Gorakshep 1/6 by Tripoto

Gorakshep

I reluctantly but mechanically arose cocooned in 5 layers of cloth from Gorakhshep lodge (last village before Everest) and set off to assess the conditions for the final assault of Kalapatthar, by 3 AM my leader and I started our final climb. As we moved, we kept ourselves warm but fingers and toes stung with the cold. We skirted a series of frozen pools on flat snow-covered ground. My head torch was soon redundant as light gleamed off the mountains and every frozen surface. But, in the shadow of the world's greatest giants it would be nearly three hours before the Sun would hit us directly and provide us with some much needed warmth. We plodded along, at once fighting the cold, straining to climb, watching our feet on slippery rocks and breathing in deeply the rarefied air. This takes equal measure discipline and spirit. Again, the path we crossed is hillocks, boulders and glacial till. As a disheartening consequence most of my climbing was followed by a near equal descent. This continued for, perhaps, two hours: constant ups and downs interspersed with steep and precarious patches, slippery rocks and exposed difficult stretches, my pace was slow but the altitude takes its toll along with bone rattling cold, paused my motion to take halt after every 15 steps, after 2.5 hrs. I perched on black rock completely festooned with prayer flags to see the highest mountain ranges of earth namely:Mt Everest (29029 ft.)Mt Lhotse (27940 ft.)Mt Nuptse (25790 ft.)Mt Changtse (24870 ft.)Mt Pummori (23954 ft.)Mt Ama Dablam (22493 ft.)The 360 Deg panorama was one of my best moments of life after summiting, Mt Everest Base camp (17500 ft.), Kalapatthar (18500 ft.) and Chukung RI (18196 ft.) {Base of Mt. Lhotse}
Gorak shep to Everest base camp is a 2 - 3 hour trek on a hilly terrain next to the vast glacial moraine. Most trekkers also go up to Kala Pattar which resembles a big black dune situated close to Gorak Shep. Kala Pattar is the highest point one can reach without a climbing permit. It provides a spectacular view of Mt.Everest standing tall at 29029 ft flanked by magnificent peaks of Lothse , Changtse and Nuptse.
Lucy Plummer
Day 7 is the big one. You start early and trek 2 ½ hours to Gorakshep. From here you're roughly 2 hours from EBC. Here I can remember only 2 things. The first being how completely quiet and still everything was around me and the second being the fact I was running on nothing but pure adrenaline. And then there I was.
Shubham Yadav
The final lodge before Everest Base camp. There is a memorial of members of the Indian Army who perished on their mission to climb Mt Everest