Peaks of the Himalaya

Peaks of the Himalaya

This morning I hiked to the Everest View Hotel at 12,779′.  The hotel claims to be the highest in the world.  Today the hotel lived up to its name offering amazing views of Everest (first peak on the left), Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam (large peak in the foreground on the right) and other great peaks of the Himalayan range.

Later I visited the village of Khumjung, the political capital of the Khumbu region and home of the Hillary School.  Sir Edmund Hillary founded the school and many others in the region as well as numerous clinics.  Hillary is a hero to the Sherpa community and his work has made a major and lasting impact in many positive ways.

Hillary School, Khumjung

Hillary School, Khumjung

Visiting the school today I was reminded of a quote from Sir Edmund Hillary: “I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my climb of Everest and my trips to the poles. But there’s no doubt that my most worthwhile things have been the building of schools and medical clinics.”

Tonight I will be in Namche Bazaar and tomorrow I plan to trek to the village of Debuche at an altitude of 12,270′.

Thanks for following along.


  18 comments for “Khumjung

  1. Jen Anderson
    April 7, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Beautiful pictures and exquisite scenery. I have read such amazing things about the Hillary School ! I am looking forward to following your journey 🙂

      April 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thank you, Jen. Glad that you will be following along.

  2. Buck Lumberg
    April 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    These pictures are extraordinary, are you taking them? You do have a caring heart as Hillary seems to.

      April 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Buck. Yes they are my pictures except for the one of the plane at Lukla.

  3. patricia washburn
    April 6, 2016 at 1:18 pm


      April 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Namaste, Patty.

  4. Staci Colovos
    April 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I think Sir Hillary would be proud of his legacy in you.

  5. cori chandler
    April 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Jim that picture is amazing! Must have made your heart pound!

      April 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Yes, from here the mountain seems impossibly big and distant. One day at a time! Thanks for following, Cori.

  6. Lyn
    April 6, 2016 at 9:04 am

    You and Hillary have a lot in common when it comes to building schools and taking care of those less fortunate. Kilimanjaro English School helps so many kids because you thought to build it for them.

  7. Susan Schinleber
    April 6, 2016 at 7:51 am

    So happy to be able to follow you on your journey. cannot help but be proud that a fellow Brit had his values in the right place.

      April 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks, Susan. It is great to have you following along.

  8. Cindy
    April 6, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Enjoying being “with you” every step of the way Jim. Thanks for sharing this great adventure with all. Stay safe.

      April 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks, Cindy. Many of these places must be familiar after your experiences here. So glad you are following along.

  9. J. Poulos
    April 6, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jim
    Nikki and I have been following your climb from the Dominican Republic. We’re both excited to see and learn more. All the best.
    Back to Chicago today for us.
    John and Nikki P.

      April 6, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Hi John and Nikki! So glad that you are checking in. The Dominican Republic sounds great. I hope you had a fun vacation. Hello to the CFW community! Jim

  10. Susan Bondurant
    April 6, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Many thanks for sharing your incredible journey. Your words and photos bring this so much to life for your fans and followers. Do you notice impacts or differences along the route as a result of the quake? Are you trekking now with your group or will you meet up with them at base camp? Wishing you continued good health. sb

      April 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Susan. Yes, evidence of the earthquake is all around, but in most cases you have to look for it. There are still tent communities and buildings under repair. Some villages were hit harder than others. We are expecting to see increasingly more damage as we go higher in the valley. I will post some pictures. Yes, I am trekking with the team. We seem to have a very strong crew and are all committed to working together. It is an international team with representatives from India, New Zealand, England, Argentina, Germany and the United States. I’m happy that you are following along. Jim

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