09 April 2006, Kalapathar...

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Reported by Miles

We woke up at 6.00 in the morning to start hiking to Kalapathar. The windows in our tea house had ice on them. We had our warm jackets on. It was a perfect day, a window in the cloudy weather that we experienced the days before. We went along the Khumbu Glacier for two hours until we arrived at Gorakshep. There we went up with the Texas Expedition again. We wished we could have their good breakfast instead of our tomato soup and bread. Here we were at the foot of the highest mountain in the world. However, we couldn’t see the summit, Kalapathar looked like a little dirt hill from far away but the closer we got the steeper it becomes. Two hours later we reached to the summit of the 18,484 foot mountain. Then we could see the awesome and beauty of Everest. We had a 360 degree view of the most dramatic mountains in the world. We went back to down through Gorakshep and followed up with an attitude sickness study. We trotted back down to Lobuche for the night.