The hardest day

When I think back on the Everest trek, I will always remember the day we crossed Cho La Pass. We awoke at 4am and began our journey up Kala Patthar, the 5,500 meter peak near Everest base camp. Due to a dose of altitude sickness and sub-zero temperatures, we did not make it to the top.

After turning around at approximately 5,350 meters, we began the nine hour journey to Gokyo over Cho La Pass. The terrain was rocky, steep and unforgiving. My body took a beating requiring nearly two weeks to recover. I can remember the last few hours of that day thinking to myself “please end, please end, please end”.

Sunrise on Kala Patthar

The steep incline of Cho La Pass


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