Wonderful photograph

Ever fancied getting up-close-and-personal with Mount Everest?

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06/01/2013 at 19:55

Incredible gigapixel image of Everest, fully navigable. Stunning, just stunning.

06/01/2013 at 19:59

By the way, there are a couple of climbers on the glacier...when you find them, you get some sense of the scale of the place.

06/01/2013 at 20:58
Even better when you have been there
06/01/2013 at 22:04

That is spectacular

06/01/2013 at 22:04

Absolutely amazing.

M...eldy    pirate
06/01/2013 at 23:34

Thats ace !!   I had a lot of fun looking for the climbers!!

I can spend all night looking at this   

07/01/2013 at 12:33

where are the climbers?? ive spent a while looking!

spectacular photo though!  

07/01/2013 at 12:46

on the Kumbu Glacier to the left (centre of shot below the peak)  - you really have to zoom in to spot them (and you can also see some tents higher up as well)

Edited: 07/01/2013 at 13:11
07/01/2013 at 13:24

This is fab! Makes me even more excited to be going there in April (base camp, not beyond...)

07/01/2013 at 14:21

doesn't look that high. i reckon I could run up it.

07/01/2013 at 14:28

It's a lot easier running down it than running up it, believe me.  Much less chance of your head exploding!

Hellbells - no doubt you've been picking up tips on how to prepare but my best piece of advice is to spend as much money as you can on a sleeping bag with down.  It gets chuffin' cold up there at night!  (Worth it though.)

07/01/2013 at 14:55

Thanks PhilPub. I'm hoping that the down sleeping bag bought and used on for a Kilmanjaro trip will do the job. Any other advice, if you don't mind me asking?

07/01/2013 at 15:02
Take plenty of time to acclimatise on the way up, don't push too hard and try to go up too quick

We camped at Gorak Shep and it was minus 15 and we had ice inside the tent

Diamox !
07/01/2013 at 15:08

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Slightly chilly start to the morning.. That is ice on Suzies hoodie !


 

07/01/2013 at 15:10

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 Eating Kendal Mint Cake a base camp .......... Sort of had to be done

07/01/2013 at 15:14
Hellsbells7 wrote (see)

Any other advice, if you don't mind me asking?

 

Yeah, the mattar paneer at the Kathmandu Guesthouse is the best I've ever tasted. 

Make sure your walking boots are well tried and tested for walking up AND down for long periods of time.  On any one day there will be both up and down (it's by no means a gradual ascent), but whilst it will take a fair few days to get up to base camp, you can scuttle back down again in about three (we did anyway), and the only problem I had with blisters was on the last day, covering a fair few miles mainly flat or downhill, back to Lukla.

Also, we didn't actually go to base camp itself, but made the detour to the summit of Kala Pattar, which is a little higher up (5545m) and has an absolutely stunning 360 degree panorama, and is also the classic vantage point for Everest pics:

http://www.mount-everest.net/images/mt-everest-peak.jpg

 

 If you can do both, great, but otherwise head for Kala Pattar.

Edited: 07/01/2013 at 15:16
07/01/2013 at 15:31

Awesome photos, DTES and PhilPub! And thank you for the advice. The trek I'm doing includes Gokyo Ri and goes over the Cho La pass then on to Kala Pattar and Base camp, so as long as we have good weather we should get to fit lots in.

Good point about the boots, thanks. I need to get more walking in in the next couple of months!

07/01/2013 at 15:39
Enjoy the Cho La it nearly defeated my wife, that was a massive day

Looks like you are doing roughly the same trek we did, I have a photo from the top of Gokyo Ri blown up to A0 size in the hall at home
07/01/2013 at 19:10

Wow, DTES, Philpub and Hellsbells...I'm deeply jealous! I've spent my life climbing in Scotland, amongst some spectacular mountain scenery. Then I went skiing in the Alps for the first time a couple of years ago. I felt that I was seeing 'proper' mountains for the first time...jawdropping. I can only imagine that the Himalaya are incrementally more stunning on the next level. Everest base camp is on my bucket list, along with the Eiger (just to visit, mind, not climb...I'm not suicidal. But then, if it was a bucket list, ye'd have nothing to lose )

BTW, on the Everest image, there are also apparently climbers visible on Lhotse, but I haven't managed to spot them yet. There's the RW forum challenge!

07/01/2013 at 19:19
It was our joint 50 th birthday present to each other !

The sunset photo of Everest was taken from Kala Pattar. When I'm not on the iPad I'll post a decent link to my Nepal album
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