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Published: August 9th 2017
Geo: 28.1204, 85.4462
I had a rather difficult and interrupted sleep, I woke at 12 and fell back asleep at 3 and was up at 5:30 where I lay awake till breakfast. We were due to trek to Lobuche, about 5 hours away and 500m higher in altitude. This is where most people feel the affects of altitude so I knew I would have a few restless nights ahead for me.
We packed our gear and had a hearty breakfast, oats as usual, and hit the steep hill towards the stupa. We knew because of the increase in altitude that we would have to take it slow and take our time. Once we got to the top it was mostly flat, following the mountainside where you can pass above Periche in the wide valley below. You stop and have a look behind you and you see one the the most amazing views of the whole trek. A massive group of mountains form the close but distant background, A massive valley opens up to the side with a small river. Mountains from all directions still surround every corner and bend.
The big valley opens up in front from the Kumbhu Glacier which stems from the
base of Everest.
Chelsey was listening to her mp3 player and would sometimes sing along which was good to see her in high spirits. After two hours of trekking we reached Thukla which only has one guesthouse. It's there for people who find it harder to acclimatize and is only 200m higher in altitude than Dingbouche. We grabbed some lunch there and caught our breath as i could feel the air becoming thinner making it tougher to walk.
I saw my first dog along the trek. It followed us for sometime. High altitude dog.
From Thukla it's a steep ascent to the end of the glacier. It was pretty tough, so took our time and stopped regularly to catch our breaths. It ascends probably 300m so we didn't want to rush it. Up the top we were presented with more amazing views of where we had come and where we were headed towards. There are also tombstones commemorating fallen Sherpa's and Trekkers over the years. Including one Sherpa who had summited Everest 11 times and died by falling through a crevasse on his 12th attempt. He also holds three records, for summiting Everest two times in two weeks, staying 21 hours on the
summit without oxygen and summiting Everest in a bit over 16 hours.
I was really feeling the altitude and was resting every 5-10 min to slow the heart rate down and catch my breath. I was feeling like i was a little tipsy and had a small headache. We pressed on, following the side of the glacier for another hour and finally reached Lobuche.
I rested in bed till dinner and kept myself hydrated which is very important in aiding acclimatization, which is what i have been doing all trek.
Some snow started to fall outside. I had the Dal Baht for dinner and set in for another early night, ready for the trek to Kala Pathar.
Tot: 0.036s; Tpl: 0.017s; cc: 11; qc: 28; dbt: 0.007s; 1; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb