Today we left our last lodge in Gorak Shep on our trek to Everest Base Camp on another gloriously sunny day. A nice walk to the Pumori Base camp involved route-finding, cairn-hunting and a good amount of boulder-hopping, While there were no teams at the Pumori Base camp, there was no shortage of great views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.
Arriving at Everest Base was a welcome conclusion to 10 days of walking, acclimatizing and learning about the region. For many people, this was the first time they had walked on a glacier .
We arrived at the Peak Promotion / Everest ER camp and everyone was impressed at the amount of effort that must have been involved with leveling and constructing the camp. We were greeted with a delicious lunch and then settled into our tents – our homes for the next two nights. Some chose to nap, some explored base camp and everyone marveled at the surroundings. After settling in, we were privileged to hear a lecture from Dr. Meg Walmsley recounting the 2015 earthquake at Everest Base Camp and subsequent medical and rescue response. It was extremely meaningful to experience this retelling in the place that it happened. After another excellent meal, we ventured off to our tents looking forward to exploring base camp and portions of the Khumbu ice fall tomorrow.
Another concluding haiku:
Everest Base Camp
Thudding hearts; splendor of goal?
No, the air is thin.