28.03.2012 - 28.03.2012 25 °C
Virtually everyone who goes to Everest Base Camp attempts to climb Kala Patthar. You can’t actually see Everest from the Base Camp as it is shielded by Nuptse and Lho La. Kala Patthar gives the closest view from the Nepal side. 6 am saw us climbing steadily up a scree covered slope. As the light increased we saw the true awesomeness of God’s creation around us. As the sun rose we were entertained with different highlights as the scene continually changes as the minutes passed. We knew it would be a slog but 2 hours should see us to summit, in the end that was just about right. I kept my head down humming tunes and reminding myself ‘Bistarai Bistarai’; I knew I would get there eventually. The last 100 metres was extremely difficult involving a tough scramble across large boulders and there was the summit cairn. We had done it, Kala Patthar the highest point of our trip at 5545m.
The walk back down was relatively easy aiming for a 10 am breakfast and a final goodbye to Gorak Shep. We almost raced down the valley to Lobouche because we knew we would have a chance for a free afternoon and a rest. The elation of getting the toughest three days of our trip out of the way banished the ghosts of yesterday. We still have challenging days to come, but we know if we take it Bistarai Bistarai we can make it through.