Photo Tour: Retracing our Steps to Everest

After days of upward climbing, summitting Kala Pattar and reaching Everest Base Camp, my team and I finally turned around and began the three day journey back down the mountain. With 35+ miles to cover, we hiked eight hours a day to make it back to Lukla and our final goodbyes to the Himalayas.

Last views of Kala Pattar and Pumori as we turned our backs on Mt. Everest and headed down the valley.
Last views of Kala Pattar and Pumori as we turned our backs on Mt. Everest and headed down the valley.
Helicopter landing in Gorak Shep to rescue a distressed climber.
Helicopter landing in Gorak Shep to rescue a distressed climber.
My team hiking down the mountain valley toward Louboche.
My team hiking down the mountain valley toward Louboche.
Walking through a fresh dusting of snow just south of Periche.
Walking through a fresh dusting of snow just south of Periche.
Dropping out of the snow line, Kyle hikes past a group of prayer stones.
Dropping out of the snow line, Kyle hikes past a group of prayer stones.
The glacier river returns to our sights as we continue to drop in elevation.
The glacier river returns to our sights as we continue to drop in elevation.
More prayer stones lead climbers out of the mountains.
More prayer stones lead climbers out of the mountains.
Signs point the way from Tengboche to Namche.
Signs point the way from Tengboche to Namche.
The landscape finally became green again as we found the tree level.
The landscape finally became green again as we found the tree level.
Walking through small villages, our team slowly but surely made it down the Khumbu Valley as the trip quickly came to an end.
Walking through small villages, our team slowly but surely made it down the Khumbu Valley as the trip quickly came to an end.
Finally we boarded our flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The airport no longer looked nearly as intimidating as before.
Finally we boarded our flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. The airport no longer looked nearly as intimidating as before.
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