Today was quite eventful and in some ways a little scary.
Because of the cold, I didn’t want to get up early and thought that we should wait until later for warmer weather and better lighting conditions for photos.
All went well except for one scary moment when the Sherpa got altitude sickness. When we climbed Kala Pattar, it was -19F/-18C and fairly windy. I wanted to sleep in until it got warmer, but the Sherpa wanted to climb early in the morning. Because it was so cold and the sunlight was beckoning up higher, Kessler and I hurried very quickly 16,995 feet/5180 meters to 18,373 feet/5600 meters making the 1400 feet/420 meter climb in an hour, which is much faster than normal. Since we had no idea that the Sherpa was feeling altitude sick, we climbed both little peaks around Kala Pattar.
The Sherpa got sick trying to keep up, but we didn't know that he was sick until we got down and he couldn't walk well. He wouldn't admit that he was altitude sick, but we and others could tell. It was apparently a matter of pride that he couldn't keep up with Kessler and the Sherpa people have a hard time admitting to altitude sickness, so we had no idea (he was apparently a well known climbing Sherpa whom had been to Everest several times as a porter, which made it harder to admit sickness).
We were supposed to head back to Lobuche and climb the Lobuche Pinnacles today, and cross the Cho La the next day, but since the Sherpa got sick we descended quickly to Periche and divided the load between the other porter and myself.
We got the Sherpa back down to a lower elevation and after taking Diamox, he was OK again and was back to normal and going strong. We were very glad everything worked out well. I would have felt really guilty if anything had went wrong. The altitude sickness never was life threatening, but it was scary since it was very difficult to try and talk the Sherpa into descending.
Other than that scary incident everything ran perfectly. It was cold, but we had clear and cold skies the whole time. It was so spectacular and I took many photos so far. So far, the people in the mountains were really nice and the mountains were great.
Focusing on the good part, Kessler beat his altitude record set on Chhukhung Ri, but only barely. The Sherpa felt bad that we had to change our plans, but we assured him that we were fine with the change of plans and wouldn’t mention him by name. We gave him part of his tip early to show that we weren’t upset at all.
December 24 2012
Trekking from Jiri to Kala pataar + EBC back to lukla in 17 days...
I had spent the day at EBC and then went for sunset on Kala Pattar because the morning had been very cloudy; I rushed up in an hour from Gorak Shep to the summit just in time for beautiful views.
Second time on Kala Pathar and it was cloudy again...next time I must wake up earlier so I can get a view of Everest! This time I struggled to get up, so I was very happy when I finally reached the summit. I even made a phonecall to Sweden from the summit! :)
Unfortunately cloudy, so I couldn't see Everest. But a lovely view over Khumbu valley! But I was happy to succeed both EBC and Kala Pathar.
I saw everest as the sun came up, really incredible!
Nice trecking from Lukla
Part of a long scenic trek up to Everest Base Camp, 34 miles the way the crow flies but it felt more like 100miles! Took us 9 days and acclimating to 18,000'+ was not really a problem. Day of summit we went from Gorak Shep tea house (about 2 hours) and had an awesome view of the sunrise over Mt Everest.
day trip from Lobuche, very good and clear weather
Beautiful day, great views. But not enough acclimatization - another 5 days ago we were in Kathmandu.
wish i got up for the sunrise but really nice all the same.
Summated with a bunch of happy clients. Took plenty of photos, enjoyed the views and chatted with the little Angel who is placed up there by the organization "United Hope".
Amazing views of the Everest group and Pumori.
Unbelievable 360 degree views of the mountains here. A highlight on what was a pretty fantastic trek in many respects.
We climbed from the Pumori base camp side, which turned out to be quite a bit of a scramble over big rocks, some of which were not too stable. Then we strolled down the normal route which is a beautiful path in the meadows with stunning views all the way.
From Gorak Shep 5.140m and down to Pheriche 4.240m
Nice view of the Everest but the area on top is tiny and rapidly gets crowded with tourists that have no respect for the majestic scenery. Overall, liked the peace of Gokyo Ri a lot more.
We walked Gokyo trek crossing Chola pass to everest BC trek. We walked in the morning to Everest Base camp from Gorak Shep and in the afternoon we climbed Kala Pattar with wonderful views.
got there just before the sun broke,had the top to ourselves, spectacular views.