EBC Trek – Day 5 of 14 – Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche

18 October 2017

Yesterday was an acclimatization day.  This means we hiked up in elevation… to Khumjung Kunde…and came back down to Namche Bazaar to sleep at a lower elevation.  

This is to help our bodies adjust to the lack of oxygen. 

Although I wanted to avoid taking it, I am now taking Diamox (an altitude sickness medication) to help with the altitude sickness I developed over the last couple of days.  

The  ongoing sights of rescue helicopters are a good reminder to make proper decisions as we go up. 

Today we hiked from Namche Bazaar to Thyyangboche (also spelled Tengboche). 

Some facts about today’s trek

  • Distance covered: 9.2 km
  • Time: 7 hrs
  • Starting elevation: 11,290 ft / 3,440 m
  • Ending elevation: 12,687 ft / 3,867 m
  • Starting oxygen: 67% of sea level
  • Ending oxygen: 64% of sea level

The route from Namche to Tengboche route is unbelievably beautiful. 

Tthe Dudh Kosi river we followed earlier is now far below us.  Fantastic peaks: Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest rise in front. 

Unfortunately, no camera could possibly capture what I saw today.  

But…let’s try.  Here’s my first sight of Everest since the start of the trek. 

The bridge we have crossed a couple of days ago look so far now.

Tengboche is a very small village.  The centre of activity is the Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. 

Tomorrow, we leave for Dingboche.  

I am in good spirits.  So is my group.


    3 thoughts on “EBC Trek – Day 5 of 14 – Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche

    1. Adrian Walker

      Thank you for these updates Mark. I think you made a good decision to take the Diamox. We are looking forward to hearing all about your experience in person. Keep safe and have fun.


    2. nirpal gillar

      Great site!!
      Sanjay, great trip in Oct to Nov, as I do not do too much internet……………can you send me some of your photos of the EBC G tour with Nirpal Gillar to my hotmail account.


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