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For anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal (or mountaineers attempting to summit Mt Everest via the southeast ridge) this will be their first glimpse of Mt Everest. This view between the vegetation can be seen on the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar on the 2nd day of the trek from Lukla.

I read of this glimpse in the Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall's book 'Dead Lucky'. In late 2004 when Lincoln Hall was trekking with his family to Everest Base Camp his sons were 'disappointed with how little of it was visible'. He told them that 'over the decades, thousands of trekkers would have slogged up this hill, heads down watching their feet, without realising they had missed their first chance to glimpse the world's highest mountain'.

I was determined not to miss this first glimpse and had asked our guide if he could point it out. In fact there was no chance of missing this view as a flat area has now been created on the steep slope and locals are now capitalising on the opportunity by selling drinks and food to the stream of trekkers.

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Additional Photos by Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 886 W: 107 N: 1550] (8622)
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