18 July 2009

Everest Region December 2003 - Day 10

Dingboche to Lobuche

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I thought you might like some more background sounds for your viewing pleasure.

The Pyramid

Having taken the high road from Dingboche to Dughla, we discovered that it was indeed closed. Dughla, at 4620m, is at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, with a climb above it of about 240m in less than 2 km. Whilst our Chhukhung visit had toughened us up a bit, we still found ourselves breathless. The feeling of "less air" is quite palpable in the Khumbu glacier valley. (I can hear the Himalayan mountaineers all sniggering...)

Nevertheless, we found ourselves in Lobuche by lunchtime, and in the afternoon, went off to visit the Italian based research centre known as "The Pyramid".

We stayed at a lodge whose owner had won the Everest marathon (from Gorakh Shep to Thamo) three out of the last four years. I reckon that simply living at the altitude of Lobuche (4910m) probably would be sufficient training!

Kongma Tse (5820m, also called Mehra Peak, confusingly) is directly east of Lobuche, on the opposite side of the Khumbu Glacier. Seen here at the end of the day catching some rays.

Kongma Tse

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As seen on Andrew Purdam's Bushwalking Treasure Box blog.

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