It was an early morning, the earliest of the trip. Giddy and ready to go but our bodies were telling us we shouldn’t be at this elevation. We had to push on. The hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep was an slow, flat and gradual two hours. We followed one by one staring at the next person’s feet. Any slight increase in hillside took our breathes away and we needed to stop for water. Your body is not supposed to be this high.
The plan for the day was to leave early, drop bags in Gorak Shep at 16,942 ft, eat lunch and go. Head to Everest Base Camp.
Arriving in Gorak Shep, we threw our bags down, loaded one pack up with warmer gear and wind-resistant coats before quickly devouring our lunch. It was a three hour hike to Base Camp at 17,590 ft.
It was a slow trudge up along the ridge line above base camp. We spotted avalanches and rockfall along the way. Walking across the glacier and making our final push we could see the Khumbu icelfall up close and personal.
We made it. We were at Everest Base Camp at 17,700 ft.
Funny thing is, we were only half way. We still needed to get out of this elevation asap or risk getting altitude sickness. After 30 minutes or so, snapping pictures and celebrating, we booked it back to Gorak Shep to rest and rehydrate. Everyone celebrated and made plans to get off this mountain as quickly as possible.