Everest – Day 11: Deboche to Pheriche

April 9 (Tuesday)

Today’s trek led us to Pheriche at 14,270ft, roughly 2000 ft higher than our previous lodge at Deboche.

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What a beautiful hike today!  We started out by descending a little bit to Tengboche to see Geshe monk, the highest Lhama of the Khumbu Valley.  It was very important to all Sherpas and guides on our expedition to get proper blessing, and this monk was the answer.

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We sat around sipping Sherpa tea while each of us was given a card with a history of how Everest was formed, and a Buddhist prayer.  Each one of us then came up to the monk who wrote our names in Nepalese on the Everest card and gave us a typical prayer scarf along with a tiny orange rope to wear around our necks.  He instructed us to take the card out before our final rotation to the summit, point it towards Everest, and ask the Goddess for the permission to pass and for safe journey.  We were supposed to keep the card on top of our backpack and take it all the way to the summit.

me getting the blessing for successful and safe summit

me getting the blessing for successful and safe summit

Andy getting the blessing for safe trek to Base Camp

Andy getting the blessing for safe trek to Base Camp

After the blessing we started hiking again and were rewarded with views of Everest, as well as Lhotse to its right and the Nuptse ridge to its left.  Again, there were very high winds beating up the summit of Everest which made my anxiety level jump up a touch… 🙂  In addition to the three mountains we also had spectacular views of Ama Dablam towering seemingly at a reach of a hand.

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

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Everest to the left (with the cloud of wind)

We had lunch at Shomare (13,156 ft) and started our hike again, this time along a mountain ridge.  The landscape was changing; the trees were visibly smaller and we saw no more of the blooming rhododendron trees.  This part of the trail was easy, pretty flat for the most part, and with spectacular views of the mountains all around and the winding river down below.

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We got over a tree line pretty fast and we were encountered with little dried out shrubs as well as many huge boulders.  We ended our hike that day with a glimpse of Cho Oyu and spectacular views of Mt. Lobuche.  Our home for the night was the Himalayan Lodge in Pheriche (14,340 ft).  What an awesome day today!!

DAY 12

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