Everest Base Camp Day 8

April 15th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

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The view from just above Gokyo this morning.

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Today starts with a wee climb up this snow covered hill.

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The third Gyoko lake from above, as we leave.

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Gyoko covered with snow. Yes again it snowed yesterday afternoon and evening.

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Once we get over the hill we are into quite different landscape. A valley of rocky piles.

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I joked to my companions that this is Gerry Brownlee’s plans for our national parks :-)

More seriously it is like one huge quarry. Totally natural, but mounds of rocks everywhere. Hard to walk over, but quite special.

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The odd rock with a different colour. The rocks piled up on top are placed there by people wanting good luck. You see such rock towers literally everywhere.

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Then we head to the far side where we have a 40 minute trek through what they call the rockslide danger area. Obviously made it through okay!

Sadly around this stage, my headaches returned. I though two days in Gyoko had got rid of them. Slightly disturbingly we actually end up 100 metres lower tonight, so not a great sign for tomorrow when we have to climb 650 metres over the Chola Pass. That could be rather painful. All I’ll say is praise be to the drug company that invented Ibuprofen. It doesn’t eliminate the headaches, but does make them more manageable.

The worry is it could develop into the more serious forms of altitude sickness such as HACE but I think the risk is minimal. I don’t have any other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue or loss of appetite (far from it!). Also while by blood oxygen level had dropped to 81% the first night in Gyoko, it was back up to 86% the second night.

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A view of where we had passed through once we cleared the top.

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Then it is far more standard ground and the yaks are a good sign of civilisation ahead.

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And we get to Tangnag, at the start of the Chola Pass. Altitude is 4,700 metres. Tomorrow will be a very early start as we’ll have eight hours or so of trekking.

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15 Responses to “Everest Base Camp Day 8”

  1. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Is this snow a mirage? Phillip Mills and Al Gore/UN will not be impressed.

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  2. secondcumming (90 comments) says:

    Absolutely amazing!!

    Go well DF…..and in the words of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there”

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  3. Akaroa (535 comments) says:

    David, me ol’ pal me ol’ beauty,

    I am a long-time reader of, and participant in, your blog.

    But!!

    You do know, don’t you, that you are rapidly turning off many of your loyal posters with these repetitious chocolate-box pics of the lovely, lovely mountains?

    Well done you, and all that, but puh-leese, give it a rest why don’t you?

    [DPF: I think you need a break as you think this is your blog. You can ask to come back when I'm back in NZ]

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  4. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    Stunning, absolutely stunning views!! It has given me a bout of summit fever, and I’m not even there!! You MUST make a summit attempt DPF!!

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  5. anonymouse (695 comments) says:

    Your rockpile is the Ngozumpa glacier ( the longest in nepal), it is covered in rocks that get caught up in Avalanches and rockslides from the high peaks near the top of the glacier

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  6. Harriet (4,502 comments) says:

    Very interesting photos on all your posts David. It’s the most I’ve ever seen of Everest and it’s surrounds. Enjoy your time as you probably won’t ever go up there again. Cheers.

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  7. Elaycee (4,299 comments) says:

    @Akaroa: You really are a rude bugger, aren’t you?

    Not for the first time, you need a reminder that this is DPF’s blog and he posts matters of interest – to him! If you don’t like the content, just click elsewhere.

    Sorted. :roll:

    LAC

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  8. Akaroa (535 comments) says:

    Hey there LAC!

    (Hmmm! LAC? Were you a Leading Aircraftman in the Air Force at any time, btw?) Just wondered.

    Your concept of blogging is clearly somewhat different to – or from (!) – my own.

    Blogging in my book is telling it like it is – no need for any offensiveness or rudeness.

    I’ve had another look at my earlier post and I can’t honestly find anything in it that could be regarded as rude.

    Telling-it-like-it-is is not rudeness! My comments are invariably couched in reasonable – if somewhat direct – terms.

    But I am genuinely sorry if I inadvertently offended your own apparently delicate sensibilities.

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  9. Elaycee (4,299 comments) says:

    @Akaroa: No delicate sensibilities here – just some respect for DPF’s personal blog. If a thread appears that is of no particular interest to me, I’ll just skip it. Perhaps you could do the same… just a suggestion.

    Never been in the air force. But I like flying. My initials are LAC.

    Apologies if I wasn’t clear enough before. I promise to do better…. :P

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  10. thor42 (907 comments) says:

    I’m with those who *are* enjoying DPF’s posts – they are great! Wonderful pics *and* commentary to go with them! It’s almost as if he too is a guide, taking us along with him.

    All the best DPF! Take care with that climb over the pass.
    Hopefully there may be a chance of a few brief stops for a rest and to grab a bite to eat. It’s *great* that you don’t have nausea and fatigue – that’s good to hear.

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  11. Grizz (500 comments) says:

    Another great Pic of Cho Oyu and you do not even recognise it.

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  12. Nostradamus (2,938 comments) says:

    Modern technology, I tell you!

    [DPF: I think you need a break as you think this is your blog. You can ask to come back when I'm back in NZ]

    Who would have thought that DPF could ban commenters … even from the lofty heights of Everest Base Camp? :)

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  13. 3-coil (1,200 comments) says:

    Excellent photos, looks like a great adventure you are having.

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  14. KathyS (17 comments) says:

    Turn back! Turn back!

    Getting vertigo.

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  15. Richard Hurst (754 comments) says:

    “All I’ll say is praise be to the drug company that invented Ibuprofen.”

    You can thanks BOOTS UK for coming up with good old Ibuprofen. Marketed as a headache treatment after one of the research team tested it on his hangover!

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