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Everest Base Camp Trek Dispatch

October 17, 2008 – Group Summits Kala Patar

As the group stands on the summit of Kala Patar, they can see Everest in all it’s glory.

As the group stands on the summit of Kala Patar,

they can see Everest in all it’s glory.

Hi this is Mitchell reporting on the evening of October 17, 2008 from Gorak Shep. Today the team trekked from Lobuche at 16,100 ft to Gorak Shep at just over 17,000 ft.

As always, the excellent Berg staff loaded our expedition duffel bags and kitchen on our yaks, rushed ahead to put the bags in our rooms and prepared a delicious high altitude, high energy lunch. After our lunch we prepared for another 1,500 ft gain in altitude to see the fantastic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains from the top of Kala Patar at 18,600 ft. This is the highest point on the expedition. The team has acclimatized well and with the support team of Temba, Min and Mingma, all the members of the team who decided to go for the summit achieved their goal. Even “bunny”, who has become the team’s unofficial mascot, was blessed by Lama Geshe and thoroughly checked out by the doctors at the high altitude clinic in Pheriche and given permission to precede with the team for the rest of the trip.

For me, climbing to the summit Kala Patar was very emotional, I could almost not speak. For me this was my summiting Everest. As advertised, the views of Everest were stunning! Everest is so massive that it creates it own weather system and sends clouds over Tibet.

After we reached the summit, the wind began to pick up so we hurried to take our pictures and began our descent. On the way down we had the luxury of having tea and cookies brought to us by Mingma, and then back to the lodge for rest, dinner and to prepare for our trek to Base Camp tomorrow. That’s all for now!