I find every day to be special in the Khumbu Valley, and today was especially so.
Ama Dablam is a sentinel that towers over all who journey to Everest from the south. It was ever present today. One of the special experiences of Ama Dablam is that trekkers walk around the mountain and gain multiple perspectives, similar to how a sculpture might study their work from multiple angles. For most of the day Ama Dablam seems impossibly off limits, but at times the mountain seems to invite a respectful approach. Ama Dablam is beautiful beyond description and it is such a joy to spend a day in her shadows.
Lama Geshi has given blessings to generations of climbers. He has pictures displayed of Himalayan pioneers who have come seeking his blessing. Receiving Lama Geshi’s blessing is a right of passage for virtually all who aspire to climb Mt. Everest from the south. For me it was an impactful experience to be in Lama Geshi’s presence and humbling to know that I follow in the footsteps of generations of my climbing heroes.
A helicopter passed through the valley at eye level today marking a sign of progress.
I plan to stay in Dingboche (14,470 ft) for two nights to acclimatize to the 2,000 feet of altitude that was served up today. Happy to be here.