Location: Mountainscape from Gokyo Ri, Nepal (27°57'41.69"N 86°40'56.79"E)
Date: 14 April 2000; 7.45am
Camera: Canon EOS 500N (analogue) on slides and scanned
There are two great spots to see Mount Everest (from here on, respectfully referred to as Sagarmartha, which is its Sherpali name, in this article) in the Khumbu area of Nepal, where trekkers normally trek to. One of them is obviously the so-called Everest Base Camp trek that brings one very close to the foot of Mount Sagarmartha. This is very close and the view may be grand but not spectacular. The other one is from Gokyo Ri (5,357m) further east. Gokyo Ri is close to the village of Gokyo (visible in the photo), on the banks of the third Gokyo Lake (also called Dudh Pokhari). The view of Sagarmartha is further (and smaller) from here but perhaps a little more spectacular, blending in the surrounding peaks (Sagarmartha is the peak partially hidden by clouds, towards the left side of the above photo). In fact, a few other 8,000m peaks can be seen from here- Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu- as well as perhaps the largest glacier in Nepal- Ngozumpa Glacier (in front of the mountain range in the above photo). However, to me, a better and more spectacular view of Sagarmartha is the southeast face i.e. from the China-Tibet side.