29th March, 2011 - Kalapatthar Hike

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After a blistery, cloudy venture to Base Camp the previous day, we woke up to a beautiful crisp (14 degree!) morning for our 1,200 ft climb from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Patthar (18,300 ft) which boasts the best views of Everest in the Khumbu. We couldn't have ordered better weather…except maybe like 60 degrees warmer for our pampered Zonie butts! : )

Once at the top, the sun decided to break the Everest peak and played havoc with our photo shoot, so we waited… and waited… and waited….but eventually got off a few good pics. Also at the top we hung our third prayer flag in hopes of continuing our good luck and safe journey. Our guide Tendi hung the Kata he previously received from the Lama in memory of his friend's father who he found out had passed during our trek.

The beautiful weather, amazing views of the peaks and the great vibe on Kala Patthar definitely made it one the best experiences of the trip to date.

Riding a spiritual high, we continued on to Dzonglha (15,912 ft), which was not such an uplifting experience. We ended up trudging through lots of slush towards the teahouse "just around the ridge" as stated by Tendi. This ended up being about an hour and a half and a decent climb through worsening weather. We reached the teahouse, finally, where the toilet there definitely challenged for the worst of the trek (pee-yew!). Don't worry Jana, we took photos for you so you know you made the right decision. : ) However, the views and the stars in the night sky brought the day back to a high!