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News - Where's Wayne?
24/10/2022 - Jodie Penk

Following on from our latest blog post, we are delighted to confirm that our Chief Technical Officer Wayne Mills-Kidals has made it to Kathmandu to start Project Lobuche!

See below Wayne’s latest update!

” We arrived in Kathmandu in the early hours to be picked up by Seven Summit staff who took us over to the Thamel area of KTM, where we stayed in a pretty decent hotel for the night!

The following morning we spent the day exploring the busy and vibrant city, even managing a few Microsoft teams calls back to the UK to check in with family.  Didn’t miss a beat!

After this, we headed over to KTM airport where we flew via helicopter to the remote airfield of Lukla ( claimed to be the most dangerous due to the shortness of the runway and no ability to take off again if things don’t go quite right). The flight over was truly incredible, flying through the valleys of Nepal.

When we landed we got settled straight into a local tea-house hotel in Lukla as it was too late to begin the trek.

The following morning we headed off bright and early for a 20km push to Namche Bazar. Most people split this up over two days but, due to arriving late the previous night we decided to go for it! 

We passed some lovely terrain, walked over some incredible bridges with beautiful rivers following water from Everest glacier itself!

Then, we finally got to Namche which sits at around 3550m elevation. This is where we stay for two nights to acclimatize before embarking on the most challenging part of our trek.

Today (24.10) we walked up to Everest view hotel at 3880m to build the body up to the altitude and then headed back to Namche.  The views were truly spectacular seeing Everest in full view and Ama dablam.

So far I’ve made many calls over teams and it’s worked perfectly.. I am using a second SIM card in my phone with local mobile operator NCell. The 100gb data package for 100 days was only ¬£15!  So far I’ve only used 2gb so this should see me through the trip just fine.

Tomorrow we head out of Namche to Dibuche which is around 10km hike and 500m elevation gain – more updates to follow! ”

To support Wayne throughout his trip please use the link below and also check back in on our LinkedIn and our website for regular updates!