The final push!!!

Trip Start May 15, 2010
Trip End Feb 10, 2011

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Friday, May 28, 2010

I awoke the eight day of our trekking to a cloudless sky. It was truly a blessing as this was the last run to a village called Gorak Shep (alt. 5,160m) before viewing Mt. Everest from Kala Pattar and going to the Everest Base Camp. It was an easy trek but the altitude meant it took twice as long as it should have.  We were greeted halfway on the path by a view on the gorgeous Khumbu glacier which snakes up the valley the the Cwm icefall where the climbers start their ascent up Mt. Everest.  Cwm is welsh for valley and you pronounce it Coome.

Upon arrival in gorak Shep we quickly had lunch and decide to head first up to Kala Pattar to enjoy the view on Mt. Everest.  It's a short two hour trek up to 5,550m which I ended up running in the end as the clouds decided to rear their ugly heads and obscure part of the Cwn icefall.  Still I had the most amazing views on Mt. Everest.  Also found out that even at this altitude you can find some wildlife including peacocks!!  Not sure what they were doing this high but I guess they just enjoy being surrounded by the loftiest peaks the world has to offer!  I can understand that!

The trek to Everest Base Camp was quite exciting although by this time we had walk 6 hours above 4,900m and we were completely exhausted.  We walked all the way to the edge icefall and found the camps which did not belong to climbers at all but to the marathon runners.  Indeed on the 29th of May a big event is organized were runners (mainly sherpas – who can run at these altitudes but them…) run from Everest Base Camp all the way down to Namche Bazaar.  Completely insane if you ask me…

Talking about insanity…we decided we had enough of the bitter cold of each lodge so we trekked as far as we possibly could from gorak Shep all the way down to Namche Bazaar in one day.  It was the longest trek I have ever done.  It covers 35km and although it’s just a difference of 1,800m the valleys mean you are forced to go up and down all the time.  We needed a day of rest in Namche as my right knee developed a pain which caused me to limp most of the way and would stay with me for most of the trek.  Luckily we managed the final leg in one day from Namche to Lukla.  You can see a picture of me completely and utterly exhausted but very satisfied of the fantastic trek I had managed!
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Dirk on

Hey man! Congrats on the successful completion of EBC trek!! The pics are amazing! Makes our alps look a little small... I can't wait to see the video of the Lukla landing you mentioned. Let me know if you get to posting it somewhere. Enjoy a few days of well deserved rest. You'll need it for India!

Take care!


Mom on

Absolutely amazing! I never thought my son would be a world famous traveller. Your reports are really interesting and informative. We envy you your youth and exhuberance. Have as much fun on the rest of your trek.

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