What is M&S? Daily Vlog: 15

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Cho-La to Labouche.

We wake up after a freezing night in our “Wilderness Camp” to one of the most picturesque views I have ever seen. The sky was perfectly clear, the sun was out, it was still cold but the sun was out and standing tall over our camp were breathtaking snow camp mountains that just made you go “WOW”. The morning was so perfect that we all decided to have breakfast Al-Fresco, which was a welcome change.

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Having breakfast outdoors today.

Today was only a short day, and we needed it after the massive day yesterday. We only walked for just over 3 hours and had arrived at our Tea House by lunch time. This enabled us to re-group, re-energise and re-focus on our next few even bigger days, tomorrow we reach Base Camp! After lunch the group settled into our rooms for the night and then congregated in the pretty cool little dinning room. We played our favourite game of “M&S”, (masters and sluts) I realise that sounds horrible but it is pretty much a card game called “Goodies and Baddies”. We now had a few extra members of the group that would stay with us for a few days and we where all quickly getting to know them. The new members were from a Canadian group who had been a part of raising money for a school and a hospital in the Nepalese Himalaya. They were soon taught the rules of M&S and they all loved the game.

Tomorrow we reach Mount Everest Base Camp, it will be a massive day, 8 hours all up and some pretty tough terrain. We are all so excited about tomorrow, hopefully we can actually get some sleep tonight. We heard from Mel today, she had made it safely to Kathmandu and after a few scares and having to deal with a Nepalese hospital Mel was diagnosed with HACE, High Altitude Cerebral Edema. So we all are very grateful to our super talented, super awesome trek leader Prasant, for saving our friends life. If any of you are thinking of trekking in Nepal or are interested in an adventure holiday I would seriously consider World Expeditions.

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Conquering the Pass. Daily Vlog: 14

Daily Vlog: 14

Cho-La Pass

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Getting pumped for Cho-La

Well it’s Cho-La Pass day, one of the biggest days on this trek. We leave bright and early in the morning chill, it was so cold many of our group could not feel there feet and hands for quite some time. We had stayed the night at one of the World Expeditions “Wilderness Camps” in Yakkaka and tonight we would be staying at another incredible wilderness camp on the edge of near freezing river.

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Crossing Ice

We all had heard the “Are you going to Cho-La? Oh…. good luck with that!” comment so many times from passers by. This played on our minds again and again and was re-enforced early on Cho-La day.  As we were approaching Cho-La we could see how big and how steep it was. The accent was a rocky scramble the entire way from the base to the pass, including the hour before we had even reached the base. We were already at 5000m and were all struggling with the dwindling 50% oxygen. The air was so cold it was taking what little oxygen there was left away, making it very difficult to hold a conversation.

Cho-La day really brought the group together, we all helped each other get over the pass, both physically and mentally, it was a team effort. Once at the top the feeling of success was huge, we had just conquered something that had us all worried for some time. The mind games that the other trekkers had unknowingly brought on us were at times causing more issues than the actual altitude. We all felt on top of the world and that we could do anything.

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We made it!!!

The decent was breathtaking and filled with joy and laughter, even though it to was treacherous. Somehow we were able to complete it and no one really struggled. I feel that we were able to beat the mind games and face the mountain head on. The decent had us trekking along glaciers filled with ice holes (that I fell down), down rocky cliffs, crossing freezing creeks and over dodgy wooden bridges, and we did it all with a smile, as if we just conquered a mountain.

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Walking on Ice. Daily Vlog: 13.

Daily Vlog: 13,

Gokyo to Yakkaka,

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Gokyo village

Today we get to trek across the Gazumba Glacier, the glacier we could see from the summit of Gokyo Ri yesterday. The trail was quite treacherous, we had to watch out for falling rocks from the cliffs on each side of the glacier.

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The treacherous glacier track.

The track was just rocks on rocks and very difficult to walk on, but so exciting. I loved looking at all the different patterns in the ice and rocks and wondering where they had come from and how

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Loving life on the Glacier

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Kristy and Shane on the Glacier

old they were? The glacier lakes were pretty cool as well, they were a mix of colours, bright blue, crystal clear and a turquoise green.

Once out of the glacier we walked along a valley until we made it to the Tashi Delek Lodge for lunch. I was a bit upset as I though that we had climbed a little, until i saw a sign that said 4700m, we had started at 4800m. At lunch the Australians sung a song for Ana-Maria the Columbian, “Waltzing Matilda” after that Ana-Maria sung us a song.

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Walking in the valley before lunch

After lunch we had to start to climb, it was getting cold, the clouds were quickly rolling in and the wind was picking up. We new we were sleeping at 5000m tonight and that we were currently at 4700m. Putting two and two together we had a big climb in front of us. The track vanished into nothing, there was ice everywhere, it was getting colder and colder and the air was getting thin, it was a hard afternoon. Then we saw a tent and a collective sigh of relief was released over the group, but we soon realised that the tents

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We are almost there

were on the other side of the ice. So we very carefully walked across the ice and found our tents. Tonight was our first World Expeditions “Wilderness Camp”, I had been hanging out for this type of camping. The tents were not the same tents as the World Expeditions “Permanent Camp” they were little A-Frame tents with thing foam mattress’s on the ground. The toilet was a hole in the ground with a tent and a make shift seat. Our dinning room was a bigger tent with a fold-up table and fold up chairs. It was the warmest place, as there so many of us in there, so after dinner we played a few games of cards.

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I’m in The Clouds. Daily Vlog: 12

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Gokyo Ri 5365m

Our days starts early, we wake up 5:30am, have breakie, say our goodbyes to Mel and hit the trail by 7:30am. Mel will be getting a chopper ride back to Kathmandu this morning, she had gotten worse and really needed to get off the mountain. We found out later that she got diagnosed with HACE, High-Altitude Cerebral Oedema.

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The BeyondEverest project team.

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Gokyo Ri, 5360m Its going to be a BIG day.

 

Its 7:30am and I stand at the base of Gokyo Ri and look up, I feel the excitement build, today is my first day above 5000m. We start at Gokyo Lakes at an already huge height of 4800m and we have a big altitude climb ahead of us to a whopping 5360m. We wander along this make shift rocky path across the water and start the ascent. It was steep and it was hard going. We constantly stop to get our breath and to “Admire the View”. Which is something that you really need to do when trekking. You are constantly looking down and watching your step that you forget to look up. I tried a few times to look up whilst walking and always stumbled, so always stop before you check out the incredible scenery. I watched as the weather closed in, I watched other trekkers start to disappear into the clouds. The clouds were so thick that you could feel them. Every now and then they would clear briefly and you could see the breathtaking lakes.

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The magical view over Gokyo Lakes

I don’t know what it was but as we approached the summit the clouds disappeared to reveal the majestic mountains and lakes. Then almost as if it were planned we heard a chopper approaching. We watched as Mel and her chopper flew back over the lakes and down the valley. We all wished her farewell and get well soon.

Once at the top we had this amazing feeling of success. We sat at the summit of Gokyo Ri looking over the great lakes and giant mountains.  The air was very thin and just general conversation was difficult. You could hear the camera shutters snapping away and a quiet mumble of ohh and ahhs.

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We made it to the Summit of Gokyo Ri.

Then we had to make our way back down, slowly. Going down I feel is much harder on the knees and you are more likely to stack it. That night we laughed around the dinner table at Gillian’s Paw Paw that was struggling with the altitude.

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Snow Ball to the Balls! Daily Vlog: 11

Daily Vlog: 11

25/04/2014:

Machermo to Gokyo Lakes:

Wow what a day this was. We wake up in our tents after the coldest night so far and are greeted with one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. The sky was so blue and the ground was covered in a layer of white as white snow. It was something out of a fairy tale. We all kind of just stood around and gazed at the snow-covered mountains. We then quickly realised that it was in fact still really cold and we made our way in for breakfast, in hope of finding somewhere warmer.

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Loving life in the Himalayas.

Us Australians do not get to see snow very often and it did send us all a little crazy. There were plenty of snow balls whizzing around the mountain side, one “stray” snowball ended up colliding with my family jewels and sent me down hard.

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Mel and Kristy, In the mountains

Today was a long day but it was filled with so much beauty and excitement. We walked up the side of a sheer cliff, walked through snow and made it to one of the most beautiful places in the Nepalese Himalaya, the Gokyo Lakes. When we crossed a dodgy looking bridge and came around the corner everyone was stopped in their tracks by the epic beauty of The First Lake. This was to happen another two times and each one of the 3 blue Gokyo Lakes.

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What a site to see!!!

The day ended however a little scary. Melissa one-third of BeyondEverest project fell ill. Mel was in a bad way and needed to get some serious help. As the rest of the trekking group carried on, Team BeyondEverest project slowly assisted Mel to make it to Gokyo and get help. Sorry I didn’t get any of this on film as it was very serious. The next day Mel was airlifted back down to Kathmandu and later diagnosed with HACE, High Altitude Cerebral Edema. A BIG thank you goes out to our legendary World Expeditions Tour Leader Prasant who made the call against the local doctors recommendations and sent her back to Kathmandu. Thank you Prasant your expertise and experience in the mountains enabled you to make the correct decision and saved our friends life.

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Daily Vlog: Day 10. Oxygen Levels Low!

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Daily Vlog Day 10,

Dole to Machermo:

Waking up first thing meant I was treated to this magnificent site, the entire campsite and the valley was covered in this thin layer of snow, it was so beautiful.

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What a beautiful sight to wake up to.

I really started to feel the altitude today, we were at 4100m and you could really start to feel the air getting thin,

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Like A Hangover

at Machermo the oxygen level is only 57%.The night was so cold that all my batteries crashed so I was giving my solar charger a work out, however that was even struggling. After reaching camp we went for our usual afternoon altitude hike and once again were treated with a magnificent view over the valley from our own little mountain ridge.

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Ridge Walk

That night we slept at the World Expeditions permanent camp at our highest point so far 4410m. Later that evening we wondered over to the Machermo rescue post for there daily altitude talk and we all had our “Sats” taken, I was at 86%. It was interesting to see the deference in our oxygen levels, even though it does not really matter.

 

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Daily Vlog: Day 9. Getting High in the Himalaya.

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Daily Vlog: Day 9:

Phortse Tenga to Dole:

The day starts off with a steep climb up the mountain on the other side of the river we crossed last yesterday, where we get to see our first bit of ice. After setting up camp a few of us go for an afternoon walk to get some altitude and were treated to a beautiful view but were battered by the icy cold wind that cuts straight through you.

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Getting close to the edge

That night mother nature put on a show for us, It starts to snow, us Aussies who don’t get to see snow get a  little excited! We finish the night with one of the funniest games of “Celebrity Head” I have ever played.

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Our first ice for the trip.

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Afternoon hike up the mountain

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Daily Vlog Day 8 Namche to Phortse Tenga.

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Daily Vlog, Day 8:
Namche to Phortse Tanga:

The day starts off not so well, I have woken up with a bit of a cold, the dust the over the last few days has been crazy. We start on what is locally know as the Everest Highway. An old Sherpa is building better pathways with no government funding. So everyone that walks the track just gives a small donation. This section was by far the best in the entire trek.

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The best path in the mountains

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Appeal to the passers by to donate to build the Everest Hwy.

We climb up to 3990m then descend down into the valley of Phortse Tenga at 3600m, were we camp for the night. That afternoon we go exploring the town of Phortse Tenga, get chased by a baby Yak and yelled at by a crazy crow and be bigs kids in a school playground.

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Would you go to school here?

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Absolutley beautiful

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Daily Vlog: Day 6:Getting Some Altitude: Namche and Everest View Hotel

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Daily Vlog: Day 6:

Namche and Everest View Hotel:

We were all looking forward to our “Rest Day” in Namche, How ever our rest day included a 4 hr hike up a mountain to the Everest View Hotel, where we had some morning tea and posed for a bunch of photo’s.

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The day was amazing, full of incredible views and brilliant moments like meeting some local children when we made it back to Namche.

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Mount Everest View Selfie

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We make it up to see Everest

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Monjo to Namche: Day 5.

Daily Vlog: Day 5.

Wow our first BIG climb day 600m Up, and it was up all day. We had our fare share of high suspension bridges, sheer cliffs and some absolutely out of this world views. The day starts at 2840m and ends at a whopping 3440m at the famous Namche Bazaar, where we would stay for 2 days to acclimatise. Namche was going to be our last opportunity to have a shower for another 15 days.

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Suspension bridges became the norm after today.

Oh and a BIG sorry to “Dan” one of our super Sherpa Guides. Sorry mate I pronounced your name incorrectly. My Bad, please forgive me.

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Our First View of the BIG mountain

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Kristy and I looking over Namche.

 

Daily Vlog: Day 5.

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