We did it!

April 16th, 2008

Climbed the 5550m (18,200ft) Kala Patthar, that is!
The morning didn’t start off so hot, with more diarrhea which is not fun at all. After a rocky 3 hour walk to Gorak Shep, we went up the “hill” and 6 out of 7 of us made it to the top. It was a race against the clouds that were rushing to obstruct out view, but we made it just in time to still have some awesome vistats of the whole valley surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world. Our camp at Gorak Shep is also surreal, it’s on this huge sandy beach, although it’s snowing out there right now.
Temperature swings here are crazy, during the morning when it’s sunny and not windy, it’s almost short sleeve weather, but then by the evening it gets really cold that all my clothes can’t warm me up (I’m sure altitude and fatigue have a bit to do with that too), and in the night ice crystals form on the inside of the tent and on our sleeping bags.
Tomorrow is an even longer day with a trek to Everest Base Camp which seems to be quite a little tent city in the distance…

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