25 October - The Big Day!

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25-October 0476*EBC GroupThis was a major hiking day--starting at 7:30 from Lobuche, we walked along the massive Khumbu Glacier.  The mountains seemed incredibly close, so clear is the air here.  We started the hard climbing at about 8:30 or so, and as always, we walked in slow motion, putting one foot in front of the other--as you have to do at this altitude. 25-October 0380Nynke to Gorup Shep( With reduced oxygen, everything is an exertion.) Judy, one of the trekkers, took a video of us: she said that people would not believe how slowly we moved!  At ten we reached Gorak Shep, which is not even a village, just several "guest lodges," some solar panels, and lots of yaks.   After lunch we hiked to our main destination --Everest Base Camp, about 2 hours from Gorak Shep. 

25-October 0422Gorek Shep

At the Base Camp, you can't actually see Everest; you must watch for it on your way to and from the Camp.  It's the big one with relatively little snow (it's been blown off), and a huge wind plume coming from the peak.  25-October 0436Sign to EBCAt the Base Camp, we took pictures of ourselves holding the Global Family Village Banner and congratulated ourselves, but clouds were moving in and we had to leave after half an hour.  25-October To Everest Base Camp 0491EverestAs we were leavng, we heard a distant rumble--an avalanche, which appeared as just a puff of mist on a mountain flank.


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Ivan Petrov 10/29/2011 20:34

Congratulations on reaching Base Camp! Looking forward to hearing and seeing all about your journey.

Sally 10/29/2011 02:10

Congrats, Arlene, and friends. Can't wait to hear more and see pictures. Take care.

Shirley 10/29/2011 01:10

Hey Wendy and Lisa -- just checked in this evening and see that you made it. Way to go! Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Safe travels home!

Francoise Jessop 10/28/2011 02:57

Arlene, thrilled to read that you and your group have made it to Base Camp! Waiting to see the pictures on the web site.

Peter Forster 10/27/2011 03:20

Fantastic. Congratulations on reaching the Base Camp. Can't wait to see the pics.