12.05.2012 - 12.05.2012 10 °C
It was a very sunny morning when we headed up to base camp. The hike was a lot easier than Kala Patar, just a little longer. On the way up there was another Nepalese following us up and it turned out he is a Major in the army and he joined us. It was his first time to base camp and Lhakpa was educating him on the way up. He was going up because there was a cermony at base camp on the Sunday which was including the Indian Ambassador and the Chief of the Army (we think). He was very friendly and we were taking pictures for each other.
We first visited the Asian Trekking camp, they were supporting 2 teams, 35 climbers, and 34 climbing Sherpas! Their camp was like a hotel with a kitchen, communications tent, dining tent, and individual sleeping tents. We had tea with the camp manager and Lhakpa - they sure dring a lot of tea here!
Then we ventured a little further up to Summit Climbs camp. They have 2 Canadians on their team and everyone we met was great. The Dutchman Joost promised me a chocolate bar if we came up so we collected on his promise. They had a movie tent connected to their dining tent to watch movies! We met this group along with another in Dingboche.
Because we stayed longer than intended Lhakpa decided we should now have lunch so back to the Asian Trekking camp. There we had lunch with Apa Sherpa, who is a living legend in Nepal, having summitted Everest 21 times!
On our descent we met most of the Mountain Trip 2012 team as they were making their way back to their camp. It was exciting to meet people we knew on the path coming down from base camp.
Because of the ceremony on the Sunday several fully uniformed and armed Nepalese army personel passed us on our way down. It was quite strange to see armed people on the trail.
We headed back down. It started snowing once we got to Gorak Shep and we were covered in snow when we arrived at Lobuche. There were very few people staying in the lodge and we got the deluxe room, complete with mirror, 4 hangers in sorta a closet, and a night table!!!
Tomorrow we continue on our way down. Unfortunate we were now traveling with just our guide Lhakpa. Zach wasn't feeling well and they decided to take a helicopter back down to Khunde.