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China : Xīzàng Zìzhìqū (Tibet)

28.3 km (17.6 miles) SE of Rongpu Si, Xīzàng (Tibet), China
Approx. altitude: 5332 m (17493 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 28°S 93°W

Accuracy: 14.8 km (9.2 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: A summer pasture and home, photographed standing exactly where Grzegorz Chyla stood in 2000. #3: Everest, me, and Nuptse (I’m the one in the hat!)  [This view from Kala Pattar would have had better lighting at sunset, but also much more chance of cloud cover.] #4: According to Buddhist doctrine, large Mani walls, such as this one, should be passed from the left side, the clockwise direction in which the earth and the universe revolve. #5: Yaks near Dingboche. #6: Route to Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha)(Chomolungma), with inserts of Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. #7: Looking from Gorak Shep past Kala Pattar to Pumo Ri, on the Nepal/Tibet border. #8: Celebrating at Everest Base Camp, from which there is no view of the world’s highest mountain. #9: Five zeroes and within ten miles of the cp. #10: 28N 87E sits on a glacier: I wonder if it looks like this?

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  28°N 87°E (visit #3) (incomplete) 

#1: Sunrise over Mt. Everest, which in springtime means shooting directly into the sun from atop Kala Pattar (elevation 5550 meters and only half the oxygen you’d have at sea level).

(visited by Woody Harrell)

22-Mar-2009 -- At last report we were rushing back (albeit on foot) to Lukla from Gorak Shep and an enjoyable trip to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, in hopes that on our return to Kathmandu, a relaxing of political tensions near the Nepal city of Birgunj would make it possible to visit 27N 85E before our scheduled return to the United States. Unfortunately, although things there had been quiet during most of our time in the Khumbu region, the day before, the death of a government official had once again raised the danger level. Quite disappointed, we spent two more days exploring the Kathmandu area and preparing for our 18 hour flight back home. There, full scale post-failure Degree Confluence Project depression set in, and it was months before I could bring myself to pick up a GPS…

International Confluence Day 2010 (February 20th) finally brought me out of my funk, and, in September, with my first four successful visits in Europe, I became my old confluence hunting self again. Then, rather unexpectedly, I stumbled on the April 2, 2000, report by Grzegorz Chyla for 28N 87E; and realized that nine years later, I had not only duplicated a number of his photographs, but had come two kilometers closer to this cp! So, with a return to Asia probably several years away for me, I offer two meager attempts at 28N 87E, one from the southwest, and this one from due west, which got within 9.2 miles of the goal, a minor improvement from the previous reports, but at least several steps in the right direction…


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#1: Sunrise over Mt. Everest, which in springtime means shooting directly into the sun from atop Kala Pattar (elevation 5550 meters and only half the oxygen you’d have at sea level).
#2: A summer pasture and home, photographed standing exactly where Grzegorz Chyla stood in 2000.
#3: Everest, me, and Nuptse (I’m the one in the hat!) [This view from Kala Pattar would have had better lighting at sunset, but also much more chance of cloud cover.]
#4: According to Buddhist doctrine, large Mani walls, such as this one, should be passed from the left side, the clockwise direction in which the earth and the universe revolve.
#5: Yaks near Dingboche.
#6: Route to Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha)(Chomolungma), with inserts of Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp.
#7: Looking from Gorak Shep past Kala Pattar to Pumo Ri, on the Nepal/Tibet border.
#8: Celebrating at Everest Base Camp, from which there is no view of the world’s highest mountain.
#9: Five zeroes and within ten miles of the cp.
#10: 28N 87E sits on a glacier: I wonder if it looks like this?
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  Notes
On a glacier about 7.5 km to the East of Mt. Everest, with a good view of the mountain. Altitude source: SRTM 90m digital elevation data.