In the harsh terrains at 5,000+ meters

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Long walk from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, 5140 meters

Gorak Shep – 5,140m

From Lobuche, we proceeded the next day through the Lobuche Pass to Gorak Shep where the last two lodges on the EBC trail were located before the Base Camp.

Trekking at 5000 meters was not really fun. It was extremely laborious and tough. Movements were a lot slower due to the thinner air. The trails consisting only of rocks and boulders were difficult. Every step had to be taken carefully taken as it was no joking matter to stumble and fall and break the leg at that altitude where help was difficult to get. I felt tired as the sleep at the high altitudes was quite restless.

The trek to Gorak Shep was a long one consisting of ascent up several rocky terrains. I was already tired way before reaching Gorak Shep and my patience and stamina were wearing thin when we had to climb one rocky hill after another. The 360 degree view of the mountains compensated a little for the toughness of the trek.

It was a great relieve to finally see Gorak Shep from the top of the nth rocky hill! We made our way to the lodge, had an early dinner and went to sleep early to be fresh for the big trek to the base camp the next day. It was extremely cold at night and it was a sheer torture getting into the cold sleeping bag in the unheated bedroom of the lodge. It was equally a torture to get out of the warm sleeping bag in the morning.

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halilee says:
I'm not looking forward to the cold, that's for sure!! Dreading it the most actually!

How much training, and what kind of training did you do before you left?
Posted on: Sep 26, 2014
PavelR says:
Hi Suyee, I really like your blog and your pictures are very nice!!
Posted on: May 02, 2008
portia says:
wow, really impressive!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2007
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Along the rocky path to Gorak Shep
Along the rocky path to Gorak Shep
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Just mountains, rocks, ice, snow,…
on the rocky climb to Gorak Shep
on the rocky climb to Gorak Shep
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Surrounded by 360 degrees of moun…
Surrounded by 360 degrees of mount…
Surrounded by 360 degrees of moun…
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Cold harsh environment of the hig…
Trekkers proceeding up to Gorak Sh…
Trekkers proceeding up to Gorak S…
Trekkers walking up the rocky terr…
Trekkers walking up the rocky ter…
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Gorak Shep and it 2 lodges, 5140m
Gorak Shep and it 2 lodges, 5140m
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