Over 4000 m, the first time for many of our group. The climbs are noticeably more difficult due to the reduced oxygen and everyone is going slower. Our guides Kishor and Kalan are keeping a close eye on our welfare and recommending tried and trusted remedies such as garlic soup, ginger tea and, most often, drinking lots and lots of water.
Day 6 - Dingboche
So we’re currently relaxing in the sunshine (whilst inside mind you, it’s a bit chilly outside at 4360 m) at the small half way-station of Dingboche. Many of our intrepid group have braved the mountain weather to make the journey to the French bakery for Chocolate Brownies. The things we put ourselves through for the trek! It’s not all Banana Bread though as three of the group with the loosest grip on sanity climbed a 5000 m peak overlooking the town. So much for the rest day!
Day 7 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m)
Alistair has decided to return to Namche Bazaar. He has been plagued by the effects of altitude since we landed and, before we go to 5000 m, has taken the sensible option to descend. We shall miss him, but will see him in a week when we return to Namche. Today we climbed to nearly 5000 m and everyone felt the effects. The chatter on the trail diminished as everyone saved their breath (oxygen density is 50% compared to sea level).