Altitude: 4262 metres
Weather: Mainly fine, clouding over in the afternoon
Hi everyone, it’s Liz here.
Rest Day in Dingboche
We managed to fit in a range of activities today. Some of us slept in, had hot showers and caught up on domestic duties like washing. Meanwhile, Cas and I, the early risers, had breakfast of oat porridge, Tibetan bread and honey and tea with Pemba before heading to Chhukung, a two hour walk away.
Chhukung and Beyond
While we were enjoying tea at the lodge we met Graham Hoyland from the BBC and cameraman David Rasmussen. They are producing a film about the Extreme Everest climbers and will be following them to the summit if all goes well. They had come down from Base Camp for a few days to ‘fatten up’ because they had been losing too much weight at Everest Base Camp. Asked what they ate, it is Yak Steak! Interestingly, that was also what the doctor at the HRA had for lunch. More about our trrek from Chhukung later.
Himalayan Rescue Association
Fiona, Beck, Denise, Marg and Julila trekked over the hill to Pheriche to listen to a talk given daily about the dangers of high altitude and the processes involved in acclimatisation. It is a timely reminder of what to watch for in each other and our sherpas and porters as we head to 5000m. Fiona had her oxygen saturation tested there. It is a guide to how a person is handling altitude and hers was a very pleasing 95% so we decided that we would all take that as a good sign that we are all doing OK.
Pemba, Cas and I followed the Imjo River valley hoping to see the huge Imjo lake. Despite Pemba carrying my pack, I was going snail pace so we we climbed up a short pile of moraine and saw the lower end of the lake. We had made it to 5000m and turned back for lunch at Chhukung before setting a brisk pace downhill.
Thankyou every-one for all your messages. Because of the difficulties of charging batteries and with our large group, we won’t be able to reply individually each night but we really love receiving them and they make up a very jovial part of each day as we read them out loud to each other.
That’s all for now. Liz.
A Special Message to Stefano
Dear Stefano we all wish you a very happy 8th Birthday and hope that you have a brilliant day. We will all be thinking of you.
Daddy and the rest of the group