Today we took in more of the amazing scenery at Lobuche BC. Part of the acclimatization process involves hiking to higher elevations each day, even if just 1,000 feet higher, then descending to camp again to rest. Today we went up from LBC (15,800 feet) to Lobuche High Camp (about 1,100 feet higher). The going was tough at the start, as it often is, but once my heart and lungs got into the groove things became easier. The cold dry air does cause a runny nose and dry cough, but both are substantially better here in the clean atmosphere of the mountain, compared with the smoky air of the valley below.
The view from high camp were amazing, and allowed us to see the route to the summit that we plan to take in a few days from now, after we have moved to EBC and then hiked back here again—all part of the acclimatization process.
We had fine weather, and were able to do some laundry in the open air, which was very welcome. Nepalese detergent is a bit more abrasive than what I’m accustomed to, but it gets the job done! Lovely meals and fun conversations into the evening, augmented by the jazz playlist provided by Blake, and bluetooth speaker provided by Kara.
posted: May 7, 2015
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