We wake up and head out to Gorekshep. It was an arduous trek as we climbed up and down over boulders and rocks. Gorekshep would be a quick stop to drop our bags and head to the end, Everest Base Camp!
It seems like around 5PM was the time for arrival anywhere. We finally reached base camp!! What a treat it was. It was surreal to hear ice cracking from far away, the wind coming in through the valleys and just the solitude. There weren’t many people when we got there however I had my moment, and thats all that mattered. Off the bucket list!
We stayed here for about 30 minutes before we made our way back. It was getting dark and we didn’t want to get caught up in any bad weather. This is the Himalayas after all and the weather can take a turn for the worse in minutes. Whats funny is, the weather was not even cold all along the trek. The nights did get cold to about -10c starting at Tengboche however at EBC it was an enjoyable -5c. I like the cold, period. Back at Gorekshep we eat, rest and sleep. The hardest part of the journey was now behind us.
With a early morning start, we head out and head to Pheriche. We skipped going to Kala Patthar, there was no way either of us were going to wake up at 4 in the morning. Once again we stop in Thukla for lunch.
The walk to Pheriche through the valley was amazing, walking through the brush. For a while there was even a dog along with us. Eventually we made it down to the base of the valley where we walked alongside a river. What sucked is there was garbage scattered along the water. Candy wrappers, bags of chips, bottles etc. Just shows you that even as remote a place as this there is garbage in the least expected places.