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Namche to Khumjung to Tengbouche to Pheriche to 4700 meters!

Just remembering to put one foot in front of the other

Today we hiked as high as 4700 meters. The air is definitely thinner and we are all breathing harder but getting up to this point is amazing - well worth the effort. The days are getting long and for the past few days of hiking, I've found it hard to focus on anything but the boots in front of me ... just remembering to take one step and then another step. This hike is by no means easy and a lot of endurance is necessary. Although I still find myself in the first "fast" group, it is still a tedious climb up the mountain. Some days we are climbing mostly up, other days we go down valleys and then up again. This is a concern as the way back will not be easy by any means.

Three days ago we left Namche Bazaar, heading toward Khumjung. Unfortunately we still weren't blessed by the weather and found ourselves staring out into a thick fog were Everest should be, so some imagination was necessary!

Everest (Use your imagination - it's just behind the clouds!)

Everest (Use your imagination - it's just behind the clouds!)


Town of Khumjung

Town of Khumjung


Prayer wheels in Khumjung (always spin with right hand and always walk left around)

Prayer wheels in Khumjung (always spin with right hand and always walk left around)

Town of Khumjung - Yaks

Town of Khumjung - Yaks

Khumjung to Tengbouche

Khumjung to Tengbouche

Khumjung to Tengbouche 2

Khumjung to Tengbouche 2

Valleys and Cliffs - Khumjung to Tengbouche

Valleys and Cliffs - Khumjung to Tengbouche

The next morning we left for a relatively long hike. But the long trek, and being in the first group really paid off - as we arrived at our destination, Tengbouche, we caught our first quick glimpse of Everest... What an amazing sight! Unfortunately,the slower groups missed the sight this evening as clouds quickly took over.

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche)

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche)

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche) 2

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche) 2

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche) 3

1st view of Everest! (From Tengbouche) 3

Monks who blessed us at world's highest monastary in Tengbouche

Monks who blessed us at world's highest monastary in Tengbouche

Morning Everest view (Tengbouche)

Morning Everest view (Tengbouche)

But yesterday morning ... wow! I woke up at the usual 5am to an amazing view outside my "room." Everest and all the mountain ranges just crystallizing through the fog. It is so hard to describe it. Every direction you turn there are the most amazing mountain ranges. Before leaving, we were blessed by the local Buddhist Llama and off we went for another long hike. Yesterday we arrived in Pherishe (at aprox. 4200 meters) and are still here acclimatizing until tomorrow morning.

On our way - Tengbouche to Pherishe

On our way - Tengbouche to Pherishe

Tengbouche to Pherishe

Tengbouche to Pherishe

Tengbouche to Pherishe 2

Tengbouche to Pherishe 2

Tengbouche to Pherishe 3

Tengbouche to Pherishe 3

Rest break with a view - Tengbouche to Pherishe

Rest break with a view - Tengbouche to Pherishe

Tengbouche to Pherishe 4

Tengbouche to Pherishe 4

Today's acclimatization hike to 4700 meters was unbelievable - amazing mountain ranges in every direction. They are so sharp and magnificent that it seems we can just reach out and touch them! In fact, I think they are relatively close as we are only 2 days away from our destination at Everest Base Camp!

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche)

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche)

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) - Teahouse below

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) - Teahouse below

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) 2

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) 2


Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) 3

Acclimitization hike (Pheriche) 3

Most of the group are having some trouble with the altitude - whether it's as little as stomach upsets or headaches or more problematic for some such as feeling completely exhausted in bed or fainting or fever. It is scary that two of our fittest hikers were feeling quite ill. As for me, I'm still surprisingly ok (just a little short of breath at times which is normal at this altitude) but I can't take it for granted as anything can happen here. Many people have a loss of appetite and are not eating much, whereas I'm eating more than I've ever had to keep my energy levels up. But everyone assures me I am still burning more calories than I can ever eat during these long days. In the evenings we generally play cards or tell stories - it is amazing to speak to Werner about all the mountains he's summited, including how he reached the summit of Everest.

Posted by irinar 23:41

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I am so very proud of you, thank you for sharing.
love to all of you thrte
Andryana

by Andryana

This is a wonderful experience! We are all proud of you!
All the best,
Iris

by Iris

Higher and higher! That's great. Have fun and enjoy every view
B. Regards, George

by George P.

I love the updates Irina! Sounds like you are having an incredible time and I knew you would do great up there:) I can't wait to see more pics and here all your stories when you get back:)
Sonia

by Sonia Patara

I am so happy for you,can not express this in words! with love: Olga

by Olga Szabo

We are we happy for you Irina! You sure have an amazing journey!Thank you for your updates! We knew you will be very strong!
Olga

by Olgi

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