Boy, I was not built for high altitudes! On the bright side, first time ever I was not coughing my lungs out. I credit wearing a Korean n94 mask every time I was doing any exercise, to keep the air that I was taking in warm and humid
From Dingboche in the afternoon. Ended up having a storm come in while at summit. Weather changes fast!
Today was another spectacular one and we climbed Nangkartshang Peak. At 16,676 feet/5083 meters, this would be the highest Kessler and I had been for a few years (November 2007). We awoke to 19.8F (-7C) and again, it was sunny, but very windy and dusty.
This climb was a good one and was fairly straightforward. It was a much easier ascent than Hamugon which we climbed a few days earlier.
The views were the most spectacular yet and we got some unusual views of Cho Oyu. Makalu was really spectacular as well, as were our different angle views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Toboche.
After climbing the peak we returned to Dingboche. More people showed up at the lodge and the porters were all gambling. They taught Kessler how to play tigers and goats, a board game.
December 19 2012