From the 2013 Travel Journal – The WMS CME Trek to Everest Base Camp
Part 5 of There Are Signs Everywhere
It was Easter Sunday the day we left for Pheriche. The sunrise from Tengboche left me speechless:
Half the group spent some early morning hours at the Monestary. The other half had our own religious experience. This actually goes down as one of the most glorious moments of my life. We sipped proper cappuccino, gazing at the sun’s majestic rays painting Ama Dablam in even more beauty, when from someone’s iPod came the whispery voice of Natalie Desai singing “Ave Maria.” A memorable Easter, on many levels. From there, we sang and danced our way to Pheriche.
After sleeping in Pheriche one night. Acclimatization hike from heaven! We trekked to Dengboche, mid-way thru stopping for a typical photo session with Amadibdab, this time with handstands and pyramids.
We hiked back in time for grilled yak-cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Two trekkers who had stayed behind in Namche a night (another case of Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD)) rejoined, all recovered after some antibiotics and rehydration solution, and now we are a full team of 15 again. We attended the daily altitude talk at the HRA clinic.
After the talk, many bought souvenirs/donated to the clinic, and some volunteered to participate in a high-altitude DNA study.
Suzi and Kirstie tag-teamed with excellent talks on hypothermia, post-avalanche resuscitation and frostbite. Pranav did case studies on TD – big learning day!
Last night the stars were out for the first time, marking our half-way point til we fly back to Kathmandu. Another amazing day full of beauty, trekking, acclimatizing, learning and most of all, laughter with new friends, in the Khumbu.
Namaste & hugs!
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