Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak: Climbing Kala Patar

Posted by: | April 02, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek

Hey RMI this is Linden Mallory calling from the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Team.  I am calling from Gorak Shep up here at about 17,000’ along the edges of the Khumbu Glacier.  This is the last town before we reach Basecamp tomorrow. 

It’s an absolutely gorgeous night here in the Himalaya.  We had a wonderful day today we left Lobuche early this morning and walked up the valley crossing over the Tonkhu Glacier which is a little tributary glacier from the main Khumbu Glacier.  We arrived into Gorak Shep about mid morning.

Our main objective for the day was a climb of Kala Patar.  It’s across the valley from Everest about 18,500’.  After arriving in Gorak Shep we grabbed some tea, filled our water bottles and set off.  The team climbed phenomenally well.  It was really quite impressive.  All the time we spent acclimatizing certainly paid off in spades.

We got up to Kala Patar by mid day and we just had incredible views across the valley of Everest.  We could see the summit, Hillary Step, the south summit, all the way down to the South Col.  Looking down on the upper portion of the Lhotse face.  We could also see over to Lolok Pass over to Xingatzi which is sitting in Tibet.  It was pretty neat to be able to see over the boarder.  We could also see down the valley toward Ama Dablam and the peaks that we walked by the first few days of our trek. 

So after hanging out up there for a little bit we motored back down to our tea house here in Gorak Shep and spent the afternoon just hanging out and resting and adjusting to the altitude.  17,000’ is definitely pretty high and we are all feeling it. Again the team is doing really well and we are all having a great time.
The plan tomorrow is to leave Gorak Shep and walk the final couple of miles into Basecamp and set up shop there for the next couple of nights. 

We will try to push out some photos.  The connection this high up the valley is spotty at best but I’ll do my best to get some photos and more write ups out to you guys.  If not we’ll check in tomorrow from Basecamp. Take care.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory checks in from Gorak Shep

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Hey Bill and Sarah,

Lisa gave me this link to your blog.  Really enjoying following along.  It brings back great memories of my trek into base camp.  I gave Lisa a prayer flag that I brought back from Nepal to hang at your house until your return. I’ll be praying to the weather gods for good weather for an ascent.  Keep safe and warm.  Can’t wait to hear more.


Posted by: Clay Rolader on 4/3/2011 at 4:41 am

Hi Tim!  I have finally been found by the chest cold that everyone has had.  Papa and I are a few days into it.  I am totally living through your notes and pictures!  I can imagine the cold clear air as you take each rest step.  Sounds like you are with a wonderful group!  I just adore Linden’s descriptions.  I almost feel as if I were there.  Please thank him for that.  Honey, I love you and miss your sweet face every day.  I go in the closet and smell your shirts!  Pathetic, I know!  I don’t care!  I will be paying my bills sometime today, and then looking at making your boat and building payments.  Every one is making this as easy for me as possible.  Tom has checked in, skip and cass have both been here.  You are missed!  I love you!  A&F Deb

Posted by: Deb McLaughlin on 4/2/2011 at 9:21 am

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