well”. This is one of the most technical parts of the ascent.
Last week we were honoured to receive a message from Her Majesty The Queen expressing her good wishes to the Everest Team. Walking With The Wounded hopes to be able to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee by successfully reaching the summit of Mount Everest in her honour.