The big day finally arrived! And it was a success – the skies were clear most of the day – providing us with amazing views of the mountains, including Everest. It was very slow going for me at first, but Bill eventually took my pack to lighten my load and things got much easier.

Young woman standing in foreground with glacier field and mountain range in the background

We arrived in Gorak Shep around noon, dropped our bags, grabbed lunch, and were on our way to Base Camp within an hour after eating. The trek to EBC was not terrible, but we still all agreed the new base camp was enough for us. While old base camp has the Khumbu Ice Fall as its backdrop, it was also another 20-30 minute trek (downward) to get there. Meaning we would encounter about the same amount of time (or more) to trek back up afterward.