In October of 2009, I had the great privilege to join a team of climbers for a trek and climbing objective in Nepal’s Khumbu region. Our objective was Pumori, a 7,000 meter peak with stunning views of Mount Everest.
We weren’t climbing Mount Everest that fall — in fact, I’m not aware of any expeditions on the normal Everest climbing route during Fall of 2009. But, the team I traveled with did return to the Khumbu in the Spring of 2010, and my climbing partners Jamie and Scott successfully summited Mount Everest on May 17, 2010.
Our objective last fall — climbing Pumori — was thwarted by unsafe conditions on the climbing route the team was attempting. I never made it above base camp (unless you count a scramble up from our basecamp to the summit of Kala Patthar) because of a bout of altitude sickness that required me to go downvalley for a couple of days of recovery. By the time I returned to base camp, I was too far behind to climb with the team.
Despite the challenges we faced as a climbing party, the trek through Nepal’s Khumbu region was a stunning experience that I would repeat in a heartbeat. I loved the slow, steady process of putting one foot in front of each other, the comfort of the villages we visited, and the kindness of the people I met — both local, and other trekkers from around the world.
For more information about my trek in Nepal:
- My Nepal Trek Photo Album is on Flickr here.
- The dispatches during my Nepal trek and climb that were posted here at RockClimberGirl.com are still available.
- A number of more detailed dispatches about our trek and climb are available on the Berg Adventures website.