EBC Trek – Day 8 of 14 – Dingboche to Lobuche

21 October 2017.  

Today we left Dingboche for Lobuche. 

We all arrived in Lobuche in good spirits and reasonable health. 

Some facts about today’s trek:

  • Distance: 7.0 km
  • Time: 5 hrs
  • Starting elevation: 14,469 ft / 4,410 m 
  • Ending elevation: 16,142 ft / 4,920 m
  • Starting oxygen: 59% of sea level 
  • Ending oxygen: 56% of sea level

The ascent towards Everest Base Camp continued through Alpine meadows and summer yak pastures towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. 

At the moraine, there are stone monuments to six sherpas who died in avalanche, as well as monuments to other climbers
From here, it will be a steep, tough climb towards the village of Gorak Shep. 

I was personally touched by the monument raised for Scott Fischer as I read the book “Into thin air “ prior to leaving for Nepal. 

Tonight, we hiked up a hill as part of an acclimatization strategy for tomorrow.   

From the top of the hill, we could see where Everest Base Camp is located….at the end of the Khumbu glacier.   It looks smooth from here but it’s anything but….

Tomorrow is The Big Day. Early departure for Gorak Shep then on to Everest Base Camp…..:
For Mia and Liam.   What is a moraine?

Moraine is the general term for debris of all sorts originally transported by glaciers or ice sheets that have since melted away. 

When a valley glacier melts completely away the debris carried on or within it are dropped on the valley floor, forming a deposit called ground moraine.

    2 thoughts on “EBC Trek – Day 8 of 14 – Dingboche to Lobuche

    1. Gordon MacGibbon

      Whatever happens if you really start getting seriously ill let it go and come back. There will always be another chance but there won’t be if you don’t make it back.
      Gordon MacGibbon


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