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EVEREST- CAMP 1 REST

Apr 23 My cough is clearly picking up at the same time while my appetite is subdued at 6000m, though I’m happy that I don’t have any altitude symptoms— not even a headache. From what I’m hearing from everyone, this is normal for Khumbu Cough, the cough triggered by the cold dry air at altitude. […]

EVEREST – EVERY STEP IS HARD!

Apr 22: EBC – Camp 1, 6000m Today is the start of our first rotation up on Mt Everest. To climb a mountain as high as Mt Everest, we need to gradually expose our body to higher altitude instead of going up in one shot, which a normal person would surely not survive. To  achieve […]

LOBUCHE TRAINING CLIMB

Apr 14-16, 2010 Things are happening fast here. Only three days ago (Apr 14th), we left EBC after an epic stormy night (all night thunder, lightning, snow and wind; so many avalanches that morning following the wind and snow loading; woke up to a 20F cold morning). Now we have just climbed Lobuche, a 6000m-ish […]

FINALLY ARRIVE AT EVEREST BASE CAMP!

Apr 12, 2010 Arrive at EBC The approach to base camp is certainly longer than I was prepared for, though everything is going just according to our plan. Almost 3 weeks after I left home in Boston, finally I’m in EBC! On one side, the climber team took a more conservative pace to ensure best […]

EVEREST TRIP – REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

We walked about 5 hours from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m). It was a hot day! Still around 75F, but the strong radiation of sun at high altitude and dust from trails require us to fully cover every inch of our skin. Last night, I went to bed with my nose a little bit stuffy, woke […]

EVEREST TRIP: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Apr 5th – 8th, 2010 With the ultimate goal in mind, our group hiked at a very conservative pace, with an extra rest day at each stop to allow for sufficient acclimatization. Apr 5th and 6th, we hiked to Deboche/Tengboche with a day of rest, then on Apr. 7th we hiked from Deboche (3700m) to […]

EVEREST TRIP – BACK TO NAMCHE

Apr 3rd Having hiked so many hours yesterday, and with no pressure of my schedule today, I slept until almost 8am before I leisurely enjoyed breakfast with Pasang and Dawa. My acclimatization went so well that we didn’t need to take those rest days. So I’m heading back to Namche today, one day ahead of […]

EVEREST TRIP – ARRIVING IN GOKYO

March 31st Last night’s snow stopped by dinnertime, and the accumulation is only a few inches. I was feeling good about the altitude. So we decided to skip the rest day and made the easy ascent to Gokyo at 4750m. There’s a big group of Japanese trekkers at the lodge. They are mostly in their […]

EVEREST TRIP – FROM DOLE TO MACHHERMO

Writing a daily journal definitely helps me to keep track of the date, even though I think it’s a total waste of time to calculate which day of the week it is. Today, we walked about 2.5 hours from Dole (4110m) to Machhermo at 4465m, just in time for lunch. This is already higher than […]

EVEREST TRIP – TREK FROM NAMCHE TO DOLE

Got up early this morning to get packed before 7am, and we set off around 8:30am. So far on this trip, every day has been blue sky or light clouds, pleasant temperature around 75F. We took the lower trail that cuts across the hill we went up yesterday. The beginning part of the trail is […]