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Spring Newsletter – May 2024

Shiva and gang at Thorung pass

NAMASTE!!!

The Spring trekking season is winding down. Expeditions parties on Everest are packing up and returning from the mountains in a year where several records were broken. Of the records broken, Kami Rita Sherpa’s 30th ascent of Everest – twice this season – is the most significant.

It is now the season for treks to the rain shadow regions of Nepal such as Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo. Tibet has also opened its borders to international travelers. That said, the visa process to get into Tibet is as unpredictable as always and depends on the whim of the Chinese authorities. We currently have one group trekking in Upper Dolpo. There is now a road that goes deep into Dolpo. After this trek, based on the advice of our guides, we will be updating our itinerary accordingly so that our trekkers can avoid walking on the roads as much as possible.

Everyone is learning that climate change has consequences. This year, in April, we experienced more than usual forest fires in the hill areas of Nepal. Some of these fires were caused deliberately – villagers set fire to crop residue and wild grass in hopes of a better harvest for next season. These fires then become uncontrollable and spill over to neighboring forests. The Air Quality Index was so bad this year that Kathmandu, which is in a bowl that traps bad air, was ranked the most polluted city for a couple weeks in late April. Then thankfully the rains came early in the beginning of May and helped subdue the fires.

Trekking to all 14 Base Camps:

Chris Natsuume, my classmate from my MBA days, has set a goal to trek to the Base Camps of all 14 8,000m mountains. Most climbers take a helicopter to base camp and miss out on the beauty of the approach to base camp. Trekking to the base camp, many will argue, is more beautiful than actually climbing the mountain. He has now completed 4 of the 14. 8 of the base camps are in Nepal, 5 in Pakistan and 1 in Tibet.

Chris at Manaslu Base Camp
Chris enroute to Manaslu Base Camp

Increase in number of trekkers from India:

Over the years, the number of trekkers from India has been increasing gradually. According to initial informal reports from my wife’s relatives and friends who own lodges in the Khumbu region, a majority of the trekkers this Spring season were Indians. This is also true for trekkers on the Annapurna Base Camp route. Crystal Mountain Treks has had the privilege of hosting Indian trekkers who live in the USA, UK and India. Quite a few of my Indian friends in graduate school loved outdoor activities and this trend was only increasing.

The movie Uunchai has also definitely played a part in attracting more Indian trekkers to the Everest region. The movie which is a Bollywood remake of the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman movie – the Bucket list – has the Superstar Amitabh Bachan in the lead role. In the movie, three aging friends with health issues plan and trek to the Everest region to see Everest once in their lifetime.

Sampath and gang trekking to Everest Base Camp
A groups of trekkers from the Bay Area trekking to Everest Base Camp

Update on senior guide Manju Rai:

You’re probably aware that our senior guide, Manju Rai, was involved in an unfortunate motorcycle accident where his ACL, MCL and meniscus were damaged. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is now able to walk up to a kilometer but only on trails that do not have a substantial incline. He has been unable to guide treks for almost a year. If you know him, he would probably like to hear from you: raimanjubadel@gmail.com

New home for Manju Rai
New home for Manju Rai

As part of the annual Sierra Club rebuilding trip, two homes were built in Badel village. The homes are sponsored by the Club and trip participants also help build at least 20% of the homes. Manju was one of the recipients of a new home.

X-Terra Nepal

We are proud to announce that Crystal Mountain Treks is part of the team bringing the X-Terra triathlon franchise to Nepal. The outdoors is our passion and we would like to promote events in Nepal that foster the pursuit of adventure. We will be organizing Triathlon, Duathlon and Trail Running races (ranging from 2 km to 40 Km’s) in Pokhara. This year, the races will be held from 15 – 17 November. Do let us know if you are interested. Do check out the X-Terra Nepal website.

Kanchenjunga Trek

Crystal Mountain Treks has a long history with the Kanchenjunga region. We have built a total of 5 primary schools and 2 girl’s hostels in the region. And during those builds we have had the opportunity to explore every nook and corner of the region. The KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP TREK  is one of our signature treks and we have scheduled dates for both the Spring and Autumn seasons. We do have a couple spots open for November 2024: 04 November – 01 December. We are offering a US$ 250 per person credit if you can recommend anyone to join this trek.

View from Pangpema - Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga from Pangpema – Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is a CAMPING trek. On CAMPING treks, one sleeps in tents and eats meals prepared by a kitchen crew. This trek goes anti-clockwise beginning in Yamphudin which lies east of Taplejung (the district headquarters). The route then follows the Simbuwa khola (river) valley past Tseram and Ramje to Oktang. Here you can savor unimpeded views of the South face of Kanchenjunga. Return to Tseram to cross the Selela pass. Once over the pass, follow the route to Pangpema near the North Base Camp. Then return to Ghunsa and head over the Nango La pass towards Olangchung Gola. The trek ends with a short hike to the road head from where a jeep will pick you up for a bumpy ride back to Taplejung.

Sonem Primary School:

Sonem school building in progress
Sonem school building in progress

The construction of the Sonem Primary School is now in full swing. Ananth Duggarilla, a fellow UW MBA graduate, has sponsored the school to honor his mother – Usha Shastri. Global Pearls, our US charity partner, has graciously matched his donation. It should take two months to complete the school.

All 3 Summits for Nepal programs are possible because of donations. To donate to our school and training projects in the future, please click on this DONATION LINK. Global Pearls manages all our donations which are tax deductible in the USA.

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