Conquered the Base Camp

April 17th, 2008

The night was long and the morning cold. My diarrhea woke me up at some point, so I knew it was snowing. Someone measured 20 degrees Fahrenheit in their tent during the night. We had about an inch of snow by the time we got up, but the sun warmed things up quickly and melted the snow.
A 2.5 hour “flat” hike gets us to the Base Camp (there is no such thing as flat in Nepal, even if the altitude change is minimal, there are many ups and downs to get to any destination). The camp is a little tent city, holding almost 30 expeditions, but nothing is flat either so things look somewhat chaotic. We heard that they have to move each tent every couple of weeks as the glacier moves and cracks form. The Khumbu Icefall was also very impressive and scary looking, but everyone has to traverse it to get to the next camp. We even saw (from a distance) a Puja ceremony for an Indian expedition, which gets them good favors with the gods of the mountains, and without which Sherpa clibers won’t go anywhere.
Overall, I was very impressed, and the whole thing was surreal and unbelievable, just like the previous days. After a total of 7 exhausting hours of walking, we’re back in Lobuche, and tomorrow we start descending.

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