Himalayan Trek Day 11: Lobuche To Gorak Shep
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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What We Wore To Bed The Night Before:
Sylvia: sports bra, t-shirt, wool long sleeve, second long sleeve, fleece, buff, headlamp, toque, underwear, wool long johns, pants, socks
Jason: t-shirt, wool long sleeve, short sleeve button down, second long sleeve, fleece, buff, headlamp, toque, gloves, camera, money belt, underwear, wool long johns, pants, three pairs of socks
Along with the cold, the air also got thinner the higher we went. Just the exertion of rolling over in our sleeping bags was enough to leave us gasping for more oxygen.
Elodie and Ryan's guide had fallen ill so he decided to descend and meet us in Dingboche a couple of days later. We walked slowly onward and upward through incredible surroundings. Another rescue helicopter flew by.
We decided to split up in the afternoon. Sylvia climbed Kala Pattar with KC, Elodie, Ryan and their porter while Jason and Sonam headed for Everest Base Camp.
The first group enjoyed clear skies and 360 degree views of the region, including Everest to the east. There was some tough competition for crowded rocky outcropping photos and bottomless cliffs lay waiting on either side. Still Chaplin rose to the occasion and checked one more summit off his bucket list.
Meanwhile, Jason and Sonam reached base camp in only an hour, despite the Lonely Planet estimate of a six hour return trip. Jason posed for the standard shot beside the sign and thought it was over, but Sonam had other ideas.
He led Jason down into the Khumbu Icefall. Cragging through the glacial blue pinnacles was definitely the highlight of the day. Sonam knew the way, leading Jason along and we were the only two people at the site. Several sections of shear ice were quite scary to cross or climb, but the scenery was too spectacular to miss.
We reconnected later that afternoon and exchanged glorious stories. Before dinner the teahouse provided us with hot hand towels. It was a welcome scrub-down indeed.