Yesterday we arrived in Tengboche at 3876m following a 9.5 km hike that took 5.5 hours to complete. We descended 400m and regained 818m by the end of the day. Our efforts were rewarded by the our first glimpses of Everest!
Today is my 30th birthday and also the first day of running my exercise and cognitive function experiments at high altitude. So far, things have been rolling along really well! I woke up at 5:30am for a sunrise hike to see Everest and the surrounding mountains at first light.
Once the sun rose behind Ama Dablam and Everest, it wasn’t possible to take a good picture. However, mountains to the south of Tengboche made up for that.
The exercise and cognitive function experiment has been running very well so far. The team is really enjoying walking outside for a change (we walked stairs in Kathmandu).
Tomorrow we depart for Pheriche at 4200m. I have definitely noticed the altitude in Tengboche. I feel breathless going up stairs or even walking up a slope. At lunch I felt especially rough but have since rebounded and feel pretty good. I’m sure the effects of altitude and AMS will become much more pronounced from here on out.