Arrived yesterday at Lobuche 16,200’ (4,950m). Forty years ago when I was last here, this small seasonal settlemenst did not exist. Since a number of years many ‘rest-house villages’ have sprung up to serve the many trekkers who come up hiking in the Khumbu and on to Everest Base Camp.

For our last night in Pheriche, several international trekking groups and climbing expeditions were in our small hotel/rest-house and we had a party with guitar and harmonica. Considering that we are in the middle of nowhere, 15,000’ up in the mountains, no electricity, no roads, only yak and porter support, it is pretty amazing. Imagine!

Today, we are having another working rest day. We hiked up to a hilltop with great views of Lobuche, Changri, Nuptse and Pomo Ri. Our acclimatization is going great. None of us have had any real issues yet with altitude sickness.

Tomorrow we move up to Gorak Shep and will stay there for 1 nite, and then the following day on to Base Camp (BC). Our schedule is to get organized and settle in to BC tents and then to leave the next day April 13 to climb Mt. Lobuche. We will go to Lobuche BC the 1st day, set up Camp 1 on the 14th, then summit on the 15th and return to Lobuche BC that afternoon. Lobuche is 20,075’ and will be our 1st full rotation (acclimatization).

Francois Langlois, the 3rd Quebecer to climb Mount Everest in 2001, will be bringing a trekking group up to Everest Base Camp on the 15th of April. I am really hoping to meet with him and his group on the 16th on our way back from Lobuche to Everest BC Francois decided after his successful Everest summit to help others. He has since committed himself to raising funds for several causes including the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ and the ‘Pierre Bruneau Foundation’. Please visit his website at: to learn more. Cheers Francois for such a wonderful effort.