Continuing to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar

Trip Start Mar 04, 2004
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Trip End Mar 27, 2004


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Snow Land Inn

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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Early wake up today with our bowls of warm water to wash with, all of us trying to get washed and dressed together in our dorm room and the sherpas laughing at us -- we will pay them back somehow!  haha...

We headed out after brekky to start the long walk to Gorak Shep.  Currently we are at 4930m and by the end of this day we will have reached approx 5290m -- a hard slog when you are at the altitude.  Breathing is hard and wounds dont heal as well...
It was a rough day but we were rewarded by amazing views of Pumori (7145m) and Nuptse (7896m) along the way.    We also saw the Khumbu Glacier that leads all the way up to E.B.C. 

Lunch was at Gorak Shep - the place we are staying at tonight. I have a room to myself again which is pretty special.   After our food settled we headed off the climb Kala Pattar to check out the spectacular views of Everest -- when we crossed the small desert expanse in from of Gorak Shep we encountered some yaks whose loads had been dropped at base camp for the upcoming expeditions....a strange sight and it looked like something out of Star Wars.

Knowing we were going to have a massive day tomorrow (trekking to base camp and all the way back down to Pheriche) and seeing what the views were like 1/2 way up, Patrick, Carol and I we very happy with ourselves so we stopped right there and took our obligatory tourist snaps... the sky was the most vibrant blue (you must check out the pics!) and it was kind of surreal standing there with Everest right in front of us.... the best reward for the hard work walking & the bad toilets.

Coming down and returning to the Snow Land Inn at Gorak Shep we chilled out outside the sun room and worked on our tans and all were pretty pleased with ourselves.  Soon enough though the sun was gone and we were all freezing again.   Inside the tea room there were business cards, t-shirts, flags and even undies pinned to the walls and roof. These came from trekkers from all around the globe - looks great!  We were all pretty stuffed today, a bit of card playing and chit chat...
We also happen to run into our annoying buddies from Dingboche - they were telling us about there trip to base camp took them 5 hours and they didnt make it all the way and had to turn back -- its not looking to promising for us -- but hopefully they are fully of it!  haha

My room tonight was right next to Dougs who unfortunately has developed a hacking cough - it kept me awake for most of the night - if thats the least of my problems thats nothing -- he would be feeling much much worse than me .... I've been lucky with my health the whole trip -- touch wood !
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