The next day we drove to Everest Base Camp and spent the night in a yak hair tent. The scenery along the way was pretty amazing.
|From left to right: Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Qomolangma aka Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), and Mt. ZiziaBangMa (8012m)|
|Close up of Mt. Everest|
|I was upset I had to use the bathroom|
|Because this is what the inside looks like (and this is a relatively clean bathroom - I can't post the photo Paul took of his bathroom)|
|It was tough to walk up this hill|
|Paul was running up ahead|
|I was slowly walking up|
|Another shot of Mt. Everest|
|We made it up that hill, here's the photo we got to prove it|
|An even closer shot of Mt. Everest|
|Rocks and Mt. Everest|
|The altitude did not affect Paul|
|Another shot of stacked rocks and Mt. Everest|
|Bumpy dirt roads|
|A different view of Mt. Everest along with a bunch of sheep|
|Human fly at the checkpoint?|
|He was freaking me out|
After a tremendously bumpy and dusty ride, we finally made it to EBC. Contrary to the description the tour company gave us, we were hardly "at the foot" of Mt. Everest - more like 40 kilometers from it.
|Here we are at EBC|
|Do you remember what country we're in?|
|We got pretty luck it was a clear day|
|People like to make words with rocks|
|Looking back towards EBC (we had to take a bus to this area)|
|Yay! We are at 5,200 meters and I wanted to puke!|
|You know, just a carcass laying around with all the other trash by the river|
We then got settled into our yak hair tent.
|Our yak hair tent where we froze our hahus off!|
|Inside the tent|
|It sounded like a room full of Darth Vaders once we broke out the oxygen|
|I was hoping for a nice sunset shot but it started to get real cloudy|
After a pretty cold and miserable night (I felt really nauseous and had a throbbing headache from the altitude), we headed to Zhangmu for one last night in Tibet before crossing over to Nepal.
|It was cold|
|It cleared up as we drove along|
|I wasn't feeling well, can you tell?|
|We got kind of lost but the scenery was really nice despite the bumpy roads|
|A door along the side of the road|
|We stopped to get directions|
|The countryside was really pretty|
|We stopped again for directions and the kids swarmed around the car|
|Warrick gave out some chocolate covered wafers|
|The kids were very happy|
|Still lost but after this stop, we found the highway|
|Paul looking for a place to pee|
We finally made it to Zhangmu and spent one last night in Tibet.
|The streets are super narrow and our driver enjoyed going about 40 MPH - I was afraid|
The next morning we headed for the border.
|Looking towards the Nepal side|
|The Friendship Bridge - we got to walk across to Nepal after a very detailed inspection |
of our bags - Andy's China Lonely Planet guide was confiscated.
|The locals throw their trash into the river|