Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Big One!

Seeing Mt. Everst (or Mt. Qomolangma) was such an incredible thing - I still can't really believe that we were actually there. It's nice to have pictures to prove it, if to no one else but myself.
Our first view was from the bus - we saw this big white peak emerge from the horizon and looked at each other, asking simultaneously "do you think that is IT?"  Within a few seconds, our guide had confirmed.  We had just caught a glimpse of the tallest mountain in the world! 

Getting to Everest Base Camp was a very long, windy, bumpy dirt road ... it took 4 hours to go the final 60 miles...

Seeing it this close was well worth the drive!

In our tent village.

We watched a magnificent sunset (while I froze my behind off - it was cold up there!).

Cozy in our tent for the evening -- it was dormitory style, so we had 5 roomies and also our Tibetan host who went around tucking each of us into our little bed for the night.  That's an image I will not forget for a while: Jason being tucked into bed by a Tibetan man :)

After sunrise the next morning. 


Shan in Japan said...

I am such a cold weather wimp, I would have looked like you in the last picture, only eyes showing, the whole time!:)
So very cool that you got to be there!!!

The Stagers said...

That is amazing!!! We are glad you guys got to go on this incredible trip - Steve is truly jealous! I love how big you are both smiling even in the cold and getting tucked into bed by a Tibetan man is priceless! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

I love reading about your adventures!!!

Molly W. said...

WOW and brrrr!!!! Gorgeous!

Yen Jung said...

SO cool!!!

Sarah said...

Absolutely breathtaking!!! I love the image of a Tibetan man tucking you guys in. There's almost too much beauty in it all and I wasn't even there.