Day 6 up at 4250m still going strong!!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Sep 22, 2011

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hi all,
We are on day 6 now and so far so good.After Namche we headed to Tengboche..gee when I told everyone we were only elevating 300m a day and the walking itself wouldn't be too hard I forgot about the 3Hr down n 2nd up!
Pretty hard but the views were magnificent..we got our first views of Everest,Lhotse,AMA Dablam whilst walking to Khumjung..SO exciting!
We visited a monastery that had the scalp of a Yeti!(Can't bring it back uncle Tim!)and went to the Hillary funded school..couldn't convince the kids to stay for classes but we did see inside the rooms..very basic but they were learning English.
In the arvo at Tengboche we went to the monastery to hear the monks pray n chant..such a lovely experience n we stayed for an hour. Not a bad effort for J n C but I think for Jesse that was a bit driven by the fact that he was hoping we could join them for dinner!
SQUAT toilets now too which is proving a challenge for dodgy knees!As the plumbing is virtually non existent people who use toilet paper hv to place it in a bucket rather than in the toilet...most of the time there is a tub of water to cleanse oneself and flush away yr deposits!!Just thought I'd share that with you!
Today we hiked from 4000-4500m n will sleep at 4250m.The headaches and breathing difficulties hv certainly kicked in.Imagine climbing up the Eureka tower stairs,back down, then going up again!
Pretty cold at night ,was awesome waking up this morn to snow capped mountains looming over us with raging rivers below and surrounded by mountains! This is exactly what I wanted the kids to experience!We've surpassed my goal of Tengboche and getting closer to base camp!
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Noami Needham on

Go For It Coulsons !!!!!

Just amazes me, the strength of human capabilities...
Here you are at 4500 m plus and with technology, you can still send out emails to the world....BUT, your toilet situation, well, lets just go back to DRYING COW dung for your camp fire on those coll evenings...
See, Chels was right in preparing for the Nepalese diet, perhaps on the way down you might stop off for dinner with the monks....
Don't forget to REST & try to BREATHE and enjoy the view...
Pray to you all.....

NOTE: Please leave your toilet situation up there & don'y bring it back to Oz...

Roads family on

Wow - looks like you are all doing so well. Keep up the good work!!
Don't envy the toilet situation - at least we'll be a little more civilised on our trip. Enjoy the rest of your travels if I don't manage to check in again before we leave on ours :)
Rachel and the boys

ron , jan , tara preston on

Well done Coulson clan! Jess and Chelsea you are amazing kids
what an experience and an achievement .
We are thinking of you all with love janxxx

Andrew on

SMS from the Coulsons on 10/09/2011;

"Hi sitting atop a ridge at 5000+ meters with views of Khumbu Glacier on one side. Kids doing well. Will aim for Everest Base Camp tomorrow. Big day. 8hr. Can hear Avalanche"

Andrew on

SMS from the Coulsons on 11/09/2011;

" At 2:45pm Melbourne time Jesse and Chelsea made it to Everest Base Camp! They did SO well! We are so proud of them... Today up at 4:30am and finished at 2pm. Tomorrow 5550m Kala Pattar mountain hard too! Please tell all!!"

Steve Wong on

Great work Coulsons!! Fantastic effort. Well done to all especially the little trekkers.

Gav on

As per my pre-EBC text, just in case u didn't get it:

Hey Jess and Chels!! Awesome effort guys. You obviously both stayed true to the way of the Yak. Proud! Very proud! May the Yak guide u both and keep u safe 

As per my post-EBC text:

YAHOOOO!!!! Great stuff guys! So proud as well. Can't wait to see the pix. Stay true to the Yak. Gav X

Hoey-Sian on

Wauw! Jealousy first that you were going there is by reading now, diminished in Rspect. love to see the pictures.

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