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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Our porters said they didn't do the Everest Basecamp trek often, and we also happy to reach the top
Everest Base Camp in Nepal, also known as South Base Camp, is a lot different than the Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side. To start with, you can drive most of the way to EBC Tibet. To get to EBC Nepal, you have to take a (sketchy) 40 minute flight from Kathmandu, then hike 6 days (plus 2 acclimation days) through the Himalayan mountains. South Base Camp is located at 5,364 meters, just short of 18,000 ft. Depending on your source, EBC Tibet (North Everest Base Camp) is either a little higher or a little lower, but regardless they're not more than a few hundred feet different. South Base Camp in Tibet is a lot quicker and easier to reach, because roads run much closer to camp than they do in Nepal.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Panoramic views from the top of Kala Patthar
We woke up at 4:30 AM to try to get a glimpse of Everest at sunrise and set out at 5 AM in the dark. Dan led the pack up the hill, and he and I waited every few minutes to see the rest of the group's headlamps come into view while it was still dark. Once it got lighter we realized no one else was planning to go too far so we headed up with Jit. As the sun started to come up we saw incredible views of mountains in all directions. Massive peaks that shot up into the sky all around us. We even managed to get a few quick sightings of the pyramid peak of Everest before the clouds moved in right at sunrise and covered everything.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Colorful tents at the new Everest Base Camp
My stomach hurt all night, but I’m feeling ok this morning. Sam was sick again last night, but he feels up for the climb. Andrew seems better and wants to climb as well. Mike still hadn’t fully recovered but was in good shape to go up. I’m glad we don’t have to send anyone down to Pheriche. The rain we walked in yesterday turned to snow during the night. The landscape looks pretty with the dusting of white, but also very, very cold.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Yak along the river on the Everest trail, just outside Dughla
I slept well last night for the first time in quite a few days. I woke up at 6:30 AM, well before breakfast. Andrew was not too happy with me for being up so early, but it was an incredibly beautiful morning and I wanted to take it all in. This morning had the clearest skies we'd seen yet, and the mountains are simply stunning. Sam isn't doing so well. He was sick all night and didn't sleep much. He says he's feeling ok to climb. Andrew isn't feeling great either. He was accidentally taking malaria pills instead of the altitude pills.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The clouds just barely above the river near Dingboche
Today was our second rest day. Feeling a little homesick today. After our short acclimatization hike of roughly 2 hours, I got a little girly and did anything I could to feel less gross and cleaner, other than bucket shower again because I was worried about getting too cold. I brushed and re-braided my hair, brushed and flossed my teeth, washed my face, put on lotion, and even tweezed my eyebrows. It helped a little. I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomachache again. Altitude sickness is no fun at all. We have "eastern" toilets in our room (no actual toilet seat), and they smell nasty. At least they're inside. 2 or 3 more nights before we get to head back down. The altitude is also making me forget and lose things. Yesterday I thought I lost the GPS and finally found it in my daypack. Today I couldn't find the map notating the photos we took in Namche. I was convinced I dropped it somewhere, but I had given it to Sam. I have no recollection of this.