From Gokyo, three long days of walking have brought us to the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep to climb Kala Patthar, a rocky outcropping rising to 5545 meters (18,298 ft) that provides the closest glimpse of Everest on the Nepali side of the mountain (that is without actually climbing the mountain itself).
In the first picture with me above, Everest is the peak to the left of my head. The main peak to the right of my head is Nuptse, which although much lower than Everest, clearly steals the show. A closer look at Everest reveals that the Nepali view (the South Face) is much rockier with less snow than the North Face.
Obviously, none of the Nepali views of Everest can compare with the views from the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest, but the overall panorama is quite stunning with Himalayan peaks and snowy ridges in all directions and a view over the Khumbu Glacier with the notorious Khumbu Icefall in the distance.