Everest Base Camp

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I left Pheriche yesterday and walked slowly arriving in Base Camp about 8 hours later gaining almost 4,000 vertical feet.

Base camp is significantly smaller, not as busy, even relaxed. I arrived tired and had some edema around the eyes, a complication from jumping up too quick in altitude. After consulting with the head IMG guide, Greg, I took Diamox and stayed up all night drinking water and peeing … over 12 liters! The night passed fairly quickly with the sounds of small avalanches and rock fall of Nuptse and Pumori. Today I feel better and will spend the next couple days acclimating and resting.

The early morning photo shows Base Camp with the shadow of Everest. The second photo is of our Puja yesterday where we ask for a blessing to be on the mountain.

As I was heading to my tent, Greg’s parting comment “Welcome home”.