SummitTrek News, Christmas - New Year`s and Island Peak Trek in Nepal trekking news

SummitTrek News, Christmas - New Year`s and Island Peak Trek in Nepal trekking news

(Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud)
News of our recent trek: Christmas - New Year's & Island Peak Trek

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Emma Fitzgerald (16 year old from Australia) and Jeremiah O'Brien summit on Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien. Sherpa and Aiden Fitzgerald on the summit of Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
Jangbu Sherpa and Jeremiah O'Brien summit on Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien. Desending down after  summit of Island Peak. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
Aiden Fitzgerald climbing up from high camp to summit.  Emma Fitzgerald climbing up from high camp to Summit. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
School kid on the trial. Happy New year 2015 banner. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien
Jeremiah O'Brien and Jangbu Sherpa in Suspension bridge. Welcome to Khumjung. Photo Jeremiah O'Brien

Members taking tea break with beautiful views. Photo Pia Eliason. 
View of Everest, AmaDablam from inside Tangboche Monastery. Photo Pia Eliason. Team Member at Tangboche Tea House. Photo Pia Eliason
Sun set at Everest from Pangboche. Photo Pia Eliason. Lukla Airport. Photo Pia Eliason
Aiden Fitzgerald and Pia Eliason at Lukla capturing Selfeeee. Photo Pia Eliason. Big Player Wheel in Tangboche. Photo Pia Eliason
Walking through Phakding to next camp.  Photo Pia Eliason. Good Rest. Photo Pia Eliason
Local growing some vegetables in their field.  Photo Pia Eliason. On the way to next camp following with wonderful tea house and Dudh Koshi River.  Photo Pia Eliason
The Himalayan Monal, Lophophorus impejanus also known as the Impeyan Monal or Impeyan Pheasant or Danphe is a bird of genus Lophophorus of the pheasant family, Phasianidae. It is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as the Danfe, and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Photo Pia Eliason. Lunch Break. Photo Pia Eliason.
Walking through khumbu Valley. Photo Pia Eliason. Pia Eliason enjoying the view. Photo Pia Eliason
View from Tangboche. On the way to KalaPather. Photo Pia Eliason
Pumori View. Photo Pia Eliason. Memory Near Lobuche. Photo Pia Eliason.
Mountain Birth. Photo Pia Eliason. Airport in Kathmandu. Photo Pia Eliason

5 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa -
We are in Pangboche. All is well. We are coming back leaving behind all beautiful mountain behind. We will be in Kathmandu soon and put lots of photos soon from our trip.

4 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – Jeremiah O'Brien, Canada, Aiden Fitzgerald, Australia, Emma Fitzgerald, Australia and Jangbu Sherpa Summitted Island peak! Now Staying at Chukung. Lots of Snow!

1 January -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – We five member are in Chukung today. Weather is not so good. It is foggy. But all is well here. Andrew back to Lukla after Kalapather and Basecamp. We will miss him. We will keep update you. Happy New Year. 

Team at Everest Basecamp. Photo Andrew Leggett. Mount Everest seen from Kalapather. Photo Andrew Leggett.

30 December -

Update from Jangbu Sherpa – Yesterday we reached Gorek shep and from there we went  to Basecamp. It was wonderful to fill the basecamp. Then  back to Gorek Shep again. Today we Summitted  Kalapather. Nice weather and good view of Everest and many other mountains. Now back to Gorek Shep  again.  Planning to go lower elevation for rest.  Will keep update you.


Musk deer at Pangboche. Andrew at Kalapather. Photo Andrew Leggett

28 December -

Walk to Lobuche (4900 metres/16,100 feet). All are well and fine with beautiful day.

27 December -

Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet.

26 December -

Christmas - New Year's and Island Peak Team reach Pheriche. Situated at an altitude of about 4,371 m (14,340 ft), above the Tsola River.  Today is rest day for us . It is popular to take a rest day here for all the trekker and climber.  There is a rudimentary hospital in Pheriche that is operated under the auspices of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). 

AmaDablam seen from Tangboche. Photo Andrew Leggett. Horse Riding in Periche. Andrew Leggett.

25 December - 

Update from Jangbu Sherpa - Reach at Pangboche, with sunny day. All members are fine and doing well. Merry Christmas to all the friends and family.  Back to top

Capital of Khumbhu valley, Namche Bazaar. Photo Andrew Leggett. Mount Everest, Lhotse seen just below 15 minutes walk from Namche bazaar. Photo Andrew Leggett.

22 December -

Breathtaking hike up to Namche Bazaar, first signs of snow giving beautiful sunset reflections off the mountains.

Yaks used for transportation for load in Khumbu Valley. Photo Andrew Leggett. Namaste Lodge in Lukla. Andrew Leggett

21 December -

Clear skies gave beautiful views of mountains during flight to Lukla, and made the walk to Phakding very pleasant. Happily settled in tea house, ready to enjoy curry! 

Buying and renting climbing and trekking equipment in kathmandu. Photo Andrew Leggett. Seen from Kathmandu hotel. Photo Andrew Leggett

Hotel Shakti. Tradition art printed in hotel wall. Photo Andrew Leggett
20 December -
Team personal equipment check, lot's of shopping. Ready to go. Hope we will fly tomorrow. Finger Cross. 
Christmas - New Year's and Island Peak Trek team at Hotel. 
Team Roster
  • Jeremiah O'Brien, Canada
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Aiden Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Emma Fitzgerald, Australia
  • Pia Eliason, Australia
  • Andrew Leggett, Australia Back to top


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