Trip Report
Bob & Vic's Excellent Nepal Adventure (Kathmandu & Khumbu Trek)
Saturday January 5, 2013 2:13pm
In Oct-Nov, 2012 I spent 3 weeks in Nepal with Bob Devany. I posted a few photos here and a vimeo link. The 15-minute video contains photos and several short videos recorded in Kathmandu and during our 20-day trek in the Khumbu Region. The trek began in Lukla and included Namche Bazaar, Chhukhung, Chhukhung Ri, Gorak Shep, Mt Everest Base Camp, and Kala Pattar. We crossed over Cho La Pass to Gokyo and Gokyo Ri and then over Renjo La Pass back to Namche Bazaar via the Thame Valley. The total distance, including side trips, was about 100 miles. We spent 10 days above 4,500 meters. Bob Devany was the trek leader and Milan Rai was our Nepalese guide. My son Sascha did the film and music editing.

Copy this vimeo link into your browser to watch the video...
https://vimeo.com/56804455

Credit: tuolumne_tradster

Swayambhunath (or Monkey) Temple where Hindus & Buddhists worship together in Kathmandu, Nepal.


View of Ama Dablam and Mt Everest from trail north of Namche Bazaar. (Day 3)


Three photo panorama of Mt Everest from Gokyo Ri (Day 13). Ngozumpa Glacier is in the foreground.



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Brandon-

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The Granite State.
  Jan 5, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
http://vimeo.com/56804455
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jan 5, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
AMA DABLAM! Looks so nice! I want to climb that thing some day! Awesome time out huh?!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 5, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Jan 5, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Nice video. I'm jealous.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 5, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Here you go Survival. There are many photos embedded in the video. Here are a few...

Telephoto shot of Everest from Khumjung


Pumori from Gorak Shep


Sunset light on the Nuptse-Lhotse Massif from Gorak Shep


Lobuche, a popular 6,000 meter trekking peak


Crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier on the way to Gokyo


Approaching Cho La Pass
sempervirens

climber
  Jan 6, 2013 - 01:16am PT
Excellent. Thanks.
BTW, how high is Kala Patar? Gorak Shep? and Gokyo ri? And I recall another Kala Patar above Gokyo, do you know its elevation? I've been trying to remember for 28 years now.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 6, 2013 - 01:36am PT
The "Kala Patthar" above Gokyo is Gokyo Ri = 5,360 m

Kala Patthar = 5,540 m

Chhukhung Ri = 5,404 m

Gorak Shep = 4,830 m

Everest Base Camp = 5,364 m

Cho La Pass = 5,330 m

Renjo La Pass = 5,340 m


BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
  Jan 6, 2013 - 02:04am PT
Nice pics, video, and trek report! Looks like you guys had fun and a great trip.

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jan 6, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Looks like the trip of a lifetime, Thanks for sharing!!
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 11, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Talus covered Khumbu glacier and trail from Gorak Shep to Base Camp along the lateral moraine.


Khumbu Glacier & Ice Fall near Base Camp.
sheepdog

Trad climber
just over the hill
  Jan 11, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Outstanding! You've done yourselves proud.

TT, were all images taken with the same camera?
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Jan 11, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Beautiful.. those pictures just vibrate.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 11, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
sheepdog: most of the photos were taken with a Cannon Rebel XS 1000. the photo of our guide on the Ngozumpa glacier was taken with a Cannon Power Shot A1200. Sunset photo of the Nuptse-Lhotse massif was post processed using Photomatix. All the video clips were taken with the Power Shot.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Jan 22, 2013 - 09:17am PT
bump
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Jan 22, 2013 - 09:19am PT
breathtaking photos...
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
  Jan 22, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Nice TR and Photos!!!

When I was at Gokyo, we woke up, the owner of the Teahouse had gotten so drunk, his feet were sticking out of the kitchen. Nearly frozen to death. We had to climb without Breakfast. It's only 2 hours to summit from the village. We later ran into his wife down near the lakes, she was hurrying up from K-du. Teh lulz.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 27, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Riley: ours was a variation on the 3 passes trek. Did you do the 3 passes?

Sunset light on Nuptse. Note Leucogranite dike swarm intruding Schist & Gneiss


for the Geologists...
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Jan 27, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Good stuff, Tradster. TFPU, eh?
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
  Jan 27, 2013 - 09:34am PT

Thanks for bringing back a lot of good memories!

As a an anthropologist specializing in Sherpas, I really enjoyed your photos, trip report and video.

The choice of music on the video was fun and interesting. Hindu music was played during the Hindu scenes and Buddhist music during the Buddhist scenes and hardly anybody ever gets that right. The jazz riffs as you were climbing the passes fit well too, I could almost feel a high altitude headache coming on !

Thank you! Tuche! Dhanibaht!
Conrad

climber
  Jan 27, 2013 - 10:22am PT
Kudos for a fine remembrance of your adventure. The video is top drawer. Nice observations Jan.

Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse as seen from the South Ridge of Pumori.
Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse as seen from the South Ridge of Pumori.
Credit: Conrad

For the next two weeks I will be on a similar trek to Phortse for the year 10th anniversary graduation ceremony of the Khumbu Climbing Center on the 1st of February. I'll then revisit the three Extreme Ice Survey time-lapse cameras to switch out the cards and maintain the units. Kathmandu has worse winter air than Salt Lake and I'm psyched to hike.







melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
  Jan 27, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
thats it ,I gotta get a Cannon camera,,
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Author's Reply  Jan 28, 2013 - 01:19am PT
http://extremeicesurvey.org/





Conrad

climber
  Jan 28, 2013 - 04:28am PT
Nare Install @ 5700 m, Ama Dablam
Nare Install @ 5700 m, Ama Dablam
Credit: Conrad
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