Thank you Captain Obvious.
Here we go.
Short break for a quick snack.
And on we go again.
And go even more.
Pity the lakes are covered with snow.
Are we there yet?
The views are breathtaking. (Altitude might be a part of it too.)
West slope is much steeper than east one - that's one of the reasons why its much easier to cross the pass from east to west.
Negotiating these boulders is another reason.
Actually, first it needs to be climbed on, then crossed through lots of twisty ups and downs...
...and then climbed again out of, before we are finally able to see promised end of today's hike in the form of Lobuche.
We have come a really long way.
But is it really the end?
Let's stay here!
Or do we go to Italian Pyramid instead? (Hint: yes we do!)
The Italian Pyramid lies just a short 1.3 km hike north of Lobuche.
Watch for this sign on the way towards Gorak Shep, around 800 m after leaving Lobuche.
The Pyramid International Laboratory/Observatory high altitude scientific research center is located at 5,050 m (16,568 ft.) a.s.l., in the Khumbu Valley, Sagarmatha National Park, at the base of the Nepali side of Everest.*
Since 1990, it has been offering the international scientific community a priceless opportunity to study the environment, climate, human physiology and geology in a remote mountain protected area. To date, 520 scientific missions have been carried out there by 220 researchers from 143 different scientific institutions in several nations.*
An independent living unit on the south side of the Pyramid, built in typical Nepali lodge style, provides living conditions which meet the standards of the best alpine huts. Up to 20 researchers, technicians and logistical staff can be accommodated there.*
The three-story glass, aluminum and steel structure, with its stable square-based pyramid shape [13.22 m x 8.40 m high], is equipped with advanced technological instrumentation and facilities, including telecommunications and internet. It is totally self sufficient, using only renewable energy provided by a large solar power system.*