Day 180: E.B.C. trek day 6, Acclimitization day, Glacial lakes on the slope of Ama Dablam (4870m)
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Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: Ryan & Kate (Scotland), Fiona, Ben, Simon & Tory (UK), John (Scotland)
Today was another acclimatization day. Together with Sanjeev, Kate and Ryan and their guide we set out to climb the hill behind Dingboche. Well, hill... at 4800 metres this is as high as the highest point in Europe, yet the Nepalese never bothered to give this 'minor hill' a name...
It was a gruelling, steep climb, but it was definitely rewarding. At the top we were rewarded with a wonderful view over Dingboche, the nearby peaks of Taboche, Mehra and Island Peak, and a set of beautiful glacial lakes.
We spent about an hour walking around at the top of the hill, shooting half a memory card full of photos, until we got too cold and started our descend.
So far the altitude had not affected me much, but on the way down the same drowsy feeling I'd had yesterday returned. Because the descend was so steep, you had to really concentrate hard on where you put your feet down, which cost me a considerable effort. I felt as if I was drunk again.
Back in the guest house I met John, another Scot who was doing the trek on his own, just like me. It turned out he had been studying and living in Aberdeen at the same time as I did, though (obviously) we had never met at the time. It was really funny to meet a former fellow citizen.
Because of our similar appearance (tall, blue eyes, bald) several of the Sherpas thought we were actually brothers.
My afternoons and evenings on the trek had become some sort of ritual: a visit to the French bakery, a bit of reading and a game of cards...