22 Apr 14, Summit XV Lodge, Lobuche (4910m)

Early morning views.

Early morning views.

Today, like most days on this trip, started out with picturesque weather and bright blue skies.  It’s hard to put the camera away and walk.  Every direction is full of clouds, glaciers, mountains…it’s easy to see why this trip has been on my bucket list.  Before the moon has set we are off toward Pheriche and on to Lobuche.

Pheriche

Pheriche

It turned out that the extra acclimatization day was a good call.  The walk was largely a combination of low grade up with Nepali flat, and once I warmed up and hit my stride I started blasting past the large tour groups.

Morning crowds on the trail

Morning crowds on the trail

The Lobuche Superhighway

The Lobuche Superhighway

The most notable up put us at a memorial for climbers (both sherpa and foreign) who had lost their lives on Everest.  As you climb to the top of the hill you’re presented with a gate made of prayer flags.

Ama Dablam as seen from the Stone Memorials

Ama Dablam as seen from the Stone Memorials

Beyond the arch lie a number of stone memorials.  The larger and more decorated memorials belong to foreign climbers.  Scott Fischer, who died in the 1996 Everest tragedy depicted in Into Thin Air was the most prominent.

Scott Fischer Memorial

Scott Fischer Memorial

The sherpa memorials were more subdued.  It was sobering, especially knowing that it needed 17 or more memorials.

Sherpa Memorials

Sherpa Memorials

The rest of the walk was pretty straightforward and uneventful, yet full of increasingly scenic vistas.  We had finally entered the Khumbu Valley.  It’s hard to tell there is a glacier under all the debris – it looks more like a giant rock tongue sliding down the valley floor.

Mingma Resting near the Khumbu Glacier

Mingma Resting near the Khumbu Glacier

Eventually we were settled in Lobuche for the night.  It was time for rest.  Tomorrow:  Everest Base Camp – the day we have all been waiting for!

Hanging Glacier in the Khumbu Valley

Hanging Glacier in the Khumbu Valley

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About virtualshan

An avid hiker, and allergic to most edible food. Sharing my travels, allergen-free eating tips, and general ramblings.
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2 Responses to 22 Apr 14, Summit XV Lodge, Lobuche (4910m)

  1. annathrax says:

    This is on my bucket list, but im scared it will be too hard with all the up! Loved your pics.

  2. virtualshan says:

    It’s totally doable! You do small mileage every day. We usually arrived by 2 every afternoon, and that included a tea stop and a lunch stop. You could get in as late as 5 and still be fine. So lots of time to travel at your own pace!

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