The high point of today was summit attempt - Kala Pattar (18,423 feet). About a third of our group is unable to make the attempt - a combination of fatigue and altitude sickness. My legs are tired but I am excited, even with a 4:45am start time. We have clear weather, the first time in days, and are excited for great views of Everest and the surrounding mountains.
Kala Pattar. It does not look that high but we start from Gorek Shep and an altitude of 16,900 feet and will climb just over 1500 feet to the summit. Pumori is in the background.
Closing in on the summit.
On top of Kala Pattar! 18,423 feet!
A clear view of Everest from the top of Kala Pattar. In the middle of the picture, the South Col. Just to the left of this, the Hillary Step. Just to the right, Lhotse. In the foreground, Nuptse.
On top of Kala Pattar. Everest on the left, Nuptse, and a great view down Kala Pattar and the valley.