Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Third day of the Everest Base Camp trekking. And first day of altitude acclimatization for us. Above 2,500meters the lack of oxygen is really a problem. The more we go up and the less oxygen we will have in the air. Just to give an idea, at the highest point of this trekking (i.e. 5,600 meters) we will have only 50% of the oxygen that we have at sea level, and if we will try to climb the Everest on the summit (i.e. 8,850 meters) we will find just 30% of the sea level oxygen. Pretty crazy. That is why you need to give to your body the time to adapt. A good way to do it is to have acclimatization days. In the acclimatization days the golden rule is "hike high and sleep low". This is exactly what we are doing today. We will hike from Namche Bazaar (3,400 meters) to an Everest View point to 3,900 meters and we will go back to Namche Bazaar again to sleep. And yes, if the weather we will be clear, we will see the Everest! And judging from the sunrise, today will be an other clear day. This is the view from my room ...These are some pictures that I took during the trekking ...And this is finally the Everest. It is the highest peak in the middle of these pictures. It is still in the background, but there it is ...Everest official name in Nepal is Sagarmatha, and it means "head of the sky". Everest is the name that the English explorers gave to the mountains in 1865, when they discovered that that was the highest peak in the entire World. But funny enough the official Nepali name was given to the mountain only in 1956, 3 years after the Sherpa Tanzin Sir. Hillary summit it. Of course the Sherpas (i.e. local people living in the mountains) had a name well before the English and the Nepali. The name is Jomo Miyo Lang Sangma, and it is the name of the Goddess who lives in the mountain ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

soooo neat!!!! and beautiful!!!!

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