October 13, 2018
Eric checked in from Tibet with a few great photos. Today, the team took a day-hike up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp (17,000+ ft) for expeditions attempting the east Everest route. The gradual hike along the plateau formed by the lateral moraine takes about four hours, and the views from this amphitheater formed by some of the highest mountains on earth are amazing.
At the head of the valley blocking the skyline is the massif formed by Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and their attendant smaller peaks. Across the glacier from the trails are Chomolonzo, Makalu, Pethangse and many other lesser peaks, truly one of the Grandest mountain views on earth. Herds of Bluesheep can sometimes be seen on these hillsides.