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Ricardo Peña's

Everest 2017

Himalayan Expedition

On March 2017, professional mountaineer Ricardo Peña set off on a 3-month expedition to the Himalayas that would culminate in an attempt to summit Mount Everest.  This is his story.

The Himalayas

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

The journey began after landing in Kathmandu and flying out to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, an extraordinary airport nestled on the side of a steep mountain in a town called Lukla.

Landing at Lukla

The Most Dangerous Airport In The World

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Nuptse

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

The Khumbu Icefall

Maneuvering Through The Icefall

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Tragedy Strikes at Lukla

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

The South Col

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India. Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city.  Kathmandu, the name of which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning "covered shelter", dates back as a base for civilization since 185 AD!  Yet, Western travelers don't seem to have mentioned it for well over 1,400 years!  It was in 1661 that it was first referenced in the West, as the capital of the Nepalese Kingdom, by travelers heading to India.
Today Kathmandu is a bustling city boasting a population of well over one million people and where every language, from English to Sherpa, Tamang, Marag, Tibetan and Gurung are spoken by the locals, not to mention to all the languages spoken by the more than half-a-million tourists that stream through its streets every year.