Everest Base Camp - Day 6 (Acclimitization Day in Dingboche)
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After the early night I was awake early at around 5 AM (actually the good thing was that I was able to sleep this time at 4400m - at Thorung Phedi I had difficulties on the Annapurna Circuit at the same altitude). Wiped some condensation from the window next to me and low and behold there are some actual mountains out there. I was beginning to wonder. Went out to snap some photos in the early morning sunlight. Was worried though that it looked like clouds were already beginning to roll up the valley again. Thankfully this potentiality ultimately proved unfounded. Back in my room I curled up in my sleeping bag until I needed to get up for breakfast.
Started at the standard time with breakfast at 7:30 AM and by 8:00 AM we were walking on the trail for our second acclimitization hike - or should I say wall climb. We left Dingboche, crossed the Imja Khola and began an ascent up a ridge towards Ama Dablam (6814m - 22355 ft) to our south. The climb felt like it was straigt up. In some cases I scrambled up the steep slopes using my hands to find holds in front of me. I think we actually spent more time resting than actually walking or climbing. Based on Al's altimeter we would walk for about 5 minutes ascending 50-60m (164-196 ft) before pausing to recover for 5 minutes or so. This continued as we ascended somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 meters (1312 feet) to a ridge beneath Ama Dablam.
We also had views up the Imja Khola valley towards Chhukhung and Island Peak (Imja Tse) - 6189 m (20305 ft). Island Peak is one of the classic trekkers peaks in the Nepal Himalaya although still a challenge in its own right. To the west we could also see Tabuche - 6495m (21309 ft) and Cholatse - 6335m (20784 ft). These mountains nestle above the Imja Khola and Dudh Kosi and we walked around them yesterday as we traveled from Phortse to Dingboche. After several photos and some time to breath the high altitude air we walked a bit further up for some more views gaining a bit more altitude.
Lunch time and the rest of the afternoon was free time to relax, read, write, play cards, or just enjoy the day. It was actually nice enough to lay out and enjoy some sun in front of our lodge although it was a bit chilly. There's not much to do in these mountain towns. Dingboche is not even a year round village only occupied during the trekking seasons and in the summer when people from villages further down the mountain bring herds up to graze at the higher elevations. I spent a bit of time reorganizing some gear, getting some of the true cold weather gear closer to the top of the bag preparing for the elements at the true higher elevations to come in the next few days. Dinner came and went and we called it another early evening, everyone struggling to last until 8:00 PM