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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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21 Apr 14, Day Trip to Chhukhung (4730m)

I took a second diamox at sunrise, and within 20 minutes I could stand up without my head throbbing. I didn’t feel great, but I was improving. One thing was certain though – I needed an extra acclimatization day. But the good news was that I didn’t need to descend and abort the rest of the trip! Continue reading

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18 Apr 14, Moonlight Lodge, Namche

Fifteen minutes before reaching the hotel we are rewarded with our first views of Everest. Everest looks tiny and far, hidden between Nuptse and Lhotse. Ama Dablam, the smiling mother reaching out her arms dominated the view, and Shar Tse hid in the back. Definitely time for my first trip mandated #EverestSelfie. Continue reading

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