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Day 3

Left Namche after breakfast and within minutes I was welcomed with stunning Himalayan range.

Plan was to reach Tengboche by 5pm but the trek and stairs to get there nearly killed me! Super steep uphill and downhill trek for hours but happiness is that satisfying feeling of making it through the long trekking day without any accidents.

Made it just before 4pm to Tengbche, then I visited the famous Tengboche Monastry where Monks were performing their rituals and felt good just being inside the Monastry and obersving them. I lit candles for my dad and sent prayers for everyone.

Tengboche was beautiful at 3860 m but didn’t stay there as I decided to stay few meters down in Debuche for 2 reasons.

1. Lower elevation helps even if it’s only few meters down

2. Hotels were reasonably priced and not packed which meant nice and peaceful place and no queue for shower and toilets.

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I was pleased with my window view twin bed room and nearby bathroom. Upstairs a group of trekkers couple going down to Lukla, one to Gokyo and few to EBC, fun banter, Famous Dal bhat, hot water and warm fireplace. All for NPR 700

By now, I have understood early to bed and early to rise gets the most out of trekking. So was in bed by 9pm after writing my dairy and reading a book.

Day 4

Left for Pangboche around 8am next morning after breakfast. Little concerned about high altitude sickness now as I was reaching 3985 m & had only accalamized 1 night in Namche.

Arrived Pangboche late afternoon right in time for Dal Bhat. Met fellow trekker in the lodge and we decided to hike around town for fresh air and to see where we were exactly.

We went up in Pangboche Monastry, little village and had some sun bath. Stunning view all around. This was my first time being in high altitude (over 4000 m)and it got me with a massive headache!

Couldn’t sleep that night, headache didn’t leave me either and my heart beat was way faster than usual. I knew I had minor signs of high altitude sickness. And no reception on my phone. It is those weak moments when we tend to miss our comfort and our loved ones the most..

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I had a big day planned for tomorrow- Mount AMA Dablam Base Camp + more 4800 m (5-7 hours retun trek) I had to sleep.

So all I did to deal with high altitude was meditate, slow inhale and exhale, lots of water and keep calm. Oh and I had garlic soup upon recommendation of my porter.  Also, don’t miss your meals no matter how disgusting it tastes!

And if you are waking up 2-3 times during the night apparently it’s a good sign!

Day 5

Woke up fine, Thank god!! had toast & eggs for breakfast. About 8:30 am left for Mt AMA Dablam Base Camp.

Left to the lodge, turn right then downhill, cross the bridge and climb steep uphill infected with life threating land slides, meadow, zigzag, more uphill, stony paths, downhill and sandy paths here and there, chorten, more walking not a single soul then I bumped into a Israeli trekker, his porter and the girl I met at the lodge day before. She was doing Chu la pass after this so we bid good byes, the other trekker disappeared and i was there enjoying all this to myself with my porter resting far behind.

At 4600 meters above sea level feeling happy and confident with Mount AMA Dablam.

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We went 400meters higher so I could  acclimatisated properly. Now I was at 4800 meters. Incredible view and for a moment I felt like I could live there forever with that stunning scenery.

Mountain at the back is the famous AMA Dablam which means AMA = mother and Dablam = daughter in Sherpa language.

Back at the lodge. Dinner and in bed. No more headache but sharp knee pain. Anyway I was the only guest in the whole lodge that night, not sure how I felt about that’s but I took the opportunity to fill my journal.

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Day 6

Up at 7:30 am, breakfast and left Pangboche for my next stop Dingboche. No headaches, no signs of high altitude sickness and felt good to have arrived there in half a day.

Now I was at 4430 meters above sea level drinking lots of hot water, keeping my meals going and stretching when I can. I was feeling lucky to have a mountain view bedroom again with twin bed which meant I could use spare quilts and pillows if I wanted. I reazlied little things like this made me happier in the mountains!

However, one thing wasn’t right. My left knee was in more pain than day before. so I canceled my side trip and decided to just enjoy the day, read my book and save my energy for tomorrow. 2 more nights and I was about to tick off EBC from my bucket list!

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I don’t remember whole lot from trek Day no 6 as it was mostly saving myself from sunburn, trying not to slip off down hills and narrow paths but my dairy says it was another awesome day in the Himalayas.

Aaaand I brought few interesting things I found out from my porter for you my readers. If you have heard the same stories, let me know in the comments below.

– There’s a history that says Sheep used to come out of Gokyo Lake.

– There’s a huge festival in Dudh Kunda around Janai Purnima.

– Sherpas called Mt. Everest Chomlogma chomlo means chicken and logma means golden. Yes you guessed it back in the era of gods,  inplace of Mt. Everest there used to be a golden chicken. Go figure!

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Mt Everest BC Day 3-6 & Mt Ama Dabalm 4600m

16 thoughts on “Mt Everest BC Day 3-6 & Mt Ama Dabalm 4600m

  • June 12, 2017 at 7:33 am
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    Respect! I am not in shape, so it’s not for me. But I can imagine it’s amazing.

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  • June 12, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    Sounds like an exiting adventure! I have great respect for you, climping Mt AMA Dablam bc. I really would love to do that one day too!

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  • June 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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    My friends have been to Everest base camp. Looking at their pictures and now yours as well, it inspired me to do a trek. It is a heavenly place and I am sure it would be a once in a lifetime experience for you.

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  • June 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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    I WILL get there one day, I will get there one day. BC Everest is one of my ultimate dreams and I keep seeing photos and reading blogs recently and my desire is getting stronger. Love reading your post 🙂

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  • June 13, 2017 at 5:10 am
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    Thanks to your blog! It’s a bit difficult to read but I guess that immerses the reader more into your actual experience. Glad that among the scrambling and the pain you got such gorgeous photos!

    Happy continued travels!
    C

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  • June 13, 2017 at 9:46 am
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    Nice!!
    I went to Nepal for the first time few months ago, and next time I want to do the Everest BC 🙂
    Cheers and safe travels Anna.

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  • June 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm
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    I’d be far too unfit to undertake something like this but what an incredible adventure! Your pictures are so amazing it makes me want to up the fitness levels and do it in spite of myself

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  • June 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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    Very nice pictures!Those icy mountains are truly majestic. One of our dreams is to trek to Everest Base camp, then stay there for a couple of days or weeks. We can’t afford to climb Everest itself, but reaching its base camp is enough for us. We also like to try out hiking the Lower Himalayas; the scenery—and adventure—there is awesome!

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  • June 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    Wow! So happy for you. Your trip reminds me of some of the Himalayan trails I have taken myself. Hats off 🙂

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  • June 19, 2017 at 7:27 am
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    Everest Sumit is a dream and being based in India, it’s really easy for us to catch a flight to Nepal and go for the trek. But to be honest, it needs guts. I am sure I’d be able to do it one day! Your pictures make it seem heavenly. This trek, I am sure, you are going to remember for life!

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  • July 2, 2017 at 4:40 am
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    Really awesome. I hiked in the Himalayas a bit 10 years ago, but nothing as difficult as the Everest base camp. Congrats! Also nice photos.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 7:56 am
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    My brother just came from Base Kamp trek to everest adn he had a lot of stories about it. I am a bit wary cause of altitude sickness but thanks for the tips to battle it

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  • July 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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    It sounds like an incredible – but challenging – experience. Altitude sickness symptoms however minor are not fun to deal with. Respect to you for persevering!

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  • July 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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    There is no way I could pull something like this off, be proud!

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  • July 3, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    It looks like such a stunning climb, but I hope your knee is ok!! Glad to hear that altitude sickness didn’t take full effect – that can be a killer if it really decides to kick in!

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  • July 4, 2017 at 12:40 am
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    I must say that trekking isn’t for me but this is super cool! GOing down a few meters of elevation makes all of the difference! I was just in the Andes from a Florida and that is how I survived!

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