Q & A: We try to answer some of our readers’ most popular questions
|The lodge, not the mountain: Lodges like the Kala Patar in Phakding can be found all along the trail.|
Since we returned, we’ve been deluged with questions about the trek. In the Chapter by Chapter narration, we’ve tried to answer some of those questions. We thought it might be interesting to take a break from our weekly Chronicles and collect all the most common questions and try to answer them in one long post.
|Spring relief: At altitude, water evaporates faster. Here’s a natural spring near Ghat|
At base camp and the summit of Kala Patthar, the air pressure is cut in half, meaning our bodies were getting 50% of the O2 they normally got at sea level.
We carried small snacks with us like nuts, yak cheese, crackers and lots of water. But it’s rare to go for more than a few hours on the trail without coming across a lodge or village store. Now, despite the large number of lodges and stores, north of Namche Bazaar, the food selection was very similar: potatoes, rice and dahl (lentils), flat bread, momos (dumplings), grilled cheese and Sherpa stew were our main staples. Western style food like pizza and spaghetti were often available, but they were universally bad. We drank tea and water mostly, and north of Namche we gave up meat as freshness became an issue. Dan kept trying, but coffee was awful everywhere.
|As cold as it seems: Meenakshi tries to keep warm at 17,000 feet. Warm equals down jacket, -20 sleeping bag and quilt.|
Did it snow, did you need technical gear like crampons or ice axes?
How awesome were the views from Mt. Everest?
Yeah, um, we didn’t actually climb Mt. Everest. We climbed Kala Patthar, a 18,250 foot peak about 6 miles from Mt. Everest where we got great views of Mt. Everest and the Khumbu Glacier.
Join us on Feb. 10 for the next exciting episode!