19 July 2009

Everest Region December 2003 - Day 11

Kala Patthar

You can see a slideshow of my best pics from Everest on flickr.
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There was only one thing on our minds this morning. To do our best to get to
the top of Kala Patthar (5540m). It's weird, but it felt like the fact that Mt Everest/Chomolungma is the highest mountain in the world, and so absolutely so, gave a sense of absolutist goal-orientation not normally seen amongst our family, who like to "enjoy the process".

As soon as folks hear that we went trekking in the Everest region, they ask if
we went to Everest Base Camp. Before explaining that it's just a stretch of
rocks and rubbish (and now - tragically - a crashed helicopter), I take great
delight in saying "No, we went higher!" But we're not "peak-baggers", I promise!

Anyhow, we didn't go as high as this picture, which is of course the summit of Everest/Chomolungma, taken from somewhere up Kala Patthar.

Top of Everest

Everest/Chomolungma and Nuptse

Joseph had trouble with a growing headache. At these altitudes one must treat them as very serious (potential AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness) unless proven otherwise, so I had no alternative but to take him back down, leaving Helen, Glen and Nabin to get to the top. Disappointing, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. The views of Everest/Chomolungma and Nuptse (pictured left) were about the same from where we got to, anyway.

Helen and Glen and Mt Everest / Chomolungma

Kala Patthar Panorama
Left to right: the Lho La Pass (6026m) in front of Changtse (7553m), the West Ridge above the Khumbu Icefall, Everest summit, South Summit, South Col, Nuptse, Khumbu Glacier, Ama Dablam looking so pointy, Kangtenga and Thamserku in the distance (left of dead centre), Taboche, Cholatse and Arakam Tse (Jobo Lapsang) (all right of dead centre), Lobuche West, Changri Nup and Changri Shar Glaciers, and the white ridge of Changri.
The panorama can be seen as a Quicktime VR movie (if you have Apple's invasive QuickTime installed).

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As seen on Andrew Purdam's Bushwalking Treasure Box blog.

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