Yesterday we trekked up from Dingboche to Loboche and today we moved up to Gorak Shep, the last village before base camp located at 5,150m / 17,000 ft. Tonight we will enjoy the comforts of a soft bed and meals in a heated resort, err lodge.
Yesterday’s trek is one of my favorite segments of the entire Everest Base Camp trek. We traversed high above the valley and enjoyed incredible views. At one point we were able to view three of the world’s 8000m peaks: Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Stunning! The crux of that day was climbing the snout of the Khumbu glacier. At the top of the hill is a memorial area with many chortens memorializing many who lost their lives in surrounding mountains. It is a powerful place for reflection.
Today was a relatively short day of trekking, just 2.5 hours from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. The weather was a bit different today and we were fortunate to reach the lodge before the snow started to fly. The area received a very light dusting but the temperature remained quite cool all day. We have been enjoying a relaxing afternoon hanging out and getting caught up on our reading.
Tomorrow is the day we all have been dreaming of for months – base camp! It should only take us about 2.5 hours to get up there, just in time for lunch. Hopefully our state-of-the-art solar power and communications systems will allow us to maintain more frequent updates as we adjust to living at EBC!