Posts Tagged ‘Dingboche’

EBC trek 27 March

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Yesterday was a rest day at Dingboche. I joined the Australians I met a few days ago – Phil, Hayley, Duane, Melissa and their guide, Raj – on an acclimatisation trek up another 350m. We left at 08:00 and by 11:00 the clouds and mist were spreading up the valley and spoiling the view. Luckily we were on our way back down by then. It snowed in the afternoon.

Today we left Dingboche at 07:30 and headed up a snow dusted valley to Lobuche where we arrived at 11:15. The first teahouse we tried was full but the second had rooms. The going was noticeably harder again and I arrived at Lobuche with a slight headache, no appetite and feeling very tired. All indicators of possible altitude sickness. Phil and co. arrived about 12:30 and the group from Gap Adventures I had met in Tengboche arrived a bit later. Phil, Hayley, Duane and Raj invited me to join their acclimatisation walk at 14:30 but I felt too tired. It was snowing gently but they went anyway. After a couple of hours I took some paracetamol and by teatime my headache was gone, I was feeling hungry and the tiredness had passed.

Tomorrow is the big day: up to Gorak Shep and then a return trip to Everest Base Camp. We’ll stay overnight at Gorak Shep and then at first light head up Kala Pathar for spectacular views of Everest and the neighbouring peaks. Then it’s breakfast and start our descent, aiming for Pheriche the following night.

The latest photos are at Flickr

EBC trek 25 March

Friday, April 1st, 2011

It was sub-zero last night. The washing water in the plastic barrel froze. Luckily they swapped it for another and even provided a barrel of hot water too. There was quite a frost on the ground and the views were fantastic this morning.

We left Tengboche at 07:30. Goki, my guide, reckoned five hours to get to Dingboche. We made it in four hours which surprised me given how slowly I felt I was plodding uphill. It was sunny this morning with an air temperature of about five degrees (celsius). It the sunshine it felt warmer until the wind got up. And this afternoon it started snowing, albeit only lightly. So I’m now at 4410m asl. The going is getting harder, especially on the uphill bits. Another three days and 950m ascent to get to Everest Base Camp.

There are more photos at Flickr but today my camera doesn’t want to talk to the laptop so I can’t upload the most recent ones and I haven’t finished tagging those already uploaded anyway.

No more music on the iPod today. I don’t know if it’s the cold or the altitude but it wouldn’t boot today; just clicks sadly and fails to initialise. Hopefully it will recover when then temperature and pressure increase on the way back down.

Not having the usual 3 Weetabix a day is having the expected unfortunate effect on my guts. Eating vegetables and muesli isn’t helping. Imodium is my friend.