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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baruntse Summit - 25 November 2009 - Exploradus Baruntse Expedition

A little after noon, all seven of us stood on the summit. My GPS called it 23,535 feet above sea level. It was a crystal clear day, and we could easily pick out 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the world all around us. My only complaint was that the wind was relentless, and although the ambient temperature was perhaps warmer than what might be expected in late November, it was just too cold to hang out on the summit.

Jiban Ghimire
Outfitter in Nepal

Friday, November 20, 2009

Architecture team arrived Kathmandu and working with Almunium, glass and Tress group

We are joined by Jiban, our coordinator in Kathmandu, who has been setting up meetings with manufacturers and suppliers of materials. We work on setting up our game plan for the next few before we retreat to our rooms to unload our gear. This, too, is short lived as after only about a half hour we return to the lobby to have coffee and meet with two of our material suppliers and fabricators. Tec is our man in charge of fabricating the trusses. We hope to get one full-size truss made while we are in Nepal. Mingma is our contact for aluminum storefronts. Both have had experience with transporting and installing materials in the Khumbu. Much of our discussion is about the minute specifics of materials and member sizing, as well as the capacity and history of transporting materials to the (remote) Khumbu.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves

Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves
premieres Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanks a million for tuning in,

Pete Athans & Liesl Clark

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nepal Listed One Of Top 10 Travel Destinations In 2010

Nepal has found its way into the list of top ten travel destinations in 2010 in the world. The Lonely Planet "Best in Travel 2010" has listed Nepal, along with El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Suriname and the United States, as one of the top ten travel destinations, a statement from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said.

Global Warming: Nepali Cabinet To Meet On Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's Cabinet will hold a meeting on Mount Everest to highlight the threat from global warming, which is causing glaciers to melt in the Himalayas, an official said Monday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Everest veteran explores Mustang; findings to air on PBS

Pete Athans made history in 2002, when he reached the summit of Mount Everest for the seventh time, the first climber of non-Sherpa ethnicity to do so, earning him the title of Mr Everest.

During his talk for the Mountaineers, an event that is open to the public, Athans will show slides and video of his extensive alpine climbing career as well as clips from his latest documentary project in the caves of Mustang, “Secrets of Shangri-la,” set to air on November 18 on PBS.

The Wild West of the East: A Ski Expedition to Nepal

It is high noon on Monday, Nepal time, when the phone rings. Jiban Ghimire, our expedition agent, [] has the news we'd been waiting for since we landed in Kathmandu five days earlier. "Your ski bags have arrived."

After five days of wondering whether we'd be able to proceed as planned with the expedition, our skis’ arrival delivered a jolt of energy we'd been sorely lacking. We ached to get to the airport and pick them up. Alas, Nepalis run a hard line when you're trying to excuse yourself from their party. We politely explain no fewer than three times that we have to be leaving before they actually allow us to leave. Finally, they adorn us each with a silk scarf and bid us farewell.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sherpa Shangri-La Treks is listed on Lonley Planet guide book of Nepal

our adventure company,
Sherpa Shangri-La
Treks & Expedition listed on
Lonely Planet guide book of Nepal.
You can see our name on page#333.

Jiban Ghimire
Managing Director
Sherpa Shangri-La Treks & Expeditions
GPO 6802 , Shangri-La Nivas
Kapan 03, Kathmandu, Nepal
T+977 1 481 0373
F+977 1 481 1317
M+977- 985-103-5161
Skype: trekandclimb

Saturday, November 7, 2009

First Ascent and Melissa Arnot Top Ama Dablam at 22,348 Feet

Melissa n Kristine in Khumbu - Summit of AmaDablam on 26/10/09

Around 9 a.m.,in the wind and freezing cold, Cory, Chhewang and I stood on top of Ama Dablam at 22,348 feet. The sun was just cresting the summit and the wind made it feel frigid and inhospitable. Around us, we could see amazing views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and many other beautiful Himalayan peaks.

Hi Jiban,
Home safe and sound, fighting jet-lag. I spoke with Neil, the CEO for Eddie Bauer, I am not sure what the best way to do but you seem like a good start! Again, Jiban, thank you so much for all of the fantastic logistics. You make my trips so seamless and easy, and treat me like family. Greatly appreciated.

Melissa Arnot

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ghorepani - Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hi, Jiban!
Great trip...already planning our next one. We also enjoyed meeting you...

Architecture from California exploring Ghorepani, Annapurna Base Camp
Trek for 12days. Mary Griffin, Heidi Richardson, Lily Richardson and Laura Hartman.

Mary , Heidi, Lily, Jiban & Laura at hotel Manang, Thamel, Nepal

Exploradus Baruntse Expedition - 2009

Greetings to friends and family following us on the Baruntse Traverse. We are now all in Kathmandu and getting ready to depart tomorrow. Please follow the dispatches ...always good to know ...

Jiban Ghimire
Outfitter in Nepal

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Having lunch with celebrity of film actors & directors in Villa Everest- Korean Food at Thamel, Kathmandu.

From left Ashok Sherstha, film Director, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, very famous Nepali film actor Mr. Shiva Shrestha, Ang Temba Sherpa, film actor Mr. Shree Krishna Sherstha, guest and Jiban Ghimire at Thamel - Villa Everest.