25 November, 2005 Friday: Arrival In Khumjung...

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This morning, the team headed to Khumjung. It was a short walking, but was very good for acclimatization. We stopped for David to solve a brief bouldering “problem.” This also allowed the Sherpa camera team that we had struggled to keep up with all the way up the steep hill out of Namche Bazar to show off their rock-climbing form.

Normally trekkers spend two nights in Namche but we set off for Khumjung (an increase in elevation 350 meters) after only one night knowing that Khumjung offered better photographic possibilities. We were rewarded with perfect weather. We enjoyed very much with perfect view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest.

After Lunch in Khumjung, filming crew rechecked camera gear and went up to Khong Ri Peak, above Khunde, to shoot mountain view. Cinematographer Stephen McCarthy helped prep the gear but remained behind to continue a gradual acclimatization since he is most accustomed to life at 5 metres above sea level.

At the top of Mt. Khong Ri, David burned Juniper hoping that expedition team will have good weather during the remainder of the expedition. As the sunlight’s last glow faded from the faces of the surrounding peaks, yak bells chimed softly under a starry sky.