DAY 15 Flight to San FranciscoOctober 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C
All in two weeks
All in two weeks
We spend the last day shopping, farewell dinner and off to the airport.
Last stop before dinner
Spend the 2nd half of the morning at the famous Hindu Pashupatinath Temple.
Witnessed a cremation.
Spend the morning in the Kopan Monastery and the Bouda Stupa
Sue got release from the hospital and we chilled for the day.
Sue made it past 5100m and fell very sick on day 9 with altitude sickness. Her oxigen was below 52%. Should be 75%
I continued to Everest base camp but one of the guides walked her 8km down to Pheriche - a hell of a walk. She sounded ok via a satellite phone on the 1st night but I only got back to her on the afternoon of day 10, after a 10hour hike and she was not able to operate at all. Oxigen was 54%. We managed to get her to 65% - out of the danger zone but not able to hike the 40km back.
We've got a medic airlift approved for this morning and just landed in Katmandu. She is much beter but has to stay in the hospital till tomorrow.Read more
Saw a different view of Everest today, with a trek up to Kala Pattar. Known to have the best views of Everest, this is a challenging trek, but worth it. Did not go all the way and stopped at 5300m
Began the descent from Kala Pattar, heading for Pheriche. This is not the most challenging of hikes, but the altitude made the many uphill sections below Gorakshep seem tough. The view were quite spectacular.
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We left Lobuche at 0600 and arrived back at the tea house at 1700. 10hours of walking above 5000m
It started snowing last night and it continued into the day. We got to Basecamp early afternoon.
This was a tough...tough day
The higher altitude maked this day's trekking quite challenging. The Changri Glacier looms ahead as the trek heads for Gorakshep, a small, usually frozen, lake, by lunchtime. Relaxed and got adjusted to the altitude before the attempt to reach Everest Base Camp
After lunch, we trekked to Everest Base Camp. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier with its intriguing 15m (49ft)-high seraces of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers. Returned to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
Accommodation : Buddha LodgeRead more
The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continues through Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The steep climb to the top - 400m in assent took as to one of sacred sites on the walk. Multiple stone monuments with praying flags are scattered across the plato to remind us of the Sherpas and other climbers who died in Everest or were associated with Everest. The landscape is also now extremely rocky with little vegetation.
Temperature also plummeted to below zero.
We got Lobosche at 1500 and ascended to a hill at the back to finally get to the 5000m mark.
Accommodation : Sherpa LodgeRead more