Everest Base Camp Trek & Island Peak Climb: Acclimating Hike around Pheriche

Posted by: | March 31, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest BC Trek
Elevation: 13,950'

Despite moving to 14,000’ yesterday, we all slept soundly in Ang Nuru’s lodge here in Pheriche and the clear morning revealed the stunning panorama of peaks that we find ourselves amidst. With a day to hike and acclimatize here around Pheriche we left the teahouse and began ascending tight switchbacks up a ridge to the north of the village. Quickly gaining altitude, we were able to catch our first views of Island Peak, known locally as Imja Tse as we looked to the east up the Imja Khola valley below us.

Standing proudly around Island Peak rose Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar, creating a grand panorama surrounding the mountain. Focusing our attention back on the trail, we continued uphill, eventually reaching the rocky outcropping Nangkar Tshang at over 16,500’. It felt good to push our bodies to these new altitudes and the team climbed wonderfully, moving smoothly up and back down the steep hillsides above Pheriche. As we stood on the summit, looking out at the views around us and watching the clouds gradually roll up the valley from far below, three Himalayan Eagles soared past us. It was an incredible sight to see, these massive birds playing in the thermals at such altitudes. We watched them fly back and forth before gradually moving up the valley.

We returned to the teahouse in the afternoon, just as the clouds rolled in. Legs tired after a solid day of walking, we kicked back in the dining room and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. Today is Mark’s birthday and unbeknown to him Karen has convinced Ang Nuru to prepare a birthday cake up here for him, we are looking forward to surprising him with it this evening.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory

On a day hike above Pheriche with Ama Dablam behind. Photo by Linden Mallory The team crossing paths with a yak train in the snow this morning. Photo by Linden Mallory The team at Lama Geshes after receiving our blessing yesterday. Photo by Linden Mallory

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Great pictures! Exciting to follow your journey everyday. Be safe, my love to you and Sara

Posted by: Phylis Whitehead on 4/1/2011 at 2:46 am

Nice to see you looking good . we love the pictures. happy to see you are having fun. keep safe,
love,
Scott & Annette

Posted by: Scott & Annette Sanders on 3/31/2011 at 7:28 pm

Happy birthday Mark! Have a great climb! Love, MF, Bill, Erin and Hope

Posted by: Mary Frances on 3/31/2011 at 6:50 pm

Got to see a picture of you both and you look great. Good for you Karen with the birthday cake. You are great. I have really enjoyed the daily report and look forward to reading it everyday along with a cup of tea. Best to you both. Love Mom

Posted by: Cornelia Miller on 3/31/2011 at 4:30 pm

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