Most of these graves are empty. They are left on the mountain above 8,000 meters carrying a body down the mountain simply isn’t an option. It is said you can see them on the assent. Slowly the great Khumbu glacier will bring them to base camp. Over 200 climbers have died on Everest alone, while we were up here 2 people passed away on the mountains, one in his sleep at the hotel next door to ours. He suffered a cerebral edema, swelling of the brain, a subtle and deadly effect of altitude on the body. Humans are not made to survive at hight’s of16,000+ feet. While your lungs scream for oxygen the rest of your body suffers as well, one in three climbers make it to the last leg.
“I will apologize in advance for leaving my corpse somewhere you may come across. But if you look closely there will be a smile on my face. Canyonering, snowboarding and mt climbing are what make life interesting. We do it in spite of the risks and not because of it. May each of you who love to experience life in real time and not in your mind find the joy and bliss u desire. Long live the adventurous spirit.” – Michael Gillissen
For the next 5 days as we made our way to our last stop, Gorak Shep, We had panaramic views of white tipped giants and clear blue skies, (we were crazy lucky with the weather). Gorak Shep, 5100m, is the gateway town to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar pass, our final destination. Kala Pathar pass is a only a 400m climb from Gorak Shep. from the top one can see down onto Everest Base camp(small yellow tents scene below) all the way up past Camp 1 and 2 to the wind whipped Summit.
“It was titillating to brush up against the enigma of mortality, to steal a glimpse across its forbidden frontier. Climbing was a magnificient activity, I firmly believed, not in spite of the inherent perils, but precisely because of them.” ― Jon Krakauer