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Day 8: A very yak day

One of the most magical experiences on this journey has been the way we all together have worked as a team. Everyone’s spirit after Base Camp was joyful but exhausted. We decided to rest in the morning and  and check in later to see who had the energy to go to Kala Patthar. Almost everyone felt they had given...

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Day 7: Lobuche to Base Camp Part 2

The route has changed from my journey 10 years ago. In 2005, I remember walking into the glacier area and going up and down over a series of small crevasses and glaciers. Now the route was more elevated as Base Camp has also moved due to the constant environmental changes in the landscape. If anything is...

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Day 7: Lobuche to Base Camp Part 1

Our day started early at Lobuche. It was quite cold but everyone was in high spirits about our push. Maya, Shailee and myself (the guides) were a little unsure how everyone would do as altitude grew and the air thinned. Our climb from Lobuche into GorakShep was longer and tougher than I had recalled. The altitude change was challenging for everyone especially...

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Day 6: So close…

Today was the toughest day in terms of elevation gain. Everyone awoke in good spirits, though those with the cough were still showing symptoms of the Khumbu Cold. As we left, the girls got too excited seeing the roads being icy so a game of walking on ice began. It was too adorable to see their...

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Day 5: Thyangboche to Pheriche

We awoke today in the heart of the Valley and surrounded by the gorgeous and vast Himalaya mountains. While we were spoiled from our little tea house with warm beds, for the rest of the trek we were not going to encounter such luxury. Our goal was to make it all the way into the town of Pheriche,...

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Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche

This day took us into the beginning of the Himalayas and in the same area as the famous Tengboche monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. The hike encompassed 7 to 8 hours, as we descended for lunch into the Dudh Kosi River and then a long final push climbing back into Thyangboche. We left Namche Bazaar at 7:30am...

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Day 3: Namche Bazaar

Here’s the third installment of the Courageous Girls trek to basecamp Everest. All is going phenomenally well so far. Today is a “rest” day for the group. Check back tomorrow for another part of their incredible adventure. Today was technically our rest day. Although in climbing, a rest day is not sitting idle but instead...

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Day 2: Part 1 – The Climb to Namche

This is the second of an ongoing travel log of the Courageous Girls trek to basecamp Everest. With so much incredible stuff happening, Day 2 of the trek will be a 2-part post. Enjoy. It’s Day 2 of our amazing journey and it was really long and very tough. We all awoke extremely well rested from our...

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Day 2: Part 2 – The Climb to Namche

This is the second of an ongoing travel log of the Courageous Girls trek to basecamp Everest. With so much incredible stuff happening, Day 2 of the trek will be a 2-part post. Enjoy. We kind of overextended our lunch, as we had our toughest climb ahead – heading into Namche Bazaar, which is an extremely gradual, but steep, climb. To...

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The First Courageous Girls Trek Begins!

We’ll be posting regular updates from Silvia and the girls as they trek to basecamp on Everest. Here’s the first report as we embark on this incredible, life-changing journey. And off we go! After landing late Saturday night in Kathmandu, we all gathered Sunday morning for a group reconnection and last minute preparations readying ourselves...