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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 8, 2015 - Trek to Monjo

After a long and restful sleep in Khumjung we departed for the village of Namche.  Following long hikes on the previous two days we enjoyed a comparatively mellow day.  We walked past the Hillary school on the outskirts of Khumjung and started a steady climb up a long set of stone steps leading to a hill above the village.  From the top of this hill we soaked in our last views of Mt. Everest in its full, glorious three dimensions.  We all took photographs of Everest and milled about before descending into Namche.  As the journey from Khumjung to Monjo was short and predominantly downhill, we took our time in Namche.  Each of us took time to shop, visit bakeries and coffee shops, and/or relax in the common area of the tea house where we had lunch.  The descent from Namche to the river below was surprisingly arduous as the trail was crowded with other trekking groups and locals ferrying goods to Namche for market.  The pack animals encountered on the trail has changed as we’ve travelled to lower elevations.  The noble Yak is the choice beast of burden above Tengboche, Zopkyos, a Yak/cow hybrid, are commonly found below Tengboche, and asses are used to carry loads out of Lukla.  We saw many asses on our way to Monjo.  Departing the tall, majestic peaks of the Everest region today was bittersweet, but with the end of the trek nearing we celebrated our penultimate day on the trail with beers and Pringles potato chips upon arrival at our lodge in Monjo.  We shall journey to Lukla on the morrow.     

//Justin

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