Today was divided equally between work and rest.

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam – Northeast Ridge

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.

Tea House_Lukla

Tea House in Lukla

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.

Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker in Namche Bazaar

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)

Thanks for following along.


  11 comments for “Dingboche

  1. David bialecki
    April 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    James totally amazing I’m sharing ur journey

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 10, 2016 at 3:13 am

      Thank you, David!

  2. Betty Frindell
    April 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Hey Jim! My name is Betty Frindell, and I’m good friends with your Mom at FBC Garland. I am really enjoying keeping up with you and your posts. I can’t even imagine the things you see everyday. The pictures of the mountains are incredible. Praying for you, your companions, and your Sherpas. Traveling mercies to all!

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 10, 2016 at 3:15 am

      Thank you, Betty! I appreciate your prayers. Thanks for following along.

  3. Phil Goss
    April 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Truly breathtaking. I’m grateful for your sharing. Was thinking of you during my couple hours at Lloyd’s Beach this morning. And thanks for the boots – they will be carrying me up The Great One!

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Phil, thanks for checking in. Happy to know you are keeping watch on Lloyd Street Beach. Your journey will begin soon enough. We plan to be in Base Camp in two days. Let’s stay in touch. Jim

  4. Staci Colovos
    April 9, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Sym and I just watched Meru and we totally thought of you. I am not surprised to find out that it is one of your favorites. The view of Ama Dablam is spectacular and undoubtedly made amazing company for the trek. Thanks for sharing.

  5. patricia washburn
    April 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Jim, It has now become my morning routine…read your blog & drink my Peppermint Tea!

  6. Lyn
    April 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    The pictures are amazing. You’re right, Ama Dablam does look different from the North and South.
    So glad to see you smile. Enjoy your tea and all the interesting people you are meeting. Sleep well.
    Stay strong. Know you’re loved. Be safe.

  7. Susan Schinleber
    April 9, 2016 at 7:28 am

    p.s. The pictures are amazing! Be safe!

  8. Susan Schinleber
    April 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

    It warms my heart to know that even on the side of a mountain, humans from around the world enjoy a nice cup of tea with friends!

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