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Everest Base Camp - Day 7 (Dingboche - Lobuche)

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Trekking towards Lobuche

Another 7:30 AM start for the day with breakfast and on the trail by 8:00 AM.  Finally a perfectly clear day.  After an initial climb out of Dingboche (that can be seen in one of yesterday's photos), we came upon a wide sandy plateau above the Khumbu Khola.  Below us we could see the river and Pheriche - an alternative stop to Dingboche on the way up towards Base Camp.  Views of the mountains in all directions were superb.  Took lots of photos, probably too many (and not all our displayed here).

Ascended slowly to Dughla at 4630m (15190 ft) for a tea stop.  Then a long, steepish ascent up to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.

Khumbu Glacier
  At the top was a memorial site to many sherpas and climbers who had perished on Everest throughout the years.  The most famous being the one to Scott Fisher who was immortalized in Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air.  Another 1 hour of walking and we reached Lobuche - 4910m (16109 ft) around 1 PM - from a trekking perspective it was a shortish walk but due to altitude issues not safe to proceed further.  Had lunch, then took a short walk up the lateral moraine to view the Khumbu Glacier.

At this vantage the glacier is an odd site.  Unlike typical glaciers I have seen in South America or Alaska, Khumbu is completely covered by rock and dirt and only small bits of ice are visible this far down the length of the glacier.  But when we were quiet and the wind eased we could hear the glacier's song.

Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft) enshrouded by clouds.
  The creaks and cracks as the ice moves under the tons of rock was fully evident in the stillness of the Himalayan air.

Back at the lodge, everyone was feeling pretty lethargic from the altitude.  A few people were suffering some early stages of altitude sickness.  Nothing major but enough to be of some concern.  I popped a Diamox tablet to help with the altitude tonight finally as well.  Dinner came at 6:30 PM as usual and most everyone headed to the cold bedrooms soon after as tomorrow was the ultimate goal of the trek, Everest Base Camp, and this meant an early morning start (6:00 AM).

One final note - Lobuche was by far the worst location I stayed out in both my treks.  Lodges here were more dirty and grimy than others we had stayed in.  Rooms were very cold and breezy which made an uncomfortable night at altitude even more so.  Food was not as good as other locations and I am not holding any place to a very high standard in the first place.  Not that I was traveling for the accomodations, but Lobuche was definitely the roughest of the nights I had in Nepal.

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Trekking towards Lobuche
Trekking towards Lobuche
Khumbu Glacier
Khumbu Glacier
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft) enshroud…
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft) enshrou…
Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Peak 38, Isla…
Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Peak 38, Isl…
Looking back towards Kantega and T…
Looking back towards Kantega and …
Solar Water Heater in Dhukla
Solar Water Heater in Dhukla
Tabuche and Cholatse
Tabuche and Cholatse
Ama Dablam behind the lodge in Dhu…
Ama Dablam behind the lodge in Dh…
Sherpa Memorials above Dhukla
Sherpa Memorials above Dhukla
Sherpa Memorials above Dhukla
Sherpa Memorials above Dhukla
Scott Fisher memorial above Dhukla…
Scott Fisher memorial above Dhukl…
Additional Sherpa memorials (going…
Additional Sherpa memorials (goin…
Pumori - 7165m (23507 ft), Lingtre…
Pumori - 7165m (23507 ft), Lingtr…
Photo of myself in front of the mo…
Photo of myself in front of the m…
First view of the Khumbu Glacier
First view of the Khumbu Glacier
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft)
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft)
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft) enshroud…
Nupste - 7864m (25800 ft) enshrou…
Lobuche
photo by: halilee