Epic Everest – Update 7
Epic Everest – Dingboche 4358m
We woke to piercing blue skies this morning at Dingboche.
Dingboche acclimatisation days. It is wonderful weather for our acclimatisation climb up the ridge line to a viewpoint on a peak called Nangkar Tshang.
Acclimatisation days are critical when climbing as they enable the body to adjust to the altitude. This typically involves a 2 night stay in the one location and a climb to new heights on the morning of the middle day. It is in keeping with the old mountaineering adage, “Climb high, sleep low”. On the way into Everest Base Camp there are typically two 2 night stays.
This particular climb always makes for a pretty big morning with a vertical ascent of around 700 metres to a height of around 5050 metres. We stay in Dingboche which is about 4358 metres.
We commenced the climb at 7.45 am. It took us roughly two hours to reach the viewpoint.
The views are spectacular and I hope the pictures do it justice! We spent an hour there to enable further acclimatisation. We then descended to lunch and a relaxing afternoon.
Tomorrow we are off to Lobuche, our second last stop before Everest Base Camp.