Everest Day Camp Trek – Day 8

Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 8
Date: 19 November 2017
Walked to: Everest Base Camp! (Staying at Gorak Shep)
Distance: 9.4 miles
Altitude: Sleeping at 5,184m (5,364 at Base Camp)


Today was really, really hard. I actually got to the point where I was looking down on Everest Base Camp, and was going to leave it there – the thought of going down to it, when I knew I would have to climb back up, was almost unbearable. Still, I was persuaded down by one of our guides, and another one very kindly carried my day pack on the way back out to Gorak Shep, where we stayed for the night.

The Base Camp itself actually shifts every year, and apparently the tented temporary climbing community that appears there each spring has to move their accommodation every week to ten days as the glacier repositions itself underneath them. So the Base Camp for 2017 will be totally different to the one my friend visited about 15 years ago – and may well be different again next year. That doesn’t detract from the iconic nature of the place itself, but it underlines the temporal nature of the place, and the rocky, uneven terrain on the Khumbu Glacier where the climbers and their support crews base themselves.

We walked for nine hours today: three hours to Gorak Shep, where we are staying tonight and where we had a very early 10am ‘lunch’ after a 6am start, about three hours to the Base Camp, and then three hours at the Camp and walking back. On the way to the Camp, and while we were there, there were two avalanches on the other side of the valley. While they were a sight to behold from our side of the Khumbu ice floe, they would have been deadly for anyone under their path (there wasn’t) – underlining once again the danger of the dream these Everest climbers have. It’s undeniably beautiful here, and it’s a privilege to have been able to walk to such an iconic place, but it can be deadly.


About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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8 Responses to Everest Day Camp Trek – Day 8

  1. Toomer says:

    Silka what an amazing adventure. Richard and I have been reading your blog every day. It is beautifully written and lets us poor old stop at homes share in your journey. You have done brilliantly well and we hope you have a safe descent. With love Richard & GIll Toomer

    • silkakt says:

      Thank you so much Gill, I really appreciate that from such great travellers as you and Richard, and I hope you’re both back adventuring soon. Very much hope to see you both before too much longer. Silka x

  2. Only the Tony (@Acripedes) says:

    I’ve only just seen this, so congratulations on making it! I’m glad you haven’t been too badly hit by the altitude. I’ve only been to about 4500m and have been lucky not to have had a bad time either. The weather seems to have been on your side too; your photos seem to show clear and bright. It must be a wonderful experience. Safe return journey 🙂

  3. Barrie says:

    Well done my gorgeous so proud of your achievements 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  4. Virgil says:

    What an accomplishment, Silka! Heartiest congratulations.

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