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Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Day 8

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The town of Lobuche against a backdrop of Tabuche and Cholatse (left to right)

The town of Lobuche against a backdrop of Tabuche and Cholatse (left to right)

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep A lot of trekkers, guides and porters are heading up to Gorakshep. There is a bit of a social scene on the trail where everyone is catching up on news.

A lot of trekkers, guides and porters are heading up to Gorakshep. There is a bit of a social scene on the trail where everyone is catching up on news.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep A train of yaks is making its way down and Meera is taking some pictures

A train of yaks is making its way down and Meera is taking some pictures

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The air was very cold in the morning and I needed something warm over my nose. It is absolutely essential to sort out gear before you start this trek. Some people take things a little lightly and don\'t seem to have adequate protection.

The air was very cold in the morning and I needed something warm over my nose. It is absolutely essential to sort out gear before you start this trek. Some people take things a little lightly and don't seem to have adequate protection.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Okay, this one is properly covered
:-)

Okay, this one is properly covered
:-)

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep We rest for a bit before the ascent.

We rest for a bit before the ascent.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Tabuche, Cholatse and Arakam Tse. There is an Italian research center called the pyramid at this location that has a webcam relaying images of this very scene 24/7.
Check this link to see a live webcam image of what is like in Lobuche right now (you will have to move your mouse over the small image on the left):
http://evk2.isac.cnr.it/

Tabuche, Cholatse and Arakam Tse. There is an Italian research center called the pyramid at this location that has a webcam relaying images of this very scene 24/7.

Check this link to see a live webcam image of what is like in Lobuche right now (you will have to move your mouse over the small image on the left):
http://evk2.isac.cnr.it/

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The Khumbu glacier comes into view

The Khumbu glacier comes into view

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The glaciers on the slopes of Nuptse

The glaciers on the slopes of Nuptse

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The Khumbu glacier in all its majesty

The Khumbu glacier in all its majesty

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Its hard to estimate how big these blocks of ice are. But the glacier is a kilometer across in some places which should give a sense of scale.

Its hard to estimate how big these blocks of ice are. But the glacier is a kilometer across in some places which should give a sense of scale.

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Watching the Khumbu glacier was an unbelievable moment for me. I had seen it only in pictures and watching its vastness with my own eyes was a humbling experience. Again, these pictures do absolutely no justice to what the eye really sees. The vastness is truly immense.

Watching the Khumbu glacier was an unbelievable moment for me. I had seen it only in pictures and watching its vastness with my own eyes was a humbling experience. Again, these pictures do absolutely no justice to what the eye really sees. The vastness is truly immense.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The brown hill is Kala Patthar. The celebrated Everest views are all from that hill. It looks small but its quite a hike to get to its top.

The brown hill is Kala Patthar. The celebrated Everest views are all from that hill. It looks small but its quite a hike to get to its top.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The glacier is a kilometer across and is mostly ice. Snow compacts into ice and flows down mountain slopes and forms a slow moving river of ice. Due to the sheer weight of the ice it begins to grind the rock and soil into debris and because all the ice is moving or rather being pushed down by fresh ice forming at the beginning of the glacier, ice mixes with rock and mud. This happens for centuries and the ice ends up digging a large trench. The soil and rock that you see covering the glacier is a thin layer in comparison to the mass of ice below. Some of those rocks can be very large boulders the size of houses behind pushed around over time by very hard compacted ice. Hope this gives a sense of the immense process at work.

The glacier is a kilometer across and is mostly ice. Snow compacts into ice and flows down mountain slopes and forms a slow moving river of ice. Due to the sheer weight of the ice it begins to grind the rock and soil into debris and because all the ice is moving or rather being pushed down by fresh ice forming at the beginning of the glacier, ice mixes with rock and mud. This happens for centuries and the ice ends up digging a large trench. The soil and rock that you see covering the glacier is a thin layer in comparison to the mass of ice below. Some of those rocks can be very large boulders the size of houses behind pushed around over time by very hard compacted ice. Hope this gives a sense of the immense process at work.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep There is another glacier joining the Khumbu glacier at this point. It is actually 3 glaciers merging into 1 and then joining the Khumbu glacier. The Changri Nup Glacier, the Changri Shar glacier and the Gorakshep Glacier emerging from the left of Pumori in the picture which is the tallest peak in the picture. Hence we are standing on this elevated area of rock, mud and ice that we will see ahead.

There is another glacier joining the Khumbu glacier at this point. It is actually 3 glaciers merging into 1 and then joining the Khumbu glacier. The Changri Nup Glacier, the Changri Shar glacier and the Gorakshep Glacier emerging from the left of Pumori in the picture which is the tallest peak in the picture. Hence we are standing on this elevated area of rock, mud and ice that we will see ahead.

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The ice is visible now. The height of the glacier from where i stood is 40 feet tall and there is more ice below me.

The ice is visible now. The height of the glacier from where i stood is 40 feet tall and there is more ice below me.

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Finally, Gorakshep.

Finally, Gorakshep.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep After lunch we head up to a third of the way on Kala Patthar to catch the sunset. Mt Everest is the black mountain visible behind Nuptse. I would be climbing Kala Patthar once again after visiting base camp

After lunch we head up to a third of the way on Kala Patthar to catch the sunset. Mt Everest is the black mountain visible behind Nuptse. I would be climbing Kala Patthar once again after visiting base camp

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The Khumbu glacier in the fading light

The Khumbu glacier in the fading light

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Mt Pumori and the peak of Kala Patthar

Mt Pumori and the peak of Kala Patthar

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep A close up view of the summit of Mount Everest

A close up view of the summit of Mount Everest

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep The following shots show the sequence of photos show the sunset as it happens

The following shots show the sequence of photos show the sunset as it happens

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

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

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

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

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

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

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep Mount Everest is the last to catch the sunlight as it is the tallest


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Mount Everest is the last to catch the sunlight as it is the tallest

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