Travel responsibly. Take nothing but pictures. Conserve.
All photos on this website are copyrighted and exclusive property of Kiran Chakravadhanula
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.
The Sherpa people don't hurt these birds. Hence these birds are quite unafraid of humans and ignore us.
I am trying to call one of these birds hoping it would come to me or something. It is clearly not interested.
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.
It appears we have had a very clear weather window. The clouds have started to move in this morning.
Spot Meera and Tserring crossing the moraine.
The snout of the glacier
It has gotten windy and that is blowing the dust across the Khumbu glacier
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.
Meera gets my picture while I am climbing down.
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.
Lobuche, we are only stopping here for lunch. On the way down, we always cover twice the distance in a given time.
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.
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
Two trekkers going up to Lobuche.
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.
These people were coming from the direction of Lobuche peak. Tserring tells me that they are climbers.
They are curious about something. I am quite fascinated when I see other people also intrigued by natural detail.
Mt Ama Dablam and the memorials
The evening light is very good and Ama Dablam looks beautiful
The sun setting behind Tabuche and Cholatse
Click here to view the next album from the Everest Base Camp Series