On July 18, 21scouts and leaders from Troop 845 in Carrboro left the lazy days of summer behind to trek 200 miles in Nepal with Everest Base Camp as the ultimate destination.
After a stop in Kathmandu for last minute preparations, the crew set off on some of the most remote and rugged terrain on earth. After eight grueling days on the trail during monsoon season, the crew reached Namche Bazaar, an important acclimatization stop and gateway to Everest Base Camp.
To reach Namche, the crew climbed a total of 29,000 feet and descended 22,000 feet over 55 miles while crossing five major mountain passes and swinging cable bridges. Here is an email update from trip leader Brian Burnham:
“Each and every day is an adventure out here with a new sight or experience around every corner or ridge. Yesterday on the hike into Namche, I hiked behind a sherpa wearing flip flops as he carried a 200 pound load over a 300 foot swinging cable bridge over the Dudh Kosi river. Right now we're in Namche at 11,400 feet taking a day off to rest and acclimatize. We hope to make it up to Gorak Shep at 16,800 feet in the next couple days where we'll spend some time exploring Everest Base Camp (at 17,600 feet) and the surrounding area. It’s been nice and quiet in the off season, and we are often the only trekkers in town. Lodge owners have literally run us down as we enter town to get our business.”
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The crew will return to the U.S. on August 20.