Dingboche

Everest Base Camp Day 6: Chukhung Ri And Failed Acclimatization

Everest Base Camp Day 6: Chukhung Ri And Failed Acclimatization

  • Starting elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m
  • Ending elevation: 15,518 ft / 4,730 m
  • Elevation change: +1,049 ft / +320 m
  • Starting oxygen: 59% of sea level
  • Ending oxygen: 57% of sea level
  • Distance covered: 6.9 mi / 11.1 km
  • Time hiked: 7h 00m

Every step is a literal struggle.

I can’t go more than twenty feet without needing to sit down. I can’t even just stop to rest. I have to sit down.

Am I feeling…

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In Dingboche, we are higher than any point in the contiguous USA while the surrounding mountains still tower miles over us. Rescue helicopters fly by every hour reminding me to be careful. Zach & I summited NangkarTshang for great views of Ama Dablam and Nuptse. Our altimeter didn’t agree with the map elevation, but I’m happy to take credit for at least 17k ft. The colorful prayer flags placed on the mountain tops represent the elements (water, fire, earth, air). This is the 1st day I’m physically very tired after hiking. The conversation among an expedition group at our tea house one night revolves around private jets. Climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest is not a cheap hobby especially with a guided group. I’m currently reading “The Ascent of Rum Doodle” which covers this topic too well for 1956. When news of the Nepal earthquake/avalanche reached the USA just 2 days after we returned home, my thoughts went directly to expedition groups like this we met along the way.

day #36, trekking day #6

Sleeping at this altitude - 4400m - is really hard, as well as doing everything else: every step needs a lot of energy and let us breathless.  Because of this, I personally decide to rest all day long, I want to be in form for tomorrow since we will go even higher.. I ask the hostess a small matlass and I spend the morning sun bathing with some music, it was so nice! And I think I even got a little tan!

After lunch, we didn’t have much to do… So I decided to have tour in the village, which is reaaaally small. Nowhere I could find wifi, because appereantly there are some problems on the line for the entire valley. But, I found a very nice café, Himalaya Café, offering some rally good biscuits, croissants, and the coolest thing of all, an entire shelf full of books left by the travelers, what a nice idea for a café at this altitude! I go quickly through the covers, and find a copy of Into the Wild, which seemed perfect for this occasion. It’s mine for 300 rupees only (around 3$), which is really a ridiculous price considering that as the mountains the prices get higher higher! A bottle of water in Namche costs 80 rupees - 20 in Kathmandu - and in Dingboche is already 200! I can’t imagine what the prices will be at 5000 meters… Anyway, I’m happy I finally have something to do :)

I start reading my book under the sun till dinner time. We eat potatoes in different styles since this region, the Kumbhu Region, is appereantly famous for its tasty potatoes. I still wonder how the hell they can grow vegetables at this high, but the result is really good!

Challenges Of Acclimatizing.

The village of Dingboche sits in the stunning valley of the Imja Khola and right under Ama Dablam was the base from one of the most challenging treks of the whole journey.The challenge of acclimatizing on the slopes of Chhukhung.

Our acclimatized lungs…

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