Saturday, April 3, 2010

First views of Everest!

Today was meant to be a "rest" day. We are camped at 11,200' above sea level and this is the point in elevation where some people begin to feel headaches and nausea. We are a fortunate team as none of our members are suffering from any apparent altitude related issues. For those who know me the act of taking a "rest" day is hard for me to do. Therefore, Margaret, Raphael, Mike and I decided to go on a little acclimatization sortie to 12,800'. We ended up at the Everest View Hotel (loose term) and the views of the mighty Himalaya were amazing. We were treated with our first view of Mount Everest. In the pictures above, Everest is the "smaller" peak in the distance with its trademark cloud plume blowing off to the right. You see, Mount Everest is so high in altitude that it pierces the jet stream. That is why the clouds and moisture are blowing off the top and not off of other mountains you see. Each year around mid-May, as the monsoon season is approaching, the jet stream moves north of Mount Everest and the winds die down. This will allow for safe passage to the summit and back.
Well, tomorrow is Easter and our plan is to move to the tiny village of Deboche. This will be a beautiful trek and will provide a few challenges. Mainly the constant up and down of the trail making for a tiring day. Oh well, it doesn't get any better than this. This may be the last post for a few days. I am not sure yet. Thanks for following along and for all of your prayers. Happy Easter everyone and remember "He is Risen - He is Risen Indeed!