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With two weeks of trekking behind us, all arriving in Kathmandu as complete strangers, we approach Everest base camp as a unified group of close friends.   With clear blue skies above and breath taking views of Everest, Nuptse, Lotse and the ice falls closely approaching, we all began to fill with excitement.  The trail meandered to the Everest Base Camp rock that lies at an altitude of 17,600 feet.  After taking pictures with everyone’s respective country flags, group pictures and uncountable scenery shots, we were soon informed that another 1 hour trek remained to arrive at the HRA ER camp site.  It was amazing to see how all the pictures previously seen and stories heard about Everest Base Camp did not remotely do justice to what we were walking into.  Wide eyed and mouths open, we walk into the HRA camp site just below the ice falls with strategic access to sick climbers.  We were warmly welcomed by the previous members of our group that had set out days earlier to start the daunting task of setting up the world’s highest altitude ER hospital.  The history and legends of what had transpired in this very spot was tangible to us all as David Breashears welcomed us all into camp.  His camp neighbored ours, and he spent hours teaching the group about his upcoming movie release based on the 1996 events that occurred in attempts of summiting Everest by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer that had been subject to a series of mishaps leading to several deaths on the mountain.  He took the group over to the ice falls and mapped out the newest approach he is taking to summit this upcoming season.  We were lucky enough to spend time with David Hahn, speak with him at length about his upcoming summit as well.
April 7, 2015 - Trek to Khumjung

Namaste,
From  Pheriche to Khumjung

It was supposed to be a downwards hike… yet we found ourselves going uphill for 5 miles… (today’s total  was  10 miles – long day)!

It’s easy to tell that climbing and hiking season is starting, as the trails are getting crowded with people, Tibetan ponies and yak traffic jams. We’re all a bit tired and quieter during the trail, except for some chatting from the girls about their upcoming Sherp’n’Dales business. But spirits are high and everyone is proud of our accomplishments, and even more proud of our Spiritual Guru Farnum, who’s been cheered at in every opportunity for his remarkable efforts and persistence.
At the end of the day we finally came to Khumjung and while sitting at a cyber café we spotted a green Spanish Moss bearded YETI eating a chocolate doughnut… Uhhh!

Ay Yak Yak Yak
Canta y no llores
Por que cantando se alegra
Yakito lindo
Y los corazones…

//Sascha

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