Daily Dispatches
Satellite phone updates from the Alpine Ascents International commercial trek through the Khumbu Valley. Audio requires the free RealPlayer or NetShow Player

Street in Namche
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(photo: Potterfield)
Pool-side Hello's From The Yak & Yeti
Saturday, April 18 — Kathmandu
Burleson and the trekkers pass the sat-phone around from the Yak & Yeti

The Long Journey Home
Saturday, April 18 — Kathmandu
The long hike, late-night party, 5am flight, and seven hour bus ride from Namche to Kathmandu.

Theater in the Khumbu
Thursday, April 16 — Namche
Preparing for the trek to Lukla after a night of theater in Namche.

Nicer Than The Place of Dead Birds
Tuesday, April 14 — Namche
Shopping in what now seems like the booming metropolis of namche Bazaar.

Mani Stones
Monday, April 13 — Thyangboche
Mani stones on the walk down to the monastery and trying to catch the Rinpoche before his world tour.

Oxygen and Coke in Pherich
Sunday, April 12 — Pheriche
Groovin' on the thick air and cold drinks at lower altitude.

The Visit to Base Camp
Saturday, April 11 — Gorak Shep
All enjoyed the scene in Everest base camp.

Cold at 17,000'
Saturday, April 11 — Gorak Shep
Good day in base camp, but now it's 20° in Gorak Shep.

Top of Kala Pattar
Friday, April 10 — Gorak Shep
The whole group takes in some epic Himalayan views from the summit of Kala Pattar (18,448'.)

Italian Research Center
Thursday, April 9 — Lobuche
It's snowing and beautiful and everyone's healthy at 16,000'

Potatoes in Dingboche
Wednesday, April 8 — Dingboche
Sherpa food at 14,000'

Flirting with Sherpani
Tuesday, April 7 — Thyangboche
Big views and a little fun at the monastery.

Exploring Local Culture
Sunday, April 5 — Khunde
Hiking to Khunde, meeting Lakpa's in-laws, and soaking up a little Buddhism.

Snow in Thame
Saturday, April 4 — Thame
Group hikes up to Thame and are on their way to the monastery.

Getting Punchy in Namche
Friday, April 3 — Namche
Burleson calls to brag about the Himalayan views and flaunt his slight hypoxia.

Sights & Sounds of Kathmandu
Tuesday, March 31 — Kathmandu
Wandering the streets and temples of Nepal (video)

Hangin' at the Yak & Yeti
Monday, March 30 — Kathmandu
Burleson awaits trekking team at the hippest hotel in town.