10-06-2019 The day after reaching EBC with Jugal, Devin, Larry and Manu (our Nepalese guide for the trek). Jugal proposed to Devin on the summit with all of the spectacular Himalayan peaks in sight.
Left from Lobuje and headed up to Kala Patthaar without a tour, so no waiting!!
Sunny and feeling good, went and did Everest Base Camp and hike down to Lobuje in a snow storm. Weather changes very fast!!
It was a clear and beautiful day. Started early from Gorak Shep. Reached the summit after about two hours. Was a bit crowded on the top but then again it was peak trekking season!
A cool bluebird day with excellent visibility
Side climb on route to EBC, Views of Everest at sunrise
Easy trek from Lobuche. Great view on Pumori and Everest!
Starting at lobuje and hiking to gorak shep for lunch, then up the ridge for great views of Everest. Super great day!
Views on way up buy clouded over as we summited
After two nights in Gorak Shep and a hike to Everest Base camp, enjoyed a leisurely stroll up the hill the next day in beautiful sunny weather!
Everest doesn't look that impressive from the top. Tibet IS the better place for that :)
Climbed it around noon when I arrived to base camp b/c it was clear and I wanted to make sure I saw everest. Came down for some food and then went back up to watch the amazing sunset and have a couple very ice cold Everest beers. Then climbed it in the dark in the morning to see the sunrise. Couldn't get enough of the views
I took the bus from Kathmandu to Jiri then walked to Everest Base Camp. Arriving with good acclimatization meant I was able to beat other trekkers on the way up and had Kala Pataar all to myself for a decent amount of time. The weather was great in March: clear skies in the morning and cumulonimbus later on. Not crowded at all outside of the main corridor. I was most often alone on the passes and side trips. Same goes for AC & ABC in April.
Climbed with G.F. who is now my wife...
Climbed through a bad snowstorm got there fisst and made tea for all the other climbers...sadly it was cloudy and we only Got a peek at everest...
What a perfect view of Everest including the ability to see most of the normal Everest climbing route.
morning start at campsite near Lobuche, walked to Gorak Shep, lunch & set camp there, then to Kala Pataar.
Absolutely stunning views from the summit. A must when making a trekking in the Khumbu region.
Climbed with Johan G
Left around 6-7AM, and heard from the early risers that our late start was the better choice. Any earlier and Everest would have been a silhouette, and the air biterly cold. Sun came out 1/3 of the way up, and we were stripping layers quickly. After a faint spell due to climbing too quickly, we slowed down and the rest felt like a breeze. Scrambled to the tip of the summit block, per gimpilator's persistence. Incredible views, specifically of Pumori. A small bird sang to us from the top!
This little hill has amazing summit views. It might be the most impressive viewpoint I have ever seen. It took Natasha 9 days to reach from Lukla after a stomach illness delayed us for several days.
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.