Everest / Alpine Expeditions

Scott Parazynski Everest Update: 2 April 2008 – Tengboche, Nepal

By Keith Cowing
Scott Parazynski
April 2, 2008
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Scott Parazynski Everest Update: 2 April 2008 – Tengboche, Nepal
Tengboche Monastery
Scott Parazynski

We traveled above treeline for the first time today, and likely won’t see the juniper or rhododendrons of the Khumbu again for several weeks. We’ve stepped into the alpine Himalaya, where you can see Stupas (Buddist shrines) and prayer flags for miles around.

We’re encamped at the base of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world: a perfect pyramidal peak with fearsome hanging glaciers and challenging ridgelines to the summit.

Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain in the world) were in plain sight this morning as we left Tengboche, but both are now obscured with high clouds and what’s likely to be a light afternoon snow storm.

Adam and I have acclimatized really well thus far, and are looking forward to a challenging hike above the village tomorrow as we continue to prep for the altitude ahead.

Best regards to all,


Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA Space Station Payload manager/space biologist, Away Teams, Journalist, Lapsed climber, Synaesthete, Na’Vi-Jedi-Freman-Buddhist-mix, ASL, Devon Island and Everest Base Camp veteran, (he/him) 🖖🏻