FLASHBACK FRIDAY: EVEREST BASE CAMP
I’m at 17,500 feet with the Khumbu Ice Fall behind me. To the left in the photo is the West Shoulder of Everest, to the right is a flank of Nuptse. Climbers begin from where I am to ascend the Icefall, thousands of gigantic ice blocks all shifting and moving, reaching Camp I at the top, up a steep glacier-filled valley called the Western Cwm to Camp II, up the even steeper face of Lhotse that adjoins Everest to Camp III, then on to the saddle between Lhotse and Everest called the South Col at Camp IV. To summit, they start at night up the Southeast Ridge hoping to beat the crowd standing in line at the summit ridge.
The irony of being at “EBC” where I am is that you never see Everest itself – it’s hidden behind the West Shoulder. Unless you’re a climber doing all the above, the only way to see the world’s highest mountain is on one our Himalaya Helicopter Expeditions (HHE). We fly over the Khumbu Ice Fall and into the Western Cwm where we see the entire Southwest Face of Everest from summit (29,028 feet) to base and the entire face of Lhotse as well. There are no words adequate to describe the experience.
To have this experience yourself, you can join us this October. We will operate two HHEs, with one already sold out – but there’s still room for the other: Himalaya Helicopter Expedition Oct 21-28. This is beyond doubt the greatest one-week adventure on earth. Carpe diem! (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #267 photo ©Jack Wheeler)