Hello and welcome to the 2019 Everest Environments Expedition: Changing Climate, Changing Lives blog!
Follow this space for updates on where we are, what we’re doing, and why it matters! Preparations are well underway for our trip, which will take place from late March until early June. We’ll be spending the first few days in Kathmandu, finishing last minute preparations and meeting with local scholars and stakeholders. We’ll spend the next two weeks trekking, first from Lukla into the Makalu Barun National Park to assess the effects of recent domestic conflict on local environment and on those living in the region. This is also a prime opportunity to acclimatize, and we will be climbing Mera Peak at the head of the Hinku Valley before heading back to Lukla. From there we will begin the trek into Everest/Lhotse Base camp, spending a week on the Gokyo Lakes/Cho La route before arriving on ~April 18 and beginning the next month’s worth of work ferrying loads, acclimatizing, and collecting snow, air, and water samples.
Check back for posts introducing the US and Nepali members of our team, describing our research, and detailing the day-to-day events of our trip!
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