Everest Base Camp Day 2

April 7th, 2014 at 10:26 pm by David Farrar

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We have been drinking lemon tea by the litre. Around three times a day we get a giant thermos of lemon tea to share between the five of us. I haven’t drunk tea for around 30 years but am becoming quite a fan of lemon tea.

Was up at 6.30 am for a 7.30 am breakfast and 8.00 am departure. Today is around a seven hour day trekking to Namche Bazaar. There’s 1,000 metres of vertical ascent and a net altitude gain of 900 metres or so.

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The view ahead.

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Some locals making their own quarry.

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Snow covered peaks in the distance.

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The first four hours or so follow the river with a mixture of uphill and downhill.

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Some superb scenery on the way.

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You really don’t want to be crossing a bridge at the same time as yaks or mules.

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I suspect the river is rather cold.

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You can see two bridges ahead. We cross over the upper bridge. A fall would be unpleasant.

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The start of the big climb up. From here on in it is just 600 metres of climbing and zigzags.

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Crossing the high bridge.

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Towards the end of the climb the path widens up and is much easier.

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Goats will go anywhere!

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Namche Bazaar. We will be staying here for two nights, as this helps mitigate the risk of altitude sickness.

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That’s the view from our accommodation. The height we are at here is pretty close to the summit of Aoraki Mt Cook.

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14 Responses to “Everest Base Camp Day 2”

  1. Duncan Brown (16 comments) says:

    Very cool, I’m enjoying your trip ;-)

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  2. Grizz (605 comments) says:

    Try the Ginger tea. It helps to warm you up on a cold day! Take time tomorrow to explore the sherpa villages above Namche. Pay close attention to Ama Dablam while you are up there.

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  3. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    Excellent adventure – great photos too.

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  4. Daigotsu (459 comments) says:

    The sad legacy of socialism, Nepal-style, is there for all to see…

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  5. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    the fact you can send pictures from there is the more spectacular thing to me

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  6. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    What a fantastic adventure DPF! I used to have a fantasy about climbing one of the big Himalayan mountains. I even bought lots of books on mountaineering. But that dream has gone now. But you can fulfil it for me DPF! How long are you going to spend acclimatising before you attempt to summit? Your new fitness will be of benefit, but there are some who just cannot handle the altitude no matter how fit they are. Genetics plays a big part. Be bold, be brave. Good luck!

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  7. wreck1080 (3,923 comments) says:

    Meh, i’ll just wait until they build a motorway through the place :)

    Surprised they have internet there.

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  8. jcuk (693 comments) says:

    Wreck 8.00
    And have mad local drivers coming at you around the bend …. no thankyou …. better Yaks on a rope bridge :)

    Very interesting story DPF. Been to 14000 feet myself … it was tough, glad I wasn’t walking/running but took the train.
    Pikes Peak.

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  9. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    Great pikkies, DPF – clearly the Nepalese Government doesn’t spend a lot of cash / time / resources on matters OSH!

    Perhaps there’s a lesson there for all of us… :D

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  10. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Impressive.

    I walked from Nth Egmont carpark up to the tv repeater mast, across to the razorback and back down once, and I was buggered afterwards. Left knee has had a click in it going down stairs ever since…

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  11. David Farrar (1,899 comments) says:

    We’re going to the Base Camp, not the Summit (well on this trip anyway).

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  12. Colville (2,272 comments) says:

    They tried to get me to drink coca tea when I was in Peru. Ewwww tasted like water out of a swamp!

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  13. kaykaybee (152 comments) says:

    Love the Himalayas – sigh

    enjoy DPF

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  14. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Carry on to Gallipoli for Anzac day and you’ll have completed the kiwi Hajj ;-)

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