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Mt Everest.

Mt Everest.

Our location today with #Everest in the distance. Hour hike up from Namche. AJE's @Miquel Toran at the camera.

Our location today with #Everest in the distance. Hour hike up from Namche. AJE's @Miquel Toran at the camera.

Climbing Mt. Everest - extreme beauty seeking! Whew! So awesome though.

Climbing Mt. Everest - extreme beauty seeking! Whew! So awesome though.

The Himalayas, Nepal -- It is no surprise that this soaring mountain range makes it onto photographers' bucket lists time and again.  From Nepal, the Great Himalayan Trail takes in some of the region's most incredible sites, from Rara lake -- Nepal's largest body of water -- to Everest base camp itself.

The Himalayas, Nepal -- It is no surprise that this soaring mountain range makes it onto photographers' bucket lists time and again. From Nepal, the Great Himalayan Trail takes in some of the region's most incredible sites, from Rara lake -- Nepal's largest body of water -- to Everest base camp itself.

Melissa Arnot, climbing the summit of Mt. Everest, Spring 2013. Sponsored by Eddie Bauer & First Ascent.

Melissa Arnot, climbing the summit of Mt. Everest, Spring 2013. Sponsored by Eddie Bauer & First Ascent.

In the 16 years since Into Thin Air, Mount Everest has become safer in many ways, with better storm forecasting and amazing high-altitude rescue helicopters. So why did 10 people die in 2012?

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In the 16 years since Into Thin Air, Mount Everest has become safer in many ways, with better storm forecasting and amazing high-altitude rescue helicopters. So why did 10 people die in 2012?

REACHING BEYOND THE CLOUDS: From Undiagnosed to Climbing Mt. Everest by Cindy Abbott. $12.82. 257 pages

REACHING BEYOND THE CLOUDS: From Undiagnosed to Climbing Mt. Everest by Cindy Abbott. $12.82. 257 pages

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