(22/05/2006) Day Eleven: Everest Base Camp

Corey chowing down the oxygen like Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
Corey chowing down the oxygen like Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet

This morning we got up very early to drive from Shegar to the Rongbuk monastery.

Left at 6:30am.  Very tired.

Stopped at this mountain .. some sacred mountain I had no clue about names but they were very pretty.

Drivers even posed for polaroids for themselves.  So cute.  Gave a polaroid to little beggars.

Drove to a stop where we had to take a bus to the Rongbuk monastery.  At this point Corey, Alex & Natasha were very sick with mountain sickness from the elevation (5000+ meters I think).

Decided to go to the Everest base camp a day early as everyone will only get worse.

Horse & cart 8km up to the base camp (ouch .. ass), tried to walk a little but I got too puffed!

Got to the top and climbed a small mountain, took photos with oxygen that actually came in handy for Corey.

Then we went back down.  Looked at Rongbuk monastery (shit) and waited for Mr

Mt Everest
Mt Everest

Aphex to come down (so inconsiderate) and drove to Tingri (rough drive), car broke down along the way.

Corey slept the whole way.  Spoke enough mandarin to ask how long to Tingri.

The food was okay but the guest house was poor – no showers!

We are now a day ahead of schedule!