Thursday, November 12, 2009

Everest Base Camp (7)

Day 08 (13 October 2009) -- the second most important day after the previous day of going to EBC. Today, the group is going up the Kalapatha Hill (5,550m) to have a glimpse of the peak of Mount Everest. Going up a hill in this elevation with thin air is always tough. The journey is slow but managable. Every few steps would require hard panting for breath.

Please click here to view photo album #7 for photos taken by yours truly (KC).

Everest Base Camp from a distance. The clouds come swiftly almost engulfing the entire area. In the middle are trekkers at the EBC site.
Day 08 (13 October 2009) -- going up the Kalapatha Hill. This rocky peak does look similar to the Low's Peak in Mount Kinabalu.

Above the cloud line. WongFK and Alexis going up the Kalapatha Hill.

Yeah! The group arriving at the peak of Kalapatha Hill!

The peak with a round red dot is the peak of Mount Everest. It is about another 10km away from the mountain in front.

Stunningly deep blue sky decorated with white ice-capped mountains ... Fiona, Sharon and Pei Ling.

Return to lodge, pack our bags, have breakfast and leave Gorak Shep -- the highest station of EBC trek. Goodbye Everest Base Camp and Kalapatha. We do not know when we will come back again for this great trekking journey.

All smile -- Lunch at the same lodge in Lobuche ... Cheers! Cheers!

The journey continues to return to Thukla. The temperature is cold, especially when the wind is blowing.

After passing by Thukla, we took a lower route to Pheriche. This is the same route after I have crossed Cho La Pass in May 2006.

The clouds hovering lowly in this area, almost engulf the whole area. Fiona in red... just like the Chinese saying: a red dot in vast stretches of high plain

Sharon at Pheriche, just outside the clinic

Visit the clinic in Pheriche -- The Himalayan Rescue Association of Nepal.
Dr. Jennifer Pond who is a volunteer in this clinic. It is equiped with equipment and medicine to treat mountain sickness and other hazards in the Nepal Himalaya.
For more info of the clinic, visit: http://www.himalayanrescue.org/ ... or E-mail : hra@mail.com.np


Day09 (14 October 2009) -- It was so cold at night that the plants are covered with ice the next morning (at Pheriche).

Day09 (14 October 2009) -- moving on to Phortse (3,810m) passing by Pangboche (3,930m) for morning tea break. The group is leaving Pheriche to go to Phortse using a different route to return to Namche Bazaar. The arrow showing the journey from Dingboche to Thukla where yours truly and Alexis were running on the high plain. Refer Posting #5 the settlement next to Fiona for the opposite view of Pheriche.
Ram, the Main Mountain Guide, admiring the landscape (with his bright yellow backpack cover).

Our porters passing by a serene landscape

Alexis trying out on the duffle bag carried by the porters; each bag weighs about 30kg.

Siti touching a yak (could be a female as the rest are dark; presumably, male yaks)
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The return journey continues ... stay tuned.
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Posted by KC

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