Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trek to Kala Patthar, 18,300'

To Gorak Shep, 10/13
This afternoon at Kala Patthar, 18,300’, the trekking period reached its apex. Bluebird skies, juxtaposed with brilliant white snow on Nuptse, and topped by the massive dark pyramid of Everest’s West Face was the view we’d dreamed of. Its unusual for the high pressure, even during Post-Monsoon season in Nepal, to keep skies clear after noon. This good fortune enabled us to see the huge west faces “front-lit”.
Steve, Kim and Mike stood a few feet above their previous highest alttitude records from Denali.  Tomorrow we move to Lobuche high camp, and attempt the peak the following day. On to Ama Oct. 16.

Lobuche East, with intended route on snow and ridgeline. Team and porters in foreground.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous photos! I just can't imagine what it must be like there in person, photos never can capture the true essence,beauty and serenity of a place. Hope the weather Gods stay with you. Looks like you are all doing well and anxious to move onto the high camp. Looking forward to hearing the next chapter in your journey.