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Lost for words ...

I love writing, but today I'm a little lost for words ...

Today was superb. I'm a bit weary, and time is a bit tight, so there's no detailed story tonight. Just a series of photos, with some captions. When I process the day properly I'll go back and fill in a story. Here goes:

Yaks on the helipad

Relaxing before the walk

Ama Dablam over Khunjung

At the new Sir Edmund Hillary Visitor Centre, pre-opening and pre-ceremony

Khatas being presented to the (very large) crowd

Jamling Tenzing Norgay, left, son of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, with Peter Hillary, right. Jamling's speech during the ceremony was very emotional, and brought tears to my eyes.

Part of the cultural entertainment, in front of Hillary statue

Butter lamps lit by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Peter Hillary, Helen Clark (ex NZ PM and Patron of the Hillary Trust NZ) and others

After the formal opening, I had a lovely chat with the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Felicity Volk. We'll be having dinner with her in Kathmandu next week (photo courtesy Margaret Dane)

Leaving Khumjung, post ceremony (on our way back to Namche)

Along the way to Namche

High above Namche

The newly festooned statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, with Lhotse in the background

The opening ceremony at the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Heritage Centre above Namche

Chomolungma/Sagarmāthā poking her head out of the clouds, to the left of Lhotse

Seemed only fitting to have an Everest beer today ...

Caught up with Peter Hillary to get his signature on the book inscriptions I've carried all over the country

After I'd got Peter's signatures, Trevor (travelling companion and room mate) did the same and then obtained Helen Clark's signature on a fundraising poster.

That's all folks - 7 hour walk to Thanygboche tomorrow ...

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Derek Bone
May 30, 2023

Hi Peter. Glenn invited me to check out your blogs. Very entertaining. A delight to live through your experiences.

Jun 15, 2023
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Hi Derek - back home in the SW now, and about to attend to some administrative tidy up. Would you please let me know your email address - either here or direct to Thanks.


Glenn Egan
May 30, 2023

OMG Peter that is just amazing. 🙏Thank you so much for sharing! 🙏

It must be surreal in the extreme.

Wishing you well - stay safe 😉🤞👏


Joyce Hawthorn
Joyce Hawthorn
May 29, 2023

Amazing photographs - brilliant experience. Thanks for taking us along. It feels very real.

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