30th April , 2012 - Rest Day

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Hiking up to Nagarsang Peak
Hiking up to Nagarsang Peak

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30th April , 2012 -Trekking day 6 – a day of rest!!  Or as Keith put it on our post breakfast hike – “rest days are a real bitch”

We awakened at 7am to a temperature of 28 degrees & frosted windows. With hot tea and with breakfast over by 9am, we embarked up a thousand feet to Pokalde where the Nagarjange monastery is located. At this monastery local monks spend the months of June, July & August in silence and meditation. The ascent from 13,800 feet to 14,800 feet was taxing for the entire team (Sherpas accepted); but the vistas were so spectacular we we’re motivated to continue on. We had spectacular views of Ama Dablam from the north side, as well as distant views of Island Peak, Lohtse, peak 38, Makalu and Chophulu. Chophulu is a very sacred mountain, so that climbing is not permitted. 

Returning to lunch and showers for many, we we’re extremely fortunate to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic here in Pheriche. The clinic is staffed by three volunteer physicians for 10 weeks in the summer and in the fall. The physicians (Maria Nemethy, MD from Salt Lake City, Magnus Johansson, MD from Stockholm, and Rachel Tullet, MD from Christchurch) showed us the clinic and Maria gave us a lecture on Altitude Related Illnesses. Later in the afternoon, all three physicians presented interesting & informative cases from their recent clinical experience. At dinner, we we’re joined by all three physicians and their clinic staff, where we continued to share clinical & cultural experiences.

Tomorrow we expect to awaken to another cool crisp morning surrounded by mountain views that frankly defy description in words. Then we are off to Luboche, elevation 15900 feet, which we expect to be a very exciting but taxing.

Everyone on the trekking team is healthy & happy, and sends greetings to everyone following our grand trek.
(Mark & Bhanu)

Hiking up to Nagarsang Peak

Hiking up to Nagarsang Peak

 

Wongchhu ,Mary Vikki, Didi and Ann

Wongchhu ,Mary Vikki, Didi and Ann

 

Wongchhu and Vikki - Background Mt. ama Dablam

Wongchhu and Vikki - Background Mt. Ama Dablam

 

Ccindy and Tendi - Background Mt. Ama Dablam

Cindy and Tendi - Background Mt. Ama Dablam

 

Mt. Makalu

Mt. Makalu

 

Tendi and Danielle

Tendi and Danielle

 

Wongchu - Background Mt. Ama Dablam

Wongchu - Background Mt. Ama Dablam