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October 18: Trekked to Everest Base Camp

Trek started in beginning of October, but was delayed for 3 days due to bad weather. Once weather cleared, we flew into Lukla and then trekked the 35 miles up to Gorak Shep, which is the last "village" (3 lodges) before going to Everest Base Camp. Along the way, Ama Dablam was a magnificent site -- see Sept 2005 webpage for photo of Ama Dablam. In less than two weeks, I will be joining an English expedition team to climb Ama Dablam. Excited! Now I'm back in Namche Bazaar, the major village in the Everest Khumbu Valley region. Relaxing here and then will head up to altitude again for acclimitization. Everest Base Camp is around 17,500 ft. Ama Dablam is about 22,500 ft. Air is thin. Unfortunately, I can't post any photos now, so definitely do check back in a month or so when I am back in Kathmandu, Nepal and able to upload photos.



I spent 2 wks in Thailand feasting before going to Nepal to trek & climb. Here, I'm having dinner with two other travellers I met in Bangkok.


I picked up Christi, Becky, and Marc in Bangkok and we headed over to Nepal. Here's Kathmandu's Thamel area. Crowded!



Here I am hanging out in Kathmandu waiting for the flight to Lukla, where we'd start the trek to Everest Base Camp.



Here's the plane to Lukla.



Here's a shote from the cockpit -- you can see the runway ahead as we're about to land.



Here's the landing. You can see that the runway angles downward!



Two hours out of Lukla, where we flew into, the trail makes its way to Phakding. Here's the village of Phakding across the river (draining from Mt. Everest). The tents are from some expedition group... on their way to climb some big Himalayan peak.



Here's Christi (in red backpack) crossing the bridge over to Phakding.



I'm just hanging out in Namche Bazaar, Day 2 of our trek.



This is a photo of our group -- Becky, Yak, Yak, me, Christi, and Marc.



Christi, Becky, and Marc hiking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.



The red line shows the route to Tengboche (red circle).




Here I am in Tengboche. Everest on the left and Ama Dablam on the right. I'd climb Ama Dablam the following month -- see NOV 2005 link.


Ama Dablam is in the background -- this is a side view of it.



Ama Dablam's side view in the background. Trekkers hiking up to Dukla, ~15,500ft.



We've made it to Everest Base Camp. Me, Orna (Israeli traveler we picked up along the way), and Christi.



This is a helicopter that had crashed at Everest Base Camp some years ago.



Sunset for Everest.



The following day, we hiked up to Kala Patar (~18,000 ft) to have a better view of Everest. Here is Christi with Pumori in the background.



View of Everest from Kala Patar.



Close up view of Everest.



After Kala Patar, we hiked back down to Gorak Shep.



After we got back to Gorak Shep, we packed up and started hiking back down. Here's Christi hiking out of Gorak Shep.



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2005

2005


April
  • 25: Mt. Russell, Sierra Nevadas, CA

    May
  • 21: Humphrey's Peak, AZ
  • 28: Mt. Whitney, CA

    June
  • 4: Sky diving & Tahquitz

    July
  • 15: Tauru's Final Days at Intel

    August
  • Month: Back to The Sierras

    September
  • 14: Rock Climbing Sedona, AZ
  • 23: Tauru in Thailand

    October (Tauru in Nepal)
  • 18: Trekked to Everest Base Camp

    November (Tauru in Nepal)
  • 21: Climbing Ama Dablam (Part I)
  • Part II: Climbing Ama Dablam (Part II)

    December (Tauru in Cambodia)
  • 5: Tauru in Cambodia