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mbollinoSunset on Everest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2003


Second time to this spot. Phenomenal grandstand view of Everest/ Nuptse and back down the Khumbu valley to Ama Dablam, etc. A popular but not to be missed spots on any trek through the Khumbu. Dont' listen to the argument over Gokyo Ri v. Kala Pataar, they both give different and stunning views. Just hike up them both! If you have clear weather, I recommned sunset. Probably the best alpinglow I've ever witnessed. On the way back down the moon rose over Everest's south shoulder. What a magical moment!
Posted Mar 9, 2007 5:01 pm

7summitsGreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2006


I recommend the normal route and not the scramble straight up :)

Great views of the area though
Posted Feb 20, 2007 10:16 pm

BartNice view.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2003


Offers a very nice view of Everest. One of the Everest Base Camp trek high points.
Posted Nov 6, 2006 1:17 pm

tommiFantastic  Sucess!


View, when Its possible climb early in the morning to see the sunrise over Everest
Posted Oct 21, 2006 8:29 am

jonhershRoute Climbed: Normal route from Lobuje  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2001


Still seemed to take forever to climb even after 2 weeks of trekking in Gokyo and Khumbu. I realized I'll never be a high-altitude mountaineer. It's ok though. The views and trip were incredible.
Posted Aug 31, 2006 10:40 pm

spenceinboulderNot nearly as impressive as Gokyo Ri  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 1998


A spectacular panorama, nonetheless.
Posted May 9, 2006 5:23 am

andreaperinoGreat panorama...
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2002


...from the top!
Posted Mar 24, 2006 12:43 pm

KoohnavardDate Climbed: April 2000  Sucess!


Awesome! You'll see me with Pumori on my profile page.
Posted Jan 16, 2006 1:19 pm

SweetswedeRoute Climbed: Normal trek route Date Climbed: December 2000  Sucess!


Five week trek through the Arun valley and the Khumbu
Posted Jan 10, 2006 4:29 pm

rdesotaRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: November 12, 2005  Sucess!


A nice way to end our Ama Dablam trip. Beautiful views of Everest et. al. Probably the best mountain view in the world. Definitely going back to the area...
Posted Dec 1, 2005 12:20 am

MjollnirRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Oct. 16th, 2005  Sucess!


It's just a hill. But it has AWESOME views of Everest, Pumori, Ama Dablam, etc.
Posted Nov 22, 2005 7:10 am

granitepeakerRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: October 21, 2005  Sucess!


It snowed about a half of foot the night before I hiked it so it was a work out to get to the top. Once on the summit there wasn't even a view of Everest because of all the cloud cover, what a let down. Better luck next time I guess.

~ Jason Maehl
Posted Nov 22, 2005 2:25 am

bbirtleRoute Climbed: Normal Route from Khumbu Glaciar Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2002  Sucess!


Bring a torch/flashlight and be there for the sunset. One of the better ones I've ever experienced! A little chilly, but if you are even a little equipped, no problem to make the short decent in the dark in time for your nightly yak burger.
Posted Jul 8, 2005 7:22 am

K_G_WrightRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: April 22, 1995  Sucess!


EARTH DAY 1995- Incredibly beautiful & other than the lack of oxygen, this high point on the ridge between Gorak Shep and Pumori is not technically difficult (watch out for awesome wind gusts); however, the reward is worth every "o" starved step. It's worth the view looking "down" upon Everest Base Camp, and up to the S. Col and The Goddess. Take your time acclimatizing, as I was in great cardio-vas. shape, and I still got moderate AMS symptoms and had to cut short my planned trip to Base Camp.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 2:14 am

fdoctorRoute Climbed: The only one Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


Broke the world altitude record for Extreme Ironing with Slipper, Beast, Meredith, Mingma, and Bhakta.
Posted May 28, 2005 5:15 pm

Mblue01Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 02 May 2005  Sucess!


Magnificent view !!!
Posted May 18, 2005 10:55 am

RedWolf_caRoute Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: October 18, 2002  Sucess!
Really just a high altitude hike with some boulder hopping near the top. Very windy once we reached the summit ridge. The clear views of Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Changtse and other Himalayan giants were quite spectacular. Steady stream of hikers on the trail although we managed to hit a 10 minute lull to have the top to ourselves. The skies looked ominous the day before, where we camped outside of Lobuche but only a brief dusting of snow overnight and beautiful clear day for the ascent and views. Good acclimitization for my ascent of Imja Tse, four days later.
Posted May 14, 2005 2:09 am

Joerg MarretschRoute Climbed: Normal Route from Gorak Shep Date Climbed: 20 November 2002  Sucess!

Joerg Marretsch

A beatiful day just against the face of Mount Everest.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 5:06 am

Carson PoeRoute Climbed: From Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar Date Climbed: May 2000  Sucess!
Reached top in light snow. Heard two distant avalanches on Nuptse or Everest.
Posted Mar 29, 2005 7:31 pm

Nyle WaltonRoute Climbed: Direct from Gorak Shep Date Climbed: April 1, 1982  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 1982

Nyle Walton

The day after I arrived at Gorak Shep, my trusted and faithful Sherpa and I ascended slopes to the west of the Khumbu Glacier and kept climbing until we got to the top of Kala Pataar where views of Mount Everest were obscured by clouds. But on our way down, the pyramid of Everest came into view and I took some shots that presently hang on the wall of my den.

This was the culmination of a three-week trek that began and ended at the air strip in Lukla. During the approach march to Gorak Shep, the 1953 British base camp, I met a party of young Aussies who condescended to ask me why an old man such as I would want to trek to the 17,500-foot Everest Base Camp. Later I learned than they never got higher than 14,000-foot Periche before succumbing to altitude sickness.

I spent two nights sleeping inside my one-man tent pitched inside the modest rock shelter at Gorak Shep (since then, so I read, a small hotel has been erected there). I ignored the credo to climb high and sleep low and subsequently paid for it. One the second morning there, I hiked further up the Khumbu Glacier and had to stop short of the Russian camp below the ice fall and sat on a rock amid the seracs on the Khumbu Glacier for three hours staring up at the ramparts of Nuptse. Finally my faithful Sherpa, who had slept a thousand feet lower down at Lobuche, appeared before me and led me meekly back down the glacier to the thicker air of Periche. Two days later I was back at Lukla, nervously awaiting a plane to fly me back to Kathmandu.

A peg-legged Sherpa woman had prepared my meals over a wood fire inside the low-lying shelter. Her left leg had been amputated after it was crushed in a childhood accident. For two nights I was her only houseguest in the rock hovel. Two years later I encountered her on a crowded street in Kathmandu where she had found employment as a nanny. We spent a day together seeing the sights of Kathmandu and I took her to dinner. The next day she saw me off at the airport. She was a delightful person.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 10:53 am

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