Annapurna Sanctuary & Mt. Everest Base Camp Treks travel blog

Trail maintenance, all done with hand tools

Hiking the trail

Traffic jam, pack animals going up & down and we're in the...

Me and the low bridge

The high bridge in the same location

Getting closer to the mountains

Jamie, the guy that is sick, got his oxygen measured. He was 67% yesterday and is 80% today. They prefer >85%, but left the decision to him. He decided to continue.

So we left beautiful Namche Bazaar and climbed up the same hill we climbed yesterday (to the museums), and contoured around the slope. Of course we had to descend, cross the river, and go up another huge hill to Tengboche (3860 m). Today, Jamie's brother Chris is having difficulty. He has a headache and no appetite. Somehow he makes it to Tengboche.

Tengboche has a beautiful monastery. It's a small village situated literally on a ridge. You hike up one side of the ridge, go through Tengboche, and hike down the other side of the ridge. In the 1600's a Lama was traveling through here at a time before villages and the glaciers were larger, and he had a vision that a monastery would be put here. In 1912 the monastery was built. It was destroyed by and earthquake, rebuilt, and destroyed by a fire and rebuilt. It is really wonderful. The ridge is very peaceful.

We now have views of Ama Dablam, a mountain with a very distinctive shape. Our teahouse didn't have a working shower, so they gave us a bucket shower. At least it was hot - up to now most of the showers have been lukewarm to coolish.

Later that evening Chris' condition deteriorated. Suman (our assistant leader), 2 porters and Jamie immediately went downhill to the location we had lunch (at the river crossing). Tomorrow they will put him on a horse and bring him up to the village that has a hospital.

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