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Day 10: The long return

My heart will go on.. and the blessings…. On today’s journey we’d start our climb into the Tengboche Monastery and then continue the trek varying between steep downhill climbs to equally step ascents continuing throughout the day until reaching the town of Namche Bazaar. As we all gathered for breakfast, we got the news that...

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Day 9: A long descent

We all awoke quite relieved about our day. All the girls were excited to start the descent and looking forward to more of the oxygen. After a quick breakfast we were all out by 8:15am. Our goal was to make into Debuche by 4pm and take advantage of a hot shower and the lingering sun to help us...

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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 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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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...

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Training Update: 12/1/14

Marin Hiking for the first time! Saturday, Nov 8th was a big day for us, as it became our first group hiking in Marin. Unfortunately S was no able to join us as she had to attend CPR training, but B, C, K and our newest member T were set for the adventure. We met...