Traversing an ice section which mimics
that above the South Col
Update: After postponing the
trek a couple of times, the team finally set off for Kala Pattar this morning.
The plan was to trek towards Kala Pattar with a turn-around time of 11am. This
will give the members a chance to exercise their bodies after many days at
It was a pleasant trek on a
sunny though windy morning, over mostly moraine which seemed easier than when
they first arrived at EBC. That's because they were more acclimatized this
time, and the trail was more established through frequent use by trekkers and
other expedition groups.
Along the way, they met
several other climbers from EBC who obviously had the same idea. They also met
three Singaporean trekkers on their way to EBC.
At 10.50am, the group arrived
outside Gorak Shep, just next to Kala Pattar and decided to turn around
without going to Gorak Shep. That's because many unwell climbers come to this
village to recover and the members wanted to avoid picking up any ailments.
It was a pleasant five-hour
walk at a brisk pace. When they returned to EBC, who should be there but the
three Singaporean trekkers. They had found their way to our camp and were
invited to stay for lunch which delighted them no end. Strangers soon became
fast friends with promises of meeting in Singapore.
Crossing the Khumbu Icefall, Nepal
National University of Singapore
2005 Everest Expedition team. Click the picture
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