Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Trekking to Pheriche

Posted by: | March 30, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Leaving Deboche this morning we walked through the last of the rhododendron and pine trees of the Khumbu, climbing higher into the valley where only small shrubs and juniper grow. We crossed back over the Dudh Kosi river on a narrow bridge and walked past rows upon rows of Mani stones and chortens, eventually reaching the small village of Pangboche. There, we paid a visit to Lama Geshe, the renown spiritual leader. Chanting in his native tongue of Tibetan, he blessed us on our journey into the mountains, writing a letter to Chomolungma, the goddess of Everest, requesting safe passage for us. Finally, laughing a deep soulful laugh each time he pronounced our anglophone names, he strung a small red string and then kata scarf around our necks, before wishing us good luck.

The day remained clear and we had wonderful views of Ama Dablam soaring above us as left Pangboche, climbing further up the valley towards the impressive south face of Lhotse. Eventually, we reached a split in the valley, where the rivers diverge, one coming from Island Peak and the other from Everest’s Khumbu Glacier. Following the Dudh Kosi towards Everest, we climbed up and over a shallow pass on the trail before dropping into the village of Pheriche. There Ang Nuru, a vibrant and energetic sherpa happily welcomed us into his teahouse, making us comfortable in the wonderfully decorated dining room.

In the afternoon we strolled over the the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Pheriche Clinic and listened to a discussion on altitude by the western doctors here. Tim bravely volunteered to climb into the Gamow Bag, a portable hyperbaric chamber, where the staff of the HRA pumped it up and brought Tim down to an elevation of less than 9,000’ below Lukla where we started the trek. It was a quick ascent back to 14,000’ when he emerged!

The team is doing very well and excited to be here. Tomorrow we are going for a day hike above Pheriche and then returning to the teahouse to celebrate Mark’s birthday. We are sending our best to everyone at home.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

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Good luck McGahan’s, and have a fun, safe climb.  My best to Bill, and good luck on the projects Sara

Dan Catan and family

Posted by: Dan Catan on 4/2/2011 at 8:14 am

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY DAD! I hope y’all are having a gorgeous day on the mountain. I’m so proud of you! Love, Chelsea.

Posted by: Chelsea Miller on 3/31/2011 at 11:02 am

Happy Birthday Dad!  I hope you have had a fantastic day.  It looks like the trip is going great.
- Steve

Posted by: Steve Miller on 3/31/2011 at 7:03 am

Katie:  Hope you’re having fun.  Take lots of pictures, or tell your fellow-trekkers to do it for you. XOXO Ken

Posted by: Ken on 3/31/2011 at 6:16 am

DADDD!!
I hope that you are having an awesome time out there in Nepal. You better be taking a lot of pictures for us! I love you and we all miss you. Come back safe, and enjoy every moment of it.
Love,
Kelsey :)

Posted by: Kelsey McLaughlin on 3/30/2011 at 7:06 pm

Happy Birthday Mark. What a way to spend the day. Karen you are a real trouper for sure. I have enjoyed the reports from the leader and others on your trip. Take care Love Mom

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 3/30/2011 at 4:47 pm

opps, wrong marks b’day…thought it was my nephews…happy birthday to the OTHER mark…
carla

Posted by: carla on 3/30/2011 at 10:12 am

opp, thought it was my nephews bday…oh, happy birthday to you mark, even tho i don’t really know you!!!
carla

Posted by: carla on 3/30/2011 at 10:11 am

oh, chubby chunkins….i remember holding your brown little body in my arms…many birthdays ago.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY…WHAT A WAY TO SPEND IT!!!..wow, this all takes my breath away…i am so proud of you.
lots of love, auntie car and peter
(Hopefully, after this nickname, you will still talk to me!!)

Posted by: auntie car car on 3/30/2011 at 9:32 am

Happy Birthday, Mark! Such a special day for you, Love, MA

Posted by: Mary Ann & Howard Latimer on 3/30/2011 at 9:16 am

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