19th April, 2010- Gorakshape

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What a wonderful day!  We had a bit of snow last night, leaving clear blue skies today….a perfect backdrop for gawking at Nuptse, Pumori, Everest, Lhola, AmaDablam and all the other Himalayan mountains I’m trying to remember the names of.  We’re peeking over at Everest Base Camp (“the EBC”) from our tea house at Gorakshep.  We gained elevation gradually from Lobuche then crossed a huge glacial moraine at the junction of three glaciers, stumbling over great views of Pumori and Nuptse all the way here.  We watched the moon rise over Lhola peak as we followed the Khumbu glacier.  After a light lunch in Gorakshep, Stacee, Marcie, and I walked “Bistare Bistare” (very slowly) up to Kalapathar, the “Black Rock” at the base of Pumori.  We peaked at 18,445’, mouths agape, looking out toward Everest and all the way down the Khumbu toward AmaDablam.  Tomorrow, we plan to visit Everest ER at the EBC and also a reputable bakery…???  I think there might even be a Starbucks up there, if we’re lucky.  Hope you are all well and remember: Bistare, Bistare!

-Lexi, Marcie, Stacee, & Jasmina