Taken on January 1st 2000 (yup…a good way of escaping what was “Millennium Fever”) from Kala Pattar, circa 5600m. Camera? A basic compact digital thing that would probably be considered a museum piece nowadays.
Everest (8848m) is the iconic black pyramid in the middle. To the immediate right a bit of Lhotse (8516m) is poking out.
Nuptse (7861m) to the far right appears taller due to the perspective.
Everest Base Camp itself would be on the glacial rubble in the middle foreground, although of course at this time of year there are no climbing expeditions present.
Although trekking to Everest Base Camp is on lord knows how many people’s ‘bucket list’, it’s actually from Kala Pattar that you get the classic view….from Base Camp you can’t see the summit of Everest, although you do get some pretty spectacular views of the infamous and treacherous Khumbu Icefall, as well as the west shoulder of Everest, seen here looking a a separate peak in itself beneath the black peak of Everest itself.
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Originally published on our Niume Blog