|First day of our trek|
|Our overnight suite|
|Tengboche Monastery after snow|
|Birds of a feather, flock together! Our EBC Trekking Group|
|With Rishi Bhaiya|
|The day before the trek to the EBC|
|Ultra athlete Mingmar leading Tom Sr.|
|On top of Kala Pathar with my India t-shirt|
The top of Kala Pathar offers a 360 view of famous peaks like the Lhotse, Nuptse and of course the Chomolungma (the Tibetan name of Mt.Everest that means 'Holy Mother'); but it is also at a higher altitude than the Everest Base Camp. And, it is the toughest climb of the entire trek. I had to choose one.
|Finding God! The view of Mt. Everest from Kala Pathar|
|Sudharshan enjoying the snow-capped mountains on the way back|
|Greg on Hillary Bridge|
Your comment that "it will be white lies to say that I loved the Base Camp trek experience," caught my interest, and spurred me on to do some reading that I would not have ordinarily reached out for. Apparently you are also not alone in saying that mountaineering is not an enjoyable experience. It has been repeatedly described as an experience filled with loneliness, boredom, isolation and moments of terror, - and that's not even touching upon the physical exhaustion of it..... So why do people do it? There are academic papers written about it! There are certain traits that drive extreme sport, mountaineering and wilderness travel. With serious mountaineering, an activity that has an extremely high mortality rate, some motivational factors are believed to be the prestige behind the accomplishment, a strong tendency toward goal-completion, a quest for meaning in one's life, and the desire for mastery over domains in which one feels competent.... This is a fascinating area to reflect on.....Keep writing!