Island Peak and Dingboche Valley

15th April, 2011- An acclimatization day in Dingboche

Today was our acclimatization day in Dingboche. Three of us decided to try to summit the local peak here, which would serve three goals: to acclimate us to the altitude, to summit something over 5000m for a chocolate celebration, and to watch Anders struggle with the elements. Needless to say, we accomplished all three goals. It was particularly satisfying to see Anders sweat it out in his bright orange down jacket.

Dingboche Valley

We had to do some rock climbing at the end to reach the summit, but we got some pretty sick views of Mt. Ama Dablam as a reward. On the way we saw another 8000m summit: Makalu. That looked impossible to climb, even though it definitely isn’t. On the way down, Par and I took a shortcut and left that big orange dot in the dust. Unfortunately, he made it back to the lodge.

Above the Dingboche

We feel pretty good about the trek from here, and we’ve gotten reports from a returning Austrian couple that the work is all worth it to get to Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Tomorrow, we are leaving for Lobuche at 8:00. Ang Dawa is letting us sleep in a little bit. We are going to reach 4910m; hopefully we will get some sleep at that altitude.

-Matt Nassr

  Mt. Ama-Dablam

on the way up to Nakar Sung Hill

  on the top of Nakarsung Hill

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