4th April , 2013 - Acclimatize Day

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April 4, 2013 - Acclimatize Day

Today was a smoker.  After breakfast, we hiked Gong Ri on the advice of David Breashears (henceforth referred to as "B-Rash").  The seldom-taken hike offered unobstructed views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest, and Thamserku.  On the way up, we saw the national bird of Nepal, the Danfe.  About 18 inches tall, it is plumed with blue, red, and yellow feathers and has an unmistakable display of feathers at the top of its head.  It is a truly magnificent bird.  It is also very sneaky, as after a short appearance for a few blurry photos, it managed to evade any further attempts by the three of us to get another look at it, despite our best efforts to stalk it.  We ate lunch on top of the ridge at 13,500' above sea level.  From that viewpoint, the Seven Summits Team's "big excursion" to the Everest view hotel seemed pathetic in comparison—indeed; we could barely make out its red roof from our perch at the top of the area.  We down-climbed the 60 degree faces overlooking Khumjung.  On the way down, we saw our first yak.  Standing on the side of a cliff, it barely paid us attention.  Once in town, we moved to a tea bar, after which we ran into the Seven Summits team.  They went home, while we continued our epic adventure towards the Everest view hotel.  On the way, we stopped to do some bouldering on a random granite cliff.  We learned that while Sherpas grow up in the mountains, they are not necessarily the most skilled wall spiders.  At the Everest view hotel, we got bottles of water and enjoyed the cool breeze while waiting for the clouds to clear off the top of Everest (which they never did…the name is a classic case of false advertising).  Once the novelty wore off of having a completely obstructed view of Mount Everest, we completed our trek to the Khumbu Lodge in Namche.  All in all, another good day.

-Diz, Gus and Gino

namche bridge

 

Khude Peak

 

khude peak