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Greetings from Lobuche!
This is Christine calling
from Lobuche at 16,100 feet! On August 2nd we left Thangbouche and trekked
through the dense rhododendron forest and along the Dodh Koshi River. We had
magnificent views of Ama Dablam. Once we arrived at the village of Pangbouche
Lama Jungmu brought our group to the monastery on the hillside for a Buddhist
ceremony. The local Lhama from Pangbouche performed the ceremony. We asked
the Gods for good health and a safe climb for our team members. The ceremony
also made the Gods happy, so they would allow us to climb the mountain. This
ceremony is very important part to our Everest climb according to the Buddhist
We spent two nights at
Dingbouche at 14,200 feet to allow our bodies to acclimatize to the altitude.
Kay, Sam, Javier and I trekked to Chukkung on our rest day (August 3rd) to
stretch our legs. A group of us have been playing the card game, "Hearts".
Joe has been the winner so far, but we can wait for the rematch. On the 4th
the trekking team trekked to Dzugla and the climbing team continued on to
Today our trekking team hiked
to Lobuche. Our trekking team is doing well and staying healthy. We are
staying at the Eco-lodge with hot showers and deluxe rooms with comfortable
beds. Our cooks have been too good to us with many delicious meals and our
trekkers are concerned with gaining weight! Willie caught up to us in Lobuche
today. He is 90 percent recovered from his cold. It was a good call for him
to remain in Namache at a lower elevation and warmer temperatures to allow him
to recover quicker. Our climbing team members, Kay, Joe, Eric, Dean, Ray, and
Javier hiked up Kala Pattar and will stay in Gorek Shep tonight.
We are all excited to arrive
at base camp in the next couple days!
All the best, Christine
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