I was feeling much better when I woke up, and I washed my hair in the sink which made me feel considerably less disgusting. Toast for breakfast. I’m only eating bland things and Clif bars until my stomach settles. We left around 8 and walked for around 3 hours then stopped for tea. It was a pretty easy walk, mostly traversing the mountain ridges. After tea was a 1 1/2 climb, “up up up” according to Boo, all on switchbacks. We stopped in Tengboche for lunch which is where many people stop for the night. The town is on a peak so it’s very cold. After lunch Dan and Sam photographed the monastery with the fisheye lens. Amazing place. I don’t know if the monks were more interested in the blonde girl or the photography.
We continued on to Pangboche for just under 2 hours, getting in a little before 5 PM. Most of the way to Pangboche was downhill, but the last bit was steep. Andrew was not too happy with Boo for the lack of warning about the climb. When we got to Pangboche we will saw a patch of blue sky and a rainbow. I’m still optimistic that we’ll see at least a glimpse of Everest. Boo says, “can be”. We added an extra day to the trip to have a second shot to see Everest from Kala Patthar if the first day isn’t clear. Andrew and Dan want to skip the second acclimatization day, but Mike and I don’t think that’s a great idea. We’re not even quite to 13,000 ft here. A long way left to go up.
Date: 20 September 2011
Path: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Pangboche
Where Did We Stay In Pangboche: Namaste Guest House
Elevation: 3870m / 12697 ft
Hours hiking: 6
Hours hiking w/ stops: 9 — at Tengboche, Nepal
Stay tuned for the Everest Base Camp Trek journals Days 5-12
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