Today was divided equally between work and rest.
This morning started with an acclimatization hike to 16,358 feet. For most of the hike I enjoyed views of some of the world’s tallest peaks including Cho Oyu, Mansalu, Makalu, Lobuche, and Ama Dablam (the prominent peak in the center of the picture above.) Yesterday I wrote that Ama Dablam has many personalities. The picture above is from the north perspective, whereas yesterday I shared a picture from the south. It is hard to recognize the pictures as the same mountain. Everest was not visible today.
It was nice to gain about 2,000 feet of altitude then retreat to the comforts of our tea house for some well deserved rest. Tea houses are a central part of the trekking experience and share common characteristics throughout the Khumbu. The first characteristic is a common room where hot tea and meals are served and trekkers warmed by a stove located in the center of the space. The second characteristic is the availability of simple rooms for sleeping, typically offering just two beds and sometimes a private bathroom, but not always. All the action is found in the common area, in part, because the rooms are not heated. It is a simple, but social experience.
You meet people from all over the world in the tea houses and you never know who you might meet. I spent time with Conrad Anker at our tea house in Namche Bazaar. Conrad is a well-know climber who I have followed for years and is one of the central subjects in the movie “Meru”. It is one of my favorite climbing films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvS6O9lVkkg
Tomorrow I plan to trek to Loboche (16,210 ft)
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