Everest Base Camp Day 7

April 14th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

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It’s freezing cold and 4.45 am in the morning. The water in fact has frozen inside your water bottle (which is in your room). So what do we do? Set off at 5.00 am to hike up Gokyo-Ri to get a good view of the sunrise!

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A view from around 100 metres up.

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And then at around 150 metres the sun started to show itself behind the mountains.

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A close up of the first rays hitting the peaks.

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We stopped at around 250 metres which took us to 5,050 metres above sea level. Amazing feeling to be more than 5 kms high and not in a plane! The pressure is below 50% here and breathing is quite hard as we ascended.

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Just to prove I was there.

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A couple of hardy ducks down below.

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A man made bridge/dam to cross the lake. You really really do not want to get your boots wet as even dry the toes were freezing.

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A new lodge is being built. There is no machinery. Three Nepalese chisel the stones by hand. They work in sun and snow. A very tough job.

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And this is where one of them sleeps at night. Again, very tough. Assuming they are part of the family that will own the lodge, it will eventually massively boost their income. A lodge can generate more income in a week than the average Nepali earns in a year.

Today is the last day in Gokyo. Tomorrow we have to decide whether to take the Chola Pass for three days over to Lobouche. It’s been snowing again today so it may be a marginal call.

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9 Responses to “Everest Base Camp Day 7”

  1. Ed Snack (1,833 comments) says:

    Good luck with the crossing David, and hope the altitude sickness eases off enough for you to continue upwards. You’re still smiling (for the camera) anyway.

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  2. Colville (2,242 comments) says:

    boots and water bottle go in the bottom of your sleeping bag to stop them freezing.

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  3. Anthony (789 comments) says:

    Is it rare for people to do this walk without intending to do a full climb of Everest? It certainly seems worth it.

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  4. Grizz (585 comments) says:

    David, did you get to the top of Gokyo Ri? If you did, you would have shown us many pictures of Mounts Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Tell me you did not stop half way up?

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  5. wiseowl (857 comments) says:

    The shot of you is in front of the Remarkables!

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  6. Dean Papa (787 comments) says:

    This is awesome DPF! When you get to the top of Everest, don’t forget to take a selfie!!!

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  7. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Like to see Soper, Bradford, Espiners, Campbells, try this! Excellent post.

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  8. unaha-closp (1,155 comments) says:

    Still no Yeti photo?

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  9. Dazzaman (1,134 comments) says:

    Wow!! And my kids were moaning after going up to Sunrise Hut!

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