Today we hiked along the Khumbu Glacier, finally reaching our intended destination of Everest Base Camp. At the “entrance” to base camp, there was a large boulder on which people had engraved their names and dates of arrival. We ended up spending nearly 20 minutes there, getting photos of our group on all of our cameras. After so much kneeling on the cold rocks, waiting for all the photos to be taken, needless to say it took a moment for us to get up from our posing positions. Although it was cloudy today, we had wonderful views of the Khumbu ice fall and simply arriving at EBC was amazing.
We were warmly welcomed by fresh juices and silk shawls around our necks. We were then shown to the dining tent, which was more decadent than any of us could have imagined. The dining tent was complete with prayer flags and fake flowers in addition to extremely comfortable chairs and every hot drink mix you could imagine. We immediately made a number of cups of hot chocolate and dug into the snacks that were laid out.
This afternoon, after unpacking our bags in our cozy tents and after meeting the WMS summit team, Scott gave a lecture on frostbite. Luanne Freer, who we had met when we first arrived at EBC, also attended the lecture. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, reading, listening to iPods and eating the delicious food made by our camp cook.
Tomorrow we will tour a bit more of EBC, hopefully get a bit closer to the ice fall and spend some time at the Everest ER with Luanne. And perhaps most importantly, continue to eat our weight in home-cooked food.