Everest!!!

October31

We were absolutely blessed by good weather on our trip. The few days at Everest were no exception. As we neared, the clouds kept clearing and by the time we arrived they had mostly vanished. We took the mini-bus up the 8km road up the moraine to the base camp proper. From a small hill we had commanding views of Everest and the surrounding area. The air was quite thin at 5150m and even the hill made us somewhat breathless. Apparently it doesn’t slow you down if you’re 3 or 5, they were running around as usual.
Girls at Everest
Girls at Everest
Emily, Maddie and their Pops
Girls and Pops
Girls and Simon
Happy family
After our time at the base camp, we made it back to our accomodation, among the nomadic yak tents. Heated by a yak dung stove it was quite cozy. And no, there is no smell associated with the stove inside, it has been ‘aged and dried’ for at least a year so is just organic matter. We had a delicious meal prepared by the hut owner accompanied by our first taste of Tibetan butter tea. This is a tea made of yak butter which is quite salty. I did not care much for it but Simon and David were big fans.
Yak tent
I snuck out of the wamth of the tent before bed and took one more photo on the moonlit night.
Everest at night
Snuggled in our beds, warm even when it went down to -15 that night.
Cozy beds
We awoke to a crystal clear morning, and unfortunately myself to nausea and a blinding headache. We packed up to leave on schedule and before I got any worse. It was an awesome trip to the roof of the world.
Clear morning

5 Comments to

“Everest!!!”

  1. On November 1st, 2010 at 3:45 am Carol Says:

    WOW! (Mike is right, there should be some more words to react to all of this.) I am so glad you got there, and I’m so glad that you invited David to share the experience.
    Love to all, I’m heading to the airport shortly, to pick him up.
    Carol

  2. On November 1st, 2010 at 5:15 am Cindy Says:

    WOW!! What a trip!! And such great weather – just meant to be.

    Let me know when you’re heading back home and I’ll start gathering for the next package…send along the needs and wants list!

    Hugs, Cindy

  3. On November 1st, 2010 at 8:40 am Lea Says:

    Truly breathtaking…in more ways than one.

  4. On November 1st, 2010 at 1:43 pm Lisa Says:

    WOW is right!! in fact I seem to be tearing up a whole bunch right now with looking at those photos. what an amazing adventure!!! I am so glad for you all, thanks for sharing. lots of love to you guys <3

  5. On November 6th, 2010 at 7:28 am Katrina Says:

    SO Beautiful, and so great the clouds cleared for all of you. love to see the girls with smiles so big on their faces…well all of you really. love the photos! xo

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