Mt. Everest, or Mt. Qomolangma as it’s known in
 Tibet, in all her glory.  Mt. Everest was officially
 named after the British Surveyor General, George
 Everest, because there were so many different local
 names.  The international border between Tibet
 and Nepal divides the precise summit point.
 In 1856, calculations were verified to show that
 Everest was the tallest peak on earth at 29,000 ft.
even.  In order to avoid the impression that the exact
height was nothing more than a rounded estimate,
another 2 ft. was added for a publicly declared
29,002 ft.   The mathematician that figured that
out is wittily credited with being the “first person
to put two feet on the top of Mt. Everest.” 

Larry, Kathy, Tim, our guide Tashi, Mike and I.
Tashi told us later that his boss really doubted that
we’d be able to withstand the altitude!

We bought and hung a prayer flag and wrote all our
family names on it.  When the wind blows, it spreads
the prayers, sending love and harmony. 

Just a few cairns, lest you lose your way to the mountain.
We were very lucky – sometimes people get to this
point and still can’t see Everest because of weather.
We did it!!!

Each sleeping spot in these little tents rents for
$300 USD per night in high season.  Fortunately
we had slightly better (and cheaper) accommodations
in store for the evening. 

Pit toilets, really disgusting.  These make American
National Park composting toilets look five star.

This was out trip!  We did fly a helicopter from Kathmandu
to Nyalam because of the landslide, but drove the
rest of the way.
Walking my baby back home