Legend has it that 90% of the 22 million inhabitants of Nepal eat dahl bat twice a day. In honour of this culinary masterpiece, I have not only eaten it 8 times in 4 days but have also co-authored this ode to dahl,
Dahl bat power, 24 hour
3 weeks no toilet, no shower
In the last few days of ascent we have crossed melting glaciers, crumbling boulder fields, mud-slicked trails, barren gravel strewn valleys and scrambled up rock studded slopes.
After a pit stop at Gorak shep, we continued our journey upwards, to Everest Base Camp. The remoteness of this location must be experienced to be understood. Nestled in a glacial valley, surrounded by soaring peaks, ice and rock. There is nothing there and it is at least two hours hike to Gorak Shep, home to a few lodges and tents.
Reaching Everest Base Camp was a truly inspiring experience and to do it in the company of such interesting, determined and truly great people has been a real privilege. Obviously we celebrated with a bit of whisky!
This achievement would not have been possible without team leadership and expert guidance from explorer Mark Wood, lead guide Devendra Rai and our incredible support team including Yogi, Mauri and Hiro.
Our journey does not stop here. After a refuel back at Leboche we will head to the Gokyo pass and from there attempt the summit of Gokyo Ri, at over 5,000m these places are higher than anywhere in Europe and represent an exciting and significant challenge.
From the summit of Gokyo Ri, if conditions allow it is possible to view a panorama of the highest peaks in the Himalayas – from the top of the world.
Our expedition team is about to be pushed to its limit for the next few days, trekking for up to 8 hours or more per day at very high altitude – at times with no options for hot food, water or resupply.
Find out how we get on here soon.