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Mount Everest has two Base Camps, each on opposite side of the mountain. We are on the south side of Everest in Nepal. On the north side in China there is another base camp. Mount Everest is right on the Nepal China border. The base camp we are going to is at a height of 5360 meters. We are already at 5164 meters. A point to note is that one cant see Mount Everest from the base camp as it is blocked by Nuptse.
Surprisingly, many trekkers don't make the trip to base camp because they cant see Mt Everest from there. Instead, they visit Kala Patthar where they get a fine view of the mountain and head back. We are going to Everest Base Camp to see the Khumbu glacier and to get even closer at the mountains.
Can you spot Tserring and Meera in the pic ? I haven't seen anything bigger than the Himalaya in my life.
The colours and textures look different at different times of the day. This is a river of very slow moving ice. Although it appears very standstill, it is constantly making sounds. Rocks falling, ice cracking, it does that all day.
The landscape is very beautiful here. You have to be here to experience it. It is also a very harsh environment.
It appears to be right there but it is taking too long to get there.
Tserring and Tserring are busy on their phones, there is cell phone connectivity here. I am struggling to get uphill and Meera has not missed the opportunity to get the shot.
With constant melting and freezing, a pond has formed on the glacier
Mt Pumori 7165 meters and Mt Ligtren 6713 meters
Mt Lingtren and Mt Khumbutse 6639 meters
You can see a bit of Everest here behind Nuptse. The Khumbu glacier starts out in a gully between Nuptse and Mt Everest called the western cwm pronounced coom. If you follow the path of the glacier in the pic, at left center the glacier makes an upward right turn. There is a gully between Nuptse the mountain to the extreme right in pic and the mountain to its left. This gully is the western cwm.
We have descend now to get to base camp
Some more walking along this path and we descend again
Tserring asked us to get past this section as soon as we can as the moraine is very loose here and there are giant rocks waiting to slide down. This photograph was shot looking upwards.
We are on the Khumbu glacier now and we have to traverse it to get to base camp
The ice is beginning to show
Finally, base camp
Mission accomplished, we are very happy
The following photographs try to present a 360 degree view from Mount Everest Base Camp. In this pic you can see the vast area which in the climbing season will be occupied by numerous tents. To the right is the Khumbu glacier. Although it looks like they are small pieces of ice, they are still far away. You need to descend some more to the right to realize that each block is on average 20 feet tall
Turning clockwise, here you you see the gully between the two mountains called the western cwm where the Khumbu glacier originates
Turning clockwise some more
Turning clockwise some more. We are actually standing on the glacier in the middle.
Turning clockwise some more. You can see the path to the right how we came
Turning clockwise some more. The rest of the trekkers with Tserring in front
Turning clockwise some more. Mt Pumori and Tserring
Turning clockwise some more. Mt Pumori and both the Tserrings.
Turning clockwise some more. Mt Lingtren and Mt Khumbutse.
Turning clockwise some more and back to where we started.
Meera is happy to have reached base camp and gives the thumbs up.
We owe our thanks to Tserring. He made the trek seem very easy.
Interesting detail on the glacier ice
A close up view of the Khumbu icefall. For a climber, crossing the icefall is one of the most dangerous part of the summit climb. More deaths have occurred here than anywhere else. To see what the ice fall really is up close you must watch this youtube video
Another trekker is descending to base camp
Interesting ice formation on the slopes of Nuptse
These ice blocks are over 20 feet tall
We have brought some prayer flags with us. We tied the flags between two large rocks at base camp.
The ice is compacted to such a degree that it is very strong and the ice blocks are so large with much of it underneath that it is shifting large rocks as if it were gravel
We leave base camp to head back to Gorakshep as it is getting very cold and windy
The glacier ice is exposed creating a deep pit
Looking down, I am keeping a safe distance from the edge
The ice wall has some interesting formations
This large boulder about 6 feet tall is being lifted by the ice
Glacier and mountain
Meera and Tserring are waiting for me to catch up. I can see that it is not a good place to wait. I shout back to them to get moving as there is loose rock directly above them
Meera and Tserring are climbing up. Some of those rocks are really big
We have climbed up. Mt Everest is slightly visible now.
Beautiful ice formations on the slopes of Nuptse. I hear in the summer months, avalanches are a common site on these slopes.
A train of trekkers heading back to their respective hotels in Gorakshep and everyone is tired.
Tserring and I are standing on the frozen Gorakshep lake.
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