Back in April, you may remember, our Sherpa, Lakpa and his team from Adventure14Peaks.com were setting off with the Joint Indo-Nepal Army expedition to climb Everest. In early May, after acclimatisation climbs as high as Camp 3, the weather closed in with snow and high winds, preventing any early summit attempts. By mid May, more settled weather was forecast and the team were able to set off. Here they are on the way up with their last camp clearly visible below on the rocky area.
Early on 19th May, on a fine, clear morning, the team makes their way on the final stage of their climb to the top of the world. What a fantastic photograph!
Lakpa celebrates the summit. For the second year running, the weather is perfect!
The view from the top - magnificent!
Makes me think of Joe Simpson's evocative description of 'the beckoning silence of great height'
We are incredibly lucky to have such an accomplished guide as Lakpa looking after us on our trips to the Himalaya.