15th May, 2013 - Trek to Lobuche

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15th May 2013 – Dingboche to Lobuche

7.30 am is now a routine starting time for us. The trek to Lobuche started with a steep climb on way to the Nagakarsang Peak we did yesterday. Thankfully at the first ridge itself we took a left turn. About an hour into the walk to our left we could see Pheriche village at the banks of Nangma River. At this point weather changed all of a sudden. Wind picked up and it became a little bit cloudy. We were walking at a good pace and reached Thugla Village (4620 meters) at 10.30 am. In the 3 hours we had easily walked 7.25 Km and gained 340 meters without realising it. We decided that we would not have lunch here and would go all the way to Lobuche. So we settled for soup and some snacks that we were carrying from Pune. We left Thugla at 11.15 am.

The next 11.25 hours till 12.30 pm was very gruelling. Strong wind was blowing on our backs and the climb was very steep. Thugla top (4895 meters) saw us climb another 275 meters over hardly 2.5 Km. At this place are monuments of several climbers who lost their life while climbing Mount Everest. We spent some time looking around and having much needed rest and then started for the last lap at 12.45 pm. After this till Lobuche was a very steady walk with a bit of ups and downs. However we were very tired when we reached Lobuche at around 2 pm. Some of us had massive headache. Some had a nausea feeling. We had in fact climbed about 650 meters since morning. At this altitude this was a major gain. One round of hot tea and biscuits and we felt much better. It took about half an hour for all of us to regain composure. Evening time and we were back for our leisurely stroll around the village.

Tomorrow we will be going to Gorakhshep. This is the last village on this route.

taking rest way up to Lobuche

taking rest way up to Lobuche

 

Heading up to Lobuche

Heading up to Lobuche

 

bird of prey vulture seen from bottom on a blue sky Nepal Khumbu