What a SPECTACULAR day!!!
Up to now the high mountains have just been teasing us (a little glimpse here, a little peak there) but today we got the FULL MONTE.
We awoke in a frosted over camp and had some hot tea. The Giants fans among us rejoiced that they had won the World Series.
Before even having breakfast, we started to scramble up 13,000ft. Pikey Peak. As we came over the crest I could have imagined angles singing. There, spread out in front of us, was a crystal clear, awe inspiring view of the mighty Himalaya; from the Annapurna Range in western Nepal, past the Langtang Range north of Kathmandu, the sacred mountain of Gauri Shankar, and Numbur, to the King of them all – Mt. Everest. We were up above the clouds, looking down on the airplanes flying to Lukla below. On the top of the peak, Wongchu and Mingma made an offering of prayer flags at a small stone shrine. To the north we were staring at 4 of the 5 highest points on Earth: Mt Everest (#1), Kanchenjunga (#3), Lhotse (#4), and Makalu (#5). To the south, we could see all the way to India.