Day 17 – Camp 1 and the Western Cwm!

Not having enough sleep and climbing through the night was enough to wipe me out completely. Our journey had been so exhausting that sleeping for the whole day was the only way to regain energy.

Our goal for today would be to walk halfway into Camp 2 through a beautiful semi-flat section called the Western Cwm.  I’ve never read about this particular area, but the Western Cwm is a large flat, glacial valley basin which terminates at the foot of the Lhotse Face of Mount Everest. Camp 2 is almost to the end of this area/valley with Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse merging and ending on how further you can go.

Our goal was simple to walk for about 90mins taking in the gradual altitude and then simply return back to Camp 1 for a last evening before heading the following day to Camp 2. We’ll be spending 3 nights in camp 2 acclimating and getting used to being in an altitude close to 22,500 ft.

Our walk was not as easy as expected as we had lots of large open deep ice holes which we had to descend into and then climb up; along the way there were multiple crevasses we had to walk through, some of them via big steps, whereas others crossing wobbling ladders. We had also many steep walls to climb via ascenders which in addition to the altitude was a good way of exercising the heart.

Climbing up int the Western Cwm
Climbing up int the Western Cwm

We were all exhausted but in great spirits. Somehow we got to a good spot which would be our turn around spot, unfortunately we were only 1/3 of the way into Camp 2. But a great opportunity of transitioning with altitude.

Massive Everest in the background
Massive Everest in the background
3 Little birds who were enjoying the view and weather!
3 Little birds who were enjoying the view and weather!

By noon we were back into camp for our lunch and just more sleep to recover from the altitude and exercise. As I looked around, so amazing to marvel the incredible and majestic beauty surrounding us.

Panoramic photo, starting with Nuptse, overseeing Mt. Pumori and then towards Everest and the Western Cwm
Panoramic photo, starting with Nuptse, overseeing Mt. Pumori and then towards Everest and the Western Cwm

Treat of the day: Learning that the smaller extension to Mt. Everest is called Lola! A beautiful name 🙂

Lola - a part of Mt. Everest
Lola – the smaller part of Mt. Everest

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