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My Journey to Mount Everest

November 3rd – 19th 


Thank you very much for taking the time to read about my epic trek to Base camp at Mt. Everest in Nepal.

I have created this page for you to follow my journey. Upon my return I will be sharing images from my trip. I plan to also be posting updates on Joe Garza Photography Facebook page and my personal Facebook page where coverage permits. (All images you see here are not my images)

As the official photographer, I will be joining David Lippiatt, CEO and Founder of  WE International along with 14 other individuals taking this 16-day journey. WE International is committed to helping people in less developed countries live better lives. This climb is part of a goal to end human trafficking of Gender-Based Violence Prevention and survivor services. I encourage you to visit their website for additional information of the great work they do.

If  you would like to help and be a sponsor for “Everest Trek To End Trafficking” you will find a “Donate” button on the bottom of this page. Thank you for your consideration and following me on this epic adventure. 


So let’s begin!

Here’s a overview map of our entire trek. 


Day 1 ~ My journey will start in Kathmandu arriving at the Tribhuvan International airport. This is where I will meet our guides for our trip.


Day 02 – Trek Prep & City Tour I will be touring  Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Bouddhanath Stupa which are all UNESCO world heritage sites! I will also be doing a justice tour of the Red Light District to close out the day.


Day 03 – I will be flying to Lukla known as the world’s most dangerous airport at (9,199 ft.) and my Trek to Everest will start with our first visit to Phakding at (8,563 ft.)

This is where I will begin my trek to the Everest region. I will start by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, then pass through the small village of Ghat (8,366 ft.), and then a short walk to Phakding.


Day 04 & 5 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,289 ft.)

As I continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, I’ll be crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges. From there I will be entering the Sagamartha National Park. As I get closer to the Namche trail, a steep climb will reward me with breathtaking views. I will be spending the day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimate. While there, I will be visiting a museum that displays the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Afterwards I’ll head up to Everest View Hotel. This hotel is one of the highest hotels in the world! The views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, will be breathtaking. 

You may find this interesting : Why Mount Everest is called Sagarmatha?
Its most common Tibetan name, Chomolungma, means “Goddess Mother of the World” or “Goddess of the Valley.” The Sanskrit name Sagarmatha means literally “Peak of Heaven.” Its identity as the highest point on the Earth’s surface was not recognized, however, until 1852, when the governmental Survey of India established


Day 06 – Trek to Tengboche (12,664 ft.)

My trek will continue along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi river which will be filled with magnificent views of the Himalaya mountains. Here I will have the opportunity to visit a Buddhist monastery and observe a prayer ceremony.


Day 07 – Trek to Dingboche (14,271 ft.)

Crossing another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, my trek will continue to Debuche and then climbs to Pangboche. I will be among thousands of mani stones, stones with prayers inscribed on them. With exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Arna Dablam, I will continue an uphill trek to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche.


Day 08 – Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (16,676 ft.)

This day is planned as an acclimation day, of which I’m sure I’ll need. So, I won’t be making much progress towards the Everest Base Camp. Instead, I will take a hike to the Nangkartshang Peak, just above Dingboche where I will view the gorgeous Arna Dablem mountain peak.


Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche (16,109 ft.)

My trek will continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. I’m very excited to see this with my own eyes. Along the way I will pass by stone memorials for climbers who have sadly perished on nearby summits. As I continue to trek along I will head to the village of Lobuche, which is located at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. This area I may encounter some breathing problems due to the altitude. So some rest and lots of liquids is what I will need before the next big trek. 


Day 10 – The Big day is here!!

Trek to Everest Base Camp (17,602 ft.)

This day will be a difficult trek along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp where the views of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp will be spectacular. This is where I will be hanging prayer flags from family, friends and supporters.


Day 11 – Trek to Kala Patthar (18,225 ft.) and then down to Pheriche (13,780 ft.)

This will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, days of the trek. Most of the early morning will be spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak at only 18,225 ft…. Yikes! The ascent will be demanding, but the views will reward me with the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet! I am so excited to get this view in front of my camera!




Day 12 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,289 ft.)

As I leave the mountains behind me, I’ll make the descent through Pangboche and Tengboche to the town of Namche Bazaar.


Day 13 – Trek to Lukla (9,199 ft.)

This will be my last day of trekking as I return to Lukla where the trek began. This will be a time where I can reflect on this adventure and the personal achievement I know will be with me always. I will have the afternoon free to wander, relax, and enjoy a hot shower! I’ll share the evening with my fellow trekkers who I am honored to have this amazing experience with.


Day 14 & 15 – My flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

From Lukla I’ll fly back to Kathmandu where I’ll enjoy some down time and picking up souvenirs to remember this epic adventure by. Not only will I have all the images from this trip, but also the long-lasting friendships I will have made with those who took this journey with me.


Day 16 – I’ll be making my departure back home to Wisconsin. I’m pretty sure when I get on the plane my body and mind will collapse, but my heart will be full of memories, gratitude and love.



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