The Wetherby Wanderers are a week into their latest venture in an attempt to reach Mount Everest’s Base Camp. Their mental and physical abilities have been put to the test so far and despite challenging climbs and temperatures reaching below freezing they are striding through to what is proving to be a very rewarding experience.
In the last 24 hours the team crossed the Imja Khola glacier and made a gradual ascent to the village of Pangboche. They then followed a trail passing the tea houses at Orsho, before crossing over another section of the Imja Khola and the old glacial moraines to their very tiny, very basic lodge in Dingboche. The Wanderers will now stay here for 2 nights to acclimatise. At present they have climbed 4,360m/14,304ft making the air quality significantly thinner. There’s still another 1,000m vertical ascent to base camp then another 300m to Kala Patthar – meaning the challenge is far from over and they will all need to dip deep to reach their end goal!
Because they’re now situated well above the tree line, they can’t see Everest from Dingboche, but they have had AMAZING views of the Ama Dablam mountain which is regarded by many as the most beautiful in the Himalayas. Check out the latest image gallery to see some of the unforgettable views on this incredible trip to date!
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