Today was a fun but also quite tough day. I woke up not feeling that great, but we had some breakfast and headed off towards Gorak Shep, 5190m. On the way we stumbled across a huge rock, and started doing rock-climbing at 5000m (!!) – By Pemba initiative of course – I really don’t have that excess energy currently, but it was great fun! I think we will try to see if we can find some rocks to climb when we are back in Kathmandu :)
We reached Gorak Shep, rather early, and had some lunch and relaxed there – and then headed off to summit a good old friend of mine: Kala Pathar (meaning black rock), 5545m. 8 days ago we were in Kathmandu, and now we were standing on top of this mountain watching the amazing sunset staring Mt. Everest right into her eyes – she looked so close – it felt like we could almost touch her!
On the way to the top we took a little detour to see a monument that Pemba had been commissioned to construct, to commemorate the highest altitude cabinet meeting ever – regarding climate change – global warming. How cool is that! Needless to say I am quite proud of Pemba :) Mt. Everest summiteers, active in the environmental debate, and many other things!
The moment the sun disappeared the temperatures immediately dropped below -10 Celsius and we headed down the mountain in the dark. Well that’s not actually entirely true – we spend at least half an hour first taking crazy photos in the night, using toilet paper to soften the light from the flash of the camera. Pemba and myself both love photography, so we completely forgot anything about time and place, and was just playing with the camera :)
When we arrived back at the guesthouse, I swallowed some dinner and went straight to bed – exhausted.
Tomorrow we are going to head down the mountain, and start getting some rest to the body. I really feel the exhaustion after 8 intense days, and I think the body will do well with some more O2 and a bit of rest – and hopefully get a chance to shake off that cold I have been struggling with for some days now.
Greetings from Gorak Shep – off to sleep in my -5 degrees Celsius room (which is no problem for my hardcore down sleeping bag)!