Kala Patthar, Stroll at the Top of the World

Looking out across the desolate wasteland from Gorak Shep; the last village before Mount Everest base camp, my heart sank. My rapidly shrinking companions were already beginning the ascent of Kala Patthar (5,545m). Needing to answer the call of nature, I’d been delayed leaving and didn’t relish the prospect of playing catch-up at this altitude. It was 5.30am, there was …