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About virtualshan

An avid hiker, and allergic to most edible food. Sharing my travels, allergen-free eating tips, and general ramblings.

Planning for the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge

I’m a big fan of goals, especially at the start of the new year. That said – I am terrible at keeping them. So SoCalHiker’s Six Pack of Peaks Challenge sounded like just what I need. I am good at planning though, so I’ve been thinking about which routes and seasons I want to tackle each of the peaks. Continue reading

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28 Apr 14, Back to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We didn’t have far to travel today, which meant we could just enjoy our walk. Continue reading

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27 Apr 14, Gokyo (4790m) to Phortse Tenga (3680m)

The exhaustion was starting to set in – obvious because my journals stop here. Continue reading

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26 Apr 14, Gokyo Lakes (4790), Dudh Pokhari (Third Lake)

Every day has brought new views on this trek, but this is our first real exposure to Himalayan lakes. Gokyo is stunning – windy and the clouds rolled in quickly, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to stay inside. Instead, we meandered along the base of Gokyo Ri until we reached the far side of the lake. Continue reading

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25 Apr 14, Tashi Delek Lodge, Dragnag (4700m): Over the Cho La Pass (5330m)

“Well, at least I’m not coughing up blood!”

So maybe this hasn’t been my best day on the trail. In fact, this was by far the toughest day of the trek for me. The first inauspicious sign of the day was waking up with my throat so sore it would hardly open and I could barely speak. Continue reading

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24 Apr 14, Kala Patthar (5540m) and Dzonglha (4800m)

When the alarm went off at 4 am I spent a full 5 minutes laying in bed and debating how badly I wanted to climb Kala Patthar. Wes didn’t give me a choice, dragging me out of my warm cocoon against my will. Continue reading

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23 Apr 14, Everest Base Camp (5364m) & Gorak Shep (5125m)

After lunch in Gorak Shep we piled on the layers and set off for more Nepali flat on the way to Everest Base Camp. Most of the trek involved rambling over either moraine debris or actual glacier – an uneven and rocky mess. It was also insanely crowded. We had braved the Namche superhighway through most of the trip, but the final mile was jammed with trekkers. By the time we arrived at EBC (per trekker slang) we had to wait what seemed like an eternity to take a picture in front of the sign. Continue reading

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