I made it to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)!
It was a bit cold up there, snowing and overcast, but totally amazing.
Walking up to the Everest Base Camp, we had a reasonably clear view of the mountains, all of which verge on being incomprehensibly large. Being so close to these 8,000m peaks, you begin to get a sense of their shear enormity, the amount of rock contained in these giants is beyond comprehension.
And it is not only the size that is difficult to comprehend: the height is also. I could see that these peaks were staggeringly high, the degree to which you have to tilt your head makes it clear. But at one point, a helicopter flew by and I was impressed at how high it was flying – I thought that it might even fly over the top of Nuptse (7,861m). Passing in front of Nuptse, I was surprised when the helicopter barely scraped over a low ridge off to the side of the imposing peak, my concept of scale suddenly and awesomely corrected: the peaks grew in their enormity.
Arriving at Base Camp, I loved the walk onto the glacier. I love glaciers, so subtly full of life. We snapped a few pictures during our less distracted moments – the intermittent, booming roar of avalanches catching our attention – and enjoyed the scene. The low clouds blended seamlessly with the mountain faces around, all covered in fresh snow, causing the dark ridges and snow-softened, billowing ice falls to appear as if they were suspended in the air, gentle, magic. This whitescape bled into the ground, the massive subterranean ice faces visible in the glacier, beneath the blackened moraine. It was amazing.
Unfortunately, photos and video are still proving difficult to upload because of the patchy internet. However, once I get a a more stable connection, I will get them up.
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