Lobuche – Day 18

Last few pitches to the summit.

Last few pitches to the summit.

Makalu in the distance

Makalu in the distance

Up, up, up!

Up, up, up!

Leaving Rock Camp, some of us reach the summit in 3 hours.  Amazing views and the last hour is a really nice pitch of steep snow with several fixed rope lines.  Breath comes hard to find.  We are over 20,000 ft now.  The top is a small 100 feet by 75 feet sloping ledge, just enough for 20 or so tents.  Amazing views of Everest and the Khumba Valley.  We touch the top, drink some water and head back down.  Lots of arm wrapping on the fixed lines.  Back in LBC for late lunch.  Long day and time to rest.   Tomorrow will be a rest day as well

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