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Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

Day 11

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla We say goodbye to the friendly folks at Gorakshep. The guy in the green clothes standing next to me runs the place. He was a nice guy. He offered us several cups of tea and hot chocolate on the house and he always made sure the fire in the heater didn\'t die out and free battery charging too. Battery charging is not free in the Khumbu region. Rates typically range from 100 to 300 Nepali rupees per hour of battery charging.

We say goodbye to the friendly folks at Gorakshep. The guy in the green clothes standing next to me runs the place. He was a nice guy. He offered us several cups of tea and hot chocolate on the house and he always made sure the fire in the heater didn't die out and free battery charging too. Battery charging is not free in the Khumbu region. Rates typically range from 100 to 300 Nepali rupees per hour of battery charging.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla The Sherpa people don\'t hurt these birds. Hence these birds are quite unafraid of humans and ignore us.

The Sherpa people don't hurt these birds. Hence these birds are quite unafraid of humans and ignore us.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla I am trying to call one of these birds hoping it would come to me or something. It is clearly not interested.

I am trying to call one of these birds hoping it would come to me or something. It is clearly not interested.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Tserring meets Dorje (another sherpa from the same company) who is a very funny guy. Dorje is bringing his group into Gorakshep. They chat up for a long time.

Tserring meets Dorje (another sherpa from the same company) who is a very funny guy. Dorje is bringing his group into Gorakshep. They chat up for a long time.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla It appears we have had a very clear weather window. The clouds have started to move in this morning.

It appears we have had a very clear weather window. The clouds have started to move in this morning.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Spot Meera and Tserring crossing the moraine.

Spot Meera and Tserring crossing the moraine.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla The snout of the glacier

The snout of the glacier

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla It has gotten windy and that is blowing the dust across the Khumbu glacier

It has gotten windy and that is blowing the dust across the Khumbu glacier

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla A look at the Khumbu glacier before we head down. Everest Base Camp straight ahead and Kala Patthar to the left in the pic. Some good memories here and hopefully I will be back.

A look at the Khumbu glacier before we head down. Everest Base Camp straight ahead and Kala Patthar to the left in the pic. Some good memories here and hopefully I will be back.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Meera gets my picture while I am climbing down.

Meera gets my picture while I am climbing down.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla We found these yaks sleeping on the ice. Tserring started to yell at the yak and threw a stone in its direction. The yak got up and went away. I asked Tserring why the heck he did that and Tserring replied that the Yak may be feeling cold sleeping on the ice.
:-)

We found these yaks sleeping on the ice. Tserring started to yell at the yak and threw a stone in its direction. The yak got up and went away. I asked Tserring why the heck he did that and Tserring replied that the Yak may be feeling cold sleeping on the ice.
:-)

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Lobuche, we are only stopping here for lunch. On the way down, we always cover twice the distance in a given time.

Lobuche, we are only stopping here for lunch. On the way down, we always cover twice the distance in a given time.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla More yaks

More yaks

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla The restaurant owner at Lobuche. He was a nice guy too. The atmosphere was very jovial at the various places I stayed in the Khumbu. Evenings and mornings are typically spent around the heater it is a place of numerous interesting conversations. I do not know if there are many places in the world where people go to extraordinary lengths to set up tea houses and lodges in extremely remote places where the environmental conditions are very tough. These guys still manage to make you feel right at home with their high level of service served with a smile.

The restaurant owner at Lobuche. He was a nice guy too. The atmosphere was very jovial at the various places I stayed in the Khumbu. Evenings and mornings are typically spent around the heater it is a place of numerous interesting conversations. I do not know if there are many places in the world where people go to extraordinary lengths to set up tea houses and lodges in extremely remote places where the environmental conditions are very tough. These guys still manage to make you feel right at home with their high level of service served with a smile.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla This is an unforgettable landscape and it feels great to remember all the great detail in one\'s head. To the right in the picture I believe there is a high pass called Kongma La that takes you to Dingboche averaging around 5500 meters in height. We are at 4900 meters in Lobuche. We didnt do Kongma La but here is someones album which has pictures of Kongma La and it looks pretty extreme
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This is an unforgettable landscape and it feels great to remember all the great detail in one's head. To the right in the picture I believe there is a high pass called Kongma La that takes you to Dingboche averaging around 5500 meters in height. We are at 4900 meters in Lobuche. We didnt do Kongma La but here is someones album which has pictures of Kongma La and it looks pretty extreme
link

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Two trekkers going up to Lobuche.

Two trekkers going up to Lobuche.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Lobuche Peak 6135 meters meters. We are at 4910 meters, so that seemingly ordinary peak is 1200 meters tall from its base. I am always impressed by the scale of things in the Himalaya.

Lobuche Peak 6135 meters meters. We are at 4910 meters, so that seemingly ordinary peak is 1200 meters tall from its base. I am always impressed by the scale of things in the Himalaya.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla These people were coming from the direction of Lobuche peak. Tserring tells me that they are climbers.

These people were coming from the direction of Lobuche peak. Tserring tells me that they are climbers.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla They are curious about something. I am quite fascinated when I see other people also intrigued by natural detail.

They are curious about something. I am quite fascinated when I see other people also intrigued by natural detail.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla Mt Ama Dablam and the memorials

Mt Ama Dablam and the memorials

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla The evening light is very good and Ama Dablam looks beautiful

The evening light is very good and Ama Dablam looks beautiful

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Thukla The sun setting behind Tabuche and Cholatse


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The sun setting behind Tabuche and Cholatse

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