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.
I am in good spirits. So is my group.